Archive for May 31, 2012

Downtown Indianapolis Summer Festivals

Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival

At last year’s Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Summer is just around the corner and that means the return of fun festivals! Don’t miss any of the festivities featuring a variety of food, music and entertainment. For more information, call Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. at 317.237.2222 or log on to

Vintage Indiana

Celebrate Indiana culture and sample more than 200 award-winning wines June 2 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. in Military Park. Enjoy food from Indiana’s top culinary experts, dance to live music, browse local art and visit the KidZone for interactive fun with the family. Tickets are $22 in advance; $25 at gate; $10 designated driver 21 or over; ages 6 – 20 are $5. For more information, log on to or call 800.832.WINE.

Indy Pride Festival

Enjoy the Pride Parade down Mass Ave June 9 at 10 a.m. Afterwards, spend the afternoon in American Legion mall enjoying live music, informational booths, dancing and food from various vendors. For more information, log on to

Let’s Meet PBS KIDS in the Park

Gather the family and meet Cat in the Hat, Clifford, Curious George and other PBS KIDS favorites on June 9 in Military Park. WFYI Public Broadcasting’s 18th annual Let’s Meet PBS Kids in the Park will be a fun afternoon with live entertainment on three stages, hands-on educational activities and a wide selection of festival foods from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, log on to or call 317.715.2006.

Independent Music + Art Festival

Don’t miss this exciting event June 9 from noon – 8 p.m. at the Harrison Center for the Arts. The annual event honors local musicians with live music performances, visual artists and more. Food and beverages are available for purchase from Judge’s Barbeque, Duos and Sun King Brewing Company. Log on to  for more details.  

Talbot Street Art Fair

Stroll down Talbot Street June 9 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and June 10 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. to browse and buy from more than 270 artists from around the United States. Enjoy live entertainment and food booths while talking to the artists about their work. Admission is FREE.  Log on to for more information or call 317.745.6479.

Christ Church Strawberry Festival

Strawberry-lovers will take over Monument Circle June 14 for the Christ Church Strawberry Festival! Enjoy the “Works” for $6, which includes traditional strawberries, ice cream and whipped topping on a shortcake biscuit. Variations are available for less. Be sure to stop by Monument Circle between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to witness six tons of strawberries and 18,000 homemade shortcakes! Check out for more details or call 317.636.4577.

El Dia de la Familia Festival

Savor authentic Latin American flavors, view colorful art and dance to live Mariachi bands June 16 from 2 – 11 p.m. The event is FREE in Military Park. For more information, go to or call 317.860.0606.

Marsh Cookout on the Circle

Show your support for scouting and enjoy lunch on Monument Circle Thursday, June 21 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., rain date June 22.  This is the 21st year for Marsh Supermarkets to partner with the Crossroads of America Council and Boy Scouts of America to help send Scouts to local camps. “Celebrity cooks” will prepare and serve grilled chicken breasts or bratwurst served on buns, potato salad, cookies and a drink! Tickets are $6 in advance at Marsh Supermarkets and $7 the day of the event. Call 813.7113 for details.

Phoenix Theatre Brew-Ha-Ha

Brew-Ha-Ha is an annual benefit for the Phoenix Theatre. The outdoor block party features samples of the best brews from local, regional and national microbreweries, as well as entertainment from the hottest local bands. This year’s event will take place June 23 at 3 p.m. in the 700 block of North Park Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and St. Clair Street. Tickets are $30 in advance through Phoenix Theatre Box Office, or purchased online or by phone and $35 the day of the event (cash only).  Admission charge for non-drinking “designated drivers” is $10. Must be 21 to attend.  For more information, log on to or call 317.635.2381 for tickets.

20Th Annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival

Indianapolis welcomes approximately 140 Native American artists from 60 tribes around the United States June 23 & 24 in Military Park. Experience the Native American culture and learn traditional tribal dances, listen to storytelling, sing songs and try food at the Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival. Participants will showcase some of the finest traditional and contemporary pottery, painting, sculpture, jewelry and cultural items. Admissions is $10; $8 in advance & for members; children 17 and under are FREE. For more information, log on to or call 317.636.9378.

Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration

The Indiana Black Expo presents Summer Celebration July 12 -22 at the Indiana Convention Center and various Downtown venues. Enjoy a variety of activities from live music at the Music Heritage Festivals to exciting youth activities. Also take advantage of business workshops, employment opportunities, health fairs, a fashion show, celebrity basketball game, cultural pavilions and various exhibits. Special guests include Gladys Knight, Dru Hill, Zapp, Con-Funk-Shun and many more. For more information, call 317.925.2702 or log on to

Indy Criterium Cycling Race and Festival

July 14 kick the day off with a bike ride with Mayor Greg Ballard. The largest USA Cycling race sanctioned in Indianapolis will take place from University Park to Monument Circle. Categories for racing include men, women, junior, tandem and kids. Activities like bike polo, a tandem race, food truck festival and FREE helmet fittings will be held through the day. Visit or call 317.459.0059 for more information.

Mass Ave Criterium

Aug. 11 Mass Ave will be transformed into a bicycle bonanza. Watch elite bicyclists compete for $10,000 cash, from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. There will be a bicycle safety rodeo for kids from noon – 2:30 p.m. Riders need to register, but spectators can enjoy all of the activities for FREE. For more information, visit

Mass Ave Theatre and IndyFringe Festival

IndyFringe Festival offers 11 days of splashy spectacle, provocative pageantry and outrageous outbursts of off-beat theatrical fun on Mass Ave! The festival takes place Aug. 17 – 26.  Enjoy 280 shows in 10 days at seven theatres featuring dance, drama, comedy, music, magic and cabaret.  Ticket prices for IndyFringe are $10 per person, per show.  A $5 one-time festival badge is required onsite, good for the entire festival.  For more Fringe fun, visit

17th annual Rib America Festival                                                                                      

Stop by and smell the barbeque… and taste it while you are there! Award-winning vendors, including Smokin’ Joe’s Hog Wild BBQ, Sgt. Oink’s BBQ, Pigfoot BBQ, Chicago BBQ, Squealer’s BBQ and more will offer the best-of-the-best ribs! Be sure to head to Military Park Aug. 31 – Sept. 3 for a filling weekend. Admission is FREE before 5 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  A $7 admission charge will apply after. Children 12 and under receive FREE admission at all times. For more information, log on to

Concerts at the Farm Bureau Lawn at White River State Park

See The Counting Crows July 1, Umphrey’s McGee July 7, O.A.R. July 12 and Florence + The Machine July 29 on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park.  Others throughout the summer include Bear Naked Ladies, The Dukes of September, 311 and The Avett Brothers.  The Lawn has been named one of the top 100 outdoor venues in the world by Pollstar, so you don’t want to miss out!  For more info visit

There are plenty of summer concerts for all to enjoy. See

Indianapolis Indians

Check out “the Best Minor League Ballpark in America” according to Sports Illustrated by catching one of the Indians games at Victory Field.  With 47 home games June – September, there’s plenty of opportunities to visit the