Long Weekend: A Boozy, Crafty, Artsy Weekend in Indianapolis

In 1872, James O. Woodruff envisioned a 77 acre residential neighborhood with a park-like atmosphere. The three fountains along Cross Drive and tree-lined streets are just two of the treasures in the neighborhood.

Photograph courtesy of Debbie Pidgeon

Vacation doesn’t always have to involve a TSA pat-down; Indianapolis is a handy getaway for Cincinnatians seeking a quick escape. Pro tip: Plan your visit for the weekend of June 6 and 7 when there are some serious events on offer.

16th Annual Vintage Wine and Food Festival

This annual festival, hosted by Vintage Indiana, offers nearly 200 prized wines from local Indiana cellars. Don’t worry; there will be plenty of food on offer to nurture your buzz. Food will be provided by some of Indiana’s most esteemed culinary experts from more than 15 restaurants including Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort, The Flying Cupcake, Port-a-Pit, and more.

10,000 guests enjoy hundreds of Indiana wines at the 2014 Vintage Indiana Wine Festival
10,000 guests enjoy hundreds of Indiana wines at the 2014 Vintage Indiana Wine Festival

Photograph courtesy of Vintage Indiana

The classiness doesn’t stop there. There will be artists booths scattered around the festival from nearly 30 different vendors. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go towards the Dots in Blue Water charity, which provides clean water to rural Haitian communities. June 6, For tickets and information, go to vintageindiana.com

Woodruff Place Flea Market

Right outside of downtown Indianapolis sits a picturesque historic neighborhood known as Woodruff Place. This folksy, historic community—Indianapolis’s first suburban neighborhood—has been preserved since its establishment in 1872. The neighborhood is well maintained by the resident “Woodruffians” who pledge much of their time and money to sustaining its historic value. Take a stroll down Woodruff Place and see the character-filled Victorian, English Tudor, and Bungalow-styled houses, as well as the fountains and esplanades that the area.

A great excuse to see the neighborhood is the annual Woodruff Place Flea Market. This fundraiser started in 1977 as a way to raise money for the neighborhood to maintain its authentic value. Part of the proceeds from Flea Market sales go to the Civic League, which aids the preservation of the neighborhood’s culture and heritage. June 6–7, woodruffplace.org

Explore the Indiana World War Memorial and Museum

As an official National Historical Landmark district, Indianapolis is second only to Washington, D.C. in its number of war memorials. Take a day out of the weekend to stroll around the grand five-block city plaza.

The south side of the Indiana War Memorial picturing Pro Patria.
The south side of the Indiana War Memorial picturing Pro Patria.

Photograph courtesy of the Indiana War Memorial Staff

Make time to visit one of the city’s most prominent memorials: the World War Memorial and Museum. This structure honors Indiana natives who died in the First World War. Modeled after the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the memorial stands at almost 210 feet tall and is a study in stylized grandeur. From its lavish bronze interior to the famed Pro Patria sculpture, there is no better way to honor fallen Hoosiers. walkindianapolis.com

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