1 // Irish Fest: September 14-17
Irish Airs, Hogeye Navvy, Ennis Clare, Jig Jam, The Narrowbacks and more play this four day fest. What will NUVO be up to inside Military Park? Finally learning how to play the bodhran of the bodhran demonstrations. Or maybe taking adult Irish dance lessons. Or maybe …
2 // Jazz Fest: September 14-23
Kirk Whalum, Tony Monaco, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jane Monheit, Ignacio Berroa, Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Randy Brecker, The Blue Side, Sullivan Fortner, Pavel and Direct Contact, Ghost-Note, Chantae Cann, Polyrhythmic and so many more play this year’s jazz fest, which celebrates the 100th anniversary legacy of Ella, Dizzy, Monk and Gennett.
3 // Fiesta Indianapolis: September 16
This free Latinx culture fest on American Legion Mall features music, dancing, food, a health and wellness fair and much more.
4 // Indiana Renaissance Faire: September 16
Wait — we can hear you saying it — aren’t I in the music section? Hell yes you are, and if you think this Ren Faire is without some 600-year-old tunes, you’re sorely mistaken. Pull on your tunics and breeches and head to Klipsch Music Center for this weekend-long fest.
5 // The Flaming Lips, Mac DeMarco: September 19
It’s not quite a festival, per se, but the festival regular bands on deck at the Lawn at White River’s closing night will just about make you feel like it is. Seriously, the Flaming Lips can turn any stage into a festival with their righteous vibes.
6 // Rocky Ripple Festival: September 23
This year, 80 artists will stop by Rocky Ripple Festival, which kicks off at 11 a.m. There’s food, yep, and beer, too.
7 // Lotus Fest: September 28 - October 1
There’s a reason Bloomington’s Lotus Fest has been around for 21 years. Every autumn, Lotus Fest organizers bring a carefully curated selection of the world’s greatest musicians to the Hoosier state for a weekend full of unforgettable performances. In addition to the always brilliant artist lineups, Lotus Fest benefits from a thoughtful approach to the sequencing and placement of acts within the festival schedule. The Lotus format allows attendees the option of choosing among a rich variety of concert experiences, from intimate chamber style performances to all-out street parties highlighting global hip-hop and dance music styles. - Kyle Long
8 // Irvington Halloween Festival: September 28 - October 28
This month-long celebration of all things spooky has plenty of music and nightlife elements, sure, but it’s also one of the best event series in all of Indy to bring your kids. Don’t miss the closing weekend street festival, the ghost tours, the masquerade ball, the trivia nights, the pumpkin carving contests and more. Irvingtonhalloween.com has all the info you need to make a perfectly spooky schedule.
9 // Fountain Square Music Fest: October 6-7
Bishop Briggs, Dr. Dog and Phantogram headline this year’s FSMF, for which 5,000 or so tickets are available. There’s lots of supporting ats, too, like Real Estate, Coin, The Cool Kids, Richard Edwards, Lily and Madeleine, Why?, Welshly Arms, Bryce Vine, Flint Eastwood, Hoops, Dan Luke and the Raid, Mike Floss, Dream Chief, Okey Dokey, Public, Malcolm London, Biyo, Brandon Whyde, Prxzm, Shiny Penny, Thunder Dream and more.
10 // Germanfest: October 14
The most authentically German way to party this fall is at the most authentically German spot in town: Mass Ave’s Athenaeum, which hosts a yearly fest celebrating beer, yodeling, wiener dog races and more.