Top 6 things to do in Indy this weekend: September 23

It’s Circle City Classic weekend!

Although there is no football game this year, Indiana Black Expo has introduced some great new events at Lucas Oil Stadium.

To celebrate Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Divine 9 Sisterhoods and Fraternities, there will be an HBCU Battle of the Bands and a Greek Step Show Battle. Tickets start at $20 for access to both Saturday shows, which start at 3 p.m. with the Battle of the Bands and the Step show to follow.

Aside from these shows at Lucas Oil Stadium, eight other events will take part in this Circle City Classic weekend, including the Circle City Classic Parade brand, a 21+ party and DJ Geno’s Classic Comedy Jam with DL Hughley , Ricky Smiley and Lil Duval.

Visit for the full schedule of events from Friday evening.

AFTER: A new look and sound for the Circle City Classic

Celebrating Irish culture and heritage – rain or shine – festival-goers can expect dancers, sheep, Irish dogs, cultural displays, music, food and drink to 25th Annual Irish Indy Festival.

Hosted in Garfield Park on the south side of the city, the Indy Irish Fest will take place Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for people 15 and older, kids 14-5 are $5, kids 4 and under are free. There are also family passes for $45, allowing two adults and up to four children.

WRTV Photo: Shakkira Harris

An Indy Night Market flag was located at the first annual Indy Night Market in 2021.

Returning for the second year, Growing Places Indy and Be Nimble Foundation are hosting the two-night market at the Indianapolis City Market, located at 222 E. Market St. Indy Night Market supports up-and-coming entrepreneurs and small businesses, where it will have over 50 vendors, shows, face painting, life-size games and food.

The Indy Night Market is Friday 6-10 p.m. and Saturday 4-10 p.m. Free entry.

AFTER: 2022 Fall Festivals in Central Indiana

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is hosting its third annual Fiesta de la Familia celebration on Sunday.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., families can participate for free in the Latin American cultural celebration in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Activities include interactive folk art creations, live music, a portable art workshop, and an interest group of Spanish medical students from Indiana University School of Medicine.

Although admission is free, the Children’s Museum asks those interested to attend make a reservation in advance.

We. Culture in Newfields

“We. The Culture: Works by The Eighteen Art Collective” debuts at Newfields this weekend. The exhibit features the work of 18 artists who came together in August 2020 to paint an iconic Black Lives Matter mural on Indiana Avenue.

The Eighteen Art Collective are:

Amiah “Mimsy” Mims Israel Solomon
Ashley Nora Dr. Jarrod Nicholas Dortch
Pope Gaskin John G. Moore, Jr.
Wavy Blayne McCrary Kenneth Hedge (FINGERCREATIONS)
Deonna Craig Kevin West
ess mckee Kyng Rhodes
FITZ Rae Parker
Gary Gee Rebecca Robinson
Harriet Watson Shamira Wilson

You can see the work of the Collective during museum opening hours until September 24, 2023. The visit to the showcase is included in the general admission price.

AFTER: The 18 Art Collective arrives at Newfields

The season opener for the 45th Annual Nightmare on Edgewood is Friday.

Nightmare on Edgewood, located at 1959 S. Merdian St., will cover more than 40,000 square feet this year with a three-part, two-story haunted house.

The three haunted attractions include “Containment,” which, according to a press release, brings attendees “face-to-face with a murderous mob driven mad by the contaminated local water supply.” The second haunted house is “Charlie’s Revenge”, which is your traditional cursed mansion. The third haunted attraction is the “Conle Farm”, where cattle and farmers have “developed strange disfigurements and are going insane from the chemicals Old Man Conley uses in his fields”.

Nightmare on Edgewood runs until November 5. Tickets are $30 and invite fright-seekers into all three haunted house attractions. Fast passes are also available for $50. Doors and ticket offices open at 6:30 p.m., the haunting begins at 7 p.m., and doors close at 10 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends.

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Shakkira Harris, WRTV digital reporter, can be reached at shakkira[email protected]. You can follow her on Twitter, @shakkirasays.

James C. Tibbs