Community Day: Summer Solstice: Girls Rock! / Bike Festival and Art Swap

Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 Acres
Admission with $5 suggested donation benefiting Girls Rock! Indianapolis's campers in need of tuition aid
Rain or shine

Welcome the official start of summer at our Summer Solstice Community Day. Enjoy music, games, food, biking and more in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. This Community Day brings together multiple events and partners for an afternoon that will, quite literally, rock.

Activities for budding young musicians will be provided by our friends at Girls Rock! Indianapolis. Try out Girls Rock! workshops, like drumming, guitar decorating and more.

Bring a picnic blanket, relax or dance a little as Indy artists: Moor.dUb, Dream Chief, Alex Hall, Mr. Kinetik, and DJ Fate rock the Park.

In addition to music, we'll have art as we welcome back the Indy Art Swap. This is the second year for this event, which is presented in partnership with the Indy Star Things To Do App.

Use the Central Canal Towpath and ride your bike to the Park, joining in a traveling bike festival down the Canal Towpath lead by the organizers of the Reconnecting Our Waterways (ROW) and StreamLines projects.


11 am Bike Fest begins

Noon - 5 pm Art Swap

Noon–12:45 pm Moor.dUb

12:45–1:45 pm DJ Fate

1:45–2:30 pm Dream Chief

3:30–4:00 pm Alex Hall

4:00–4:15 pm DJ Fate

4:15–5:00 pm Mr. Kinetik


DJ Fate

Dream Chief

Alex Hall

Mr. Kinetic

Girls Rock! Indianapolis

Girls Rock will be hosting some SUPER COOL activities for the family during the Summer Solstice Community Day:

  • Lil' Bits electronic exploration with GRI + The IUPUI School of Music and Arts Technology
  • Rockin' Musical Petting Zoo
  • Drum Lessons with Yasmine Kasem! (Must sign up prior, spaces limited)
  • Drum Circle
  • Family + Friends Paint Station decorating guitars to hang in GRI HQ

Donations are being requested to support scholarships for girls attending one of the Girls Rock! Indy summer camps.

2016 Bike Fest

An exciting arts and nature bike crawl for Indianapolis -The Bike Fest! This bike festival is free and open to all! Led by Big Car and Reconnecting to Our Waterways, our partners include the IMA, FreeWheelin Community Bikes, StreamLines, IndyCog, and Herron School of Art and Design. At 11am, we will meet at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for their community day and will stop at 3 locations along the White River Trail.

Ride your bike and arrive via the Canal Towpath, or bring your bike and park in the IMA parking lot to start your trip. All bikes must be walked down the service road to the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 Acres. Signs will guide you to the Park. At the end of the Bike Festival, you take the shuttle or ride your bike back to the IMA, where your car is parked.

Visit the 2016 Bike Fest website for all of the details and to register.

Art Swap

Bring any piece of artwork -- either your own creation or just a piece you own -- to trade with other collectors and appreciators.This unique twist on an art fair, welcomes artwork of all genres and vintages. If you call it art, it is fair game to be swapped.

No registration needed, just come with a blanket and your treasures to trade.

PLEASE NOTE: Art cannot be brought to the event through the museum. You must enter the Park through the Canal Towpath, take the shuttle or walk down the service road, which is accessible through the gate next to Deer Zink Events Pavilion, with any artwork for Art Swap.

How to Art Swap

  1. Keep it fun: The intention of the Art Swap is to meet new people, refresh your collection and have fun. Think of it as the anti-art fair.
  1. Keep it small: Please do not bring large works or large quantities. Art must be able to fit on your blanket. The intention is to have a few smaller items to swap, not setting up a pop-up store for the day. Works on paper are ideal art swap pieces. Please do not bring easels or other display “props” either.
  1. Bring a blanket: Your blanket is your gallery, bring one.
  1. Make a friend, or bring a friend: Ask a friend to watch your works, or your neighbor, as you browse the available pieces, then return the favor.
  1. No cash, all trade: It’s about swapping not selling, so please no cash transactions. However, you can get creative. Helping with a website, shooting photo documentation or mowing a lawn are examples of non-cash and acceptable transactions.
  1. Check in: We ask that all swappers check in at our table when you arrive to get a number and a sign for displaying your Twitter and/or Instagram handles. Enjoy tweeting, instagramming, and posting to other social sites with the hashtag #IndyArtSwap.
  1. Watching is fine too: No artwork to swap, no worries. You are welcome to come and view the work, strike up a conversation and enjoy the event.


Parking is available at the IMA parking lot and at Indiana Interchurch Center. Guests parking at the IMA can walk down to the Park. Guest parking at Interchurch can take the provided shuttle to The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres. As a courtesy to our neighbors, please do not park in the street outside of the Park's parking lot.

Food and beverage trucks

Official Brewery of this program (outside alcohol not permitted)

The IMA's ARTx Series is made possible by a gift from the Efroymson Family Fund

Community Day: Summer Solstice: Girls Rock! / Bike Festival and Art Swap Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN