Carmel International Arts Festival

The 15th Annual Carmel International Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23. Admission & Parking for the Festival are FREE.

This Arts Festival brings together 130 juried artists competing for top honors in their media field. Creative designs from new and renowned artists will provide festival goers with the opportunity to view professional displays and purchase unique works of art.

Art pieces have been judged on originality, style, and professionalism in varied forms of art media including: Fiber/Mixed 2D, Photography, Oil/Acrylic, Watercolor, Ceramics, 2D Traditional, Printmaking, Jewelry, Wood and 3D Traditional.

In addition to artist’s booths, the Carmel International Arts Festival features two stages providing live entertainment with an international flair, “Young-at-Art” interactive displays, cultural exhibit’s from Carmel’s sister cities in China & Japan, a’ la carte sidewalk dining and a scholarship contest for emerging, talented artists from Carmel High School and University High School.

Times: Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Sunday, September 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Parking:Free parking is available at the Indiana Design Center located on Range Line Road (south of Main Street) and at Carmel High School on Main Street (east of the Festival).  A continuous, complimentary shuttle service will run from Carmel High School to the East Festival entrance on Saturday-Sept 22nd (10am-6pm) & Sunday-Sept 23rd (10am-5pm). Handicap parking is available at the PNC Bank Parking lot on Main Street (enter from North side of building).

Peddle to the Arts:  During the Festival, Free bicycle parking will be provided in a secured area next to the Monon Trail just south of Main Street in downtown Carmel.  “Pedal to the Arts” is made possible with the help of volunteers from the Interact Club at Carmel High School and the Carmel Rotary Club.

Food Vendors:  In addition to the variety of downtown Carmel Restaurants, there will be outdoor food vendors at the Festival presenting an eclectic assortment of delicious eating choices.  The food tents will include Taste of Egypt, Da Blue Lagoon Caribbean Cuisine, Oriental Grill, Cooking Greek, 3 & 1 Restaurant (featuring all natural Mexican tamales), Italian Ice, Urick Concessions and Aunt Jean’s Fun Foods. In addition to food tents, adult beverages (for ages 21 and older) will be available thru local Sun King Brewery and Ertel’s Winery. The main outdoor food area will be located on Range Line Road (north & south of Main Street).

For more information please visit www.carmelartsfestival.org

Carmel Art & Design District: Art of Wine

Once a year wineries across Indiana gather together to share the beauty of fine wines and what better way to pair it than with unique art! The annual Art of Wine will be happening on Saturday, July 14th in the Carmel Arts & Design district from 5-10 p.m. With live music from the up and coming band, Scars 45, the Art of Wine is a perfect way to spend some time with family and friends. Just a few minutes from the Arts & Design District, Carmel City Center restaurants divvy, Hubbard & Cravens and Mangia! are all great places to dine with their carefully selected list of wines to try before heading to the wine tasting event!

Participating Wineries Include:

  • Best Vineyards
  • Crush & Brew
  • Ertel Cellars Winery
  • French Lick Winery
  • Huber Winery
  • Madison County Winery
  • Mallow Run Winery
  • Monkey Hollow Winery
  • River City Winery
  • Vine & Table
  • Windy Knoll Winery
  • Winzerwald Winery

Adults 21 years of age and older are invited to unlimited wine tastings from participating wineries for only $15. All ages are welcome to attend IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine, enjoy the music of Scars on 45, take in unique art and visit the District’s shops and restaurants.

In The “Center” of Carmel’s Best

Carmel City Center’s location is central to Carmel’s best offerings. It is the home of the Center for the Performing Arts with the Monon Greenway intersecting the project site. The Carmel Farmers Market is relocating to the Center Green in Carmel City Center this spring.  Visitors to the area also have easy access to the Carmel Arts & Design District located just a half mile north of Carmel City Center. The many hotels on the Meridian Corridor are in close proximity to Carmel City Center and a boutique hotel is planned for a future phase of the development.

Visitors to Carmel City Center can enjoy music and theatrical entertainment, outdoor summer festivals and access to Carmel’s top attractions, with even more to come. Carmel City Center’s residences and office space opened in summer 2010. The phase I restaurants and retail are scheduled to open in summer/fall 2011. The opening restaurant and retail lineup will be announced in late spring.

  • The Center for the Performing Arts is located in the heart of Carmel City Center. Since celebrating the grand opening of the Palladium concert hall in January, the Center for the Performing Arts has already become an inviting gathering place for the community. In each of the three performance venues, the Center provides a wide variety of programming. Dance companies will perform one evening with jazz presentations staging concerts the following day.
  • The ever-popular Monon Greenway intersects the Carmel City Center project and connects it to many of the city’s best amenities, including the Carmel Arts & Design District and Central Park. Formerly the Monon Railroad, the Greenway serves walkers, runners, bicyclists, rollerbladers and nature enthusiasts. It runs 15.7 miles from 10th Street in Indianapolis to 146th Street in Carmel. Carmel maintains the 5.2 mile portion that resides within its borders.
  • The Carmel Farmers Market will be opening its 2011 season on the Center Green in Carmel City Center. With more than 60 vendors each Saturday, the market is expected to draw 70,000 visitors to Carmel City Center over the course of its season from May 21st through October 29th.
  • The Carmel Arts & Design District is located just a half mile north of Carmel City Center. It is home to more than 100 businesses, including art galleries, antique dealers, restaurants, boutiques, creative service providers and an eclectic variety of specialty retail stores. It is also home to the Indiana Design Center.  The Carmel Arts & Design District is quickly becoming one of the Midwest’s premier settings for the arts and design industry.


Live, Work and Play

The objective of Carmel City Center is to create a place where citizens can gather together and enjoy a variety of entertainment and recreational opportunities…a place where you can live and have access to some of Carmel’s best amenities, without even having to leave your neighborhood.

The Residences at Carmel City Center offer this kind of living arrangement. As a resident of one of the apartments or penthouses, you are literally just steps from the Monon Greenway and the Palladium (concert hall), Tarkington (Proscenium Theater) and Studio Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts. The Carmel Farmers Market will also take place right in your back yard every Saturday in the summer and you can walk to all the great festivals in the Arts & Design District. What more could you ask for?

The Center Green in Carmel City Center rendering with the Farmers Market

More information about the Residences at Carmel City Center can be found at http://www.carmelcitycenter.com/pcd_ccc/index.aspx.

In addition, the clubhouse at the Residences at Carmel City Center features a high-tech health club, yoga/pilates center, e-lounge with docking stations and flat screen TV, business center with computers and a conference room. The clubhouse also has personal training rooms with services offered by Next Step Fitness (www.myxts.com).