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Festival of Machines

Step on the gas and get a move on to this one-of-a-kind event celebrating Indiana’s rich history of designing, building and innovating amazing machines.

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

Price included with general admission
FREE for members
Not a member? Become one today!

All ages event

Here are the cars that will be in our car show:
  • 1969 De Tomaso Mangusta
  • 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe
  • 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster Convertible
  • 1952 Hudson Hornet
  • 1953 Jaguar XK120 Drop Head Coupe
  • 1958 Buick Super 4 Dr. Hardtop
  • 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 Door Sport Coupe
  • 1958 Corvette Roadster
  • 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60 Special
  • 1959 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I
  • 1965 Shelby Cobra Roadster
  • 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
  • 1950 Ford Convertible
  • 1963 & 1968 Chevrolet Corvettes    
  • 1953 & 1958 Cadillac Eldorados
  • 1960 Ford F-100 Panel
  • 1950 Chrysler Windsor 4 Door Sedan
  • 1965 Ford Custom 300 Police Car
  • 1949 Jaguar XK120
  • 1956 Wolcott Special
  • 1961 Studebaker Hawk
  • 1962 Studebaker Lark Daytona Convertible


  • September 16, 2017 - September 16, 2016 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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