The NUMA Festival in Westfield, Indiana is a real infant; the popular Indianapolis festival is only one year old. But it’s precocious and shows the potential to rival any of its many competitors in nearby Indianapolis suburbs, such as Carmel, Noblesville and Fishers.
The NUMA Festival centers around Westfield arts. It is a two-day cultural and community celebration in the waning days of summer, over a September weekend. During 2008, the very first NUMA Festival collected an impressive number of artisans, exhibiting paintings, ceramics, jewelry, textiles and more for the juried art show.
Then there were the chili experts working up a heated frenzy for the International Chili Appreciation Society. Of course, the public was able to sample all the searing flavors of some of the best chili in the region. Vendors from Westfield restaurants were all over the place, and there was a cool classic car show and live music inside the entertainment tent.
One of the many neat items the NUMA Festival organizers were smart enough to offer is the Kids’ Interactive Arts area. The public can park their restless Westfield kids in the middle of a mountain of puzzles, sand art, toys, musical instruments, science experiments, a kids’ airbrush tattoo station, and even a gigantic community art canvas.
Tickets for the festival are $5 at the gate or $4 for early buyers; kids under 12 get in for free.
Union St, north of I-32, extending to Penn St, east of Westfield City Hall.