Noblesville Main Street, Nickel Plate Arts and Hamilton County Artists’ Association each put their own spin on First Friday events each month. On July 5, Hamilton County Artists’ Association will host a free open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Birdie Gallery, 195 S. Fifth St. Nickel Plate Arts will host its usual open house with beer and wine, refreshments, live music and more, but also will unveil its “Weird and Wonderful” exhibit and a showcase from Linda Cordial, all between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. at its 107 S. Eighth St. campus. Noblesville Main Street will host Jazz Elements – a six-piece Indy-based band specializing in jazz standards – from 7 to 9 p.m. on the northeast corner of the downtown square, part of its Music and All That Jazz series.
Artist Showcase: Linda Cordial
Each month, Nickel Plate Arts presents a showcase of artwork by a local artist or art group inside its Stephenson House Gallery, 107 S. Eighth St. In July, the work of Linda Cordial will be on display during regular gallery hours, from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through July 27.
‘Weird & Wonderful’ exhibit
In July, Nickel Plate Arts is hosting an exhibit honoring the defiance of tradition, “Weird & Wonderful.” This display of works by local artists is free and open to the public during regular hours in the Judge Stone House Gallery at 107 S. Eighth St., from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through July 27.
The Noblesville Main Street Farmers Market runs each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, through Oct. 12, at Federal Hill Commons, 175 Logan St. More than 80 vendors make up the market, offering fresh produce, meat and dairy, plants and flowers, honey, spices, wine, canned and jarred foods, baked goods, soap and other personal care items, jewelry, art, crafts, pet products and more. Learn more at noblesvillemainstreet.org.
Games in the Park
From 2 to 5 p.m. July 6, Skid-Z will host its next installment of Games in the Park at Forest Park, 107 Cicero Rd. Free to play, the event will feature jumbo-sized games for teens and adults, including flag tag, pick-up sticks, Bananagrams and more. Games in the Park events occur every other Saturday through September. More upcoming dates include: July 20, Aug. 3, 17 and 31 and Sept. 14 and 28.
String Time on the Square: Medicinal Bluegrass
On July 6, Legacy Keepers Music will host Medicinal Bluegrass for the last of its String Time on the Square shows. The concert is free and is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the northeast lawn of the courthouse square. Guests should bring lawn chairs or a blanket.
Noblesville CAC Summer Band Concert
On July 7, the Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission will host the Lapel Community Band for a concert from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Federal Hill Commons amphitheater, 175 Logan St. This event is free, and guests should bring a lawn chair or blanket. Concessions will be available.
‘All of Our Best’ exhibit
Once each year, the juried artists of the Hamilton County Artists’ Association battle against each other, earning ribbon awards, determined by a panel of guest judges, for their works of art. The exhibit will be on display for free through July 27 at HCAA’s Birdie Gallery, 195 S. Fifth St., Noblesville, from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.