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Hamilton County Happenings - Sept. 28

Sep 28, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, race a soapbox derby car, go back in time to medieval England and more. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

Devour Northside

Devour Northside
Sept. 28-Oct. 2
Participating restaurants | Hamilton County, Indiana

Make your reservation now at a restaurant offering special three-course, value-priced menus.

 

 Conner Prairie Apple Store

The Apple Store at Conner Prairie
Sept. 28-Oct. 31
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Celebrate fall with hand-dipped caramel and toffee apples, cider slushies, apple pie and more. Don’t miss out on the special bicentennial-themed goodies this year in honor of Indiana’s 200th birthday.

 

Grand Junction Derby

Grand Junction Derby
Oct. 1
Union & Main St. | Westfield, Indiana

Start your engines for soapbox racing featuring hand-built derby cars. Families, businesses and more are encouraged to wear costumes to match their car’s theme.

 

 Potter's Bridge

Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival
Oct. 1
Potter’s Bridge | Noblesville, Indiana

Celebrate fall with live music, more than seventy food and arts vendors and a scenic view of the White River Greenway Trail.

 

Renaissance Faire

Fishers Renaissance Faire
Oct. 1-2
Klipsch Music Center | Noblesville, Indiana

Experience the Golden Age of Queen Elizabeth the I with costumed characters, full-contact jousting by the Knights of Valour, period and pirate music, puppet shows and more.

 

 LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes
Oct. 2
The Palladium | Carmel, Indiana

The youngest person to ever win a Grammy, see LeAnn Rimes perform at the Center for the Performing Arts.

 

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Bicentennial Torch Travels Through Hamilton County Oct. 13

Sep 27, 2016 by Luis Ruvalcaba

TorchI have always wanted to see the Olympic torch run into the stadium. But for some reason (likely my total lack of athletic prowess) I’ve never been asked to run a leg of that epic journey. I also don't get a chance to travel the world all that often. So, schlepping myself to another country to watch a torch is about as unlikely as me being asked to run with it. However, this year we get an opportunity to watch the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay as it travels 3,200 miles through all 92 counties in Indiana – including Hamilton County!

On Oct. 13, you’ll have 37 opportunities to watch it change hands from one Hamilton County hero to another! A complete list of the torchbearers can be found here. Torchbearers range in age from 10 to 95 and come from all corners of the county, serving their communities in various ways.

So, how does it all work? On Oct. 13 at 3 p.m., the torch will be handed off from Boone County to Hamilton County at the Zionsville Presbyterian Church. The first five handoffs will be covered by car, as it's important to keep up a good pace so the star of the show isn't late to any of the celebration stops along the way. However, at stop #6 (the Monon Center) the torch will travel by foot - this is a great place to take children to jog along and cheer! 

    Torch Relay

There are several celebration stops along the way that will make it easy for you and your family to find a time or location that works for you. The first is at the Palladium from 3:50-4:15, followed by Union Bible College in Westfield at 4:45-5:10, Conner Prairie at 5:30 (stay for Headless Horseman!), Fishers City Hall at 6:15-6:50 and finally Noblesville Square from 6:45-8:30 with the torch arriving on foot around 7:20 p.m. Stick around for the after party once torchbearer David Heighway places it at the historic Hamilton County courthouse! 

    

While the celebrations promise to be worth your time, I’m looking forward to watching a few of the handoffs because of the unique transportation methods. For example, Albert Chen will walk with a Chinese dragon! The torch will travel in Hamilton County by tractor, wagon, vintage fire truck, sidecar, horse and even the Conner Prairie helium balloon!
The torch relay should be an exciting event that you and your family won’t soon forget. I’m ecstatic to be a part of this amazing place as we mark our 200th year of statehood and even prouder to be a citizen of Hamilton County’s county seat: Noblesville! For day-of updates, follow us on Twitter @VisitHamiltonCo. Take any pictures along the route? Post on social media using #HCTorch and #Indiana 200.

For a full map of the torch's route in Hamilton County, click here

Eat Your Way Across Hamilton County

Sep 22, 2016 by Caroline Mosey

Sure, there’s only one Hamilton County in Indiana, but within that county is 8 Great Towns. And each town is bursting with its own charm and character!

