Celebrate This Summer with Central Indiana’s Craft Fairs

Summer is rapidly approaching, which means outdoor fun, festivals, and, my personal favorite, arts and crafts fairs! OK, so central Indiana has plenty of craft fairs year-round, but during the summer months craft fairs are frequently paired with other large festivals that make them fun and entertaining for the whole family.

Whether you’re a family looking for fun, a shopper looking for a bargain, or a crafter looking to share your wares with the community, Indianapolis and the surrounding communities have plenty of action this summer. Here are a few of Central Indiana’s top arts and crafts fairs that you won’t want to miss:

Brick Street Market
Location: Main street Zionsville, IN (just north west of Indianapolis)
Dates: May 14, 2011
Admission: free
Website: http://zionsvillechamber.org/events.php
Description: Brick Street Market is named after the historical brick streets that it is held on in downtown Noblesville. Explore this charming colonial town and look for the large white tents housing all of the vendors for this arts, crafts, apparel and antique show.

INDIEana Handicraft Exchange
Location: Downtown Indianapolis at the Harrison Center for the Arts
Dates: June 11, 2011
Admission: free
Website: http://www.indieanahandicraftexchange.com/
Description: Get your indie craft fix at this summer’s INDIEana Handicraft Exchange! Over 100 vendor booths will be set up both inside and outside the Harrison Center for the Arts. In addition to crafts vendors, this event features live music, a raffle, and local food and local beer vendors.

Talbot Street Art Fair
Location: Downtown Indianapolis between 16 th and 20 th streets / Pennsylvania and Delaware
Dates: June 11 th and 12 th , 2011
Admission: free
Website: http://www.talbotstreet.org/Home_Page.php
Description: This is the 56 th year for the Talbot Street Art Fair and it will feature over 270 artists from across the nation. This is a great opportunity to visit the historic Herron Morton Place neighborhood and see artists showcasing their wares at what is considered to be one of the nation’s finest art fairs.

Fisher’s Freedom Festival
Location: Downtown Fishers (Northeast of Indianapolis)
Dates: June 25 th and 26 th , 2011
Admission: free
Website: http://www.fishersfreedomfestival.org/
Description: The Fisher’s Freedom Festival is not just a craft fair, but a community event to celebrate Independence Day that their website claims is ” as close to Uncle Sam and homemade apple pie as you can get!” and I have to heartily agree. There are 5K and 2 mile runs, a parade, food drive, entertainment tents, disc dog competition, and much more. Just be sure to save plenty of time to visit the 150 craft vendors also. The festival is outdoors and many of the craft vendor spaces are in wooded areas of local parks.

CarmelFest
Location: Downtown Carmel (North of Indianapolis)
Dates: July 3 rd and 4 th , 2011
Admission: free
Website: http://www.carmelfest.net/
Description: The community of Carmel has its own Independence Day celebration that is every bit as fun as their neighbor’s. CarmelFest also features a parade, entertainment on three stages, festival food and, of course, the eclectic MarketPlace for your craft shopping enjoyment. Bring the kids and stay for the fireworks show which starts at 9:45pm on July 4 th .

Looking for more? Here are some links for other Central Indiana arts and crafts fairs:
Penrod Arts Fair on Sept 10, 2011
Rocky Ripple Festival on Sept 25, 2011
Riley Festival on Oct 6-9, 2011