Activities & Special Exhibits

We offer 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 that we’ve had at past festivals:


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.

High School Student Art Exhibit

Carmel High School and University High School Student Art Show takes place at the Hoosier Salon located at 22 N Rangeline Road.

Japanese Exhibit

Carmel’s Sister City Kawachinagano, Osaka, Japan

Chinese Exhibit

Carmel’s Sister City Xiangyang, Hubei, China

Children’s Area

Free art projects for young Patron’s sponsored by Primrose Schools. Our little Patrons between 2 and 12 can come work on one of three age-appropriate art projects at the Young@Art tent. The compassionate teachers from Primrose Schools have designed three different art projects for the different age groups. The teachers will work with the children to guide and encourage them as they work on their projects. The young artists will be able to take their project home with them.

Inside the Indiana Design Center

Upon entering the Grand Hall of the Indiana Design Center be sure to check out the Emerging Arts’ Show of juried artist from the Herron School of Art + Design located on the first floor. Walking off the elevator in the Atrium 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.

Paint by Numbers

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

The Fred Astaire Community Stage, located on the Plaza at Monon Boulevard and Main Street, will host a variety of performances and acts will take place throughout the weekend. During the exhibitions of Fred Astaire Dance Studio, their dancers will perform a variety of different styles of dance over the course of the two days the Festival takes place. At the end of each of their dance exhibitions, they will encourage members of the audience to participate in learning some of the steps that they just saw some professional dancers perform.