• Beyond the Borders: Three Exciting Events, One Weekend in Indianapolis

    POSTED August 5, 2016
  • Beyond the Borders: Three Exciting Events, One Weekend in Indianapolis

    POSTED August 5, 2016
  • Beyond the Borders: Three Exciting Events, One Weekend in Indianapolis

    POSTED August 5, 2016

Hello readers,

Summer is all about the road trips. If you’re looking for a day adventure for your group that’s economical and convenient, consider crossing the border into Indiana and head to Indianapolis

A number of initiatives have put the state's capital on the map lately. It was named the number-one convention city in America by USA Today, and proved its stature by hosting the notable 84th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in late June that welcomed everyone from journalist Ann Curry to entertainer Lady Gaga and the honorable Dalai Lama.

The city is also celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Indianapolis Foundation, founded in 1916 by former U.S. Vice President Charles Warren Fairbanks, Eli Lilly, civic leader Henry H. Hornbrook and others. It was one of the first community foundations in the country that established a number of local nonprofits. On Aug. 27, the dazzling IN Light IN festival and special gala will mark the occasion with $1 million in grants to organizations with similar missions. But that’s not the only event coming to town. Here are three ways to enjoy one weekend in Indiana:

IN Light IN
Features 20 artist-led light installations, projections and fashion programs along the city’s Central Canal and Cultural Trail.

Aug. 26–27

Central Canal & Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Downtown Indianapolis

9 p.m.–1 a.m.


Indianapolis Wine Festival
Sip on more than 250 wines from around the world, plus sommelier-led seminars, local cuisine, pairing tips and live music.

August 2627

American Legion Mall, Downtown Indianapolis

510:30 p.m. on Friday; 3:309:00 p.m. on Saturday


Dig IN
Indiana food, agriculture and chefs are on display with a series of experiences, conversation and delicious bites. Look for special highlights on locally produced, locally sourced cuisine and spirits.

Aug. 28

Military Park, Downtown Indianapolis

124 p.m.


Happy Planning!

“Cannabis can have a presence in the dinner entrées and the desserts at an event. One of our panel experts from the event, Chef Sunflower [aka Enid Parham], plans the meals with ‘microdoses’ of cannabis so there is not too much consumed at one time,” says Connie Seibt, event manager and vice president of programs and education, ILEA Detroit. “It should be planned ahead for the type of cannabis to infuse in the foods, i.e. providing a relaxing mood versus high energy.


Congratulations to the finalists for Michigan Meetings + Events Best of 2020 readers’ choice awards. We look forward to celebrating with each of you at the awards celebration on Thursday, May 28, at the Gem Theatre in Detroit.

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Atwater Brewery
Bell’s Brewery
Founders Brewing Co.


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