10 things to do this weekend 

click to enlarge She Does Is Magic will perform at the Tonic Ball XIV Preview Party Friday. - KRISTEN PUGH
  • She Does Is Magic will perform at the Tonic Ball XIV Preview Party Friday.
  • Kristen Pugh

1. Tonic Ball XIV Preview Party

Oct. 2, 8 p.m. Tonic Ball always brings out the warm fuzzies in us. So we're gonna take all of that excitement and release it in the form of dancing at the Tonic Ball XIV Preview Party at the Hi-Fi, where She Does Is Magic, G.R.I.T.S., Joe Welch and The Last IV kick off The Season of Tonic (I guess technically known as “fall”).

RELATED: The glorious Tonic Ball lineup

2. Fishers Renaissance Faire

Oct. 3-4, 10 a.m. Fall has officially arrived and I am OHHH SOO excited about. Seriously though, pumpkins, orchards, ciders, scarfs, Halloween, Renaissance Faire's — life is good. Moving to Klipsch due to the overwhelming success past years, the Fishers Renaissance Faire will feature over 250 costumed characters, jousting by the Knights of Valour, period music, pirate music, roving comedy, juggling, acrobats, swordplay, knighting ceremonies, and over 70 artisans and merchants, many food vendors, and free kid’s games.

3. Cabaret Poe

Oct. 3-31, times vary. This year Cabaret Poe leaves its ominous Irvington home for Theatre on the Square. This show has been marked as an annual favorite for theater loves and will be showing off local visual artists.

RELATED: The scoop on Cabaret Poe's move downtown

(From left) Renae Stone, Ben Asaykwee and Julie Lyn Barber.
  • (From left) Renae Stone, Ben Asaykwee and Julie Lyn Barber.

4. Punk Rock Night 15-Year Celebration

Oct. 2-3, 9 p.m. DOUBLE THE NIGHTS. DOUBLE THE FUN. Part one of this two-part weekend-long party celebrates the birthday of one Mr. Greg Brenner, a.k.a. one half of Punk Rock Night. Organizers are bringing in Two Man Advantage (hardcore hockey punk); The Turbo A.C.’s (surf punk), The Luxury Pushers (punk’n’roll); and The Lickers (punk rock).

Part two is swanky – with a side of PBR. Pull on your shiniest leather boots, because they’re handing out 15 statuettes in categories like Best Local Punk Act, Best Performance, Best Local Release, and a very exciting and brand new People’s Choice Award. Plus, there’s tons of performances, including sets by The Last IV, Kill Matilda, The Prowl and Golden Torso.

5. Festiv-ALE

Oct. 3, 4 p.m. Calling all wine enthusiasts, beer lovers, or fans of good food. This exciting festival features over 100 micro-beers and wines, tons of gourmet food from Indy's best restaurants, and MUCHO live music. And it benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, boom.

RELATED: Wayne's Last IV Barfly

click to enlarge Lynyrd Skynyrd performing at Klipsch. - TJ FOREMAN
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd performing at Klipsch.
  • TJ Foreman

6. An Evening with Mark Knopfler and Band Oct. 3, 8 p.m. We have a deep, deep love of Mark Knopfler. And how could we not? The man wrote The Greatest Song Of All Time. (Yes, that would be “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits.) His latest set lists have included plenty of Dire Straits songs, thank god, plus lots of appearances of new solo record Tracker, which he released this March.

7. Lynyrd Skynyrd

Oct. 3, 8 p.m. It's Homecoming Weekend at Ball State and legendary rock n' roll icon Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at Emens Auditorium. "Sweet home Muncie Indiana," or something like that.

8. Evening With the Stars

Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Featuring stars of ballet from companies around the world this event promises groundbreaking contemporary works, timeless classical pieces, and a chance to fall in love with ballet.

RELATED: Local ballet company to showcase Balanchine Masterworks

click to enlarge Jonathan Tyler will perform at The Hideaway - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • Jonathan Tyler will perform at The Hideaway
  • Submitted Photo

9. The Hideaway: A Hullabaloo of Music and Art

Oct. 2, noon. More than 100 artists will be on site at this daylong festival, which also features 13 musical acts (Jonathan Tyler, Buffalo Rodeo, BIgfoot Yancey, Brave Baby, Chicago Farmer, Nick D and The Believers, The Bonesetters, Saint Aubin, Shelby County Sinners, Dietrich Jon, The Elixirs Cyrus Youngman and The Kingfishers and Ampersand Blues Band).

10. Pumpkin Beer Fest

Oct. 3. 2 p.m. Pumpkin. Beer. Fest.

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