Indiana's Largest Four Day Festival Poetry, Art & Music

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the location of the Riley Festival?

The Festival is held in downtown Greenfield, Indiana, at the intersection of US 40 and Indiana State Road 9.

What are the hours of the festival?
  • Thursday, October. 3, from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Friday, October 4, from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 5, from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 6, from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Is there a cost for festival events?

There is no entrance fee or charge for events. All activities are free.

Is there a cost for the entertainment?

There is no entrance fee or charge for entertainment. All entertainment is free and family friendly.

Where is the birthplace of James Whitcomb Riley?

The James Whitcomb Riley Birthplace and Museum is located at 250 West Main Street, Greenfield, IN. Tours of the Home will be offered hourly at no cost with tickets available at the Riley Festival Information Tent at the intersection of US 40 and Indiana State Road 9. These free tours are offered in recognition of the 50th Riley Festival this year.

Are events rescheduled if there is bad weather?

Because of the numerous events scheduled during the Festival, events are not rescheduled if cancelled.

Where can I park?

Parking is available in public lots in the downtown area and on streets around the Festival area. We recommend that you use our shuttle service to avoid parking congestion in the downtown.

For more details on our shuttle service, visit our Festival Shuttle page.

Is a shuttle service available for Festival parking?

Yes, shuttle service available from the Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds, located at 620 North Apple Street. A fare of fifty cents is collected to ride the shuttle.

Is handicapped parking available?

Yes, in marked public parking areas. Parking is readily available at the Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds, located at 620 North Apple Street, with shuttle service to and from the Festival area.

Are wheelchairs available for rent?

We have not been able to locate a vendor for wheel chairs or power scooters. Our shuttle service can transport one or two folding wheel chairs on each trip.

What is the route of the Flower Parade?

The Flower Parade will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, at 12:30 pm, beginning on South State St. and proceeding to the front of the Hancock County Courthouse at the intersection of US 40 and Indiana State Road 9. in downtown Greenfield.

What is the route of the Riley Festival Parade on Saturday October 5?

The Riley Festival Parade will begin at the Greenfield Central High School on 810 North Broadway at 11:00 am. The parade will
proceed south to US 40, east through Downtown Greenfield, and ending in Riley Park.

Can I bring my pet?

Only service dogs are allowed in the Festival area.

Where is the Festival office located during the four days of the Festival??

Our office during the Festival will be located in City Hall, 10 South State Street during the stated hours of the festival hours of the Festival.

  • Thursday, October, 3rd - 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 4th - 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct, 5th - 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct, 6th - 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Once the festival is over our office will resume operations at our permanent location located at 312 E. Main Street, Suite C, Greenfield, IN 46140

How can I locate a vendor?

Information about vendors is available at the Riley Festival Information Tent at the SW corner of US 40 and Indiana State Road 9.

Where are the public restrooms located?

Port-o-lets are throughout the Festival area, with the main locations on East Main Street by the Hancock County Sheriff's Department and near the Greenfield Fire Department on South Street.  Watch for signs to locations.

Is there a first aid station?

A First aid station is located in the Greenfield Police Station tent located at the corner of North State Street and US 40. Medical emergencies are also handled by EMS services of the Greenfield Fire Department.

Is an ATM available in the festival area?

Yes, at the entrance to the Greenfield Banking Company, 10 East Main Street.

Where is the Lost and Found?

The Lost and Found will be located in the Festival Office located in City Hall, at 10 South State Street.

Are there places to stay for an overnight visit?

Yes, several hotels are located on the north side of Greenfield just south of the I-70 interchange.

Visit http://visitinhancock.org/stay/ for a list of hotels and campgrounds.

How can I become a sponsor?

Our Sponsors are critical to the operation of the Festival and make it possible for all events to be held at no charge. We appreciate the contributions of our Sponsors and encourage anyone interested to contact us through our website at https://rileyfestival.com/become-a-sponsor/ for more information. Information can also be obtained from our Board members during the festival at our office in City Hall, 10 S. State Street.

How can I become a vendor?

Vendor applications are available on our website: www. rileyfestival.com. Information about being a vendor or sponsor can also be obtained at the Festival office will be located in City Hall, 10 South State Street during the Festival.

Is it possible to help with Festival activities?

The Riley Festival is organized by a volunteer Board of Directors that works year round to stage this community event. You may contact us through our website at https://rileyfestival.com/contact/ or by visiting us at our office at City Hall, 10 South State Street for more information. We are interested in your participation in this event to highlight our community.