Things to Do for August 6-7, 2011: Your Indy Weekend at the Fair, the Fringe and Everywhere Else

From the memory-making Annual Indiana State Fair to the IndyFringe festival, the Cirque du Soleil, the big red carpet curtain-raiser at Carmel’s new Center for the Performing Arts and everything in between, Hoosiers from Indianapolis and other nearby cities in Indiana have an inviting list of things to do in Indianapolis this weekend. Check out Fun City Finder‘s hand-picked list below!

Greater Indianapolis Things to Do
August 6 & 7, 2011

8th Annual Taste of Downtown – Easley Winery puts on this big annual street festival devoted to the celebration of the grape and featuring lots of tasty food from Indianapolis restaurants to go with it.
August 6, 2011; 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Easley Winery
Wine tasting $3
Brownsburg BowWOW – Here’s a charity event in Indianapolis to raise funds for Brownsburg’s new dog park. Just 15 miles west of Indy proper, and lots of fun. Bring your four-legged pal too!
August 6, 2011; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
940 S. Locust Lane, Brownsburg, Indiana
Opening Night at the TarkingtonCarmel, Indiana‘s beautiful new Center for the Performing Arts is the place to be for Indianapolis society this weekend. Gourmet food and performance.
August 6, 2011; 5:30 pm
The Tarkington
Tickets: $150 – $500
Morgan County 4-H Fair – This summer Indianapolis fair can be found on north edge of the Morgan-Monroe State Forest, about 20 miles southwest of Indy.
Now through August 6, 2011; Open at 8:00 am
Morgan County Fairgrounds in Martinsville, Indiana
Gen Con Indianapolis – Gamers, unite! Many say that this is the most successful convention of its kind in the whole world.
Now through August 7, 2011; open at 8:00 am
Indiana Convention Center
Dralion – Cirque du Soleil comes to the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis’ downtown cultural district this summer. Oh boy!
Now through August 7, 2011
Conseco Fieldhouse
Tickets: $28 – $80
Hoosier Rod and Kustoms of America – Jay County’s little bitty Portland, Indiana is the site for this fun three-day fair about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
Now through August 7, 2011; Saturday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Jay County Fairgrounds
Tickets: $25
Camping with electric: $20
Benjamin Harrison Lookalike Contest – Age doesn’t count in this Benjamin Harrison lookalike photo contest. Enter via email, then go enjoy the President’s birthday party at the historic Harrison Home to find out whether you won.
Contest deadline – August 12, 2011; Benjamin Harrison’s Birthday – August 20, 2011; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Home
Indiana State Fair – Hoosiers from all over Indiana flock to the Fairgrounds in downtown Indianapolis to share in this traditional, deep-fried, golden Indy summer fun.
Now through August 21, 2011
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Tickets: $8, Children under five, free

Ongoing Indianapolis Things to Do this Summer, 2011

August at the Center for the Performing Arts – This August, visit the Tarkington Theater, the Studio Theater and the gorgeous new Palladium, three premier Greater Indianapolis performing arts venues.
Various dates and times
Center for the Performing Arts
A Conner Prairie SummerHot-air balloon voyages and Symphonies on the Prairie enhance the already-impressive list of unique things to do in the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers, Indiana.
Conner Prairie Interactive Living History Museum
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Kids from all over Indiana and the United States join Indianapolis children of all ages at this family-friendly museum in Indianapolis this summer. Check out the new “National Geographic Treasures of the Earth” exhibit.
Visit the Indianapolis Children’s Museum online
OMG! Orchids -Your ticket to the Indianapolis Zoo gets you entry into this fabulous, exotic display all summer long.
Through October 30, 2011
Hilbert Conservatory
Tickets: $10.25 – $15.25 (includes admission to the Zoo and White River Gardens
Quilt Gardens Tour – Thinking about day trips from Indianapolis? Get out of Naptown and see more than 20 “quilt gardens” on display for anyone who wants to see them.
Through October 1, 2011
Various locales in Elkhart County
Rally in the Alley – Indy’s City Market morphs into an enormous farmers market augmented by a colorful street fair this summer.
Wednesdays through August 31, 2011
City Market in Indianapolis downtown
Harness Racing – How fun is a day at the races? And you can visit the fabulous Indiana Live! Casino in Shelbyville, Indiana too, so it’s something for everybody in your tribe.
Happening all summer long; 4:55 pm
Indiana Downs
Battle of Birdy’s – All summer long this bastion of Indianapolis nightlife entertains Indianapolis music lovers with its famous Battle of Birdy’s. Birdy’s Bar and Grill is a popular restaurant and Indianapolis bar.
Fridays through November
Birdy’s Bar & Grill
Cover: $7
Live Theatre ProductionsFun City Finder proudly presents its list of the frenetic iNDYFRINGE offerings during their Annual IndyFringe Festival in August, along with other major live Greater Indianapolis theatre productions.

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