What could be better than enjoying music, food, drinks and friends during the summer months? In our opinion, absolutely nothing! That’s why we’ve compiled a complete guide to navigating all the Indianapolis-area summer music festivals with style.
Summer Music Festival Prep List
Check out our tips on how to prepare for festivals and organize your group so that you can maximize the fun quotient!
  • Don’t forget the following: foam mat or cushion, toilet paper roll, baby wipes, facial tissues, spare bottle of water, towel, camera
  • Be sure to get your tickets early! There would be nothing worse than road tripping it to your destination, just to be turned away because the festival is sold out.
  • Know the schedule in advance. Some festivals post preliminary schedules or which band is playing on each stage. Highlight your “must-see” bands to be sure you don’t miss a thing!
  • If camping, try and camp on a slight hill. If it heavily rains, you’ll be at an advantage.
  • Locate a group landmark. If someone in the group gets lost, everyone can meet at said landmark easily. Cell phones obviously help in this type of situation, but if you have a designated location to meet, it will simply aid your reunion.
  • Know the rules! If you are permitted to bring your own food, beverages and items such as captains chairs, that’s good to know in advance so you can come prepared. The rules are different everywhere. Some festivals welcome your four-legged pal and others do not. The same holds true for glass containers and other common festival-specific items.
  • Take a cheap rain poncho. These will help keep you dry and will also cover you up when you have to do your business in the bushes if you’re particularly shy.
  • During the night, it could become several degrees cooler. Be sure to dress in layers or bring a jacket or blanket to keep you snug.
  • Never bring any type of valuables to a festival. No iPods, iPads, expensive watches or jewelry unless you want it lost or stolen!
  • Remember that it’s going to be a long night or weekend and it will be wise to pace yourself when consuming alcoholic beverages. Try the old water trick by having a glass of water after every alcoholic beverage and before you choose to indulge again. The worst thing would be to wind up with a hangover and unable to enjoy the fantastic tunes!

Monthly Summer Music Festival “Top Picks” List

Check out these Indianapolis-area festivals of varying musical styles to see if anything happens to sparks your interest:

May Summer Music Festivals

May 11-13: Fair on the Square 317-374-5332

Greencastle’s courthouse square in historic downtown will include a weekend of musical entertainment, children’s rides, crafts, art, vendors, delicious food

May 19-20: Broad Ripple Art Fair

225 artists, four stages of entertainment, two food courts

May 25: Rockin’ on Main

Main Street in Speedway features this street festival with live music, food, activities

June Summer Music Festivals

June 8-9: Med Flory Jazz and Blues Festival

Logansport’s Little Turtle Waterway presents great music, tasty food, free Saturday music workshop

June 9: South Bend Blues and Rib Festival

Downtown South Bend features some of the world’s best blues and area’s best ribs

June 16: Blues, Grooves and Spirits Festival

Five blues bands, beer, wine, food, arts

June 22-24: Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering

Tippecanoe battlefield is the site for this three-day acoustic music festival featuring the best in old time folk, swing and Celtic music

June 30: Pennsy Trail Art Fair & Music Festival

Greenfield’s Historic Pennsy Trail will feature artists, children’s art activities, live music, BBQ, food, winery, micro-brewery

July Summer Music Festivals

July 13-14: Cedar Valley Bluegrass Festival

Live bluegrass music both days, arts and crafts, camping, family show

July 13-21: Three Rivers Festival

Located in Fort Wayne Headwaters Park, marching bands, food, crafts, amusement rides

July 14: Fremont MusicFest

Varying types of musical entertainment from jazz to country, parade, kids games

July 20-21: Oldenburg Freudenfest

German music, dancers, food, games, beer garden

July 21: Dancing in the Streets

Downtown Lafayette features two stages of live entertainment, classic car and motorcycle cruise, food, beer, wine

July 21: Noblesville Streetdance

The courthouse square of historic downtown Noblesville will include local food, children’s games, car show, live bands

July 28: Biggest Block Party Ever

Downtown Columbus will consist of two musical stages, 12 bands, children’s activities, downtown restaurants with special menus, wine, beer

August Summer Music Festivals

August 2-5: Jasper Strassenfest

German music, food, dancing, rides, games, beer garden

August 25: Uptown Jazz & Blues

Downtown Lafayette will include three stages of continuous live jazz and blues music, dancing, food, beer, wine

September Summer Music Festivals

September 1-2: Metamora Old Time Music Festival

Lane’s End Barn on Whitewater Canal will host free performances on two stages, including the dulcimer, banjo, guitar and more

September 8: BBQ & Blues

McCormick’s Creek State Park will feature live blues, BBQ, children’s activities

September 8-9: Columbus Scottish Festival

Celtic music, bagpipes, dancing, food, beer garden

September 14-16: Indy’s Irish Fest

Three days of Irish music, dance, shopping, food, beer, wine

Whichever festival you choose, remember that as long as you’re surrounded by friends, you can’t go wrong! Share your summer music festival stories and photos with us on Facebook or Twitter!