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Fun Fall Festivals Are Coming Up

Sep 01, 2015 by Emma Diebold

Fall is always a great time for fun in Hamilton County, Indiana. There is a festival or special event pretty much every weekend this fall! I've compiled a list of events that I'm very excited for, but you don't see something that floats your boat, there are many more options on Hamilton County calendar of events.

St. George Festival
September 12-13
St. George Orthodox Church, Fishers
Middle Eastern food? Count me in! Get a fun lesson in Middle Eastern traditions, music and dancing too.

Festival of Machines
September 12-13
Conner Prairie, Fishers
My science-loving little cousins dig this gear head festival that explores the history and workings of machines of all kinds.

Carmel Porchfest

Carmel Porchfest
September 13
Carmel Arts & Design District
Imagine a Sunday afternoon filled with mellow music in an intimate setting and friends and you have the Porchfest. Musicians literally set up and play on porches of homes in the District as you chill and enjoy the tunes and food.

Harvest Festival at Blackhawk Winery
September 19
Blackhawk Winery, Sheridan
Reds, whites and roses, what could be better? Celebrate the fall grape harvest in style with tastings and music.

18th Annual Carmel International Arts Festival
September 26-27
Carmel Arts & Design District
One of my favorite festivals- lots of gorgeous affordable art and many international foods.

Atlanta New Earth Festival
September 26-27
Downtown Atlanta
A must for bargain and vintage shoppers. This festival brings over 600 vendors to the streets of Atlanta each year.

Stonycreek Farm's 43rd Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival
September 26- October 31
Stonycreek Farm, Noblesville
This is what fall is all about! Pick the perfect pumpkin, take a hayride and more.

Potter's Bridge Fall Fest
 

Potter's Bridge Fall Festival
October 3
Potter's Bridge Park, Noblesville
Hamilton County's only remaining covered bridge transforms into a festival of fall fun.

Grand Junction Derby & Street Festival
October 3
Downtown Westfield
On your mark, get set, roll! Gravity powered homemade derby cars race down the streets of Westfield for this wacky fest.

Fishers Renaissance Faire
October 3-4
Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville
Here ye, here ye. The Ren Faire is conquering new lands with a move to Klipsch Music Center this year. You won't want to miss the Elizabethan characters, jousting and giant turkey legs.

Headless Horseman near bridge
 

Headless Horseman
October 9-25
Conner Prairie, Fishers
Since a kid, this festival has marked the beginning of the Halloween season for me. The Headless Horseman himself spooks all on a haunted hayride, plus the town of "Conner Scarie" will have ghastly fun for all ages.

Boo Bash
October 23
Nickel Plate District, Fishers
Start preparing your costumes now. Boo Bash is back at the Fishers Amp to provide a festive venue for trick-or-treating kiddos.

Which fall festivals are YOU looking forward to the most?

For a complete list of upcoming events, check out the Hamilton County online calendar.

If You Have $450, You Have a Fall Getaway!

Aug 27, 2015 by Sarah Buckner

Strawtown Hiking FamilyIndiana schools are back in session, and the temperature will soon cool down making way for changing leaves and crisp autumn air. My family is already looking forward to fall break, which is just around a corner. If you are looking for a great fall getaway, Hamilton County, Indiana is closer than you think. Planning an escape to Hamilton County, Indiana is easy with the trip planner and won't drain your bank account.

Whether you are a family or a group without little ones, visitors of all ages can enjoy fall festivals on the weekends, pumpkin picking, and dining at locally-owned restaurants. Stay busy with a visit to Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, amazing shopping, or a train ride with the Indiana Transportation Museum. Continue reading for great ideas on creating the perfect fall getaway!

Family of Four Weekend Adventure for less than $450

-Overnight accommodations for two nights, including breakfast ($100 per night)

- Stroll along the tree lined Monon Trail ($0), or rent a bikes through Carmel's bike sharing program for extra fun ($24 for a family of four to bike for two hours)

- Share a yummy pizza at the newly opened Brixx Wood Fired Pizzas in the Fishers Depot ($40)

Conner Prairie with Horse

 

- Travel back in time with an afternoon visit to Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers ($54)

- Take a hayride to select your own pumpkin from the patch during the Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Stonycreek Farm ($5 for parking, extra for pumpkin and activities) OR visit the Apple Store at Conner Prairie for hand dipped caramel apple and apple cider slushies.

