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Festival of Machines

Celebrate Indiana's rich history of transportation at this two-day event. Get up close to elite cars, steam engines, helicopters and more!

Featuring vintage cars, aircraft, military vehicles, steam engines, firetrucks and tons of activities for kids, the Festival of Machines is a perfect outdoor escapade for the whole family to enjoy.

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Admission Information
  • This event is included with general admission. Admission gets you into the event and into Conner Prairie.
    General admission is:
    $17 for adults
    $16 for seniors (age 65+)
    $12 for youth 2-12
    free for youth under 2.
  • This event is FREE FOR MEMBERS. Become a member today!
  • Parking is free.
  • The military discount can be used at this event. Learn more.
  • Guests may bring food and drink.
CARS OF THE ’50s and ’60s
This year, our car show will feature automobiles from the '50s and '60s, and guests are invited to come dressed in their favorite '50s and '60s attire. Those who do might even get a prize. So put on your poodle skirt, grease up your ducktail and join us for a weekend that's sure to rev you up!

Take a drive on our special road course in a two-seater go-kart from New Castle Motorsports. ($20 timed tickets sold on a first-come, first-served basis.)


    Love things with wings and propellers? Be sure to visit our high-flying machines.


  • Investigate flight with aircraft displays, engines, control panels and more with Indy Flyers.
  • See vintage helicopters from Indiana Air Search and Rescue
  • Explore an air ambulance from St. Vincent Statflight
  • Watch RC aircraft demonstrations with the Northeast Side Taildraggers
    Take a look at some powerhouses, including tractors, firetrucks, military vehicles and more.

    heavy duty machines

  • Explore antique tractors, steam engines and small historic engines. See how they run and watch as they perform different tasks.
  • TRACTOR PARADE: Sit back and watch these historic giants strut their stuff.
  • See vintage fire trucks and take part in cool water games.
  • BIG MACHINES PETTING ZOO: Get up close to tools and machines that help with BIG jobs. With Reynolds Farm Equipment, MacAllister Caterpillar, City of Fishers, Indiana National Guard, IMI, Busby Drilling Company

Check out the future of transportation with Cummins, Blue Indy, Greenfield Central High School Rover Team, Hoverstream and IndianaFirst Robotics

driving robots

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