Get the inside scoop about travel to Festival Country Indiana with our blog

If you’re traveling to Festival Country Indiana, make the most of your vacation by reading our blog to see what the locals and experts say. Learn the latest happenings for last minute travel, find out about local music and local food, and explore fun things to do in the summer, fall, winter and spring.

Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Here are the Top 5 things to do this weekend in Festival Country Indiana, located just south of Indy.

Great Spots for Outdoor Dining in Festival Country Indiana

One of the best parts of spring is when the restaurants start opening up their patios for dining again. Festival Country Indiana, located just south of Indy, has plenty of places that combine tasty food with the ambiance of outdoor seating.

Harvesting Great Finds at the Farmers Market

Farmers Markets are now open throughout the area, including the Franklin Farmers Market. The Franklin Farmers Market is a Saturday staple in downtown Franklin, providing the community with an assortment of fresh local produce and handcrafted items.

Night Lights Initiative Brightens Franklin

If you venture to downtown Franklin on a Friday night, make sure to stop by the City Hall building at 70 E. Monroe St. Here you’ll find a quaint mini festival complete with a positive lighted message, a food truck and live music.

Visit Historic Downtown Franklin

Enjoy dining, shopping, entertainment and lodging in a historic downtown setting in Franklin, which was founded in 1823.

Businesses That Help the Community and World

Downtown Franklin not only has history within its streets, but also businesses that are helping the community and world each time they sell their goods.

These Coloring Pages are More Festive

When you're looking for fun, new activities to keep the whole family entertained, this is one way to put a festive spin on the traditional coloring book.

Time to Get Crafty

All around Festival Country Indiana, businesses are innovating and creating new ways to share their products from afar. To help you find your new favorite craft project and bring the festivities to your home, we rounded up a list of all the take-home kits available just south of Indy.

Your Guide to Takeout in Festival Country Indiana

Staying home doesn’t have to mean cooking every meal. There are plenty of ways to enjoy your favorite restaurants and cafés from the comfort of your own couch. Check out this list for carry-out and delivery information at local eateries all throughout Festival Country.

Try Solving These Virtual Jigsaw Puzzles

Staying home is important, but it has us missing our favorite Festival Country sights and activities. Reminisce with us by solving these virtual jigsaw puzzles that feature a few local spots.

Lend a Hand While Social Distancing

With everything happening in our world today, community support is more important than ever. If you are able to help, the list here outlines a number of local organizations working to support the community, be it through time, money or resources. Remember, we’re in this together.

March Happiness - The Final Round

Over the last few weeks, we have voted on all kinds of attractions throughout Festival Country. Week four, the final week, is a little different than before. For this round, you got to chose what the voting options were.

March Happiness - Round Three

March Madness may not be happening this year, but March Happiness in Festival Country Indiana is still going strong. Check out the round three voting options here.

March Happiness – Round Two

Round two is here, so we’re ready to announce the new category and competitors. Since spring is upon us, it’s the perfect time for a new spring wardrobe. This week’s category will feature a few of the stylish boutiques that are just south of Indy.

March Happiness, Round One

Welcome to the first round of the March Happiness Bracket Challenge! For round one, we will be voting on the best burger in Festival Country Indiana.

It's Time For March Happiness

It may be March Madness season, but here in Festival Country Indiana, it’s time for March Happiness!

Top Things to do Over Spring Break

If you’re not heading south to Florida for spring break, you can still find spring break fun by heading south (south of Indy, that is).

Curing Cabin Fever

In the midst of a long Indiana winter, it’s easy to feel an itch to get out of the house. Thankfully, here in Festival Country Indiana, there is no shortage of fun, unique experiences that everyone can enjoy, no matter the weather.

Wellness Tourism is the Perfect Reason to Travel

Bargersville, Indiana may seem like an odd place to consider a hub of wellness tourism, but read this blog to find out what great things are going on.

Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner and dancing to celebrate Valentine’s Day or are looking for Valentine’s fun for the whole family, you’ll have to check out these fun ways to celebrate just south of Indy.

Enjoy Holiday Open Houses Nov. 8-9

The business districts in Franklin and Greenwood are getting in the holiday spirit with their Holiday Open Houses November 8 and 9.

You've Got to Try Axe Throwing

If you've never tried axe throwing, you don't know what you're missing. And a fun, supportive place to try is just south of Indy at Johnson County Axe Throwing.

Franklin transforming into Halloween Town

Downtown Franklin is the place to be on Oct. 26 as the town transforms into Halloween Town, with a variety of fun for all ages.

