August 15 - August 25
The 15th annual IndyFringe Festival takes over the Mass Ave neighborhood with live stage productions representing every imaginable (and a few unimaginable) theater genres including cabaret, dance, plays and comedies from local, national, and international acts. All shows must be a minimum of 45 minutes and a maximum of 60.
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Metal gods Slipknot (who just got a bunch of new super scary masks to wear on stage) headline this festival bill, ably supported by Volbeat, Gojira (a Grammy nominee), and Behemoth. Enjoy listening to “All Out Life” under the stars. The cold, pitiless stars.
August 16 - August 17
St. Thomas Aquinas Church and School
Yes, the organizers of the 15th annual St. Thomas Aquinas SausageFest are aware that their name is a semi-salty double entendre. And they don’t care. They’re too busy serving up beer from Sun King Brewing Company along with savory meats from Kincaid’s Meat Market and pizza from Byrne’s Grilled Pizza, among others. There’s also a wine garden and plenty of local music. And in case you’re worried, no, the SausageFest is not a literal sausage fest. Management reports a near-equal distribution of male and female attendees.
Cost: Free admission
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
The Summer Nights Film Series offers guests the chance to sit on blankets or folding chairs, have picnics and watch a movie. This particular week features the Japanese classic 13 Assassins, about a group of samurai who go on a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. Doors open at 7pm and the movie begins around 9:30pm (or whenever it gets dark enough to see the screen). If you don’t feel like packing in a meal, high-end concessions are available.