BMW Golf Championship Returns to Indy in 2016

Listen up, golf fans! The BMW Championship is returning to Indy on September 5-11, 2016, at the legendary Crooked Stick Golf Club.

The BMW Championship dates back to 1899 when it debuted as the Western Open, making it the third-oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule, behind only the British Open and U.S. Open. The BMW Championship features a field of 70 players to determine the final 30 players for the FedExCup finale at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in Atlanta.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Lee Westwood of England stand on the 18th hole green during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Lee Westwood of England stand on the 18th hole green during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.

“We’re kicking off ticket sales for the 2016 BMW Championship with our best offer of the year and with access to the most flexible ticket options,” said WGA Vice President of Tournaments Vince Pellegrino. “Patrons who purchase tickets early will have the confidence that they received the best value and will not be required to choose a specific day to attend the tournament in advance.”

During the Priority Ticket Program, ticket prices will range from $20 for a single-day practice round ticket to $75 for a daily championship round ticket and $275 for an upgraded weekly ticket which includes access to an upscale hospitality pavilion with air-conditioning and upgraded food and beverage options.

Fans who sign up for the Priority Ticket Program by September 19 will be eligible to purchase tickets through an exclusive pre-sale event up to 72 hours before they go on sale to the general public. Those interested in joining the Priority Ticket Program must first register online here. No advanced purchase is required to sign-up. Registrants will be notified by email with a direct link to the Priority Ticket site on September 21.

P.S. Did you know Indy has some serious golf cred? Considered by many to be the most influential golf course architect of the last five decades, Pete Dye designed his first-ever 18-hole course at Maple Creek Country Club on Indy’s Eastside. Indiana is also home to more Pete Dye-designed golf courses than anywhere else in the world. Check out the Pete Dye Golf Trail for details.

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Feeding Indianapolis: Indy Urban Acres

You probably drive by daily and don’t even know it’s there.

Located on Indy’s east side and tucked right off 1-70 is an eight-acre, organic farm funded by the Indianapolis Parks Foundation. Founded in 2011, Indy Urban Acres (IUA) provides fresh produce to more than 80,000 people in Indy by donating more than 35,000 pounds of harvest to local food pantries.

Indy Urban Acres

A farm with this much production takes a lot of love – and hard work. Hundreds of volunteers, including corporate groups, offer up their time to help plant, harvest, and maintain the farm. There’s always work to be done, but it’s certainly fulfilling; after putting in the hours, volunteers have the opportunity to walk fresh produce over to the nearby food pantry and directly into the hands of those who need it. Think your group is interested in volunteering? Contact farmer Tyler Gough here.

IUA is also home to a gorgeous flower farm and a full-service floral studio. From growing to picking to designing, IUA’s Flower Production Manager Lauren Brown can design and deliver table arrangements for your next event, straight from the farm. Brides, listen up, because I wish I knew about them when I got married. Beautiful flowers, great cause – it’s a win-win. You purchase IUA flowers at the Original Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays or at the Market on Hague on Saturdays.

Check out IUA any day, dawn to dusk (just ask for Tyler!) or for an extra special experience, consider purchasing a ticket to their Second Annual Farmraiser, featuring live music, brews by Flat12 Bierwerks, dinner by Noah Grant’s Grill House, and desserts by a bonfire. Tickets are $80 per person, $150 for two and can be purchased here.

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Introducing the Official Indy Tee

Earlier this year we launched three NDY sculptures, asking residents and visitors alike to tell the world why they #LoveIndy.

The results have been staggering.

More than 23,000 users have tagged #LoveIndy on Instagram. Olympian Kyla Ross stopped to pose as the “I” in Indy, as did Indy resident and New York Times best-selling author John Green.

John and Kyla

People want to show love for Indy. And we need them to – to show the world the type of city Indy has become, and to encourage friends, family, and followers to visit Indy.

But we don’t want it to end with the sculptures; we want our fans to proudly wear their love for Indy. That’s why we teamed up with our friends at locally owned 19nine to produce an official Indy tee. 19nine considers their shirts to be a personality billboard – a passionate expression. So we ask you, won’t you wear your passion for Indy?


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Official Indy tees are available in both raglan ($30) and traditional t-shirt ($25) styles. Click here to place your order.

