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January Events in Downtown Indianapolis

December 30, 2011 Leave a comment
Artist's Rendition of Super Bowl Village

Artist's Rendition of Super Bowl Village. Provided by the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee and used with written permission.

By Brittany Smith
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.


Unwind into 2012 by kick-starting your New Year’s resolutions! January is National Hobby Month, so what better reason to incite your creative side than with a quilting class at Crimson Tate or a class in jewelry making at Heirloom Classics? This is the year you finally wean yourself off takeout. Every Saturday, let the Indianapolis Winter Farmer’s Market be your guide to ensuring your kitchen is five-star-meal ready with local ingredients. Tame the bulge with a work-out and wellness routine at one of Downtown’s fitness centers, like the National Institute for Fitness & Sport. Become at peace with mind and body through the exploration of yoga at Invoke Yoga Studio. Looking for a way to give back in the new year? Volunteer with Downtown organizations like Second Helpings and Wheeler Missions.

Holiday happenings coming to a wrap

Still searching for one last dose of holiday cheer? Downtown opportunities are plentiful. Catch one final glance of the Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 through Jan. 6. Don’t miss Jolly Days Winter Wonderland at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, ending Jan. 9. Be sure to hop aboard Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art before it leaves the station Jan. 9. 

Many ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 16 is a day set aside to commemorate a leader who forever impacted human rights in our society. Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Downtown! The Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum, IMAX Theatre, Indianapolis Zoo and the NCAA Hall of Champions host Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration providing FREE admission with a donation of a canned food item for Gleaners Food Bank. Come to Martin Luther King Jr. Day at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis with FREE admission. In addition, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will host Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration with art making activities and art-related games.

Open wide for a beast of a feast

Stay warm this January by bellying up to a delectable meal in one of Downtown’s restaurants. Hightail it over to Indianapolis’ biggest showcase of food and drink with Devour Downtown Winter Jan. 9 – 22. Choose from more than 45 restaurants offering three -course meals for $30 each and several offering two entrees for $30. Warming up to the idea, aren’t ya? For more information, check out

Cheer your heart out

Get fired up for the Indianapolis Colts as they face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars Jan.1! Thaw yourself out at Downtown’s hot sporting events! The Indiana Pacers hit the hardwood of Bankers Life Fieldhouse numerous times in January (7, 11, 14, 24, & 31). For 86 years, the iconic Harlem Globetrotters have thrilled audiences around the world, be sure to catch them Jan. 16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. More than 500 school, youth league and all-star cheer teams from all over the country face-off in the JAMfest Nationals Championships Jan. 13 – 15 at the Indiana Convention Center. Tumble your way to Circle of Stars Gymnastics Invitational Jan. 20 – 22 at the Indiana Convention Center. Puck around with the Indiana Ice Jan. 18 – 22 at the Pepsi Coliseum.

Best Bargains Parking

Now for the 13th year, parking during Bankers Life Fieldhouse events remains affordable. The Downtown Parking Partnership, with the City, has put together the Best Bargains Parking program. Reduced parking rates are in effect during Pacers games and other Fieldhouse events.  More than 7,000 parking spaces are available in the Wholesale District on xx Fieldhouse event days ranging from $1.50 to $6. Click here for a list and map.

At a theater near you

Resolution #135 – Live it up! Downtown is a magical place to see a show, be it the symphony, your favorite band or a comedy showcase. See Debbie Does Dallas at Theatre on the Square now – Feb. 4. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra continues to charm audiences with January performances including Bronfman plays Brahms (Jan. 5 – 7), Hello, Dolly! In Concert (Jan. 13 – 15), Stella Artois Happy Hour at the Symphony (Jan. 19) and more!

Cozy up to a classic film during the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Winter Nights Film Series in The Toby every Friday, Jan. 6 – Feb. 24. January films include The Black Pirate, Leave Her to Heaven, A Matter of Life and Death and The African Queen. Hone in on the experiences of the 20th century black middle class during the soul-sapping play August Wilson’s Radio Golf at the Indiana Repertory Theatre Jan. 10 – 29. The Phoenix Theatre will host the black comedy Current Economic Conditions Jan. 12 – Feb. 12.

Get tangled up in the newest thrilling show to hit the ice, Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream Jan. 18 – 22 at Conseco Fieldhouse, followed by a slew of rock bands invading the Rock & Worship Roadshow Jan. 28. Alternative rock band Jack’s Mannequin will take the stage at the Old National Centre Jan. 28. Don’t miss a beat!

For a complete listing of Downtown performing arts events, visit

Downtown Indianapolis in the spotlight for Super Bowl XLVI

Downtown Indianapolis will be the home field starting Jan. 27 for Super Bowl XLVI!  If you weren’t lucky enough to snag a seat, there are still several wallet-friendly options for the days leading up to the big game. The Super Bowl Village (see image above) will transform the heart of Downtown into a FREE, family-friendly fan gathering spot. The Village will feature live performances by dozens of local, regional and national bands on two stages, a 650 ft. zip line over Capitol Avenue and much more! The Indiana Convention Center will transform into an 800,000 square-foot pro football interactive theme park Jan. 27 – Feb. 5. The NFL Experience includes participatory games, displays, full-sized football fields, NFL combine activities, Vince Lombardi trophy, youth football clinics, entertainment attractions, autograph sessions and a giant football memorabilia exhibit. Take a stroll down Mass Ave, a designated Super Celebration Site, for live entertainment, extended business hours, theater performances and more! For more information on Super Bowl XLVI happenings in Downtown Indianapolis, visit

Visit for more events and information or call 317-237-2222.