One way to get a great glimpse of all this charm is a progressive dinner. Sort of like a bar crawl, only different. Think of it as the bar crawl’s sophisticated big brother. By planning an evening at different locations, you get to experience the sights and flavors unique to each of our towns. So grab your sweetie or a group of friends and paint the town(s) red! I’ve even compiled an itinerary, just for you. Create your own or follow this - you’ll have fun either way. I know I will!

 Heady Hollow

Kick off the evening with an early afternoon drink at Heady Hollow Brewing Company in Fishers. Order the best-selling brew, 60 Horses Scotch Ale, and ask the owners to share the local history behind the name.

 
divvy

Then head over to divvy in picturesque downtown Carmel. Grab a seat on the patio and order a shareable plate of creamy goat cheese cakes with pesto and balsamic glaze.

Rail Epicurean

After that, hit up Westfield’s Rail Epicurean Market for the main event. Settle in and enjoy the magical setting—not to mention the magical menu. Choose from local cuts of meat, farmer’s market veggies and incredible salads.

 Alexander's

Save room for dessert! The next pit stop is in Noblesville, at Alexander’s on the Square. With 36 flavors of ice cream, everyone can find something to hit their sweet spot. But don’t call it a night just yet…

 Lazy Frogg

Lazy Frogg in Cicero is the perfect waterfront spot to end the evening, watching the sunset over Morse Lake. Relax and enjoy the view, the company and a cocktail before wrapping up the evening.

These are my can’t-miss, gotta-do-it spots for a progressive dinner! Which spots are on YOUR list? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on social media using @VisitHamiltonCo or #VisitHC. Happy eating!

Hamilton County Happenings - Sept. 21

Sep 21, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, devour the eats offered on the northside, say cheers to Oktoberfest and more. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

Devour Northside

Devour Northside
Sept. 21-Oct. 2
Participating restaurants | Hamilton County, Indiana

Make your reservation now at a restaurant offering special three-course, value-priced menus.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Celebrations
Sept. 23-24
Various locations | Hamilton County, Indiana

Celebrate this iconic German holiday at Fishers Oktoberfest @ Saxony on Sept. 23 and 24 and at Carmel City Center on Sept. 23.

 Night Climb

Night Climb at Koteewi Aerial Adventure Treetop Trails
Sept. 23-24
Strawtown Koteewi Park | Noblesville, Indiana

Clip, climb and zip through the trees - at night. Night climbs are done in the dark with head lamps and other lights placed throughout the park, which add a degree of difficulty.

 

 Noblesville Brewfest

Noblesville Brewfest and Wine Garden
Sept. 24
Forest Park | Noblesville, Indiana

Don’t miss Hamilton County’s premier beer sampling event, benefitting Forest Park Aquatic Center. Enjoy live music, bid on silent auction items, challenge a friend to a round of corn hole and more.

 

CP Smithsonian

Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live
Sept. 24
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

For this annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, Conner Prairie (one of only two Smithsonian Affiliate institutes in Indiana) will open its doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. One ticket per household, valid for two admissions.

 

Arts Festival

19th Annual Carmel International Arts Festival
Sept. 24-25
Carmel Arts & Design District | Carmel, Indiana

See more than 130 juried artists exhibiting in watercolor, oil, 2D, 3D, jewelry, photography, wood, sculpture, pottery and more. This free event features art, food and activities for attendees to enjoy.

 

 Atlanta New Earth

Atlanta New Earth Festival
Sept. 24-25
Main St. | Atlanta, Indiana

Spend the day at Atlanta’s signature festival, showcasing arts and crafts, food and flea market vendors.

 

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"Tree traversing" is the new leaf peeping

Sep 20, 2016 by Kate Burkhardt

Why peep at leaves from below when you can adventure among them above? This fall, kids can climb, clip and zip to experience Indiana’s fiery fall colors. In Hamilton County, towering tree houses and crafty obstacle courses make for a “tree traversing” experience that will “leaf” kids feeling like forest explorers.

