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Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park, Aug. 24, 2019

July 11, 2019 Leave a comment
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Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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By Kay Feeney-Caito
On behalf of the Feast of Lanterns

The annual Feast of Lanterns Festival will be held at Spades Park in Indianapolis (1800 block of Nowland Avenue) on Saturday, August 24, 2019, 4-11 pm.

Free to attend, Feast of Lanterns is an annual family-friendly festival organized by the Lanterns Foundation Inc, (a 501c3 Non-Profit).

This colorful and visually-appealing one-day festival features over 500 colorful and glowing lanterns strung between 100-year-old trees, plus food trucks, live music, a kid’s zone, community vendors, artists, a beer garden, and more. Festival attendees especially enjoy the event at dusk when all of the lanterns are brightly lit following the children’s lantern parade and countdown.

The Feast of Lanterns Festival is host to 30 local artists with items for sale including clothing, soaps, home decor and more, and 30+ neighborhood organizations, non-profit and community groups with tables and information and free goodies for the community, plus a kid’s zone with free craft projects.

Food trucks this year include Calliope Sno Balls, Gordon’s Ice Cream, NY Slice, Lick, Gaucho’s Fire, Black Eye, Greek2Go, Costa Brava, Murry’s BBQ and several more. The beer garden will feature Flat 12, Centerpoint Brewing, and Ash and Elm Cider.

Live music this year features Dorin (4pm), Bashiri Asad (5:15pm), Sarah Grain and the Billions of Stars (6:30pm), Chamber Music Band (7:45pm), Carmichael (9pm) and Pork and Beans Brass Band (10pm).

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and to park at the Circle City Industrial parking lot located less than 1/4 mile west of the Park and walk along the Pogue’s Run Trail to reach Spades Park, or park at Teacher’s Treasures located off E. 10th Street.

For more information, visit https://www.indyfol.org.

Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park, Aug. 27, 2016

August 13, 2016 Leave a comment
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Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Kay Feeney-Caito
On behalf of the Feast of Lanterns

The Feast of Lanterns annual, family-friendly festival organized by the Lanterns Foundation Inc. is slated for Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, from 4:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. at Spades Park, 1800 Block of Nowland Avenue, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Admission is free.

This colorful and visually-appealing one-day festival features glowing lanterns, food trucks, live music from local and national bands, a kids zone, community vendors, artists, yoga, a beer garden, and more. Festival attendees can enjoy the event after dark when one can see and enjoy the lanterns and lights throughout the festival.

The Feast of Lanterns Festival is host to over 30 local artists with items for sale, neighborhood organizations, games, and performances. Food trucks include Duos, Citizen Hash, Calliope Sno Balls, Cosmic Chrome, Gauchos Fire, General American Donut Company, Taste of Caribbean, Der Pretzel Wagen, Kickstand The Flying Cupcake, Gordon’s Ice Cream and more. The beer garden will feature Metazoa, Flat 12 Bierworks, Ash & Elm Cider Company and Tastings Wine.

Live music features Damon Karl, The Punkin Holler Boys, Busman’s Holiday, Bonessetters, Rodney Stepp & The Steppin’ Out Band featuring Steve Cooper and The Pork and Beans Brass Band.

Feast of Lanterns is sponsored by John Boner Neighborhood Centers, Eskenazi Health, Pearl Street Pizzeria & Pub, Near Eastside Area Renewal, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Tick Tock Lounge.

FREE parking will be available at Circle City Industrial Complex located at 1125 Brookside Ave. Park free and walk down the new Pogue’s Run Trail to Spades Park and the Feast of Lanterns.

All are invited to bring family and friends and be a part of over a decade of community tradition. For more information, visit https://www.indyfeastoflanterns.com/

Ten Great Indiana Events: Number 3 Might Surprise You

October 3, 2015 Leave a comment

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

Once again this week a reader asked, via email, “What are the best events in Indiana?” Hmmm…talk about a loaded question! That’s kind of like trying to name Indy’s best burger (which is sure to provoke an argument) or trying to answer the eternal question: “What is Hip?” (sometimes hipness is what it ain’t). One person’s pleasure is another’s poison.

Nevertheless, in an attempt to address the question, I’m going to offer ten of my personal favorite events in Indianapolis and Indiana. I’m well aware that others would likely choose an entirely different list, because we all have our own likes and dislikes.