Hayrides, corn mazes and more

Fall is here, and nothing says fall just south of Indy in Festival Country like hayrides and cornfield mazes. One of the best spots for these experiences and more is Kelsay Farms in Whiteland.

Skeletons Take Over Downtown Franklin

Downtown Franklin is a little spookier in October now that dozens of businesses and organizations are displaying skeletons in various poses and outfits inside and outside their buildings.

Indy 500 racer brings awesome go-karting experience south of Indy

Sarah Fisher O’Gara enjoyed a long racing career, including nine appearances in the Indy 500. Although she’s retired from racing now, racing remains in her blood. That’s why she is offering people a chance to experience the thrill of racing at Whiteland Raceway Park, a go-kart track.

Authentic Autumn in Festival Country Indiana

Autumn has arrived in Festival Country Indiana, and that means great leaf viewing opportunities and plenty of fall fun like corn mazes, pumpkin patches and fall festivals.

Most Interesting Items at our Resale and Thrift Shops

Visiting a thrift stores is an adventure in which you actually find hidden treasures. Here are some of the treasures that are waiting to be discovered at our resale and thrift stores at the moment. And, if you are unable to find them, there will be something equally as exciting.

The perfect time (and place) for disc golf

Festival Country Indiana is home to four awesome disc golf courses. The courses are beautiful and enjoyable in the spring, summer and fall.

Enjoy the Classic Drive-In Experience

Summer is here, and nothing says summer like enjoying food at a drive-in restaurant or catching a late-night movie at a drive-in theater.

The Coolest Items at our Antique Shops

If you love treasure hunting at antique shops, you’ll appreciate the cool items we found being offered at some of our antique and salvage shops. And don’t worry if they’re gone when you visit. You’re sure to find something equally awesome.

Fun for Train Lovers

If you’re a train enthusiast, plan a trip to Festival Country Indiana for train rides, to see an elaborate model train layout, and to learn about the area’s train history at a train-themed museum.

Dog-Friendly Festival Country Indiana | Top Things to See and Do

Whether you are a local resident or just passing through Festival Country Indiana, you are sure to have a great time. If you are one of the many pet families, you and Fido have come to the right spot! Just south of Indy, Festival Country Indiana is a great destination for you and your favorite canine.

The most relaxing coffee break

Everyone needs a break from their fast-paced life from time to time, and sometimes a nice break in a local coffee shop is just the piece of relaxation we’re searching for. Festival Country Indiana is home to a variety of great coffee shops.

These Easter Events are Worth the Trip

An Easter egg hunt for adults? A Bunny Brunch event with all the fun for kids plus cocktails for the adults? Easter is a little more festive in Festival Country Indiana, located just south of Indy.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day South of Indy

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, and some of the best celebrations are just south of Indy.

Annual Report

Check out the video recap of the work of Festival Country Indiana, the tourism agency just south of Indiana in Johnson County.

Guitar legend living the dream south of Indy

People have come from as far away as Germany and New Zealand to visit Frank’s Guitars in Franklin to hear stories about, and see memorabilia from, some of the most famous musicians of the past several decades.

Explore the Beer & Wine Trail That is More Festive

From the nationally-recognized Belgian brews at Taxman Brewing Company to the award-winning wines and ciders at Mallow Run Winery, people are finding their new favorites at the nearly dozen stops along the Festival Country Indiana Beer & Wine Trail.

Winter Fun

There's nothing like sledding or cross-country skiing, followed by a stop at a local coffeehouse or tea room.

Poster of Historic Artcraft Theatre created

A poster series featuring iconic spots throughout Festival Country Indiana kicked off this month with the completion of the first poster, which features The Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin.

Authentic Holiday Experiences

If you want to try something fun this holiday season – and maybe even start a new holiday tradition – head to Festival Country Indiana, located just south of Indianapolis.

10 Ways to Enjoy the Holiday Season Just South of Indy

If you’re looking to make memories and enjoy holiday fun, here are 10 ways to enjoy the holiday season just south of Indianapolis.

Find Artisan-made Candles South of Indy

Learn about the artisan candles made right here in Festival Country Indiana.

Praise Acres

If you’re looking for a peaceful place to walk on a nature trail, have a picnic or do a photo shoot, head to Praise Acres in Bargersville.

See Colorful Murals and Watch Two Get Painted

Enjoy a drive around Festival Country Indiana and check out the colorful murals that decorate the buildings in our communities. And, in August, see two getting painted.

The Live Music Makes Festival Country Indiana so Festive

Part of what makes Festival Country Indiana so festive is the live music scene. Get your music fix just south of Indianapolis.

