November Events in Downtown Indianapolis

Monument Circle at Christmas time

Circle of Lights(R) on Monument Circle in November. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/
The 50th anniversary Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481 takes place Friday, Nov. 23 on Monument Circle, the evening after Thanksgiving.  Although simple holiday decorations on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument were initially suggested at the end of World War II in 1945, the monument was first decorated in the shape of a tree in 1962 by a group of dedicated volunteer electrical workers from IBEW #481.  Since that time, generations of IBEW #481 electricians have remained committed to this FREE community event in partnership with the contractors of The Quality Connection.  A simple program with a few speakers in 1962 has since evolved into one of the most widely recognized community events in the nation.  Now, the celebration is aired in an hour-long live television show and attended by 100,000 people. 
 
To commemorate the outstanding commitment Quality Connection and IBEW #481 have made to the event since 1962, there will be several Circle of Lights® events and promotions throughout November.  Decor installation by volunteer electrical workers from IBEW #481 will take place Nov. 3 beginning at approximately 8 a.m.  For more information on this year’s historic event, visit www.qc-indy.com. 
 
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra returns!
We are thrilled to welcome the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra back to the stage!  The symphony resumes an exciting 2012 – 2013 season at Hilbert Circle Theatre that kicks off November with Brahms’ Requiem Nov. 2 & 3.  Other concerts throughout the month include Spanish Seductions Nov. 8 – 10, the music of West Side Story Nov. 16 – 18, Kenny G. Nov. 20 and the first performance of the Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration Nov. 30.  Visit www.indianapolissymphony.org for more. 
 
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
The 5th annual Monumental Marathon takes place Nov. 3 this year, beginning and finishing at the Indiana State Capitol Building.  More than 10,000 people ran in the marathon, half-marathon or 5K last year, and another 2,000 volunteered for the event.  Registration for the marathon is $90, half-marathon is $75 and 5K is $40, although fees for the full and half-marathon rise $10 after Oct. 31.  Take part in the race and take in the Downtown sights during this Boston Marathon qualifier!  For information on street closings, visit www.indydt.com/streetclosings.cfm. 
 
Veterans Day Parade
This year’s parade beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 10 will include more than 80 units following the Downtown parade route.  The parade begins at Michigan and Pennsylvania streets moving south on Penn., west on New York Street, and then north on Meridian Street, ending at Meridian and North streets.  There will also be a musical prelude at 10:30 a.m. and memorial service at 11 a.m. on the north steps of the Indiana War Memorial.  See more details at www.indianapolis.va.gov. 
 
Marching through November at Lucas Oil Stadium
The Indiana State School Music Association – Marching Band State Finals take place Nov. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium, featuring competitive performances by the top high school marching band programs in the state.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for kids ages 3 – 18 and FREE for kids under 2.  Visit www.issma.net for tickets, performance times and a list of competing schools.
 
On the national marching band scene, the Music for All “Bands of America Grand National Championships presented by Yamaha,” the nation’s premier high school marching band competition, takes place Nov. 7 – 10 at Lucas Oil Stadium.  40,000 people are expected to attend over the four days, featuring more than 90 high school marching bands from around the nation.  The first night of the competition will feature an Indianapolis Public Schools Marching Band Tournament.  Tickets range from $5 to $115 depending on the event.  For more information, visit www.musicforall.org/what-we-do/marching/grand-national-championships. 
 
Downtown sports in full swing
The Indiana Pacers tip off their first regular season home game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Nov. 3 against the Sacramento Kings, and then play home games Nov. 10 against the Washington Wizards, Nov. 13 against the Toronto Raptors, Nov. 16 against the Dallas Mavericks, Nov. 21 against the New Orleans Hornets and Nov. 23 against the San Antonio Spurs.
 
The Indiana Ice have their Opening Night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Nov. 9 against the Green Bay Gamblers.  The Ice will play all of their home games Downtown this year, 21 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and 10 at Pan Am Plaza.  They also play at home this month on Nov. 11 at the Fieldhouse and 16 and 21 at Pan Am Plaza.
 
