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August 2018

Gen Con

August 2 - August 5
Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN United States
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The world’s largest gaming assembly returns to the Indiana Convention Center.

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Indiana State Fair

August 3 - August 19
Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205 United States
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As if it were short on spectacle, this year’s event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds includes a circus. Acrobats and clowns perform under a big tent, one more place to take your deep-fried Snickers.

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St. Thomas Aquinas Sausage Fest

August 17 - August 18
St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 4625 N. Kenwood Ave.
Indianapolis, IN United States
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St. Thomas Aquinas Church’s playful fundraiser shuts down the intersection of 46th and Illinois streets for beers, bands, and yes, sausage.

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Hops & Flip Flops

August 18
Daredevil Brewing Co., 1151 Main St.
Speedway, 46224 United States
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Speedway slows down for Daredevil Brewing’s laid-back, IPA-heavy beer festival.

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Carmel Artmobilia

August 24 - August 26

On the streets of the Arts & Design District, vintage sports cars await your leering eyes.

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Greek Fest

At Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church’s weekend showcase of all things Hellenic, the gyros are the stars.

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Feast of Lanterns

August 25
Spades Park, 1800 Nowland Avenue
Indianapolis, IN United States
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Spades Park hosts this illuminating festival at which the trees are strung with paper lanterns and bands serenade the crowd.

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September 2018

Canvitational

September 8

If you’re keeping tabs, this is Sun King’s sixth annual celebration of canned beer on Georgia Street. It’s always a blast.

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Irish Fest

September 14 - September 16

Military Park honors the Emerald Isle with Celtic music, food, and plenty of dancing.

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Broad Ripple Home Tour

September 22 - September 23

Seven of Broad Ripple’s most beautiful homes open their doors to the design-loving public.

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October 2018

Fall Fest

October 5 - October 7
Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46208 United States
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Newfields celebrates autumn with goats, pumpkins, music, and performances. On Saturday, a dance theater troupe shimmies around the campus.

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Indiana Renaissance Fair

October 6 - October 7
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, 12880 E. 146th St.
Indianapolis, IN United States
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Milords and miladies, you’re invited to step back into the age of Queen Elizabeth I for jousts and jesters at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center.

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GermanFest

The Athenaeum’s annual celebration of all things Teutonic includes wiener dog races, strongman competitions, and a lot of beer.

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Historic Irvington Halloween Festival

October 20 - October 27

When a neighborhood is named after The Legend of Sleepy Hollow author Washington Irving, it had better put on a pretty great Halloween festival. Irvington does just that, with a huge costume parade, a Vampire Run, and vendors along Washington Street.

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Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts

The Jewish Community Center presents this ode to authors, with guests like Robert Siegel, recently retired from NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Day of the Dead

October 27
Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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For those who couldn’t get enough of Pixar’s Coco, the Eiteljorg Museum offers a chance to learn more about the Mexican holiday, with elaborate ofrendas designed by local artists, craft tables, and snacks.

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November 2018

Spirit and Place Festival

The theme of this year’s festival is “Intersection,” which manifests itself in events such as lightsaber battles, a panel on Afrofuturism, and a techno-sociologist’s analysis of Twitter at various venues around the city.

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100 Mile Brunch

For those with sophisticated palates and ethics, this locally sourced brunch at Conner Prairie raises money for the museum.

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Wizardfest

The Old National Centre transforms into Hogwarts for a night of butterbeer, quidditch pong, and other Harry Potter–themed fun.

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VonnegutFest

November 7 - November 10
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, 340 N. Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN United States
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John Green hosts one session at this year’s celebration of the only local writer more famous than he is. Smart conversations about mental health, religion, and veterans abound at the Vonnegut Library.

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