There's a kajillion things happening in and around Indy this weekend but we whittled the list down to these 10.
June 5-13. Circle City IN Pride is the largest fundraiser for Indy Pride, Inc., which produces events that educate, honor the history of the GLBT communities, and celebrate the diversity of the Indianapolis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight communities. The Cadillac Barbie Pride parade — 10 a.m on the last day of the festival — is the centerpiece of a day that sees thousands upon thousands of folks who believe in tolerance and equality gathering downtown. For the first time ever, a sitting Indy Mayor —Greg Ballard — will be the Grand Marshall of the parade. Head here for a list of each and every event at this year's Pride.
June 5-6. This weekend marks year three for Limestone Comedy Festival, the state’s largest comedy fest in terms of performers brought onstage. This year Janeane Garofalo, Kyle Kinane, Michael Che, Doug Benson and Tom Brady will headline the three-day festival, along with Chad Daniels, Dana Gould, Aparna Nancherla, Esther Povitsky and a few dozen other comedians that will take over the fest’s five venues.
June 5-7. This weekend jam-centric fest is headlined by Turbo Suit, Zach Deputy and The Main Squeeze, but there’s about two dozen other bands due to play in the heart of Brown County. Bring shoes to muck around in on the trails, plus comfy clothes to participate in the fest’s poi and hooping workshops.
June 5-7. ISO Music Director Krzysztof Urbanski is on what amounts to a local tour conducting Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. It’s the beginning of the “all new 317 Series, bringing the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s concerts and programs to communities and schools surrounding Indianapolis.” There's three performances this weekend for you to catch Urbanski in action: Friday at the Palladium, Saturday at the Hilbert Circle Theatre and Sunday at Center Grove High School.
June 5, 5 p.m. Former Company of Thieves front woman Genevieve plays this summer First Friday tradition; more than 30 food trucks will take over the Old National Centre parking lot. Lines can still be long though so get there early if you're stomach is growling.
June 5, 5-9 p.m. Five artists at the Stutz building will be opening up their newest show on Friday with individual and collaborative takes on the idea of “energy.”
June 5, 6-10 p.m. Gallery 924 will be presenting 23 Indiana artists in a group exhibition focusing on the exploration of water. The show will cross into a variety of mediums including: painting, photography, sculpture, multimedia, clay, and wool. Several of the featured artists are Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellows and the Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellow, Kate Oberreich.
June 6, 7:30 p.m. Local metalcore band Haste The Day's final show on a short Coward promotional tour takes place Saturday at the Egyptian Room. And there's a good possibility that it's the band's final live performance ever. Haste The Day bass player Mike Murphy said the band is giving Indianapolis fans what they want — a set comprised of songs from every album of their career, including some of the new ones. Check out the full interview with Murphy before hitting up the show.
June 6, 8 p.m. In 15 to 20 minute acts, audiences will be able to sample music, theater, comedy and dance in a collaborative performance. Favorites from last year such as Gus Moon and Eclectic Pond will return, and new names like Q Artistry, Know No Stranger, AnC Movies, Cirque Indy, Belly Dancer Camila Cavalcante, Burlesque dancers Desiree DeCarlo and Jada Bella, musical acts King Crabb and Shadeland, and comedian Jeff Oskay will all make their first Ruckus debut.
June 7, 7 p.m. A hearty happy birthday to Alt1033, music editor Katherine Coplen’s home station (she hosts an all-local radio showcase with Oreo Jones every Sunday night from 10 p.m. - midnight). They’ll celebrate with a host of bands that celebrate their newly rebranded sound – a little bit alternative, a little bit pop. Jack Antonoff’s pop project Bleachers returns for the second time in three months to White River State Park after playing the March Madness Music Festival. Cage the Elephant, conquerers of alternative rock radio, will headline. And Joywave will open it all up.o, will headline. And Joywave will open it all up.