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The Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 brings Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars together Sunday, but the weekend kicks off in full force Friday with practice on the track, the hauler parade on Main Street in Speedway, and the inaugural 400 Fest. Featuring The Chainsmokers and Major Lazer as headliners, the two-night music festival costs $65 and up and does not include race day admission. See the Lilly Diabetes 250 Saturday afternoon (tickets start at $25) and the 24th running of the Brickyard 400 on Sunday (tickets are $35 and up).
Country takes over Saturday for the What The Hell World Tour. CMA and CMT Award winner Bentley released his first single, What Was I Thinkin,’ in 2003. It was a smash hit and he hasn’t slowed down. After years writing hits for others, Swindell released his own platinum-selling debut in 2014. Jon Pardi won 2017’s ACM new male vocalist of the year award. Tickets start at $31.
Each spring, the Indianapolis Zoo invites artists to transform a blank canvas or hunk of clay into something beautiful, inspired by the scenery there of the Zoo and White River Gardens. View the results through August 23 and return August 24 to buy one you like at an auction. In case you don’t know, some of the artists are actually the zoo’s animal residents! Admission is $17 and up.
Antique hunters and architectural salvage fans, this one’s for you! Explore a variety of shops on the near eastside as you fill in your bingo card for a chance to win prizes. Breweries, restaurants, and bars along the route will offer specials to raiders as they quest for unique items. Join the hunt Saturday for free, but online registration provides special discounts and opportunities.
Sir Sly, an LA trio with a sometimes-moody electronic pop sound, is playing Friday. The band just released their second full-length album, Don’t You Worry, Honey, and several songs are already getting lots of airplay. Shaed, the opening act, is often compared to Florence + The Machine and Justin Timberlake. Tickets are $16, and you must be 21 or older to attend.
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