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A Busy March 2014 in Downtown Indianapolis

February 22, 2014 Leave a comment
Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium hosts NCAA Midwest Regional, Mar. 28 & 30. staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

St. Patrick’s Day: Blarney Bash on Georgia Street, Shamrock Run and more

On Saturday, March 15, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. and Georgia Street will host Blarney Bash from 2 – 10 p.m. on the east block between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets. Festive tents with green beer and Irish spirits will line the boardwalk operated by The Pub Indianapolis, Howl at the Moon and Kilroy’s Bar & Grill. Local bands My Yellow Rickshaw and The Flying Toasters will perform. Admission to the Blarney Bash is FREE, but attendees must be 21 or older.

The Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal takes place Friday, March 14 from 5 – 5:45 p.m. at the Stardust Terrace outside the Indiana Historical Society with live music and dancing. On March 15, the 23rd annual Shamrock Run and Walk takes off from Monument Circle at 10 a.m. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Monday, March 17 at 11:30 a.m. on the Downtown parade route. The Parade Festival will take place on Vermont Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live music, food and a beer garden. All of these events, with the exception of Shamrock Run and Walk, are FREE. Visit for more information.

Big sports action with NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Regional and more

With 22 games and two titles up for grabs, there will be tons of Big Ten basketball action in Downtown Indy this March. The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament takes place March 6 – 9 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament takes place March 13 – 16. The two weeks also include several fan events such as the Big Ten Hoops Day 5K, Big Ten Conference Career Expo, pep rallies and more.

NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships come to the IU Natatorium March 19 – 22. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional will be at Lucas Oil Stadium March 28 & 30, marking the 19th time Indianapolis will host an NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament event. The regionals were last in Indianapolis in 2009. Tickets are available now.

Nike Mideast Qualifier brings several volleyball tournaments to the Indiana Convention Center March 21 – 23 for thousands of athletes 18 and younger.

The Pacers play seven home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in March. The Pacers’ final regular season home game will be April 13 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Ice play two home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 1 & 23 and one game at Pan Am Pavilion March 22.

Georgia Street comes alive

Beginning March 7, head to Georgia Street every Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for Food Truck Fridays. Grab your friends and eat out alfresco while enjoying the sights and sounds Downtown. New to Georgia Street, pack your gym bag and ditch the boring treadmill workout for FREE Workout Wednesdays weekly from noon – 1 p.m. Move to energizing, powerful beats and a motivating instructor beginning April 2. Instructors and cardio-based fitness classes will rotate. All fitness levels are welcome.

See some of the big concerts and acts hitting the stage

March 4 – 9                Ghost – The Musical, Old National Centre

March 7                      Live Nation Presents the 10th Annual Green 17 Tour with Flogging Molly, Old National Centre

March 9                      The Pink Floyd Experience, Old National Centre

March 10                    Live Nation Presents Young The Giant: Mind Over Matter Tour, Old National Centre

March 14                    Crosby, Stills & Nash, Old National Centre

March 15                    Scooby Doo-Live! Musical Mysteries, Old National Centre

March 15                    Mike Epps: After Dark Tour, Old National Centre

March 21                    Grouplove, Old National Centre

March 23                    We The Kings, Old National Centre

March 25 – 26            Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned, Old National Centre

March 26                    Juicy J – The Never Sober Tour, Old National Centre

March 30                    Demi Lovato – Neon Lights Tour, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Visit to find more Downtown concerts and performances.

Warmer weather brings back run/walks!

It’s not quite summer, but March is about the time to dust off the running shoes and take part in some of the great runs and walks. The 500 Festival Training Series 10K, the second training series run, takes off March 1 at 8:30 a.m. in front of the NCAA Hall of Champions. Those interested in running in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on May 3 still have time to register online!

Other runs/walks include the Fight for Air Climb on March 8 at Chase Tower and the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Muscle Walk on March 22 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Downtown live music and shows

Enjoy a different live performance from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra every weekend in March, starting with Gorecki’s Third Symphony on March 1 at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Enjoy The Firebird on March 6 – 8; Ann Hampton Callaway Sings The Barbra Streisand Songbook on March 14 & 15; Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle: Songs and Stories, Together Onstage on March 22; and Romeo & Juliet on March 28 & 29. Catch Tierney Sutton: After Blue at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club March 19 at 8 p.m.

Midwest Fashion Week kicks off March 17 and continues through March 22 at the Artsgarden.

