Get Outdoors

Have you heard about our Get Outdoors campaign? We are encouraging residents all over Blackford County to get outdoors and enjoy the things that our county has to offer. Why? Because enjoying our greenspaces and attending family-friendly local events is good for you! It’s good for you mentally, emotionally, and physically. Not sure how to get started? We’ve got you covered. We’ll be sharing ideas and inspiration on our social media and blog pages for the upcoming season!

Are you interested in attending summer events in Blackford County? We have a list! Community events are a way for you and your family to get outdoors and enjoy everything that Blackford County has to offer. Check out our list of eight summer activities!

Heritage Days

Looking for a fun family event? Then you need to mark the Heritage Days Festival down on your calendar. Heritage Days is a festival that we have been celebrating for more than 40-years, it’s an event you don’t want to miss!

This year we will be celebrating their 42nd Heritage Days Festival! The festival will be from May 18-21. Bring your family to enjoy the carnival, live music, food and craft vendors, and the queen contest. Just head to Main Street in Hartford City to enjoy all of the activities.

2nd Saturday Art Activities

Did you know engaging in the arts can help improve your overall well-being? It’s true! Participating in the arts can help with decreasing anxiety, increasing connection, and reducing loneliness. There’s research that suggests the arts can improve cognitive function as we age too. Engaging in the arts is just overall good for you! So, when should we begin to engage with the arts to enjoy the benefits? As early as possible. We are so lucky to have a community arts center that offers art programming for our local youth.

Starting in February through the spring and summer, the Blackford County Arts Center will be hosting Second Saturday Art Activities. On the second Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., all kindergarten through sixth grade-aged kids can enjoy making art. Stay up to date on everything happening at the Blackford County Arts Center by joining their Facebook group.

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Movies and Concerts in the Park

Are you a movie buff or a concert lover? Then Weiler Plaza has an event for you this summer! Enjoy incredible concerts at Weiler Plaza on the following dates June 4, 18, and July 9, 23. Enjoy the live music while you spend time with friends and family. If you are interested in more family-friendly events, there also will be movie showings at Weiler Plaza on the second Friday in June, July, and August. Get outdoors and enjoy some movie time with the entire family.

Saturday in the Park

Why do most of us celebrate the 4th of July? To honor our independence and freedom as Americans established on July 4th, 1776. It’s a day dedicated to fireworks, fun, friends, and family. After everything we as a country, have been through the last few years, it’s time to celebrate and appreciate this country, state, and county that we call home.

So, mark your calendar for this can’t miss event! This annual celebration is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with friends and family. On July 2, make your way to Sigma Phi Gamma Park for all-day 4th of July activities.

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4-H Fair

What was one of the signs we were officially a ‘big kid’? When we were old enough to walk the fairgrounds without parents. Was this the same for you? For us, it meant spending hours riding the carnival rides and devouring all the deep-fried food our bellies could handle. July is everyone in Blackford County’s favorite time of the year, not only because of the July 4th celebrations but because that means it’s time for the 4-H Fair.

4-Hers work all year long for this one week to show off their dogs, cows, rabbits, pigs, projects, and more. Come for the fabulous food but stay to watch the kids show their animals. There is something for everyone! Truck pulls, food, and more. We’ve got it all at the Blackford County 4-H Fair. Get outdoors and head to the fairgrounds to support our 4-Hers the week of July 9th through the 16th. Please check back to this page for updates on the fair!

Fun Things To Do at Events

There is so much to do at each of these summer events in Blackford County, but we have a couple of activities that can make them even more fun!

  1. Eye spy your favorite horse at the 4-H Day parade
  2. Calories don’t count during 4-H week, so make sure to bite down on an elephant ear
  3. Celebrate the 4th with some BBQ at the 4th of July Festival

Get More Information

We hope that you enjoy our list of summer events in Blackford County. If you do any of these activities, make sure to take a picture and tag us on Facebook with the hashtag #getoutdoorsbc. For those who don’t already follow us, check out our social media! Get more fun tips and suggestions for getting outdoors by reading articles on our blog.