Aug. 29, 2 p.m. I'll let festival founder Oreo Jones describe this monstrosity: "My intentions are to unify every emcee in the state and beyond to come together for a day of Cheers and Peace to Indiana hip-hop culture, everyone from the art rappers to the trappers, the experimental to the based, and the golden age. It is important that everyone knows how important and special hip-hop is in our state. From the afternoon to the evening there will be something for everyone to explore and enjoy, and Fountain Square is the perfect neighborhood because everything is within walking distance."
2. Dig In
Aug. 30, noon. This is the single best food festival in the state. You'll get full way before you fill up your passport, so pick and choose carefully Make sure you come ready to wait in line for the regular admission, and then make great haste to these tents when you get through the gate.
Aug. 29, 6 p.m. Big congrats to Indy Pride on the occasion of its 20th annivesary! They’re celebrating with a big ass show, featuring performances from Party Lines, The Clams, Haley Jonay, the Indy Pride bag ladies, IndyProv, plus DJs Action Jackson, Andy Austin, Gabby Love, Charbonneau, Chachi Guerrero and a drag show. This party is about to be off the hook.
Aug. 28-29, times vary. AH! It’s time for Kammy’s Kause once again, a.k.a. officially the most wonderful time of the year. This year – the 12th for the Cultural Vision Award nominee – features (deep breath, this is gonna be long): Chad Mills, Landon Keller, Party Lines, Breakdown Kings, The Twin Cats, Mike Boo, Matt Street, Henry French, Eli Chastain, IAMLION, Mikial Robertson, Blue Moon Revue, Tied To Tigers, Shadeland, Veseria, Shiny Penny, Nash Walker and The Doctors, Jenn Cristy, bleedingkeys, Audiodacity, Chemical Bomb Police, Rural Route III, Fan The Flame, Me and Mine and The Proforms. There’s also (another deep breath): a blood drive, a silent auction, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, ballon artists, bounce houses, live art, food trucks, a beer garden, and camping. And the best thing of all: all money goes to 4p- Support Group, which helps kids and families (like founder Jared Hiner’s daughter Kammy) living with 4p-. American Legion Park.
5. Hops and Flip Flops Festival
Aug. 29, times vary. We previewed this fest here and here. But to tell you a little bit more: there’s a beer fest from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (VIPs can enter at 1 p.m. for a special price) preceded by a 5k run and followed by a block party open to all-ages and featuring Hero Jr., Local H and Strand of Oaks. Tons of breweries will be showcased, plus plenty of food trucks and lots of great tunes. It’s a win-win-win!
Aug. 28-30, times vary. In years past this festival has charged an admission price, but it's totally free this year. And for that, we thank the organizers. There will plenty of authentic Greek food, pastries, craft beer, wine, live music, dancing and guided church tours. Check out their website for a complete entertainment schedule.
Aug. 29, 8 a.m. Ditch your cell phone, put on your hiking shoes and spend the day at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 152-acre campus communing with local artists, musicians, chefs and performers at the inaugural ARTx Grown Up Summer Camp. This day-long, immersive experience invites adults to step away from the demands of grown-up life and enjoy a last blast of summer. Camp is designed to be a digital detox experience, so participants will be encouraged to turn off their cell phones and live in the moment.
Aug. 30, 1 p.m. This festival celebrates the religious and cultural diversity that exists in Indy through experience and education. It will feature music, dance, food, displays, and activities from the numerous faith communities represented in the city.
Aug. 28, 8 p.m. Local rock quartet Moxxie hasn't even hit a stage in Indy yet, but the hype surrounding them is real. In a few short months since their first rehearsal in March, they've managed to put together a finished EP, Fake Summer, which they plan to give a “soft release” during this debut show at Radio Radio.
10. Norm Lewis
Aug. 28-29, times vary. Let's be real, you either love or hate Broadway shows. There is nothing in between. If you are in the former it's likely that you have heard of Norm Lewis. He has taken on roles in Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Chicago. Now he is touring as a cabaret singer and swinging by the Columbia Club this weekend.