So what’s happening in Indy this weekend?
Indiana State Fair – Celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial
The highlight of summer, this year’s fair celebrates the state’s bicentennial with special exhibits and performances honoring our farming heritage. Visit through August 21 for the rides, concerts, games, races, animals, crafts, food (deep fried s’mores and BBQ pulled pork beer cheese fries!), pirate show, lumberjack shows, demolition derby, jousting, and more! Tickets are $8-$12.
Drum Corps International – DCI World Championships
They don’t call it Marching Music’s Major League for nothing. From June to August, these musicians travel more than 10,000 miles perfecting their shows to compete at the highest level during the championships. Daily pop-up performances and the SoundSport International Food & Music Festival are exciting, free events prior to the finals on Saturday. Tickets start at $29.
Cirque du Soleil: Toruk – The First Flight
Are you ready to re-visit the lush, alien world of Pandora and the Na’vi people? Based on James Cameron’s AVATAR, this show combines a soaring score and cutting-edge puppetry with dazzling costumes and sets to tell a mythical tale that takes place thousands of years before AVATAR. See Toruk at Bankers Life Fieldhouse through Sunday. Tickets are $45-$135.
Rayo OKC vs. Indy Eleven – Faith Night at “The Mike”
The “Boys in Blue” lead the NASL and remain undefeated at home. This Saturday’s match features special programming including, post-game testimonials (#14, Duke Lacroix; #15, Daniel Keller; #16, Cory Miller; and Shawn Keith of Athletes in Action ministry), and a Q&A session moderated by WTHR’s Chuck Lofton. Tickets start at $11.
Broad Ripple Celebrates the Bicentennial at Broad Ripple Park
Observe Indiana’s bicentennial and the rich history of Broad Ripple at this festival with carnival rides, games, food trucks, Indiana craft beer garden, live entertainment, history exhibit, artisan/vintage market, and more. Did you know the park was home to an amusement park with a roller coaster in the early 1900s? The fair runs through Sunday and admission is free.
Adult Dive-In Movie at Freedom Springs Aquatics Park
Don’t go in the water. Well, actually, this time it’s safe (and fun) in the water. Adults 21 and older are invited to enjoy the park Friday night for a sunset swim while JAWS shows on the big screen. See what happens when a great white shark makes a beach resort town his private feeding grounds! Admission is $10-$25 and concessions, beer, and wine will be available for purchase.