The City of Westfield, Indiana, and the surrounding communities in Hamilton County, really know how to throw a summer festival. Whether you are looking for a day trip along a cross-country tour or an off-the-beaten-path weekend getaway, the people of Hamilton County can show you an amazing time.
Lights Over Morse Lake
Nothing says Fourth of July like fireworks over the lake on a hot summer night, but Lights Over Morse Lake is so much more than that. In addition to fireworks, there’s a parade, zipline, children’s carnival, balloon glow, sports tournaments, and live music. There is even a talent show for the whole family to enjoy. The event is from July 4-7 and spans across the City of Cicero, Indiana, from the event’s namesake lake to the community park. The event is free and open to the public.
Annual Noblesville Street Dance
You might think a community dance is a thing of the past, but Noblesville loves to get everyone up on their feet and moving to a beat. Live musical acts play toe-tapping tunes, ranging from ’70s favorites to the latest hits, in Historic Noblesville Square. The dance is free and runs from 4-11 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. In addition to dancing the night away, guests can enjoy a bite to eat from local vendors. There is a kids’ zone for young ones, featuring prizes and kid-friendly activities.
Now more than a decade old, Carmel’s Artomobilia is a wonder and a delight if you like classic cars, art, or the intersection of design and horsepower. The event celebrates automotive art and design as more than 400 makes of collector cars descend on this small town. Hosted by the Carmel Arts & Design District, Artomobilia draws more than 20,000 visitors who want to see rare and beautiful cars, alongside unique local artists. The car and art displays are free and open to the public. Artomobilia will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25.
Hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, this free festival invites you to take part in traditional Hellenic culture in Carmel, Indiana, from Aug. 24-26. GreekFest is nearly 45 years old and has a long history of sharing traditional Greek food, dancing, and live music with its community. It is a family-friendly event where you can watch live cooking demos and take a tour of the breathtaking church. A children’s tent features activities and a puppet show for young ones.
It is much easier to enjoy an event if it doesn’t come with a long drive. If you want to attend any of these festivals, it is a good idea to book your hotel early, particularly if you plan on going to Artomobilia. While these may be considered small town festivals, local hotels can fill up quickly. If you stay close enough to the event, simply skipping the drive and parking hassles, alone, can be a sweet start to an amazing day.
Ryan Tyson is a travel writer and mother. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to the movies, and outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking.