2016 Indianapolis Food, Wine and Art Festivals

Indianapolis is known by many as the "Racing Capital of the World"—but come this August 26-28, the Circle City will look and feel more like a food and wine lovers paradise than a car-racing mecca. With an artist-designed light show, an extravagant wine festival and local-food fiesta, downtown Indianapolis will transform into a hotspot for local residents and those lucky enough to be visiting Indy over the late summer weekend. Here's a short guide to three major events—all in Indy—and all over the span of three short days.

IN Light IN
Looking for an excuse to stay out late? Here's your chance. To help celebrate its 100th anniversary, The Indianapolis Foundation—an organization offering monetary grants to community not-for-profits throughout the greater Indianapolis area—will put on a dazzling, interactive light festival, featuring an array of 20 artist-led light installations, projections, and fashion programs along the city's Central Canal and Cultural Trail. GETTING THERE: walk or borrow a PacersBikeShare bike and tour the festival's two-mile footprint to experience the stunning visuals at your own pace. Friday & Saturday, Aug. 26-27 | 8:52 p.m. to 1:02 a.m. | Central Canal & Indianapolis Cultural Trail | FREE

Indianapolis Wine Festival
No need to travel to France's wine country when you can attend the Indianapolis Wine Festival. Featuring more than 250 world-renowned wines, sommelier-led seminars, delicious cuisine, and live music, this first-time event is sure to make even the snobbiest of wine lovers smile. Oh, and there's even beer for those more interested in hops than grapes. GETTING THERE: leave the driving to someone else and grab an Uber or take IndyGo. Friday, Aug. 26: 5:00-10:30 p.m. | Saturday, Aug. 27 3:30-9:00 p.m. | American Legion Mall | $15-40

Dig IN
Ranked tenth in the nation in agriculture production, Indiana produces a myriad of proteins, produce, and packaged foods for consumers both near and far. Dig IN, a one day food-lovers festival, brings together some of the state's best chefs, wine and beer makers, and supporters of the local-food movement to celebrate culinary arts and promote all the local food sectors within the state. GETTING THERE: drive yourself but you'll be lucky to find a spot along the street so opt for one of these nearby parking garages; Capitol Commons Parking Garage, Gateway Garage. Sunday, Aug. 28 | Noon to 4:00 p.m. | Military Park | $35-99

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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