Signature Events

It’s a community event.   Community events create strong community, and a strong community is a healthy community. A healthy community is a happy community. ~Sandy Smith

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FOGP Signature Events 

There are a lot of happenings at Garfield Park. We encourage you to connect with all the activity centers at the park on Facebook so you can stay in-the-know about everything from the theme of the Art for All FREE program held on Saturdays at Garfield Park Art Center (GPAC) to special installations and educational programs happening at the Conservatory.  There is also a Farmer’s Market located in the park on Saturday mornings during the summer months and a range of Christmas celebrations and programs for all ages starting right after Thanksgiving each year.

This web page is where we feature the Signature Events either produced or hosted by the Friends of Garfield Park, Inc. as part of our efforts to raise funds and friends and celebrate them in support of our mission to serve the  oldest city park in Indiana.

A great park deserves great friends.  Please Join us!


BlakeStrong Fest – The newest signature event produced by Friends of Garfield Park.

We hope you will join us each year for a lively celebration of food, friends, and fun in memory of Blake Bowell and his courageous cancer journey. Each year a percentage of donated funds will be allocated special projects in the Park such as enhancements to the Children’s Garden located at the east end of Garfield Park next to the Conservatory, Cancer Family Support Groups, and the BlakeStrong Blake Bowell Fund, which is committed to providing hope and strength.

Please join us for the next BlakeStrong Fest, Saturday, July 28th, 2018, from 3:00 to 10:00pm at the MacAllister Amphitheater, in Garfield Park. See the 2018 event poster for featured performers, performance times, and complete listing of our supporting corporate partners. Please helps us attract a great crowd by sharing this event with your friends and family. Find us on Facebook and share to all your Friends!

In 2018, the Children’s Garden is benefiting from a complete redesign to provide even more opportunities for exploration and education in the world of nature, gardening, and growing. To view the design plans for the Children’s Garden makeover, please click here. Thank you to Mader Design for creating the design concepts.

To download the BlakeStrongFest Flyer, click here. Print them out and share them with your friends.


An Evening at the Mac ~ September 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm. 

Plan on a great night at the MacAllister Center for the Performing Arts. This signature event brought to you by the Friends of Garfield Park will feature Seven Bridges Band and a patriotic fireworks display. Expect thousands of park visitors to be on-hand for this exciting event.

If you’re already a fan of the band, then you’ll know why you’re here. 7 Bridges is a Nashville, TN based Eagles tribute band. We differ from other Eagles tributes, in that, each member of 7 Bridges performs the role of their corresponding Eagles member. Check out their website here. The reviews are great.

“7 Bridges is one of the most popular bands we have ever had at Rockin’ on the River. Their show is incredible. The crowd stays until that last note is played. They are fantastic to work with, real professionals and real gentlemen. Great act!” ~ Bob E

“Close your eyes and listen to 7 Bridges… WOW, they could be the real Eagles. Vocally and visually perfect. A great group of musicians who are consummate professionals. The ultimate Eagles experience.” ~ Ken H

To download the Evening at the Mac Flyer, click here. Print them out and share them with your friends.


Friends Night @ the Mac featuring the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra & Private, Friends Only Dinner for FOGP Members and Partners ~Thursday, June 14, 2018 

This summer concert event featuring the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off the concerts in the park series by Indy Parks at Garfield Park. Join the fun with the Friends of Garfield Park today by visiting the Give to Garfield Page to make your 2018 gift now and join us for a night of fun, food, and lively entertainment.


ForeGarfield Golf Outing ~ September 27, 2018

This annual golf outing is an important component of our annual fundraising campaign. It’s also a lot of fun and a much anticipated event for our community of golfers, partners, and FOGP board and staff. This event is held on the south side of Indy at the Winding River Golf Club, located at 8015 Mann Rd.

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