Vintage & Antique Finds

Antique shopping is one of the big up and coming trends that you definitely don’t want to miss out on. We’re all unique people and deserve unique decorations that match that.

The Top Hoosier Tenderloins – and the Full Story

Two long-time residents of Festival Country Indiana (and tenderloin aficionados) scoured the area for the best Hoosier tenderloins. Here's what they found.

Seeing a Movie at The Historic Artcraft Theatre is a Must-do Experience

I’ve seen plenty of movies, but up until recently I never had the privilege of experiencing a film at The Historic Artcraft Theater in Franklin. I’d been told it’s more than a movie, it’s an experience. That turned out to be very true.

Bring Your Pet to Festival Country

Do you love to travel but hate having to find a restaurant where you can sit outside with your dog, a hotel that accepts pets, or things to do with your pet? Well, you don’t have to worry because here in Festival Country Indiana, you can bring your pet with you!

Learning how to Make Sushi is a Blast

If you love sushi, you’ve probably thought about how cool it would be to make your own. Now you can, by taking the beginner sushi making class at Yokohama Japanese Cuisine and Sushi in Festival Country Indiana, just south of Indianapolis.

Goat Yoga and Farm Animals Yoga are Must-do Activities

If you want to feel refreshed, both mentally and physically, in just an hour, goat yoga and farm animal yoga are for you. While such yoga is hard to find, especially around the Midwest, you can find them in Festival Country Indiana, just south of Indianapolis.

Freedom Festival is a Must-See Event

Festival season is in full swing in Festival Country Indiana, and one of the can’t-miss events is Greenwood Freedom Festival on June 30.

The Farm Girl: Shopping Shabby Chic Local

Repurposed goods and vintage farmhouse style decorations can be found in many places, but Festival Country Indiana’s own Farm Girl Mercantile stands out among the crowd.

The History Behind Festival Country Indiana

The wonders of Johnson County are tucked away, waiting to be explored, at The Johnson County Museum of History

An awesome festival season begins now

There's nothing better than getting away and enjoying an authentic festival that celebrates great music as well as local food, drinks and goods. One of the best places for festivals and events is Festival Country Indiana, located just south of Indy.

Celebrate getting away this spring

The cure for spring fever isn't cleaning the house. It's cleaning out the back of the vehicle so there's room for a suitcase. This is the perfect time for wine, flowers and a B&B experience.

Check out these perfect ways to get out and play this spring

Great golf courses, air sports like skydiving and paragliding, and plenty of craft brewpubs are just south of Indy in Festival Country Indiana.

Music, Food and Drinks to Make the Winter More Festive

To beat the winter blues, there are some great opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy some great food, drinks and live music.

Franklin one of “55 Best Small Towns to Visit on a Road Trip of America”

The City of Franklin has been named one of the “55 Best Small Towns to Visit on a Road Trip of America.” Franklin was included in the feature by It was one of only 10 Midwest destinations featured, and it was the only one in Indiana.

Ring in the New Year in a Festive Way

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate New Year’s Eve and have an enjoyable weekend getaway, Festival Country Indiana is the place to be.

Thanksgiving Fun South of Indy

Have fun south of Indy with a Thanksgiving day race and a Stretchy Pants Party.

Indy Bacon Week is Nov. 13-19, 2017

Everything is better with bacon. This week you can enjoy $5 bacon specials throughout the area during Indy Bacon Week.

The Willard's Tenderloin Named One of Indiana's Best

Tenderloins are definitely a thing in Indiana. And a local restaurant that has become famous for its delicious pork tenderloin sandwiches just finished as one of the Top 3 “Best Tenderloins” in Indiana.

Take a Learning Vacation at World-renowned Woodworking School Just South of Indy

People come from all across the world to study not only woodworking, but also glass blowing, concrete casting, stone carving, blacksmithing and jewelry making.

Make Memories With These Top 10 Holiday Experiences Just South of Indy

If you're looking to make memories this holiday season, check out these 10 things to do just south of Indy in Festival Country Indiana.

Check Out These Pre-holiday Shopping Experiences

Here are five must-do shopping experiences south of Indy

Five Things You Must Do Before Summer Ends

Summer is almost over and if you're anything like me, you probably haven't taken enough days to enjoy these warm days before they're gone.

California Native Living in New York Finds Plenty of Fun South of Indy

So, how do you entertain someone who travels the world looking for great craft brews, wine, cocktails and adventures?

Are You Ready for a Festive Time?

The best thing about being new to Festival Country Indiana, just south of Indy, is that I get to discover all the great places to eat and all the fun things to do. With the 2017 travel season kicking off on Memorial Day weekend, I thought I'd share a bit.