Art on the Prairie

Art On The Prairie

Enjoy a beautiful Sunday afternoon outdoors at Conner Prairie in Fishers. Browse and shop the creations of local artists and artisans, enjoy live music, and more. Shop local and unique by buying direct from a local artist! Click here to learn more. This event is an annual fundraiser for Fishers Arts Council and included with…

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Sensory Friendly Hours August

Sensory Friendly Hours

Admission is free with general admission, and all of the grounds will be open. Components and interactives that make loud noises will be dimmed or turned off (i.e. the Raid presentation and Dry Goods Store in Civil War Journey) and access to Quiet Spaces and Quiet Space boxes will be easily available. At 12 pm…

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Freedom Church: The Liberation of Soul

Asante Children’s Theatre actors

Freedom Church: The Liberation of Soul is a production of the Asante Children’s Theatre in partnership with Conner Prairie that dives deep into the evolution and history of African American religion. The production is also closely related to Conner Prairie’s forthcoming exhibition, Promised Land as Proving Ground, opening in June 2022. Showtimes: Saturday, August 7th…

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Explore the Arts: Bongo Boy Music School

Bongo Boy Music School drum circle

Bongo Boy Music School will facilitate 6 drum circles for guests of all ages. No experience necessary!  Drums are provided by Bongo Boy Music School.  Space is limited and drum circles begin at 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm and 1:30pm.  Each drum circle will last approx. 15 minutes. This is a hands-on experience. Come share…

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What July Fourth Means to History

Celebrating Glorious 4th at Prairietown

Every July Fourth holiday I have experienced has been different from the year before. Some years I celebrate with my family in our backyard with delicious hot dogs and bright sparklers; other years I’ve enjoyed The Fourth at a friend’s house for a pool party. Most recently I visited my aunt’s house where we watched…

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Ignite Your Curiosity as a Youth Volunteer

Youth Ag Volunteer

Becoming a Youth Volunteer at Conner Prairie When I was 9 years old, my mother called me over to her computer one day to show me some information she’d found online regarding a youth volunteering program at Conner Prairie. I was in that stage of life that nearly every child goes through, where the idea…

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Summer Celebrations: Freedom for All?

Emancipation Day Celebration in 1900

Stephenson, Mrs. Charles (Grace Murray). [Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900], photograph, June 19, 1900; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124053/: accessed May 26, 2021), Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. Fireworks, cookouts, family reunions, and vacations are traditional scenes of American summers. Top summer celebrations include that of family and freedom from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July.…

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Adventure Camp at Conner Prairie

Camper showing off his archery target

A look at the Social and Emotional Benefits of Summer Camp Of all the fun activities that campers enjoy at Conner Prairie Adventure Camp, shooting archery is always among the most popular. Over a given summer, thousands of campers will send tens of thousands of arrows zipping towards a foam target. Of all those arrows,…

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Your quick fresh air fix! (A fall morning at Conner Prairie)

Fall at Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie is one of the best outdoor locations to enjoy an Indianapolis fall  Before long, our beautiful Indiana autumn will turn into an Indiana winter. Start your day off right by heading to Conner Prairie for a quick jaunt around our beautiful grounds! Here are our suggestions for the perfect fall morning. 10:30am – …

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Heartland International Film Festival

Indiana’s largest and longest-running film festival will celebrate its 29th anniversary with a drive-in screening at Conner Prairie. Watch the year’s most talked about independent films from the safety and comfort of your automobile, with audio broadcast through your radio. There’ll be two screenings each night, 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm and 9:15 pm –…

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Headless Horseman

Headless Horseman Festival

October 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-30 Our annual fall festival is full of activities, shows and spooktacular family fun. Take an adventure on our haunted hayride where you’ll get chased down by the Headless Horseman! Learn more here. Click here to purchase tickets!

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Explore Machines Saturday

Festival of Machines

Learn about historic transportation and innovative machinery at Conner Prairie. Spend the day talking to residents of Prairietown about the future of transportation, witness Indiana’s rich history of automotive racing with our friends from the Indiana Historical Society, peruse vintage firetrucks, and more! Click here to learn more. Sponsored by: First Merchants Bank, Citizens Energy…

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Festival of Machines

Festival of Machines

Get up close to elite cars, steam engines, helicopters, and more! Come and meet some amazing machines! If you want to get up close and personal with machines big and small, this is your chance. Don’t miss our Invitational Showcase, featuring vehicles that represent the best of the best of local car show winners.

