New Labor Day weekend fest set for Broad Ripple

June 5, 2013
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Rib America is no longer on the summer festival lineup (see post here), but that doesn’t mean your Labor Day weekend has to be music-free. A new three-day festival in Broad Ripple Park will be picking up the slack.

The White River Arts & Music Fest, or WARMfest (technically, of course, that would be WRAMfest—which I actually think sounds better), represents a collaboration between Indy Parks & Recreation, Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace, and Broad Ripple Music Fest.

Headliners for the first outing will include Michael Franti & Spearhead, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Mayer Hawthorne. The undercard features G. Love & Special Sauce, JJ Grey & Mofro, Delta Spirit, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Red Wanting Blue, and more to be announced to fill out the fest’s five stages.

Beyond music, the fest has an agenda: Help preserve White River and promote environmental responsibility. A percentage of ticket sales (advance tickets are $60 for the entire fest, Aug. 31-Sept. 2) will go to the Carl G. Fisher Society, a not-for-profit founded by festival founder and Executive Director Dan Ripley. You can find more specifics here

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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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