Treetop Outpost  

Treetop Outpost
Conner Prairie
| Fishers, Indiana

Conner Prairie’s newest experience area takes kids into a tree house of Swiss Family Robinson proportions. The 6,000-square-foot exhibit, featuring the four-story tree house as the centerpiece, aims to educate families on the bounty of Indiana’s natural resources. After viewing the wooded Nature Walk trail and White River vista from above, kids can dig in a re-created archaeology site, build a log cabin like Hoosiers from the past, create art and fill the forest with music with natural materials.

Koteewi
 

Koteewi Aerial Adventure Park and Treetop Trails
Strawtown Koteewi Park | Noblesville, Indiana

Trail systems are no longer confined to ground level at Strawtown Koteewi Park! When the leaves turn golden, kids over the age of 7 can clip in and take to the trees atop five obstacle courses at varying heights. After completing a course, whiz through flashes of reds and oranges on ziplines strung throughout the park. Unlike other courses of its kind, the Koteewi Aerial Adventure experience was custom built to the existing forestry, meaning no foreign poles or posts are present in the design.

Flat Fork Creek Park  

Flat Fork Creek Park
Fishers, Indiana

Forget the playground – Flat Fork Creek Park encourages kids to use their explorer sensibilities with three tree houses scattered along a wooded trail with names like Tulip Tower and Rosebud Retreat. Climb the 60-foot “mountain” (or sledding hill, depending on the season) for more aerial views of fall foliage.

 

Forget the scenic drive. Leave leaf peeping behind. Tree traversing is the best way to experience fall colors this autumn! Visit one of these treetop experiences and tag us in your adventures on social media using @VisitHamiltonCo and #VisitHC. 

 

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Celebrate Fall with these October Festivals

Sep 15, 2016 by Katie Utken

It’s undeniable: fall is here. The telltale chill in the air paired with sunset-colored leaves means it’s time for pumpkin patches, hay rides, beer festivals and more! Don’t miss out one these great events taking place in Hamilton County, Indiana this October.

 Beards

Beards and Brews
Oct. 1
Downtown Noblesville | Noblesville, Indiana

Celebrate HipstoricTM Noblesville with an afternoon of local breweries paired with a spirited contest of beards, including "Longest Beard, Thickest Beard, Fullest Beard and Most Creatively Groomed." 

 Renaissance

Fishers Renaissance Faire
Oct. 1-2
Klipsch Music Center | Noblesville, Indiana

Experience the Golden Age of Queen Elizabeth I with costumed characters, full-contact non-choreographed jousting by the Knights of Valour, period music, pirate music, roving comedy, swordplay, puppet shows, knighting ceremonies, and over 70 artisans and merchants.

 

 Potter's Bridge

Potter's Bridge Fall Festival
Oct. 1
Potter’s Bridge | Noblesville, Indiana

Listen to live music, visit the more than 70 arts, crafts and food booths, watch your little ones play in the KidZone, or simply take in the natural beauty of Noblesville’s most scenic park on the White River Greenway Trail. Admission is free!

 

 Stonycreek

Stonycreek Farm’s 44th Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Oct. 1-31
Stonycreek Farm | Noblesville, Indiana

Celebrate fall with a U-Pick pumpkin patch, hayrides, food, fun kid's activities and more. Check out the harvest goodies and fall flowers in Stonycreek’s Gift Shop and Nursery.

 

Headless Horseman

Headless Horseman
Oct. 13-16, 20-23, 27-30
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Bring the entire family to Conner Scairie, a haunted land inhabited by fun-loving ghouls during the annual Headless Horseman fall festival at Conner Prairie. Come face-to-face with the menacing Headless Horseman himself on your haunted hayride, if you choose.

 

North Star

Follow the North Star
Nov. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Become a fugitive slave on the Underground Railroad, fleeing from captivity, risking everything for freedom. Follow the North Star plays out as an intense, living drama where guests become actors on a 200-acre stage, running from slave hunters and working together to navigate the Underground Railroad to freedom.

 

There's more where that came from! Visit our online calendar for a full list of festivals happening this month. Tag us in your festival adventures on social using @VisitHamiltonCo and #VisitHC!

