The live music scene in Indy is truly unmatched. To get to know every venue, you must do three things: put your hands in the air, wave ‘em like you just don’t care, then lay your eyes (and ears) on our guide.
Lucas Oil Stadium | 500 S. Capitol Ave. Capacity: 70,000+ It doesn’t get any bigger than this. Lucas Oil hosts the world’s best entertainers — upcoming events include the country music trifecta of George Strait, Chris Stapleton, and Little Big Town, as well as the Taylor Sw
ift Eras Tour.
Gainbridge Fieldhouse | 125 S. Pennsylvania St. Capacity: 18,345 Gainbridge regularly packs its stadium for huge music events. And it’s looking out for the foodies among us — there are 100+ places to purchase concessions inside.
TCU Ampitheater | 801 W. Washington St. Capacity: 6,000 TCU attracts some of the biggest names to pass through Indy, thanks to the incredible acoustics and seating capacity of its open air ampitheater. If you have lawn seats, make sure you arrive early with your own low-profile chair to get the best possible view.
Ruoff Music Center | 12880 E. 146th St. Capacity: 24,790 Drive up to Deer Creek — ahem, Ruoff for a memorable outdoor music experience. The wide variety of food and drink vendors inside the gates makes it easy to weather even the hottest, longest concert days.
Chatterbox Jazz Club | 435 Massachusetts Ave. Capacity: 75 This hole in the wall is as divey as they come, with a million stickers on its crumbling walls and no kitchen, but even Mick Jagger knows it’s an essential stop for jazz lovers.
Healer | 3631 E. Raymond St. Capacity: 300 It’s impossible to describe Healer to someone who hasn’t been there. It’s both experiential and experimental art, and the talented musical acts that perform here are just as unique.
Eating Well on a Budget | Tuesday, Sept. 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Indianapolis Public Library Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Ave., Indianapolis | Free | Join the Marion County Public Health Department’s Nutrition Services to learn how to shop for and cook tasty, nutritious meals that won’t break the bank.
Wednesday, Sept. 27
“The Creator:" The IMAX Experience - Early Access Screening | Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 7 p.m. | IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis | $18.50 | Be one of the first guests to experience “The Creator” on the big screen in IMAX, and take home a commemorative mini-poster designed by artist Matt Ferguson.*
Endless Summer Music Series | Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 7-9:30 p.m. | North Mass Boulder, 1411 Roosevelt Ave., Indianapolis | Free | Come out for the last evening of live music with local bands and musicians, hammocks, and a beer bike in the North Mass Boulder Courtyard.
Thursday, Sept. 28
Candlelight: The Best of The Beatles | Thursday, Sept. 28 | Times vary | Black Iris Estate, 5801 E. 116th St., Carmel | $23 | Discover the music of The Beatles at Black Iris Estate under the gentle glow of candlelight.
Friday, Sept. 29
Science With A Twist | Friday, Sept. 29 | 6-8 p.m. | Guggman Haus, 1701 Gent Ave., Indianapolis | $5 | Make connections with local scientists, students, K-12 educators, and science enthusiasts.
Saturday, Sept. 30
Pumpkin, Cider & Fall Beer Fest | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 2-6 p.m. | Opti-Park, 780 E. 66th St., Indianapolis | $40 | Check out this festival with an exclusive focus on pumpkin, cider, and fall beers from all over the US.
Golden Hour Books announced it will be officially opening its doors in Meridian-Kessler on Saturday, Oct. 14 for its normal business hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The shop is located at 5208 N. College Ave. + Blue Mind Coffee Roasting and Black Circle will be there to celebrate.
Speaking of Blue Mind Roasting, the coffee shop on East 38th Street announced that it’s working on expanding its shop into the vacant space next door. “After this Saturday it was clear that more space could be really nice,” the owners wrote on social media. They hope to add couches, a community table + window seating to this new space.
Yesterday, IndyCar released its 2024 race schedule. It includes 17 races — including the return of the Milwaukee Mile, the loss of a race at Texas Motor Speedway, and a third event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Read more. (IndyStar)
Halloween-themed fun is returning to the Indianapolis Zoo, just in time for the fall season. ZooBoo begins on Wednesday, Sept. 27, where visitors can enjoy trick-or-treating, unique food and drinks, and all the animal exhibits at the zoo during the month-long event. (WTHR)
Believe it or not, it’s already time to start thinking about the holidays — which means a downtown tradition: the Circle of Lights. Downtown Indy Inc. and WTHR are accepting audition videos to perform during the annual tree lighting. You can enter the talent search now through Sunday, Oct. 15.
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Not sure about you, but we here at INDYtoday are very excited about all of the bookstore openings popping up around the city. From the sneak peek of Dream Palace Books to the grand openings of Loudmouth Books this Saturday, Sept. 30 and Golden Hour Books on Saturday, Oct. 14 — soon, there will be no shortage of places to grab a new read around the Circle City.