IHSAA Boys State Football Finals take place Nov. 23 & 24 at Lucas Oil Stadium.  1A and 2A championships kick off Friday night while the larger 3A, 4A and 5A championships take place throughout Saturday, with the 5A matchup taking place last that evening.  Tickets are only $15 per day.  Last year, 34,800 Hoosiers were in attendance over the championship weekend, with the largest crowds Saturday night to see Carmel’s dominant 54 – 0 victory over Penn.  Go towww.ihsaa.org/Sports/Boys/Football for ticket information and to see the contenders in the week prior.
 
The Kellogg’s® Tour of Gymnastics Champions comes to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.  See some of the nation’s greatest gymnasts, including gold medalists Nastia Liukin, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas!  Visit kelloggstour.com for more information.
 
Catch two Indianapolis Colts home games this month at Lucas Oil Stadium on Nov. 4 against the Miami Dolphins and Nov. 25 against the Buffalo Bills.  The last Bud Light Tailgate of the season will take place on Georgia Street at 11 a.m. before the Nov. 4 home game. 
 
Spirit & Place Festival Nov. 2 – 11
This annual festival promoting civic engagement, respect for diversity and public imagination is now in its 17th year.  There will be 40 events over the nine day span, many of which take place Downtown, including the Playing in the Streets Opening Night at the Harrison Center for the Arts on Nov. 2, the Musical Machinery Performance with Pierre Bastien at the Central Library Nov. 3 and the keynote Public Conversation on Nov. 11 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  For more information on these and other events that will take place Downtown, visit www.spiritandplace.org. 
 
Performances
Nov. 3                  Jim Gaffigan; Old National Centre; 7 p.m.
Nov. 4                  Disney’s Phineas and Ferb Live!; Bankers Life Fieldhouse; 1, 4 and 7 p.m.
Nov. 8                  An Evening with Amy Sedaris; Madame Walker Theatre Center; 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 13 – 18:           Billy Elliot – The Musical; Old National Centre; various times
Nov. 23 – Dec. 24       Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; Indiana Repertory Theatre
Nov. 29 – Dec. 23       A Very Phoenix Xmas 7: Getting Figgy With It; Phoenix Theatre; Thu. – Sun.
Nov. 29 – Dec. 2        Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents DRAGONS; Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Nov. 29 Ringling Bros. Elephant Sleigh Parade; Bankers Life Fieldhouse; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
 
Concerts
Nov. 1                  Gov’t Mule; Old National Centre; 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 2 – 3              Brahms’ Requiem; Hilbert Circle Theatre; 8 p.m.
Nov. 2 – 3              Todd Murray: Croon; The Cabaret at The Columbia Club; 8 p.m.
Nov. 4                  Around the World with the ISO; Hilbert Circle Theatre; 3 p.m.
Nov. 8 – 10             Spanish Seductions; Hilbert Circle Theatre; various times
Nov. 13         Stephen Lynch; Old National Centre; 7 p.m.
Nov. 14         Pretty Lights; Old National Centre; 9 p.m.
Nov. 15         Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project; Madame Walker Theatre Center; 7 p.m.
Nov. 16         Citizen Cope; Old National Centre; 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 16         Tonic Ball; various locations in Fountain Square; all day
Nov. 17         Jamey Johnson; Old National Centre; 7 p.m.
Nov. 20         Rick Ross feat. Wale, Meek Mill; Bankers Life Fieldhouse; 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 24         Carrie Underwood “The Blown Away Tour”; Bankers Life Fieldhouse; 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 25         Chris Isaak; Old National Centre; 7:30 p.m. 
 
Other large events and conferences
Nov. 8                  Second Thursdays on Georgia Street with ExactTarget; 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Nov. 9 – 10             Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival; Indianapolis Museum of Art; various times
Nov. 10         Indy Winter Farmers Market begins; Indianapolis City Market; 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 – 18            Indy International Festival; Indiana State Fairgrounds; various times
Nov. 15 – 18            International Conference on Missions; Indiana Convention Center
Nov. 18         WWE Survivor Series presented by Kmart; Bankers Life Fieldhouse; 7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit http://indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222.
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