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10th Annual Asian Fest in Indianapolis, June 11, 2017

May 22, 2017 1 comment

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By Young-Hee Yedinak
Asian American Alliance, Inc.

Instead of flying 18 hours to travel to Asia, Hoosiers can experience the many dimensions of Asia in their own backyard. The 10th annual Asian Fest is Sunday, June 11, 2017, 12-5 pm, at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. This year, the festival’s spotlight is on Japan. Admission is free.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Asian population more than doubled in Indiana in the last decade, bringing with them a rich tapestry of cultural heritage. This is a chance to interact and learn about their cultures, and enjoy food, music and dance. More information at www.aaalliance.org/asian-fest

Festival highlights include:
• Entertaining cultural performances
• Cultural Discovery of Featured Country – JAPAN
• Traditional Japanese costumes fashion show
• Children’s activities
• Asian cuisine from local restaurants
• Asian communities booths
• Asian American Alliance scholarship presentation

Festival goers will receive $5 reduced event parking in the White River State Park garage.

The 2017 Asian Fest is made possible by these generous sponsors:
Title Sponsors — Barnes and Thornburg, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana
Event Sponsors — McDonald’s, Kroger, PNC, Telamon, Indiana State Museum, International Center, Indianapolis Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation
Event Partners – Japan-America Society of Indiana, Japanese American Citizens League
In-Kind Sponsors – Indy Asian American Times, Asian American Today

Asian Fest is hosted by Asian American Alliance, Inc., a local, nonprofit, pan-Asian organization whose mission is to empower Asian Americans to serve and lead in businesses and communities. Visit www.aaalliance.org to learn more.

For more information, please contact:
Asian American Alliance, Inc.
(317) 258-0468

Downtown Indy gets festive in June 2015

Italian Street Festival

Antipasto salad at the Italian Street Festival. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Family-friendly outdoor festivals take the forefront in June with the return of many annual Downtown favorites.

The Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival returns to Monument Circle to serve an estimated six tons of strawberries and 18,000 homemade shortcakes on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

Thousands of people will gather outside of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and enjoy 25 different Italian meats, pastas, salads and desserts during Italian Street Festival June 12 & 13 (see photo above).

The Circle City IN Pride Festival, Indiana’s largest LGBT celebration, takes place at American Legion Mall June 13.

Sip on craft beer from more than 50 local and national breweries at Brew-Ha-Ha on Park Avenue June 20.

On June 27 & 28, check out the Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival, one of the Midwest’s largest Indian markets.

Other big June festivals:

June 6: Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival

June 13: PBS Kids in the Park

June 13 & 14: Talbot Street Art Fair

June13: INDIEana Handicraft Exchange

June 18: Marsh Cookout on the Circle

June 20: Asian Fest

June 21: Familia Fest

Take in the sights and sounds of summer

Summer concerts are officially here and national and local artists alike will bring Downtown to life this June.

The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park hosts an exciting June summer concert lineup, with Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional kicking off the season on May 30. See Alabama Shakes June 2, Cage the Elephant June 7, Hozier June 11, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals June 13, Rob Zombie June 14, Barenaked Ladies June 17, Flogging Molly June 17 and David Gray/Amos Lee June 27.

At Old National Centre, fans of all genres of music can catch big names including:

June 5: Juicy J

June 11: Heart

June 16: Rob Thomas

June 17: The Smashing Pumpkins: In Plainsong – An Acoustic Electro Evening

June 27: Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake

Catch two more shows at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club: Indy Men’s Chorus: A Night at the Cabaret on June 12 and Linda Lavin: Now on June 26 & 27.

There are several options for enjoying live tunes outside this summer. Indiana Historical Society’s “Concerts on the Canal” kick off May 28 and continue every Thursday at 6 – 8 p.m. through the end of July. Reserve a table on the Stardust Terrace or bring a chair or blanket and take a seat on the grassy hill right off the Canal.

Easley Winery offers free concerts every Saturday from 2 – 5 p.m. as part of their “Groovin’ in the Garden” concert series.

Enjoy great live music, animals, rides, delicious food and more Friday nights June 19 through July 10 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Indianapolis Zoo’s Zoolapalooza Concert Series.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art kicks off Summer Nights Film Series on June 5 with National Lampoon’s Vacation. Other June showings include Heathers June 12; Casablanca June 19 and Psycho June 26. The series continues every summer Friday through Aug. 28. Films begin at dusk with pre-show activities at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12; $6 for members.

