Best Events For Summer 2016 in Indianapolis


Like many cities, Indianapolis has its fair share of big and small events planned for the upcoming summer months. And with everything from a Pride Week parade, to a visit from the U.S. Air Force's oldest living Tuskegee pilot, to the world's biggest gaming convention, Indy's a great place to stay entertained this summer no matter what kind of hobbies or interests you have. Here's a sampling of a few events not to miss.

Circle City Indy Pride Festival
Indiana's largest LGBT celebration includes everything from performances by emerging country artists to multi-Grammy nominated pop group En Vogue! There's also a 5K run/walk, a pet-owner lookalike contest, and a space-related community skate.
June 4-11 │American Legion Mall │circlecityinpride.org

Warbird Expo
The Indiana Wing of the Commemorative Air Force's fourth annual event will showcase numerous airplanes as well as the Red Tail Squadron and its original P-51 Red Tail. Additionally, on hand will be 96-year-old Col. Charles McGee, one time Tuskegee pilot who holds the U.S.A.F. record for fighter combat missions flown during WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
June 17-18 │Mt. Comfort Airport│ warbirdexpo.com

Road to Rio
Come and experience a few Olympic-related activities presented by the U.S. Olympic Committee and get hyped for Team USA. June 24 │Soldiers & Sailors Monument│teamusa.org/roadtorio

Indy Crit Cycling Race & Festival
Located in the center of Downtown Indianapolis, this sixth annual cycling event lets participants race on closed-off city streets amongst live music, food trucks, a BMX stunt show and a handlebar/pedal pub tour. July 9 │Downtown Indianapolis│indycrit.org

Gen Con
Highlighting hundreds of game companies, a film festival, award-winning authors and artists and a costume contest to boot, this annual convention is touted as The Best Four Days in Gaming™!
Aug. 4-7 │Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium │gencon.com

Dig IN — A Taste of Indiana
Join more than 35 of Indiana's top chefs as they prepare distinctive dishes made from fresh, local produce and meat and poultry from Hoosier farms. Also on tap, craft beers and wines.
Aug. 28│White River State Park │digindiana.org

A complete listing of local summertime events can be found at visitindy.com and downtownindy.org.

Shauna Nosler lives in Indianapolis. She's a contributor to both the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis Monthly Magazine as well as to the national news organization U.S. News & World Report. More of her writing can be found on the lifestyle blog, The Flavored Word.

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