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Summer

Summer days are a great time to enjoy Indiana’s first Smithsonian affiliated museum. Wonder through time as you experience history come to life. Enjoy nature-based play at Treetop Outpost then cool off at our River Crossing Splash Pad.

Watch our sunflower field come to life and book an event or photography session as the sun-drenched flowers tower over you. Catch a baseball game and be a part of America’s favorite pastime.

Through engaging storytelling, meaningful conversations and acres to explore, central Indiana summers are an unforgettable experience!

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Jupiter Flights Balloon Festival

 September 6 - 8, 2024

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Come celebrate a weekend of innovation and experience the colorful glow of Indiana's largest hot air balloon festival.

Check out all of the engaging family-fun activities across three days that will explore the innovation of flight!

Get updates about the festival by texting GLOW to 317-779-3330

Sunflower Field

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Find that picture perfect moment in our sunflower field. Learn more about our sunflower wedding package as well as our professional photo shoot pass.
Don't miss out on this opportunity as sunflowers rely on mother nature.

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Programs & Events

Symphony on the Prairie

Symphony on the prairie

From June 28 through August 31 at the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre, fans will be thrilled with an exciting line-up that offers a fun-filled musical summer experience for the whole family.

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Membership Appreciation Month

June 1 – 30

Conner Prairie is happy to offer members a month of exclusive experiences and a little extra love to thank them for their continued support.

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Stroller Strides

June 11, 18 and 25

Join us on the Trails at Conner Prairie for Stroller Strides hosted by FIT4MOM North Indy. Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies.

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Curious by Nature

June 24

Join us as we spend our time together in nature’s classroom exploring the natural spaces here at Conner Prairie, often in spaces not open to the general public. Each date will be unique and special, and you won't want to miss a single one! We can't wait to welcome you to Curious By Nature!

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Evening sessions of Wheel Thrown Pottery

June 24, July 1, 8, 15

Discover the basics of wheel thrown pottery. Students will be able to practice all aspects of throwing and shaping pottery. Whether a beginner or intermediate student, you will be able to progress at your own rate and develop your skills.

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Afternoon sessions of Wheel Thrown Pottery

June 25, July 2, 9, 16

Discover the basics of wheel thrown pottery. Students will be able to practice all aspects of throwing and shaping pottery. Whether a beginner or intermediate student, you will be able to progress at your own rate and develop your skills.

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Historic Baseball

June 29

Baseball is a sport rooted within American culture.
Join us to watch a historic game of baseball between two local historic baseball clubs! This program is free with general admission.

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Basic Weaving

June 29

Learn the basics of weaving on an inkle loom or rigid heddle loom - these simple looms are portable and great for beginning weavers.

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Throwback Camp

June 29

Experience the best of Conner Prairie Adventure Camp as an adult during Throwback Camp. Enjoy a grownups-only day of canoeing, ziplining, archery, camp crafts, field games, summer tubing, and more!

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Stroller Strides

July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Join us on the Trails at Conner Prairie for Stroller Strides hosted by FIT4MOM North Indy. Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies.

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Glorious 4th

July 4 – 6

Independence and freedom are contested ideas. Join the citizens of Prairietown as they celebrate 60 years of American independence, but also hear how others have questioned just how free America is. This program is free with general admission.

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Chocolate Passport

July 7

Join us in a celebration of chocolate! On World Chocolate Day, we’re highlighting the history of chocolate from around the globe. This program is free with general admission.

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Throwback Camp

July 13

Experience the best of Conner Prairie Adventure Camp as an adult during Throwback Camp. Enjoy a grownups-only day of canoeing, ziplining, archery, camp crafts, field games, summer tubing, and more!

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Pop-up Play

July 13

Join us for a morning of Pop-up Play designed especially for early learners to wonder, explore, discover and create! This special time between child and caregiver will be led by our education staff.

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Curious by Nature

July 15

Join us as we spend our time together in nature’s classroom exploring the natural spaces here at Conner Prairie, often in spaces not open to the general public. Each date will be unique and special, and you won't want to miss a single one! We can't wait to welcome you to Curious By Nature!

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Corn to Cocktail

July 18

Corn: we know it, we love it, it’s a vital part of Indiana’s agricultural heritage. But what’s it got to do with alcohol? Join us for Corn to Cocktail, where we’ll investigate Hoosier corn provision, learn how corn becomes spirit, share some history, and make a couple of potent potables.

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Bargello Needlework

July 20

Learn the age-old skill of bargello or flame stitch needlework as you create a key fob, bookmark, or 19th century pin keeper.

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Chocolate Passport

July 21

Join us in a celebration of chocolate! On World Chocolate Day, we’re highlighting the history of chocolate from around the globe. This program is free with general admission.

