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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.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

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

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.

Big Events in Downtown Indianapolis in August

August 1, 2013 Leave a comment
Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium hosts the Guinness International Champions Cup soccer on Aug. 1. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://www.indydt.com/

Aug. 15 – 18 Monumental Weekend

Dozens of Downtown events Aug. 15 – 18 will keep Downtown bustling all weekend!  Motorcycles will take center stage with the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Aug. 16 – 18 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Practices begin Friday, Aug. 16 with qualifications taking place Saturday, Aug. 17 and race day Sunday, Aug. 18. As a part of the festive weekend, Motorcycles on Meridian will take over Monument Circle, South Meridian Street and Georgia Street Aug. 16 and 17. Bikes and more bikes will be on site, from stylish Harleys and Ducatis to sport bikes to motor scooters.

Gen Con, the longest-running and highest-attended gaming convention in the world, returns to the Indiana Convention Center Aug. 15 – 18.  The convention features tournaments, guest appearances, exhibit hall booths, games, workshops, seminars, art shows, auctions and costumes, of course!    IndyFringe Festival begins Aug. 15 and continues for 10 days at various Downtown theatres, especially throughout Mass Ave.  Kick off the busy weekend with the summertime favorite, Friday Block Party on Georgia Street presented by GenCon and Motorcycles on Meridian Aug. 16 and catch the Indians at Victory Field Aug. 13 – 16.

Experience great live music as Umphrey’s McGee with STS9 performs at The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park Aug. 16, or hear Jimmy Eat World at Old National Center Aug. 17. 

Get active!

August boasts many ways to get exercise, often while supporting important causes.

For the serious athletes, TRI INDY, sanctioned by USA Triathlon, will take place Aug. 4 along the canal in White River State Park. If biking is more your sport, take part in or watch the competitive Mass Ave Criterium Aug. 10.  Participate in the unique Double Road Race Aug. 11 starting at the NCAA Hall of Champions. Walk through White River State Park in the FARE Walk for Food Allergy Awareness Aug. 17. Take part in the 7th Annual Running for World Water 5K Aug. 24 to support sustainable drinking worldwide at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport.

Delicious Downtown

Get ready to loosen your belt as Downtown offers up plenty of its finest food and drink during Devour Downtown Aug. 19 – Sept. 1.  Visit an array of Downtown restaurants, each offering distinct three-course dinner (and some lunch) menus at special prices.  Don’t miss Dig IN – A Taste of Indiana Aug. 25 at White River State Park, where you will have the chance to try dozens of samples of locally-produced food and drink prepared by world-class chefs.  Visit our website for more information on Downtown restaurants.

Get in tune with summer music

Some of the biggest names in music will perform at Downtown’s premier venues:

The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park

  • Daughtry & 3 Doors Down Aug. 2
  • The Black Crowes & Tedeschi Trucks Band Aug. 13
  • Umphrey’s McGee with STS9 Aug. 16
  • Carly Rae Jepsen & Hot Chelle Rae Aug. 30

Old National Centre

  •             Steely Dan Aug. 3
  •             House of Blues World Famous Gospel Brunch Aug. 4
  •             The National Aug. 4
  •             D-Pryde Aug. 5
  •             Halestorm Aug. 6
  •             Volto Aug. 9
  •             Three Days Grace Aug. 10
  •             An Evening with YES Aug. 12
  •             Ones to Watch Presents: Redlight King & Icon For Hire Aug. 13
  •             American Rag on Tour Presents Megan and Liz Aug. 15
  •             Jimmy Eat World Aug. 17
  •             Thao with the Get Down Stay Down Aug. 20
  •             Turquoise Jeep Aug. 22
  •             Serena Ryder Aug. 26
  •             Rival Sons Aug. 27
  •             Bat for Lashes Aug. 28
  •             Adam Ant Aug. 30

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

  • New Kids on the Block with 98º and Boyz II Men Aug. 4
  • Bruno Mars “The Moonshine Jungle World Tour” Aug. 19

Celebrate art in August!

See some of Downtown’s most impressive local artwork during IDADA First Friday at various locations Downtown Aug. 2. Art galleries will be open throughout Mass Ave, Fountain Square and other districts. IndyFringe Festival runs Aug. 15 – 25, hosts more than 300 shows in 10 days at eight venues near Mass Ave, featuring dance, drama, comedy, music, magic and more.

Summer sports are heating up

Indy welcomes the Guinness International Champions Cup: Chelsea vs. Inter Milan. Lucas Oil Stadium is host Aug. 1 starting at 8 p.m. Prior to the soccer game, a tailgate party for ticket holders only will take place on Georgia Street beginning at 3 p.m. The Indianapolis Indians will host 15 home games at Victory Field throughout August: 1 – 5, 8 & 9, 13 – 16, 26 & 27 plus the beginning of their final home series Aug. 30 & 31.  Don’t miss special promotion days at Victory Field including Friday Night Fireworks, Monday Dollar Menu, Wednesday Business Day Games and more!  The Indiana Fever will play four home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in August: Chicago Sky Aug. 3, Los Angeles Sparks Aug. 8, Atlanta Dream Aug. 10 & San Antonio Silver Stars Aug. 21. The Indianapolis Colts return to pre-season action against the Buffalo Bills Aug. 11!

Festivals and conventions continue

There is a unique array of festivals and conventions heading to Downtown Indianapolis.

Friday Block Parties on Georgia Street

                        Aug. 2, 8, 15, 23 and 30; Georgia Street

IMPD Community Day

            Aug. 8; Georgia Street

Indiana State Fair

            Aug. 2 – 18; Indiana State Fairgrounds

Drum Corps International World Championships

            Aug. 8 – 10; Indiana Convention Center

Gen Con

            Aug. 15 – 18; Indiana Convention Center

Women of Faith “Celebrate Conference”

            Aug. 23 – 24; Bankers Life Fieldhouse

August also means the return to classes for the fall semester in Downtown Indy at IUPUI and at other area colleges and universities such as Butler University, Marian University, and the University of Indianapolis.  Welcome back students!

Downtown has more than 73,000 convenient, affordable parking spaces, making it easy to get where you need to be.  To help plan your visit Downtown, click http://www.indydt.com; download the Indy Downtown app in the iPhone App Store or Google Play; follow us on Twitter @IndyDT. For more information about any of these events or IDI programs, please contact Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., at 317-237-2222.