Things to Do in Indy - October 2014
Some Indianapolis natives can recall a time when "Naptown" seemed to roll up the sidewalks after work. Now, there's so much to do and experience in the Circle City. In October, here's a host of harvest activities we've compiled for those of you interested in getting out and truly experiencing Indiana's best season.
Featured Event: Tweed Ride
To join IndyCog’s 5th annual Tweed Ride, you don’t need one of those 19th century penny-farthings with a high front wheel and a tiny back wheel, your mountain bike will do. But you should raid your grandparents’ wardrobes to dress up in Victorian style for cycling through Herron-Morton, Cottage Home and Lockerbie Park.
Prizes go to the best vintage bike, chappiest chap, lassiest lass and best beard. Organizer Matt McMichael says, “People enjoy cycling in tribute to a time when speed wasn't the primary goal of riding.
Last year, more than 110 riders took part, and there is a limit of 150, so sign up now at indycog.org.
- When: Oct. 25
- Where: Starts at Shoefly Public House, 122 E. 22nd St.
Angie's List Irvington Party
Join Angie’s List as we celebrate the Irvington neighborhood at the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival Street Fair on Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Look for us as you’re enjoying more than 150 vendors.
Circle City Classic
In addition to the matchup of the Kentucky State University Thorobreds and the Central State University Marauders of Ohio, the 31st annual Classic raises money for college scholarships.
- When: Oct. 4
- Where: Lucas Oil Stadium
- More information: circlecityclassic.com
Broad Ripple Fall Gallery Tour
One of the city’s first cultural districts shows off its paintings and objets d'art from 20 galleries, boutiques and shops. Browse and shop for unique and locally produced items for your home.
- When: Oct. 10
- Where: Broad Ripple
- More information: broadripplegallerytour.org
Parke County Covered Bridge Festival
A trip west on US 36 will whisk you to the country charm of towns like Rockville, Bridgeton, Montezuma, Mecca, Rosedale and Bloomingdale. Sample some Quaker apple butter and wander through Hoosier pioneer history.
- When: Oct. 10-19
- Where: Parke County
- More information: coveredbridges.com
Celebrate the city’s Teutonic heritage at the sixth annual GermanFest. Don a costume and walk or run the OktoberFAST 5K, watch the dachshunds race, compete in the yodeling contest, in feats of strength or beer games. Kids can visit Zwergen-Land and roam with the gnomes.
Tickets purchased online before the event are $8 in advance.
The promo code Angie14 gets you $5 off admission.
- When: Oct. 11
- Where: Athenaeum
- More information: athenaeumfoundation.org
Heartland Film Festival
For 23 years, Indianapolis has hosted a film fest with truly moving pictures. This year showcases more than 130 films over 10 days on screens throughout Indy.
- When: Oct. 16-25
- Where: Throughout Indianapolis
- More information: heartlandfilm.org
Since 2012, Indy’s own brand of “ideas worth spreading” has brought presenters talking about topics in technology, entertainment and design. This year, 18 voices speak to the topic of Get Outside IN.
- When: Oct. 21
- Where: Hilbert Circle Theatre
- More information: tedxindianapolis.com
Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour
Brown County’s colorful fall foliage attracts throngs of visitors in October. If you’re on a quest to add country charm to your home, wander along the byways to browse the studios of local artists and artisans.
- When: Oct. 1-31
- Where: Nashville, Indiana
- More information: browncountystudiotour.com