Strawberry Festival Festival de la Fresa

Save the Date! Thurs., June 13, 2024

The Cathedral Women of Christ Church Cathedral are thrilled to announce the 58th Indy Strawberry Festival returns to Monument Circle on Thursday, June 13, 2024 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (or until supplies last!).

Won’t be downtown for Berries and Cream this year? You can still contribute to our mission to Serve our Neighbors through community support grants. 

Pounds of strawberries used during the festival.
1000
of all Strawberry Festival funds go directly to grants in Indianapolis, our country and our world!
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Our Story

Christ Church Cathedral has a long-standing tradition of raising money with sweet, summery berries. In Eli Lilly's book, The Little Church on the Circle, he documents how CCC has been raising funds with strawberries since 1864.

Our Purpose

The Strawberry Festival is just one day, but the proceeds are at work every day in Indianapolis and beyond. More than 95 percent of the Strawberry Festival proceeds benefit local, national and international not-for-profit outreach groups.

NEED FORM LINK Pre-Sale Orders

Pre-sale orders FOR FESTIVAL DAY close at 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 12.
"The Works" is our premium offering that includes and the following for $10:

Pre-Sales

Pre-sale orders FOR FESTIVAL DAY close at 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 12.

We are pleased to offer preorder sales for large orders (10 or more items) again. This year, Festival Day shortcake pick-up will be in the CCC church basement, and only preorders will be managed at this station. We expect this to provide a smoother pick-up process.

“The Works” is our premium offering that includes and the following for $10:

Our Story

The First Annual Strawberry Festival was held on Thursday, June 10th, 1965. The festival was the idea of parishioner Pat Harding, who suggested the church host a strawberry festival, such as they had back in her hometown of Lymington, England. With Nate Gore, Church Sexton, the Cathedral Women thought they could both raise funds and have some fun.

The Cathedral Women baked and sold 100 homemade shortcakes on the church lawn on that first festival in 1965. They decided to host it on Thursday night to capitalize on the evening hours of the J.C. Penny Co. Department Store on monument circle. Within two hours they had sold out of shortcakes.

The First Annual Strawberry Festival was held on Thursday, June 10th, 1965. The festival was the idea of parishioner Pat Harding, who suggested the church host a strawberry festival, such as they had back in her hometown of Lymington, England. With Nate Gore, Church Sexton, the Cathedral Women thought they could both raise funds and have some fun.

The Cathedral Women baked and sold 100 homemade shortcakes on the church lawn on that first festival in 1965. They decided to host it on Thursday night to capitalize on the evening hours of the J.C. Penny Co. Department Store on monument circle. Within two hours they had sold out of shortcakes.

Christ Church Cathedral has a long-standing tradition of raising money with sweet, summery berries. In Eli Lilly’s book, The Little Church on the Circle, he documents how CCC has been raising funds with strawberries since 1864.

“The young ladies of the Christ Church Bible Class took advantage of the early summer season to give a successful strawberry festival at Masonic Hall (admission 25 cents). Over $250 was realized, which was applied toward the liquidation of a small debt still pending against the church.” As noted in the Indianapolis Daily Journal, June 13, 1864 pg. 3 col. 1.

In 1856 the Strawberry Festival was held on the evening of June 3. The Indianapolis Daily Journal summed it up thus:

“The Festival of the ladies of Christ Church at Masonic Hall on Tuesday evening, was about as pleasant an affair as it has been our lot of late to witness. Strawberries and ice cream were on tables in all parts of the hall for the refreshment of the company, and were disposed of with a relish that put the stamp of approval upon their qualities. A happier looking assemblage of faces we have not seen in a long while.” – June 5th, 1856 pg. 3 col. 1.

More than 50 years of festivals!

Every year on the second Thursday of June The Cathedral Women of Christ Church Cathedral hold our annual Strawberry Festival. For 2018 the congregation baked over 18,000 shortcakes. Over 300 volunteers will come help serve strawberries, ice cream, and homemade shortcakes.

We continue this beloved tradition of our congregation and our city and look forward to many more to come!

Our Purpose

The Strawberry Festival is just one day, but the proceeds are at work every day in Indianapolis and beyond. More than 95 percent of the Strawberry Festival proceeds goes directly to local, national and international not-for-profit outreach groups.

Organizations that have received proceeds from the Strawberry Festival include, but are not limited to:

CCC Strawberry Festival over the Years

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