All Indiana! Summer Bicentennial Celebrations

Events All Year Long – Here’s What’s Happening Over The Next Couple Months.

Now that the Indy 500 is over and schools are out, it’s time to declare summer officially here.  Let’s take a look at what summer has in store for Indiana’s 200th birthday celebration.

Art and street fairs are the big hits of the summer, and most events are family-friendly! Explore the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration’s events calendar.

200 years of Indiana art

  • Like the ongoing 200 Years of Indiana Art exhibit, Indiana in 200 Objects: A Bicentennial Celebration “explores and celebrates the history, science and culture of the Hoosier state through 200 iconic and interesting objects.”
  • Again in the arts, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is hosting 19 Stars of Indiana Art through the new year, which “celebrates the artistic achievements of men and women who were born, raised, or worked in Indiana.”
  • The greatest tradition – the Indiana State Fair – takes place August 5-21. The fair hosts a massive midway – “two and a half miles of food and fun,” as they say – featuring the Bicentennial Train along with concerts and music, arts and crafts, 4H and farming expos, and carnival rides.
  • If you’re interested in exploring a little bit – maybe just the area, or maybe all corners of the state – you can visit items on the Bicentennial Bucket List.
  • Indianapolis-area festivals and fairs will all take on a Bicentennial flair this summer – check out the IndyStar’s “12 Fairs and Festivals to Explore This Summer”, including cultural favorite Indian Market and Festival at the Eiteljorg
  • Perhaps the most ambitious event of all the Bicentennial celebrations, the 92-county Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay begins on September 9th in Corydon – Indiana’s first capital city.


Happy celebrating!