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Another Big Year for Indy Jazz Fest

For several decades, topnotch jazz has adorned the streets of Indy, with talented players gracing stages large and small. And to celebrate this beautiful piece of local heritage, Indy Jazz Fest returns for its 17th year in 2015 with an excellent slate of events for jazz fans old and new.

Jazz Fest

From September 10-19, internationally acclaimed jazz artists will share stages with the best in regional and local talent as part of the 2015 Indy Jazz Fest. Taking place at numerous venues around the city, this year’s festival will feature three world-class performances from Grammy winners Take 6 and Dianne Reeves, and acclaimed contemporary jazz artist Jonathan Butler as part of The Indy Jazz Fest Signature Series. In addition to these high profile events though, this year’s Indy Jazz Fest offers several laid back concert experiences too. Take the Pub Creep for example.

Presented by the Brewers of Indiana Guild, Pub Creep (a really slow Pub Crawl) showcases local bands and local brews with five days of free events at watering holes around the city. Venues for this year’s Creep include Twenty Tap, Sun King Brewing, Flat 12 Bierworks, Broad Ripple Brewpub and Outliers Brewing Company.

For more information on all of the Indy Jazz Fest concerts, be sure and visit the festival’s website for a complete listing of events.

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The Colors of Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Guest post authored by Indianapolis Power & Light Company’s social media community manager Claire Dalton.

Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) has long been dedicated to making a difference in the communities in which its people work, live, and serve. IPL’s window light displays, which shine brightly every night in the heart of Indianapolis on Monument Circle, are highly visible acknowledgments to organizations and events that shape Indy. More than 16 million different hues can color IPL’s 10-story downtown headquarters. From a heart on Valentine’s Day to a farewell to a beloved Colts player, the iconic window light displays tug at the heartstrings and establish a sense of pride for Hoosiers and visitors alike.

1. The American Flag has become an important part in the way IPL expresses appreciation, gratitude and patriotism for our country.

American Flag

2. Visiting Monument Circle is a holiday tradition for thousands of families and friends. IPL’s holiday tree is the backdrop of this joyous time of year. We love powering the holiday season!

Xmas IPL

3. From Valentine’s Day to engagement proposals, the heart has become a staple for couples looking for a little romance on the circle.

Valentine's Day IPL

4. In March 2015, the Indianapolis Colts announced that the franchise would not re-sign beloved Wide Receiver Reggie Wayne. On the evening the announcement was made, IPL paid tribute to Wayne and his contributions to the Indianapolis community on and off the football field.

Colts IPL


5. Isn’t it pretty? The rainbow window light display supports Circle City IN Pride Week, which takes place every June in Indianapolis.



What are your favorite IPL window light displays? Join us on social media to share your window lights photos and tag @IPLpower and use #IPLlights.

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The 11th Annual IndyFringe Festival is Here

When Christopher Hansen makes his way to Mass Ave for the 11th IndyFringe festival, the wildlife lover will be bringing an owl with him. No need to worry though. The Silly Safaris performer (who goes by the name of Coyote Chris) will have everything under control, incorporating his feathered friend and several other live animals into a show he’s calling “My Wildlife: Owl By Myself.”

Indy Fringe

From magic shows to stand-up comedy, the 10-day fringe theater festival will once again showcase a myriad of performing artists all along Mass Ave from today through August 23, with hundreds of events happening at eight different venues. With an expected draw of 30,000 people, IndyFringe will welcome out-of-city performers to town, while also bringing back local standbys like dance company Dance Kaleidoscope, theater company NoExit Performance and improv group ComedySportz Indianapolis.

For an A to Z listing of shows at this year’s festival, be sure and head over to the IndyFringe website, where you can also find all kinds of other information on this year’s event.

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The Best Indiana State Fair Coupons and Deals

At the close of the summer and the start of the school year, few things in Indianapolis set my heart pitter patter like the Indiana State Fair. The thrills of the midway and the aroma of fried food alone could entice me there. But couple with those draws the amazing animals, the carefully crafted 4-H projects, the vendors, and arts displays and my giddiness wells over.

