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Free Indy Events on Martin Luther King Day

January 15, 2014 Leave a comment
Crispus Attucks Museum

Crispus Attucks Museum. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Central Indiana residents will have the chance to celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking advantage of special offerings in Downtown Indianapolis on the holiday. Free admission to Downtown’s top attractions, appearances by local celebrities and more help make this year’s tribute to the iconic civil rights leader a fun, meaningful one for the family.

Don’t forget: metered parking Downtown is free on certain holidays, including MLK Jr. Day.

White River State Park: Free admission to the following attractions with donation of one non-perishable food item per person, per attraction for Gleaner’s Food Bank.

  • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art – open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Indianapolis Zoo – open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • IMAX Theater – enjoy the premiere of Journey to the South Pacific 3D. Showtimes run at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m.; 12:45, 2, 3:15 and 4:45 p.m.
  • Indiana State Museum – open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • NCAA Hall of Champions – open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Victory Field – Free health screenings from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Screening participants receive two free tickets to Opening Day at Victory Field on April 4.

The Children’s Museum: Free admission from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be filled with fun and family learning opportunities including six showings of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech film in the Lilly Theater. Experience the slaves’ flight to freedom in a planetarium show that connects to the challenges faced by Dr. King and some Americans today. Join storyteller Portia Jackson as she tells tales of courageous children in the Civil Rights Movement.

Indiana Historical Society: Free admission from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King by visiting You Are There 1968: Robert F. Kennedy Speaks, viewing special collection items in the library, watching films on the Civil Rights era and making specialty themed crafts. The Stardust Terrace Cafe is offering family-friendly options.

Indianapolis Museum of Art: Free admission from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Discover common threads and make visual connections as you explore the IMA collections. Enjoy family art-making and activities, as well as a featured community art project, One and All, led by Theater of Inclusion. All activities and parking are free for the day.

Rhythm! Discovery Center: Free admission from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Enjoy a special presentation with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation about Indianapolis’ jazz tradition and Indiana Avenue, a presentation of Speak Out and Be Heard by Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra percussionist Paul and more. 

“Day of Service” volunteer opportunity through IUPUI

From 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., the IUPUI Day of Service will gather hundreds of students, faculty and guests to volunteer in multiple capacities at various sites around Indianapolis as a tribute to Dr. King’s fervent commitment to social freedom and justice. Volunteers will meet at the IUPUI campus center for registration starting at 8 a.m.

Dr. King Celebration at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School & Museum

On Friday, Jan. 17 from 10 – 11 a.m., Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King with their 33rd Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  On Jan. 20 from noon to 4 p.m., visitors to the Crispus Attucks Museum (see photo above) can experience the newly enhanced Civil Rights exhibit entitled “The Man and the Movement” and view a rarely-seen history documentary on the Legacy of Dr. King.  Also enjoy a rare Dr. King international stamp collection now on display.

Volunteer at Indy Reads Books

Downtown’s newest used bookstore supporting adult literacy offers another way to give back on MLK Jr. Day. Adults and kids alike are invited to help organize shelves and sort through donations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mass Ave bookstore. Visit for more.

Harlem Globetrotters at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The Harlem Globetrotters, the biggest family show in America, comes to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on MLK Jr. Day for some afternoon fun and laughter. The game tips off at 2 p.m. and tickets start at $23. Ever seen a 4-point shot in basketball? You just might. 

Indiana Historical Society “Indiana Black History Challenge” kicks off

Hoosiers are invited to participate in this special challenge for a chance to win great prizes. The first 5,000 entrants will receive two tickets to the Indiana Experience and 30 players will win four tickets to see the Indianapolis Indians. One grand prize-winner will receive a “Family Fun Pack” that includes an overnight stay and breakfast for four at the Omni Severin Hotel and four tickets to The Children’s Museum. Investigate outstanding black Hoosiers in a medical care and advocacy-themed study guide then test your knowledge by taking the online quiz at The Challenge runs through Feb. 28.

Devour Downtown Winterfest kicks off

“Open wide” for Devour Downtown, launching on MLK Day and running through Feb. 2. More than 30 downtown Indianapolis restaurants will offer special priced 3-course menus. View the locations and menus on the Devour Downtown Web site at

For the listing of events online, visit For more information, call 317-237-2222.