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The James Dean Festival

September 23 - September 25


Fairmount, Indiana–The James Dean Museum presents the annual James Dean Festival, September 23-25, 2022 in James Dean’s hometown, Fairmount, Indiana.

This is the 46th year for the festival which includes free entertainment, classic car show, James Dean Look-alike contest, 50’s dance contest, a parade, food and craft vendors, carnival rides and games and much more.

The headline entertainment will be Thomas Gabriel, an American singer songwriter who is the eldest grandchild of singer and actor Johnny Cash. Gabriel’s music has been described as a mix of Americana/Roots with a hint of country and rock. His voice is almost identical to his grandfahers.. He will play Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m. on the Main Street Stage in downtown Fairmount.

The James Dean Run classic car show will have approximately 2,000 classic cars in Playacres Park in Fairmount. In addition the classic cars, there will be nightly entertainment. Admission is free.

The James Dean Museum, located at 203 East Washington Street, will have extended hours for visitors. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of James Dean’s personal belongings, which are on loan from the Winslow family. The museum includes his 1947 Czech 125cc motorcycle, 1955 Triumph TR5 Trophy 500cc motorcycle, clothing, movie props, photographs, letters, artworks, awards, and more! Admission is $5 per person.

For more information, check The James Dean Museum website at or by calling 765-948-4555.


September 23
September 25
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