March conventions will bring thousands Downtown

March 1: Supercross, Lucas Oil Stadium, est. attendance 55,000

March 5 – 7: The Work Truck Show and 50th Annual NTEA Convention, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 8,700

March 12 – 14: Public Library Association National Convention, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 9,000

March 14 – 16: ComicCon, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 4,000

March 21 – 23: Nike Midweast Qualifier Volleyball, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 25,000

For more information, visit, or call 317-237-2222.

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Best USA Museum

February 21, 2014 1 comment
Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Photo provided by the museum and used with written permission.

Press Release
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

USA Today polled its readers to determine the best family museum in the nation. Hundreds of thousands voted and the winner is The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis!

Discerning families are searching for quality museums and attractions that the whole family can enjoy together. Voters made it clear they want to spend quality time together, learning and creating wonderful family memories in a place that has something special for every age and every interest.

The 10Best article states: “Families would be challenged to find a more impressive museum for the little ones. This Indianapolis attraction is the largest children’s museum on the globe, with over 29 acres to its name. Exhibits include everything from dinosaurs to immersive cultural experiences. Consistently ranked as a top family destination in the nation, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is filled with five floors of experiential learning and fun for children and adults. While the outside of the building is flanked by giant dinosaurs bursting out and peeking in, the inside is a wonderland of exploration and exhibits designed to ignite the imagination.”

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “We go to great lengths to create authentic, immersive family learning experiences that range from discovering the mysteries of history through scientific exploration to immersing families into the arts of other cultures. By providing a wide variety of subject matter and authentic artifacts in creative ways, we are able to provide something for every interest and every age.”

Fireworks of Glass

Fireworks of Glass. Photo provided by the museum and used with written permission

A stunning 43-foot tall tower of glass, called Fireworks of Glass, created by artist Dale Chihuly sits as the centerpiece. It is surrounded by exhibits such as National Geographic Treasures of the Earth, where families explore a recreation of the longest, deepest most ornate tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt; learn about the only real pirate shipwreck ever uncovered in the Caribbean (belonged to Captain Kidd). In Dinosphere , visitors are immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Cretaceous time period as they explore one of the largest displays of real juvenile and family dinosaur fossils in the United States. In just three weeks, families will also learn more about the best preserved dinosaur ever found. That’s when Leonardo, the mummified dinosaur, makes his debut. Families discover The Power of Children in another exhibit that reveals the lives of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Ryan White. The stories of these extraordinary children inspire today’s children to fight discrimination and intolerance to make a positive difference in the world. Dedicated to the physical sciences, ScienceWorks investigates nature and physical sciences and even has a BioTech Lab that focuses on the science of plant biotechnology.

That is just the beginning. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will be the only place in the United States to see the real Terra Cotta Warriors from Xian, China in 2014 when Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army opens May 10. Take Me There: ® China opens at the same time immersing children and families in the largest exhibit to explore modern day China.

Actor/interpreters bring stories to life throughout the museum with unique performances and engaging conversation. Also home to Lilly Theater, SpaceQuest Planetarium and infoZone (the only public library within a museum in the country), The Children’s Museum truly does have something for everyone. With five floors of interactive and educational fun, the museum is 472,900 square feet and has 120,000 artifacts in its collection. It is no wonder; people call it the biggest and the best in the world.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about The Children’s Museum, call 317-334-3322 or visit, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, and YouTube.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Feb. 17-23, 2014

February 16, 2014 Leave a comment
Parke County Maple Syrup Festival

Parke County Maple Syrup Festival, Saturday and Sunday.
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Things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana
For the week of February 17-23, 2014

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. SAT-SUN: Parke County Maple Syrup Fair in Rockville
  2. MON-SUN: 60th Annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show at the State Fairgrounds
  3. MON: Joshua Bell in Concert at Ball State University
  4. FRI: 5th Annual Winter Nights Film Series at the Museum of Art
  5. SAT: Ron White Live at the Old National Centre
  6. SUN: College Goal Sunday at 40 Locations Across Indiana
  7. TUE: Indiana Pacers NBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  8. SUN: College Men’s Basketball at Butler University
  9. TUE: Augustin Hadelich Live at the Indiana History Center
  10. SAT-SUN: 23rd Annual Maple Syrup Festival in Salem
  11. THU-SUN: 17th Annual Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
  12. FRI: Lee Greenwood in Concert at the Carmel Palladium
  13. SAT: Alamire in Concert at Christ Church Cathedral
  14. SUN: Indiana Ice USHL Ice Hockey at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. FRI-SUN: ‘Down on the Bayou’ at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

To see thousands of upcoming event listings and things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana, visit our main Web site at, or go mobile with for smartphones and tablet PCs.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Feb. 10-16, 2014

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