By Bob Burchfield, Editor
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.
For more information, visit http://www.mixwest.com/.
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
Redeem this offer: http://info.ims.com/IDI
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 http://indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222.
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 www.indianastatefair.com. Fair general admission is $10; discount tickets are $7; kids 5 and younger are free. Discount tickets are available at http://www.indianastatefair.com 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.
15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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- FRI-SUN: 158th Indiana State Fair at the State Fairgrounds
- SAT: Indy Eleven Pro Soccer at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI
- SAT: Keith Urban in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
- TUE: ‘Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier’ at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- THU: Pride of Indy Concert and Jazz Bands Live at Garfield Park
- MON-SAT: Brown County 4-H Fair in Nashville
- MON-SAT: 112th Annual Fayette County Free Fair in Connersville
- THU-SUN: Jasper Strassenfest in Dubois County
- SUN: Peter Frampton in Concert at the Carmel Palladium
- THU-FRI: 7th Annual Mixwest Conference at the University of Indianapolis
- MON, WED-SAT: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
- SAT-SUN: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
- THU: ‘Animals and All That Jazz’ at the Indianapolis Zoo
- THU: ‘Concerts on the Canal’ at the Indiana History Center
- FRI-SAT: Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
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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:
- Lynyrd Skynyrd with special guests Jamey Johnson and Drake White and the Big Fire – July 31 at 7:30
- BritBeat – Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.
- Phillip Phillips – Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.
- American Idol Live! 2014 Tour – Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
- Pitbull – Aug. 8 at 8 p.m.
- Hunter Hayes – Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.
- Jim Gaffigan – Aug. 17 at 8 p.m.
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 www.indianastatefair.com 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 www.indianastatefair.com, or call 317-927-7500. The fair is back and it’s ‘A Time to Celebrate!’