Go car-free this summer

WalkScore.com ranks Downtown Indy as a “Walker’s Paradise” and Sports Illustrated named Indy as “the most walkable Downtown in America.”

That’s why Downtown Indy is challenging the public to go car-free this summer with the new Car-Free Indy program. Ride your bike, take the bus or walk for a more sustainable city. Participants can up online, create a profile, set a goal and track progress now through August. The program strives to have 1,000 participants and save 30,000 miles of commuting by the end of the summer. Prizes will be awarded monthly.

Georgia Street action

Happy Hours kicked off with a bang, with more than 400 people attending each week. Wind down your week at Downtown’s hometown hangout every Thursday from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Enjoy live DJs or bands, appetizers from the Severin Bar and domestic beers and craft brews including Flat 12 and Upland. This event is free to attend.

Workout Wednesdays continues through the end of July on Georgia Street’s west block. Downtown Indy has again partnered with the YMCA to provide fun, all-levels group fitness for FREE Workout Wednesdays weekly from noon – 12:45 p.m. thanks to Buckingham Companies.

Eat lunch alfresco on the Boardwalk and enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown during Food Truck Fridays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cheer the Fever, join the Tribe and more Downtown sports

Catch one (or more) of the 15 Indianapolis Indians home games at Victory Field in June. Enjoy monthly promos including 2-for-1 Tuesdays, Thursday Craft Beer Night, Friday Fireworks and Kid’s Eat Free Sundays.

On June 4, catch the Celebrity Softball Challenge at Victory Field. This game features Indianapolis Colts Robert Mathis and teammate Dwayne Allen, along with other local sports stars as well as mascots and media personalities. The Home Run Derby competition begins at 6 p.m., followed by the seven inning Celebrity Softball Game at 7 p.m.

The Indiana Fever home opener is June 6 against the Minnesota Lynx. Catch four more games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this month: June 12, 14, 20 & 26. Every Indiana Fever game of the 2015 season will be broadcast either online or on radio or television.

And there’s one more chance to catch the Indy Eleven at home for the season. The team plays FC Edmonton June 13 at IUPUI.

For more information, visit http://downtownindy.org/, or call 317-237-2222.

Asian Fest at White River State Park, June 7

Hula dancing at the Asian Fest.

Hula dancing at the Asian Fest.
Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Young-Hee Yedinak
Asian Alliance, Inc.
http://www.aaalliance.org/

Instead of flying 18 hours to travel to Asia, Central Indiana residents can experience the many dimensions of Asia in their own backyard at the 7th annual Asian Fest.  This family-friendly festival takes place on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Indiana State Museum/White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, 650 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. Admission is free.  

Festival goers can enjoy traditional Asian dance performances of India, Philippines, China & Pacific Islands, dazzling costumes, Asian cuisine from local restaurants, Asian-themed games and activities and much more.  Each year, the festival showcases one Asian county, and this year, the spotlight is on China and the Chinese culture.  Local Chinese communities will present special entertainment and activities, including a concert of traditional Chinese musical instruments; Kung Fu demonstration;  presentation on Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art and science of balancing the energy in space to bring health and good fortune, just to name a few.

Asian American Alliance, Inc. (AAAI), a non-profit, Pan-Asian organization is hosting this event.  During the festival, AAAI will award scholarships to deserving high school students from the metro area who have demonstrated exceptional leadership.

The 2014 Asian Fest is made possible by these generous sponsors:  McDonald’s, Kroger, Crowe Horwath, The International Center, PNC, Telamon, WellPoint, Indiana State Museum, White River State Park, NUVO, Real Scene TV, Coca Cola, and Bolo/Row Printing.

Asian American Alliance, Inc. is a local, non-profit organization with a mission to empower Asian Americans to serve and lead in businesses and communities.  Visit http://www.aaalliance.org/ to learn more.

Downtown Indianapolis Gets Festive in June

Christ Church Cathedral Strawberry Festival, June 12.

Christ Church Cathedral Strawberry Festival, June 12.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

Downtown gets festive in June

 

Family-friendly outdoor festivals take the forefront in June with the return of many annual Downtown favorites. Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of all the different cultures of Asia at the 7th annual Asian Fest at White River State Park on June 7. The Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival returns to Monument Circle to serve an estimated six tons of strawberries and 18,000 homemade shortcakes on June 12. The Circle City Pride Festival, Indiana’s largest LGBT celebration, takes place at American Legion Mall June 14. PBS Kids in the Parktakes over Military Park June 21, giving kids the chance to meet many of their favorite PBS characters including Clifford and Curious George.

