Broad Ripple Welcomes New Local Festival, WARMfest 2013


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In an area of Indy known for supporting the local community, Broad Ripple has always been a haven of good food, music, art and beauty. This summer will be no different, as we welcome a new addition to the annual music line-up, WARMfest. Managed by the Carl G. Fisher Society (CGFS), the mission of WARMfest is to, “promote environmental responsibility, independent business and artisans, and sustainable goods and services through the magic of music, art and culture.”

The main draw of WARMfest is sure to be the abundance of live music that will grace Broad Ripple all weekend during this three-day festival being held this Labor Day weekend, August 31st – September 2nd. With over 40 acts spread across five stages inside Broad Ripple Park, as well as a riverboat cruise, WARMfest will be a wonderful end of summer event for local residents looking for something to do in the absence of the no longer Rib America Festival. Headlining acts for the weekend include Mayor Haythorne, JJ Gray & Mofro, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, G Love & Special Sauce and Michael Franti and Spear Head. WARMfest paired with the former Broad Ripple Music Fest, who will be presenting a large number of local acts throughout the weekend including Magnetic, The Main Squeeze, Hyryder and Whipstitch Sallies to name a few.

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In addition to music, WARMfest will host an array of activities for the whole family throughout the weekend. The September Indie Arts & Vintage marketplace will be held in conjunction with the fest. On Monday, September 2nd, the Ripple Effect 4-Mile Run/Walk will take place, helping to raise money for neighborhood improvement projects. Click here for more info and to register for the run. There will also be Yoga In The Park held Monday morning, as well as the Wapahani Boat Cruise down the White River featuring music from local acts, which will take place throughout the weekend. Tickets to the boat cruise are separate and limited.

Tickets for this year’s WARMfest are still on sale, single day passes going for $40 in advance, $45 at the gate. For the whole weekend you can get in for $90 in advance, $100 at the gate. For more information and to purchase tickets click here. Attendees will be free to come and go as they please throughout the weekend, and this is an all ages event. Group packages, as well as VIP packages are also available. For all the really important info about what you can and cannot bring, be sure to check out the Festival Guidelines Page to ensure you have the best possible experience. In terms of parking, WARMfest will be offering free parking at the Glendale Town Center near Keystone and 62nd street with shuttles going to and from the fest. A map of the festival map can bee seen below with entrances and stages clearly marked.

festival-map All in all, WARMfest will be a great addition to the Broad Ripple music and arts scene, bringing together a large number of local and national acts, highlighting the art of Indianapolis and bringing an awareness to the Broad Ripple community. Come out for just an afternoon to support your local community, or for the whole weekend if looking for something fun to do with the family.