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Circle City Classic Weekend in Indianapolis, Oct. 5-6

Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium is the site of the Circle City Classic. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
The annual Circle City Classic weekend, featuring several fun events leading up to the Saturday afternoon football game, returns to Downtown Indianapolis Oct. 5 and 6. Presented jointly by Indiana Black Expo and Indiana Sports Corp., Circle City Classic supports educational achievement, cultural excellence and the tradition of America’s historically black colleges and universities.
In addition to Classic events this weekend, there will be a number of other Downtown events including IDADA’s First Friday, the Indianapolis Colts’ third regular season home game against the Green Bay Packers, Henry RollinsEsperanza Spalding and Yo Gotti at Old National Centre and much more. See below for information on this weekend’s major events.
Circle City Classic events:
Friday, Oct. 5
9 a.m. – noon: HBCU Scholarship Opportunity Network
        Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School
        FREE (High school seniors with minimum 3.0 GPA)
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: NCAA Classic Coaches Luncheon presented by The Indianapolis Colts
        Lucas Oil Stadium
        $35/person; $350/table
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Classic Pep Rally
        White River State Park (in front of Indiana State Museum)
7 p.m.: Friday Nite Classic Cabaret featuring Charlie Wilson, Tank and SOS Band
        Indiana Convention Center
        $49.99 – $56.99
7:30 p.m.: Classic Gospel Explosion
        The Historic Madame Walker Theatre
        $15 advance; $20 at the door
8 & 11 p.m.: Comedy Jam featuring D.L. Hughley and Earthquake
        Old National Centre
        $55 – $65
Saturday, Oct. 6
10 a.m. – noon: Circle City Classic Parade
        Downtown parade route
        $16 VIP; $10 bleacher seating
10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Fall Fest
        Georgia Street; west block
        FREE (various independent merchants on-site)
Noon – 3 p.m.: Circle City Classic Tailgate
        South Street (in front of Lucas Oil Stadium)
        FREE with game ticket
2:30 p.m.: 29th Annual Circle City Classic Football Game
        Lucas Oil Stadium
        $10 – $50
During halftime and after game: Caterpillar Battle of the Bands
After game: Post-game performance: Miguel
Visit www.circlecityclassic.com for more information on these events.
On Saturday, Oct. 6, select streets will be closed from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for the Circle City Classic Parade. The parade will use the following route:
  • Parade begins on Pennsylvania Street at North Street
  • South on Pennsylvania Street to Ohio Street
  • West on Ohio Street to Meridian Street
  • North on Meridian Street to North Street
Also on Saturday, Oct. 6, South Street from Capitol Avenue to Missouri Street will be closed 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. for the Circle City Classic tailgate and football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. On Sunday, Oct. 7, eastbound Georgia Street between Illinois Street and Capitol Avenue will be closed to traffic 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for the Bud Light Tailgate prior to the Colts game against the Packers at 1 p.m. South Street between Capitol Avenue and West Street will be closed 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
First Friday and Harvest of the Arts
In addition to the annual excitement of Circle City Classic, IDADA’s monthly First Friday art showcase takes place Oct. 5, opening a variety of local art galleries and studios from 6 – 9 p.m. for FREE, mainly on Mass Ave and in Fountain Square. Also Friday evening, Harvest of the Arts on Mass Ave will bring live music and performances, art showcases and culinary arts to visitors for FREE in addition to the regular First Friday gallery openings. Visitwww.discovermassave.com for more information. The Leinenkugel’s First Friday Food Truck Festival, which hosts several food trucks and live music for a $5 admission fee, takes place Friday evening in the parking lot of Old National Centre. Food Con III will be at the Harrison Center for the Arts from 5 – 9 p.m.
Live music and performances
On Friday night, Henry Rollins brings his unique, outspoken “Capitalism” tour to Old National Centre while Yo Gotti and Grammy-winner Esperanza Spaldingperform on separate stages at Old National on Saturday evening.  The 10th and Mass Music Festival also takes place Saturday evening featuring local performers Jennie DeVoe, Paul Holdman and The Michaels with proceeds benefiting Downtown YMCAs. Don’t forget your blanket!
Even more sports/activities!
The Indiana Ice will play all of their home games this season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse or Pan Am Plaza. They take on Team USA U-17 Friday night at Pan Am. On Sunday, the Jaguar Sprint Triathlon begins at 9 a.m. at the IUPUI Sports Complex, while Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes takes off from Celebration Plaza in White river State Park at 9 a.m. The Colts take on the Green Bay Packers Sunday at 1 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. The FREE Bud Light Tailgate on Georgia Street is becoming a regular pre-game stop for Colts fans on game day.
New “Nightlife” feature now available on Indy Downtown mobile app
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.’s mobile app, “Indy Downtown,” recently added new features, serving as the official Downtown guide for all there is to do and see… on the go. The free Indy Downtown app, released in November 2011, has proven very successful with nearly 11,000 downloads. At the top of the app, a scroll bar lists different categories including A&E, Museums, Eat, Shop, Sleep, Park, Sports and Worship.  A Nightlife category was recently added, making it easy to find things to do day and night. This app is the official insider’s guide to all that’s happening in our vibrant, clean and FUN Downtown!  Download the Indy Downtown app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play.
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