Indiana State Fair

I don’t care who you are. The Indiana State Fair is fun from start to finish (August 7 – 23) and you could literally spend WEEKS there and not see everything. Of course, what I love most about the fair are the numerous ways you can save money on your visit. There is absolutely no reason at all to spend full price on admission, food, entertainment, or fair fun. In fact, there seems to be a special way to save every single day, beginning with the Fair’s opening day on August 7! Did you know college students get in for free with an ID today?

While I’d suggest you take a long, hard look at the Indiana State Fair Website for an entire list of the best promotions, I’d love to highlight my favorites to get the ball rolling.

Chevrolet Military Day

On Monday August 10, current active duty military members, veterans, AND their families get in for absolutely free. All you need to do is show your military ID at the gate.

Indianapolis Star FREE Admission Coupon

Pick up a copy of the Indy Star today and you’ll find a coupon good for free admission on Wednesday, August 12. The paper clocks in at less than $2 per edition and full price tickets are $12 at the gate so these are some serious savings, friends.

Springhill Financial $2 Tuesdays

On both Tuesday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 18, you can get admission for $2 per person with this voucher. Plus all concessionaires will be offering $2 menu items so that you can eat on the cheap. These are the best two days for senior citizens to visit, too because the the fair shuttles (tractors that pull wagons around the grounds) are free all day to those 55 and older.

My Discount Day

Thursday, August 13 is My Discount Day. Admission is half off the gate price with this handy voucher.

Hoosier Lottery Day

Feeling lucky? On Saturday, August 15, swing by the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand to pick up a FREE lottery ticket. You must be 18 or older and provide a Hoosier Lottery gate flyer (you’ll receive on your way in to the fair). Tickets are available 8 am to 9 pm or until supplies run out.

Meijer Family Day

Load up the mini-van with your cousins, your kids, your sister, and your grandpa because Monday, August 17 is Meijer Family Day. Admission at the gate is only $20 for up to 10 people when you print out and bring this voucher.


Mom and Dad love you enough to buy you a AAA Membership for Christmas? Good news, that badboy will fix your flat on the side of the road AND get you FREE admission to the fair on Thursday, August 20. One valid membership card per person = one free entry.

$5 Foodie Friday

Want to try out the best of the fair foods? Hit $5 Foodie Friday on Friday, August 21. No voucher is required and discounts will be offered all day long.

Pepsi Wild Cherry Gospel Day

Get your praise on with Pepsi Wild Cherry Gospel Day on Sunday, August 23. On the last day of the fair, a Pepsi can is your $2 discount ticket to the fair. You need to bring one per person though!

Don’t want to spend a ton of extra money while you visit the fair? Good news! There are an incredible line up of musicians from every genre performing on the free stage. And I LOVE the special itineraries the Indiana State Fair has pieced together called “Trip Tips” highlighting fun for families, foodie adventures, and of course the fair’s best free offerings. There are 10 different agendas available and you can find them all here. Last but not least, you can find the best ways to save on Midway attractions here. Wristbands, discount days, and the hours of operations all are detailed so you can plan the best. trip. ever. with your family or friends.

For more ideas on how to save on this year’s Indiana State Adventures, check out The Best Ways to Save at the Indiana State Fair.

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Spark: Monument Circle Brings Fun and Community Downtown

spark monument circle welcome trailerMonuments and museums are some of our nation’s most beautiful treasures. Often we monumental spark monument indianapolis circle parkletvisit them once and check them off our list, never to return again. Really, they are works of art that should be enjoyed all the time. Indianapolis has some pretty special monuments, in fact we’ve named the center of our downtown space Monument Circle. Many know it simply as a street that cars drive upon. Others know that throughout the year some fantastic events and gatherings take place here and people from near and far gather together to celebrate a variety of occasions.

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Spark: Monument Circle will create special experiences that are themed and aimed at encouraging people to meet, use and enjoy spaces that are underutilized.

Seven days a week, 11 am to 8 pm through October 11, a welcome trailer will be staffed on the south-west quadrant of the Circle. Guests can check out hula hoops, ping pong equipment, board games, cards, and other recreational materials for use in the parklets monument circle spark chess(parking spaces converted to chairs and tables with umbrellas, picnic tables and grassy areas).