Tom Thumb mini golf forest park

 

- The next day, make memories at Forest Park in Noblesville. Ride the Carousel OR play mini golf ($4 per group per activity). Hop aboard the caboose for an unforgettable ride with the Indiana Transportation Museum ($20)

- For a special, but still family friendly, meal, visit the Lazy Frogg in Cicero, located on the water ($70)

Grown Up Getaway for less than $450

-Overnight accommodations for two nights, including breakfast ($100 per night)

Peace Water Winery

 

- Visit the Carmel Arts & Design District to explore the cool shops and unique galleries. While there, unwind with a bottle of wine from Peace Water Winery ($30)

- Watch a show at the state of the art Center For the Performing Arts in Carmel ($20-$60)

- Dine at one of my favorite local restaurants, the Local Eatery and Pub, in Westfield for a unique farm to table experience ($75)

NEW Palladium Attendees

 

- Stretch your legs, enjoy the perfect weather while exploring a perfect fall Indiana day on the trails of Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville ($0)

- After visiting the park, experience one of the top restaurants in the central Indiana, 10 West ($75)

Start planning your itinerary now with the trip planner at VisitHamiltonCounty.com to build your perfect Hamilton County, Indiana fall fun getaway.

*Insider Tip: Before leaving for your trip download the free Hamilton County apps available for your smart phones. These apps allow visitors to discover the nearest restaurants, attractions, trails, parks and more during your time in Hamilton County!

Your August 27-September 1 Hamilton County Getaway is Closer Than you Think!

Aug 26, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

It's time for fun festivals here in Hamilton County, Indiana! Festival season continues through fall, so get geared up for many weekends of fun. Sample Greek eats, see cool cars and taste the first flavors of fall. Read on for events coming up soon and check out the online calendar for many more.
GreekFest Pinterest

GreekFest 2015
August 28-30
Carmel, Indiana

Opa! Go Greek in Carmel this weekend at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for the annual GreekFest. See traditional Greek music and dancing plus sample many tasty Greek foods. Check out our recent blog post for a guide to Greek eats.

Artomobilia
August 29
Carmel, Indiana

From hot new rides to classic vintage models, this events is a must for car lovers of all kinds. The Arts & Design District streets will close down and be lined with fabulous automobiles. Admire the cars and be sure to step inside the art galleries for some art viewing too.

Artomobilia

 


Heartlight
August 29
Fishers, Indiana

The Nickel Plate District Amphitheatre will come alive with local talent for the Nickel Plate Players latest production. This fun jukebox musical incorporates tunes from beloved singer/songwriters like Elton John and the Beatles into a story about an aspiring performer.

 

AppleStore4Apple Store at Conner Prairie
September 1- October 31
Fishers, Indiana

Fall is almost here and it's time to tempt your taste buds with fall treats. It's the 30th anniversary of the Apple Store and they have perfected the art of the caramel apple!
Visit the Apple Store at Conner Prairie for apples and locally made goods, hand-dipped caramel and chocolate apples and apple cider slushies.


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Carmel goes Greek: a guide to eating at GreekFest

Aug 24, 2015 by Kate Burkhardt

GreekFest DancingEating a gyro while gazing upon white buildings with rooftops the mirroring color as the ocean below in Santorini has nested near the top of my bucket list for awhile now. But while I'm ready to hop on a plane and take off for the Greek Islands, my savings account is not, so I'm planning to do the next best thing this weekend: go to the Indianapolis Greek Festival!

For three days beginning Friday, August 28, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church will transform into a mini Greek island in the sea...er...city of Carmel. The festival, which will celebrate its 42nd anniversary this year, is anchored on one prominent part of Greek culture: food.

