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Indianapolis cultural festivals provide residents and visitors with unique experiences throughout the year.

Food, drink, and cultural festivals happen most every weekend throughout the Indianapolis region in our vibrant green spaces and historic corridors.

Throughout the year, there are dozens of festivals, and below are a few of our standout city-wide celebrations:

500 Festival
Some might just call this May in Indy. The 500 Festival includes one of the nation’s largest half marathons, parades, a red carpet-style gala, and culminates with the legendary Indianapolis 500.

Circle City IN Pride Week
Indy’s PRIDE celebration is ranked a “Top Ten Pride” event in the country according to the Gay Travel Herald. In addition, Gaycation Magazine featured Indy’s PRIDE Festival as one of its “10 must-visit events.”

Wide crowd shot from the Pride festival.

Summer Celebration
We are home to the largest and longest-running African American heritage celebration in the country. Summer Celebration is a 10-day festival featuring longstanding events like the Music Heritage Festival, Gospel Explosion, Education Conferences, and more.

Heartland Film Festival
This is a film festival built to reward independent film festivals, and they prove it by handing out $100,000 in cash prizes. That’s more in cash prizes than any other film festival. It’s another great example of our commitment to the arts.

Devour Indy
Twice a year, more than 300 restaurants across the city offer a three-course, value-priced meal. It’s Indy’s official restaurant week(s).

First Fridays
Organized by the Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association, the First Friday Art Gallery Tour is a city-wide event, where residents and visitors alike visit galleries, restaurants, and makerspaces. It’s designed to support local artists and bring awareness to our growing arts culture.

Indy Criterion
This is the largest bike festival in Indiana, attracting 500+ racers and thousands of spectators. Racers cycle throughout downtown Indianapolis.

Jazz Fest
We’re talking about every Jazz fan’s dream - ten days of concerts, master classes, and panel discussions in various locations around Indianapolis.

Native American Market and Festival
This annual celebration of Native American tribes showcases art, dance, customs, and food representing more than 60 tribes around the country.