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Historic Baseball

July 20

Baseball is a sport rooted within American culture.
Join us to watch a historic game of baseball between two local historic baseball clubs! This program is free with general admission.

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Water Explorations

July 26

Engage in water-related programs at Treetop Outpost and the shoreline of the White River.

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White River Float

July 26

Float the White River with guides from Friends of the White River. This exclusive and guided event focuses on history, shoreline and aquatic wildlife, riparian flora, environmental science and water quality, all while engaging guests in a first-hand look at Central Indiana's most valuable natural resource.

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Pop-up Play

August 3

Join us for a morning of Pop-up Play designed especially for early learners to wonder, explore, discover and create! This special time between child and caregiver will be led by our education staff.

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Botanical Dyeing from the Garden and Beyond

August 10

Find out all the amazing colors you can grow in your own garden. You'll leave with at least 8 mini skeins to use in your future textile projects. Wear clothes that are only enhanced with additional color.

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Wildlife Weekend

August 10 & 11

Learn about the plants and animals who call Indiana home through conversations with local wildlife partners. Learn about animal rehabilitation at Treetop Outpost and enjoy a guided nature walk along the Trails at Conner Prairie.

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Prairietown Funeral

August 17

Grief and loss have always been a part of our lives. Join Conner Prairie on August 20 as we explore grief and mourning from a 19th century perspective. This program, set in 1836 Prairietown, is offered to respectfully interpret some of the beliefs and attitudes regarding illness, death and burial in the early 19th century. This program is free with general admission.

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Homeschool Day

August 20

Give your students a unique and personal experience to connect with history and nature. At Conner Prairie we invite guests to “Step into the Story,” and we also strive to step into theirs. Through observation, deep listening, and thoughtful questioning, we create meaningful connections, offering guests an opportunity to go beyond “doing” and experience “being.”

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We Can Camp

August 24 – 25

Join us as you learn basic camping skills, enjoy fun outdoor experiences and spend the night on our grounds in a tent! This program is perfect for first-time campers or anyone looking for a refresher.

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Old German Strudel

August 24

Learn how to make this time-honored German tradition from scratch. Our expert cooks will show you how strudel used to be made - both savory and sweet.

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Corn to Cocktail

August 28

Corn: we know it, we love it, it’s a vital part of Indiana’s agricultural heritage. But what’s it got to do with alcohol? Join us for Corn to Cocktail, where we’ll investigate Hoosier corn provision, learn how corn becomes spirit, share some history, and make a couple of potent potables.

Past Events

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Black Birders Week Pride Walk

June 1

Celebrate the first day of Pride Month as it intersects with the final day of Black Birders Week. Join Conner Prairie staff for a guided bird stroll before the museum opens for the day.

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History on Tap

June 7

Conner Prairie’s Horizon Council invites you to an evening of craft beer at Conner Prairie, featuring tastings from local craft brewers and vintners.

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Birds & Brews

June 14

Experience birds and their habitats by taking a guided bird walk along the Trails at Conner Prairie with Jeff Canada, owner & coffee roaster, of Wood Warbler Coffee located in Noblesville, IN. After strolling, enjoy a presentation on Smithsonian-certified bird friendly coffee.

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Throwback Camp

June 15

Experience the best of Conner Prairie Adventure Camp as an adult during Throwback Camp. Enjoy a grownups-only day of canoeing, ziplining, archery, camp crafts, field games, summer tubing, and more!

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Kiln Burn

June 15

Come visit the pottery shop in Prairietown to watch pottery being made and then step out to the kiln shed to find out how a white hot fire and some table salt put the "finish" adds the final touches to these beautiful pieces. This program is free with general admission.

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Father's Day Lunch

June 16

Celebrate the father in your life by joining us for our Father’s Day Picnic Lunch. Relax, let us do the cooking, and make the day special with a delicious picnic on the prairie.

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Juneteenth Free day

June 19

Explore Conner Prairie for Free! Enjoy a day filled with exploration and discovery across our 1,046 acres of land.

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Juneteenth Jubilee

June 19

Celebrate Juneteenth with Fishers Arts Council at Conner Prairie. Explore Black-owned businesses and community resources along with local food vendors and entertainment.

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History on Tap

June 7, 2024

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Conner Prairie’s Horizon Council invites you an evening of craft beer at Conner Prairie, featuring tastings from dozens of local craft brewers with more being added regularly.

Wander wooded gravel roads through our historical areas, check out some 1830s entertainment, all while experiencing tastings from over 27 brewers. Food options available (at an additional cost) range from soft pretzels, burgers, BBQ, and tacos to ice cream and donuts.

For updates and event info, text "HOPS" to 317.779.3330. Message & data rates may apply.