There is so much to do in Carmel all year long; and the summertime event and festival season draw crowds by the hundreds as the city hosts a growing list of unique and exciting things to do. Returning for 2023, Brews on the Boulevard (July 29) will once again bring Indiana breweries to Midtown Plaza and Monon Boulevard for a night of sampling unique and flavorful beers. Tasting tickets are $30 and VIP tasting tickets are $50. VIPs can begin sampling at 4 p.m. and will receive an exclusive gift. General admission begins at 5 p.m. Guests must be 21 or older to purchase a tasting ticket. This event will feature food trucks, summer activities and not one, but four musical groups. Enjoy Corey Cox, Coan Rutkowski, Six Figures and DJ Nicolas Rage. This event is free and open to the public.
New this year! Carmel welcomes the inaugural multi-day, multi-stage Carmel Jazz Fest (August 11-12). More than 30 local and nationally known acts will be performing across six different indoor and outdoor stages at the Gazebo, The Center for the Performing Arts and Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael. For details about Carmel Jazz Fest including ticket information, visit CarmelJazzFest.org.
The annual favorite event for car enthusiasts, Artomobilia (September 9) rolls back to the Arts & Design District in September. One of the truly more unique events of the season, Artomobilia brings nearly 500 collectors and auto-devotees to one of Carmel’s premier locations. With portions of Main Street and Range Line Road closed to traffic for the event, visitors can take their time and stroll the car-lined streets while also having access to art galleries, eclectic dining options and specialty retail stores.
Festivities continue through September with art-focused events in the Arts & Design District. Carmel on Canvas (September 15-17) runs for three days and includes a two-day plein air painting competition and more than $13,000 in prize money for the artists.
Cap off a weekend of art with music! As Carmel on Canvas wraps up on Sunday, locals and visitors can make their way to the neighborhood on the northwest side of the Arts & Design District. Since its first year in 2014, Carmel PorchFest (September 17) continues to grow; featuring local talent from many different genres playing from the porches of one of the city’s coolest neighborhoods.
The Carmel International Arts Festival (September 23-24) brings more than 100 juried artists in an array of media to Carmel’s Main Street. In addition to incredible art, festival visitors can enjoy live performances throughout the day on two stages by local musicians and dancers from many different genres.
Oktoberfest (October 6) is a family-friendly, music-filled event with a German theme at Carmel City Center. Retail and restaurants open their doors and windows to serve food and drinks and be prepared to dance to polka until after the sun sets.
What better way to say goodbye to the summer and welcome fall than with The Arts in Autumn (October 14) at Midtown Plaza. This festival for the whole family was introduced in 2022 and was so popular, it gained a permanent place on the City’s annual event programming. This is the last large event before the Carmel Christkindlmarkt and The Ice at Carter Green by Allied Solutions celebrate opening day on November 18.
Visit EventsInCarmel.com to learn more about city hosted or sponsored events in Carmel.