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Round out your summer with Indy's August festivals, events and fun

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We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but summer will be over before we know it. (Sorry!) Be sure to round out the summer of 2018 with some of the season’s hottest events and festivals, including the Indiana State Fair, IndyFringe Festival, Gen Con and Devour Indy. (Check out the other fun things in our list of August events below, too.) You’ll be glad you did.

Aug. 2-5: Gen Con

Truly the best four days in gaming, right here in Indy! Gen Con is the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure game convention in North America. With 500 exhibiting game companies, award-winning authors and artists, vibrant costumes, family entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden, and hundreds of exciting new games, there’s something for everyone. Details >> 

Aug. 3-19: Indiana State Fair

The animals, the food, the rides, the concerts! There’s so much to see and do at the Indiana State Fair. New for 2018, the Indiana State Fair introduces a single-ring, world-class circus, showcasing a variety of famous performers, including daredevil Bello Nock. Details >> 

Zionsville Street Dance logoAug. 4: Zionsville Street Dance

Dance the night away at Zionsville Street Dance, Zionsville's largest party of the year. This family-friendly event features live music, local restaurants, food trucks, beer garden, kids' area and much more! Details >>

Indianapolis Colts logoAug. 5: Colts Training Camp Community Day

Get ready for another Indianapolis Colts football season with a visit to the team’s training camp in Westfield during Community Day. Local nonprofits and players’ causes will be highlighted and celebrated! Details >>

Aug. 6-11: Drum Corps International World Championships

A week-long competition of the very best in the world of marching music culminates on Saturday, Aug. 11 with the crowning of the marching band champion. Watch at Lucas Oil Stadium as brass musicians, percussionists and dance performers compete at the highest levels of musical and performance excellence. Details >>

Broad Ripple Carnival logoAug. 9-12: Broad Ripple Carnival

Celebrate Broad Ripple Village and Broad Ripple Park with a four-day festival featuring carnival rides and games, food and drink, a craft beer garden, live entertainment and community booths. A history exhibit will be displayed, and Saturday’s highlight includes an artisan and vintage market. Free admission. Details >>

Aug. 11: Indy Quest Urban Adventure

Like TV’s “The Amazing Race”? Then you’ll love Indy Quest! Grab your friends, relatives or coworkers and trek, ride and paddle through the city streets, creeks and neighborhoods of Indianapolis. Along the way, you will encounter a number of unique and demanding obstacles and tests that will challenge your physical and mental skills. Details >>

golf ball and clubAug. 16-19: LPGA Indy Women in Tech Championship at Brickyard Crossing

Cheer on LPGA stars like Morgan Pressel and Michelle Wie as they navigate their way around the famed Brickyard on a Pete Dye-designed course that includes four holes inside the speedway. Details >>

Aug. 16-26: IndyFringe Festival

One of Indy’s biggest theater events returns to Mass Ave and the surrounding area for 10 days in mid-August. IndyFringe showcases traditional and nontraditional theatre, dance, music, improvisation and a wide range of other performance and visual arts, performed and created by local, national and international artists. Details >> 

Zionsville Creekfest logoAug. 18: Zionsville Creekfest

What started as a cleanup of Eagle Creek has become a full-blown annual festival celebrating Eagle Creek and our precious water resources. Register to help with the cleanup and come out for other fun activities, including a creek stomp for kids, kayak demonstrations, the Department of Natural Resources’ casting station, live music and much more! Details >>

Devour Indy logoAug. 20-Sept. 2: Devour Indy

Devour Indy happens only twice a year, so you won’t want to miss out on this summertime opportunity to experience amazing three-course, value-priced menus at restaurants throughout the city! Details >>

Aug. 24-26: Indianapolis Greekfest

Taking place on the grounds of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Carmel, the family-friendly Indianapolis Greekfest celebrates the Greek Orthodox faith and Hellenic culture with authentic Greek foods, traditional dancing and live music. Details >> 

Indianapolis Colts logoAug. 25: Colts 5K Walk/Run

This isn’t your typical 5K. Participants start off outside of Lucas Oil Stadium, and then experience the thrill of NFL football by finishing at the 50-yard line inside the stadium! In addition to an exclusive Colts 5K t-shirt and commemorative medal, all participants will receive a Colts preseason game ticket! Details >> 

Carmel Arts & Design District logoAug. 25: Artomobilia

Experience car design as art in the Carmel Arts & Design District. More than 400 enthusiast and collector automobiles from 26 classes line the streets while nearby galleries exhibit art with an auto theme. Details >>

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