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Posted on: June 12, 2023

City of Fishers hosts annual Spark!Fishers celebration June 20-24

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June 12, 2023 (FISHERS, IND.) – The annual Spark!Fishers festival returns with a weeklong celebration in Fishers’ downtown Nickel Plate District happening Tuesday, June 20 through Saturday, June 24. With exciting ways for the community to celebrate each day, the patriotic festival offers summer fun while celebrating our nation’s freedom. This year’s festival also concludes the city’s Sesquicentennial Year celebration, marking Fishers’ 150th birthday. 

“I look forward to seeing residents come together to make memories and create traditions at this year’s festival. This summer event embraces what makes us uniquely Fishers and showcases our thriving, dynamic city,” said Mayor Scott Fadness. 

New this year, participants will enjoy an exciting, redesigned parade route, as well as an aerial drone show to cap off the festivities on Saturday night. The new, state-of-the-art drone show will feature over 200 drones in the sky and will replace the primary firework show this year, but residents can view Independence Day fireworks throughout the community on July 4 at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater (6 Municipal Drive), Cyntheanne Park (12383 Cyntheanne Road) and over Geist Reservoir. Learn more about the 4th of July fireworks shows.

“This year’s event is better than ever with a redesigned parade route through the heart of downtown Fishers, as well as an innovative aerial drone show that’s the first of its kind in Central Indiana. We can’t wait to bring Fishers residents together to build traditions throughout the weeklong festival,” said Marissa Deckert, Director of Fishers Parks.


FESTIVAL LINEUP  

Free Tuesdays Concert 
Tuesday, June 20 / 7 p.m.   
Kick off the Spark!Fishers celebration with a Free Tuesdays show featuring Jukebox Luke at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Food, non-alcoholic beverages, chairs, and blankets are welcome. Outside alcohol is not permitted, and food and drink will be available for purchase on site. Learn more at sparkfishers.com/Entertainment

5K Run/Walk & Kids Dash 
Wednesday, June 21 / 6:30 & 7 p.m.   
Lace up your running shoes for the family friendly 5K Walk/Run, presented by IU Health Fishers, featuring a 5K route along the Nickel Plate Trail. The 5K Walk/Run will depart from the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater (6 Municipal Drive) at 7 p.m. A Kids’ Dash (30-yard sprint) will take place before the 5K at 6:30 p.m. New this year, stop by the 5K After Party to enjoy a DJ, food truck, and drinks, and redeem your bib for a free drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) from Mashcraft Brewing. To view a course map and register for the race, visit  sparkfishers.com/5K. Onsite registration is permitted until 6:30 p.m.  

Car & Art Show
Thursday, June 22 / 6-9 p.m.   
Stroll the Central Green and check out the Spark!Fishers Car & Art Show powered by Jiffy Lube of Indiana, featuring vintage and modern cars alongside local artists and artisans curated by Fishers Arts Council. This event is free to attend, and no tickets are required. Car owners can register their vehicles at sparkfishers.com/CarAndArtShow.  
 
Friday Night Concert featuring Burning Red: A Taylor Swift Tribute
Friday, June 23 / 8 p.m.    
The weekend party kicks off with a Friday night concert at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater featuring Burning Red: A Taylor Swift Tribute. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Food, non-alcoholic beverages, chairs, and blankets are welcome. Outside alcohol is not permitted, and food and drink will be available for purchase on site. Learn more at sparkfishers.com/Entertainment.
 
Street Fair
Saturday, June 24 / 3-10 p.m.    
Soak up the summer at the Spark!Fishers Street Fair around the Municipal Complex, with fun for all ages including: 

  • Local food and drink, retail vendors, artisans, and more, along with the Dining Tent sponsored by Four Day Ray Brewing and MacAllister Rentals. 
  • Live performances starting at 3 p.m. on the main NPD AMP Stage and the Solo Stage sponsored by WTHR, Ed Martin Nissan, Ed Martin Toyota and DMC Insurance. See the full lineup at sparkfishers.com/Entertainment
  • The Kids Zone with bounce houses, games, face painters, balloon artists and additional kid-friendly fun sponsored by WTHR, Ed Martin Nissan, Ed Martin Toyota and DMC Insurance. 
  • The Spark!Fishers Teen Zone, featuring interactive racing simulators, arcade games table tennis, billiards, pop-a-shot, a skatepark and more.  
  • Hero Hut, a 501(C)(3) will host a tent for active-duty military and veterans to learn about services and opportunities available to them, build friendships, and forge a connection to the Fishers community. Hero Hut is sponsored by The Learning Experience, Xfinity, Towne Post, and Northwest Bank. 

