If you’re looking for some fun, out-of-the-ordinary festivals to experience with your family this summer, here are six ideas of local Indiana-area events to visit in August.
Aug. 7, noon-4 p.m.
Open Streets Fort Wayne is a free event on August 7 from noon to 4 p.m. that provides participants with a safe space to bike, walk, and play along a 1.5-mile corridor. It’s fun for all ages with over 100 hands-on games and activities, live music, and outdoor dining. Encourage your friends to meet you at Calhoun and Wayne Street, or meet by the Convergence sculpture in Promenade Park.
Aug. 12-13, 4 p.m.-midnight
Nativity Catholic Church on Indy’s Southeast side will be having its 16th annual Augustravaganza festival on August 12-13 from 4p.m. to midnight. There will be a food tent and catered dinners in their air-conditioned gym, as well as a children’s game tent, a baby crawl race, an animal show, and festival rides. Adults can enjoy bingo, Monte Carlo games, and a beer tent, and there will be live music both nights.
Aug. 19-20, 5:30 p.m.-midnight
Saint Thomas Aquinas Church’s SausageFest on August 19-20 features sausage from L.E. Kincaid and Sons meat market, beer from Sun King brewery, and various local vendors providing dessert choices. Activities for young guests include inflatables, games, a dunk tank, and face painting. There’s also a back party lot for teens with a DJ, and a main stage with live music.
Aug. 20, noon-9 p.m.
WAMMfest is on August 20 at Craig Park in Greenwood, and it is organized by volunteers from the Sertoma Club of Greenwood and presented by Ray Skillman Automotive Group. The festival focuses on Wine, Art, Music and Microbrew, and all net proceeds from the charity event are distributed back to support youth, individual, and community organizations. Attendees can savor fragrant varieties of Indiana wine, shop the juried art fair of 65 artists, enjoy live music and entertainment, and taste award-winning Indiana-crafted microbrews. Bonus: Children 12 and younger are free.
Aug. 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
POOCHELLA is taking place at White River State Park on Saturday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will feature live entertainment, interactive art, bounce houses, music, photo ops, local food vendors, cocktails, and lots of doggies! Proceeds will benefit Samantha McAfee’s foundation Fur The Brand and its program to help fund canine cancer treatments for families who are unable to afford the cost. Tickets are on sale now at FurTheBrand.com.
Aug. 27-28, visit MomentumIndy.org for event times
Taking place Aug. 27-28 in downtown Indianapolis, IU Health Momentum Indy bicycle festival features two days of high-level bicycle racing, a pair of community bike rides, and a collection of kids’ activities like BMX stunt shows, bike helmet decorating, bicycle obstacle courses, and games. Visit MomentumIndy.org for specific event times and more information.
Stephanie Groves is the Executive Editor of Indy Maven and she can’t wait to bring her dog to POOCHELLA.
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