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Can't Miss International Festivals Downtown

Cultural celebrations from around the world – all in Indy!

Can't Miss International Festivals Downtown
September 2013

Indianapolis may be known as the Crossroads of America and Hoosier State, but in the fall consider the city your passport to the world! Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of downtown Indianapolis as cultural diversity is celebrated.

What better way to try new things than a festival? Ethnic festivals are abundant in providing fun, authentic food and entertainment for residents and visitors alike. Sample cultures right here in downtown Indianapolis as a less expensive alternative to flying all over the world!

Take part in "Indiana's Nicest Day" at the Penrod Arts Fair Saturday, September 7th on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. This is one of the nation's largest single-day art fairs. Enjoy works from more than 300 artists along with six stages of entertainment, more than 50 arts-related non-profit organizations, an extensive children's area and plenty of food and The Indiana Craft Beer Garden. Visit penrod.org for more information.

Be Irish for a weekend! The 17th Annual Indianapolis Irish Fest will be held in Military Park September 13th – 15th. Irish Fest offers a wide variety of activities for the whole family including live Irish music (The Elders, Ennis, Tom Sweeney) and plenty 'o food – and that's just the beginning. Come early and stay all day. From a 5K run and walk, Sunday Celtic Mass, Indianapolis Irish dancers, bounce houses and activities for the kids like sheep herding, there's bound to be something to keep your Irish eyes smiling. For tickets and other information, visit href=http://www.indyirishfest.com>indyirishfest.com

Head to the American Legion Mall for the FREE 33rd Fiesta Indianapolis Saturday, September 21st. Check out Indy's premier Latino celebration. Fiesta Indianapolis celebrates, educates and shares the Latino culture through art, music, dance, food and cultural activities. Visit laplaza-indy.org<./a> for a full list of activities and information.

Don't miss the FREE Chinese American Festival Saturday, September 21st at Military Park. The event features Chinese culture and tradition which cannot be experienced anywhere else. Come and experience ethnic performances and lessons, authentic Chinese and Asian food and exotic arts. The Chinese Moon Festival will be honored, celebrating harvest, love and family reunion with respect to Chinese values. For more information, visit

Dust off your lederhosen and dirndl and head to the Fifth Annual Original and Fabulous GermanFest at the Athenaeum October 12th. Celebrate all things German… think dancing, bier, music, food, dog races, cultural displays, children's activities, crafts and more! For more information, visit athenaeumfoundation.org/theatre-buildingevents/germanfest.

Catch a rare glimpse of inspired films you can't see anywhere else and meet the filmmakers who made them at the ten day Heartland Film Festival October 17th – 26th. The festival features independent, international films from around the world – plus a variety of special events for film enthusiasts of all ages. Visit trulymovingpictures.org/heartland-film-festival for listing of films and more information.

If it's learning and making a difference that you're looking for, volunteer at The International Center in downtown Indianapolis. Help introduce expatriates to the customs and protocol of America! Or go to The International Center if you're planning a trip to visit another country.

For more information about events in downtown Indianapolis, visit www.indydt.com>www.indydt.com.

Tags: Around Town, In This Issue, Out & About

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