Also, if I lived in South Bend or Fort Wayne or Evansville or elsewhere, I’m certain my list might be different. So please don’t send vehement text messages or emails saying something like, “I can’t believe you left the Three Rivers Festival off your list,” or “Why didn’t you include the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival?” or “Where’s the Covered Bridge Festival on your list?” (But I would like to hear your choices in the comments section below.)

Having made those disclaimers, here goes!

#10. Christmas City Walkway of Lights

Christmas City Walkway of Lights

Christmas City Walkway of Lights in Marion, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

Matter Park in Marion, Indiana, about 90 minutes north of Indianapolis, presents the Christmas City Walkway of Lights every November/December. For $5 you can drive your car load of passengers through the park and see a huge variety of colorful and visually-appealing holiday light displays, with millions of lights, featuring everything from the IU logo to the 12 days of Christmas. Be sure to time your visit so you arrive just after dark. It’s even cooler if you park your car and walk through the park. Your kids will love it. See http://www.walkwayoflights.org/

#9. St. Joan of Arc French Market

St. Joan of Arc French Market

French Market at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church at 46th and Central Avenue in Indianapolis holds its parish festival every summer in August. I finally made it to the French Market in 2015 and was enthralled by the laid-back, easy-going setting, the big crowd, the variety of French cuisine, and the many vendors and activities in a beautiful neighborhood setting. Admission is free, but parking in the neighborhood can be a challenge. See http://www.sjoa.org/frenchmarket/

#8. Mid-Summer Festival

St. Christopher Mid-Summer Festival

Mid-Summer Festival at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Speedway, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

St. Christopher Catholic Church conducts an annual parish festival each summer in July. I love this festival for its neighborhood setting in Speedway on Indy’s west side at 16th and Lynhurst, plus its excellent variety of cuisine and carnival rides. Admission is free, but finding parking in the neighborhood can be a challenge. It’s pay-as-you-go at the food booths and rides. See http://indyfestival.com/

#7. Indianapolis Indians

Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana

Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

The Indians are the AAA minor league baseball team in Indianapolis. They play their home games at Victory Field, 501 West Maryland Street, in downtown Indy. I love to go out to the ball park because the action is up close and personal, tickets are reasonably priced in the $10-15 range, and the skyline of Indianapolis presents a beautiful backdrop for a baseball game. Monday Dollar Nights offer hot dogs, peanuts, potato chips, Cracker Jack and popcorn for just $1 each. See http://indyindians.com/

#6. Indy Greek Festival

Middle Eastern dancing at the Greek Festival in Carmel, Indiana

Middle Eastern dancing at the Greek Festival in Carmel, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

This is a colorful event held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Carmel, Indiana each summer in August. The Greek food is plentiful, the Middle Eastern dancing and music is so enjoyable, and the sanctuary inside the church is breathtaking. Be prepared for long lines in the food court, and you may have to park at Marsh Supermarket more than a mile away on Michigan Road and wait for a shuttle bus to transport you to the church. See http://indygreekfest.org/

#5. Italian Street Festival

Italian Street Festival at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Italian Street Festival at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

I love the Italian Street Festival at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 520 Stevens Street in Indianapolis, across the street from the Eli Lilly Company. The food is terrific (the four-layer carrot cake is unforgettable), the neighborhood atmosphere is enjoyable, admission is free, and I can usually find free parking across the street from the church. By now you are probably thinking that I’m a devout Catholic based on my selections thus far, but I’m not. I just love a good festival. See http://www.indyitalianfest.org/

#4. Indiana Flower and Patio Show

Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the State Fairgrounds

Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

This show is held each spring at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street, in Indianapolis. It’s a great event with colorful displays, lots of good ideas for decorating and home improvement projects, and a photographer’s delight. See http://hsishows.com/wp/indianaflowerandpatioshow/

#3. Feast of Lanterns

Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park in Indianapolis, Indiana

Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

This one-day festival doesn’t always get a lot of media coverage, but when they turn on the lanterns after dark, this is one of the most beautiful and colorful events in the city, in my opinion, held at Spades Park on Indy’s near east side in August. Food trucks, lots of vendors, a beer garden, and a neighborhood setting combine to make this event so enjoyable. Admission is free, but parking in the neighborhood can be a real challenge. Take your own chair and enjoy a lovely evening (opting for acoustic music would further improve this event, IMO). See https://www.facebook.com/IndyFeast

#2. Circle of Lights Celebration

Circle of Lights as viewed from the Skyline Club.

