As summer draws to a close, there's still plenty of fun to be found in Morgan County! Explore the outdoors, enjoy local dining options and don't forget about upcoming events this month. Farmers' Market is still going strong with a plethora of locally grown produce and handcrafted items. Lots of live music options are on the calendar for August and as always, we'll be adding new events to the event calendar all month long! There may even be a few virtual events coming your way...
As we have learned this year, the situation around festivals and public events continues to change, so we strongly recommend that you call ahead to the venue closer to the date of any event you are interested in to ensure that it is still happening as planned and verify any restrictions that might be in place related to the global pandemic. Also, make sure you know the details about Indiana's current statewide face mask requirements and how it relates to upcoming events, including outdoor events. If you're planning ahead, be sure to check out our list of summer and fall festivals for the updated status of annual events for the coming months.
Morgan County Farmers Market
Join area growers and crafters at the Farmers Market each week through September. Tuesday Market takes place at the Friends Church in Mooresville from 3 to 7 pm and Saturday Market takes place at The Main Connection in Martinsville from 9 am to 1 pm. Vendors feature locally grown veggies, eggs, meat and handcrafted items such as jewelry, soaps, candles, woodcrafts and more.
Morgan County Fair Rock Concert
Unfortunately, the Morgan County Fair, like many around the state was canceled this year, though 4-H competitions are going on without an audience. Because they aren't technically part of the 4-H Fair, this year's concerts were spared from cancellation. Concert organizers went above and beyond to plan out the best and safest option to move forward with both concerts, Trace Adkins on July 31 and the new rock concert on August 1, featuring four phenomenal tribute bands recreating the sounds of some of your favorites! Music begins at 5 pm; attendees must bring their own seating and are expected to observe social distancing and other safety measures.
Live Trivia at Black Dog Brewing Company
Join Mooresville's new brewing company for a fun evening of live trivia on Wednesdays. There's always great beer, lots of fun and even some tasty food available at Black Dog Brewing Company! Trivia begins at 6 pm and prizes are awarded to the top teams. Games are entirely hands-free! You are welcome to bring your own pens and paper if you wish, but it will not be provided.
Cruise-in on the Square
Join the fun with a variety of vintage cars each Thursday evening in downtown Martinsville. Beginning at 5 pm, cars, trucks and other vehicles begin arriving at the courthouse square for Cruise-in on the Square, a weekly event that creates a fun and festive atmosphere for anyone looking for a great place to enjoy dinner, shopping and a stroll around the square with a unique backdrop. Talk with vehicle owners and enjoy a relaxed evening downtown.
Taps on the Square
Each and every Friday evening on the courthouse square, watch and listen as American heroes are honored with Taps on the Square. This weekly event has taken place without fail since December, 2012. Names are read beginning at 6:55 pm and live, rolling Taps is sounded at the the seventh bell by the Indiana Spirit of '45 Buglers. This is truly an experience - even those enjoying outdoor dining at area restaurants or walking down the street will pause in respect for this weekly Morgan County tradition.
Dirt Track Racing at Paragon Speedway
Enjoy the action on the dirt track oval with racing on August 9, 14 and 28. A Morgan County tradition for generations, Paragon Speedway's fast paced dirt oval provides lots of thrills and excitement for all ages. As always, kids are free with a paid adult admission. Check the calendar for each date to verify ticket price and the types of cars that will be on the track that night.
Virtual Event: Flag Town 5K & 10K Run
Mooresville's annual Flag Town 5K and 10K race is going digital this year! Sign up to complete the race, wherever and whenever you choose, between the dates of August 8 and 22 and upload your results at runsignup.com. You'll still receive a race t-shirt and completion medal.
Mooresville Summer Concert: Tastes Like Chicken
Mooresville's free summer concert series has changed locations this year to allow for additional space for social distancing in the interest of safety for attendees. Bring your own seating (and maybe some bug spray) out to Pioneer Park on August 7 to catch the popular regional band Tastes Like Chicken on stage. Food and drinks are available on site. Performance area is between the Aquatic Center and the ball fields.
