Fall Fun in Downtown Indianapolis in September
By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
Update on Downtown development
As we close a busy summer, there is still much excitement on the horizon for Downtown Indianapolis in upcoming events and development. CityWay, Downtown Indianapolis’ newest and most unique urban development project located at the intersection of South and Delaware Streets, will complete two major projects by the end of 2012: the CityWay Lofts, luxury one to three bedroom apartments and townhomes and The Alexander, a four-star hotel. CityWay in its entirety, including select retail space, restaurants and a parking garage, will be completed by the end of 2013 with the exception of a new YMCA, which awaits funding from a capital campaign. Visit www.cityway.com <http://www.cityway.com> for more information.
Other Downtown developments that will be completed by the end of 2012 include The Hinge, a new retail, office and residential development on Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square, Pan Am Plaza renovations and The Platform at Indianapolis City Market. Visit www.indydt.com <http://www.indydt.com> for more information on Downtown development.
Fall into the festivities!
The arrival of September brings a diverse lineup of fall festivals to Downtown Indianapolis, celebrating culture, art, food and more. As the weather starts to cool, it’s the perfect time to bring the family to one or more of these unique events.
Aug. 31 – Sept. 3:
Rib America Festival at Military Park offers more than just fantastic BBQ. This year’s live music lineup features George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, moe., Cheap Trick and more. $7 gets you in and admission is FREE before 5 p.m. Aug. 31. Kids 12 and under get in FREE all weekend.
Labor Day Parade, 11 a.m., will march through the city on the Downtown parade route and is FREE.
Penrod Arts Fair, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, showcases more than 300 artists, six stages and a special children’s area for only $12 in advance and $17 at the door. Kids 10 and under get in FREE.
Indianapolis Chinese Festival, noon – 7 p.m. at Military Park, will honor the Chinese Moon Festival through traditional art and performances with authentic Chinese food. Admission is FREE.
Sept. 10 – 16:
Indy Jazz Fest, at various times and locations around Indianapolis, features some of today’s most popular jazz and blues artists. Downtown venues include Indiana Landmarks Center and The Cabaret at The Columbia Club.
Sept. 13 – 16:
17th Annual Indianapolis Irish Fest takes over Military Park (see photo above) with live music, dancing, food (and yes, more than just potatoes) and kid’s craft tent and game area for $10 in advance, $15 at the door and kids under 14 get in FREE.
Fiesta Indianapolis, noon – midnight at American Legion Mall, enters its 31st year making it one of the longest-running ethnic festivals in the state. It features Latino music, dance, art and food and admission is FREE.
Indianapolis Sister Cities International Festival, noon – 6 p.m. at Indianapolis City Market, celebrates the cultures of Indianapolis’ seven “sister cities” from around the world through tastings, live music, a beer garden and more, all for FREE.
Monument Circle Oktoberfest, 5:30 – 11:30 p.m., boasts an authentic German Biergarten, traditional German fare and live music by Polkaboy starting at 7 p.m. with FREE admission.
Rooftop Garden Oktoberfest, noon – 6 p.m. at the Fountain Square Theatre Building, offers some of the best “wurst” in town from Claus’ German Sausage & Meats in Fountain Square, plus Sun King Oktoberfest on tap. Admission is FREE, but kids under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Herron-Morton Oktoberfest, 1 – 9 p.m. on the 1900 block of Alabama Street, will sport fantastic local beer, hard cider, mead, food trucks, live music and more for $5 in advance or $10 at the door.
50th Anniversary Circle of Lights talent search
Think you have what it takes to be featured in central Indiana’s greatest tradition? The Circle of Lights presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 will kick off its annual talent search with auditions Sept. 25 and 29. Registration is not required – auditions are conducted on a first come-first serve basis. A short list of performers will be called back for second auditions Oct. 8, and the Circle of Lights Talent Search show will premier on Thanksgiving night at 7 p.m. on RTV-6. Judges will email select finalists to perform live at the 50th Anniversary Circle of Lights on Nov. 23.
Summer concerts aren’t over yet
September is an exciting month for marquee concerts Downtown. Some of the most famed artists around the world will be featured at Downtown’s three top concert venues. The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park will host Cake Sept. 7 and The Avett Brothers Sept. 30. Rush comes to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Sept. 13. Old National Centre has a packed September lineup featuring Reverend Horton Heat Sept. 15, AWOLNATION Sept. 21, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros Sept. 23, Slash Sept. 25 and Earth, Wind & Fire Sept. 26, in addition to several other shows throughout September.
For a touch of the classical, don’t miss Krzysztof Urbański conduct Beethoven & Dvorak Sept. 14 and 15 at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Hilbert will also host TF3 & The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Sept. 21 – 23 and Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony Sept. 27 – 29. For a FREE classical option, head to the Central Library for Classical Concerts at Central Sept. 23.
September Sports: catch the Indians in the playoffs!
The league-leading Indianapolis Indians close their season at home Sept. 1 and head towards the playoffs! Tickets are now available for the first two home games of their round 1 playoff series. Newcomer Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts host their first regular season home game Sept. 16 at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Minnesota Vikings. Georgia Street will host the Bud Light Tailgate starting at 11 a.m. before every Colts home game. The Indiana Fever play five home games this month: Sept. 1, 9, 12, 14 and 23, against some of the WNBA’s toughest competition including the Minnesota Lynx, Chicago Sky and Seattle Storm.
Autumn art abounds on First Fridays
If you haven’t experienced it yet, be sure to head Downtown for IDADA’s First Friday Art Tour this month on Sept. 7, when local galleries around the city, particularly along Mass Ave and in Fountain Square, open for FREE from 6 – 9 p.m. Once you’ve re-upped on your fill of local aesthetic, stop by any number of the local bars and restaurants nearby and grab a pint of Sun King or one of New Day’s innovative meads. First Fridays Downtown are a truly unique experience.
Get fit and give back!
September weather is perfect to get outside and walk or run around Downtown Indianapolis while supporting any number of noble causes. There is a run/walk Downtown every Saturday this month:
Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon and 5K, Hyatt Regency
The GLO Run, White River State Park
Walk From Obesity, Indiana State Museum Lawn
Indianapolis Heart Walk & 5K Run, Celebration Plaza at White River State Park
Out of the Darkness Community Walk, Celebration Plaza at White River State Park
SCTNow Benefit Walk, White River State Park
Indianapolis Vision Walk, Indiana Government Center
Ovarian Cancer Run/Walk, Indianapolis City Market
Race for Rehma, Canal Overlook
Popular travel writers will visit Downtown
The Society of American Travel Writers holds its annual gathering in Downtown Indianapolis this year Sept. 9 – 14. The group is comprised of many of the world’s best travel writers contributing to the most popular international publications like Washington Post and USA Today. They will stay at the JW Mariott but will travel across Indianapolis to experience local attractions, restaurants and our six Cultural Districts. The group regularly visits the world’s hottest tourist attractions, including New Zealand last year.