The Weekend Top 5: Colts Kickoff, Penrod Arts Fair and more

It’s no denying it: September has officially arrived. And now that festivals are beginning to dot every weekend in the greater Indianapolis area, we’ll have our eye on them for the Weekend Top 5. So what should your family get into this weekend?

Here’s a roundup of the top 5 family-friendly events to check out this weekend…



The Big Kickoff with the Indianapolis Colts and United Way

September 9

This free event will feature live musical entertainment, opportunities to find out about volunteering at United Way, limited edition Colts kickoff posters, autographs from Colts Alumni players, interactive inflatables, a visit from Colts Cheerleaders and Blue. Find the fun on Monument Circle from 11am-1pm.


Road trip alert to Indiana Balloon Fest!

September 9-11

We saw photos of the Yoda and Darth Vadar hot air balloons and immediately wanted to know more: The Indiana Balloon Fest returns this weekend to the Monroe County Fairgrounds in Bloomington, with balloon launches during Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as early evenings inflations on Sept. 9, 10 and 11 {weather permitting}. A car show, live music, cornhole tourney and more round out the fun.


Penrod Arts Fair

Weekend Top 5 _ Indy's Child

September 10

Get ready for the “nicest day of the year” – the Penrod Arts Fair returns to the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art this Saturday. In addition to food and music, the Arts Fair hosts oodles of artist booths available to peruse and purchase from: Woodworking, photography, ceramics and more. Perfectly family-friendly!


Gigi’s Playhouse Annual 3.21 Dash for Down Syndrome

September 10

Dash away for a wonderful cause: Gigi’s Playhouse of Indianapolis hosts their annual Dash For Down Syndrome on Saturday, with all proceeds going to FREE therapeutic, educational, wellness and career programs at GiGi’s Playhouse Indianapolis, Down Syndrome Achievement Center. If you don’t have a team, that’s okay – individual signups are permitted.


Check a few things off your Fall Bucket List

Weekend Top 5 _ Indy's Child

From apple orchard visits to checking out the Children’s Museum ScienceWorks exhibit to 10 don’t-miss fall events to popping over to the Conner Prairie Treetop Outpost, we’ve got a roundup of 50 Fall Bucket List Ideas perfect for getting into with the family this weekend.

Of course, that’s not all that’s on tap for the weekend. Discover the rest at the Indy’s Child Calendar of Events!

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