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August in Downtown Indianapolis

July 30, 2011 Leave a comment
Indiana Convention Center

ABOVE: The Indiana Convention Center hosts the huge Gen Con Gaming Convention, Aug. 4-7. staff photo.

Guest Blogger:
Brittany Smith, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Make yourself at home Downtown!

Have you been thinking about living Downtown? Now’s the time! Living Downtown provides convenient, walkable access to the city’s best restaurants, performing arts, entertainment, sports, museums and parks. It means skipping the daily commute and suburban traffic jams and having time after work for family, friends and fun.   What’s more, Downtown boasts vibrant neighborhoods with many options for prospective homeowners and renters.  It’s the only place in Indianapolis that people of all backgrounds call home and share the unique Downtown living experience.

IDI recently launched a “Make yourself at home Downtown” campaign.  The website prominently features new Downtown living opportunities.  In addition, residents tell their story of why they love to live Downtown.  IDI’s e-mail highlights a Downtown property or resident weekly.  Additionally, the August Indianapolis Monthly includes a Downtown Living Guide. Check out featured properties and meet the neighbors here:

August 5 – 7: Monumental Weekend Downtown!

Downtown will be bustling the weekend of Aug. 5 – 7 with several events! Looking to get in on the excitement? The Lawn at White River State Park will be hosting two concerts: The Decemberists with guest The Head and the Heart (Aug. 5) and My Morning Jacket with guest Neko Case (Aug. 7). Or if you’re seeking sports action, check out the Indians at Victory Field Aug. 4 – 7 vs. the Toledo Mud Hens. Aug. 4 – 7 gaming enthusiasts from across the country will convene at the world’s largest gaming convention, Gen Con, at Indiana Convention Center. Circus arts meet street entertainment at Cirque de Soleil’s presentation of “Dralion” Aug. 3 – 7. Fill your tummy with the best grub in town at Easley Winery’s Taste of Downtown Aug. 6.

Downtown on two wheels

Pedal down to Indianapolis City Market to pick up your map for the first Naptown Urban Crawl! Discover or rediscover the Mass Ave Cultural District with this unique urban experience Aug. 6. NUVO and Indianapolis Cultural Trail Cycling Team present the 2011 Mass Ave Criterium Aug. 13. The day includes multiple cycling races, a Fixed Gear Bike Polo Contest, professional skateboard presentation and New Belgium Beer Garden in Davlan Park.

RedBull Indianapolis GP

Join thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to celebrate the Red Bull GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Aug. 28. This is the third year the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has hosted the prestigious road racing motorcycle series. Be there as the riders practice on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday for the main event. Redbull Indianapolis GP events are not limited to the track! Check out all the great motorcycle action happening Downtown! The XDL Sportbike Freestyle Championship returns to Downtown Aug. 26 & 27, promising all the excitement of last year’s competition. Spectators should expect to see amazing stunts and tricks from this up-and-coming sport at Indiana War Memorial. Pull out the leather and unleash your inner biker at Motorcycles on Meridian Aug. 26 & 27 where thousands of motorcycles shut down part of Meridian, south of the Circle to celebrate the beginning of RedBull GP.  If bikes don’t rev your engine, keep the leather and head to the Indianapolis Museum of Art for a ‘Grease’ Sing-A-Long during the Summer Movie Nights film series Aug. 5. Dress up in your favorite 50s fashion and enjoy the film under the blue moon at IMA’s amphitheatre.

Chow Down(town).

The month of August offers several opportunities to take a bite out of Downtown’s tasty food scene.

