Welcome the unofficial start of summer and spend Memorial Day weekend in Hamilton County, Indiana.
Attend a Memorial Day celebration.
Honor service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice at the Memorial Day ceremonies in Carmel, Fishers and Westfield.
Westfield celebrates Memorial Day with the annual Grand Run 5K, 10K and half marathon races. The race starts and finishes at Grand Park Sports Campus and includes portions of the Monon Trail. A portion of the proceeds are donated to local veteran-focused organizations.
Claim your art pass.
The Doable & Viewable Art Pass is your guide to art across Hamilton County. After seven check ins, pass users will earn a frameable Gabriel Lehman print.
Sip wine and listen to live music.
Visit Spencer Farm Winery for the Strawberry Music Festival. This dog friendly event will offer strawberry wine and slushies, food truck, games and music.
Visit a local farmers’ market.
‘Tis the season to wake up early on Saturday and shop local. Grab a cup of coffee to enjoy while you stroll through the vendor stalls and peruse fresh, local produce.
Enjoy the weather and dine outside on a patio.
Patio weather is here, and there are plenty of places to eat and drink al fresco. Read our roundup of can’t-miss patios in Hamilton County, including rooftop bars and waterside dining.
Ride your bike on more than 600+ miles of trails.
Pedal your heart out through the trails and parks. Hamilton County is home to a combined 600+ miles of trails, including popular routes like the Monon Trail, Midland Trace Trail and White River Greenway.
Kayak, canoe, or tube with White River Canoe Company.
Spend Memorial Day weekend on the water, either in a kayak, canoe, or tube with White River Canoe Company. Remember to pack sunscreen!
Get a scoop of ice cream at a local ice cream shop.
When the weather is hot, we all scream for ice cream. Get a scoop or a sundae at these locations:
- Carmel: The Cake Bake Shop, Gordon's Milkshake Bar, Graeter's, Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt, Rita's Italian Ice, Stacco House, Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
- Fishers: Bruster's Ice Cream, CRAVE Ice Cream Social, Graeter's, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt, Nicey Treat, Ohana Donuts & Ice Cream, The Old Custard Stand
- Noblesville: Alexander's on the Square, Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt
- Westfield: Big Hoffa’s Freezery
- Northern Towns: Alexander's on the Water, Twin Kiss
Cast a line and go fishing.
Fishing Booker named Hamilton County one of the “best Memorial Day Weekend fishing destinations for 2021.” The article cites the “wide variety of fishing spots to enjoy” and the “most picture-perfect settings you’ve ever seen” like the White River, Potter’s Bridge Park and River Road Park.
Explore Hamilton County during Indy 500 weekend.
Sunday, May 28 is the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, just 20 miles from Hamilton County. If you’re in town for the Indy 500, make a pit stop in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Westfield during Memorial Day weekend.
Plan ahead for summer concert season.
Live music returns this summer, and that’s music to our ears! Kroger Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie recently announced its lineup, including the popular Star-Spangled Symphony. Plus, the Ruoff Music Center 2023 schedule is filling up with big names like Janet Jackson, Dave Matthews Band, and Pearl Jam. Purchase your tickets and book your hotel rooms now before they sell out!