Hamilton County Happenings - Sept. 14

Sep 14, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

Festival season has arrived, and there is something for everyone. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings. 

 St. George

St. George Festival
Sept. 16-17
St. George Orthodox Christian Church | Fishers, Indiana

This free, family-oriented festival includes Middle Eastern foods, live music, dancing, silent auction and a children’s carnival. Church tours will explain the Byzantine architecture and Greek iconography.

 

 Blackhawk

3rd Annual Blackhawk Winery Harvest Festival
Sept. 17
Blackhawk Winery and Vineyard | Sheridan, Indiana

Enjoy live music, food trucks, vendors, activities for kids and more. Festival is free to attend, but attendees can pay to participate in the Red, White and Rose 5K and 10K races.

 

 Nickel Plate Arts

4th Annual Anniversary Party & Nickel Plate Arts Awards
Sept. 17
Nickel Plate Arts | Noblesville, Indiana

Celebrate the region’s burgeoning arts scene and recognize some of our most valuable artists and arts advocates. Enjoy dinner, drinks, music, hands-on arts experiences and more.

 

 Arts Crawl

Arts Crawl
Sept. 17
Nickel Plate District | Fishers, Indiana

Presented by the Nickel Plate District Business Council and the Fishers Arts Council, the Arts Crawl returns with more than 25 stops at local businesses that showcase local or regional artists.

 

 Old Mill Festival

Old Mill Festival
Sept. 17
Downtown Noblesville | Noblesville, Indiana

Dozens of vendors will set up around the courthouse square with fine artist paintings, hand-crafted sculptures, vintage collectibles and more.

 

 Tour de Carmel

Tour De Carmel
Sept. 17
Moon Community Center | Carmel, Indiana

Bike along on this family-friendly ride highlighting some of the best parks, businesses, neighborhoods and fun Carmel has to offer. Entertainment, food and celebration await at each rest stop with a grand finale at the finish line.

 

 Festival of Machines

Festival of Machines
Sept. 17-18
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Celebrate Indiana’s rich transportation history by getting up close to one-of-a-kind classic cars, steam engines and more. Get a sneak preview on Sept. 16 at Vintage Wheels and Wine, a sophisticated evening of gourmet food and fine wine.

 

 PorchFest

Carmel PorchFest
Sept. 18
Carmel Arts & Design District | Carmel, Indiana

Free and open to the public, PorchFest features musical acts ranging from acoustic to electric and solo to ensemble performing on neighborhood porches. The same weekend, watch plein air painting at Carmel on Canvas also in the Arts & Design District.

 

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Devouring Fall

Sep 13, 2016 by Caroline Mosey

Fall in Hamilton County means an onslaught on festivals to celebrate the season. The crisp weather is perfect for hanging outdoors in a cozy fleece and savoring the flavors of autumn—apple, pumpkin and cinnamon (yaaaassssss!!!)

AppleOne of my favorite festivals is at Conner Prairie. We load up the kids and head to the picturesque spot for hay mazes, crafts and Headless Horseman sightings, then finish the night by the roaring fire with caramel apples and cider.

Spencer Farm’s Pumpkin Harvest runs through Oct. 31 and offers free hayrides to choose the perfect pumpkin. Don’t forget to stop in their farm store for a pie to take home! The Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Stonycreek Farm is another great place to choose a pumpkin—take it home and roast up the seeds!

Come to Vintage Wheels and Wine at Conner Prairie for an evening of upscale food and wine from local restaurants while checking out rare vintage vehicles. In Sheridan, the (FREE) Blackhawk Winery Harvest Festival will have live music, food trucks and kids’ activities on Sept. 17.  Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival is another great event to get your fill of fall treats on Oct. 1. Pumpkin

When you’ve had your fill of food, you can raise your glass and drink to the season! Apple cider fanatics (aren’t we all?) will love Stuckey Farm’s Cider Fest, made fresh at the farm. Beer enthusiasts will appreciate the Noblesville Brewfest, where you can sample brews from dozens of breweries and play a little cornhole while you’re at it. Carmel and Fishers both hold Oktoberfest celebrations with plenty of brews to complement the day.

