Fishers Freedom Festival This Weekend!

It’s the annual event that kicks off Fourth of July celebrations in Fishers.

Holland G. Park is packed with music and entertainment stages, disc dog competitions, vendor booths, carnival foods, local restaurants and all that is festival fun. The festival is free; the “suggested” admission includes: school supplies, new backpacks, canned foods, diapers, new toys and/or books. Drop boxes will be available throughout the festival.

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Saturday, June 24th:
Saturday kicks off with the 5K Event and Family Walk. Registration ends at 8a when the event begins. The Kiddie Run is at 8:45a for children ages nine and under. Shop local at the Juried Fine Arts and Crafts Booths which are open from 9a to 8p on Saturday. Watch the Indy Disc Dog competitions.

Opening ceremonies kick off at 10a with the raising of the flag, beginning of the silent auction and the opening of the children’s tent and food vendor trucks and tents. Enjoy entertainment throughout the day!

Live music at the entertainment tent includes My Delilah Band — Classic Rock (5p) and School of Rock teen tent (starting at 6p). Enjoy tethered hot air balloon rides, dancing, music and more. The evening wraps up with Wright Brothers Band on the outdoor stage in the grass at 7:30p.

Sunday, June 25th: 
Sunday morning starts with a nondenominational church service at 8:45a. The arts and crafts booths are open from 11a to 8p. At noon, enjoy lots of entertainment such as a NASCAR simulator, rock climbing wall, water balloon launch, kids’ tent, laser tag, corn maze and more. Enjoy live music and dancing throughout the day.

The 29th annual Freedom Festival Parade lineup begins at 3p. The route includes: 116th Street, Technology Lane, Lantern Road, North Street, Municipal Dr. and Holland Drive, which will all be closed from 3 to 6p. The parade begins at 4p and has a NEW ROUTE this year. The parade starts at Technology Lane and Lantern Road south on Lantern Rd. to 116th St. west to Holland Dr. and will travel north on Holland Dr. to Ellipse Pkwy. and back on Lantern Rd. and back to Technology Ln. where the parade will end.

Back at the entertainment tent will be tethered balloon rides, live music by Summerfest bands, School of Rock Carmel & School of Rock Fishers (6 to 7p); Brittny & Jaemin (7:15 to 8:15p) and Paul Stretch (8:30 to 9:30p). Big Daddy Caddy will conclude the music and play until the fireworks begin (sometime around dusk). 

Take part in this annual tradition downtown Fishers! Have fun!

For the schedule of events, click here.

 

 

Meals from the Market: Downtown Noblesville.

Looking for a fun outdoor dining event? Check out Meals from the Market! This unique farm-to-table dining event is back again this year and is hitting one of the best alleys in downtown Noblesville.

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Not only do Farmers Market chefs create delicious meals, but the event also includes local music and art by Farmers Market vendors! Brought to you by Noblesville Main Street, this #shoplocal event includes local produce, meat and goods in combination with historic downtown Noblesville.

Shop Local. Farmers Markets!

How lucky are we to have various farmers markets in Hamilton County where local farmers and vendors offer incredible products?

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Make the most of your Saturdays by starting them supporting locals at our farmers markets. Here’s a list of some of the Saturday markets around town.

Fishers Farmers Market.
When and where: Saturdays, 8a to noon at the Nickel Plate Amp (6 Municipal Drive)
What: Over 55 vendors, featuring delicious local food, beverages, beef jerky, honey, plant-inspired products, plants and flowers and much more. And of course, egg rolls.

Click this link for more information.

Saxony Farmers Market.
When and where: Saturdays, 8 a to noon at Saxony (131st and Olio Road, Fishers)
What: Local vendors featuring farm-fresh produce and artisanal foods, plus flowers, veggies, home decor, face painting, children’s books, toys and gifts.

Click here for additional information.

Carmel Farmers Market.
When and where: Saturdays, 8 to 11:30a at 5 Center Green
What: organic products, baked goods, fresh produce, honey, plants, flowers, wine, eggs, poultry, fish and much more.

Click this link for more details.

Noblesville Main Street Farmers Market.
When and where: Saturdays, 8a to noon at Federal Hill Commons (SR 32 and SR 19)
What: Said to be the oldest and biggest Hamilton County farmers market, shop from over 80 vendors for fruits, veggies, plants, flowers, herbs, foods and baked goods. You will also find jewelry, art, crafts and even a food court featuring breakfast and lunch items.

Click here for more information and a parking map.

Enjoy shopping local this summer season with the best of Hamilton County’s local farmers, artisans and vendors.

 

Strawberries to Pick?

If you’re looking for a fun activity to kick off summer break, this season’s strawberries are ripe and ready to be picked at Spencer Farms (7177 East 161st Street, Noblesville).

 

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The unseasonably warm Spring and bright sunshine has ripened the berries quite early this year. Spencer Farms say it’s a first-ever early season in the 35 years of farming strawberries.

Spencer Farms is open Monday through Saturday, 9a to 7p and Sundays from noon to 6p. The pricing for U-pick strawberries is $2.25/lb. The pre-picked strawberries are $4.75/heaping quart.

The Sweet Shop also includes pre-made pies, ice cream and homemade fudge!

Support this local farm. Have a great time.

Indy Rama 2017: Downtown.

Does the appeal of living downtown Indianapolis grab you? Are you curious to visit new homes within walking distance to restaurants, downtown events and goings on?

If so, don’t miss Indy Rama.

For two consecutive weekends in June, Indy Rama will give you a glimpse into all that is downtown living. From June 2nd through June 4th and again June 9th through the 11th, Indy Rama features homes in seven downtown Indianapolis neighborhoods.

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Seven builders are participating in the featured homes:

STOPS 1 + 2 // Fountain Square: a TKW home featuring a 21st Century Wedge-style building with geometric siding and flooded natural light due to the window placements. Interior finishes like hardwood floors, quartz countertops, luxurious master shower and more.

STOP 3 // Windsor Park: a Compendium Group net-zero ready home in Windsor Park neighborhood featuring white oak flooring, white cabinets, walnut accents, matte black hardware. It’s a three-bedroom, three half-bathroom with an outdoor courtyard area, detached two-car garage and finished basement.

STOP 4 // Chatham Arch: Park 10 by Onyx+East in popular historic Chatham Arch featuring upscale finishes, hardwood floors, tile in bathrooms, quartz or granite, smooth-finish 9-foot ceilings, and private parking. The final phase of Park 10 is under construction and consists of two- and three-bedroom townhomes ranging from $305,000 to $475,000. There are only a few townhomes still available.

STOP 5 // H.E Homes: a twist on the popular “Progression” design featuring a window-wrapped front door and spacious entry, unique stair feature, open kitchen, outdoor living area and attached garage. Hardwood floors, wet bar, outdoor roof deck with downtown skyline view and more.

STOP 6 // Fall Creek Place: this ZMC Urban Homes design features a concept to attention to sight lines for an open, yet private interior living design.

STOP 7 // Historic Herron-Morton: this fresh and modern Onyx + East home is placed within the revitalization of this neighborhood. Upscale finishes including granite/quartz, ten-foot ceilings, wood floors, barn doors, private two-car garage, backyard, basement and unique modern touches throughout.

STOP 8 // St. Joseph: This John Eaton Homes design is inspired by Brooklyn area styles, Rosemary Beach–influenced design to create a unique home design downtown Indy.

The homes are open from 10a to 6p June 2nd through June 4th and June 9th through the 11th. Online tickets are $12. Tickets purchased at each home are $15. Children under 12 are free. Get your online tickets here and save $3.

Chalk Art Festival Returns.

The annual Chalk Art Festival is back at Hamilton Town Center!

The event is Saturday, June 10th and the works of art open up for viewing at 1 p.m.

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Registration is free this year! Each artist is given one parking space to design. Top three prizes will be awarded by votes from those in attendance and judges, in both amateur and professional categories. Winners will be announced on June 12th.

Vendor booths, live music, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals and more will be a part of the festival. Make a day of it with your friends and family! Shop, take a look at the art and enjoy the festival.

If you’re interested in participating as an artist or vendor, contact the Hamilton Town Center office at 317-214-6956. If you’d like to register as an artist participant, be sure to do so by May 27th.

Have fun at this local artist annual event!

Ready for Summer Concerts?

The numbers of outdoor concerts in Hamilton County is incredible. With many amphitheater and park venues, you can listen to a variety of music all summer long.

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Here are a few of Hamilton County’s free outdoor concert venues:

Nickel Plate District AMP.
The AMP gets a workout this summer with both Tuesday and Friday night outdoor concerts. The Tuesday Night Concert Series begins June 6th. The concerts are from 7 to 9 p.m. and feature bands like My Yellow Rickshaw (6/6), The Doo! Band (6/27), Dave & Rae (7/18) and more.

The AMP After Dark Concert Series are free but some require advanced tickets. All shows begin at 9 p.m. and the season kicks off June 2nd. Take in national artists like Smash Mouth (6/9) and Loverboy (7/7), and local faves Jennie DeVoe (7/14) and Woomblies (6/2). Click here for more details on the summer lineups.

Concerts on the Green, Downtown Fishers.
Enjoy lunch breaks on Thursdays with live music! These one-hour lunch break concerts are a perfect mid-day pick-me-up from work. From noon to 1 p.m., enjoy local musicians on the Central Green lawn. Today, Zach Day will be live on the Green. Fishers Music Works Mudsock Jazz Combo (5/25), Kelly Isenhower (5/11), Jesse Lacy (6/22) and more. Click here for the full list.

Dillon Park and Forest Park, Noblesville. 
These outdoor park venues have Thursday night concerts which start at 7 p.m. and kick off June 1st. Take in favorite local bands and artists such as The Flying Toasters (6/8), The Bishops (6/15), Dave & Rae (7/6) and Lemon Wheel (7/20). Click here for the full schedule.

Carmel Farmers Market.
Enjoy live music while you shop the Carmel Farmers Market (located at 5 Center Green) from 8 to 11:30 a.m. now through September 30th. Local artists such as Matt Roush (6/3), Main St. Jazz (6/10), Island Breeze (7/15), Austin Johnson (8/5) and more. Click here to see the full schedule of artists who will be performing.

Make plans to enjoy these free, live outdoor concerts this summer!