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10 events to attend this weekend



1. 20th Annual Indy Irish Fest

Sept. 18-20, times vary. A weekend of family fun that celebrates the heritage of the Irish and encompass's cultural activities. Enjoy concerts, food, dance classes, shopping and BEEEEEEEEEEEEEER!

2. Mayor's Futsal Cup

Sept 18-20, times vary. The first annual Futsal Cup will feature 32 teams from Indiana representing 32 countries competing in a World Cup format tournament. The three-day event will be free to the public and include food vendors, live music, and the ever-important beer garden.

3. Indy Jazz Fest Block Party

Sept. 19, 3:30 p.m. Music and eats in a celebration rounding out Jazz Fest. Two stages, 12 acts, and A LOT OF JAZZ! Performances by Indy mainstays Sophie Faught, Rob Dixon, Steve Allee and many more.

4. IUPUI Regatta

Sept. 19, 8 a.m. This half-mile canoe race through the downtown canal has become quite the annual event. Not participating? Go ahead and splash your teams opponents or join the stampede as you cheer them along to victory. There's also event designed to entertain people of all ages – clowns, face painters, games, and live music from area bands. Don't miss this.

5. alt-J

Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. You're running out of time to see a show at The Lawn this year, so take advantage right here. alt-J’s Joe Newman’s vocals are what really draws listeners into this band, although the spare noodling from guitarist Gwil Sainsbury doesn’t hurt at all, either. Newman’s high, reedy voice swings and lopes across his band’s (sometimes) grinding and (sometimes) delicate soundscapes.

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6. Nocturne

Sept. 18, 10 p.m. The Rocket Doll Revue brings a different brand of unpredictable entertainment to its home stage of the White Rabbit Cabaret with Nocturne, which is the latest in a series of shows they started a few years ago with local jazz mainstay Rob Dixon and the Naptown Fantasy Swingers. The RDR refer to it as a taste of what burlesque was like in its heyday. They'll also feature St. Louis-based burlesque dancer Mimi Le Yu.

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7. Fiesta Indianapolis

Sept. 19, noon. It's the 35th anniversary of this festival, but the formula hasn’t changed: food, dancing, a health fair and of course lots of Latin music will fill the day.

8. Art Squared

Sept. 19, noon. Art Squared has three great art events: Masterpiece in a Day, Fountain Square Art Parade, and the Fountain Square Art Fair. Bring your favorite creating supplies or just yourself and get ready for a fun-filled artsy day!

9. Sister Cities International Festival

Sept. 19, noon. There will be cultural booths, international cuisine, live music, world sports, and a kid zone. Fun for all ages, the festival will provide hands on global learning opportunities! Make sure you stop by and experience the cuisines and cultures of the world.

10. The Hope Ride

Sept. 19, 7:30 a.m. Yeah, it’s out of town, but this one’s worth the trip. This is one of our favorite rides in Indiana — the scenery’s tremendous, the people are amazing, the t-shirts are a crackup (especially if you dig cows) and the food. The food. This thing starts with a pancake breakfast in the Hauser High School Gym (what could be more Midwestern that that?), includes stops with music, snacks, lunch in the town square and even a root beer float at the end. The cash raised goes to local youth outreach programs and food banks.


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