Don’t miss out on these delicious fall celebrations! Tag us in your seasonal adventures on social media using @VisitHamiltonCo and #VisitHC. 

Four places to find outdoor and out-of-the-ordinary art

Sep 08, 2016 by Kate Burkhardt

A place is known by its public spaces: the sidewalks, crosswalks and “let’s go for a” walks. During these free-of-charge out-and-abouts, art on an out-of-the-ordinary canvas creates a sense of place. If art imitates life (thank you, Oscar Wilde), does place initiate art?

For a crash course on public art, I turned to Americans for the Arts. “Public art is often site-specific,” their Public Art 101 page told me. “It is created in response to the place and community in which it resides.”

With this definition in mind, I set out to find the best art you can see from a sidewalk in Hamilton County. Here is what I found.

Mural girl

Gabriel Lehman Teapot Mural – Noblesville
High on the 1910 building in downtown Noblesville, a little girl sits with a cloud-making teapot. Local artist Gabriel Lehman showcases his whimsical style in the mural inspired by the building owner’s baby daughter, Olive. Now “Olive and Her Amazing Cloud Machine” is a prime place marker for Noblesville.

Hydrophobic

Hydrophopic designs – Fishers
Sometimes the art is the sidewalk, as is the case at the Fishers’ Liberty Plaza in the Nickel Plate District. This version of public art demonstrates the fact that rainy days can be good days too – as the designs are only visible when the sidewalks are wet. The artist used paint similar to deck sealant to repel water droplets, creating an effect that has walkers admiring what lies just under their feet.

Cigar mural

Henry George 5 cent cigars – Sheridan
“Ad today, art tomorrow,” should be the slogan for the vintage mural on Main Street in northern Hamilton County’s small town of Sheridan. The mural was recreated from an older image, most likely from the 1930s, as cigars sold for 5 cents around the time of the Great Depression.

Carmel mural

Geometric Shapes - Carmel Arts and Design District
You don’t have to be a pro to make art. Two recent Carmel High School graduates designed the mural, featuring a vibrant geometric pattern on the west side of Carmel Tattoo INK, and about 30 current students chipped in to paint it. The mural is now a perfect backdrop for selfies and portraits.

Stumble upon a fun or unique mural on your strolls through Hamilton County? Tag us on social (@visithamiltonco) or use #VisitHC.

Hamilton County Happenings - Sept. 7

Sep 07, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, golf clap for your favorite PGA player, race your rubber duck in Noblesville and more. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

 BMW Champs

BMW Championship
Sept. 7-11
Crooked Stick Golf Club | Carmel, Indiana

The BMW Championship is a professional golf tournament and the third of four FedExCup Playoff events on the PGA TOUR schedule. The field is limited, with only the top 70 FedExCup points leaders eligible to play.

 

 Golf Celebration Week

City of Carmel Golf Celebration Week
Sept. 7-11
Carmel Arts & Design District | Carmel, Indiana

The BMW Championship is back, and Carmel is celebrating with a week of festivities, including social media contests, putt putt golf, Late Night on Main, Happy Hour at Clay Terrace and more.

 

Voices from the Past

Voices From the Past
Sept. 9-10
Asa Bales Park | Westfield, Indiana

Learn more about Westfield’s settlers and involvement with the Underground Railroad on this 90 minute living history walking tour.

 

 Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park
Sept. 9 - 10
Various locations | Hamilton County, Indiana

Watch “Zootopia” in Fishers’ Nickel Plate District on Sept. 9 and “The Jungle Book” at Noblesville’s Forest Park on Sept. 10.

Duck Race

2016 Annual Duck Race
Sept. 10
Logan Street Bridge | Noblesville, Indiana

The all-day White River Celebration includes downtown dining, river activities, live music and a wine and beer garden. Duck race starts at 5 p.m.

 

 Glow in the Park

Glow in the Park presented by Cathedral High School
Sept. 10
Nickel Plate District | Fishers, Indiana

Wear white and come ready to light up the night. Dance the night away with a DJ, face painting, graffiti wall and neon splash zone. First 1,000 people get a glow stick.

 

 

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