10 things to do this weekend

The weekend forecast looks a little soggy, so I’ve tried to mix it up and keep you covered rain or shine. I’ve got my fingers crossed for the Penrod Arts Fair—Indiana’s nicest day isn’t quite as nice in a downpour (especially for the art and artists)

Otherwise, take a risk, pack an umbrella and wear sensible shoes

The weekend starts with First Friday, so that means ample opportunities to to visit some of Indy’s best visual art spaces. Check Dan’s First Friday preview for a his 13 recommendations + a handy map to plan your route

And speaking of First Friday, don’t miss the Ash Rock showcase at Radio Radio tonight. Wayne Bertsch did a terrific cover story on the school of rock this week in an expanded Barfly comic. Lots of great local talent in one of our favorite clubs

If you’re looking for more live music options, peep Ian’s weekly Soundcheck listings. He’s recommending everything from country and western to Japanese pop punk in this edition

Friday, Sept. 7

Sarah Layden’s Book Launch

  • Indy Reads Book
  • We featured Sarah and her new book in a recent article ahead of her book launch this Friday; and in it we rave about her new collection of flash fiction, The Story I Tell Myself About Myself (Sonder Press). Stop by IndyReads tonight at 7 p.m. to meet the author, hear her read from her new book, and buy a copy for yourself and another for a friend. Kate Gehan is also debuting her latest, The Girl and the Fox Pirate (Mojave River Press). And while we haven’t read her book, if she’s sharing the stage with Sarah, she’s going to be good as well.


  • German Park
  • It’s time for the annual German-American Klub of Indianapolis’ Oktoberfest in German Park, and that means all the traditional food, music, dancing, and beer you could hope for. There is a great lineup of local musical talent including Henry Lee Summer and the Pushing Daisy’s Band. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, admission is $5 with kids under 12 getting in for free. Bring extra money for carnival rides, if you you bring the kids

Swing Dance at the Fort featuring Indy Jazz Orchestra

  • Theatre at the Fort
  • The founder and musical director of the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Anderson, has partnered with the Theater at the Fort, in hopes of giving swing dance lovers another day and place to swing in Indy. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the form, because you can take lessons before the dancing starts. And even if you fail disastrously, you can still listen to the great live music.

Saturday, Sept. 8

People’s Climate March

  • Indiana Statehouse
  • In tandem with communities across the world, local organizers are planning a People's Climate March on Sept. 8 to demand our elected officials take urgent action on human-driven climate change. The march is being planned in advance and in support of the Global Climate Summit, which will take place Sept. 12 to 14 in San Francisco. Given the proposed cuts the the federal EPA budget, Indiana’s environment and economy are more jeopardy than ever due to politics. Join those who want government to take a more responsible approach.

Skirt Ride

  • City Market
  • For the fifth year in a row, Indianapolis lady cyclists are taking to the streets in support of the Julian Center. The annual bike ride is for all level of riders and is in no way competitive. Ladies (and gentlemen) are encouraged to dress as girly as possible in dresses, skirts, tutus--whatever floats your boat (which you might actually need if the rain predictions are accurate). You might opt for a stylish slicker and some rubbers, but the ride will be fun even in the rain. Plus--it’s an event about empowering women for pete’s sake, so don’t be a weenie about getting wet.

Penrod Arts Fair

  • Newfields
  • I’m going to be optimistic and keep Penrod on the list, even though it looks like it might be a wash. If the clouds part and the artists stay, head to the grounds of the IMA for one of the best art fairs anywhere. Regularly billed as “Indiana’s Nicest Day,” the 2018 fest features more 300+ artists, six stages of entertainment, and 50+ arts-related organizations.

French Market

  • St. Joan of Arc
  • Ne vous inquiétez pas de la pluie. Le festival français est une tradition annuelle qui mérite d'être mouillée. Sirotez du vin, faites-vous plaisir et visitez les voisins. Il y a aussi une messe en français à 17h30.

Sun King CANvitational

  • Pan Am Plaza
  • Return of CANvitational at Pan Am Plaza in downtown Indianapolis, 1-5 p.m. 60 independent craft breweries from Indiana, the Midwest, the U.S. and worldwide, are bringing 250 beers, many being newly introduced here. Proceeds benefit a host of local non-profits. Includes live music, food trucks. $50 admission.
  • After party at Duke’s Indy

Walter Paisley Movie House

And speaking of movies... we've reviewed quite a few lately that are still in theaters. If the rainy weekend prompts a trip to the movies, you might check these first.