A new year is here with a world of things for you and your friends and family to do, so we have compiled a list of the Top 22 events of 2022 in Hendricks County, Indiana

We have indoor activities, outdoor activities, auto racing, shopping, food, festivals and more on tap this year, so something for everyone. Of course, all events on this list are contingent upon the public health situation at the time, so please check with each event's organizers before you head out.

Without further ado, our Top 22 events of 2022!

1. Maple Syrup Days Maple Syrup Days at McCloud Nature Park

Hendricks County Parks & Recreation's 12th Annual Maple Syrup Days take place at McCloud Nature Park just outside of North Salem from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 and 12.

The sugar maple trees at McCloud Nature Park produce a sweet treasure throughout the winter months:  sap with a high sugar content. Once the daytime temperatures start rising, the sap starts flowing, and the park staff and volunteers begin collecting it. Pretty soon, they have bottles of 100% all-natural maple syrup!  

How do they know which trees to use? How do they collect the sap? Do the sugar maple trees die afterward? How do they turn that natural sweetness into syrup? How is all-natural maple syrup different from the syrup you buy in plastic bottles at the grocery store? How has maple syrup been made in the past?  

If any of these questions have crossed your mind or your kids’ minds, grab your favorite flannel and head on out to McCloud Nature Park in early March to enjoy this free family-friendly event.

For more information, click here.

2. Indiana Guitar Show Indiana Guitar Show

The Indiana Guitar Show is the largest buy-and-sell music product event in all of Indiana. Dealers set up their musical gear, and the show facilitates the music product business.

Musicians can buy, sell and swap gear of all kinds from national dealers.

This year's event takes place at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex in Danville on March 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on March 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, click here.

3. Bridal Wars Indianapolis Bridal Wars

Bridal Wars announced that it has chosen Martha’s Orchard in Clayton to host its Indianapolis-area location for this fun and unique event that takes place at different sites across the U.S. Other event locations include Houston, Tampa, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Colorado. The event at Martha's Orchard is scheduled for May 15 from 1 to 4 p.m..

Self-proclaimed as "the coolest bridal competition ever," Bridal Wars is part competition, part bachelorette party all in one big event. Brides can sign up to bring an unlimited number of people to compete on their team in several different competitions. 

Teams usually dress in matching outfits and have a great time attempting to be crowned the winner.

For more information, click here.

4. Central Indiana Enchanted Fairy Festival fairy festival, costume, storytelling

Come and enter a world of fantasy and enchantment at the Central Indiana Enchanted Fairy Festival on May 21-22 at Beasley's Orchard in Danville. 

This is a full fairy immersion experience into the fairy world, complete with four stages of entertainment, games, tea party, music, live unicorns, wonderful fairy art and craft vendors and memories to last a lifetime!

For more information, click here.

5. Carb Night Classic USAC Carb Night Classic Lucas Oil Raceway

Whet your racing whistle before the Indianapolis 500 at the Carb Night Classic, held on May 27 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg. 

The oval track will roar with the speed, smells and sounds of the USAC Silver Crown Championship, the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship presented by Mazda during this annual racing event.

For more information, click here.

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6. Indy Tattoo Expo (Photo courtesy of Indy Tattoo Expo Facebook page)

The Indy Tattoo Expo is coming to the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Plainfield on June 10-12. It is organized by Chris Taylor, who is a tattoo artist, enthusiast and avid collector of tattoo history. 

Throughout his 27 years in the industry, he has been led by his vision of taking tattooing to the next level. The expo features elite tattoo artists from all over the world, live entertainment, vendors, tattoo contests and more!

For more information, click here.

7. Slamology Slamology Automotive & Music Festival

If you are looking for a car show that is not your ordinary day at the park you can't miss the 17th Annual Slamology Automotive and Music Festival, which will be held June 11-12 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg.

Slamology is a different kind of automotive event created for enthusiasts, spectators, media groups, custom automotive shops, distributors, and manufacturers alike.

