Who is responsible for organizing and producing the event?

In honor of the 100th anniversary of The Indianapolis Foundation, join the Central Indiana Community Foundation, in partnership with Northern Lights.mn, for IN Light IN, a dazzling, free, two-day interactive light festival, featuring artists and performers from Indianapolis and beyond, plus some of the city’s most inspiring places.

When is IN Light IN?

The event is scheduled for Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27. This free event will take place from 8:52p.m.-1:02a.m. both evenings.

Where specifically will the event take place?

The event will take place on the downtown canal from 11th Street to the Indiana Government Center and will also include the Indianapolis Cultural Trail along Walnut Street.

Is it free?

Yes. The event is FREE and family friendly.

Will there be food and drinks available?  

Yes!  TwoDEEP Brewing, Fresco Italian Café on the Canal and Hoglin’s at the Indiana Historical Society are extending their hours both nights of the festival and will be offering food and drinks.  In addition, there will also be a Food Truck Village in the parking lot of TwoDEEP brewing with an eclectic mix of offerings.  Click here for all available options.

How many artists will participate?

There will be approximately 25 unique site specific projects and performances along the Downtown Canal and Cultural Trail.  Projects were commissioned by international, national, regional and Indianapolis artists. Click here to see our complete festival artist line-up.

Where is the event and where can I park?  

Where is the event and where can I park?  There are no main festival entrances, you can enter the festival at any point along the downtown canal or Cultural Trail along Walnut Street.  See our Getting Here and Parking page for all of the details!

Will there be dedicated bike valet where I can securely leave my bike at IN Light IN?  

Yes! IN Light IN will be offering a FREE bike valet service at Rowland Design located at 702 N Capitol Ave.  Due to the large crowds expected along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and downtown canal we strongly encourage bicyclists to take advantage of this free bike valet service and explore the canal and Cultural Trail art installations by foot.  This free bike valet will be staffed by IndyCog on August 26 and August 27 from 8:30pm-1:00am. 

Is this a rain or shine event?  

Yes. In the case of weather-related changes on the nights of the festival real time updates will be posted by Central Indiana Community Foundation on Facebook or Twitter. Extreme weather may delay some events or require projects to be altered.

Can I bring my dog to the Light Festival?  

While the downtown canal is a fantastic place to walk with your dog there will be large crowds and lots of excitement at IN Light IN that may make some dogs anxious.  For the two nights of the festival we recommend that your dog enjoy the comforts of their own home.

Who are the sponsors of this event?  

The Indianapolis Foundation // Efroymson Family Fund // Lilly Endowment // Indianapolis Power and Light Company // Christel DeHaan Family Foundation // The Lacy Foundation // Printing Partners // Myrta Pulliam // Netherleigh Fund // The Glick Family Foundation // Indiana University Health 

Is there a need for volunteers?  

Yes!  We have lots of volunteer opportunities!  We are seeking volunteers to assist with the festival set-up, artist project support and our green team.  Volunteers will get a free t-shirt and an opportunity to be part of the first ever Light Festival in Indianapolis!  Click here to learn more about all of the volunteer opportunities and to sign up!