Big Events in Downtown Indianapolis in August
By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
Aug. 15 – 18 Monumental Weekend
Dozens of Downtown events Aug. 15 – 18 will keep Downtown bustling all weekend! Motorcycles will take center stage with the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Aug. 16 – 18 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Practices begin Friday, Aug. 16 with qualifications taking place Saturday, Aug. 17 and race day Sunday, Aug. 18. As a part of the festive weekend, Motorcycles on Meridian will take over Monument Circle, South Meridian Street and Georgia Street Aug. 16 and 17. Bikes and more bikes will be on site, from stylish Harleys and Ducatis to sport bikes to motor scooters.
Gen Con, the longest-running and highest-attended gaming convention in the world, returns to the Indiana Convention Center Aug. 15 – 18. The convention features tournaments, guest appearances, exhibit hall booths, games, workshops, seminars, art shows, auctions and costumes, of course! IndyFringe Festival begins Aug. 15 and continues for 10 days at various Downtown theatres, especially throughout Mass Ave. Kick off the busy weekend with the summertime favorite, Friday Block Party on Georgia Street presented by GenCon and Motorcycles on Meridian Aug. 16 and catch the Indians at Victory Field Aug. 13 – 16.
Experience great live music as Umphrey’s McGee with STS9 performs at The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park Aug. 16, or hear Jimmy Eat World at Old National Center Aug. 17.
August boasts many ways to get exercise, often while supporting important causes.
For the serious athletes, TRI INDY, sanctioned by USA Triathlon, will take place Aug. 4 along the canal in White River State Park. If biking is more your sport, take part in or watch the competitive Mass Ave Criterium Aug. 10. Participate in the unique Double Road Race Aug. 11 starting at the NCAA Hall of Champions. Walk through White River State Park in the FARE Walk for Food Allergy Awareness Aug. 17. Take part in the 7th Annual Running for World Water 5K Aug. 24 to support sustainable drinking worldwide at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport.
Get ready to loosen your belt as Downtown offers up plenty of its finest food and drink during Devour Downtown Aug. 19 – Sept. 1. Visit an array of Downtown restaurants, each offering distinct three-course dinner (and some lunch) menus at special prices. Don’t miss Dig IN – A Taste of Indiana Aug. 25 at White River State Park, where you will have the chance to try dozens of samples of locally-produced food and drink prepared by world-class chefs. Visit our website for more information on Downtown restaurants.
Get in tune with summer music
Some of the biggest names in music will perform at Downtown’s premier venues:
The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
- Daughtry & 3 Doors Down Aug. 2
- The Black Crowes & Tedeschi Trucks Band Aug. 13
- Umphrey’s McGee with STS9 Aug. 16
- Carly Rae Jepsen & Hot Chelle Rae Aug. 30
Old National Centre
- Steely Dan Aug. 3
- House of Blues World Famous Gospel Brunch Aug. 4
- The National Aug. 4
- D-Pryde Aug. 5
- Halestorm Aug. 6
- Volto Aug. 9
- Three Days Grace Aug. 10
- An Evening with YES Aug. 12
- Ones to Watch Presents: Redlight King & Icon For Hire Aug. 13
- American Rag on Tour Presents Megan and Liz Aug. 15
- Jimmy Eat World Aug. 17
- Thao with the Get Down Stay Down Aug. 20
- Turquoise Jeep Aug. 22
- Serena Ryder Aug. 26
- Rival Sons Aug. 27
- Bat for Lashes Aug. 28
- Adam Ant Aug. 30
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- New Kids on the Block with 98º and Boyz II Men Aug. 4
- Bruno Mars “The Moonshine Jungle World Tour” Aug. 19
Celebrate art in August!
See some of Downtown’s most impressive local artwork during IDADA First Friday at various locations Downtown Aug. 2. Art galleries will be open throughout Mass Ave, Fountain Square and other districts. IndyFringe Festival runs Aug. 15 – 25, hosts more than 300 shows in 10 days at eight venues near Mass Ave, featuring dance, drama, comedy, music, magic and more.
Summer sports are heating up
Indy welcomes the Guinness International Champions Cup: Chelsea vs. Inter Milan. Lucas Oil Stadium is host Aug. 1 starting at 8 p.m. Prior to the soccer game, a tailgate party for ticket holders only will take place on Georgia Street beginning at 3 p.m. The Indianapolis Indians will host 15 home games at Victory Field throughout August: 1 – 5, 8 & 9, 13 – 16, 26 & 27 plus the beginning of their final home series Aug. 30 & 31. Don’t miss special promotion days at Victory Field including Friday Night Fireworks, Monday Dollar Menu, Wednesday Business Day Games and more! The Indiana Fever will play four home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in August: Chicago Sky Aug. 3, Los Angeles Sparks Aug. 8, Atlanta Dream Aug. 10 & San Antonio Silver Stars Aug. 21. The Indianapolis Colts return to pre-season action against the Buffalo Bills Aug. 11!
Festivals and conventions continue
There is a unique array of festivals and conventions heading to Downtown Indianapolis.
Friday Block Parties on Georgia Street
Aug. 2, 8, 15, 23 and 30; Georgia Street
IMPD Community Day
Aug. 8; Georgia Street
Indiana State Fair
Aug. 2 – 18; Indiana State Fairgrounds
Drum Corps International World Championships
Aug. 8 – 10; Indiana Convention Center
Aug. 15 – 18; Indiana Convention Center
Women of Faith “Celebrate Conference”
Aug. 23 – 24; Bankers Life Fieldhouse
August also means the return to classes for the fall semester in Downtown Indy at IUPUI and at other area colleges and universities such as Butler University, Marian University, and the University of Indianapolis. Welcome back students!
Downtown has more than 73,000 convenient, affordable parking spaces, making it easy to get where you need to be. To help plan your visit Downtown, click http://www.indydt.com; download the Indy Downtown app in the iPhone App Store or Google Play; follow us on Twitter @IndyDT. For more information about any of these events or IDI programs, please contact Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., at 317-237-2222.