The organizers are creating a bond of all entities involved in the automotive industry, as well as giving the community a look into the heavily populated and ever growing sport of customizing vehicles.

Attendees can expect a weekend full of good clean automotive and music fun that includes club games, great vendors, wonderful food, a bikini contest, live bands, awesome trophies and the world's largest car audio contest.

For more information, click here.

8. Amo Fish Fry Festival Amo Fish Fry Festival aerial view

A long-standing and very popular event, the Amo Fish Fry is generally held over three days in mid-June.

The 2022 dates have not yet been set, but it's worth keeping track of the announcement for the 71st annual event in Amo.

The Amo Fish Fry Festival features live music, tasty food, bounce houses, a car show, an antique tractor and equipment show, a parade, fireworks and more!

For more information, click here.

9. Destination Danville FestivalDestination Danville Festival 

The 2022 date has not yet been set for the Destination Danville Festival, but event organizer and owner of Seize the Night Designs, Sarah Fentz, tells me that she and her sister are planning to hold the third festival of its kind on the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Danville in late spring or early summer.

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.

For more information, click here.

10. Hendricks County Rib-Fest BBQ Hendricks County Rib-Fest

A local tradition since 2005, the Hendricks County Rib-Fest BBQ will take place on June 25 at Hendricks County 4-H Fair & Conference Complex in Danville.

This event features live entertainment, games for kids, lots of food, hot air balloons and fireworks!

Local restaurants compete for "best ribs" and "best sauce" bragging rights as judged by the local tasters. Bring your chairs, blankets (don’t forget the family), and come on out to enjoy a fun time!

For more information, click here.

11. Thursday Night Thunder HomecomingUSAC car at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park 

After being revived in 2021, the well-known Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming will return to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg on June 30 with a focus on celebrating the personalities and broadcasts that made the track a staple in living rooms across the country.

The event which helped establish names like Gordon, Stewart, Newman, and Kahne will continue to build a foundation for racers of current and future generations.

This night will feature the third points race in the National Pavement Midget Championship (a 35-lap feature, $5,000 to win), Champion Sprint Cars (35-lap feature, $5,000 to win) and the exclusive USAC Silver Crown Shootout, a 10-car field fighting for $13,000 in prize money within a 25-lap feature.

For more information, click here.

12. National Powwow National Pow Wow

Editor's Note: This event has been postponed to July 6-9, 2023.

National Powwow XVIII is set for July 7-10 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex in Danville.

This Native American cultural celebration includes four days of inter-tribal dancing and singing, educational workshops, craft and food vendors and a craft contest.

Participants can also experience tipi village, parade, princess contest and a kids' powwow.

For more information, click here.

13. Hendricks County 4-H FairHendricks County Fair 

The 2022 Hendricks County 4-H Fair will take place July 17-23 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex in Danville.

The week-long fair offers tons of family fun. The activities and events change annually but you can expect action-packed motorsports, carnival rides, farm animals and great fair food.

More information will be added to the Hendricks County 4-H Fair website as the event dates get closer.

For more information, click here.

14. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NASCAR Truck Series race returns to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event will make its triumphant return to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg on July 29.

The event will kick off a premier week of auto racing action in Indianapolis, bringing NASCAR’s three national touring series to town for the first time in more than a decade.

The race will also serve as the opening round of the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.

For more information, click here.

15. Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. NationalsBrittany Force at U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway 

The 68th Annual Dodge Power Brokers U.S. Nationals will be held at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park over Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31 through Sept. 6.

The Big Go is the biggest and best event in drag racing each year and is the final race in which drivers can qualify for the NHRA Countdown to the Championship.

For more information, click here.

16. North Salem Old Fashion DaysDon't miss the Bed Race during North Salem Old Fashion Days. (Photo courtesy of North Salem Old Fashion Days Festival Facebook page) 

Labor Day weekend also brings us North Salem Old Fashion Days, scheduled for Sept. 3-5 in downtown North Salem.

This three-day event in northwest Hendricks County will bring back all of its old traditions and introduce a few new ones.