What can your taste buds expect to experience at GreekFest

Here are five items to try to get the most out of your "OPA!":

1. Dolmathes - start your Grecian eats with dolmathes; grape leaves stuffed with seasoned ground beef and rice. Many believe this signature Greek dish dates back to when Alexander the Great was roaming and conquering the modern day Mediterranean region. 

GreekFest Gryos

 

2. Gyros - a Mediterranean staple, the gyro is like a Greek sandwich. A gyro typically consists of chicken or a beef and lamb blend sliced thin and served on pita bread with Greek yogurt sauce, onions and tomato.

Cooking at Greek Fest

 

3. Souvlakia - as you're exploring the festival and notice the decadent aroma of meat sizzling on the grill, the source will most likely be souvlakia. Skewered in "kabob" format, souvlakia is either chicken or pork marinated in oil, lemon juice and Greek herbs and grilled to perfection.

 

Greekfest dessert

4. Loukoumades - donuts are all the rage these days, so step up to the pastry booth to try this Greek take on a donut hole. The dough balls are deep-fried and then dipped in honey. What's the Greek word for "perfection?" 

5. Kataifi - appearing as a "spaghetti roll-up" on first glance, kataifi is actually layers of shredded "phyllo" dough with an almond and/or walnut center, covered in sweet syrup.

Hungry for more? Learn Greek cooking tips and tricks from the experts during cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend. After you eat, make sure to take a tour of the church, shop the Greek marketplace, listen to live music and watch dance performances to experience the rest of the festival in fullness.
OPA!

All photos are courtesy of the GreekFest Facebook page

Your August 20-26 Hamilton County Getaway is Closer Than you Think!

Aug 20, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

Get geared up for another excellent weekend in Hamilton County, Indiana! Score outdoor gear at the brand new Cabela's, enjoy music, local brews and much more. Read on for a few ideas and check out our online calendar of events for additional happenings.
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Final Weekend of the Indiana Transportation Museum FairTrain
August 20-23
Fishers, Indiana

All aboard for the final weekend of the FairTrain! This annual train ride makes nine round trips daily from Fishers to the Indiana State Fair. It's a great way to skip the hassle of parking at the fair while supporting the Indiana Transportation Museum.

 

Cabela's Grand Opening
August 20
Noblesville, Indiana

Outdoor lovers, rejoice. Cabela's is here and finally open to outfit you for any and all outdoor activities. Check out our recent blog post for a peek inside the new Noblesville store and visit this weekend for special events and giveaways.

 Cabela's

Free Actors Theatre of Indiana Sidewalk Concert
August 20
Carmel, Indiana

Two artistic directors will come together for a very special show at Carmel City Center. Don Farrell (Actors Theatre of Indiana - ATI) and Ashton Wolf (Nickel Plate Players) will both perform a musical selection from upcoming shows. Best of all? It's free!

 

The District Brew Fest
August 22
Carmel, Indiana

Sample brews from several local breweries at this brand new event while enjoying food and three different musical acts. A portion of the proceeds from this fun evening will go to local charity, Chaucie's Place.

 

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Cabela’s in Noblesville

Aug 18, 2015 by Emma Diebold

Cabela's

If you love the outdoors, you may be familiar with the retailer Cabela's. They specialize in ALL things outdoors and are opening their second store in Indiana right here in Hamilton County!

Cabela's Fish

 

Cabela's Bargain Cave

When I say all things outdoors, I truly mean it. From foam animal archery targets to hundreds of fishing poles, they certainly have the equipment to outfit any outdoorsy person. Speaking of outfit, they have clothing too. From rabbit fur-lined orange hunting hats to the stylish green slip on loafers I found, Cabela's has you covered from head to toe.

Cabela's Employees As I wandered aimlessly from department to department, I discovered boats, a pet supply area, a bargain cave filled with deals and a toy aisle too. If you're not into wandering the great indoors, there are plenty of camp shirt-clad employees to help, and boy do they know their stuff.

One of my most favorite areas was of course the food. My nose led me to the Bundy Grill where fresh roasted cinnamon nuts are offered along with fudge and deli items too.

