August Guide to Family Events in and around Indianapolis

August is here and we still have one more month of summer! Indianapolis Moms Blog has rounded up a list of family fun here in Indianapolis and surrounding areas to make sure you can make the best of what’s left of the season!

August 1 – September 15

Summer Concert Series – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park – 7 p.m.

The Summer Concert Series returns this spring through the summer, featuring acts such as ODESZA, Kidz Bop Live and Jason Mraz!


August 2 – 5

Gen Con: The Best Four Days in Gaming – Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium

Gen Con Indy is the original, longest-running, best-attended, gaming convention in the world. With thousands of events, a costume contest, film festival, anime, Authors’ Avenue, art show, and more, Gen Con is labeled by many as a can’t-miss event.


August 3 – 19

Indiana State Fair – Indiana State Fairground

You are hereby invited to be spectacularly amazed and delightfully entertained at the GREATEST showcase of agriculture and entertainment. The Indiana State Fair is held for 17 days each summer, yet it lives for generations in the memories of families who experience it together. Over 750,000 people visit the Indiana State Fair each year for family fun, rides and games, barnyard animals, fabulous fair food and the Indiana Beer Wine & Spirits expo.

Tickets: $8 and up, general admission; $30, family 4-pack (includes 4 tickets and 1 parking pass; $5, parking pass.


August 3 – 4

Kroger Symphony on the Prairie: The Greatest Love of All, the Whitney Houston Show – Conner Prairie – 8 p.m.

A 37-year tradition continues this summer with Kroger Symphony on the Prairie. Experience the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and many other musical guests each weekend at the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre. It’s the perfect place to meet friends, family, and even large groups for a fun night out. Bring your own food and drinks or purchase concessions on site. Buy a table by the stage or bring your blanket for the lawn. Whitney’s musical legacy is brought to life in this critically acclaimed stage show described as “mind-blowingly spot on.”


August 3

Hello From The Magic Tavern – Butler University – 8 p.m.

Some time ago, Arnie Niekamp fell through a dimensional portal behind a Burger King into the fantastical land of Foon. He’s still getting a slight Wi-Fi signal, so he uploads a weekly podcast from the tavern, the Vermilion Minotaur, sending information of this amazing discovery back to Earth. Along with his co-hosts, Chunt the Shapeshifter (usually a badger) and Usidore the Wizard, they interview adventurers and creatures passing through the tavern. Arnie is content to do his podcast while his guests soon leave on great adventures.

Tickets: $25 and up           


August 3

Summer Nights Film Series: Hitch – Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields – 7 p.m.

The National Bank of Indianapolis presents the Summer Nights Film Series, where you can watch movies under the stars every weekend at Newfields. All you need is a picnic (with non-alcoholic beverages only), chairs (for the back row of each tier), and blankets (in case the chair row is full). Oh, and sunscreen and bug spray. No alcohol, pets, candles taller than 12 inches, or knives permitted. And if you want to travel light with just a chair and blanket, King David Dogs and Sun King Brewing Company will be there with franks and craft beers, respectively, to purchase. Professional “date doctor” Hitch (Will Smith) helps his clients find the women of their dreams while he struggles with his own social life. Gates open at 7 pm for preshow programming, and films start at dusk.

Tickets: $8, members; $12, public. Children 5 and under are free.


August 4

Oberon 5K – Military Park – 4 p.m.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate summer than a Saturday night 5K run/walk to a Bell’s Brewery beer garden serving up cold Oberon in historic Military Park! Pair this summer favorite with a bottle opener finisher’s medal, finisher’s pint glass, sweet shirt, food trucks and lawn games. Flat, fast and scenic 3.1 mile course starts and finishes at Military Park. Expect paved trails with skyline views, live music and BEER for participants 21+ at the finish party.

Cost: $34 and up.                                http://runoberun5k.com/

August 4

Slammer Jazz – Carmel Arts and Design District – 6 p.m.

Slammer Jazz! is Carmel’s premier jazz combo, playing the full spectrum of your favorite music including bebop, swing, latin jazz, and pop/rock classics. The Slammer Jazz Trio consists of veteran professional performers.


August 4

From Garden to Pantry to Stove Workshop – Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections – 9 a.m.

Christine Benham teaches how to turn clay into delicious-looking food. You will leave with veggies “fresh” from the garden, a filled canning jar, a filled baking pan, and a filled cooking pot, plus a set of cooking pans. Students musts bring their own X-Acto knife.

Cost: $30 (museum members); $35 (non-members). Aged 12+. For all skill levels.


