Fall Fun in Downtown Indy, September 2016
By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.
Indians: Craft Beer for a Cause
Support Downtown Indy, Inc. by purchasing tickets to the Indianapolis Indians game Sept. 1.2016. DII is excited to partner with the Indianapolis Indians and Sun King Brewing for Craft Beer for a Cause. A portion of every ticket purchased ($5 for Box and Reserved Seats and $4 for Lawn) will be donated to the Downtown Indy, Inc. Beautification Fund. Get tickets (and save) using promo code downtownindy.
INspired Beauty on Monument Circle
Downtown Indianapolis is one of the most beautiful and clean downtowns in the nation – and not by accident. We are celebrating our Downtown with the second annual INspired Beauty, a fundraiser to benefit the Downtown Indy, Inc. Beautification Fund, Thursday, Sept. 15 from 5 – 7 p.m. on Monument Circle. Enjoy live music, tasty tapas, Sun King beer and Southern Wine and Spirits, great company and incredible views in the heart of our Downtown. Professional gardeners and landscapers will compete “Iron Chef” style as they each assemble container gardens on location in a competition, which will be raffled off at the conclusion of the event. Tickets can be purchased online for $25 or at the door for $30. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
Fall into the festivities
The arrival of September brings a diverse lineup of fall festivals to Downtown Indianapolis, celebrating culture, art, food, sports 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.
· Sept.3: Indy Labor Fest, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., is a three-block festival on Georgia Street featuring music from Yacht Rock Revue, food, drinks and a kid’s zone.
· Sept. 9 – 27: White River Festival, a 19-day celebration of the White River, includes art exhibits and performances, family activities, river clean ups and more.
· Sept. 10: Penrod Arts Fair, from 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. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
· Sept. 10: Sun King CANvitational, from 1 – 5 p.m. on Georgia Street, showcases more than 45 craft breweries, local eats from food trucks and live music. General admission is $40; general admission with early entry at noon is $75 and designated driver tickets are $10.
· Sept. 15 – 18: 21st annual Indy Irish Fest takes over Military Park with live music, dancing, food, sporting events, shopping and a kid’s craft tent and game area. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of; $10 for students; $5 for children 5 – 13 and military and FREE for children 4 and under.
· Sept. 15 – 24: Indy Jazz Fest, at various times and locations around Indianapolis, features some of the most popular jazz and blues artists celebrating GRAMMY Award-winner Wes Montgomery. Downtown venues include Madame Walker Theatre, Indiana Landmarks, IUPUI, Cabaret at The Columbia Club and Central Library.
· Sept. 16: Monument Circle Oktoberfest, from 7 – 11 p.m., boasts an authentic German Biergarten, traditional German fare and Polka Boy live. FREE admission.
· Sept. 17: Fiesta Indianapolis, from noon – 10 p.m. at American Legion Mall, is one of the longest-running ethnic festivals in the state, bringing together 15,000+ people each year. The festival features Latino music, dance, art, food and children’s activities. FREE admission.
· Sept. 17: Rooftop Garden Oktoberfest takes place noon – 6 p.m at Fountain Square Theatre featuring Bratwurst and Knackwurst from Claus’ German Sausage & Meats, as well as German Beer from Sun King on tap to wash down other Oktoberfest favorites.
· Sept. 18: Hispanic Heritage Fiesta, noon – 4 p.m. at the Indianapolis Zoo, celebrates the culture and traditions of Latin America with decorations, family activities and Latin-inspired food. FREE for Zoo members.
· Sept. 24: Herron-Morton Oktoberfest, from 2 – 9 p.m. at Herron Morton Place Park, includes live music, plus local beer and food trucks. Admission is $10 and FREE for kids 13 and under.
· Sept. 24: Indianapolis Chinese Festival, from noon – 6 p.m. at IUPUI Wood Plaza, honors the Chinese Moon Festival through traditional art and performances, tai chi and martial arts demonstrations, Chinese games and authentic Chinese food. Admission is FREE.
33rd annual Circle City Classic
Circle City Classic weekend returns to Downtown Indy, showcasing the spirit, energy and tradition of America’s historically black colleges and universities. The Classic draws an average of 175,000 people from across the country annually to be a part of an energized weekend that includes a parade, pep rally, musical performances, well-known celebrities, a battle of the bands and two historically black college football teams colliding head-to-head at Lucas Oil Stadium. This year’s game takes place Sept. 24.
September sports: the Colts are back
Celebrate the return of football with the FREE Colts Kickoff Concert on Georgia Street Sept. 10 from 5 – 10 p.m. Enjoy music from Clayton Anderson, Southern Country and headliner Eli Young Band, plus giveaways, appearances by the Colts cheerleaders and Blue, a beer garden and food from the Kilroy’s Bar n’ Grill. The Indianapolis Colts play the Detroit Lions to kick off the season at home Sept. 11 at 4:25 p.m. Head to the Bud Light Tailgate on Georgia Street before home games.
Indy Eleven plays at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium Sept. 3 against Tama Bay, Sept. 17 against Miami FC and Sept. 24 against New York. Purchase tickets here and use code downtown and ticket proceeds will benefit Downtown beautification.
Performing arts are ready to amaze
The Indiana Repertory Theatre opens the new season with The Three Musketeers, running Sept. 20 – Oct. 15. Follow the legendary tale of danger, royalty and romance on stage.
For a touch of the classical, don’t miss the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Night Gala Sept. 24. Grab a date for Happy Hour at the Symphony Sept. 15, the ISO and The Doo Wop Project Sept. 16 & 17, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in concert Sept. 23 & 25 and Andre Watts plays Beethoven Sept. 29 – Oct. 1.
Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481 Auditions
Showcase your talents for a chance to perform at Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481. Talented singers, dancers and entertainers alike can audition Saturday, Oct. 1 or Tuesday, Oct. 4. Selected entertainers will appear in front of thousands of people at the Circle of Lights Friday, Nov. 25 on Monument Circle and on WTHR-13. No registration is required.
September weather is perfect to get outside and walk or run around Downtown Indianapolis while supporting any number of causes. Check out the Glo Run Sept. 3 in White River State Park and come pack Sept. 10 for the Indianapolis Heart Walk. Cheer on runners/walkers for the Indy Women’s Half Marathon & 5K Sept. 17, stepping off at Monument Circle. The Torch Relay Everyday Heroes 5K Fun Run/Walk also takes place Sept. 17 at the Indiana State Museum.
The Teal Ribbon Ovarian Cancer Run/Walk starts at City Market Sept. 24, while the Walk to Defeat ALS takes place at White River State Park. Don’t miss the IUPUI Regatta on the Downtown Indy Canal Walk Sept. 24, as well.
For more information, call 317-237-2222.