Summer Around the Square: A guide to downtown’s major summer events

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With the last day of school in Noblesville being May 31, the weekend will be chock full of events to kick off the summer season downtown, with weekly and special events on the downtown courthouse square or in the downtown district.

The 2019 Darlington Bed Race will return to the square May 31, benefitting local kids with scholarships to summer camp programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville and the Noblesville Parks and Recreation Dept. (File photos)

BED RACE

The first event of the weekend is the 2019 Darlington Bed Race, set for 7 p.m. May 31. It is a fundraising event that provides scholarships to local summer camps with the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville and the Noblesville Parks and Recreation Dept.

Now in its ninth year, the event consists of four- or five-person teams racing a twin-sized bed north on Ninth Street between Conner and Logan streets on the square.

“It is family friendly fun for a good cause,” said Abigail Stutesman, bed race organizer and unit director at the Noblesville Boys & Girls Club. “The race has and continues to provide children with the opportunity to participate in a summer activity regardless of finances.”

Late registration is available through May 31 and is open to all Hamilton County residents 16 and older. The event is free to spectators. Learn more at bit.ly/2UcouXJ.

The Noblesville Street Dance will be June 1 and will feature a new kids stage, beer garden and hot dog-eating contest.

STREET DANCE

Noblesville Main Street will hold the 27th annual Noblesville Street Dance on the square from 4 to 11 p.m. June 1.

Free and open to the public, dancing will begin at 4 p.m.  At 5 p.m., Noblesville DJ Gene Ott at 5 p.m., will prepare the crowd for the headlining act, Jambox.

“Main Street is super excited to have Jambox headlining on the main stage this year,” said Lorna Steele, executive director of Noblesville Main Street. “It’s going to be an awesome weekend to be in downtown Noblesville.”

A kids zone will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Caravan Classes and Nickel Plate Arts also will be on-site offering free arts activities for kids.

Several new additions will round out the event, including a kids stage and kids-only talent show. Kids interested in the talent show can register at noblesvillemainstreet.org.

Also new is a new beer garden from Deer Creek Brewery and Parker Mortgage on Logan Street, just east of Ninth Street. Adults 18 and older will have the chance to participate in a hot dog-eating contest. Those interested in participating should email lorna@noblesvillemainstreet.org.

FARMERS MARKET

The Noblesville Main Street Farmers Market began earlier this month and runs each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through Oct. 12  at Federal Hill Commons, 175 Logan St. More than 80 vendors make up the market, offering fresh produce, meat and dairy, plants and flowers, honey, spices, wine, canned and jarred foods, baked goods, soap and other personal care items, clothing, jewelry, art, crafts, pet products and other items.

Aug. 10 is Kids Day at the market, and Oct. 12 is Miller Day. Learn more at noblesvillemainstreet.org.

This year’s Meals from the Market series features dishes inspired from other nations made with local food.

MEALS FROM THE MARKET

The square’s south alley is once again featuring Noblesville Main Street’s limited dining series, Meals from the Market. Launched in 2016, the organization sets a large dining table for community members to enjoy meals prepared by local chefs using local foods for a farm-to-table meal, complete with local music and art.

This year, the four-part series, which began May 16, will feature food styles from around the world. The three remaining meals will be offered June 20, July 18 and Sept. 19, with foods inspired from Haitian, German and French cuisine, respectively.

Reservations are limited to 50 participants for each date. Tickets are $50 each, and dinner is from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Keeping with tradition, the 42nd annual St. Michael’s Strawberry Festival will return to the downtown square on Father’s Day weekend, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 15. In addition to strawberry shortcakes, the event also will feature live music and face painting for children. Learn more at stmichaelsepiscopalchurch.org/strawberry-festival.

NICKEL PLATE ARTS MAKER FAIRE

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 15, in conjunction with the Strawberry Festival, Nickel Plate Arts will play host to its annual Maker Faire, featuring works for sale by local artisans, including handmade goods, wood items, handmade books, pottery, bath and body items, craft art, jewelry, home décor and more. Learn more at nickelplatearts.org/event/makerfaire.

FATHERS DAY CAR SHOW

The annual Father’s Day Car Show presented by the Central Indiana Vintage Vehicles Club draws nearly 10,000 spectators and more than 300 vehicles each year to Forest Park. This year, the nearly three-decade-old event will begin at 9 a.m. June 17. To learn more, visit civv.club.

ART FAIR ON THE SQUARE

Hamilton County Artists’ Association’s Art Fair on the Square will return Aug. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It features invitation-only local artists for the juried event. Interested artists may apply to be invited. Applications are available at hcaa-in.org/art-fair-on-square-registration.

The Saturday Cruise-In presented by Central Indiana Vintage Vehicles has been a staple of downtown Noblesville for years.

SATURDAY NIGHT CRUISE-IN

Earlier this month, the Central Indiana Vintage Vehicles Club kicked off its seasonal Saturday Night Cruise in on the courthouse square. Each Saturday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. or later, the CIVV welcomes car lovers as spectators or as exhibitors to the cruise-in.

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