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Things to Do for August 9-11, 2011: The Fringe, the Fair and the Drum and Bugle Champs

Fun City Finder has sifted through all the fun things to do in Indianapolis and its environs to provide you with a hand-shucked summer harvest of great activities happening this week in the Circle City. There are so many interesting things to do in Indianapolis that you might just choose the easiest, closest Greater Indianapolis event. But if you take the time to see what’s really going on all around beautiful Indy, you’ll enhance your summer and perhaps even make some lifetime memories for yourself and your family.

Greater Indianapolis Things to Do
August 9 – 11, 2011

Devour Downtown – In which major upscale Indianapolis bars and restaurants in the downtown Indianapolis cultural districts band together to offer up their very best fare and discounts.
August 8 – 21, 2011
Dozens of restaurants in Indianapolis downtown
Various discounts
Tasting Tuesday – This Indianapolis business, located in the famous Mass Ave cultural district, offers a fun, free wine tasting event every Tuesday. It’s now a nice Indianapolis restaurant too.
August 9, 2011; 5:30 pm
Mass Ave Wine Shoppe & Cafe
Free tasting event
Traders Point Hunt Horse Show & County Fair – The Circle City suburb of Zionsville, Indiana is the site for this six-day extavaganza with riders competing from all over the United States and a real live country fair. All proceeds go to the Riley Children’s Foundation, a premier Indianapolis charity.
August 9 – 14, 2011
Wild Air Farms,7400 Hunt Club Rd, Zionsville
Experimental Music & Video Festival: Outsound V.1 – Check out this ultra-cool event, put on by the Big Car Gallery Service Center and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, featuring some of the nation’s most innovative music and videos.
August 10 – 12, 2011; 7:00 pm
Wednesday at the Service Center; Thursday at the IMA; Friday at the Service Center
Wednesday and Friday $5, Thursday $12
Drum Corps International World Championships – The nation’s top 48 will be winnowed to 25 during this big, impressive DCI competition. Experience it!
August 10, 2011: Open Class Individual and Ensemble Championships; Kickoff Party
August 11, 2011: World Championship Prelims
Lucas Oil Stadium
See photos from last year
Blog Indiana Conference – The 4th Annual Blogger’s event occurs at the Conference Center in Fishers, Indiana this week. Join the social media fun and talk tech and Indiana.
August 11 & 12, 2011; 8:00 am
Fishers Conference Center, 9775 N by NE Blvd., Fishers
Tickets: $169 includes both conference days and a pre-registration party on August 10
Benjamin Harrison Lookalike Contest – Consider your look presidential? Enter this Benjamin Harrison lookalike contest via email, then attend the President’s birthday party to find out if you won.
Contest deadline – August 12, 2011; Benjamin Harrison’s Birthday – August 20, 2011; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Home
Free
Indiana State FairHoosiers from all over Indiana are flocking into downtown Indianapolis in order to share in the deep-fried Indy summer fun. Just grab everybody and go!
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 – Three top Greater Indianapolis performing arts venues offer a varied menu of theatrical and musical things to do in Indianapolis’ suburb of Carmel, Indiana.
Various dates and times
The Palladium, Studio Theater and Tarkington Theaters
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, site of this favorite family museum in Indianapolis.
Conner Prairie Interactive Living History Museum
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Check out the new “National Geographic Treasures of the Earth” interactive exhibit at this museum, dedicated to bringing smiles to Indianapolis children of all ages.
Visit the Indianapolis Children’s Museum online
OMG! Orchids – Buying a ticket to the Indianapolis Zoo gets you admittance into this exotic display too.
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 Amish Country’s more than 20 “quilt gardens” on display.
Through October 1, 2011
Various locales in Elkhart County
Free
Rally in the Alley – Indy’s City Market rocks all summer long with a cool street fair enhancing its already colorful offerings.
Wednesdays through August 31, 2011
City Market in Indianapolis downtown
Free
Harness Racing – When you set aside a day for the races, you can visit the Indiana Live! Casino in little Shelbyville, Indiana too. Fun for everyone!
Happening all summer long; 4:55 pm
Indiana Downs
Battle of Birdy’s – Birdy’s Bar and Grill is a well-traveled restaurant and Indianapolis bar and a landmark of Indianapolis nightlife and Indianapolis music.
Fridays through November
Birdy’s Bar & Grill
Cover: $7
Live Theatre Productions – Do yourself a favor and glance through Fun City Finder‘s list of iNDYFRINGE offerings during their Annual IndyFringe Festival in August, as well as many other live Greater Indianapolis theatre productions.

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