Cottage Home Block Party returns for 33rd year

Talk about a party! As many as 3,000 people are expected to converge on one of the most picturesque, historical streets in Indianapolis to attend Cottage Home Block Party. What’s it all about? Well, here’s a look back:

6The event started as an idea by long-time neighborhood resident Tim Harmon at his backyard birthday party. The very next year, in 1984, he and some neighbors shut down the 700 block of Dorman Street to throw the very first Block Party. A few hundred people showed up, Mayor Bill Hudnut among them, with lawn chairs and covered dishes to visit with one another and watch a bike parade. This section of Dorman Street is still known today for having the largest and oldest cluster of homes designed by the prominent architectural firm of the late 1800s, Vonnegut & Bohn, which includes a row of doubles and the Ruskaup-Ratcliffe mansion.

The Block Party has grown in the last 33 years to become one of the premier events on the Near Eastside. This year, not just Dorman Street, but one block on Highland Avenue as well, will be closed to accommodate guests. And just like in 1984, current Mayor Joe Hogsett is expected to stop by. Hoosier Security is the title sponsor of this year’s event, which will happen rain or shine. The theme is “Light up the Night: A Full Moon Bash,” named in honor of the Full Hunter’s Moon which should make for a beautiful night.

Other attractions:
• 20+ artists and vendors
• Six live bands and two DJs on two stages, emceed by drag personality Erica King
• An amazing amount of kids’ activities, including a live animal show, face painting, games, a pudding-eating contest, hula hoop relay and more
• Horse-drawn carriage rides
• Gorgeous Halloween decorations
• Kids and adults in costume
• Homemade food and desserts and food trucks
• Drinks from Flat 12 Bierwerks, New Day Craft Mead & Cider, Mass Ave Wine and Rabble Coffee


Cottage Home Block Party is Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in the 700 block of Dorman Street, but also in the Cottage Home Community Space at 714 N. Highland Avenue and spilling over into the 700 block of Highland. It is free and open to the public; however, for those who can afford it, the Cottage Home Neighborhood Association is asking for a $5 donation to raise money to help pay for repairs to the original brick sidewalks in the neighborhood to make them safe again. This year’s goal is $12,000.

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Neighborhood pages:
Facebook: /CottageHomeNeighborhood
Twitter: @CottageHomeIndy
Instagram: @CottageHomeIndy