June 11, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Kicked off by a massively awesome parade, this is the biggest fundraiser for Indy Pride. This year's event is highlighted by a performance from En Vogue as well as many other exciting acts. They'll be plenty of vendors set up throughout the festival too so head to Penn and try not to sweat too much. (It's supposed to be 97 degrees).
American Legion Mall, 700 N. Pennsylvania St., FREE, all-ages
June 10-11, times vary. Who doesn't love the chance to be crowned a World Champion? Indy's squad walked away as champs in 2011 when the tournament was hosted here, and I think it's time to happen again.
The Athenaeum Theatre, 401 E. Michigan St., prices vary.
June 11, noon - 8 p.m. It’s the annual handicraft exchange! Alright this doesn’t totally fit in with books or poetry content, but we wanted to make sure you knew it was happening. This will be the 15th run of the Independent Music and Art Festival. Twelve bands will play on two stages and there are over 100 vendors. Food trucks. Sun King. You don’t need much more.
Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware St., FREE, all-ages
June 11, 10 p.m. J Brookinz changed formats this year to make his beat battle event a series of battles culminating in one huge throwdown – and that throwdown is this Saturday. Dylan Prevails, Joey French, Mandog, Makwolf Preach, Maja 7th, The Klinik, David Peck and Nevi Moon are the last producers standing in the league, and they’ll fight for the championship at Pioneer alongside host Jarrett Moore and house DJs KNags and Txtbook.
Pioneer, 1110 Shelby St., $8 advance, $10 door, 21+
June 10-11, midnight. Frequently cited as one of the most controversial movies ever mad, this ultra-violent thriller is a perfect film to watch at midnight with a cocktail in hand.
Keystone Arts Cinema, 8702 Keystone Crossing, $10
June 10, 7 p.m. MOKB Presents is coordinating a series of concerts in Garfield Park this summer, topped by mega-popular indie rocks Houndmouth, who, we will take every opportunity to remind you, are from Indiana. Their 2015 album Little Neon Limelight put them on a worldwide tour, bringing that sweet, sweet New Albany sound to the masses.
The Garfield Park MacAllister Amphitheater, 2524 Conservatory Dr., $20 advance, $25 doors, all-ages.
June 11 1-8 p.m.; June 12, 12-7 p.m. Eagle Creek is hands down one of the best places to spend the summer, and this is one of the park’s signature events. Snag some shade and listen to great music from Atwater-Donnelly, The New Augusta Bluegrass Band, Allie Burbrink and a host of acts on the acoustic open stage.
Eagle Creek Park, 7840 W. 56th St., Free with park admission ($5), all-ages
June 11, 1 p.m. Brewer vs. Brewer. Beer vs. Beer.
Indiana City Beer, 24 Shelby St, FREE, 21+
June 12, 9 p.m. Eric Golden wrote one of the most perfect songs in the whole wide world. A perfect song for walking down the aisle. A perfect song for opening or closing any party. A perfect song for a funeral? Yep, “Whole Wide World” would probably work for that too. (His new album amERICa is pretty great, too.)
State Street Pub, 243 N State Ave, prices vary, 21+
June 10, 7:30 p.m. This 13-hour campout includes food, games, tents and a bunch of spoooooky shit. Wear your diaper and be prepared to be scared.
Downtown Indy, 111 Monument Circle, Ste. 1900, $65-85