• Beyond the Borders: Three Exciting Events, One Weekend in Indianapolis

    POSTED August 5, 2016
  • Beyond the Borders: Three Exciting Events, One Weekend in Indianapolis

    POSTED August 5, 2016
  • Beyond the Borders: Three Exciting Events, One Weekend in Indianapolis

    POSTED August 5, 2016

Hello readers,

Summer is all about the road trips. If you’re looking for a day adventure for your group that’s economical and convenient, consider crossing the border into Indiana and head to Indianapolis

A number of initiatives have put the state's capital on the map lately. It was named the number-one convention city in America by USA Today, and proved its stature by hosting the notable 84th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in late June that welcomed everyone from journalist Ann Curry to entertainer Lady Gaga and the honorable Dalai Lama.

The city is also celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Indianapolis Foundation, founded in 1916 by former U.S. Vice President Charles Warren Fairbanks, Eli Lilly, civic leader Henry H. Hornbrook and others. It was one of the first community foundations in the country that established a number of local nonprofits. On Aug. 27, the dazzling IN Light IN festival and special gala will mark the occasion with $1 million in grants to organizations with similar missions. But that’s not the only event coming to town. Here are three ways to enjoy one weekend in Indiana:

IN Light IN
Features 20 artist-led light installations, projections and fashion programs along the city’s Central Canal and Cultural Trail.

Aug. 26–27

Central Canal & Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Downtown Indianapolis

9 p.m.–1 a.m.


Indianapolis Wine Festival
Sip on more than 250 wines from around the world, plus sommelier-led seminars, local cuisine, pairing tips and live music.

August 2627

American Legion Mall, Downtown Indianapolis

510:30 p.m. on Friday; 3:309:00 p.m. on Saturday


Dig IN
Indiana food, agriculture and chefs are on display with a series of experiences, conversation and delicious bites. Look for special highlights on locally produced, locally sourced cuisine and spirits.

Aug. 28

Military Park, Downtown Indianapolis

124 p.m.


Happy Planning!

Denver-based Dazbog Coffee has delivered a taste of Russia and Colorado through its eye-catching packaging, branding, small-batch roasting and blending of hand-selected coffee from around the globe. Leonid and Anatoly Yuffa immigrated to The Mile High City from St. Petersburg, Russia with their family in 1979 and later combined their skill sets and business savvy to launch Dazbog Coffee in 1996. Today, the company has more than 30 coffee shops across Colorado and Wyoming and a product line with names like KGBlend and White Nights Espresso.


There is no denying the stunning daytime scenery of Colorado, but the state’s amazing celestial landscape after normal meeting hours provides all sorts of great options for groups.

Twice each month from May through September, groups meeting in Leadville or nearby can enjoy a stagecoach ride beneath a full moon with Halfmoon Packing & Outfitting. Based on the 19th-century tradition of mail delivery by stagecoach, moonlight rides are offered on the eve and night of the full moon.


The International Live Events Association has announced its International Board of Governers for its 2017-2018 fiscal year. The purpose of the International Board of Governors is to govern, establish policy and make strategic decision about the future of ILEA. The new officers are as following: