Holler on the Hill Inaugural Festival


Now that summer is behind us, so, unfortunately, is the season for music festivals. Pretty soon, fall will be upon us, followed closely by the oppressive cold of winter. During the hot summer months, it seemed as if every couple of weeks, there was another festival to go to, and then yet another would pop up on your radar before you knew it. Luckily, we’ve still got a few more coming up on the horizon.

This past weekend we had the Indy Irish Fest to enjoy, and of course, we’re still in the middle of Jazz Fest. Now this weekend, on September 22nd and 23rd, we’ll have the Holler on the Hill festival to look forward to. The two-day festival will take place at Garfield Park, just south of Fountain Square.

Garfield Park

Garfield Park was founded in 1881, and remains the oldest public park in Indianapolis. Since then, it has been absorbed into the fabric of the city, and remains an integral historic Indianapolis landmark. It’s no guess then, as to why MOKB chose Garfield Park as the location for the new Holler on the Hill Festival.

According to Holler on the Hill’s official website, “the park’s MacAllister Center for the Performing Arts has hosted numerous notable artists in the past, including Guess Who, Dolly Parton, Chuck Mangione, and the first production of Starlight Musicals in 1944”. With such a storied past, the future of the Holler on the Hill festival can only be bright.

Holler on the Hill’s founder, Josh Baker, has worked hard to reestablish Garfield Park as an accessible concert destination. This new festival represents a time for people of all walks of life to come together over good food, drink, and of course, the music.

Holler on the Hill

While Holler on the Hill is mainly a music festival, there will be plenty of other activities to take part in during the festivities. One of those is the Hilltop Hangout, which should be one of the top places on your list for food and games.

The Hilltop Hangout is a communal hangout zone for all attendees of the festival. If you’re looking for a good spot to hunker down or meet up with friends, look no further. While you’re there, enjoy some saucy ribs and other meats with catering form Hoosier Smoked BBQ.  Or, if you’re looking for entertainment, there will be plenty of games provided by Punch Bowl Social.

The official after party for the Holler on the Hill Festival features a tribute to Indiana farms and forests called The Songs of Soul & Seed. The tribute will feature Whiskey Wolves of the West, along with additional backing festival artists.

The after party will take place at The Hi-Fi in Fountain Square. Tickets for the event are $20, and no more than 300 tickets will be sold. One-hundred percent of ticket proceeds go to Indiana Farmers Union, H.O.M.E., and Indiana Forest Alliance. You can buy tickets for the after party at The Hi-Fi here.


There’e a lot more to see and do this weekend at the Holler on the Hill festival. While you’re there be sure to check out the vendor trail, farmer’s market, and of course, all of the live music.




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