Indy First Friday Preview


It’s that time of the month again. As we say goodbye to the summer months, and welcome in the fall, pumpkin spice lattes aren’t the only thing to look forward to. This Friday, September 7th, keep an eye out for all of the great First Friday activities available.

If you’ve been spending your last few first Fridays of the month at home, or at the same old place, don’t be afraid to use this as an opportunity to try something new. That’s the best way to look at First Fridays. With so many free and low-cost events and concerts going on, it’s hard to make a wrong choice.

We’ll be laying out a few of our highlights for September’s First Friday in Indy below. We’ll show you the best free events to hit, and what’s worth going to spend your money on. While you won’t be able to go and experience them all, we’re hoping to present enough options to make the choice an easy one.

Free First Friday Events

We all know that the best events to go to are the free ones. No one likes spending money on live entertainment if they know they can get it for free. So without further ado, here’s a list of a few of the top free First Friday Events to look out for this month.

  • First Friday Art Drop

This one’s for all you artists, creators, and fans of art of any medium. The Art Drop is a public art hide-and-seek game played on social media. Artists and creators are free to drop or hide a piece of their artwork – whatever it may be – somewhere around the city. Clues as to where the art is hidden will be posted on social media for participants.

You can learn more about Art Drop at

  • First Friday Art Show

Another great free event for art lovers to check out is the Art Show at the Indiana Landmarks Center. This month it features We Are Indy Arts, a collective of local African American visual, performing, and literary artists. The theme for this show derives inspiration from the African word, “Sankofa”, which translates to “go back and get it”.

The art show takes place from 6:00 – 9:00 pm this Friday. The reception will include complimentary snacks and beverages, and guest can also tour the Landmarks Center at 1201 Central Ave.

  • First Friday Ableton Music Producers Showcase

And, of course we couldn’t leave out something for the music lovers out there. The Lodge Academy, located in the world-class Lodge Recording Studios of Indianapolis, is showcasing graduate students’ music performed live with Ableton software. The concert will take place at the Irving Theater, where each student will perform a 15-30 minute set. This is a great chance to see some exciting and new live music.

The Ableton Music Producers Showcase runs from 6:30 – 10:00 pm at the Irving Theater.

Other First Friday Festivities

While there are plenty of free events going on this Friday, there are also some standout ones with cover charges. Most of these don’t charge that much, and what’s five dollars when it guarantees you a night of fun?

  • First Friday Food Truck Festival

We all love good food, great beer, and connecting with a community that shares it all. As always, the First Friday Food Truck Festival will take place in the Old National Centre parking lot. Some of the food trucks include, Pierogi Love Indy, Ali Baba’s, The Flying Cupcake, and Caplinger’s Fresh Catch, among many others.

There will also be live music provided by Sam Ash Music Stores in Indianapolis. Musicians of all ages will be providing entertainment on the Sam Ash Stage, including performances from Ash Rock music students.

There’s a five dollar cover to get in, but we think this gem of a festival is always worth it.

  • The Hi-Fi 

The Hi-Fi usually has special acts booked for First Fridays. Sometimes, it’s a New Faces Night, where upcoming bands are showcased. Other times, like this Friday, they bring more recognizable names, like Bronze Radio Return. You may recognize their singles like “Further On”, and “Shake, Shake, Shake”. Bronze Radio Return will be joined by Keller & Cole at The Hi-Fi in Fountain Square this Friday night.

Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $14 at the door.

  • Fish Fry Food for Equity

Last but not least, Fountain Square will be hosting a First Friday Fish Fry: Slow Food for Food Access. This late summer farmer’s market is free to attend, but tickets for food cost $30. You can browse around the vendors and listen to music for free, though.

Proceeds from the Fish Fry help support Lawrence Community Gardens + Flanner Farm who grow food in designated food deserts in Indianapolis. The Fish Fry takes place at 1015 Virginia Avenue, from 5:30 – 9:00 pm.


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