Valentine’s Day Options in Downtown Indianapolis
By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
Love is in the air! – Downtown Valentine’s Day options
Fellas, it’s that time of year again. It’s your responsibility to plan a romantic, unique Valentine’s Day date that she’ll remember forever… or at least until next February. There are some great date options in Downtown Indy this year, many that you won’t find anywhere else!
On Feb. 14:
Romantic live shows abound around town with Kem live at Old National Centre, The Romantic Violinist Daniel Hope with the ISO at Hilbert Circle Theatre, Shoshana Bean live at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club, My Funny Valentine performance and dinner at Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and more. Get up and groove after dinner at the Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance at The Rathskellar, or catch the Indiana Ice at home against the Youngstown Phantoms at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a “Cupid Ice Pack.” Married couples can make this Valentine’s Day even more special by renewing their vows with Mayor Ballard at Indianapolis City Market in the morning.
For families with young ones hoping to celebrate together, Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio will hold a Valentine’s Day Cabaret Feb. 9 and 10. And those who scorn the day altogether (we’ve all been there…) can at least have some fun that evening with Love SUX at Howl at the Moon the night of V-Day. A complete overview of Valentine’s Day offerings Downtown will be available at www.indydt.com. A guide to restaurant specials will also be listed.
Honor Black History Month with special Downtown events
February is national Black History Month, and whether you are hoping to celebrate with a party, live performance or educational tribute, Downtown Indy has a fantastic range of options.
Meet featured artists Blair Clark, Rusty Redenbacher & Mr. Kinetik and Tasha Beckwith and listen to a live performance by Cynthia Layne at the FREE 17th Annual Art & Soul Kick-off Celebration at the Indianapolis Artsgarden Feb. 1 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Catch a FREE Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performance at Hilbert Circle Theatre Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. for the annual Celebration of Black History Concert. Get FREE admission to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Feb. 7 from 4 – 8 p.m. and learn more about African American history in Indy through theatrical performances portraying Madam C.J. Walker and Levi Coffin. Feb. 9 at Indiana State Museum see gospel performances, drum ensembles and more at Sankofa Black Heritage Festival before checking out the opening of the new “The Lincolns” exhibit. Meet the descendants “Chicken George,” Kunta Kinte and others of the famous TV series Roots, Feb. 24 at the IPS Crispus Attucks Museum.
Every Thursday throughout February see one-character-performed stories about Madam Walker at Madame Walker Theatre Centre from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The acclaimed play “Jackie and Me” about a young boy’s unexpected journey back in time to meet Jackie Robinson plays through Feb. 16 at Indiana Repertory Theatre. Take the Indiana Historical Society’s Black History Challenge online before Feb. 28 for a chance to win one of several prizes, including a Downtown weekend getaway grand prize! Through Mar. 23 the Central Library will house the Meet the Artists exhibit, displaying the works of locally-prominent African-American artists, with a Gala Opening Reception on Feb. 9.
Indy art loves Fridays!
Downtown Indy’s art scene continues to thrive and shows no signs of slowing down in 2013. In February there are fantastic arts events taking place on all but one Friday. This month’s IDADA First Friday on Feb. 1 features the “Black Light” at the Harrison Center, “Landscape: Structural, Ethereal” at the Stutz Building, “From Now On” at the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Gallery 924 and much more. Final Fridays at the Indianapolis Museum of Art continues this month on Feb. 22 with extended gallery hours, music curated by DJ Kyle Long along with food and drinks available at the Sunset Bar. Second Friday at the Art Bank on Feb. 8 challenges visitors to bring in their photo entry for the “Cutest Dog Contest” along with a bag of pet food to donate to Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO).
Downtown Indianapolis was recently recognized as one of the top ArtPlaces of 2013 by ArtPlace, a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations and six of the nation’s largest banks.
High school championships, NFL combine and more Downtown sports
Three Indiana high school championships take place Downtown throughout February. The IHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving Championship takes place Feb. 8 and 9 at the IU Natatorium, while the IHSAA Boys Swimming & Diving Championship takes place Feb. 22 and 23, also at the Nat. The IHSAA Wrestling Individual State Finals occur Feb. 15 and 16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For more information on these or other IHSAA events visit www.ihsaa.org. The NFL Combine returns to Lucas Oil Stadium Feb. 20 – 26, testing the skills of hundreds of potential future NFL players. The Pacers play 10 of their 12 February games at home, including matchups against the Miami Heat Feb. 1, a make-up game with the Chicago Bulls Feb. 4, the New York Knicks Feb. 20 and the Los Angeles Clippers Feb. 28. The Indiana Ice play three home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in February on the 2nd, 10th and 14th. Naptown Roller Girls battle the Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls Feb. 2 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Hubler Automotive Group PBR Classic action-packed bull-riding competition comes to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Feb. 23.
In addition to concerts listed above for Valentine’s Day and Black History Month events, here are some more upcoming Downtown shows:
Feb. 7: Wax Tailor – Old National Centre
Feb. 8: Larry the Cable Guy – Old National Centre
Feb. 9: The Rock & Worship Roadshow – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Feb. 13: Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth – Old National Centre
Feb. 16: Kathleen Madigan – Old National Centre
Feb. 16: Rain: The Beatles Experience – Old National Centre (two performances)
Feb. 17: Classical Concerts at Central – Central Library
Feb. 22: The Pink Floyd Experience – Old National Centre
Feb. 23: Jake Miller – Old National Centre
Feb. 26 – March 3: Sister Act – Old National Centre
Other Downtown happenings:
A fun and exciting opportunity for young community leaders to engage each other in a fun, social setting while supporting the Zoo’s conservation efforts.
Feb. 2; Indianapolis Zoo
Celebrate Honest Abe’s 204th birthday with fun activities, popular tunes from the 1860s and even a chance to meet the man himself! This event marks the opening of “The Lincolns: Five Generations of an American Family,” a new exhibit.
Feb. 9; Indiana State Museum
Come dressed as your favorite “South of the Border” character and compete for prizes for the best costume. Featuring the music of Stacie Sandoval and Trio Con Paz and Dancing with Latin Expressions! Celebrates the traditions of our German sister city Cologne/Köln.
Feb. 9; The Athenaeum
Discover Indiana’s presidential heritage with fun activities, historic facts and a featured appearance by President Abraham Lincoln with FREE admission!
Feb. 18; The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Celebrate Presidents’ Day at the President’s Home! Your special tour includes the opportunity to interact with family members and household staff, whose roles are recreated by exceptional actors.
Feb. 18; Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Includes (in order) “East of Eden,” “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant.” In cooperation with the “Eternal James Dean” exhibit at Indiana State Museum, featuring Dean artifacts and movie props, and even his famous motorcycle and the car he took to prom!
Feb. 21, 22 and 23; IMAX Theater and Indiana State Museum
The world’s largest children’s museum turns into an adult playground of live entertainment, games, food and more.
Feb. 23; The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Tastings is rolling out the tinto carpet with complimentary appetizers and a card for your FREE sampling pleasure!
Feb. 28; Tastings
For more information, visit http://indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222.