Inaugural WARMfest Announced for Labor Day Wknd in Indianapolis

Article Contributed by Bohlsen Group | Published on Thursday, June 6, 2013

A major new festival known as The White River Arts & Music Festival (WARMfest) today announced that its inaugural three-day event would take place on Labor Day weekend Saturday, August 31; Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2 at Broad Ripple Park in Indianapolis. WARMfest will bring together several key Indianapolis cultural groups including Indy Parks & Recreation, Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace and Broad Ripple Music Fest. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Carl G. Fisher Society, a non-profit whose goal is to restore the waterfront of Broad Ripple.

“The vision for this festival has been developing for a few years,” stated event founder and Executive Director Dan Ripley, “and the music lineup is evolving just as we had hoped.  We look forward to reintroducing Indianapolis to the Broad Ripple waterfront resort area that has been lost for decades.”

"WARMfest promises an extraordinary weekend of fun, music and more, all for a great cause – the restoration of the riverfront. This is an inspiring opportunity for Indianapolis community partners to come together and build something fresh and fun for all," continued Tamara Zahn, WARMfest Advisor.

Live music will be featured throughout the entire run of the event on five stages and will include a mix of national, regional and local talent. The initial lineup booked by MOKB Presents includes Big Head Todd and The Monsters, Michael Franti & Spearhead, JJ Grey & Mofro, G. Love & Special Sauce, Mayer Hawthorne, Delta Spirit, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Red Wanting Blue, Kopecky Family Band and many more. See lineup at

“Indy Parks is proud to welcome WARMfest to our season's eclectic lineup of Indy favorites and new shows.  Our partners' efforts will round out summer with three days of music at Broad Ripple Park in celebration of our waterways and park spaces, and we look forward to this unique event,” said Jen Pittman, Deputy Director of Indy Parks.

Three-day early bird admission passes for WARMfest are on sale now for only $60.00 at & or charge-by-phone at 877-4-FLY-TIX (435-9849). Single day tickets will go on sale at a later date.

WARMfest will also include a large array of live entertainment across all five stages including DJs, theatre groups, and national talent. The 2013 installment of the Broad Ripple Music Fest, a staple Indianapolis music event, will take place at WARMfest this year and will secure and host the local live music stages. The wildly successful monthly event known as Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace changes locations each month and for September will be held at WARMfest throughout the weekend. In addition WARMfest will also include waterfront exhibitions from local organizations, a dedicated area for non-profit environmental groups, recycling education areas, off-site parking with shuttle service to and from the event grounds and free bicycle parking at the event entrance.