This festival offers small town Americana at its finest all while greeting you with a smile and ushering you in for a weekend full of food, fun and lively entertainment.

This annual event has become known for its fun contests, the longest parade in Hendricks County and its annual bed races through the center of town.

For more information, click here.

17. Sunflower FestivalSunflower Festival at Beasley's Orchard 

The date of the 2022 Sunflower Festival at Beasley's Orchard in Danville has not yet been set, as it is often dictated by their sunflower crop, but pencil it in for mid-September for now.

Spend the day exploring seven acres of sunflowers at Beasley's Orchard while also picking your own stems! Admission includes one stem, but you can choose to pick a few more stems or a whole bucket of blossoms!

Yard games are also on-site, and the festival is a popular time and location for photography.

For more information, click here.

18. Hendricks County International FestivalHendricks County International festival 

The Third Annual Hendricks County International Festival is scheduled for Oct. 1 at Talon Stream Park in Plainfield.

Enjoy this free family-friendly educational event, where you can expect to see food trucks, live dance and musical performances from all over the world, interactive booths, traditional attire and more.

Countries represented during the festival include: India, Pakistan, West Africa, Poland, Russia, Mexico, Japan and Scotland.

For more information, click here.

19. Heartland Apple Festival Apple Cannon at Beasley's Orchard in Danville, Indiana

Beasley's Orchard in Danville is a very popular place for fall activities, and the annual Heartland Apple Festival is one of their most popular events. The event is traditionally held during the first two weekends in October, but check back for exact dates as they have also opened it up during the week to cut down on the weekend crowds due to COVID.

Activities include an 8-acre corn maze, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, apple cannons, barnyard bonanza, delicious food, entertainment, and more! Additional activities include u-pick apples and u-pick pumpkins.

For more information, click here.

20. Fall Colors Festival Hayrides at the Fall Colors Festival at McCloud Nature Park

Bring the whole family out to McCloud Nature Park near North Salem and join Hendricks County Parks & Recreation in celebrating the brilliant colors of autumn during the annual Fall Colors Festival.

The 2022 date has not yet been set, but look for this annual event in mid- to late-October.

Experience one of Visit Indiana's Top 10 Places for Fall Foliage in the state every year in this 232-acre park, and enjoy hay rides, an apple cider press, archery, the McCloud Prairie Maze, throwing an atlatl (an ancient hunting weapon) and much more during this free family-friendly festival!

For more information, click here.

21. Tri Kappa Gingerbread ChristmasPlainfield Tri Kappa Gingerbread Christmas 

Sponsored by Plainfield Tri Kappa, Gingerbread Christmas is the oldest and largest fine art and craft show in the area with more than 120 booths. In 2022, it will take place on Dec. 3 at Plainfield High School.

Master artists and crafters from many states will showcase a wide variety of creatively crafted and original works of art. Browse a tempting array of unique and one-of-a-kind gifts, home décor, accessories, wearable art and seasonal decorations.

Gingerbread Christmas is unique from many other craft shows in that vendors are required to submit an application with photographs of their items every year which are juried by a committee to make sure that all items are handcrafted. No commercial or imported items are allowed.

For more information, click here.

22. Brownsburg Yuletide Festival Yuletide Festival Ice Skating

Festive activities, twinkling lights, lots of ice skating, classic holiday drive-in movies and a magical parade usher in Brownsburg’s merry and bright Christmas season during the Yuletide Festival at Connection Pointe Christian Church in Brownsburg.

Each weekend in December leading up to Christmas, you and your family will get to experience new adventures and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Activities offered throughout the month include ice skating, drive-in movies, curling, train rides, an inflatable snow globe, a petting zoo, reindeer, carriage rides, character breakfasts, an indoor movie for seniors and food trucks.

For more information, click here.

More Events in 2022

This is just the tip of the iceberg of things to do in Hendricks County in 2022, so be sure to utilize Visit Hendricks County's Event Calendar on a regular basis all year long!