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8th Annual Indy Criterium @indycrit, July 8, 2017

July 6, 2017 1 comment

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By Jennifer Cvar
Indy Criterium, Inc.

The 8th annual IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival rolls into Monument Circle Saturday, July 8, 2017.

This family-friendly festival is a fun way to enjoy bicycling in the heart of the city while watching world-class amateur and professional bicycle racing. Families and bicyclists will also enjoy many of the activities taking place throughout the day including food and beer vendors, music, vendor village, community rides, PNC Kids Zone activities, BMX stunt shows, kids and juniors bicycle races and much more.

The IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival is the largest criterium bicycle race in the state of Indiana and one of the largest in the Midwest. More than 600 professional and amateur cyclists are expected to compete, drawing in crowds of nearly 20,000 to spectate throughout the day. The IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival is one of the most hotly contested bicycle races in the Midwest, with hundreds of pro and amateur participants competing. The race will wind through an exciting 1-mile figure-8 course looping through the heart of downtown Indianapolis over the famous Monument Circle bricks.

All proceeds from the IU Health Indy Criterium benefit Freewheelin’ Community Bikes, a local non-profit committed to enhancing life skills for community youth through bicycles. In total, the IU Health Indy Criterium has contributed over $105,000 to Freewheelin’s Earn-A-Bike program that helps inner city youth earn bicycles of their own.

What to watch for:
Indy Crit Kick-Off Ride of over 500 bicyclists starting at 9 a.m. with a parade lap around the race course on closed city streets.

Bicycle-related activities throughout the day for spectators to enjoy or take part in including BMX stunt shows with X-Games athletes, PNC Kids Zone activities, bicycle safety course for kids, face painting, rock wall, bounce house, Silly Safaris animal show and more!

The National Bank of Indianapolis and Faegre Baker Daniels VIP/Celebrity Relay Race on Pacers Bikeshare bicycles at 12:15pm, featuring Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Indiana Pacers mascot Boomer, Indiana Fever mascot Freddy Fever, Colts cheerleaders, IU Health physicians and local business leaders.

Bicycle helmet giveaway of 200 helmets for kids at the CIBA tent from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PNC Kids Bicycle Races on Meridian Street at 2 p.m.

Inaugural Indy Bike Parade at 6 p.m. featuring musicians on bicycles, micro-floats pulled by bicycles and race team presentations.

Food and beverages from a variety of local food vendors.

Traffic Advisory:

The bike race will begin and end at Monument Circle. As a result of the race, the following streets will be closed or partially closed from 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.:

Northwest Quadrant of Monument Circle (total closure)
Market St. between Monument Circle and Illinois St. (total closure)
Illinois St. between Market and New York St. (partial closure)
New York St. between Capitol Avenue and Delaware St. (total closure)
Meridian St. between Monument Circle and Vermont St. (total closure)
Vermont St. between Pennsylvania and Meridian St. (total closure)
Pennsylvania St. between Vermont and Market St. (total/partial closure)
Ohio St. between Illinois Street and Pennsylvania St. (total closure)

Additional details, including an event map, can be found at www.indycrit.org. Attendance is free.

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Fall Fun in Downtown Indy, September 2016

August 28, 2016 Leave a comment
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Bike Riding in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

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.

Get fit!

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.

Indy United Peace Rally on Monument Circle, July 12

July 12, 2014 Leave a comment
Monument Circle at dusk

Monument Circle at dusk. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC
http://aroundindy.com/specialevents.php

The radio stations of Indianapolis have joined forces to create the free Indy United Peace Rally, scheduled for tonight, Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 9:00 pm on Monument Circle.

The rally is an effort to show support for public safety and law enforcement officials in Indianapolis, and to call for an end to violence in our city, in the wake of recent violence and murders in our city.

Mayor Greg Ballard, Congressman Andre Carson, public safety officials, community leaders, clergy, and Indy DJs from various radio stations will join together with the public to urge the violence to come to an end.

This is a free event. We hope that thousands of Indy residents and fellow Hoosiers will attend this event. Follow Twitter updates for this event using the hashtag #IndyUnited. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/indyunited.