About the Fair

The Sunflower Fair celebrates its twenty-second year in the heart of Downtown La Porte on Saturday, Sept. 18. The festival that celebrates community and creativity will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will last until 4:00 p.m. This unique festival is situated along beautiful Michigan Avenue between Lincolnway and Noble Street. With over 120 artisan vendors, the Sunflower Fair is one of the largest area festivals. Attendees can eat delicious food from a variety of non-profit organizations and local eateries. The La Porte Farmer’s Market will also be on hand for the day with locally sourced produce and goods. 

Beyond vendors, there are fantastic activities for the whole family. View remarkably preserved antique cars on Michigan Avenue south of Harrison Street organized by the Michiana Antique Car Club. Participants can also listen to live music in the designated food court on the north end of Michigan Avenue. 

The Artist’s Gallery Walk, located inside the Historic Rumely Hotel, will once again have a great variety of local artists works on display. Visitors are invited to walk through and vote on their favorite piece along the art walk. Each artist will have a diverse selection of new work on display. The artists themselves will also be on hand, working on their preferred choice of artistry medium, live for everyone to observe and ask questions. It’s a great time to see and interact with the local artists in the area. 

Activities are also available for those with a competitive side with the Tom R. Fara Memorial Rib Cook-Off and the Wyatt Wilke Memorial Sunflower Contest. Participants are asked to bring their sunflowers to the City Hall steps before 10:00 a.m. on September 21st with judging beginning at 11 a.m.. Categories include: tallest sunflower, largest sunflower seed head, and sunflower stalk with the most blooms. 

Children will have the opportunity to ride the Lions Club Train which runs the length of the festival or ride carnival rides for only $2 per ticket or $5 for 3 tickets. There is something for everyone to enjoy this year at the Sunflower Fair!