Put on your Halloween costume and sample from hundreds of beers created by more than 50 Indiana breweries. Broad Ripple Beer Fest, staged annually by the Brewers of Indiana Guild, fills up Optimist Park with food, music, and games. And perhaps inevitably, Halloween-themed beers. As if there isn’t already enough pumpkin spice in the world.
Cost: $30-$40 (designated drivers pay $10)
You know the Athenaeum Foundation is setting the bar pretty high, based on the name they chose for this event -- The Original and Fabulous GermanFest. This gathering doesn’t just embrace German culture. It grabs it in a bearhug and refuses to let go. Events include a bratwurst eating contest, a yodeling contest, and the high point of the gathering, dachshund races.
Cost: $3-$8 in advance
Xanadu, in case you didn’t know, was an amazingly silly movie about a nightclub promoter and an honest-to-gods Greek muse who create the world’s first roller disco. This traveling version of the Broadway production features Jinkx Monsoon, Season 5 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Season 7 finalist Ginger Minj. There are two back-to-back shows on the same evening, at 3 and 7pm.
Cost: Varies depending on seat and showtime.
Take in a Monday-night screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the Vogue’s LED video wall, with the soundtrack pumped through the club’s peerless sound system. Drinks will of course be available, along with food from a TBD Broad Ripple restaurant.
The neighborhood of Irvington takes Halloween very seriously. For more than 70 years it’s celebrated with the Historical Irvington Halloween Festival, which offers a full week of events, including (this year) a coffin race, zombie bike ride, the Pleasant Run Vampire Run, and the Historic Irvington Halloween Charity Ball. There’s also a not-so-scary street fair.
Cost: Free admission
Enjoy a kid-free evening at the Indianapolis Zoo with ZooBoo, an over-21, alcohol-friendly gathering where costumed attendees can mingle with the animals (within reason), enjoy live music, and try out pumpkin bowling and the Round-Go-Merry (the Zoo’s regular carousel, only running in reverse). Proceeds support the Indianapolis Zoo.