Whether you are looking to go out with family or friends this weekend, enjoy live music, visit a museum, art gallery or try out a new restaurant, the Indianapolis Recorder has you covered. We have put together an extensive list of just a few of the events and activities going on in and around Indianapolis in This Weekend in the Arts.

Unfortunately, we could not cover everything going on in one calendar. So, if there is something going on that we and other Hoosiers should know about this month, feel free to let us know! Send an email to newsroom@indyrecorder.com so we can include it in the next edition.

Friday, Aug. 25

“Detroit ‘67”

Phoenix Theatre Cultural Center, 705 N. Illinois St. 

7 p.m. (Recurring until Sept. 10)

Tickets are $25

Written by African American playwright Dominique Morisseau, “Detroit ‘67” tells the story of four dreamers as they attempt to restore order to chaos along the backdrop of the 1967 race rebellion in Detroit, Michigan.


Devour Indy Summerfest

Various locations, Downtown Indianapolis
Every day through Sept. 3

*Menu prices vary on restaurant

Presented by the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association, Devour Indy Summerfest celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of Indianapolis’ eateries. Featuring more than 100 restaurants with unique and value-priced menus, the 2023 Devour Indy Summerfest benefits Gleaners Food Bank of America.


IndyFringe Theatre Festival

Various locations, Downtown Indianapolis

5:30 p.m. (Recurring Thurs.-Sun. until Sept. 3)

Tickets are $20 for adults; $14 for children and students

The three-week celebration of Indianapolis local performance arts is gearing up to be the most vibrant theater festival in the Midwest. The festival celebrates more than 300 performances, from music and dance to comedy and magic, across six Downtown Indianapolis stages.


Saturday, Aug. 26

Bicentennial Unity Plaza Grand Opening Weekend: Indy Night Market

Gainbridge Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St.

5-10 p.m.


Presented by BeNimble Co. in partnership with Pacers Sports Entertainment, the Indy Night Market will take place after the grand opening of the Bicentennial Unity Plaza and kick off four days of free activities and events. Indy Night Market will show off Indy’s unique cuisine, artistic talents and Black-owned business vendors.


CHREECE (Hip-Hop Festival)

Various venues, Fountain Square Neighborhood

7-8 p.m.

Tickets start at $60

The independent hip-hop festival Chreece is back and ready to continue celebrating the diverse culture and artistry of the music genre. Both local and national talent around Indiana will be showcased alongside more than 80 hip-hop artists, DJs and producers.


Taste the Difference Festival & Sister Cities Fest

Global Village Welcome Center, 4233 Lafayette Road

Noon to 3 p.m.

Tickets range from $15-$25

This international food festival fundraiser promises a delicious journey around the world as they raise money for the International Marketplace Coalition. Featuring dishes from places such as Guinea, India, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Yemen and more, guests will get to enjoy a vibrant range of foods alongside the backdrop of live performances, local artists and artisan vendors.


Sunday, Aug. 27

Jazz Brunch
Garden Terrace, Newfields, 4000 N. Michigan Road

Noon to 3 p.m.

Included with general admission

Spend your Sunday afternoon with Newfields listening to local jazz musicians while enjoying an expanded brunch menu of seasonal food and beverages. Seats are first come, first served, but guests are welcome to bring a picnic blanket for the lawn.


‘Silver Carnation’ – Film Screening with the Director

Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St. 

2:30-4:30 p.m.


The Indianapolis Public Library will host a screening of “Silver Carnation,” a film about the untold story of Iranian Fereydoun Farrokhzad, who is known for the quote, “My dream is to die for a worthy cause, for freedom, for human rights.” The film will be followed by a Q&A with the Director.


Stephanie Allen-Stevenson – Super Soul Sunday

The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave.

7 p.m.

Tickets are $20-$30

Indianapolis native Stephanie Allen-Stevenson has performed on stages across the U.S. and Europe but has returned home to rejoin the local music scene. Join Allen-Stevenson and her band “Composition” for a special evening of classic hits, emotional pieces and fun.


Please note: Admission and ticket prices listed are general and before taxes/fees.

Contact staff writer Chloe McGowan at 317-762-7848 or chloegm@indyrecorder.com. Follow her on Twitter @chloe_mcgowanxx.