Drink at the Creek: The Woomblies & The Dynamics
Join Cedar Creek Winery, Brew Co and Distillery for their summer concert series, Drink at the Creek! The August 7 show features The Woomblies Rock Orchestra and The Dynamics for a rockin' good time! Attendance is limited this season to allow enough space for social distancing. Bring your own seating and enjoy your favorite Cedar Creek beverages, plus on site food vendors as well.
4th Annual Pioneer Acoustic Musicfest
Local and regional acoustic musicians will gather at Mooresville's Pioneer Park for the Pioneer Acoustic Musicfest, put on by Mooresville Acoustic Music Friends. Come enjoy the sounds of these talented local and regional artists. Music begins at 3 pm on August 8 and continues into the evening. Food and drink will be available on site.
Mooresville Masonic Lodge Car Show & Fish Fry
Join the Mooresville Masonic Lodge for their annual Car Show and Fish Fry! The Car Show will take place on August 8 with awards presented in the afternoon. The Fish Fry is a two-day event on both August 8 and 9, and they begin serving at 11 am on both days.
Meet the Artist Event: Lisa Perantoni
DeLyn Jewely in downtown Martinsville presents an opportunity to meet award-winning jewelry artist Lisa Perantoni on August 15, beginning at 10 am. Appointments are recommended.
Drink at the Creek: Jambox & Toy Factory
Join Cedar Creek Winery, Brew Co and Distillery, Drink at the Creek! The August 16 show features Jambox and Toy Factory. This show was rescheduled from earlier in the season. Attendance is limited this season to allow enough space for social distancing. Bring your own seating and enjoy your favorite Cedar Creek beverages, plus on site food vendors as well.
3rd Thursday Shop The Square Event
Join the downtown merchants of Martinsville for a fun monthly event. Shop the square (and beyond) to discover unique treasures at a variety of shops, as well as dinner at your favorite downtown eatery. On the 3rd Thursday of each month, shops stay open late and there are often additional specials or other events.
Drink at the Creek: Gone 2 Paradise & Kenny Kipp Island Party
Join Cedar Creek Winery, Brew Co and Distillery, Drink at the Creek! The August 21 show features Gone 2 Paradise and Kenny Kipp Island Party for a festive Island-themed night of music. Attendance is limited this season to allow enough space for social distancing. Bring your own seating and enjoy your favorite Cedar Creek beverages, plus on site food vendors as well.
End of Summer Vintage Market
Come out for The Farmhouse Market's End of Summer Vintage Market on August 22. This fun event will feature a variety of outdoor vendors in addition to the store itself. There will be food and drink on site as well as live music from musician and author Michael Tetrick.
String Art Social
Join Fables and Fairy Tales on the square in Martinsville for a fun string art event on August 23. Cost is $25 per person and includes all supplies needed to create a masterpiece (with guided instruction) Light refreshments are available. Limited seating is available for this event.
Y Fun Run Series: Burkhart Creek Park
Come explore Burkhart Creek Park with a fun run on Aug. 26, courtesy of the Barbara B Jordan YMCA. Meet up at the park and be ready to run at 6 pm. This is a free practice event for the annual Y Run in November.
Drink at the Creek: Tastes Like Chicken & The Nace Brothers
Join Cedar Creek Winery, Brew Co and Distillery, Drink at the Creek! The August 28 show features Tastes Like Chicken and The Nace Brothers. Attendance is limited this season to allow enough space for social distancing. Bring your own seating and enjoy your favorite Cedar Creek beverages, plus on site food vendors as well.
Live Music: Phil Pierle
Join Cedar Creek Winery, Brew Co and Distillery for a fun and casual performance from Phil Pierle on August 30. Music begins at 2 pm. These informal concerts are currently being held outdoors on the stage rather than indoors to allow for additional social distancing space, so be sure to bring your own seating!
Pam Hurst Designs Virtual Event - All About Bracelets
Join jewelry artist Pam Hurst of Pam Hurst Designs and The Sterling Butterfly for a monthly virtual event on Facebook. August's event will focus on bracelets. You'll hear from Pam about what inspires her work and be able to make purchases during the event. The virtual event will take place from 7 to 8 pm on Sunday, August 30.