1. Gen Con
July 31-Aug. 2, times vary. This four-day gaming convention started Thursday and runs through the weekend. The main exhibit hall is....WOW. Some vendors will have massive displays, little startups will have dinky tables, and all manner of gamers and cosplayers can be found on the floor. There's an art show, an author's avenue, a Family Fun Pavilion, and square footage aside as "training grounds," an into-to-gaming universe designed especially for kids ages four to 12. Get yo game on.
Aug 1, 9 a.m. "Crit" races are exciting spectacles, short-course races that require strategy, skill and stamina from the rider you'll see flying by you. So grab a beer, maybe do a little shopping, but most importantly, enjoy watching some of the best bicycling racers in America corner, attack, and break away from the pack as they compete for over $10,000 in cash and other prizes.
July 31, 7 p.m. Cards Against Humanity is hosting this comedy/music mashup. Performances by Kumail Nanjiani, Cameron Esposito, Molly Lewis, The Doubleclicks, Paul and Storm and many more. Plus you'll get a bag a swag, ayo.
July 31, 9 p.m. Big news for fans of bombastic, wild punk rock: Mr. Clit and The Pink Cigarettes have a brand new 10” out on Hell Turn Records. They’ll celebrate the release of Wet-Willy this weekend at the Melody Inn, a totally perfect fit for them. Our fave? “Life’s a Drag Queen,” which also has an amazing music vid.
July 31, 7 p.m. Calling all Indianapolis craft beer, wine, mead, and ale lovers, this is the perfect event for you. The Tasting Society showcases Indiana's best brewers. winemakers. and artisans by allowing you to talk to them one-on-one and taste their creations. And there's music, art, and plenty of food to go around.
6. Kix & Flix
Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. Need a cool date idea? Forget dinner and a movie; go with soccer and a movie! The Eleven kick-off against Atlanta at 7:30, and will be playing Spaceballs on the big screen post-game. Now THAT's a night out on the town.
Aug 1, 7 p.m. Anybody wanna take a guess on the number of Confederate flag bumper stickers that will pop up at this show? Let's hope it's zero. (Kid Rock’s people say he denounced the flag in 2011 after receiving an NAACP award but activists feel he should further distance himself from the flag.)
Aug. 1, 10 a.m. Campfire smoke. Horses. Leather. Music. Cowboys. The sights and sounds of the West will surround visitors at this family festival. Entertainment includes western swing from The Roundups, camp and trail songs from The Indianapolis Old-Time Ambassadors and gold rush era music from Willoughby Sprig. Audiences will also enjoy stories from The Black Cowboy Michael Smith, Hopalong Cassidy and CoyoteKate.
Aug 2, 7 p.m. Old Crow Medicine Show is great (and thankfully for fans, they stop in Indy often), but the real prize on this bill is opener Sturgill Simpson, a psycho-billy country boy with a wacked out beauty of an album to share.
Bizarre Bazaar: An Alternative Art Extravaganza
July 31-Aug 2, times vary. Join an eclectic group of artists and artisans for a one-of-a-kind art extravaganza in the magnificent Arts Garden downtown. A mix of media and styles from artists across the country will have their work on display. It's free admission and there's live music too so there's really no excuse not to get down to the Arts Garden!