Greatest Indianapolis Meals and Beverage Occasions in September

Eric Schroeder, Indianapolis, conjures up a stone at the Oktoberfest of the German-American Club in September 2012.

Free ice cream and comedy

8-10 p.m. September 26, 629 Virginia Ave., next to the Dugout Bar, free,

Red Flag Comedy has an open mic at this location every Wednesday, but recently they’ve been serving free premium locally sourced ice cream once a month, usually the last Wednesday. In August there was Mondo Dark Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches from Circle City Sweets. This month it’s Circles Ice Cream, which specializes in small delivery-only miracles like cornbread and honey. Peaches and biscuits; and Erdbeer-PB&J. This is the last ice cream event of the summer, but a new treat is likely to take its place this fall. Stay tuned.

Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream Dark Chocolate Brownies Sandwich at Red Flag Comedys Ice Open Social Mic in Fletcher Place.  The next event will take place on September 26, 2018 next to the Dugout Bar.

Breakfast after dark

6:30 PM to 11 PM September 7, 1899 Event Center, 164 Steeples Blvd., $ 75, (855) 322-4483,

Stop wondering why breakfast tastes so good for dinner and fill your face with bacon, eggs, cauliflower-crusted breakfast pizza, Bloody Marys, and more at this event to support the Indiana chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation . You must be at least 21 years old to participate.

Slow food fish roast and farmers market

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 7, Wildwood Market, 1015 Virginia Ave., $ 30,

Slow Food promotes “good, clean, fair” food, and this first Friday night market hits the mission from two angles. Shop at the market and sample local ice cream, cheese, meat, and more. Then enjoy dinner of fried wild-caught cod and two side dishes of Salumeria deli by Turchettii. The proceeds will go to Slow Food Indy.

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Ironworks Social for Pets

15.-20. September, Ironworks Hotel, 2721 E. 86th St., Free Entry, (463) 221-2200,

Hang out with your pup, help out the Humane Society, have a bite to eat, have a drink, and play with No Alternative and Bluewater Kings bands. Ruth’s restaurants Chris, Sangiovese, Provision and Rize offer nibbles. Daredevil Brewing and Tito’s Vodka pour drinks. Entry is free, but the Human Society needs donations of things like bleach, kitten food, 55 gallon trash bags, laundry detergent, and of course, cash.

French market festival St. Jeanne d'Arc

TURN festival and festival

Festival, 18.-21. September 28th September; Festival, noon to 6 p.m. September 29, Paramount School Farm, 3020 Nowland Ave., (317) 775-6660,

The free, family-friendly festival focuses on urban agriculture, nutrition, health and the environment with workshops, hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, children’s activities, live music and food. Hit sessions on urban farming, beekeeping, family horticulture, food preservation, and more. Six top chefs, including Brad Gates from Hedge Row and Abbi Merriss from Bluebeard, prepare the local food feast, a multi-course dinner for which tickets cost $ 100. The proceeds will go to the Paramount School of Excellence.

IndyStar Wine & Food Experience

September 29, 4:00 p.m., Clay Terrace, 14390 Clay Terrace Blvd., $ 65- $ 135,

Scott Conant, the head chef for Food Network, makes headlines for the delicious extravaganza with nearly 30 top restaurants. Mingle with the chefs, get unlimited of their creations, and watch cooking demonstrations. Meanwhile, sip on dozens of wines and craft beers.

French market

Noon to 10 p.m. September 8, St. Jeanne d’Arc Catholic Church, 4217 Central Ave., Free Entry, 317-283-5508,

Wine, quiche, lobster etouffee, boeuf bourguignon and escargot en croute are just some of the French dishes on the menu. Art vendors, live music, and a kids’ area are in the mix, but pets are not allowed.

Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 29, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 30, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., $ 15, gluten-free meal

More than 60 exhibitors fill the exhibition hall with all kinds of food, beverages and other products, many of which are also dairy and nut free. You can also attend seminars and cooking demonstrations.

More than 100 exhibitors present gluten-free food and drinks at the gluten-free Food Allergy Fest.

Indy Serb Festival

Noon to 11 p.m. September 8, St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, 7855 Marsh Road, free entry, (317) 471-8006

Enjoy Serbian delicacies such as sarma (stuffed cabbage), cevaps (sausage), burek (meat pastries), palacinke (crepe), krofne (donut), baklava, strudel, biscuits and much more. Expect live Serbian music, dancing, and activities for children.


4 p.m. to 11 p.m., September 6-8, German-American Club, 8602 S. Meridian St., $ 5, (317) 888-6940,

Dinner at the Edelweiss Restaurant feels like an Oktoberfest every night, but that’s real, complete with brats, frills, cabbage, strudel, beer, lots of live music and lots of activities for kids.

Indy cooks for the bow

Sept. 8, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., NCAA Hall of Champions, 700 W. Washington St., $ 50, (317) 977-2375,

Eat your way through dozen of tasting stations with local chefs and choose your favorite dish. The proceeds will go to The Arc of Indiana to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Class

Sept. 15, 2:30 p.m., Circle City Sweets at Indy City Market, 222 E. Market St., $ 75, (317) 632-3644,

Try your hand at Mexican folk art as you learn to sculpt and decorate the sugar skulls, often used as symbols for Mexican Day of the Dead, October 31 through November 2.

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