Other big June festivals:

June 7: Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival at Military Park

June 13–14: Italian Street Festival

June 14–15: Talbot Street Art Fair

June 21: Brew-Ha-Haat Phoenix Theatre

June 21–22: Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival at Military Park 

To see the lineup of Downtown summer festivals, visit www.indydt.com/summerfestivals.cfm.

Take in the sights and sounds of summer

Summer concerts are officially here and national and local artists alike will bring Downtown to life this June. The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park hosts an exciting June summer concert lineup. Some big names include Jack Johnson on June 1 (sold out), Ray LaMontagne on June 13, The Avett Brothers on June 14, Arctic Monkeys on June 24 and Fifth Harmony on June 28.

At Old National Centre, fans of all genres of music can catch big names including:

June 4: Bastille

June 9: Lindsey Stirling

June 12: John Butler Trio

June 26: John Hiatt & The Robert Cray Band

June 27: Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s

Catch two more shows of the season at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club. Watch Tony Award winner Laura Benanti June 5 – 7 at 8 p.m. and Susan Werner June 27 at 8 p.m.

Enjoy live tunes outside this summer including the Groovin’ in the Garden series at Easley Winery and Zoolapalooza at the Indianapolis Zoo. Catch local favorites Zanna Doo, the Woomblies Polka Boy and many others at The Rathskeller. Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal kick off May 29 and continue through the end of July. Reserve a table on the Stardust Terrace or bring a chair or blanket and take a seat on the grassy hill right off the Canal.

To see a full lineup of summer concerts, visit: www.indydt.com/summerconcerts.cfm.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art kicks off Summer Nights Film Series on June 6 with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Other June showings include Friday the 13th on, you guessed it, Friday, June 13; The Jerk on June 20; and The French Connection on June 27. The series continues every summer Friday through August 29. Films begin at dusk and tickets are $10 ($6 for members).

Spring training: runs/walks and other fitness events

June 1: Double Road Race, NCAA Hall of Champions

June 5: Monumental Mile, Monument Circle

June 7: Race Away from Domestic Violence, Victory Field

June 7: Rainbow 5K Run/Walk, Talbott Street

June 7: Women’s Half Marathon and 5K

June 8: Kids TRI for Kids, IUPUI

June 14: Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis, White River State Park

June 21: Purple Stride 5K, IUPUI

June 21: Tap ‘N’ Run 4K, Georgia Street

June 21: Monumental Yoga, Monument Circle

June 28: N.I.T.E. Ride, IUPUI

Catch the Fever and join the Tribe!

Indy’s new neighborhood themed downtown recreational soccer league, Indy City Futbol, kick off their season June 4 and play every Wednesday evening this summer. Games are played at the Visit Indy Field at White River State Park. Neighborhood teams include: Mass Ave United, FC Fountain Square, Sporting Herron Morton and others. The season ends with a championship game August 20.

The Indianapolis Indians play 11 home games in June, kicking off the month against Scranton/WB RailRiders June 1 at 1:35 p.m. and June 2 at 7:05 p.m. The Indiana Fever play four home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse next month: June 11, 25, 27 & 29.

The Indy Eleven are off to a great inaugural season with four sell-out home games, each with more than 10,000 fans. Catch the team at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium May 31 and May 28 for the U.S. Open Cup.

Open for families

As many begin summer vacation, Downtown’s best attractions have two of their biggest exhibits open for all to enjoy. The new Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo opens this Saturday and is home to eight dynamic orangutans. Guests of all ages are sure to love interacting face-to-face with the orangutans! The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis showcases Terra Cotta Warriors throughout the summer – the only chance to see the warriors in the U.S. in 2014. While visiting the Children’s Museum, don’t miss Take Me There: China – one of the largest exhibits about contemporary China ever produced in the U.S.

Downtown is dog-friendly!

Now that the polar vortex has long passed us, and sidewalk cafes are open across Downtown, we shouldn’t forget about our furry friends. Several Mass Ave businesses are dog-friendly: Art Bank, Arts A Poppin’, Boomerang BTQ, Indy Reads Books, The Frame Shop and Franklin Barry Gallery, Silver in the City and of course, CityDogs and Three Dog Bakery. Downtown residents and visitors can even dine with their dogs at select restaurant patios: Chatham Tap and Starbucks.

For more information, visit http://indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222.

Things to do in Indianapolis, May 6-12, 2013