Events & Festivals

In the Indiana Uplands, we are a region on the rise with a growing list of opportunities to live, work, and play. Join us at these special events as we catalyze our strengths to create new opportunities that lift the quality of life for all Uplanders.

Festival season returns

Warmer weather signals the arrival of festival season in the Indiana Uplands, where communities come alive with an array of vibrant events. Are you a music lover ready to groove to live performances in scenic outdoor setting? Fan of ventriloquism? Do you love setting up a lawn chair to watch as fireworks dance across the sky? Curious to know what a bed race is? Come join us in the Uplands! We have a festival and event waiting to entertain you all summer with festivities to suit every taste and interest.

 

April-October: Free Fourth Friday Festival and Art Walk, April-October

Nashville, Brown County

Since the early 1900s, artists have traveled from near and far to capture the natural beauty and life in the rolling hills of Brown County. Today the county remains home to artists carrying on the tradition and galleries showcasing the beautiful art from the past. The Free Fourth Friday Art Walk happens each month from April through October! Plan to take a stroll through the arts village in Nashville as you enjoy refreshments, live music, and the unique pieces of art in each gallery! Participating galleries will stay open late for visitors. You will even be able to see art in action as some galleries will have demonstrations! Once you finish your stroll head over to the historic Brown County Playhouse for the Free Fourth Friday Festival to hear live music of all genres performed by impressive local and regional musicians. Both events are free!

 

June-September: Mondays on Main

Linton, Greene County

Summertime in Linton means once a month food trucks, bounce houses, and vendor booths fill Main Street for the family-friendly community event Mondays on Main Street! Each event has a theme, too! June was a luau party and July’s theme will be Christmas in July! Eat a savory meal from Fat Daddy’s BBQ food truck and wander through booths selling local art, produce, and more! Kids will surely enjoy burning some energy jumping in bounce houses, too! Make sure to check out the Mondays on Main Street Facebook page for more information and future dates.

 

June-December: Downtown Shop and Sip

Jasper, Dubois County

Mark your calendars for the third Wednesday of each month for fun-filled nights in Downtown Jasper! Heart of Jasper’s Shop and Sip begins on Wednesday, June 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Downtown Square! Each month you can enjoy a delightful evening of shopping, dynamic live music, and stroll through the Social District with delicious drinks from participating establishments, including the iconic Astra Theatre!

 

July 11-14: BREATHE Festival

Spencer, Owen County

Take a break from the real world, step into the woods, and breathe a sigh of relief at one of the world’s largest slackline festivals at Stable Studios in Owen County. The BREATHE Festival invites you to discover balance, mindfulness, and the rhythm of life. Special activities and workshops are scheduled all weekend, including yoga, fire and flow, live music, and a “party pond,” offering play and relaxing paddleboarding experiences. The festival aims to create a “dream land” for slacklining – walking, running, or balancing along a suspended length of flat webbing that is tensioned between two anchors. Plan to camp and be a part of this community all weekend!

 

Aug. 1-4: Jasper Strassenfest

Jasper, Dubois County

Walking along the streets in Jasper, you may feel as if you have taken a trip across the Atlantic Ocean to Germany during the annual Strassenfest in Dubois County. The annual event celebrates German traditions and people who established roots in Jasper. This German-inspired street festival was first held in 1979. Enjoy a beer in the “Bier Garten” while listening to live music. The Strassenfest parade, hot air balloons, food, and carnival rides are some of the fun activities you will find. Don’t forget the polka and lederhosen because no German festival would be complete without them. While you’re there, take a ride on the Spirit of Jasper Train.

 

Aug. 1-3: Hippy Hill Fest

Bean Blossom, Brown County

Celebrate the electric and psychedelic music of the 1960s at Bill Monroe’s Music Park and Campground when the third annual Hippy Hill Fest returns to the hills of the Indiana Uplands! Live music from two stages will fill the air for three days during this summer party. Grab your dancing shoes and plan to groove the weekend away.

 

Aug. 8-11: Gosport Lazy Days

Gosport, Owen County

Cue up “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer” by Nat King Cole and head over to Gosport in Owen County to soak up a few more summer moments at Gosport Lazy Days! Still curious about bed races? The festival features the bed-related races and much more, such as live music, a car show, the Lazy Day Parade, a street dance on Main Street, and a fish fry!