March Events in Downtown Indianapolis
By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
St. Patrick’s Day: Blarney Bash on Georgia Street, Shamrock Run and more
Downtown Indy will host a new St. Patty’s Day event this year, with live music, green beer and great food – all outside on the Georgia Street boardwalk. Blarney Bash presented by Killian’s is Saturday, March 16 from noon to midnight. Local bands My Yellow Rickshaw and Flatbed Twitch will perform on a stage set up on Pennsylvania Street in front of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Beer tents will be selling green beer on the Georgia Street boardwalk, and food will be available from the bars and restaurants including The Pub Indianapolis, Kilroy’s, The Tilted Kilt, Hooters and more. This is a 21+ only event. For more information, visit www.indydt.com/blarneybash.cfm.
The Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal takes place Thursday, March 14 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Stardust Terrace outside the Indiana Historical Society with live music, prize drawings and FREE hors d’oeuvres. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be Friday, March 15 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on the Downtown parade route. The Parade Festival will be held on Vermont Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with live music, food, beer and a family tent with kids area. On March 16, the 22nd annual Shamrock Run/Walk takes off from Monument Circle at 10 a.m., followed by Shamrockin’ the Circle with live music, local beer sales, food and more. All of these events, with the exception of Shamrock Run/Walk registration, are FREE and open to all ages. Visit www.indystpats.com for more.
Big sports action
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional will be at Lucas Oil Stadium March 29 and 31 this year, one of four national locations for these “Sweet 16” and “Elite 8” games. The regionals were last in Indianapolis in 2009. The three games this weekend will bring thousands of college basketball fans from around the country to Downtown Indianapolis. Tickets are available now.
The IHSAA State Basketball Finals take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse once again this year – the girls play on March 2 and boys play March 23. Championship games for all four classes of high school basketball, A through 4A, will compete throughout the day starting at 10:30 a.m. for both boys and girls. High-speed dirt bike racing will be at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 16 at 7 p.m. as the Monster Energy Supercross comes to town – tickets start at just $15. NCAA swimming and diving championships come to the IU Natatorium this month on two different weekends: women’s March 21 – 23 and men’s March 28 – 30. The Naptown Roller Girls face off at Bankers Life Fieldhouse March 10, and WWE Raw comes to the Fieldhouse March 11. The Nike Mideast Qualifier brings several volleyball tournaments to the Indiana Convention Center March 22 – 24 for thousands of athletes 18 and younger.
The Pacers, led by first-time all-star Paul George, play seven home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in March, including crucial matchups against the Chicago Bulls March 3, Los Angeles Lakers March 15 and Atlanta Hawks March 25. The Pacers’ final regular season home game will be April 17 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Indiana Ice play four home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this month on March 2, 8, 9 and 16, and two games at Pan Am Plaza on March 1 and 15. The March 2 game against the Muskegon Lumberjacks will be the 19th annual Pack the House for Charity game. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to various Central Indiana charities.
See what’s hitting the stage
Feb. 26 – March 3
Sister Act at Old National Centre
Feb. 28 – March 31
The Lyons at Phoenix Theatre
March 1 – 2
Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony at Hilbert Circle Theatre
Gaslight Anthem at Old National Centre
Indiana Bandstand at Indiana State Museum
Punch and Judy at Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio
Hot Jazz for Cool Kids! at the Central Library
March 5 – 24
The Whipping Man at Indiana Repertory Theatre
David Crowder at Old National Centre
Happy Hour at The Symphony at Hilbert Circle Theatre
Indigo Girls at Old National Centre
March 8 – 9
Barb Jungr Tribute to Bob Dylan at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club
French Montana at Old National Centre
Lindsey Stirling at Old National Centre
March 14 – 24
Dance Kaleidoscope: Piaf Plus at Indiana Repertory Theatre
March 15 – 17
The Music of Abba starring Rajaton at Hilbert Circle Theatre
Chevelle at Old National Centre
Side by Side at Hilbert Circle Theatre
Bill Burr at Old National Centre
La Vie, L’Amour: Cabaret Fundraiser for Dance Kaleidoscope at Indiana Repertory Theatre
March 22 – 23
Beethoven’s Fifth at Hilbert Circle Theatre
March 22 – 24
Sesame Street Live at Old National Centre
Saw Doctors at Old National Centre
Scott Weiland at Old National Centre
Monterey Jazz Festival at Madame Walker Theatre Center
March 27 – 28
Meow Meow: Feline Intimate at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club
March 28 – April 28
The Sleeping Beauty at Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio
Visit www.indydt.com/eventsearch.cfm to find more Downtown concerts and performances.
Warmer weather brings back run/walks!
No, 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 run/walks for great causes Downtown! The 500 Festival Training Series 10K, the second training series run, takes off March 9 at 8 a.m. in front of the NCAA Hall of Champions. Those interested in running in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on May 4 still have time to register online! Two other events “run” on March 9: the Fight for Air Climb at the Regions Tower supporting the American Lung Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Muscle Walk at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The 22nd annual Shamrock Run is on March 16, starting and finishing at Monument Circle – see above for more information on St. Patrick’s Day events Downtown. March 30, the Bunny Rock 5K and Egg Hunt takes place at White River State Park, complete with a live petting zoo, 80s rock music, bunny ears and more.
Downtown exhibits: famous guitars, return of the butterflies
Ancient axes will be at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art – but not the axes you may be thinking of. Guitars! Roundups to Rockers opens March 9 and features more than 100 guitars owned by legendary musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Buddy Holly, Les Paul and more. These guitars have never been displayed together like this before, and likely never will be again!
One of the all-time favorite exhibits at the Indianapolis Zoo will return March 22 – Butterfly Kaleidoscope inside The Hilbert Conservatory at the White River Gardens. Walk amongst the 40 species of butterflies and learn about their metamorphosis.
And don’t forget about The Lincolns: Five Generations of an American Family at the Indiana State Museum, open now through Aug. 4, and the many wonderful exhibits currently at the Indianapolis Museum of Art including Graphite and the prints of Gabor Peterdi. And as always, IDADA First Friday will present a fantastic array of FREE evening gallery openings on March 1.
March conventions will bring thousands Downtown
March 1 – 4
Simply Youth Ministry Conference
Indiana Convention Center – est. attendance 3,000
March 5 – 8
49th Annual NTEA Convention and The Work Truck Show
Indiana Convention Center – est. attendance 11,000
March 14 – 16
Music for All “National Festival presented by Yamaha”
Various locations – est. attendance 3,500
March 17 – 20
The Higher Education User Group “Alliance 2013”
Indiana Convention Center – est. attendance 4,000
March 27 – 31
National Society of Black Engineers
Indiana Convention Center – est. attendance 10,000