Things to Do for July 29-31, 2011

If you’re in Indianapolis, then you’re in luck. Your Indy summer can be overflowing with memorable things to do in Indianapolis this long weekend, from the black tie Living Legends Gala at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center to the 18th running of the mega-famous Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and all the little fairs, festivals and frolics in between.

Take a look below at all the excitement in Fun City Finder‘s hand-picked list of Indianapolis things to do during the upcoming weekend. And be sure to check out the many links at the bottom of this page for practically limitless ideas about how to have fun in the Circle City sun.

Here’s a video by “Around Indy” showing some of the fun things to do in Indianapolis for the last week in July, 2011.


Greater Indianapolis Things to Do
July 29 – 31, 2011

(Please contact the  Indianapolis event venue to confirm these events and details)

Living Legends Gala – Offered by the Indiana Historical Society, keeper of the sweeping Indianapolis history and diverse culture of Indiana, this annual event in Indianapolis is a black-tie affair honoring selected legendary people from Indianapolis.
July 29, 2011; Reception 6:00 pm, gourmet dinner 7:00 pm, program 8:00 pm
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
Cost: $250 – $350 per person
Whiteland Warrior Golf Outing – For the benefit of their athletic department, Valle Vista Country Club in Greenwood, Indiana presents this friendly summer golf competition with dinner and awards.
July 29, 2011; 11:30 am, registration; 1:00 pm, shotgun start; 6:00 pm, dinner
Valle Vista Country Club
Cost: $75, includes prizes, dinner, golfing and golf cart
Bikers for HVAF Freedom Ride – The third annual biker rally on behalf of United Way’s HVAF of Indiana is a 90-minute ride culminating in the lively HVAF Summer Festival.
July 30, 2011; Registration 8:30am
Harley-Davidson of Indianapolis
$25 pre-registered
Brown County 4-H Fair – Pretty Indianapolis people contests and pies are just a few attractions at this fair, also featuring the Fire Fighter Olympics and a Demolition Derby on Friday.
Through July 30, 2011
Brown County Fairgrounds in Nashville, Indiana
Back to School Expo – Starfish Initiative puts on this big huge event in Indianapolis’ Convention Center downtown for the parents who want to prepare and the Indianapolis children who depend on them for their future. Lots to see and hear!
July 30, 2011; 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Indiana Convention Center
Kids Day at Tarkington Theater – Take the tribe up to pretty Carmel, Indiana to check out the beautiful new Center for the Performing Arts‘ newest Greater Indianapolis performing arts venue. Lots of family-friendly offerings.
July 30, 2011; 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tarkington Theater
Brickyard 400 – This is one of the biggest NASCAR races in the world, along with the Indianapolis 500-mile race in May. Both Indianapolis sporting events draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to the suburb of Speedway, Indiana every year. It’s 160 laps of pure speed, bookended by other related festivities, starting on July 28, 2011.
July 31, 2011; 1:20 pm
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Tickets: $40-$165
National Lasagna Day – Augustino’s, a popular downtown Indianapolis restaurant, is offering special discounts each evening during this Italian extravaganza celebrating the mighty lasagna.
Through July 31, 2011; 5:00 pm
Augustino’s Italian Restaurant
Discounts each evening
Marion County Fair – Among the great fairs and festivals in Indianapolis, this one is an Indy Hoosier favorite. Held in the southeast corner of Indianapolis and jam-packed with festival-type fun.
Through July 30, 2011; opens at 8:00 am
Marion County Fairgrounds
Admission: Adults $5, children under 5 are free
Free parking!
Morgan County 4-H Fair – Only about 20 miles southwest of Indy, this summer fair occurs on the north edge of the Morgan-Monroe State Forest.
July 29 – August 6, 2011; Open at 8:00 am
Morgan County Fairgrounds in Martinsville, Indiana

Ongoing Indianapolis Things to Do this Summer, 2011

A Conner Prairie Summer – Conner Prairie offers tons of fun this summer, including their renowned Symphony on the Prairie and everybody’s favorite, their hot-air balloon voyages.
Conner Prairie Interactive Living History Museum
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – This famous museum in Indianapolis‘ downtown district regularly draws families from all over Indiana and the United States. See their brand new offering, “National Geographic Treasures of the Earth” this summer.
Visit the Indianapolis Children’s Museum online
OMG! Orchids – This Indy summer, treat yourself to the exotic beauty of the orchid at the Indianapolis Zoo‘s lovely Hilbert Conservatory.
Through October 30, 2011
Hilbert Conservatory
Tickets: $10.25 – $15.25 (includes admission to the Zoo and White River Gardens
Quilt Gardens Tour – All summer long, you can take your family on a day trip from Indianapolis they will never forget. Amish County is about 200 miles north of Naptown, and has more than 20 floral “quilt gardens” on display for anyone who wants to see them.
Through October 1, 2011
Various locales in Elkhart County
Rally in the Alley – Get yourself down to Indy’s City Market and enjoy this local street fair while you’re stocking up on fresh produce this summer.
Wednesdays through August 31, 2011
City Market in Indianapolis downtown
Harness Racing – Trot on down to Indiana Downs this summer for a stimulating day at the races. Then visit Indiana Live! Casino to round out your jaunt. These two dynamic Greater Indianapolis attractions have put little Shelbyville, Indiana on the map.
Happening all summer long; 4:55 pm
Indiana Downs
Battle of Birdy’s – This battle of the bands rages on into November at Birdy’s Bar and Grill, a popular meeting place and Indianapolis bar and restaurant.
Fridays through November
Birdy’s Bar & Grill
Cover: $7

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