Downtown Indy: Fall into fun this September

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s time to audition for Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented IBEW #481. This year, it’s even easier to audition – on your own time via video submission. Indiana entertainers, singers, musicians, dancers, choral groups and more are invited to submit video for a chance to perform at the 55th annual Circle of Lights® presented IBEW #481, which takes place on Monument Circle Friday, Nov. 24. Two-minute, holiday-themed video submissions will be accepted Sept. 1 – 18. It’s as easy as recording on your smart phone, filling out an online form and submitting online.


Georgia Street is action-packed

Workout Wednesdays presented by Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield are continuing through the end of September. This free cardio hip-hop class taught by the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis takes place on Georgia Street every Wednesday through Sept. 27 from 12 – 12:45 p.m.

Return to Georgia Street for Fall Food Truck Fridays presented by the Red Bull Air Race and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sept. 22 & 29, Oct. 5 & 13 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

On Sept. 2, Georgia Street will transform into Indy LaborFest, a free street festival featuring live music, food, beverages and a kids’ zone. The festival is a collaboration between the Central Indiana AFL-CIO and iHeart Media. From 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., enjoy the festival fun, visit with working men and women from around central Indiana and learn more about career opportunities.   

Sample craft beer from award-winning breweries at the 5th annual Sun King CANvitational Sept 9. Tickets are $50 online, $60 at the door, $75 for early entry and $10 for designated driver.

Celebrate the return of football on Georgia Street with the 5th annual Colts Kickoff Concert Sept. 9. The free show runs from 4:30 – 10 p.m., featuring headliner Frankie Ballard with special guests Clayton Anderson and Corey Cox. The concert is free and open to the public, but a free ticket is required for entry.


Get festive

The Penrod Arts Fair, located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, features more than 300 artists, six stages of entertainment, more than 75 arts-related non-profit organizations and an extensive children’s area. The fair takes place Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of.

The 22nd annual Indy Irish Fest takes place in Military Park Sept. 14 – 17. Attendees can enjoy live Irish music, indulge in plenty of Irish food, participate in a kilted mile run/walk, shop the Irish market or attend a Sunday Celtic Mass. Tickets are $12 in advance; $17 at gate; $12 for students; $7 or children 5 – 13.

Attend Monument Circle Oktoberfest Sept. 15 from 4 – 11 p.m. The event boasts an authentic German Biergarten, traditional German foods and live music by the band Polkaboy. Admission is free.

More than 15,000 Hoosiers will attend the free Fiesta Indianapolis Sept. 16 from noon – 10 p.m. at the American Legion Mall. Fiesta Indianapolis has become the largest Latino Festival in the state, celebrating Latino culture with music, dancing, food, children’s activities, a health and wellness fair, and community service booths.

Kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month with a trip to the Indianapolis Zoo for the annual Hispanic Heritage Fiesta presented by Indiana Donor Network Sept. 17from noon – 4 p.m. This festival highlights Latin culture and achievements and will feature activities and crafts for kids, an animal scavenger hunt, food and more. This event is free for Zoo members.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the West at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art’s WestFest, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pan for gold, try authentic chuck wagon grub and enjoy live music, Western performers, games and more. The festival is included with museum admission.

The annual Indianapolis Chinese Festival celebrates the Chinese Moon Festival. On Saturday, Sept. 23 from noon – 6 p.m. at IUPUI’s Wood Plaza, attendees can sample authentic food, watch tai chi and martial arts demonstrations, and enjoy other performances. Admission is free.


Sing and dance at Downtown’s premier venues

Some of the biggest names in music will be heading Downtown this September.
The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
Sept. 13: The Flaming Lips and Mac Demarc
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Sept. 8: Ed Sheeran: North American Tour
Sept. 20: The Weeknd- Starboy World Tour

Sept: 30: AiR1 Positive Hits Tour

Easley Winery’s Groovin’ in the Garden

Sept. 2: Island Breeze
Sept. 9: Baldwin 2 Baldwin
Sept 16: Tides Duo
Sept. 23: Brett Wiscons
Sept. 30: Indiana Island BanD

The Cabaret

Sept. 1: Mandy Gonzalez

Sept. 15: Will Swenson and Seth Rudetsky

Sept. 29: Santino Fontana

Cheer on the home teams

The Indianapolis Colts return to Lucas Oil Stadium for the start of the regular season Sept. 17 against the Arizona Cardinals and again Sept. 24 to take on the Cleveland Browns. Indy Eleven is home for three games at Michael A. Carroll Stadium this month: Sept. 2, 13 & 23. The Indiana Fever play the final regular season home game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Sept. 2.

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