10 things to do this weekend


1. Indiana State Fair

Through Aug. 23. 8 a.m. It's that time again. The Indiana State Fair brings everything you know and love about Indiana to The Fairgrounds for a two week extravaganza. It's the "Year of the Farmer," which means a different farmer will be featured each day. But there's much more to be excited about. Jousting, Hoosier shrimp farmers, giant LEGO farms, all the livestock, deep fried everything, modern-day tractor pulls, the Free Stage, the Midway, Gabriel Iglesias, and so much more.

Yes, there's Jousting at the Fair

2. Circle City 360° Opening Reception

Aug. 7, 6 p.m. At age 74, Jerome Neal is having his first large scale solo show. It will focus on a subject close to home; the life of downtown Indianapolis. It's urban living viewed from the kaleidoscope of Neal's vivid imagination.

"He takes Downtown Indianapolis, chops it up, and puts it back together in a new and exciting way," says Shannon Linker, vice president of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, which runs Gallery 924.

Neal's painting the town in a whole new way

3. Red Bull Indianapolis GP

Aug. 9, 2 p.m. NOTHING is cooler than watching the MotoGp racers lean into a turn so deeply their well-padded knees are skimming the asphalt. Ok, watching them pop up uninjured from a spill at 200+ mph is pretty damn impressive, too. There are LOTS more races than the main event, so trust us, you'll never be bored. Additionally, between the drivers and the umbrella girls, there's lots of — ahem — lovely visuals no matter whom you're attracted to.

4. Indy Folk Fest

Aug, 8, 1 p.m. This all-day fest sold out last year, so interested parties should procure their tickets with some expediency. This year’s show benefits KidsPeace and features Bigfoot Yancey, The Midwest Rhythm Exchange, Sphie, Knollwood Boys, Noble Roots Music, Prowlers & The Prey, Kevin Krauter and Lisa Walks, plus noms from Karma Kitchen Food Truck and brews from Upland.

5. Umphrey's McGee

Aug 8. 8 p.m. Homegrown noodlers Umphrey’s McGee grace The Lawn with their presence. The London Session, their latest project, was recorded in one day at the famous Abbey Road Studios. Cross your fingers for good weather and bring on the light show.

6. 5×5 Look Indy: The City is Your Classroom

Aug. 7, 6 p.m. The 2015 5×5 series is a way to inspire, ignite and financially support creative and innovative ideas related to the arts. Five local artists have the chance to win $10,000. So who will it be? Attend to find out!

Bright Innovators compete in 5x5

7. Tim McGraw

Aug. 7, 7 p.m. McGraw returns to Klipsch after the release of his eighth greatest hits album, that’s ALL LOVE SONGS. And who can blame him? The man is married to Real Life Goddess Faith Hill. Internet fist-bump.

8. The Space Between

Aug, 7, 6 p.m. Tim Compton has his work cut out for him. Just after being promoted — he is now in charge of the ceramic, wood and metal studios at the Indianapolis Art Center — he was given a fellowship that is changing his work and perspective. And this show is one of the perks that he's received for being awarded that fellowship.

More Arts: Hoosier Salon vs. iMOCA

9. 48 Hour Film Screening

Aug. 8, 8 p.m. What can you achieve in 48 hours? In the 48 Hour Film Project teams make an entire movie: write, shoot, edit and score it. The crazy and sleepless event took place last weekend and here's where you can see the results.

10. American Idol Live!

Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. Yes, this show is still on the air. Haven't thought of American Idol since the days of Kelly and Justin? Right now might not be a bad time to check in with these young singers. The top five from this season will stop at the Murat, and with Idol poised to end after next season, it may be your last chance to witness the results of Fox's Star Making Machine in person.

Joplin-esque finalist Jax is amped up


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Former NUVO Engagement Editor. Proud cat dad. Fan of craft beer, parks and Indy's sports teams.

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