• City of Charlestown

Charlestown’s Founders Week returns packed with history, family-friendly entertainment

  • 5K run kicks off Founders Week, June 26

  • Hot Air Balloon Glow & Concert, July 2

  • Plus: Pageant, History Tour, Trivia Night, Blood Drive, Ice Cream Social and more


CHARLESTOWN, Ind. – The City of Charlestown’s annual Founders Week Festival is back for 2021 with exciting new additions plus lasting traditions to celebrate the city’s founding. The week runs from Saturday to Saturday, June 26 to July 3.

Plenty of history and family-friendly excitement highlights the week’s worth of events, including the debut of the Hot Air Balloon Glow and Concert on

City of Charlestown Founders Week Concert and Balloon Glow The Mad Taxpayers Dangerous Ally

Friday, July 2. At the site of the old drive-in (grassy lot on the corner of Monroe and Market Streets), tethered balloon rides will begin at 6 p.m. It’s an opportunity to sky above Charlestown to see fantastic aerial views of the city. The glow portion of the event will commence at dark, around 10:15.

In addition to the balloons, there will be live music entertainment and food vendors. The Mad Taxypayers, a lively band known for rock with a blend of dance, pop and country, will headline the event. The opening act is Dangerous Ally, offering 1970s and 1980s rock mixed with MTV-era tunes.

Parking will be reserved at the Community Presbyterian Church, Pleasant Ridge Elementary and Charlestown High School with golf cart transportation to the event site (no on the street parking at Monroe or Bohart is permitted).

Founders Week kicks off on Saturday, June 26 as runners lace up for the 5k Pirate Dash, to be held at Charlestown State Park at 8:30 a.m.

The Little Prince and Princess Pageant takes place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 27 followed by a Community Blood Drive on Monday, June 28 from noon to 4 p.m. Both events will be held at the A&E Center.

Tuesday, June 29 provides an opportunity to reflect and learn about the history of Charlestown. A virtual Take a Walk Through History (streamed on the City of Charlestown’s Facebook page) will be a walking tour of Charlestown’s historic buildings. The event begins at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

The week continues with the Moore Family Ice Cream Social and Gospel Singing on Wednesday, June 30 at the Family Activities Park from 6 to 10 p.m. On Thursday, July 1, general knowledge and Charlestown history intellect are tested at Trivia Night from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Family Activities Park.

Capping the week is a showing of “The Perfect Game” as part of the Movie in the Greenway Park event on Saturday, July 3 with free hot dogs and apple pie on a first-come, first-serve basis. The movie shows at 7 p.m.

For additional information, visit the City of Charlestown social media pages.