City Beat: Fall Festivals Bring International Flair to Indy

September 17th, 2014

As the Air Gets a Little More Crisp, Cultural Festivals Take Their Turn to Shine.

Dragon dance at the Indianapolis Chinese Festival

We get it, summer. Your weather is great and your festivals bring everyone outside. But that’s not the only festival season in Indy. Whether it’s partaking in the arts or celebrating international heritage, Indy’s fall festivals bring a sophisticated flair all to their own.

Check out these recommended fall festivals around Indianapolis.

  • Fiesta Indianapolis – September 20: The 34th annual celebration of the largest Latino festival in Indiana, La Plaza’s Fiesta Indianapolis is a “Passport to the Americas,” with food, music, dance, and even hot sauce tasting at the American Legion Mall in downtown Indy.
  • Indianapolis Chinese Festival – September 27: Celebrate Chinese culture on the American Legion Mall in downtown indy at the Indianapolis Chinese Festival. The event is held during the month of Chinese Moon Festival – the second largest Chinese festival after Chinese New Year – as a celebration of the harvest. Visitors can experience art, music, tai chi, martial arts, crafts, and the famed lion and dragon dances.
  • Performers at GermanFest.

    Performers at GermanFest.

    GermanFest – October 11: There’s beer. Food. Music. A lederhosen-clad 5K race and a wiener dog race, naturally. It’s GermanFest at the Athenaeum! Located around the famous Rathskeller, this festival celebrates the boisterous side of German heritage while providing a fun and engaging atmosphere for people of all ages.

  • Heartland Film Festival – October 16-25: With a screening attendance of 24,000 last year, the Heartland Film Festival is poised for even greater growth in 2014. Expect 10 days of red-carpet premiers, galas, screenings, and parties spread throughout Indianapolis. The Heartland Film Festival carries the distinction of being a qualifying festival for the Short Films category at the Academy Awards.
  • Spirit and Place – November 7-16: Self-described as a “TED lecture, but interactive and on steroids,” the Spirit and Place Festival brings together community organizers, artists, storytellers, authors, scholars, and others to facilitate local residents in civic and artistic engagement. JOURNEY – the 2014 theme of the festival - ”will explore the dynamic passages of peoples, places, and ideas.” Individual event information will be released on October 4.
  • Indy International Festival – November 21-23: Running for 38 years, the Indy International Festival is central Indiana’s oldest and largest pan-ethnic celebration. Featuring exhibits from more than 50 groups, the Indy International Festival aims to showcase the diverse array of ethnicities represented around central Indiana through art, music, dance, food, and drink.

Just passed: St. Joan of Arc French Market (9/12), Indy Irish Fest (9/12-14), Sister Cities Festival (9/6), German American Klub Oktoberfest (9/4-9/7), Indy Fringe Theater Festival (August)

September 11 – Another Landmark Effort By 1070

September 10th, 2014

But Terrorist Attacks Ignited Change In Delivery By “The Friendly Voice Of Indiana”   September 11, 2001 changed America. It also changed WIBC.  More on that in a bit. AM 1070 delivered one of its iconic, proud performances – right up there with its broadcasts of the Kiritis Hostage Crisis and State Fair Tragedy. The […]

Everything Has Changed, Yet Nothing Much Has Changed At All.

August 26th, 2014

True For Sports, Mobile Personal Electronic Devices And Media Content Generation. According to Sports Illustrated, in 60 years everything has changed regarding sports in America; and yet nothing much has changed at all. The same certainly could be said about radio and media content delivery overall. Actually, SI special contributor Steve Rushin DID in fact […]

Power & Cellular Grids Go Down, But Radio Doesn’t!

August 20th, 2014

Industry Heads Claim In Times Of Crisis, FM Enabled Smartphones Would Better Serve Public The following are excerpts from a recent opinion piece co-authored by National Public Radio President Paul Haaga and American Public Media CEO Jon McTaggart. Disasters strike every year in every corner of America…  Today, more than 90 percent of Americans own […]

At The State Fair – Today And Through The Years

August 13th, 2014

1070 Part Of Fair Fun Times, Traditions And Epic Moments The storied Indiana State Fair is more than twice as old as AM1070. Yet the station/frequency has been there for better or worse during many of the current Fairgrounds legendary moments, had personalities be synonymous with the event and even contributed to one of the […]

Will The Internet Kill Radio?

August 6th, 2014

Unlikely As Consumers/Users Value Free Content Will the internet kill off “regular” over-the-airwaves radio?  I’ve been asked this question dozens and dozens of times in the last decade. My answer?  Uh, no.  And one big reason is radio doesn’t cost you (the listener) anything. Though broadcasters do continue to face challenges in adapting to an […]

All Indiana! Waterway Fun Rules Summers

July 30th, 2014

No Ocean, No Matter!!  There’s Plenty Of Water To Keep Hoosiers At Play Summer means outdoor fun for Indiana residents statewide, even when the temperature’s above a comfortable level. Some Hoosiers opt to beat the heat and get active the old-fashioned way – by heading to the nearest lake, stream, or river. Here’s a quick […]

1st Brickyard 400 Broke Tradition, But Started A New One

July 23rd, 2014

AM1070 Educated Local Indy 500 Fans With “NASCAR 101” Lessons This summer marks the 20th anniversary of motor racing’s “good ol’ boys” coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  It was a culmination of over two years of preparation, decades of speculation and a big change for local fans as well as radio coverage of the […]

Emmis Beat: Moonlighting As Concert Producers

July 16th, 2014

Company’s Inside Access To Music Industry’s Rising Stars Is Exciting For Listeners As we’ve noted previously, Emmis Communications has been on the forefront of new technology and new business practices outside of just creating great on-air content. But the most visible element of the robust media company that Emmis has become is its concert production […]

City Beat: Midtown Mojo

July 9th, 2014

Northside Neighborhood Redevelopments — A Reinvestment Or Risk? Though “Midtown” in Indianapolis conjures up images of Meridian-Kessler mansions and rows of trendy shops amongst hip Broad Ripple bungalows, the defined area, from Fall Creek north to Broad Ripple, has several spots of blight and crime, including a vibrant retail and night club area that experienced […]