Bundy Grill at Cabela'sCabela's Bundy Display

At each Cabela's location, they aim to bring some local flair. This is where the name for Bundy Grill comes in. John Bundy is a local craftsman of beautiful wooden duck decoys and is recognized as an official Indiana Artisan. You can catch a glimpse of a few of his ducks in the grill seating area and if you want to see more, visit his shop in Noblesville

Cabela's Fishing Poles

Cabela's in Noblesville will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, August 20 at 10 a.m. A ribbon "cutting" ceremony will be held beginning at 9:45 a.m. I say cutting loosely because a local Cabela's employee will actually be firing an arrow at the ribbon to break it! How cool is that? Entertainment, giveaways and special demonstrations will last all weekend long. 

Cabela's
13725 Cabela Parkway
Noblesville, IN 46060

For more information about outdoor fun in Hamilton County, visit VisitHamiltonCounty.com.

Scenic Trails in Hamilton County, Indiana

Aug 13, 2015 by Kara Baber

Ready to explore Hamilton County's natural beauty? Get lost in nature with a grand outdoor adventure.

Choose from seemingly endless parks and trails, featuring over 300 miles of spectacular beauty, to explore on foot or by bike. The Hamilton County trail guides will help you select the perfect trail for your adventure. Stop by nature centers at Cool Creek Park to explore the science of Indiana woodlands and learn about animals in their natural habitats or Strawtown Koteewi Park to understand the historical and archeological significance of the park.

Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve

Escape to a wilderness oasis at Cheeney Creek Natural Area, a treat to nature lovers and explorers alike. Picturesque natural wetlands and a lagoon make a perfect setting for hiking, biking and walking at Central Park. Just west on 106th Street in Fishers, you can explore 127 acres of nature preserve, wetland and prairie at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve.

Float the White River in a canoe, kayak or river tube with excursions through White River Canoe Company. Enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature, while watching for herons, hawks and turtles.

Trail Video Screenshot

 

Be sure to include the premier experience trails in Noblesville in your plans. The White River Greenway and Forest Park/Morse Beach Trail will connect you with three great parks - Forest Park, Morse Park and Beach and Potter's Bridge Park. Start on the Historic Noblesville Square, where you can treat yourself to an ice cream cone at Alexander's on the Square. The experience map will give you a well marked plan for these trails.

Carmel Bike Share Bikes

Need a bike? You can rent one through the new Carmel Bike Share and explore dining, shopping and the arts on the Monon Trail.

Stop by Cabela's, opening August 20, to prepare for your outdoor adventure. The 82,000 square foot superstore includes a cafe, fudge shop, boat shop, gun library and bargain cave.

Get out and go!

Your August 13-19 Hamilton County Getaway is Closer Than you Think!

Aug 12, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

There's never a dull moment in Hamilton County, Indiana- each city and town always has something new to discover! This weekend's happenings range from wine tastings to learning about Indiana's history. For even more events and things to do, check our online event calendar.SOTP like a pro Pinterest

Marsh Symphony on the Prairie: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
August 14-15
Fishers, Indiana

Swing dance the night away at one of the Symphony on the Prairie favorites, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. This band blends jazz, swing and big band for an outrageously fun sound. Check out blogger Robert's post for ideas for things to bring to the show to make the evening complete.

Kitchen & Bath Saturday Seminar Series
August 15
Carmel, Indiana

Looking to spruce up your home? Stay on top of the latest trends with a visit to the Indiana Design Center. It's open to the public, plus there is a free counter top seminar on Saturday.

Our Better Angels
August 15-16

IDC ChandelierFishers, Indiana
Celebrate the 95th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment at Conner Prairie with special activities commemorating women gaining the right to vote. Characters inspired by real Indiana women will give speeches and visitors will be able to learn about the achievements and fight of the suffragettes.

Live Music at Blackhawk Winery & Vineyard
August 15-16
Sheridan, Indiana

Kick back and relax with a glass of local wine at Blackhawk in Sheridan. Live music on the patio this weekend will set the mood for the perfect summer evening.

