Have you been longing for in-person events? Have you been dreaming of strolling around a local festival, enjoying local food and shopping? Have you simply wanted to have something special on the calendar to look forward to?
You're in luck! The second annual Destination Danville Festival will take over the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 12 in Danville, Indiana, in conjunction with the Danville Farmers Market.
What Is It?
This festival features handmade and vintage vendors from across the state as well as local breweries and distilleries, food vendors and live music. Vendors are screened and chosen based on their quality of work and presentation, and each category of merchandise will not be overcrowded.
Vendors will come from Indy and surrounding areas, offering brand new wares not seen before in our local events. In fact, the number of vendors doubled already since last year.
Food, Drinks & Music
There will be food trucks! Who doesn't love a good food truck! J's Lobster Truck and the Grumpy Gringo will serve up seafood and tacos for those who need to fuel up after shopping. In addition, some local craft brewers will be on hand offering up libations.
John Stevens Jr., a singer/songwriter who performs Americana and country music, will return to provide live music from noon to 4 p.m.
How It Started
Sarah Fentz, owner of Seize the Night Designs, an amazing store featuring handmade jewelry and other items on the square, and her sister came up with the idea for Destination Danville last year in response to the government shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many brick-and-mortar stores were hurting, and even festivals and events were completely cancelled because hosting an event while complying with social-distance requirements presented a challenge. When the Covered Bridge Festival, one of the largest events many vendors depend on, cancelled, Fentz knew they needed to do something.
She and her sister came up with and planned Destination Danville in a month, pulling it off in October of last year. Even after meeting all social-distancing requirements, the event proved to be a huge success. Vendors were overjoyed to have the opportunity to make a living, and customers were just happy to have a normal and festive event they could attend safely with their friends and families.
How It's Going
This festival has become special because it's put on by the entrepreneurs who offer such creative items. Fentz has coined it as "a festival for makers, by makers."
Booth fees are low, and profits are used for advertising and support of the festival itself. The festival became a wild success last year because of the juried vendors. This leads to choosing vendors who are invested in what they make, many of them doing it full time.
The festival also drew a crowd because vendors were specifically chosen who weren't from our area. That dynamic led to new relationships and locals shopping for things outside the normal vendor base. The festival obviously greatly benefits local retailers and restaurants as well.
So, mark your calendars for this fresh festival celebrating talent, food and fun!
Destination Danville Festival
- Where: Historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square, 51 W. Marion St., Danville, IN
- When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 12
- What: Local and statewide vendors, food, live music
- Information: Festival Facebook page
- Admission: Free
- COVID-19: All social distancing guidelines set out by the Hendricks County Health Department will be followed.