Mark your calendars! The 52nd annual Somerset CPAs and Advisors Penrod Arts Fair is rapidly approaching, taking place Saturday, September 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Newfields campus, on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, located at 4000 Michigan Road. Named “Indiana’s Nicest Day,” this one-day arts extravaganza is a great kickoff to fall and supports Central Indiana and surrounding county arts, cultural and educational institutions. It’s a beloved event looked forward by art enthusiasts in Indiana and all across the country.
So how big is this art fair, you ask?
The Penrod Arts Fair is one of the largest single-day art fairs in the country, featuring 300+ local artists, six stages with live entertainment and booths from more than 50 non-profit art organizations.
Browse through a diverse array of paintings and art for sale, perfect to add to your collection at home, work or wherever you’d love to be inspired. You can also find pieces and activities like woodworking, metal art, pottery, leathercrafts, jewelry, photography, sculptures and more. It’s the perfect place to find just the piece you didn’t know you needed.
The event is rain or shine, so don’t take it off your calendar if it rains.
Have kids? Bring them along! The Penrod Arts Fair has a large children’s area for them to get in on all of the fun.
Food and Drink
Oh, and the food and drink brought in locally are amazing too! The fair will host the Indiana Craft Beer Garden—the perfect opportunity to grab one of your favorite local beers or try something new. Not into beer? Enjoy the new Wine Terrace.
Kick off at Evening with Penrod
Gear up for the event the day before and purchase a ticket for the sixth annual Merchants Bank Evening with Penrod®, presented by TWG Development. Also hosted at Newfields from 6 – 11 p.m., the Evening with Penrod will give you first choice to purchase art and pieces from more than 150 artists. They will also hold your art for you, allowing you to enjoy cuisine, desserts and drinks from top-tier Indiana restaurants. The list includes:
- Another Broken Egg
- Artie’s Paleo on the Go
- Blue Clover
- Brickyard Crossing Smokehouse
- Fancy Fortune Cookies
- Gigi’s Cupcakes
- Mimi Blue Meatballs
- J. Edward’s Fine Chocolates
- Late Harvest Kitchen
- Mackenzie River
- Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Both events are put on by the Penrod Society, an organization that supports the arts. Your dollars will be used to help continue education and local institutions.
There are plenty of places to park (for free) for the Penrod Arts Fair, making it convenient to attend. It is advised to park at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, at 1201 E. 38th St. and take advantage of the free event shuttle service. You can also park at the Light of the World Church (4646 N. Michigan Rd.) or the Major Taylor Velodrome (3649 Cold Spring Rd.)
Parking on-site (1300 W. 38th St.) is limited, but available on a first come first serve basis. Spots are $30 per car.
For those with handicap license plates or state-issued disability placards, on-site parking is available at no charge. It is also first come, first serve.
Prefer to travel on a bike? There are places to park your bike on the Central Canal Towpath at the Pony Truss Bridge.
To buy tickets to an Evening with Penrod and/or the Penrod Arts Fair, use the links below. Proceeds are used to support local arts, cultural and educational activities.
- Penrod Arts Fair: Presale tickets can be purchased online through September 7 for $15. Prices are $20 at the door.
- Evening with Penrod: Tickets for an Evening with Penrod are $175 for standard admission or $225 for VIP. Each ticket includes admission to the Penrod Arts Fair, as well as food and drink. VIP tickets include a private par, specialty food and additional seating to enjoy the evening’s entertainment. Doors for VIP open at 5:30 p.m.
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