Once in a while, you get the opportunity to have the perfect Indianapolis day. When out-of-towners ask me what they shouldn't miss when they visit, I always say food, beer and art. This Saturday, you'll have the opportunity to do it all, all in one day.
8 a.m.: Breakfast and shopping at the Broad Ripple Farmer's Market
Kill two birds with one stone first thing in the morning. Here you can grab all your veggies for the week, plus a cup of coffee and a slice of fresh-grilled breakfast pizza from Byrne's Pizza (do not skip this step). Make sure to grab a loaf of bread and some cheese to share Sunday at the Yelp! Dinner on the Circle, and kick your weekend off by supporting local farmers and food artisans.
Broad Ripple High School , 1115 Broad Ripple Ave., 8 a.m.-noon, FREE
9:30 a.m.: Take in or buy some art at Penrod Festival
Known as "Indy's most beautiful day," this arts fest has a little bit of everything. You can get artisan-made gifts, and there will be a huge play section for kids if you have rugrats. Now, this fest does require the purchase of tickets to get in, however, there will be a beer garden, so you can get your money's worth pretty efficiently. You can ride your bike in for free, and there will be a bunch of shuttle locations around Midtown.
IMA Grounds, 4000 Michigan Road, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $15, penrod.org
NOON: Lunch and music at French Market Fest
Get into this festival right when it opens and get your French food cravings satisfied. Here is the lineup they've promised: seafood crepes, escargot en croute, French onion soup, beignets, tarte flambé, quiche, French dip roast beef, and Provencal chicken are all available — even Marcel Proust's madeleines. They'll also have wine and entertainment, but let's get real: we all go for the food. Another easy and safe ride if you use the Monon and side streets to make your way over.
St. Joan of Arc, 4217 Central Ave., noon-10 p.m.
2 p.m.: Grab a craft beer or five at CANvitational
Doors open to this downtown festival at 1 p.m., so amble on down when you get your fill of amazing French food. The CANvitational is Sun King's way of celebrating the art of canned craft beer. What started with one Oskar Blues beer has now turned into the latest craft beer revolution, and this event brings in representative from all kinds of close and far-flung breweries putting their brews in cans. I talked to Clay Robinson about the fest, and the official word is that the festival is kept small for a reason, "so people don't feel like they're spending the whole festival waiting in lines," he said. Bless you, sir. Robinson also said that there will be brewery representatives from breweries around the nation at the festival, so feel free to chat people up if you have questions about their process or product.
Georgia St., 1-5 p.m., prices vary, canvitational.com
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5 p.m.: Perk up at Pearings
Get a coffee or a smoothie at Pearings near the circle then head west and walk your beer off along the canal. From inside the Wholesale district, you can easily walk or bike over to White River State Park and take in a little paddle boating or sit and watch the runners and dog-walkers pass. You'll need to get the light back in your eyes a bit before you go somewhere nice for dinner.
6 W. Washington St., 608-6456, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., pearingscafe.com
7 p.m.: Relaxed dinner at Tinker Street
End your perfect Saturday of drinking, biking and eating with a stop at Herron-Morton's badass new restaurant, Tinker Street. It's an easy bike ride to navigate up from anywhere downtown, and they have a gorgeous outdoor patio if you're feeling a little too sweaty to dine indoors. And should you need any more encouragement, both Charlie Kimball and Andrew Luck are known to be big fans of this place. It's been a huge boon to the neighborhood, and they have an outstanding menu for the meatlessly-inclined.
402 E. 16th St., tinkerstreetindy.com
Bonus — 9 p.m.: Drinks at the Thirsty Scholar
We love the look and feel of this bar on the corner of 16th and Penn. Whether you like craft beer on draft or a really smooth cup of espresso, they can hook you up. And since they've become a common hangout spot for students studying late into the night, it's the perfect place to relax and unwind before totally hanging up your party shoes.
111 E. 16th St., #101, thirstyscholar.net