By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.
Audition for the Circle of Lights
Calling all entertainers, singers, musicians, dancers and local talent of Central Indiana! First round auditions for Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481 will take place Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m. – noon and Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. at IBEW 481, 1828 N. Meridian St. Selected finalists from the first auditions will be called back for a final audition taking place in mid-October.
Inaugural Red Bull Air Race
The Red Bull Air Race World Championships is the ultimate motorsport competition in the sky. Pilots will navigate an aerial racetrack in the skies above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, maneuvering through air-filled pylons in the fastest time possible while incurring the least amount of penalties possible. The race takes place Oct. 1 and 2.
Pinking of the Canal
To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Colts host the Pinking of the Canal at the Ohio Street Basin on the Downtown Canal Walk Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. – 1p.m. The event is free and will include live music, free limited-edition Colts pink posters, Colts Cheerleaders and more.
Happy Birthday Indiana
Indiana celebrates its bicentennial this year. Events to commemorate the Hoosier State’s 200th birthday include:
· An opportunity to learn more about our state’s history, Hoosier Homecoming brings communities together from all across Indiana Oct. 15 from noon – 4:30 p.m. at the Indiana State House. Free activities and entertainment will be provided, along with the dedication of Bicentennial Plaza and the State House Education Center in the State Library and celebrate the culmination of the Bicentennial Torch Relay.
· The Indianapolis Public Library invites adults for a Bicentennial book discussion about the state’s cultural and social history Sept. 20 from 6 – 8 p.m. The book, “The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf” by Mohja Kahf, highlights a devout Muslim girl growing up in Indiana in the 1970s. The discussion will involve what it means to be Muslim in America today and will take place in Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium.
· For more bicentennial activities and events, visit our blog.
Hauntingly good Halloween events
The Children’s Museum Guild will feature its 53rd annual Haunted House from Oct. 8 – 30. The theme this year is Cursed Castle and tickets are $8. Also at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, don’t miss the Black Hat Bash, the city’s biggest family-friendly Halloween party Oct. 7 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Zoo Boo returns to the Indianapolis Zoo Oct. 7 – 9, 14 – 16, 21 – 23, 28 – 30 from 2 – 7 p.m. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes.
For adults wanting to celebrate Halloween, Hilbert Circle Theatre hosts the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for Haunted Hilbert on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Dress is “Masquerade Chic” and the proceeds benefit the ISO’s education programs. You must be 21+ to attend.
Fall into Festivals
Help celebrate German-American Day with GermanFest Oct. 8 from noon – 8 p.m. at the Anteneaum. The event will feature wiener dog races, a strong man competition, German beer and food by the Indianapolis Sangerchor and ZwergenLand for kids. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
More than 275 film screenings will be featured at the 25th annual Heartland Film Festival Oct. 20 – 30. The Festival provides a unique opportunity for audiences to interact with more than 100 filmmakers, and see films from all over the world. Opening night festivities take place at the Scottish Rite Cathedral Oct. 20.
Sports back in action
The Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Oct. 4 for the first home preseason matchup and open the regular season Oct. 26 vs. the Dallas Mavericks at 7 p.m. The Colts play two home games: a Super Bowl XLI rematch vs. the Chicago Bears Oct. 9 and the Kansas City Chiefs Oct. 30. The Indy Fuel begins its season Oct. 14 and the Indy Eleven play two home games Oct. 15 & 22.
Welcome back National FFA Convention
Thousands of young adult FFA members clad in their signature navy blue jackets will be in town once again for the annual convention Oct. 19 – 22. The gathering will include educational seminars and expos at the Indiana Convention Center, along with plenty of food trucks on Georgia Street Oct. 20 & 21.
For more information, visit http://downtownindy.org/ or call 317-237-2222.
By Paula Werne
SANTA CLAUS, INDIANA. — Holiday World’s four holiday-themed sections will merge into a single theme starting this weekend, as the park opens its Happy Halloween Weekends on September 24, 2016.
“Holiday World is all about family fun and making memories – even during the Halloween season,” says park president Matt Eckert. “We’re not about horror – the only screams will be on our roller coasters! Starting this weekend, we’ll have hay rides, corn mazes, Halloween-themed shows and attractions, special activities for children, and more.”
In addition to Holiday World’s rides and roller coasters, the park will include:
Lights Out! musical show, with slightly spooky characters singing and dancing, played by:
Morgan Decker, Jasper, Indiana
Emma Grow, Jasper, Indiana
Amanda Barnett, Rockport, Indiana
Hollie Nall, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Zachary Waters, Calhoun, Georgia
Halloween Magic Show with Don Baggett
Holidog’s 3D Halloween Adventure – a non-haunted house with colorful 3D features
Carnival Chaos walk-through maze with mirrors, clowns, and side-show startles
12-acre corn maze – hayrides to a huge corn maze (plus a junior maze for smaller children)
Kitty Claws Dance Party and Trick or Treating
Mummy’s Treasure Maze
Gourdon the talking pumpkin
Special fall menus, with pumpkin spice funnel cakes, “BOOmin’ onions,” make your own s’mores and more
Visitors to the park are welcome to wear their family-friendly Halloween costumes (no masks, please).
