10 things to do in Indy this weekend 

  • Barry Wormser

1. Penrod Art Fair

Sept. 12, 9 a.m. This year’s fair features over three hundred artists, six stages of entertainment, more than 50 arts-related non-profit organizations, and an extensive children’s area. And of course,the Indiana Craft Beer Garden. Celebrate at what has been called "Indiana's Nicest Day."

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Lonnie Smith performs at the Jazz Kitchen on Friday Sept. 11 - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Lonnie Smith performs at the Jazz Kitchen on Friday Sept. 11
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2. Indy Jazz Fest

Through Sept 19, times vary. Ahoy there, Jazz Fest! Another year all around town features Dr. Lonnie Smith (a legend on the B3 organ), a salute to Frank Sinatra by the Indy Jazz, Four80East, Take6, Pavel and Direct Contact, Cathy Moris, Pharez Whitted, Paul Beaubrun, Dianne Reeves, Matt Pivec, Sullivan Fortner Quartet, plus a day-long block party to wrap it all up. It all kicks off with a 100th Birthday Tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at UIndy.

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3. Sun King CANvitational

Sept. 12, 1 p.m. If you’re a craft beer fan, you know that some truly excellent beers have been put in cans in the last couple of years. Starting with Dale’s Pale Ale at Oskar Blues, the craft beer market has exploded, with our local company Sun King Brewing acquiring the patent for one of the varieties of cans. You can see all of the canned offerings at this mid-month festival.

4. Oktoberfest

Sept. 11-13, 4 p.m. Drink all the German beer. Eat all the German food. Listen to all the German polka music. Genießen!

5. 25th Annual French Market

Sept. 12, noon. Are you one of those people that mourns the lack of a varied French food scene in Indianapolis? Well, once a year, our local Francophiles get their wish with this local festival. Sure, they have live music, lots of stuff for kiddos to do and tours of a really beautiful cathedral, but the point of this local event is to get way into the traditional French offerings like savory and sweet crepes, croque madames and escargot. If you’re a midtowner, you can easily walk or bike to this festival, and you’ll want the excuse to exercise when it’s all over.

6. Fauxchella

Sept 12, 1 p.m. Fauxchella features six tribute acts: The James Brown Experience (James Brown Tribute. 9 piece band with dancers), Royalty (Prince tribute: 9-piece band with dancers), Warsaw (a Joy Division tribute), The Handsome Devilz (a take on The Smiths), The Funky Monks (yup, that’s the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Guns and Ammunition (holla! The Clash). Expect: an inflatable water slide, cash bars, lots of BBQ’d noms and performance artists.

7. HorrorHound

Sept 11-13, times vary. Hordes of horror fans are celebrating the cathartic power of the genre this week at the HorrorHound Weekend convention.

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8. Dinner on the Circle

Sept. 13, 6 p.m. Our friends over at Yelp have brought back this fabulous little dining event on the circle in which everyone BYO’s their own dinner to their table, all of which are scattered along the circle. It’s an event that centers on community and placemaking, turning the circle into the grandest location for dining in the city. It’s the most fun to get a huge group together and take the opportunity to share food, regional cuisines, and make new friendships.

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  • Mary Ocher

9. Difficult Women

Sept. 13, 8 p.m. This recurring show at GPC showcases female identifying performance artists. Featured at this show is Mary Ocher (a European musician and videographer) who is big in queer artist spaces and active in underground music movements. Local artists Copy Culture and Her will be doing video work.

RELATED: How Difficult Women came to GPC

10. Indiana Fever vs. New York Liberty

Sept. 13, 5 p.m. The Fever welcome Eastern Conference leaders New York to Indy for their final game of the regular season. Head out to Bankers Life and catch the action before the Fever begin their playoff run.


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