August 6

Topgolf Tour – Fishers Topgolf

Topgolf® players across America and the United Kingdom will soon compete for the glory in the 22-city Topgolf Tour. The winning two-person team from each regional tournament will be outfitted head-to-toe in Under Armour and will earn a trip to Las Vegas for the Topgolf Tour Championship, plus a chance at returning home with the $50,000 cash prize. Established in 2016, the Topgolf Tour is the first golf tournament series where men and women compete for the same prize and play the same format. Eligibility rules can be found online.


August 9 – 12

Broad Ripple Carnival – Broad Ripple Park

Celebrate Broad Ripple Village and Broad Ripple Park with a four-day festival featuring carnival rides and games, food and drink, a craft beer garden, live entertainment and community booths. A history exhibit provided by Broad Ripple Gazette will be on display and Saturday will feature an artisan and vintage market. Admission to the festival is free! The event is rain or shine.


August 10 – 11

Kroger Symphony on the Prairie: Classical Mystery Tour, Music of the Beatles – Conner Prairie – 8 p.m.

Classical Mystery Tour returns with their annual Kroger Symphony on the Prairie tribute to the Beatles. The night includes more than two dozen Beatles tunes performed exactly as they were originally recorded, from the early Beatles on through “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Let It Be.” The second half of the concert features a tribute to The White Album, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. This is a premium-priced concert.


August 10

Movie And Concert – Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens – 7 p.m.

Showing Black Panther, with a preshow concert by Clint Breeze & the Groove.


August 15

Sudsy Pups Dog Wash – Indianapolis City Market – 10 a.m.

Join City Market and Indianapolis Animal Care Services for a very special fundraiser! We’ll be washing dogs on City Market’s Whistler (West) Plaza in the grassy area to help raise money to support the work of Indy Animal Care Services, so bring your fluffy friends out to get clean for a cause! Indy Animal Care Services will also provide microchipping services so you can keep track of your dog if they get lost! Join us at noon for a special “turf” carpet event featuring local pups and their well-known humans! Both dog washes and micro-chips will cost $10 each, with all the proceeds going to Indy Animal Care Services.


August 17 – 18

St. Thomas Aquinas SausageFest – 4615 N. Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis

The 14th annual St. Thomas Aquinas SausageFest features ice cold beer from Sun King brewery and delicious sausage from L.E. Kincaid and Sons meat market, plus various local vendors providing delicious food and dessert choices. Wine garden and Sun King brews for the over-21 crowd. Activities for young guests include inflatables, games, cake walk, and face painting; plus a Teen Zone with music by our local Sam Ash music store. The music lineup includes returning favorites as well as emerging local talent.


August 18

World Plate Food Festival – Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center – 11 a.m.

Featuring the best food from everywhere! American, barbeque, pizza, Asian, African, soul food, Caribbean, French, German, Greek, Italian, and Latino. Listen to celebrity speakers, network with culinary experts and others in the food industry, and join in our quest for the next great chef!


August 18

Bike Carmel: Ride, Dine and Dance – Carmel Arts and Design District – 5 p.m.

Includes a slow roll social ride (8-10 miles with multiple stops; on paths & trails). Ride rolls out at 6:30 p.m.

Registration: $15-$20.        https://www.facebook.com/events/149590345758973/

August 18

Cumberland Arts Festival – Cumberland Town Hall – 9 a.m.

More than 90 art and craft vendors, unique hand-crafted items, music, local and fresh food products from Cumberland Farmers Market, festival food and food trucks, amazing silent auction, Silly Safaris live animal show. Family friendly event. Plein Air Art Competition. Free admission/parking. Handicapped accessible. Stroll Saturn Street to shop and enjoy the festivities. A celebration of art and community!


August 22 – 26

Cirque du Soleil: Corteo – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – 7:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.

This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, first premiered in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005. Since then, the show has been a great success and has amazed 8 million people in 64 cities in 19 countries on four continents. The cast of Corteo includes 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from all around the world.

Tickets: $39 and up.           http://www.bankerslifefieldhouse.com/

August 26

Indianapolis Monthly Bridal Show – Ritz Charles – 11 a.m.

The Circle City’s premier bridal show featuring the latest wedding trends. Sip champagne and enjoy light appetizers as you stroll through the ballroom of bridal vendors.


August 29 – September 3

64th Annual Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals – Lucas Oil Raceway

NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series speeds back in to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Watch the newly crowned World Champions, Top Fuel driver Brittany Force, Funny Car driver Robert Hight and more of NHRA’s biggest stars as they return to the World’s Biggest Drag Race.

Tickets: $12 and up.           http://www.lucasoilraceway.com/chevrolet-performance-us-nationals/


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