Aug 12, 6 p.m. Guys, this isn't a drill, REAL LIFE MARIO KART! Teams of four will ride trikes around a Mario Kart-inspired track in Fountain Square. Spectators will have the opportunity to purchase water balloons (red and green shells) to throw at participant, with all proceeds going to local charities! Show up dressed as your favorite MarioKart character for a chance to win a spot in the race or a spot in Koopa Island, where you can blast rivals with SuperSoakers! This is your childhood coming to life.
The Murphy Arts Center, 1043 Virginia Ave, FREE with RSVP on Do317 21+
Aug 12-14, times vary. Did you know Broad Ripple Park used to be an amusement park in the 1900's? Neither did I. To celebrate the history of Broad Ripple and the Indiana Bicentennial Broad Ripple Park will take a trip back in time. Carnival rides, games, food and drink, a craft beer garden, live entertainment and much more!
Broad Ripple Park, 1550 Broad Ripple Ave, FREE, all-ages
Aug. 13, noon. A festival to celebrate the love of hops - and what better way to celebrate than with a full day of art, music, and of course, delicious craft beer. Music by Shrub, Cornmeal, EGi., Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, The Dead End and Branch Gordon!
Fountain Square Brewing Co., 1301 Barth Ave., $10 doors, 21+
Aug. 13, noon. Miss the Virginia Avenue Folk Fest? This is another great folk festival that features Bigfoot Yancey, Punkin Holler Boys, Hyryder and many more acts.
Indy Hostel, 4903 Winthrop Ave, $10, all-ages
Aug. 12-14, times vary. The show, Cirque’s 37th production, follows the back story of Avatar taking place on Pandora 3,000 years before the movie storyline picks up. This will also be the first time that Cirque has had any form of narration on stage.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., prices vary, all-ages.
Aug 13, 7 p.m. This package tour features Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, Coolio, Rob Base, All-4-One, Young MC and Kool Moe Dee. You know, basically all the acts you’ve been jamming to on The Beat.
Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn, 801 W. Washington St., prices vary, all-ages.
Aug. 13, 6 p.m. Brothers Michael and Kevin Bacon (Yes, THAT Kevin Bacon) play gritty rock that is unapologetically unique and authentic.
Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., free with fair admission, all-ages
Aug. 12-14, times vary. Fresh off a successful Mass Ave Crit, many of the nation's best cyclists converge on Indy again this weekend for a premier cycling event. Enjoy Sun King beer and food from Indy’s food trucks while watching more than 300 cyclists compete in individual and team events.
Major Taylor Velodrome, 3649 Cold Spring Road, FREE, all-ages
9. Green Velvet
Aug. 13, 9 p.m. Curtis Jones (a.k.a. Green Velvet) toured the US last year with Claude Von Stroke under the name Get Real. Thanks to the geniuses at Keepin’ It Deep, Indy’s had a chance to see both Green Velvet and Claude Von Stroke in solo sets this year. John Larner and Taylor Norris will support.
Blu Lounge, 240 S. Meridian St., prices vary, 21+
Aug. 14, 2:15 p.m. This one-day festival consists of "first-run films your'll never see at the multi-plex." It kicks off with the animated adventure, Aprile and The Extraordinary World, which follows a family of scientists on the brink of discovering a "longevity serum." The second film, Marguerite, revolves around an opera singer who strives to sing at at the Paris Opera House despite her terribly out of tune voice. The documentary Connected by Coffee follows two North American coffer roasters on a 1,000 mile journey across Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua where they meet and bond with the people who grow their coffee. The festival concludes with Tickled, which explores a stranger-than-fiction fringe sport - competitive endurance tickling.
Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, 114 East Kirkwood Ave, (Bloomington), prices vary, all-ages.