One thing I have yet to see is the Broad Ripple Art Fair, and I think this year is going to be my year. The fair plays host to more than 25,000 visitors, 225 artists, food vendors, and four stages of live entertainment, including one just for the kids, and another along the river. There’s even a special preview party on Friday night, from 6 – 8 pm.
I usually can’t make it because of time or because my family doesn’t want to go. But I’m a big arts festival junkie, so it’s surprising that I’ve never made it.
The BRAF is a fundraiser for the Indianapolis Arts Center, and it’s the city’s traditional kick-off to summer festival season. Just like Memorial Day starts the summer, BRAF starts the summer festivals.
The Friday Night Preview Party lets you mingle with the artists and other arties (a food lover is a foodie, why can’t an art lover be an artie?), as well as get a chance to make first purchases and beat the crowd. The price of the ticket also gives you admission on both days of the BRAF, and 3 complimentary drinks tickets. Sorry, this one is for the adults only. You have to be 21 and over to attend.
My office is in Broad Ripple, and I spend a lot of time hanging out there at the different restaurants. And many of them are going to be there with tents and stands — Yats, Ripple Bagle & Deli, and one of my favorite Indy coffee shops, Hubbard & Cravens.
Other highlights of the art fair:
So this is it. I’ve blocked out the days on the calendar, I’m getting ready to buy my tickets, and I’ll make sure my camera is charged and my hiking shoes are ready to go. I hope to see you there.
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