The 2018 Indiana Festival Guide is Now Closed

You can still become an ISFA member and receive a website listing for your festival or organization. Network and receive valuable info at the annual workshops and convention. Apply for an ISFA grant and much more!

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Associate Partners Support Festivals

ISFA's 30+ Associate Members are located across Indiana and are ready to join forces with ISFA Festival Members. These companies and organizations provide services for visitors and festivals - helping local events and the Indiana travel experience become better than ever .

About ISFA

The Indiana State Festivals Association is the state’s largest membership organization for festivals and events. ISFA publishes the Indiana Festival Guide each year and maintains this website featuring searchable festival listings. Over 600 festivals and events receive promotion, leadership and education opportunities as members of ISFA.

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Annual Convention

Each January, ISFA holds an annual convention with the Indiana Association of Fairs & Festivals. Join festivals and fairs from across Indiana for educational sessions, entertainment showcases, ISFA queen pageant and industry trade show. Attended by over 1,500 festival and fair representatives.

Fri.-Sun., January 4-7, 2018
Indianapolis Marriott East


Register for the 2018 Convention!

Enter Your Festival's Queen in the Annual ISFA Scholarship Pageant!

The ISFA Scholarship Pageant is held at the Annual Convention in January and representatives of all ISFA member festivals are invited to participate. The deadline to apply is November 1.

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Charlene "Shorty" Harrell Memorial Grant Application

The Charlene "Shorty" Harrell Memorial Grant makes attendance to the annual ISFA Annual Convention possible for ISFA members whose festival budget is less than $10,000. The deadline to apply is November 30.
This grant is dedicated to Charlene "Shorty" Harrell of the Lagro Good Ole Days Festival, who died on November 9, 2012 while attending the annual ISFA Convention.

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Ann Retseck Memorial Grant Application

The Ann Retseck Memorial Grant makes attendance to the annual ISFA Annual Convention possible for ISFA members who need assistance in paying their representatives' costs. The deadline to apply is November 30.
This grant is dedicated to Ann Gettinger Retseck for her donation of time and effort into her community's festival, the Merom Bluff Chautauqua.

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IOTD & ISFA Celebrates 45 Years of Hoosier Energy Support

2017_HoosierEnergyAward.jpgHoosier Energy started the Festival Guide as a community service to their membership in 1972 and it quickly spread statewide. Hoosier Energy had a vision for travelers to, and in, Indiana. That vision still shines brightly 45 years later, just like the millions of light bulbs that Hoosier Energy powers across this great State. All of us in the travel and tourism industry, including our ISFA member festivals in all 92 counties, owe a debt of thanks to the foresight of Hoosier Energy. 

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Indiana Festival Website for the Public

Visit ISFA's website for travelers, Indiana’s best online resource for festival info! Over 600 searchable festival and event listings.

Click here to visit website

Bring History on Wheels to Your Event!

Bring History on Wheels, a state-of-the-art traveling exhibit to your festival! Discover Indiana's rich automotive heritage through interactive displays on the history of the auto industry, racing and more. 

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Upcoming ISFA Board Meetings

Members are welcome to attend all ISFA Board Meetings.

  • November 3, 2017 at 7pm with dinner at Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh (Reservations required for dinner and/or overnight lodging.)
  • November 4, 2017 at 8:30am at Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh - ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING (View Meeting Agenda)
  • November 4, 2017 to follow annual meeting
  • January 5, 2018 at 7pm at Indianapolis Marriott East at the Annual Convention
  • January 6, 2018 at 11:30am at Indianapolis Marriott East - MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND LUNCHEON
  • January 7, 2018 at 9:30am at Indianapolis Marriott East 

Tell everyone that you are in the 2017 Indiana Festival Guide!

Let everyone know that your festival/organization is featured in the 2017 Indiana Festival Guide. Download the "Find a Festival" icon, post it on your website and link the image to Image size is 250px by 200px.


ADA Resources

Events and festivals support a sense of community, and encourage participation by all people. More than 21% of Americans aged 15 and over, and 50% of Americans 65 and older have some type of disability. Review these ADA Resources for Festivals and Events to make sure your event or festival is accessible to all.

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Tips for Writing Festival Grants

There's a lot to thinking about when writing a festival grant. Review this document for the do's and don'ts of grant writing.

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How-To Guide for Planning Festivals & Events

The Indiana State Festivals Association and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development have provided a comprehensive manual to help you plan every stage of your event, from concept to post-festival evaluation.

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Complete Your ISFA Purchase with PAYPAL

To pay for your Indiana Festival Guide purchase/ISFA membership with a credit card, just click here to go to PAYPAL. Enter in the $ total at the ITEM PRICE and then click on PAY WITH A DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD, OR PAYPAL CREDIT. You do not need to have a PAYPAL account to submit your payment.

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2018 Spring Workshop

Learn how to make your community's event even better! Attend one of the ISFA Spring Workshops. FREE for ISFA members! $30 for non-members (includes lunch.)

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina
9301 S Fairfax Rd.
Bloomington, IN 47401

Indiana Festival Guide Covers

ISFA is proud to announce that the following festivals will be featured in upcoming editions of the Indiana Festival Guide:

2019 - The Festivals of Clinton County
2021 - 75th Persimmon Festival