For more information about Happy Halloween Weekends, visit HolidayWorld.com/Halloween or call 1-800-467-2682.
By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB
NASHVILLE, Ind., (September 2, 2016) – Local lagers, regional refreshments, area ales…there will be no shortage of spirits at the 7th annual Hoosier Hops & Harvest Festival on September 10, 2016.
Presented by the Story Inn, this event is a beer-lovers dream come true. Featuring libations from several craft and micro-breweries, Hoosier Hops & Harvest is an all-out attempt to wean the Hoosier palate from tried-and-true factory beers.
Taking place at the historic Story Inn, participating microbreweries will serve up samples of their best stouts, ales, pilsners, porters, and more. The Story Inn’s rural setting provides the perfect atmosphere for guests not only to soak up their suds, but also Brown County’s rustic beauty.
Live music and local food will complement unique regional brews, making Hoosier Hops & Harvest a one-of-a-kind experience unlike any other beer fest around.
Gates will open and the beer will begin to flow at 1 p.m. Two-ounce samples will be doled out by participating breweries until 6 p.m. Beer also will be available for purchase by the glass.
Live music also will be ongoing throughout the event, with performances by the Flatland Harmony Experiment and the Indiana Boys. Flatland Harmony Experiment, a three piece vocally-driven string band from Indianapolis, will take the stage at 1 p.m., dazzling fest-goers with their unique sound.
The Flatland Harmony Experiment will be followed by the Indiana Boys at 3:30 p.m. Kick back and relax to the acoustic instrumentation of these local musicians, who have mastered a blend of both Americana and bluegrass to create an innovative style that is all their own.
Tickets for Hoosier Hops & Harvest are $30 and may be purchased online through September 9 or at the gate. The cost for designated drivers is $10. Only adults 21 and over will be admitted to the festival; no outside food or drinks are allowed.
Great regional beers, live music, local food…what’s not to love! Savor the flavor at the 7th annual Hoosier Hops & Harvest, September 10, and experience a Brown County brew bash like none other.
For more information on Hoosier Hops & Harvest and to purchase tickets, please visit www.hoosierhopsandharvest.com or call 812-988-2273.
By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB
NASHVILLE, Ind., (September 2, 2016) – Brown County’s rolling hills, scenic switchback roads, and smooth riding have long been a draw for motorcyclists.
One of the Midwest’s top destinations for bikers, Brown County provides the perfect atmosphere for two wheel exploring and experiencing the “freedom of the ride” at its best. From peaceful winding roads in the countryside to the quaint Village of Nashville, open roads await in Brown County, a true rider’s retreat.
This September Brown County welcomes all bikers, as the Bean Blossom BikerFest returns for a 14th year, September 6-11, 2016. Presented by Scootermania Productions, Inc., not only is BikerFest a great opportunity to test out the local terrain, it is also six full days of fun motorcycle mania.
Taking place at the historic Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom, this festival is far from ordinary. Nationally known as the largest bike event in the Midwest, BikerFest will feature daily live entertainment, a scavenger hunt ride, hilarious field events and Redneck Olympics, a beer garden with full bar, games and contests, on-site camping, and more. The festival will even include an Easyriders judged bike show, along with its famous Hoosier Honey’s Contest.
With plenty of things to do and bikes to admire, no wonder BikerFest has become a favorite among motorcycle patrons everywhere. Kicking off Tuesday, September 6, festivities will continue throughout late Saturday night into Sunday morning. Festival-goers can expect performances by a stellar line-up of musicians to complement ongoing games, such as corn hole, hillbilly golf, and other exciting field events.
Summertime, the Black and White Blues Band, Silverado, The Flying Toasters, Dr. Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio, Bionic Monks, Eliminator – the original ZZ Top tribute band, and The Farrell Webber Band are all slated to perform.
Additionally, the Ridge Runners Juke Joint will open daily beginning at 10 a.m., providing “music, fun, and friendship” for bikers. Offering a full service bar, games and activities, and daily karaoke, Ridge Runners is the go-to spot for a good time. Each day at Ridge Runners, a DJ also will spin tunes beginning at midnight for the late-night crowd.
Tickets for the Bean Blossom BikerFest range from $30 for Saturday single-day admission to $60 for full festival access. Tickets can be purchased online at ballsbiker.com/tickets.
Only adults 18 and over will be admitted to the festival, which will take place rain or shine. Ticket prices also include primitive tent camping on-site. Additional camping options are available through Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground.
From music and contests to a bike show and scavenger ride, the 14th annual Bean Blossom BikerFest is your ticket to biker bliss. Explore Brown County’s beautiful open roads and experience the largest bike event in the Midwest, September 6-11.
For more information on the Bean Blossom BikerFest, including tickets and a complete schedule of events, please visit ballsbiker.com or call 812-988-9151.