Parade
Saturday, June 24 / 6 p.m. 
Celebrate this fun-filled tradition with an exciting, redesigned parade route through the heart of downtown Fishers featuring floats and walking groups from various local organizations and civic groups. The parade route will be announced in the coming daysat sparkfishers.com/Parade.  

Aerial Drone Show
Saturday, June 24 / 10 p.m.  
Keep your eye to the sky for this year’s new aerial drone show which will cap off the festivities on Saturday night. Learn more

ACTIVITY WRISTBANDS
Wristbands are required to participate in Spark!Fishers’ Saturday interactive activities, including inflatables and the skatepark. Wristbands can be purchased in advance for $3 for residents ($4.50 for nonresidents) or at the event for $5 for residents ($7.50 for nonresidents). Pre-ordered wristbands must be picked up at the Fishers Parks office (8100 E. 106th Street, Ste. 150) during normal business hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. by Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m. Learn more and order wristbands here.  

ACCESSIBILITY & RESPITE 
Accessible parking is available at all Spark!Fishers events (see below for details). Fishers Parks will also offer KultureCity sensory inclusive bags and weighted lap pads for those with sensory needs during all events. Items will be available for checkout at info tents at festival entrances. A respite room inclusive of mothers, prayer, and sensory needs is available for use during the event. To locate, ask any Info Tent, or to learn more, visit  sparkfishers.com/SparkAccessibility

EVENT PARKING & ROAD CLOSURES
For events Tuesday through Friday evening, free parking is available around the Municipal Complex and downtown Fishers both in parking garages and street parking. 
 
On Saturday, guests are encouraged to park at Navient Corporation (11100 USA Drive) overflow parking on the southside of USA Drive and take the free shuttle. Shuttles will run regularly beginning Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. to midnight. Shuttles will stop between 5:45 to 7 p.m. with the last pick up at 5:30 p.m. due to the parade route and will resume at 7 p.m. Surface lots around Municipal Drive and street parking on Lantern Road will not be available to Spark!Fishers guests. Public parking is available in The Edge, Nickel Plate Station, The Switch, First Internet Bank and Spark Apartments garages. Access to downtown parking will be limited from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. due to the Parade route and travel from garages and parking lots may be delayed for Parade participant safety. Rideshare drop-off and pick-up will occur at The Edge Parking Garage (8890 E. 116th Street). Bicycle parking is available around the Municipal Complex.  

Additional road closures will be in effect for Spark!Fishers festivities beginning on Wednesday evening, June 21 through Saturday, June 24. 

Accessible parking is available at all Spark!Fishers events. Daily accessible parking options include:

  • Tuesday: South City Services Building parking lot (3 Municipal Drive) and the Fishers Police Department parking garage (4 Municipal Drive)
  • Wednesday: South City Services Building parking lot (3 Municipal Drive) and the Fishers Police Department parking garage (4 Municipal Drive). Individuals using ADA parking lots must be parked by 6 p.m. to avoid road closures for the 5K, and cars must remain in the lot until the road closure is lifted at approximately 8 p.m. or once Fishers Police Department has deemed the roadway as safe to open. 
  • Thursday: Small dog park parking lot at the northwest corner of Fishers Center Drive and Municipal Drive intersection (near the post office), immediately west and across from the City Hall construction site
  • Friday: South City Services Building parking lot (3 Municipal Drive) and the Fishers Police Department parking garage (4 Municipal Drive)
  • Saturday: South City Services Building parking lot (3 Municipal Drive) and the Fishers Police Department parking garage (4 Municipal Drive)

For parking details, visit sparkfishers.com/SparkParking

LEARN MORE
Visit sparkfishers.com and follow Fishers Parks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for festival news and updates.

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