Dotting the calendar: A GartenGrillFest, a Bookfest and Juneteenth Cenevation, and a Street Art Expo

Dotting the calendar: A GartenGrillFest, a Bookfest and Juneteenth Cenevation, and a Street Art Expo

Items that came to Urban Times after the June edition went to press

*Sunday, June 16: The Athenaeum Foundation’s Das GartenGrillFest returns with a celebration of German heritage to coincide with Father’s Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the event in the Rathskeller Biergarten will feature a backyard barbecue brunch, including a hog roast prepared by Mike Gomez from Gomez BBQ. Traditional sides will be provided by the Rathskeller, and an add-on of the Prost Pass can be purchased to include access to a make-your-own bloody mary or mimosa bar, as well as an oyster duo from the raw bar. Complimentary coffee will be provided by Coat Check Coffee, and a selection of wine, beer, limited juices and soda can be purchased from the bar.

Two bands will perform on the Biergarten stage, with Honey Iced Tea playing from 10 a.m. to noon and Indianapolis Liederkranz German Band from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Advance sale tickets recommended at General admission: Adult $40 | Child ages four-12 $20 | Children three and under free.  All general admission tickets include admission and a buffet-style brunch. A Prost Pass can be purchased as an add-on to include the bloody mary and mimosa bar.

*Saturday, June 15: the Center for Black Literature & Culture’s 7th annual Book Fest and Juneteenth Celebration. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event willcelebrate the African-American experience by bringing together poets, visual artists, storytellers, musicians, and local authors to emphasize cultural literacy.

This year’s author presentation will showcase “African-Americans and the Arts.” Authors have been asked to highlight works inspired by various representations of art in the African-American community. Featured authors will receive table space to network with other authors, meet the public, and promote books.

Attendees can enjoy performances by Poet Laureate Januarie York, a feature film screening from IU Bloomington’s Black Film Center & Archive, African drumming by Siteaw Inc., a music performance by Jamie Johnson, DJN4Red, and a free 360 photobooth.

“Juneteenth holds profound significance as it marks our journey beyond the shackles of slavery,” said Alexus Hunt, manager of the Center for Black Literature & Culture. “Exploring its nuances allows us to celebrate progress. Collaborating with local artists and writers enriches our commemoration, allowing us to highlight all of the amazing things that Black authors and artists are creating.”

*Friday through Sunday, June 7-9: A long-running Street Art Expo, SubSurface, will make its return to Fountain Square. SubSurface will showcase the work of established mural artists from Indianapolis and beyond. From 2002 to 2016 the yearly Subsurface event showcased mural and graffiti artists from all over the United States. Every Labor Day Weekend these artists would travel to Indianapolis for a weekend of creating art and sharing in good times. Mural work was done in Broad Ripple, the Old Southside and Fountain Square.

Through the years, this event produced a remarkable collection of public art. SubSurface was on the forefront of making Indianapolis the well-established destination for murals and street art that it is today. The event returns thanks to a partnership between Bridge Collective, Invisible Hometown and Fountain Fletcher District Association.  

For the 2024 event, various locations throughout the Fountain Fletcher District will be selected to be a part of SubSurface, a project which seeks to further enhance the public art landscape of the neighborhood and cement its legacy as one of the preeminent arts districts of Indianapolis. Funding for this year’s event was provided by the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center through the Neighborhood Grant Program and additional sponsorships from Mystery Fun Club and Higher Grade Fountain Square. The agenda includes:  

Friday June 7

– The Fine Art of SubSurface, presented in City Natives Gallery in the Murphy Arts Center, 6 to 10 p.m.

– Live painting on the Murphy Arts Center Summer Stage, 6 to 9 p.m.

Saturday June 8

– Public Watch Party at 1028 Shelby St. as the artists create. Celebration also includes entertainment by Derick Howard “The One-Man Band.” Artist and event merchandise plus food available for purchase from Turchetti’s Delicatessen

To Learn more, including the most updated map of walls, visit

PHOTO ABOVE: The historic Athenaeum will be the site of Das GartenGillFest on Sunday, June 16.