Carmel International Arts Festival

Welcome to the 23rd Annual Carmel International Arts Festival.
On Saturday, September 26 from 10 AM – 7 PM and Sunday, September 27 from 11 AM – 5 PM Main Street and Rangeline Road will be lined with Artists from all over the country for the 23rd annual Carmel International Arts Festival. On Saturday night the Arts & Design District will be rocking to the music of “My Yellow Rickshaw.”  ART ROCKS!, the largest street party in the Art & Design District, is back from 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM.  ART ROCKS! is a free, family-friendly, community event that you will not want to miss.  Come and pick up some food from one of the great restaurants on Main Street or make a selection from one of the many food and beverage trucks at the Festival.

The Festival has grown considerably from that first year around Carmel City Square. In 2020 there will be over 130 juried artists exhibiting in 2D, 3D, Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Painting, Photography, and Wood.  We look forward to welcoming you to the Festival and seeing you at ART ROCKS!



How To Get To The Festival

So many options. You can walk, ride your bike, take UBER, fly in your jet pack, or drive.

The Festival is located in the Arts & Design District; on Main Street from 1st Avenue NW to 3rd Ave NW. and Rangeline Road from 1st Street NW to 3rd Street SW; in Old Town Carmel, Indiana. For more detailed information on directions to the Festival and parking options check out our Maps and Directions page.

Click here for the Location on Google Maps


We Need Volunteers!

If you want to sign up to be a volunteer for a minimum 2-hour shift during the weekend of the Festival, we need your help. Volunteers are the backbone of the Carmel International Arts Festival and the difference between an excellent volunteer program, and a great one is that the volunteers have a wonderful time while they are working for the event. It takes a “village” to produce the Carmel International Arts Festival each year. Your help is welcome and greatly appreciated. By volunteering YOU are helping the Festival carry out its mission to educate, expose, and provide access to the community all forms of art while generating a heightened appreciation of the arts.


Volunteer Sign Up


2019 Winners

  • The Best of Show – Taylor Mazer, 2D
  • 1st Place – Kyle Spears, Photography
  • 2nd Place – Kristin Perkins, Jewelry
  • 3rd Place – Tanya Leslie, Ceramics
  • Mayor’s Award – Kwang Cha Brown, 2D


Best in Media

  • Joel Fremion, 2D
  • Skeeter Aschinger, 3D
  • Scott Hartley, Painting
  • Thomas Bothe, Ceramics
  • William Ortman, Glass
  • Deborah Barnes, Jewelry
  • John Weller, Photography
  • Neil Kemarly, Wood
  • Ann McCann, Fiber


Honorable Mention

  • Larry Spears, Ceramics
  • Robin Kittleson, Glass
  • Tim Peters, Ceramics
  • Anne Wooster, 2D
  • Bob Reiberg, Ceramics
  • George Ceffalio, Painting
  • Amy Ferguson, 2D
  • Glenn Woods, Ceramics
  • Gabriel, Lehman, Painting


High School Division Winners

  • The Rosemary Waters Excellence in Arts Award
    • Madison Del Valle, Digital Photography – Carmel High School
  • The Doreen Squire Ficara Carmel Arts Council Award 
    • Ali Strzynski, Drawing – Carmel High School
  • Best of Show University  High School
    • Austin Clark, Digital Photography
    • Katherine Zhong, Mixed Media on Bristol
  • Best of Show Carmel High School
    • Ellie Shen, Pen and Ink Drawing
    • Chloe Sun, Charcoal
  • Innovation in the Arts
    • Sophia Fisher, Oil Painting on Canvas – University High School
    • Lindsey Thole, Digital Photography – Carmel High School

Thank You to Our Sponsors!


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