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28º | Mostly sunny | 0% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:43 a.m. | Sunset 5:22 p.m.

Celebrate “Indiana’s Nicest Day”
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Keep your eyes peeled for cool photo ops during Penrod on the Newfields grounds — including the famous giant blue snail. | @localtourist.indy
Get ready for a total eclipse of the art. On Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Penrod Arts Fair returns to Newfields for its 56th year of celebrating the best in art, music, food, dance, and live performance.

Let’s paint a picture of what you can expect from this year’s festivities.


Penrod’s main attraction is in the incredible assembly of 300+ artists from all over the nation, selling everything from jewelry to woodworking pieces to oil paintings. Browse the list of artists who will be showcasing their work.

Food and drink

More than 25 local restaurants including Bazbeaux, La Chinita Poblana, and Hoosier Tropical Sno will keep you energized while you shop. When it’s time to wine down, hit up one of many beer stations, the Gallo Wine Terrace, or the Maker’s Mark Experience for a frosty sip.

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Professional contemporary dance company Dance Kaleidoscope always puts on an awe-inspiring show at Penrod.


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Feast your eyes (and ears) on the 32 local acts taking over Penrod’s six stages. Whether you’re interested in ballet, jazz music, magicians, choirs, or indie singer/songwriters, you’ll find plenty of performances to fill your day. Check out the lineup.

How to get there

Parking will not be available at the State Fairgrounds this year, but there are plenty of other ways to get to Newfields. Early birds who don’t mind spending the cash can snag a spot in the museum’s lot for $40. The lot will also offer free parking on a first-come, first-served basis for vehicles with state-issued disability placards or license plates.

Free parking with shuttle service will be available at the Lafayette Square Mall, and a free bike corral will be available near the museum’s entrance. Here’s a map of all options.

Ready to eat your art out? Get tickets.
Friday, Sept. 8
  • Walter Lobyn Hamilton: “What I Have You Have” | Friday, Sept. 8-Friday, April 19 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Newfields, 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis | $0-$20 | Explore this visual memoir of interconnectivity through time, experience, family, locality + memory created by locally based, internationally acclaimed vinyl record artist Walter Lobyn Hamilton.*
  • Official All IN Pre-Party | Friday, Sept. 8 | 9 p.m. | The Vogue Theatre, 6259 N. College Ave., Indianapolis | $10-$25 | Meet up at The Vogue for a pre-party filled with incredible live music from some of your favorite All IN artists.
Saturday, Sept. 9
  • Flowers that Feed: U-Pick | Saturday, Sept. 9 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Indy Urban Acres, , 7700 E. 21st St., Indianapolis | $40 | Take part in a U-pick flower session at this urban farming site, in support of Indy Urban Acres’ mission to provide food accessibility to residents in our city.
  • St. Joan of Arc French Market | Saturday, Sept. 9 | 12-10 p.m. | St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and School, 4217 N. Central Ave., Indianapolis | Cost of purchase | Enjoy this free-admission outdoor festival featuring authentic French dishes and wine, live music, an artisan craft fair, and a French Mass in the church.
Sunday, Sept. 10
Monday, Sept. 11
  • Mystery Monday | Monday, Sept. 11 | 3-10 p.m. | The Hulman, 141 E. Washington St., Indianapolis | Cost of purchase | Join the Hulman for a Mystery Menu, made out of the creative minds of the culinary team.
Tuesday, Sept. 12
  • All American Horse Classic | Tuesday, Sept. 12-Saturday, Sept. 16 | Times vary | The Fall Creek Pavilion, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis | Free | Watch 600+ beautiful horses compete for over $400,000 in national championship awards.
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News Notes
  • The Martin Luther King Community Center has announced plans to expand its building. The $15 million project aims to add a gym, fitness center, and multipurpose space to better serve more families. (FOX59)
  • Tickets for the 2023 Tonic Ball, which benefits local hunger relief nonprofit Second Helpings, just went on sale. This year’s festival will celebrate the music of Rihanna, Jay-Z, The Police, and more. Get tickets before they sell out, which usually happens quickly.
  • The Marion County Sheriff’s Office released its 2024 budget proposal. One of the major focuses is increasing salaries to match market rates and improve retention of skilled officers. (WTHR)
Coming Soon
  • Hold onto your spaghetti. Upscale Italian eatery Sangiovese is opening a third location in the Carmel Arts & Design District. This location, renamed Tre, will feature a smaller menu and “stepped-up service.” (IBJ)
  • As early as next year, a new charter high school will open on the west side, thanks to a $5 million grant from the US Department of Energy. The school will aim to prepare up to 280 students for careers in the clean energy industry. (IndyStar)
  • Conner Prairie has announced its first-ever Days of Giving event from Thursday Sept. 7-Saturday, Sept. 9. By making a donation, you’ll have the opportunity to double your impact, thanks to a generous $15,000 match. Bonus: Anyone who donates $50+ will receive a free Conner Prairie tote bag. Make a donation.*
Featured Deal
If somebody was pretending to be from Indy, what one thing would give them away?
dog poses with Visit Indy sign on Mass Ave. in downtown Indy
Even the city’s dogs like posing with the Indy signs around downtown. | Photo by @anh_dogs
Yes, your city editors fall down the Reddit rabbit hole sometimes too — and this week we stumbled across the amazing question, “If somebody was pretending to be from Indy, what is the one thing they would do that would give them away?”

Here are a few of our favorite answers:

“When they consistently refer to the city as Indianapolis rather than just Indy.”

“If they say ‘the 465' instead of just ‘465.’”

“If they don’t know the name of the previous football stadium. If they don’t know about Long’s Donuts. If you say tenderloin and they think of anything other than a deep fried pork sandwich!”

“Referring to cornhole as literally anything else — bag toss, bean bag toss, etc.”

“Putting the accent on the second word in Broad Ripple.”

“They don’t eat their breadsticks with cheese.”

What other faux pas would you let you know you’re dealing with an Indy imposter? We wanna hear them.
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Guys, I have to confess — as a California expat, I am definitely guilty of the “the 465" crime. The cast of SNL Season 37 gets it.
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