Brownsburg, Indiana is a small suburb of Indiana state capital Indianapolis, located just a few minutes east of the thriving metropolis. As such, it doesn’t really have much of an art scene of its own. Residents and local Brownsburg artists and art connoisseurs can always make a short drive to downtown Indianapolis and take in all the wonders and ingenuity of Indianapolis art. There are dozens of Indianapolis art museums, hundreds of Indianapolis artists, and even several Indianapolis performing arts venues within an easy driving distance of Brownsburg, so it doesn’t make too much sense for the Brownsburg arts scene to be its own organism.
However, the city does sponsor one event that brings in artists and vendors from all across the Midwest: the Festival of the Arts. The festival, sponsored by the Brownsburg Chamber of Commerce, takes place over the course of one afternoon in July and is one of the biggest Brownsburg events. Literally hundreds of vendors and artists are scattered around Arbuckle Acres Park, selling their photographs, paintings, crafts, jewelry, and more.
Not only that, but Brownsburg businesses also set up booths in this Brownsburg park, selling food and other merchandise. For the 2009 incarnation of this Brownsburg art festival, the Chamber of Commerce even arranged for a gourmet food court during the festival, something that surely gave Brownsburg restaurants a run for their money. The Festival of the Arts also features live Brownsburg music and other entertainment.
The Festival of the Arts is also a great opportunity to teach Brownsburg children the appreciation of fine arts. During the course of the day, there are tons of events focusing just on entertaining kids, separated into cooking, drama, art, and dance & voice demos. Participants can learn edible art, hip hop dancing, organic art, and textile art in addition to enjoying the talents of the Blind Painter, Puppets on the Loose, Stomp Team, and more.
The festival is only $3 per person, so this Brownsburg attraction is one that can’t be missed. Whether you’re from Indianapolis or a resident of Brownsburg, the Festival of the Arts is a must see for any connoisseur of Brownsburg art.
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