Circle of Lights on Monument Circle as viewed from the Skyline Club. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis transforms into a holiday showplace with the lighting of “the world’s tallest Christmas tree,” free live entertainment, and a festive atmosphere. Admission is free, so join me and 100,000 of my closest friends for this annual holiday tradition. See http://www.downtownindy.org/happening-downtown/hot/circle-of-lights/

#1. Indiana State Fair

Indiana State Fair midway.

Indiana State Fair midway in Indianapolis. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

I’ve been going to the Indiana State Fair since 1953 when I was still in diapers. It’s unquestionably my number one favorite event of the year. There is so much to see and do. You can’t really see it all in one day, but it’s fun to try! I like to ride the shuttle train all the way around the fairgrounds at least once just to see what’s new, then jump off the shuttle and work my way around the fairgrounds on foot.

My mom’s favorite was the quilt display in the Family Arts Building, so I always stop by and view the quilts to honor her memory. My brother played trombone in the Anderson High School marching band that won three consecutive state championships in the late 1950’s. So our family has a long and enjoyable history at the fair. The food is unbeatable, the midway is lively and colorful, the concerts feature national recording artists, the hot air balloon launch is inspirational, and a stop at the Dairy Bar for an official State Fair milk shake is a must. There’s something for everyone. See http://www.in.gov/statefair/

Honorable Mentions:

  1. Dig IN: A Taste of Indiana at White River State Park in Indianapolis
  2. Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival on Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis
  3. Indy Irish Fest at Military Park in Indianapolis
  4. Freedom Blast Fireworks Show on July 4 in downtown Indianapolis
  5. St. George Festival at St. George Orthodox Christian Church in Fishers, Indiana

How did I do? What are YOUR favorite Indianapolis and Indiana events of the year? Let me know in the comments because I try to cover as many Indianapolis and Indiana events as possible each year, and I’ll try to get to as many of them as I can.

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: AroundIndy.com, LLC received a Media Pass to the 2011 Indiana State Fair, complimentary tickets to the 2012 Indiana State Fair, a 2015 Media Pass, and a media pass to the 2015 Indiana State Fair. You may think I’m biased as a result, but I was going to the fair decades before these complimentary passes were offered.

Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park, Aug. 22, 2015

August 8, 2015 Leave a comment
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Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Kay Feeney-Caito
On behalf of the Feast of Lanterns

The Feast of Lanterns is a free annual family friendly festival organized by the Lanterns Foundation Inc,( a 501c3 Non Profit) and volunteers from the community. The festival takes place Saturday August 22, 2015 from 4:00-11:00PM at Spades Park (1800 Block of Nowland Ave) and admission is free.

This colorful and visually-appealing one-day festival features colorful and glowing lanterns plus food trucks, live music from local and national bands, a kids zone, community vendors, artists, yoga, a beer garden, and more. Festival attendees especially enjoy the event after dark when one can see and enjoy the lanterns and lights throughout the festival.

The Feast of Lanterns Festival is host to local artists with items for sale, neighborhood organizations, games, and performances. Food trucks this year include Duos, Calliope Sno Balls, Cosmic Chrome, Tacos on Wheels, The Flying Cupcake, Gordon’s Ice Cream and more. The beer garden will feature Sun King and Flat 12 as well as New Day Mead and Tastings new wine truck.

Live music this year features Liz Janes, the Pork and Beans Brass Band, The Silver Dollar Family Band, S.M. Wolf, a DJ and more.

Spades Park is located on Indy’s near eastside at 1800 Nowland Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information, visithttps://www.indyfeastoflanterns.com.

All are invited to bring family and friends from 4:00 to 11pm on Saturday, August 22, 2015 and be a part of over a decade of community tradition.

NESCO Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park, Aug. 24

August 21, 2013 Leave a comment
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NESCO Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC
http://aroundindy.com/

The NESCO Feast of Lanterns is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Spades Park on Indy’s near eastside from 12 to 11 pm. This is an annual event always held on the 4th Saturday in August.

This colorful and visually-appealing one-day festival features all those glowing lanterns plus good food, live music, kids zone, a pre-event parade at 11 AM, vendors, artists, yoga, a beer garden, Bingo tent, and lots more.

It’s especially cool to be there after dark to view the lanterns in their full splendor. It’s one of those things that once you’ve seen it, it always sticks in your memory. Admission to the Feast of Lanterns is free, and it’s a family-friendly event.

Spades Park is located at 1800 Nowland Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/IndyFeast, or call 317-327-7806.