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5 Family Friendly Festivals in June – Indianapolis

Indianapolis always has at least one festival per weekend going on during the summer. Or, at least it seems that way. Here are 5 family friendly festivals happening in June in Indianapolis that you might enjoy.  All of them have something different to boast. Here’s the lowdown.

Italian Street Festival is June 12-13, 5-11 pm. Food, music and entertainment fill the streets at this festival. Admission and parking is free. Plenty of Italian food will be available for purchase. Food tickets are $1 per ticket, the average with most food items costing 3 to 5 tickets. Only cash is accepted so keep that in mind although there will be ATMs there. Midway rides will be available too. Tickets for rides will also be available for purchase.

PBS Kids in the Park will be held on June 13, 10 am-4 pm. This favorite FREE Indianapolis festival is hosted by WFYI and will be held in Military Park . There will be character meet and greets like Curious George and Clifford all day. Check the schedule on the WFYI website and plan ahead if your child has a favorite. There is live entertainment, activities everywhere and this year, there is something new called Block Parties. These are add-on activities for families for a fee in a smaller, more relaxed environment with an included character meet and greet. This festival is great for families with young kids!

Asian Fest will be at the White River State Park  on June 20, 11 am-4 pm. This festival is free but there is a cost for food and for a specific children’s area. However, there are still some free games and activities. In addition, this year, there will be additional activities inside the public spaces of the Indiana State Museum such as calligraphy, henna, Bollywood dancing and a Kung Fu demonstration. Plus, admission to the galleries in the Indiana State Museum will be half-price for festival attendees on June 20th.

Monumental Yoga is back on on June 21, 10 am-2:30 pm at Monument Circle. This year has a devoted parent/child (ages 6 and up) area in the shade next to the Emmis building on the circle for a 45 minute yoga routine especially tailored for children beginning at noon. Bring a yoga mat and water and enjoy the festivities before and after yoga on the circle.

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Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival is back on June 27-28, 10 am-5 pm at Military Park. I believe this is festival is hidden gem for families in Indianapolis. There are activities for children, music, food and entertainment in addition to the Indian Market. The children’s activities are awesome – you can what we did last year here. This is a great deal for families because tickets $10 in advance ($12 the day of) for adults and FREE for kids under 17. After spending time at the market, you head over to the Eiteljorg because your ticket to the festival includes museum admission.  Another cool thing for parents of scouts, you can get a Scouting the West patch at the festival.

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  2. Kelly Young 06/02/2015 at 10:20 pm

    Strawberry Festival on Monument Circle, June 11 is another popular family-friendly festival taking place in June. We’d love to share more information with your readers. There’s entertainment throughout the day and families can enjoy “The Works” for just $7.

    • Anna Shirley 06/03/2015 at 8:20 am

      Thanks for sharing Kelly! The Strawberry Festival sounds like a perfect kick-off to summer.