Events Aug. 8 – 10 will keep Downtown bustling all weekend! 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. 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.
The Drum Corps International World Championships Aug. 7 – 9 will bring about 30,000 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. Don’t miss the DrumLine Battle on Georgia Street right before the Finals from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Drum lines will face off, each group putting together a 90 – 120 second performance.
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! This convention will bring 49,000 people to Downtown Indy.
IndyFringe Festival begins Aug. 14 and continues for 11 days at various Downtown theatres, especially throughout Mass Ave. With eight different venues, 64 performing groups and 384 performances, this festival is a cultural catalyst for the Indy arts community. Don’t miss Dig IN – A Taste of Indiana Aug. 17 at White River State Park, where you have the chance sample locally-produced food and drink prepared by world-class chefs. Celebrate India Day on Monument Circle Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The festival is FREE and includes cultural performances, Indian food, vendors and a parade starting at 11 a.m.
August boasts many ways to get some cardio. Sign up for the City Lights 5 Miler, starting and ending on Georgia Street Aug. 2, and enjoy the city’s night scape. For the serious athletes, Tri Indy, sanctioned by USA Triathlon, will take place Aug. 3 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. 2. Celebrate the return of football season with the Colts 5K on Aug. 23. The race kicks off from Lucas Oil Stadium and finishes at the 50-yard-line. Other races on Aug. 23: College Colors Day 5K at White River State Park, FARE Walk for Food Allergy at White River State Park and Running for World Water 5K at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport.
Get ready to loosen your belt as Downtown offers up plenty of its tastiest food and drink during Devour Downtown Aug. 18 – 31. Visit an array of Downtown restaurants, each offering distinct three-course dinner (and some lunch) menus at special prices. Don’t miss the 39th Annual Ice Cream Social at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site Aug. 23. Tickets include a walking tour of the home, kid’s activities and a dip of Blue Bell ice cream.
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.
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 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.
Other festivals: India Day on Monument Circle Aug. 17 and Indianapolis Labor Fest Aug. 30 on Georgia Street.
Some of the biggest names in music will perform at Downtown’s premier venues.
Old National Center
Aug. 6: Ingrid Michaelson with special guest Neulore
Aug. 9: Manchester Orchestra with special guests The Mowgli's and Brick + Mortar
Aug. 14: OK Go
Aug. 15: MKTO
Aug. 19: Alice in Chains
Aug. 20: Passenger
The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
Aug. 13: David Gray
The Cabaret at the Columbia Club
Aug. 23: Steve Kazee
Animals and All That Jazz at the Indianapolis Zoo
Aug. 7: Blair Clark
Aug. 14: Red Hot Whisky Sippers
For more summer concerts and performances, visit www.indydt.com/summerconcerts.cfm.
Indy Eleven play four home games at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium: Aug. 2, 6, 23 & 30. The Indianapolis Indians will host 19 home games at Victory Field and the Indiana Fever play four home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in August. The Indianapolis Colts return to pre-season action against the New York Giants Aug. 2 and the New Orleans Saints Aug. 3.
August also means the return to classes for the fall semester in Downtown Indy at IUPUI. Welcome back students!