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Mixwest Conference at UIndy, July 31-Aug. 1

July 31, 2014 Leave a comment
12 Stars Media CEO Rocky Walls

12 Stars Media CEO Rocky Walls at last year’s Mixwest Conference. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

The 7th annual Mixwest social media conference is scheduled for today and tomorrow, July 31 and Aug. 1, 2014, at the University of Indianapolis.

Organized by Noah Coffey and Shawn Plew, this conference brings together marketing, social and digital media, design and tech combined to offer one of the most valuable and worthwhile social media conferences anywhere in the Midwest.

This year’s conference speakers include some of Indiana’s foremost social media experts such as Kyle Lacy, Erik Deckers, Doug Karr, Lorraine Ball, Duncan Alney, Steven Shattuck, Chuck Gose, Robby Slaughter, and many others.

The conference will be held in UIndy Hall in Schwitzer Student Center on the University of Indianapolis campus from 8 am to 4:30 pm each day. The university is located at 1400 East Hanna Avenue on the south side of Indianapolis.

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August 2014 Events in Downtown Indianapolis

July 30, 2014 Leave a comment
Indiana Convention Center

Gen Con Gaming Convention at the Indiana Convention Center, Aug. 14-17. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

A number of large-scale, one-of-a-kind events will take place Downtown next month – making August an exciting time to be Downtown! Gen Con returns to the Indiana Convention Center, the Red Bull Indianapolis GP takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Motorcycles take over Monument Circle, Meridian Street and Georgia Street for Motorcycles on Meridian plus many exciting festivals.

Bring on the drums

The Drum Corps International World Championships Aug. 7 – 9 will bring about 30,000 visitors to Downtown Indy. The Finals takes place Aug. 9 at Lucas Oil Stadium, marking the sixth straight year that the Championships have been held at this venue. Before the Finals, head to Georgia Street from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the DrumLine Battle. Drum lines will face off, each group putting together a 90 – 120 second performance.

Rev your (motorcycle) engines

Motorcycles will take center stage with the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Aug. 8 – 10 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Practices begin Friday, Aug. 8 with qualifications taking place Saturday, Aug. 9 and race day Sunday, Aug. 10. The FREE Kids Zone will be running all weekend with music, dancing, games and prizes. Don’t miss the Pit Lane Walk Aug. 9. MotoGP enthusiasts can view the motorcycles up close. Estimated attendance: 100,000.

The IMS is offering a special ticket package to our partners with more than $25 in savings that includes:

  • Sunday reserved seat
  • Discounted motorcycle parade lap
  • Free official IMS souvenir(s)
  • $5 retail coupon on IMS merchandise

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As a part of the festive weekend, Motorcycles on Meridian will take over Monument Circle, South Meridian Street and Georgia Street Aug. 8 & 9. Bikes and more bikes will be on site, from stylish Harleys and Ducatis to sport bikes to motor scooters. Everyone is welcome to experience this event, whether or not you have a motorcycle to bring. Estimated attendance: 10,000 each night.

The gamers are coming

Gen Con, the longest-running and highest-attended gaming convention in the world, returns to the Indiana Convention Center Aug. 14 – 17.  The convention includes tournaments, guest appearances, exhibit hall booths, games, workshops, seminars, art shows, auctions and costumes, of course!  Estimated attendance: 49,000.

10 years of IndyFringe Fest

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, IndyFringe Festival begins Aug. 14 and continues for 11 days at various Mass Ave theatres. With eight different venues, 64 performing groups and 384 performances, this festival is a cultural catalyst for the Indy arts community. All shows are 45 – 60 minutes and adult tickets are $15 each. Don’t miss the pre-festival events throughout Downtown, including the premiere of Fringe Factor on July 31 at the IMAX Theater. To encourage street performance/busking throughout Downtown, IDI has partnered with IndyFringe and the Arts Council of Indianapolis to launch a Downtown Buskers Campaign through the end of August.

Last chance for summer festivals

One of Indy’s most exciting sporting events, the Mass Ave Criterium & Cycling Festival, takes place Aug. 2. The course is a challenging, triangular, 2/3 mile course through the Mass Ave district. Non-cyclists can enjoy the beer garden and live entertainment.

Don’t miss Dig IN – A Taste of Indiana Aug. 17 at White River State Park, where you can sample locally-produced food and drink prepared by world-class chefs. Dozens of Indiana chefs, brewers, vintners and food artisans will gather in the park to celebrate Indiana agriculture. This year, Dig-IN is offering even more chefs, an increased focus on the farmer and three ticket levels.

Festiv-Ale brings together beer enthusiasts at Victory Field Aug. 23. The festival features more than 100 wines and more than 100 micro-breweries, as well as other beverages including martinis, margaritas and wine. Guests can also sample food from local restaurants and enjoy live music.

