With so many unique events in store for September and October, we thought we’d give you festival fiends the rundown. Check out these Downtown fests!
Indy Jazz Fest
The annual Indy Jazz Fest runs through Sept. 21 at various Downtown Indianapolis venues. Enjoy Caribbean sounds, acts from the Dominican Republic and more as the event provides a 10-day lineup celebrating the legacy of jazz. Find Downtown shows at The Cabaret, Athenaeum, Central Library, Chatterbox and IUPUI Campus Center. Ticket prices vary depending on the event.
Monument Circle Oktoberfest
Sept. 13, 5 – 11 p.m.: Monument Circle Oktoberfest boasts an authentic German Biergarten, traditional German foods and live music by the band Polkaboy. Admission is FREE.
Indy Irish Fest
Be Irish for a weekend! The annual Indy Irish Fest takes place in Military Park Sept. 13 – 15. Attendees can enjoy live Irish music, indulge in plenty ‘o Irish food, participate in a kilted mile run/walk, shop the Irish market or attend a Sunday Celtic Mass. Tickets are $12 in advance; $17 at gate; $7 for kids 5 – 14.
Join the party at Fiesta Indianapolis! Enjoy a full day of music, dancing, food, children’s activities, a health and wellness fair and community service booths at this FREE event Saturday, Sept. 14, noon-6 p.m. on Georgia Street. Head to the Indy Eleven game following the festival at 7 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Indy Festival of Faiths
The Center for Interfaith Cooperation presents the seventh annual Indy Festival of Faiths at Veterans Memorial Plaza and the Indiana War Memorial in Downtown Indy Sunday, Sept. 22, from 1 – 5 p.m. Enjoy this free event filled with multicultural food and opportunities to talk with mayors and community leaders from around the world.
Circle City Classic Game & Parade
Take in the Circle City Classic Celebration Sept. 28, complete with a spectacular parade, pep rally and cabaret. Kentucky State University takes on Jackson State University in this annual tradition at Lucas Oil Stadium that Saturday. The parade is free and tickets to the game start at $10.
Indianapolis Chinese Festival
The annual Indianapolis Chinese Festival celebrates the Chinese Moon Festival. Guests can sample authentic Chinese and Asian food, watch tai chi and martial arts demonstrations and try your hand at Chinese games Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at IUPUI’s Wood Plaza. Admission is FREE.
Lucha Libro Festival
Join the La Sardina Gallery for a family-friendly day of Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) at the Lucha Libro Festival at Central Library. The community is invited to the exciting Lucha Libre performances, a Lucha Libre-themed art exhibition, games, film screening, a community market with local artists and vendors and art activities for all Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is FREE.
Fiesta Familia: A Celebration of Latino Cultures
Enjoy a free day with Fiesta Familia at The Children’s Museum with special music, art and culture Sunday, Sept. 29. Take a journey across Latin America with the Latin band Grupo Bembe and be serenaded by the Zekaya Mariachi Band. Create your own worry doll or design a piece of colorful textile folk art. Don’t forget to check out the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience, all from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Heartland International Film Festival
Rejoice in this 11-day Heartland Film Festival celebration Oct. 10 – 20 featuring more than 100 independent films, 200 visiting filmmakers and 300 film screenings. Be sure to catch a film at Newfields. Prices vary.
Original and Fabulous GermanFest at the Athenaeum
Discover your inner German and head to the Original and Fabulous German Fest at the Athenaeum Saturday, Oct. 12 from noon – 7 p.m. Celebrate with dancing, German bier and food, music, Wiener dog races, vendors, children’s activities, crafts and more. Tickets are $12 for adults and $3 for kids 10 and younger, in advance. All proceeds from this event benefit the maintenance and care of the historic Athenaeum.
Spirit & Place Festival Opening Night
The Spirit & Place Festival will celebrate, explore, challenge and reflect on the meaning behind revolution and evolution, creating the unique theme of R/Evolution Nov. 1 – 10. The FREE opening night festivities are Nov. 1 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Harrison Center.
Don’t miss all the festival fun!
Communications & Marketing Intern, Downtown Indy, Inc.