Top things to do

Museum in Fairmount

Fairmount Historical Museum

Fans of actor James Dean should head directly here to see the Hollywood icon's bongo drums, among other artifacts. This is also the place to pick up a free map that will guide you to sites such as the farmhouse wher…
American in Fairmount

Grains and Grill

Set in a converted grain storage building, this atmospheric little spot cooks up surprisingly good steaks, burgers and comfort foods such as meatloaf and sweet potato hash. The Hoosier hot plate (pork tenderloin, cr…
Museum in Fairmount

James Dean Gallery

The privately owned James Dean Gallery has several rooms of memorabilia (bronze busts, photos, clocks, Dean's high school yearbooks) in an old Victorian home downtown. The owners are a font of local information.
Music in Fairmount

James Dean Festival

Thousands of fans pour in for four days of music, classic cars, a James Dean lookalike contest and other events honoring the Hollywood icon at locations around town.