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Exploration Saturday

Exploration Saturday September

Get a glimpse of nightlife in Prairietown, picnic on the lawn with family, learn about artisanal brewing and cooking, and take a sunset flight on the 1859 Balloon Voyage. Wine, beer, food and music will be available every Saturday night along with a rotating selection of outside vendors. Exploration Saturday is included with General Admission.…

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Exploration Saturday: Suffrage

Women's Suffrage March

Please note this event is for the Afternoon session. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and on select Saturdays in August, you’re invited to celebrate the historical movement with us. Talk with the residents of Prairietown about women’s rights, discuss women’s right to vote with the citizens of Dupont, Indiana and more. Ongoing…

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Children’s Entertainment Series

Mr. Daniel

Join us for singing, dancing, and musical exploration in our beautiful Treetop Amphitheater! Lift your voice, lift your spirit, clap, shout, stomp, and holler along with local children’s musicians who’ll share songs for kids and their families. Sing along, dance, stomp, clap, and be silly with popular local children’s performer Mr. Daniel, as he brings…

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Exploration Saturday: Suffrage

Women's Suffrage March

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and on select Saturdays in August, you’re invited to celebrate the historical movement with us. Talk with the residents of Prairietown about women’s rights, discuss women’s right to vote with the citizens of Dupont, Indiana and more. Ongoing activities include Driven to Vote, a play about Hoosier…

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Children’s Entertainment Series

Kids watching Hedgehog Hannah

Come to the Treetop Outpost Amphitheater, and get up close and personal with some unique creatures! Learn about and see live animals as Hedgehog Hannah comes to visit Conner Prairie. Experience eight different animals for yourself as we talk conservation, creature features, and more. After the show head on out to our own Animal Encounters…

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Exploration Saturday: Suffrage

Women's Suffrage March

Please note this event is for the Afternoon session. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and on select Saturdays in August, you’re invited to celebrate the historical movement with us. Talk with the residents of Prairietown about women’s rights, discuss women’s right to vote with the citizens of Dupont, Indiana and more. Ongoing…

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Exploration Saturday: Suffrage

Women's Suffrage March

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and on select Saturdays in August, you’re invited to celebrate the historical movement with us. Talk with the residents of Prairietown about women’s rights, discuss women’s right to vote with the citizens of Dupont, Indiana and more. Ongoing activities include Driven to Vote, a play about Hoosier…

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Journeys in Search of Justice

Journey In Search Of Justice Dress Rehearsal

Please see below for a list of individual performance times.  “Journeys in Search of Justice” is a one-act play comprised of five scenes with a Cast size of 8-12 performers. Journeys will be centered on pieces of land at different moments throughout history. For more information on Conner Prairie’s theatre program, click here. This event…

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Children’s Entertainment Series

Ruditoonz

Join us for singing, dancing, and musical exploration in our beautiful Featherston Barn Patio! Lift your voice, lift your spirit, clap, shout, stomp, and holler along with local children’s musicians who’ll share songs for kids and their families. Showtimes: 10:30 am & 2 pm Performances are 30 minutes.

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Children’s Entertainment Series

Mr. Daniel

Join us for singing, dancing, and musical exploration in our beautiful Featherston Barn patio! Lift your voice, lift your spirit, clap, shout, stomp, and holler along with local children’s musicians who’ll share songs for kids and their families. Sing along, dance, stomp, clap, and be silly with popular local children’s performer Mr. Daniel, as he…

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Exploration Saturday: Historical Cooking

Pickles

Please note that this event is for the Afternoon session. Explore historical cooking, from farm to fork! Learn how Indiana’s first inhabitants ate and gardened, how settlers preserved food before refrigeration, why a package from home meant everything to Civil War soldiers, and so much more! As you gather knowledge, you can gather recipes as…

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Exploration Saturday: Historical Cooking

Pickles

Please note this event is for the Morning session. Explore historical cooking, from farm to fork! Learn how Indiana’s first inhabitants ate and gardened, how settlers preserved food before refrigeration, why a package from home meant everything to Civil War soldiers, and so much more! As you gather knowledge, you can gather recipes as well…

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Exploration Saturday: Historical Cooking

Pickles

Please note this event is for the Afternoon session. Explore historical cooking, from farm to fork! Learn how Indiana’s first inhabitants ate and gardened, how settlers preserved food before refrigeration, why a package from home meant everything to Civil War soldiers, and so much more! As you gather knowledge, you can gather recipes as well…

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