Indy Grilled Cheese Festival

Indy Grilled Cheese Festival

  • Location:201 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225
  • Venue:The Pavilion at Pan Am

The Indy Grilled Cheese Festival is a two-day event showing off your favorite childhood food – Grilled Cheese! The Saturday festival is open to guests 21 years and older. The Sunday festival is open to all ages. Both days will feature live music, cold drinks, games, bars and all of the grilled cheese you can eat!

Eating contests your thing? Well, you’re in luck! There will be a Grilled Cheese eating contest at during the event. More details coming soon!

Cast your vote and help us decide who has the Best Grilled Cheese in Indy!

Frequently Asked Question

Where is the Festival?

The Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza

201 S. Capitol Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46225

Festival entrance will be located on north end of Pan Am Plaza off of Georgia Street


When is the festival?

Guests can choose between two dates!

  • Saturday, October 13th, 2018: 21 and Older Only!:  6pm – 10pm (VIP entry at 5pm)
  • Sunday, October 14th, 2018: All-Ages Festival: 12:00pm – 5:00pm


How much are tickets?

  • Saturday, October 13th, 2018: 21 and Older
    • $25 General Admission (includes 5 grilled cheese tickets and 3 craft beer tickets)
    • $35 VIP includes early entry and a souvenir – (includes 6 grilled cheese tickets and 3 craft beer tickets)
  • Sunday, October 14th, 2018: All-Ages Festival
    • $20 Ages 13years and up: (includes 4 grilled cheese tickets)
    • $15 Ages 13years and under: (includes 3 grilled cheese tickets)
    • Ages 5 and under get in for free! No ticket needed.


What are benefits of a VIP ticket?

A VIP ticket includes entry into festival one hour earlier than general admission ticket holders and an extra grilled cheese sandwich. It also includes a souvenir

Do I get unlimited grilled cheese sandwiches?

No, each ticket comes with a set amount of grilled cheese sandwich samples. Attendees can purchase additional sample tickets at the event’s ticket booth.

I have a food truck, band, idea, etc. How can I get involved with your event?

Great! We have many opportunities for participation. Please contact us at info@indypavilion.com


Do you just take cash only?

No, credit cards will be accepted at both the ticket booth and bars. There will be an ATM on site for those that want to use cash.


Where do I park?

Parking is available on city streets and inside city parking structures as well. For parking garage options Click Here.


Is the festival handicap accessible?

The festival is handicap accessible. There are numerous parking lots and ramps surrounding the festival, that have the typical handicap spots.


What is the refund policy?

There are no refunds for tickets bought to the Indy Grilled Cheese Festival .

Tickets are transferable though, and we’re sure your friends or family would love to take them off your hands.


Is the event rain or shine?

  • Yes!


Is there anything for the kids to do?

  • Yes! At Sunday’s all-ages festival there will be a free kids zone available. The kids zone will include inflatables, face painting, and more!


What are the Festival Rules?

All attendees of must be at least 21 years old to attend the Saturday event. All ages are available for Sunday’s festival. IDs will be checked upon entrance at the gate where tickets are scanned.


  • By entering the event grounds, you expressly assume all risk and danger of personal injury and all other hazards, which include, but are not limited to, property damage arising from or related in any way to the Indy Grilled Cheese Festival, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event
  • Attendees and belongings are subject to search
  • By entering the event grounds, you willingly give your permission for the Indy Pavilion LLC to capture your image via video and photography for its unrestricted use in all forms of media / marketing
  • Moshing, crowd surfing and stage diving are prohibited
  • Nudity and or exposed body parts is prohibited


  • Outside food or drink (exception for documented
  • medical needs – must have a doctor’s note with matching ID)
  • Cans, coolers, bottles, glass containers, backpacks
  • Drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Professional photo/video cameras
  • Audio recording devices
  • Skateboards, motorized vehicles, bicycles
  • Large chains, spiked jewelry, chain wallets
  • Drones
  • CamelBaks
  • Lawn Chairs
  • Weapons or firearms
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Pocket knives
  • Laser pointers
  • Selfie sticks
  • Chalk, markers, sharpies
  • Stickers, flyers, solicitations
  • Pets (guide/service dogs OK)
  • Cleated shoes
  • Organizers reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.


Food Festival things to know and remember:

  • There WILL be lines: We are doing everything we can to minimize them, but if you want fresh and hot grilled cheese sandwiches, there will be lines.
  • Come prepared to listen to great music, divide and conquer the lines with family and friends, and enjoy the day outside!
  • If there’s a vendor with a shorter line, try them out! All vendors have great sandwiches. Don’t sit in a long line just because it’s long!

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