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8 Great Things to Know about the FairTrain in Fishers

Aug 06, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

 

Fairtrain Blurb

The Indiana Transportation Museum brings train travel to the masses with the annual FairTrain to the Indiana State Fair. Here are some things you need to know before yelling "All aaaaboard!":

1. The train departs from the Fishers Train Station and also makes a stop at Steinmeier Station (just west of Binford Blvd. on 71st. St. across the railroad) before arriving at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Riding train - Thomas Roush

2. You can purchase train tickets at two locations with cash or credit before boarding. There will be a tent at the Fishers Train Station with ticket booths or you can stop in Kroger at 71st and Binford Boulevard to purchase tickets before boarding at Steinmeier Station.

3. Round trip tickets prices vary:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: Adults $12. Children (ages 2-12) $8. Under 2 Free.
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Adults $13. Children (ages 2-12) $9. Under 2 Free.

4. From August 7- 23 nine round trips are made daily from the Fishers Station to the fairgrounds and back again. See the timetable here.

5. What if you're not traveling from Fishers or Steinmeier Station but want to get a FairTrain experience? Tickets for those wishing to just ride the train for a round trip from the fairgrounds to Fishers can purchase tickets at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum box office. family on train compressed

6. Indiana State Fair admission tickets are sold separately from FairTrain tickets. They are available at the gate upon arrival at the fairgrounds and will sometimes be available for purchase while on board the train.

7. Along with skipping the hassle of parking at the fairgrounds AND getting a cool train ride experience, the proceeds from ticket sales go to help the Indiana Transportation Museum continue operations. They preserve the railroad history of Indiana, operate other seasonal train rides and curate a museum.

8. Can't get enough train talk? Visit the Indiana Transportation Museum in Forest Park in Noblesville.

Now that you're ready to board, it's time to enter to win tickets! We'll be picking 3 lucky winners on Monday, August 10 to each receive a family 4-pack of tickets.
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Your August 6- 12 Hamilton County Getaway is Closer Than you Think!

Aug 05, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

School may be back in session, but there's still plenty of summer fun to be had in Hamilton County, Indiana! From trains and lots of local art, to seeing vintage cars, there's a special event for everyone to enjoy. Read on for getaway fun ideas and check out our online calendar for even more.

"Family Friday" Event
August 7
Westfield, Indiana

This is your chance to play on the state-of-the-art fields at Grand Park! Bring your own sports equipment and games to play at the sports complex. There will also be special activities and maybe even a celebrity appearance.

Fairtrain Blurb

 

Indiana Transportation Museum FairTrain
August 7 - 23
Fishers, Indiana

The Indiana State Fair is here and that means it's time for the annual tradition of the FairTrain! Skip the congested parking areas at the fair in Indianapolis and ride in style on a real train from Fishers to the State Fairgrounds. Several round trips will be made daily to and from the fair.  


Welded Bliss: An Exhibit of Metal Sculpture
August 7 - 29Museum of Minis 4- Deals blog
Noblesville, Indiana

Bonnie Ramirez, known as the "Torch Queen," has several students who will be showcasing their metalwork makings. From yard art to interesting sculptures, her students have made some fine works. Come explore them at the newest Nickel Plate Art exhibit.

Breyer Fun Day
August 8
Carmel, Indiana

Dive into a world of miniatures at the Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections this Saturday. A special miniature horse collection will be on display and children are invited to participate in fun crafts and activities.

Carmel Arts & Design Second Saturday Gallery Walk
August 8
Carmel, Indiana

Time to head to the Carmel Arts & Design District for a fantastic gallery walk. Along with new art displays, great local shopping and dining, there will be special activities to enjoy. This month visitors can sign up to make a real glass paperweight with glass blower Lisa Pelo!

Vintage Vehicle Expo blurb

Vintage Vehicle Expo
August 8
Carmel, Indiana

Calling all auto lovers. Go to Cool Creek Park to see a wonderful array of vintage vehicles of all kinds this weekend. Live music, prizes and more will be available for auto enthusiasts too.

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