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August 2018

Feast of Lanterns

August 25, 2018
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, 2018

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, 2018 - September 16, 2018

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

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Broad Ripple Home Tour

September 22, 2018 - September 23, 2018

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, 2018 - October 7, 2018
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, 2018 - October 7, 2018
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, 2018 - October 27, 2018

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

October 22, 2018 - November 12, 2018

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, 2018
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

November 2, 2018 - November 11, 2018

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, 2018 - November 10, 2018
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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Lights At The Brickyard

November 16, 2018 - December 30, 2018

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s holiday light show features racecars and gingerbread men depicted in lights around the track.

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Jingle Rails

Model trains chug around miniature, hand-crafted landscapes ranging from downtown Indianapolis to the Grand Canyon at the Eiteljorg Museum.

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Winterlights

November 30, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46208 United States
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After a stunning debut last year, Newfields’s light show returns with more than 1 million bulbs strung through the trees on its campus.

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December 2018

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

December 31, 2018
The Palladium, 355 City Center Drive
Carmel, IN 46032 United States
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The Palladium welcomes 2019 with live music, dancing, and small plates at this annual party.

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January 2019

Indianapolis Home Show

January 18 - January 27
Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205 United States
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More than 600 exhibitors and some of your favorite HGTV stars (including the ladies from Good Bones) descend on the Indiana State Fairgrounds for one of the largest home shows in the country.

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February 2019

Winterfest

February 1 - February 2

Raise a tiny plastic cup to local brews at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, where this lively beer festival attracts an enormous crowd.

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