September Guide to Family Fun in and around Indianapolis

September Events in and around Indy by Indianapolis Moms BlogSeptember is here, and it’s like you can almost smell the pumpkins around the corner, right? There’s still a lot of nice weather and even nicer events as summer ends and Fall approaches. Here is our September list of activities for family fun in and around Indianapolis!

September 1 – 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/

September 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!


September 1

Fishers Blues Fest – Nickel Plate District Ampitheater – 7 p.m.

End the summer with Fishers Blues Fest – the place to be on Labor Day weekend! The free event includes performances by renowned local and national blues artists, including 2018 honoree Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel and national recording artists Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and Robert Cray. No tickets are required, and outside food, drinks, coolers, lawn chairs, and blankets are welcome. Parking is available in The Depot and Flats at Switch parking garage located to the east and west of City Hall.


September 1

Indy LaborFest – 250 W. Georgia Street, Indianapolis

This free-admission street festival features live music (Down Stroke Band, Password Reset, Meek Sisters), food, beverages and a kid’s zone. Visit with working men and women from around central Indiana and learn more about career opportunities that may interest you. Enjoy the live music, take a turn on the big slide, blow some bubbles and maybe enjoy a beer. After all, it is your Labor Day Weekend! Blocks of family-friendly fun include bounce houses, a big slide, games, and a zip line.


September 3

Indy Pet Parade and Tappings Party – Metazoa Brewing Co., 140 S. College Avenue – 2 p.m.

Join Metazoa Brewing Co. for the first annual Indy Pet Parade & Tappings Party. Attendees are invited to walk in the pet parade through Fletcher Place neighborhood followed by a party at Metazoa Brewing Co. that will feature live music, food trucks, local vendors and more! Attendees must be 21+ to enter.

Tickets: $10 – $20                               http://www.metazoa.beer/

September 5 – 6

Driven2SaveLives BC39 – USAC Midget National Championship

Race week for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line will feature an even wider variety of thrilling action with the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship competing in this two-night spectacular event. The event honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increases awareness of Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

Tickets: $25 – $50


September 7

Breakfast After Dark by Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation – 6:30 p.m.

Brunch Foodies unite! Join us for Breakfast After Dark, featuring Indy’s best brunch spots, spirits and music!


September 7

NASCAR Hauler Parade – 1450 N. Lynhurst Drive, Speedway – 4:30 p.m.

The popular Hauler Parade returns to Main Street in Speedway, providing NASCAR fun for everyone. There will be games and face-painting for the kids, with live music, driver appearances and the parade of NASCAR haulers down Main Street.


September 8

Skirt Ride – Indianapolis City Market – 11:30 a.m.

With the constant rise in bikeability in Indy, it’s time to start empowering women to ride and to do it in style! Proper attire can be (but not required) a dress, skirt, tutus, flowers, hats, heels, boots…whatever you want, however you express your cycle style! And don’t forget to dress up your bike, too! Prizes will be given for Best Dressed, Highest Heel (worn during the ride), Best Decorated Bike, Most ‘Liked’ Photo (taken on the ride & posted to this page with #IndySkirtRide2018) and more! Everyone is welcome; skirts aren’t required.


September 8

Annual Grape Stomp – Daniel’s Family Vineyard and Winery – 1 p.m.

Bring the entire family for a day of fun with live music, food trucks, and fun for the kids! Want to stomp? It is free, but ticketed time slots will be given upon arrival, space is limited so be sure to get there early!


September 12 – 29

The Lion King – Old National Centre – 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Experience the phenomenon. The most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the stage. Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. The entire savannah comes to life and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. See the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation that Newsweek calls “a landmark event in entertainment.” Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors.


September 13 – 22

Indy Jazz Fest

Indy’s annual celebration, representing the best of international, local and student jazz entertainment for ten days of fun! Now in its seventeenth season, Indy Jazz Fest is a great celebration of jazz, food and fun for the whole family. This year’s theme is “The Big Beat” to honor the spirit of Art Blakey, and the lineup features multiple Grammy winners and an all-star tribute to trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. Indy Jazz Fest will once again be in venues “All Around Town” featuring performances at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, The Jazz Kitchen, IUPUI Campus Center, Indianapolis Central Library, The Cabaret, The Athenaeum, Daredevil Brewing Co. in Speedway and Shortridge High School’s Caleb Mills Auditorium.


September 13

YMCA World Fest – Monument Circle – 11 a.m.

Celebrate Indy’s rich international culture and diversity at this free-to-attend festival featuring international food vendors, music, sports and performers. The event will kick off the Y’s annual Welcoming Week festivities, Sept. 14-23, 2018.


September 14 – 16

Indy Irish Fest – Military Park – 10:30 a.m.

Indy’s Irish Fest returns to Military Park for its 23rd annual celebration of the state’s Irish heritage. More than 30,000 people are expected over the four-day festival, which features live Irish music and step dancing on four stages, as well as shopping, food, cultural and children’s activities, sporting events and more. As one of the largest cultural music festivals in the state, Indy Irish Fest is excited to welcome a variety of new international and national talent to Indy this year, spanning a mix of genres.

Cost: $12-$15, adults; $10, students and military; $7, children 13 and under; free, children under 5; $30, weekend pass.


September 15

Taylor Swift Reputation Tour – Lucas Oil Stadium

Taylor Swift brings her Reputation Tour to Indianapolis!


September 15

Heart Walk and 5K Run

Activities begin at 8 a.m., with the 5K beginning at 9:45 a.m. and 3-mile and 1-mile walks beginning at 10 a.m.


September 20

Queen Extravaganza – The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts – 7:30 p.m.

Catch the official tribute band, created by original members Roger Taylor and Brian May, delivering hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Under Pressure,” “Killer Queen” and “Another One Bites the Dust.”

Tickets: $25 and up


September 21 – 22

Printing Partners Pops Series: Cirque Goes to the Movies – Hilbert Circle Theatre – 8 p.m.

Jack Everly, Conductor. Troupe Vertigo. Epic movie music is combined with Cirque aerialists, contortionists, strong men, and dancers!


September 22 – 23

Carmel International Arts Festival – Carmel Arts & Design District

Admission is free as always and last year saw a record-breaking crowd over two days of 30,000. Both days include wonderful entertainment. Along with the tempting food vendors, festival-goers can sample the Arts and Design District’s outstanding restaurants and visit all the local shops.


September 22

Rocky Ripple Festival – Hohlt Park – 11 a.m.

The annual Rocky Ripple “Festival in the Park,” with proceeds going to the Rocky Ripple Parks Endowment Fund, focuses on “the arts.” The event is staged entirely through volunteer efforts from the community. 2018 marks the 19th year of the festival. Beer and wine at the festival are provided by the Broad Ripple Brewpub. There will be a variety of food offerings from local vendors, including fresh corn on the cob and ice cream.


September 29

White River Dragon Boat Race and Festival – White River State Park

That’s right! Dragons will soon be invading the White River; dragon boats that is. You won’t want to miss this exciting event as the White River Alliance, along with Indy SurviveOars, bring dragon boat racing to Indianapolis. The event serves as the Alliance’s annual fundraiser, helping to protect and improve our water. Teams of 22 people are needed to race the 46-foot long dragon boats. This festival will also feature food and beer trucks.


September 29

Walk to End Lupus Now Indianapolis – Military Park – 10:30 a.m.

More than 1100 walkers will unite in Military Park to walk either the 1-mile or the 3-mile route along the downtown canal. Face-painting, DJ, and a VIP tent for people with lupus –you don’t want to miss this event!


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