  • Taste of Downtown – Head to Easley Winery Aug. 6 for FREE winery tours and food from Downtown restaurant favorites. Live music and $2 wine tastings round out the night.
  • Devour Downtown is guaranteed to satisfy your appetite! From Aug. 8 – 21, some of Downtown’s most popular restaurants will offer three-course meals for $30 as well as specialty dishes you wouldn’t normally see on the menu.
  • DigIN – Journey from field to table at this unique event that unites farmers, chefs and consumers. Celebrate Indiana agriculture Aug. 28 at White River State Park with educational discussion panels, live music, cooking demonstrations, urban gardening exhibits, local chef Q & A sessions, wine tastings, beer tastings and much more. Tickets: $20 in-advance; $30 at the gate

Summer music, movies and art entertain Downtown Indianapolis

Where can you go to listen to live jazz, rock, punk, pop-rock and comedy? Downtown, of course! Downtown’s indoor and outdoor venues cater to multiple genres and music fanatics alike. This summer there’s a sound for everyone Downtown.

Head to The Lawn at White River State Park Aug. 2 for Wiz Khalifa and The Decemberists Aug. 5.  Enjoy My Morning Jacket with guest Neko Case Aug. 7 and the Carnival of Madness tour featuring Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Alter Bridge & more Aug. 17Finally, come back to The Lawn Aug. 23 for Ke$ha and Aug. 29 for Guster and Jack’s MannequinBritney Spears will take the stage at Conseco Fieldhouse Aug. 22. Dave Koz will be at Murat Theatre at Old National Centre Aug. 6 and Return to Forever IV with Zappa plays Zappa will be there Aug. 21. The Egyptian Room at Old National Centre features a variety of performances this August including Bright Eyes Aug. 4, followed by Tech N9ne Aug. 5 and All Time Low Aug. 25.

Enjoy a glass of local wine and listen to awesome musical acts at Groovin’ in the Garden at Easley Winery Tuesdays and Saturdays through September. Head to the Indianapolis Zoo for Animals and All That Jazz Aug. 4, 11 & 18.  The concert series offers a rare opportunity to experience the Zoo after hours. Watch a movie under the stars! Grab some popcorn, your favorite snacks and a warm blanket and head to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Grease Sing-A-Long, To Catch a Thief, Labyrinth and Superman are playing in August during the Summer Nights Film Series.

Hear the world’s most talented marching bands at the Drum Corps International World Championships. From Aug. 10 – 13, Lucas Oil Stadium will host this week-long celebration with individual and ensemble competitions.  As part of the 2011 Drum Corps International World Championships, there will be a Celebrate Indy Arts! Parade Aug. 13 showcasing more than 30 of the world’s finest marching music ensembles from around the world together with members of the local Indianapolis arts community. Be sure to stop by Rhythm! Discovery Center and check out the interactive exhibits and fun opportunities to find your own rhythm!

Summer sports action heats up

The Indianapolis Indians take to Victory Field 16 times in August: 4 – 7, 16 – 25, 30 & 31. Bring the family to Victory Field for an exciting game and fun give-aways and promotions including Friday Night Fireworks, Souvenir Sunday and Monday Dollar Menu.

Watch the record setting, red-hot Indiana Fever heat up the court at Conseco Fieldhouse Aug. 9, 13, 21 & 27.

Back to school!

Remind the kids, just because school is starting doesn’t mean they can’t have fun while they learn! Visit the Indiana State Museum for Excavation Experience: Megenity Cave, Aug. 15 – 26. Take a lesson in archaeology at The Children Museum’s newest exhibit, National Geographic Treasures of the Earth. Say “¡Adiós!” to Dora and Diego – Let’s Explore at The Children’s Museum Aug. 14. It’s your last chance to have an adventure with the interactive traveling exhibit. Celebrate President Benjamin Harrison’s 178th Birthday Aug. 20 with FREE tours and birthday cake at the President Benjamin Harrison Home. At the Eiteljorg Museum, meet President Theodore Roosevelt and learn about exploring the wild.

Festivals bring the fun in August

  • Gen Con – If you like fun and games, go check out ‘The Best Four Days in Gaming’ when family- friendly Gen Con is in town Aug. 4 – 7 at the Indiana Convention
  • IndyFringe Festival – Enjoy more than 250 artists performing more than 50 unique, cutting-edge stage productions in six theatres featuring dance, drama, comedy, music, magic and more Aug. 19 – 28.

Visit for a Downtown map, Downtown parking information and a complete listing of Downtown Indianapolis events.