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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.
Nothing says Independence Day like an exciting fireworks show. Click to learn where to enjoy this iconic summer holiday just south of Indy.
Hanging out with the guys for a day and need ideas on places to go and food to eat? Look no further because Festival Country has you covered, and you won’t be disappointed.
Do you ever get bored ordering the same food off the same menus? Don’t get us wrong, some of the best places to eat are full of everyday cuisine and it can be delicious, but sometimes something different is calling your name. When that happens, we’re here to help.
Summer is fast approaching, and there’s no better place to spend it than in Festival Country! Whether you’re trying to beat the heat or enjoy time off from school or work, we’ve got you covered.
Father’s Day is coming up and Festival Country has what you need to make this weekend extra special. Give your father or father-figure a time to remember just south of Indy. Check out the list to find our top recommendations.
The weather is heating up and it’s time to soak up the sun at an aquatic center. Here’s what you need to know before you go.
During the hot days of summer (or any time of year, really), you can’t go wrong with some cold ice cream. Thankfully, Festival Country is home to a dozen ice cream shops. Hit the (ice cream) trail and enjoy some of the best treats just south of Indy.
Instead of flowers this year, treat Mom to an experience she’ll cherish. What better way to thank the mother or mother-figure in your life than with quality time and lasting memories?
Live music is easy to find in Festival Country Indiana. Check out the lineup to see what concerts are coming to town this season.
Farmers markets are treasure troves for items ranging from fresh produce to handmade pies to scented candles. This year's farmers market season has almost begun, so here is all the information you need to make the most of it.
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.
The Easter Bunny is delivering eggs, hosting breakfasts, smiling for photos and flying on helicopters this season. Check out all the Easter festivities happening just south of Indy.
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, and some of the best celebrations are just south of Indy.
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).
If you’re looking for the best ways to celebrate Valentine's Day or need fun date night ideas, look no further.
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.
A new year means new businesses, exciting experiences, and more opportunities to taste, see and do all that Festival Country has to offer. Here’s what to look forward to in 2022!
Every year, businesses and homes in Festival Country don their best decorations and create captivating holiday light displays for all to enjoy. Jump in the car and check out these lights.
If you’re looking to make memories and enjoy holiday fun, here are more than 10 ways to enjoy the holiday season just south of Indianapolis.
One of the quintessential holiday activities is picking out the perfect Christmas tree. If you prefer the time-honored tradition of cutting down your own, these are the places to go.
Delicious, scratch-made pies are sure to please, especially during the holidays. There are several local businesses offering to do the baking for you.
Looking for fun that won’t break the bank? Festival Country is full of activities, events and experiences that offer major whoa for only a little dough.
Give the kids a summer to remember. From ice cream shops to water parks to go-karts, you'll find activities that kids love just south of Indy.
Attention ghouls and goblins: celebrate spooky season in the place that is more festive. These Halloween events are sure to impress.
Autumn in Festival Country is fun and safe, with wide open spaces to enjoy corn mazes, pick pumpkins and climb straw bale mountains.
Fall is in the air and we’re ready for all the festivities this season brings. To help everyone get in the fall spirit, we hit the town and found the best fall flavors, festivities, shopping and more.
There is a lot to be said about all the fun activities one can do in Festival Country for free, or at minimal cost. See how one local enjoyed the whole day for only $20.
If you and the gals are looking to get away for a fun, relaxing day or weekend, plan your next trip to Festival Country!
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.
Want to drink like a local? Here are some of the great breweries and wineries Festival Country has to offer.
There’s something special about summer in Festival Country Indiana. With renowned festivals and events, outdoor concerts, aquatic centers, unique dining experiences and more, there is no shortage of memories to be made just south of Indy.
Looking for a place to take fun photos with friends? Check out this list for inspiration for your next photoshoot.
There's nothing better than a great brunch. Head to one of these restaurants for dishes ranging from classic American to brunch with a twist.
