Activities & Special Exhibits

Carmel International Arts Festival offers special exhibits, entertainment and activities. These include the High School Student Art Exhibit, Japanese Exhibit and Chinese Exhibit. The entertainment takes place on the Rangeline Road and Main Street stage. Also there is a fantastic Children’s area known as Young @ Art.

Microsoft Digital Art classes

Classes are held inside the Indiana Design Center. Check out some of the awesome options below, or click here to see the full schedule.

  • Minecraft:
  • Go behind the scenes to learn how to code, program, and play in your own gaming world. You’ll use fun, interactive coding to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all your own. The workshop designed for ages 8 and older.

  • Create Digital Art With Fresh Paint:
  • In this free hands-on camp, students ages 8–12 will learn to create and share their own digital art with the Fresh Paint app for Windows 10. They’ll explore the basics of Fresh Paint, using lifelike oil and watercolors, pastels, and more to craft their own creations. They’ll also get a sneak peek of advanced digital art skills like mixing paint and layering media. Activities will focus on learning through experience and peer-to-peer learning, and themes may be based on upcoming seasons and special events.

  • Get Creative with 3D in Windows 10:
  • The world we live in is multidimensional, so shouldn’t our art be as well? Students of all ages will bring their imagination to life by learning new Paint 3D and Mixed Reality Viewer in Windows 10. This workshop offers a high-energy, collaborative environment for participants to fuel their creativity and learn key tools and features of the 3D app.

  • Create new perspectives in Virtual Reality:
  • Start from scratch in Paint 3D or pull from the Remix 3D catalog to see 3D objects in your real world. Find a new angle for the stories you share. This activity is first come first served. No reservations are being taken. Patrons 18 years of age or older can participate in the experience. Patrons ages 13–17 can participate with parental or guardian consent.

Art & Design Presentations

Saturday, September 22nd, 1st floor rotunda space at the Indiana Design Center.

1:00 pm

  • The Art of Design
  • Judy Bates
  • JB Designs


1:30 pm

  • Start with Art & Tips to Build Your Collection
  • Dianne Wright
  • Coats Wright Art & Design


2:00 pm

  • Creating Incredible Outdoor Living Spaces
  • Randy Sorrell
  • Surroundings by Natureworks+


2:30 pm

  • Inspiring New Designs for Unworn Jewelry
  • Marc Aronstam
  • Aronstam Fine Jewelers


3:00 pm

  • The Artisan-Inspired Kitchen
  • Adam Gibson
  • Adam Gibson Design



Carmel High School and University High School Art has a new home at the Hoosier Salon!


Carmel’s Sister City Kawachinagano, Osaka, Japan


Carmel’s Sister City Xiangyang, Hubei, China




Free art projects for young Patron’s sponsored by Primrose Schools, Military to Motorsports, and AARP. Our little Patrons between 2 and 12 can come work on a Patriotic-themed art projects and be able to write a note to a Military Servicemen and Servicewomen thanking them for their service. The projects will be collected and sent to our Military. Make sure you stop by and see the Military Indy racecar right next to the Young@Art tent.

While you are at the Indiana Design Center, check out the Emerging Arts’ Show of juried artist from the Herron School of Art + Design on the first floor sponsored by Renewal by Anderson. On the second level of the Indiana Design Center, Microsoft will be offering digital art classes and a virtual reality experience. On the lower level of the Indiana Design Center, Guerin High School will be actively painting an 8’ x 22’ mural.

Carmel High School Art students have prepared two large “Paint by Numbers” canvases where our young Patrons can leave their marks. Stop by their tent at 1st Ave SW (across from Muldoon’s restaurant) and see how these pairings come to life over the weekend.

On the Fred Astaire Community Stage, located on the Plaza at Monon Boulevard and Main Street, a variety of performances and acts will take place. During the exhibitions of Fred Astaire, they will perform a variety of dances throughout the two days of the Festival. At the end of each of the presentations, they will encourage the audiences to participate in learning some of the necessary steps that they just saw some professional dancers perform.

Mom and daughter enjoy clown painting!

Highlights for 2018

In celebration of our 21st year, the  Carmel International Arts Festival is proud to co-host with Current Publishing  the family friendly,  ART ROCKS! 
You will find a fantastic entertainment list: A dragon, Chinese dancers, Acoustic, Folk, Jazz, Rock N Roll, and much more! Be sure to pick up some of the many beautiful works of art for sale. You may discover something you have never seen!


NOTE: 2018 performers and times subject to change.

Saturday, Sep. 22

Range Line Stage

9:55 ⇒ National Anthem by Georgia Ferry (Carmel High School)

10:00 – 10:30 AM ⇒ ICCCI Chinese Dragon

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ⇒ Airstream Betty

1 – 2:30 PM ⇒ An Innocent Band

3 – 3:45 PM ⇒ Indiana Ballet Co.

4:15 – 6:15 PM ⇒ Dwight Lightning and the Conch City All-Stars

7:30 – 10:30 PM ⇒ ART ROCKS II! The Wright Brothers live in concert


Saturday, Sep. 22

West Stage

9:55 AM ⇒ National Anthem

10 to 10:45 AM ⇒ Jan Aldridge Clark w/ Michael Beck

11 to 11:45 AM ⇒ Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Dance Lesson

12 PM to 12:45 PM ⇒ Mike Kessler w/ Michael Beck

1 to 1:45 PM ⇒ Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Dance Lesson

2 to 2:45 PM ⇒ Actor’s Theatre of Indiana

3 to 3:45 PM ⇒ School of Rock

4 to 4:45 PM ⇒ Ballet Theatre of Carmel

5 to 5:45 PM ⇒ Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Dance Lesson


Sunday, Sep. 23

Range Line Stage

10:55 AM ⇒ National Anthem (Georgia Ferry, Carmel High School)

11 to 11:45 AM ⇒ Minyo Dancers

12:15 PM to 1:15 PM ⇒ Phone Club

1:45 to 3 PM ⇒ Kenny Phelps

3:15 to 4:30 PM ⇒ Tim Wright


Sunday, Sep. 23

West Stage

9:55 AM ⇒ National Anthem

10 to 10:45 AM ⇒ Patrick Wright

11 to 11:45 AM ⇒ Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Dance Lesson

12 PM to 12:45 PM ⇒ The Maple Trio

1 to 1:45 PM ⇒ Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Dance Lesson

2 to 2:45 PM ⇒ White River Celtica

3 to 3:45 PM⇒ Ted Yoder

4 to 4:45 PM ⇒ Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Dance Lesson