A Black Joy festival, a sneaker art competition, neighborhood art fairs, and "podcrafts": August in Indy is packed with an array of creative expression. And if you're in the "back to school" spirit, check out a figure drawing or ceramics making class for adults.
Got a crowd-pleasing story to share? Test out your storytelling skills at the Indy Story Slam or just come out and listen. FREE.
Join Flowers, host of the podcast “Crime Junkie,” for an evening celebrating her debut novel “All Good People Here” about an unsolved murder in an Indiana town. Mina Starsiak Hawk of Two Chicks and a Hammer will moderate the discussion. $35-$50, includes an autographed copy.
Join a drum circle, shop local vendors, and discover local craft drinks while enjoying live music and performance art. The Playground’s 3rd Friday is always full of creative energy. FREE.
Enjoy a new summer exhibition featuring regional artists while supporting vendors selling glasswork, fine art, jewelry, home decor, and more. 10% of all sales will benefit Indiana Supports Ukraine. FREE.
Story Alive! is uses storytelling, music, movement and crafting to introduce arts appreciation to children ages 4 to 6. The sessions draw from performing arts-themed books and a wide variety of music. Tickets: $15/per child.
Winfrey Harris’ latest book delivers “the truth to all those folks who got us twisted” while telling empowering stories of Black women and girls. Winfrey Harris will read from the book and participate in a public discussion. FREE.
Unwind with art and music among the tall trees of Meadowood Park. Enjoy music from community bands—including West Indy Winds, Shelby Community Band, Zionsville Community Band, and more. Browse works by local artists and enjoy food and drink in the beer and wine garden. FREE.
Mingle with the muses at this benefit for the Indianapolis Art Center. Enjoy food and drink, dancing, live music from The Impalas, art activities, and live and silent auctions, all to support the center’s teaching artists. Individual tickets $200.
Highlighting Indy’s Black culture through storytelling, Naptown Narratives is a mini-docuseries featuring first-person perspectives on the promise and culture of Indianapolis. This black tie, red carpet event includes hors d'oeuvres & live entertainment. $30.
Find your groove at this annual festival in Butler-Tarkington, self-described as “Woodstock, only Catholic” and featuring a different lineup of local bands each night. Fun for the whole family. Bring some money for sausages and a cold beverage, but otherwise admission is FREE.
Join a session featuring live models to practice your figure drawing. Please note that this is an independent session; instruction will not be provided. $5.
Join this painting class for an advanced acrylic flow lesson. This class will be taught by Donna Jo Monroe and will instruct you through two paintings. Ages 16+. $25
Experience the next generation of Native American music. Keith Secola is a native folk and blues guitarist, native flute player, singer, and producer from the Mesabi Iron Range Country in Northern Minnesota. Guitarist Gabriel Ayala is an accomplished classical musician as well as a trailblazer who defies stereotypes with his array of musical genres. $25
Backed by a 12-piece band, British-born and raised frontman Terry Adams Jr. will bring the look, the sound, the emotion, and the energy of Phil Collins for Symphony on the Prairie. Expect hits from Collins' career with Genesis and as a solo artist, including “In The Air Tonight,” “Sussudio,” and “Invisible Touch." $10 and up.
Stop in for a close and intimate musical experience on Logan Street. This music festival will span a half-block further east this year, consisting of many live music performances and food trucks. FREE.
Start your weekend with a vinyasa yoga class right under the 100-year-old heritage trees in The Garden at Newfields. For ages 13+. $20
Leave the kids with the sitter and give your inner child free rein over the museum and its grounds, including the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. This 21 and over event features a red carpet entry, a silent disco, live entertainment, and much more. $85 members, $90 non-members.
Thrilling movement and music are center stage as Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre celebrates a quarter century of memorable stories with this showcase. Curated by founder and creative director Hancock, it’s an emotional journey of human connection through many colors and styles. $49 and up.
Catch up to 25 different films in one weekend, all telling the stories of African American experiences. Read up on the directors and discover what narratives they have to share at this 3rd Annual Event. $25
In the 1970s, Stephen Sprouse left Columbus, Indiana, for New York City, where fashion headline writers dubbed him the "The Punk Glamour God" and "The Duke of Day-Glo." He gave Debbie Harry of Blondie her new-wave look, collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a handbag that was an instant sell-out, and designed the black cashmere suit that Andy Warhol literally took to his grave. See more than 60 looks at this exhibition, plus an incredible wall of shoes.
Get ready for a three-week long celebration of the performing arts, including dance, drama, stand-up comedy, magic, and more! Tickets: $14 and up.
Jam the night away at the Phoenix’s new urban outdoor venue. The 2nd Saturdays Jammin' in the Park series will feature acts from rock to hip hop to R'n'B including Opal Staples, Tad Robinson (pictured), Allison Victoria, and Tommy Baldwin. $10.
Explore the newest mixed media installation at the tube factory containing video, projection mapping and color. Artist Carlie Foreman looks at the relationship between symbolism in ancient sites, churches and secret societies. FREE.
See sculptures, works on paper, photography, and textiles by five Indiana-based artists who are pushing their careers in dynamic new ways. The exhibition opens with a First Friday reception from 6 to 9 p.m. August 5. And just around the corner, see Art & Soul Featured Artists Marrialle Sellars and Chantel Massey perform during Art & Soul Night at the Alley, presented by The Cabaret. Both events are free.
A young fact checker, a talented writer, and their secluded editor go head-to-head in a comedic yet gripping battle over facts versus truth. Find out how this story plays out in the Indiana premiere at the Phoenix Theatre. $25
A part-time bartender/singer thinks he’s got life figured out until a tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything. Catch this heartfelt, musical comedy featuring Jimmy Buffet tunes. No idea if the night's dinner menu includes "Cheeseburgers in Paradise." $55 and up.
Get up-close with significant documents that shaped American life and culture, including a 1350 edition of the Magna Carta, a rare printing of the Declaration of Independence, and a rare edition of the U.S. Constitution.
Families can join artist Beatriz Vasquez to explore the versatility of paper and use their imaginations to create their own wearable paper art. Vazquez experiments with the conceptual use of "papel picado," a Mexican folk art. These half-hour classes are free for museum members and included in museum admission.
These 71 featured organizations are supported by the City of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program administered by the Arts Council. More listings will be added as this website grows.
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