Just south of the hustle and bustle of Indianapolis, you’ll find plenty of ways to unwind amidst the beautiful parks and green spaces. Grab a smoothie bowl and enjoy a healthy day with us.
JoAnn Houdek has done it all, from selling cars to working as a designer. Now she runs The Shoppe in Bargersville and curates a unique collection of antiques.
After a life-changing injury, Carrie Davies turned her lifelong love of baking into a new business. Her menu pulls from heirloom recipes, childhood memories and plenty of creativity.
This veteran-owned business started with simple homemade candles and is now an artisan candle and gift shop with items from nearly 60 vendors. Meet Tauria Catlin, the woman behind it.
Yokohama Japanese Cuisine and Sushi is known for their gourmet sushi, artful dishes and welcoming atmosphere, thanks to Chef Debbie Bennett. Plus, where else can you enjoy your meal while the chef performs magic tricks at your table?
Elissa Moore went from producing films in Los Angeles to producing gluten-free baked goods and meals in historic downtown Franklin.
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.
Revery restaurant in Greenwood has always been innovative. The challenging 2020 just spurred more innovation and success.
Enjoy dining, shopping, entertainment and lodging in a historic downtown setting in Franklin, which was founded in 1823.
As the autumn air becomes chillier and the clouds hang in the sky, unwinding at a cozy coffee shop sounds like just what we need. Here in Festival Country, you can find warm, historic venues with handcrafted pastries as well as quirky shops with local art.
With many fall activities opening up this weekend, there’s no shortage of fun, safe things to do in Festival Country Indiana.
Who doesn’t love a long weekend? This Labor Day, there are plenty of fun, safe events and activities to do in Festival Country Indiana. We rounded them up so the only thing you have to do is decide which to choose.
Festival Country Indiana is home to over 35 miles of trails that offer a range of urban and natural settings. Enjoy the great outdoors with the parks and trails that accommodate everything from leisurely strolls to intense runs and bike rides.
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.
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.
You've never seen a visitor center like this one.
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.
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.
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.
Revery restaurant in Greenwood has always been innovative. The challenging 2020 just spurred more innovation and success.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 may be March Madness season, but here in Festival Country Indiana, it’s time for March Happiness!
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.
The business districts in Franklin and Greenwood are getting in the holiday spirit with their Holiday Open Houses November 8 and 9.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Festival Country Indiana is home to four awesome disc golf courses. The courses are beautiful and enjoyable in the spring, summer and fall.
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.
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.
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.
Check out the video recap of the work of Festival Country Indiana, the tourism agency just south of Indiana in Johnson County.
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.
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.
There's nothing like sledding or cross-country skiing, followed by a stop at a local coffeehouse or tea room.
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.
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.
Learn about the artisan candles made right here in Festival Country Indiana.
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.
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.
Part of what makes Festival Country Indiana so festive is the live music scene. Get your music fix just south of Indianapolis.
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.
Two long-time residents of Festival Country Indiana (and tenderloin aficionados) scoured the area for the best Hoosier tenderloins. Here's what they found.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 wonders of Johnson County are tucked away, waiting to be explored, at The Johnson County Museum of History
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.
Great golf courses, air sports like skydiving and paragliding, and plenty of craft brewpubs are just south of Indy in Festival Country Indiana.
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.
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 www.AutoAccessoriesGarage.com. It was one of only 10 Midwest destinations featured, and it was the only one in Indiana.
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.
Have fun south of Indy with a Thanksgiving day race and a Stretchy Pants Party.
Everything is better with bacon. This week you can enjoy $5 bacon specials throughout the area during Indy Bacon Week.
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.
People come from all across the world to study not only woodworking, but also glass blowing, concrete casting, stone carving, blacksmithing and jewelry making.
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.
Here are five must-do shopping experiences south of Indy
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.
So, how do you entertain someone who travels the world looking for great craft brews, wine, cocktails and adventures?
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.