Big Car Collaborative and the City of Indianapolis teamed up and have created wonderful, ongoing experiences with financial support from the National Endowment for the Arts. You’ll find a daily schedule posted outside of the welcome trailer with events such as concerts, a listing booth, ask the expert opportunities, Handicraft Exchange, community art projects and even local favorites, Forensic Friends, a group who sketches people based on a description. Every Saturday night at 5 pm, join in a parade spark monument circle indy listening bootharound the Circle or the Monument.

Here’s the lowdown on the themed schedule:

Mellow Mondays are full of relaxation and a focus on low-tech experiences. Bring your yoga mat for some stretching on the circle.

During Talking Tuesdays you’ll get to engage with an expert on a specific area of study and ask him or her anything. There’s also a listening booth where you can spill your guts, tell a joke or just find someone to chat with.

On Walking Wednesdays, there are organized walks led by artists and experts. They’ll guide you on a topical walk to destinations on the Circle or nearby. There are also organized fitness walks.

Throwback Thursdays have a focus on Indianapolis history. Learn about Monument Circle and the men and women that are memorialized. During Phono Fridays you’ll partake in music, sound and D.J.s in various form. There will be crowd-sourced compilations, vinyl and spoken word performances.

Social Saturdays are full of morning workouts, community art projects, Forensic Friends and an evening procession.

Cycle Sundays are perfect for bringing your bicycle, scooter and motorcycle, there will be some special fun for those wheels!

Everyday on Monument Circle is a great day. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your lunch. Explore a new restaurant and get it to go so you can enjoy the parklets. Try a new featured food truck of the day. Come be a part of Monument Circle! This is your space.


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Chefs’ Night Off Indy Heads to NYC

When the James Beard House in New York City opens their doors, guests pile in to taste a meal prepared by critically-acclaimed chefs from all over the world. On August 6, five Indiana chefs and one bartender will take control of the kitchen to feature a laid back dinner party with dishes inspired by Indiana grown ingredients.

Chefs' Night Off Indy Heads to NYC

Which Indiana chefs are packing their knives and heading to the Big Apple?

Chef/Owner Jonathan Brooks, Milktooth (Indianapolis) – Featuring breakfast and brunch in Fountain Square, Milktooth gained popularity as Chef Jonathan Brooks was recognized by Food & Wine as a 2015 Best New Chef.  Milktooth is also one of Visit Indy’s Top 25 Restaurants.

Aaron Butts, Joseph Decuis (Roanoke) – A farm-to-table fine dining experience, Joseph Decuis is the only restaurant in the United States raising their own Wagyu with traditional Japanese husbandry practices.

Owner Chris Ely, Smoking Goose (Indianapolis) –  Handcrafted slow cured and smoked meats, salumi and fresh sausages are produced for restaurants all across the Midwest and are available for home cooks at Goose the Market. Food & Wine awarded Smoking Goose one of America’s Best Food Artisans.

David Tallent, Restaurant Tallent (Bloomington) – Restaurant Tallent offers Old World culinary methods with seasonal Southern Indiana produce and meats in every dish. Tallent is an eight-time James Beard semifinalist.

Pastry Chef Pete SchmutteCerulean (Indianapolis) – Pete Schmutte pushes the boundaries on dessert at Cerulean, one of Visit Indy’s Top 25 Restaurants.  Cerulean was also received recognition from Conde Nast’s Top 15 New Restaurants in the Midwest.

Barman Joshua Gonzalez, Thunderbird (Indianapolis) – Joshua Gonzalez brings experimental cocktails to Fountain Square featuring boozy favorites that are amplified by unique ingredients. Thunderbird received attention in The New York Time’s Restaurant Report.

Interested in the menu? The full list of h’orderves, main dishes, and cocktails are listed on the James Beard House website, but here’s a hint:

  • Deviled Indiana Farm Eggs with Pickled Ramps, Redbud Capers, and Wild Watercress
  • Curried Lardo with Peach Mostarda and Fresno Chiles
  • Smoked Indiana Pork Brisket with Fermented Sweet Corn–Tomato Salad and Hot Water Cornbread
  • Wagyu Strip Loin with Charred Corn–Summer Squash Hash, Speck, Pickled Ramps, Eggplant Confit, and Imperial Stout Bordelaise
  • French Laundry List: Plantation 5-Year-Old Rum with Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still Gold Rum, Plantation Original Dark Overproof Rum, Falernum, Lime, Pineapple, Spiced Honey, and Absinthe

Yes, that’s just a hint.