Indianapolis Labor Fest is a FREE street festival on three blocks of Georgia Street on Aug. 30 featuring live music (including Cousin Eddie, Zanna Doo and Flatbed Twitch), food and beverages and a kids zone.

Other festivals: India Day on Monument Circle Aug. 17.

For more information, visit, or call 317-237-2222.

Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition at the State Fair

July 29, 2014 Leave a comment
Grand Hall at the State Fairgrounds

Grand Hall at the State Fairgrounds. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Andy Klotz
Indiana State Fair

Dozens of beer and wine producers from all over Indiana will take part in the Indiana State Fair’s new Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition located in the Grand Hall on Main Street.

The new exhibition, open only to adults 21 and older, will be open every day of the fair, Aug. 1–17, 2014, from 1 to 9 p.m. with a wide variety of Indiana wineries and Indiana craft brewers on hand to offer tastings and educate consumers on their products. It will also include an educational display from the Indiana State Museum’s American Spirits exhibit. This is the first time the State Fair has offered alcohol for sale since 1946 following a state law that was created to ban it due to a littering issue during the fair.

“This is an opportunity for the Indiana State Fair to showcase two very important Indiana agricultural industries,” Indiana State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye said. “We will keep the beloved family atmosphere the fair has always had while adding this Indiana ag education exhibit, which is at the heart of our mission.”

The exhibition will offer Indiana beer and wine for sale by the glass as well as smaller tasting samples to allow visitors a chance to try a wide assortment of drinks. Each patron will be limited to a strict three drink maximum that will require a token in exchange for each 12 ounce beer or 5 ounce glass of wine. Tokens will be available for $5 each. In addition, all glasses of beer and wine sold must be consumed inside the Grand Hall; there will be no roaming the fairgrounds with alcohol.

A complete schedule of participating Indiana brewers and Indiana wineries will soon be available at Fair general admission is $10; discount tickets are $7; kids 5 and younger are free. Discount tickets are available at and the Indiana State Fair box office through July 31, and can also be purchased at all participating Indiana Walmart stores and all CVS/pharmacy stores while supplies last. State Fair parking is $5.

For more information, call 317-927-7500.

Things to do in Indianapolis, July 28-Aug. 3, 2014

July 27, 2014 Leave a comment

158th Indiana State Fair, Aug. 1-17

July 26, 2014 Leave a comment
Indiana State Fairgrounds

Indiana State Fairgrounds. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Andy Klotz
Indiana State Fair

158th Edition, Aug. 1-17. 2014

The Indiana State Fair is always a celebration. It celebrates agriculture, youth and all foods deep-fried or served on a stick. But this year’s fair is historic for another reason – a reopened Fairgrounds Coliseum following an 18-month, $53 million renovation.

As a result, it is the “Year of the Coliseum” at the fair, which means the fair’s Draft horse shows and livestock events return to the fairgrounds’ signature structure after a year of improvising. In addition, the Shane Co. Coliseum Concert Series brings back the fair’s headline concerts to the building for the first time in 30 years.

The Coliseum will host seven headline concerts, including:

When concerts aren’t taking place in the Coliseum, there will be lots of livestock and Draft Horse shows going on, including the National Belgian show, which debuts in Indiana after more than 50 years in Iowa. There’s also the Grand Drive with 4-H’ers and their prize animals.

The Free Stage will feature a wide variety of nationally known performers, including Dustin Lynch presented by HANK-FM and Royal Pin Leisure Centers (Aug. 5); Indy’s Josh Kaufman presented by WZPL and Kaplan University (Aug. 7); Grammy-nominated Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies (Aug. 11); Folk rockers America and Country rock legend Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Aug. 13); The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards (Aug. 14); Classic rock band Kansas (Aug. 15); and a long list of others.

The fair’s new Indiana Beer & Wine Exhibition will allow visitors to sample Hoosier beers and wines in the Grand Hall on Main Street.  It is only open to adults 21 and older, and all the products must be consumed inside the building. The exhibition will be open from 1 to 9 p.m. every day of the fair.

There’s much more, of course – a comedy wild west show, horse pull, tractor pull, duck races, a trick dog show, a BMX stunt show, rodeo, AMA motorcycle racing and on and on. It all starts Aug. 1 and runs through Aug. 17.

General admission is $10; discount tickets are $7; kids 5 and younger are free. Discount tickets are available at presented by Mattress Firm and the Indiana State Fair box office through July 31, and can also be purchased at all participating Indiana Walmart stores and all CVS/pharmacy stores while supplies last. State Fair parking is $5.

For more details, daily event schedules and other information, please visit, or call 317-927-7500. The fair is back and it’s ‘A Time to Celebrate!’