If you were trying to explain all the areas of Indianapolis to an outsider who had only heard of Lucas Oil Stadium, the Motor Speedway, and Monument Circle, you wouldn’t describe Carmel the same way as you described Danville, and likewise with Fountain Square versus the north side in general. This weekend, we have our list of the top cheap/FREE things to do, and they can function as a sampler platter of the entire city. North to south, east to west, and downtown to uptown – all of them are represented in this weekend’s roundup. There’s something for everyone, so check it out:
Northside Nights – You probably already have heard about this one, as it’s probably the second biggest thing going on this weekend behind the Colts game against Jacksonville. You aren’t limited to just this weekend if you want to enjoy Northside Nights, as the event continues at more than 30 restaurants through Sunday, September 28. Click the title of this paragraph to check out the full list of restaurants participating, but the common thread between them is access to a three-course value-priced menu that allows you to try out the best restaurants on the north side of town on the cheap.
Meditation Hikes at the IMA – If you’re looking to take a mental break from the hustle and bustle this weekend, admission is FREE for meditation hikes at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 19, you can meet at the Efryomson Family Entrance Pavilion and enjoy a hike through some of the most beautiful sights in the city.
Garfield Park Early Morning Photography – If you’re a morning person who happens to also love photography, this event is perfect for you. From 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 20, you can have access to the Garfield Park Conservatory before it opens. This opportunity costs only $5 per person, but registration is required ahead of time and space is limited. To book your spot, call (317)-327-PARK.
Art Squared – This is actually a combination of three great art events in one, and the whole thing is completely FREE to attend in Fountain Square. From noon to 6:00 p.m. Saturday September 20, you can checkout these three events:
- Masterpiece in a Day – You’ll find local artists, students, and friends creating art for cash prizes in Fountain Square’s art and writing competition.
- Art Parade – Everything along this parade route is a moving work of family-friendly art. It’s open for all ages, and the artwork will come in all shapes and sizes.
- Art Fair – Local Indiana artists and vendors will be selling their goods and art. It’s a great way to support the local economy while seeing how talented our Indy residents truly are.
Clay Terrace 10-Year Anniversary – Saturday, September 20 marks the 10-year anniversary for Clay Terrace. If you shop at this Carmel landmark, you’ll find plenty of retailer discounts. They won’t all be identical, but all of them are designed to be centered around ’10’. Also, if you stick around after dark, you can watch a live performance from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. by Poparazzi. Just in case you needed an excuse to go shopping this weekend, here you go.
Jennie DeVoe performance – Local star Jennie DeVoe will be making an appearance in Danville this weekend. Fall may be in the air, but you’re invited to hear Summer Sounds on the Square in downtown Danville. The gates open at 6:30 p.m., with Jenny DeVoe’s concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Adults aged 21 and over pay only $5 to attend, while kids under 21 are all FREE. Just remember to bring chairs if you want to sit.
Parade of Banners Watch Party: Indy Eleven professional soccer fans, have you RSVPed for Saturday’s banner making watch party at Sophia Square Apartments in Carmel yet? Well, we need to take care of that! Fans of all ages are invited to join Indy Eleven, Indiana Soccer Association & Slaughterhouse-19 BYB from 6:00-9:30 p.m .Saturday to get their works of art ready for next weekend’s “Parade of Banners” at Carroll Stadium abd take in the 7:30 pm kickoff against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The FREE event will also include complimentary food and beverages from The Pint Room – Carmel!
You must RSVP for the event by clicking on the link.
CANvitational – As we reach our final event of the weekend, we have to offer a full disclosure that we wouldn’t consider this a cheap idea. It can, however, feature a nice discount if you do it right. General admission to CANvitational costs $60 after the early bird deadline of 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 19, but you can save $10 by ordering before then (just click the link at the start of this paragraph). If you purchase tickets, you’ll receive a sampling glass and then have access to beer samples from over 40 breweries from around the country. The event lasts from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20 on Georgia Street downtown. Another great way to save money for this event is to serve as your group’s designated driver. They pay only $10 for tickets, and will be provided their choice of soda and water. Again, not a cheap weekend event, but a great opportunity for beer lovers. It probably goes without saying, but this one is only open to Cheapsters aged 21 and older.