Can’t make it to New York City for the James Beard House: Chefs’ Night Off Indy dinner? Attend a Chefs’ Night Off event in Indianapolis instead. Chefs’ Night Off Indy is an ongoing series of pirate dinners held at the best restaurants in Indianapolis and cooked by the city’s finest chefs. Tickets range in price but include dinner, drinks and entertainment.

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Know Before You Go: Gen Con 2015

Badge sales to date indicate this year’s Gen Con will be the biggest yet. Last year, Gen Con reached a four-day attendance record of over 184,500 people and a unique attendance of over 56,000. Each year I attend Gen Con, it seems to get bigger and bigger. More events, more games, more costume contest participants, more food trucks – and more fun. Below is just a hint of what Gen Con brings to Indy – media guests of honor, exclusive events and happenings, fun for the whole family, food and beverage recommendations, tourism and more.

Media Guests of Honor

Two internationally-known celebrities will be joining Gen Con as 2015 media guests of honor. Marina Sirtis gained worldwide acclaim as the sexy, cerebral Deanna Troi in the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series and related films. She will participate in autograph signings on Saturday and Sunday. Summer Glau is an actress best known for her iconic characters River Tam in Joss Whedon’s TV series Firefly and the feature film, Serenity, and Cameron Philips in Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles. She will participate in autograph signings and photo ops Friday and Saturday.

Know Before You Go: Gen Con 2015

More than Exhibits and Games

New this year is the inaugural Crossplay Contest, described as “one part pageant, one part RuPaul’s Drag Race, and all parts fun.” Crossplay (a mix of “cross dressing” and “cosplay”) has always been part of the costume contest experience, but this year the crossplayers are getting specific attention in the form of their own contest. The contest will take place Friday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m in the Animation & Film Track in the Westin: Capitol II. For more information or to sign up, visit Gen Con’s website here.

Cards Against Humanity, the popular but widely familiar card game, is hosting a concert and comedy show instead of participating in the exhibit hall “as a desperate bid for attention,” says co-creator Eli Halpern. The concert will take place at Old National Centre on Friday, July 31 and features live performances from Molly Lewis, The Doubleclicks, Paul and Storm, Cameron Esposito, Kumail Nanjiani, and more. Ticket holders will receive a swag bag with show exclusives and new products from Cards Against Humanity, the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Magic: The Gathering, Fluxx, Greater Than Games, and Maxistentialism. Tickets (which are sure to sell out) start at $40.00 and are available now at

Touring the City

If it is your first time in Indianapolis and you set aside a few hours to explore the city, I have a few tips on squeezing the most into your time. The Indiana State Museum and Eiteljorg Museum are two of our city’s most visited cultural institutions and are within walking distance. The Indianapolis Zoo, home to the Orangutan Center, and gardens at White River State Park can be relaxing if in need of a digital break. If you’re staying in the JW Marriott, you will be able to see the Indianapolis Indians play at Victory Field on Friday, July 31 at 7:15 pm with fireworks after the game, or you could purchase tickets for a mere $15. In 2014 I shared 25 Things to Do in Indianapolis During Gen Con which includes many year round opportunities.

Explore downtown Indianapolis with a Pacers Bike Share on the Cultural Trail and find the NDY signs. From April through September, these sculptures rotate through the city offering postcard perfect opportunities to share how Indy inspires you. Currently the sculptures are located on Meridian Street and Washington Street, Virginia Avenue and Prospect Street in Fountain Square, and Georgia Street in front of the Indiana Convention Center – how convenient!

Know Before You Go: Gen Con 2015


Family Fun

Looking to take the little ones out for some Gen Con fun? Sunday is Family Fun Day at Gen Con and a family of four can purchase four one-day badges for only $35.00. Pick up a Family Fun Day Passport Booklet with at the Coupon Kiosk for a list of special activities valid for Sunday only. The Family Fun Pavilion includes exhibits, demonstrations, activities and much more from Gen Con’s partners, and the Training Grounds offers a play space for kids ages 4-12 and is located within the Family Fun Pavilion. Got a toddler or young child in need of some free play space? The Training Grounds has free play areas for those crawling and newly walking kiddos that need more space than the convention halls can offer. For more information about family fun, visit Gen Con’s website here.

