One of Carmel, Indiana’s signature festivals returns this September for its 21st year. The Carmel International Arts Festival takes over Main Street in the Carmel Arts & Design District Sept. 22 and 23 with more than 130 juried artists exhibiting in watercolor, oil, 2D, jewelry, photography, 3D, wood, sculpture, pottery and more. Approximately 40,000 art fans attend each year to experience this unique event.

Whether this is your first year or your 21st year, here are things to know about the Carmel International Arts Festival 2018.


Things to Know

The festival is open Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free and the event is family-friendly.

Parking is available at the Indiana Design Center parking garage and the Carmel High School parking lot, where shuttles will take attendees to and from the festival. Bicycle parking is available at the southwest corner of Main Street and the Monon Trail.

Food is available for purchase from vendors on-site or dine at one of the restaurants in the Carmel Arts & Design District.

Beyond browsing and purchasing art, guests can watch dance exhibitions, listen to live music from two stages and more.

The celebration continues into the evening with Art Rocks!, a party from 7:30 to 11 p.m. with food trucks, Sun King Brewing and music from the Wright Brothers.

Mark Your Calendar

Fall is festival season in Hamilton County, Indiana. Mark your calendar for these festivals happening August – October in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and the northern towns.

Aug. 24-26
Friday 4-10 p.m. // Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. // Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

Aug. 25
12-5 p.m.
Carmel Arts & Design District

Carmel Porchfest
Sept. 16
1-5:30 p.m.
Carmel Arts & Design District

Sept. 21
7-10 p.m.
Carmel City Center

Fishers Oktoberfest @ Saxony
Sept. 21-22
Friday 5:30-10 p.m. // Saturday 12-10 p.m.
Witten Park

St. George Festival
Sept. 21-23
1-5 p.m.
St. George Orthodox Christian Church

21st Annual Carmel International Arts Festival
Sept. 22-23
Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. // Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Carmel Arts & Design District

Atlanta New Earth Festival
Sept. 22-23
Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. // Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Main Street Atlanta

Hamilton Harvest Festival
Sept. 29
3-8 p.m.
Hamilton Town Center

St. Louis de Montfort Fall Festival
Sept. 29
2-11 p.m.
St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church

Fall Fest
Oct. 5
6-9 p.m.
Noblesville Main Street

Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival
Oct. 6
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Potter’s Bridge Park

Indiana Renaissance Faire
Oct. 6-7
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

Oct. 27
3-6 p.m.
City of Westfield


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