Numerous events and festivals are held in Carmel throughout the year. Some of the highlights include the following:
Art of Wine
Saturday, July 19, 20155 – 10 p.m.
Location: Carmel Arts & Design District – area around Main and Range Line Road
Description: A treat for your senses; Enjoy a summer evening experiencing vintages al fresco at The Art of Wine. Guests 21 years of age and older can enjoy a variety of wines while also taking in the district’s galleries, shops and restaurants. Live entertainment enhances this event, which is a favorite of many.
For more information, visit:http://www.carmelartsanddesign.com
The art of the automobile is on display in Carmel's Arts & Design District during Artomobilia. Cars from all eras line the streets and galleries exhibit art with an auto theme.
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Carmel PorchFest Promo 2015
Carmel Farmers Market
Farmers Market Time Lapse Promo video
Held Saturday mornings, Mid-May thru the end of October
Location: 5 Center Green, Carmel IN 46032 (At the corner of City Center Drive & S.W. 3rd Street, in the shadow of the Palladium.)
One of the City’s most popular events is the Carmel Farmers Market. Neighbors enjoy socializing while strolling through the market to purchase fresh produce, baked and canned goods, flowers, and more from local vendors. Live music also adds to the pleasant atmosphere of the market. Firehouse cookoffs, a Veggie Art Contest, and cooking demonstrations are planned throughout the summer. Visit www.carmelfarmersmarket.com for more information.
Carmel Farmers Winter Market
Held every Saturday from November 15, 2014 to March 14, 2015 from 9 AM to 12 noon with the exception of December 27, 2014 when there will be no Market.
Location: Winter Farmers Market, Wilfong Pavilion in Founders' Park
Featuring 21 vendors selling a cornucopia of locally produced foods such as herbs, vegetables, fruit, plants, meat, poultry, fish, honey, and wine. The Winter Farmers Market will be held in its new location at the indoor, heated Wilfong Pavilion in Founders’ Park, located at 116th Street and Hazel Dell.
This event is free and open to the public.
Visit www.carmelfarmersmarket.com for more information.
Carmel on Canvas
Carmel on Canvas
Carmel on Canvas Promo 2015
Carmel on Canvas Plein Air Painting Event provides artists with 3 days of plein air painting, within the Carmel Arts & Design District. Early registration is $40 and registration the days of the event will be $50. We are awarding a total of $5,000 in awards with any sales going 100% to artists. Artists may paint Friday and Saturday and submit one framed work for judging at the Artist's Reception Saturday at the Indiana Design Center. The awards for this event will be $4,000, including $1,000 for Best of Show.
Sunday, we will follow with the QUICK PAINT Sunday for artists 14 and older with awards totalling $1,000. Registration for this event will be $15, payable Sunday at registration. The Carmel Artists Association will also assist with the student section for the Paint Out. Registration for that event will be free with awards announced at the registration.
Carmel Historical Society
Carmel Historical Holiday Home Tour - details click here
Days of Remembrance
The City of Carmel’s Days of Remembrance Ceremony is held each year to remember and honor the victims of the Holocaust. This event will be held in the Tarkington Theater at The Center for the Performing Arts and includes a Civic Proclamation by Mayor Brainard and special guest speakers. Area schools and churches participate in the event featuring musical performances and speeches.
Ceremony held in April with specific date TBA on www.Carmel.in.gov
Held annually on July 3rd and 4th
Location: Carmel Civic Square
This annual festival celebrating the 4th of July is the highlight of summer in Carmel. Festivities include a parade, live entertainment, food vendors and a spectacular fireworks display. Activities are available for all age groups, making it a fun event for the entire family. Visit www.carmelfest.net for more information
Carmel International Arts Festival
Carmel International Arts Festival Promo 2015
Held annually in September
Location: Main Street, Carmel Arts & Design District
The International Arts Festival held in September features a juried art exhibit of artists from around the world. Visitors of all ages also can enjoy concerts, dance performances and hands-on activities for children. The festival takes place in the Carmel Arts and Design District, an area dedicated to the arts in Old Town Carmel. Visit www.carmelartsfestival.org for date and time information.
Holiday on the Square
Held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving
Location: Carmel Civic Square
Co-sponsored by the City of Carmel and the Carmel Arts Council, this event kicks off the holiday season in Carmel. Holiday entertainment, Santa, his elves, and live reindeer provide a festive atmosphere for the City’s Holiday lighting ceremony on Civic Square. The Mayor officiates this event and children can get their picture with Santa for a small fee. Please visit the city’s website or call 317-571-2400 for more information.
Holiday in the Arts District
Saturday, December 12, 2015
3 – 6 p.m.
Location: Carmel Arts & Design District
Description: Elves, reindeer, carolers, carriage rides and the most unique Santa house in Indiana warm Carmel’s Arts & Design District this holiday season.
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IU Health North Hospital Gallery Walk
Enjoy the fine art, merchant activities, entertainment, culture and shopping of the Carmel Arts and Design District every Second Saturday in 2011! Featuring new artists and exhibits in the galleries each month, guest appearances by international and local artists, and prizes, giveaways or special activities at select events.
• April 9 – Find Your Faberge: Spring Scavenger Hunt in the District; search for giant hand-painted eggs from local artists in merchant windows throughout the District
• May 14 – enter at each gallery for your chance to win a $50 gift card from District businesses
• June 11 – in conjunction with Rock the District
• September 10 – in conjunction with Artomobilia
• December 10 – in conjunction with Holiday in the Arts District
The City of Carmel honors its fallen heroes at the Memorial Day Ceremony each year. The event is held the Friday before Memorial Day at 9 a.m. The event is held outside at the Veterans Memorial Plaza on Third Avenue SW, south of City Center Drive. Carmel's American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts perform a flag raising ceremony and join the mayor, other dignitaries and a keynote speaker from one of the various branches of the military at this event.
Mooncake Festival Video 2014
Oktoberfest - click here
Summer Family Concert Series at the Gazebo
Held Wednesdays in June, July and August
Location: Carmel Civic Square
This free summer concert series offers weekly family entertainment on the lawn of Carmel Civic Square. Families are encouraged to bring picnic suppers and enjoy the outdoor music. The concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.carmelgazeboconcerts.org for schedule information.
The City of Carmel, Mayor Jim Brainard and members of local veterans organizations, work together to host an annual Veterans Day Ceremony, a community event in honor of our veterans. The ceremony pays tribute and thanks those who served our country in order for us to enjoy the freedoms that we have today.
All area students are involved in this event through a poster and essay contest. The elementary grades K-5 participate though the poster contest and the middle and high school students write essays to enter into the contest. One student is selected from each grade level to attend the ceremony and present their poster or essay during the event.
Traditionally, the Carmel Veterans Day ceremony is held at noon the business day before Veterans Day, which allows our local veterans to participate in other regional ceremonies held on Veterans Day. This event is free and open to the public. No ticketing is required. click here for nore details
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The Carmel Arts & Design District is also the site of many events throughout the year. Visit www.carmelartsanddesign.com for more information.