Many of the food trucks located on Georgia Street offer kid-friendly bites. Other kid-friendly downtown restaurants within walking distance of the convention center include The Old Spaghetti Factory, the food court in Circle Centre Mall, Hard Rock Cafe, TGI Fridays, Steak and Shake, Potbelly’s Sandwiches, Qdoba, Chipotle, and vendors in the Indianapolis City Market. Most of the food trucks on Georgia Street offer kid-friendly portions or dishes that cater to their unique tastes.

As if you didn’t have enough to navigate on Georgia Street with the dozens of food trucks, Sunday is looking fun and exciting with giant monsters that will take over the strip from 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. Gen Con event sponsor Iello will have 5 foot tall cardboard titans prepared to fight for the title “King of Tokyo.” Other monstrous spectators from Iello games will be available and eager for photo-ops.

Gen Con for Good

Did you know Gen Con selects an official charity each year? Gen Con Co-Sponsor Mayfair Games will host an event supporting The Julian Center, Gen Con’s official 2015 charity. Since 1975, The Julian Center has been supporting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other life crises. On Friday, July 31 on Georgia Street, participants will play the newly released game “Star Trek: Five Year Mission.” Media Guest of Honor Marina Sirtis of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame will also be making an appearance. Last year, Mayfair Games raised more than $20,000 for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana through similar charity events.

Attendees can help earn as much as $5,000 at “BattleKasting for Literacy” for The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.  A family-friendly event to kick-off the challenge is Wednesday, July 29 at 1:00 p.m at the Indianapolis Central Library.  Author Alane Adams (Legends of Ornkey) will be available for interviews about her passion for literacy as well as her book series and the mobile game.  BattleKasters, the mobile game based on the Legends of Orkney series and built by Artifact Technologies, turns live events into game boards.  The game, which will be played during Gen Con, allows players to collect digital wisdom cards, cast spells, and close the stonefire portal to protect Earth from dark magic. For each person that plays the free game between 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 30 and 4 pm on Sunday, August 2, Adams will donate $2 to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation – until the grant goal of $5,000 is reached.

Know Before You Go: Gen Con 2015

Dining Out

Gen Con’s reach is not confined to the walls of the convention center. Each year, Indianapolis restaurants offer new and creative menu options, events and promotions that cater specifically to Gen Con attendees. Hot Box is the official pizza of Gen Con due to their late night delivery options, but if you’re looking to get out and explore, Gen Con lists several restaurant partners on their website where you can find more information.

In addition to brick-and-mortar establishments, the food truck lineup on Georgia Street continues to be a success for attendees who want a local fix without straying too far away from the Gen Con activities. Food trucks rotate between lunch and dinner shifts and will be available starting Wednesday, July 29 at 5 pm with the Sun King official beer tapping party.  A full list of food trucks is available here. Many of the food trucks operate solely on social media and a limited number have websites with menus for you to browse before you visit, but Indianapolis is very active with Yelp and many of the food trucks are listed on the app for you to browse photos and recommendations.

Looking for critically-acclaimed Indianapolis restaurants? Visit Indy’s Top 25 Local Restaurants list highlights everything from pork tenderloins to tamales. The list encompasses downtown Indianapolis and the surrounding neighborhoods, some of which are only a year or two old. You can never go wrong with a corned beef on rye sandwich from Shapiro’s Deli, a historic cafeteria within walking distance of the convention center. I just suggest you pair it with a side of macaroni and cheese and a Dr. Brown’s soda.

In need of a caffeine fix to get you through the long hours of gaming? Bee Coffee Roasters, located just across Capitol Ave from the convention center, will be open at 6:30 am on Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, August 2 at 5 pm. This local coffee shop offers everything from hot tea to espressos and lattes.

This list is just one roll of the dice. Where will you be eating, hanging out and enjoying Indianapolis during Gen Con? Leave a comment and let us know!

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