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Things to do in Indianapolis, Feb. 24-Mar. 2, 2014

February 23, 2014 Leave a comment
National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora

National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora, Mar. 1-2 and 8-9. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved. Logo

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. FRI: 15th Annual Ice Miller Wine Fest at Union Station
  2. SAT: AMA Supercross at Lucas Oil Stadium
  3. THU: Brad Paisley in Concert at the Allen County Coliseum
  4. SUN: United Way Red Carpet Gala at the Old National Centre
  5. SAT-SUN: 6th Annual National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora
  6. TUE: ‘Diplomacy in a Dangerous World’ at the University of Indianapolis
  7. THU-SUN: Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show at Memorial Coliseum
  8. FRI: Inaugural ‘Mardi Gras on Main’ Pub Crawl in Speedway
  9. SAT-SUN: Parke County Maple Syrup Fair in Rockville
  10. SAT: 3rd Annual ‘Guns and Hoses’ Charity Boxing Event at Belterra Casino
  11. TUE, THU, SUN: Indiana Pacers NBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  12. THU: The Temptations and The Four Tops in Concert at the Carmel Palladium
  13. SAT: Women of Ireland in Concert at Ball State University
  14. MON: Laura Bush Live at Clowes Memorial Hall
  15. SAT: 10th Annual Wine, Cheese and All That Jazz in Franklin

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 Leave a 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.

Hendricks County Bridal Services Guide Now Available

February 20, 2014 Leave a comment
Hendricks County Wedding Guide staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Josh Duke
Visit Hendricks County

Continuing a service that many engaged couples don’t even know exists, Visit Hendricks County recently released its 2014 Hendricks County Bridal Services Guide.

Full of useful information any couple would need to plan a wedding in Hendricks County such as listings of ceremony and reception facilities, caterers, florists, photographers, jewelers, entertainment and so much more, the free Bridal Services Guide truly is a one-stop resource that can help ease the stress associated with planning a wedding.

But Visit Hendricks County doesn’t stop there as the staff also helps brides block rooms at a Hendricks County hotel for out-of-town guests. Visit Hendricks County will contact all of the hotels directly and get their best rate possible and forward it on. Not only can you check one more thing off of your list, but by seeking Visit Hendricks County’s help, welcome bags also are provided for your hotel guests, and all of those services are complimentary.

To get a free Hendricks County Bridal Services Guide, contact Visit Hendricks County by phone at 317-718-8750 or stop by their office at 8 West Main Street in Danville. Visit Hendricks County also will have Guides available during these upcoming bridal shows:

  • Flyer’s Brides to Be Expo – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 8 at The Palms Banquet and Conference Center, 2353 E. Perry Road, Plainfield.
  • Hendricks County ICON Bridal Show – 3 to 6 p.m. March 16 at Prestwick Country Club, 5197 Fairway Drive, Avon.

For more information about having a wedding in Hendricks County, call Visit Hendricks County at 317-718-8750, or check out their Web site at

Indiana Sweet Temptations Culinary Trail for Chocolate Lovers

February 19, 2014 Leave a comment
Ghyslain Chocolates

Ghyslain Chocolate in Union City, one of the stops on the Sweet Temptations Culinary Trail.
Photo provided by Richmond-Wayne County CVB and used with written permission.

By Lindsey Skeen
Indiana Foodways Alliance

Chocolate Lover’s Package

February is the month of love, for many it is love for sweet treats, candy, and chocolate. It is a time to indulge in the wonders of chocolate, fine candy and other decadent treats. Let Indiana Foodways Alliance help take the pressure off of your sweet tooth planning. Whether it is for your love of chocolate or your Valentine’s Day Love our Sweet Temptations Trail has unique and delicious offerings to celebrate all month long. The 26 stops have specialty items such as edible chocolate shoes, succulent truffles, heavenly soufflés, gourmet marshmallows, award winning cheesecakes, extraordinary fine chocolates and delectable candies.

Invite your Valentine on a sweet ride to visit one of IFA’s 26 sweet spots on the Sweet Temptations Culinary Trail.

Sign up to win a Chocolate Lover’s Package from Indiana Foodways Alliance! Package includes a variety of goodies from our Sweet Temptations Trail. Click here to enter. One winner will be chosen, contest ends February 28, 2014!

About Indiana Foodways Alliance

Indiana Foodways Alliance is a statewide non-profit organization created by members of the I-69 Cultural Corridor Association in January 2007. A membership organization which encompasses a field to table spectrum from agriculture to fine dining, with emphasis on all the specialty foods, farm markets, diners and hands-on restaurants in between that are so dear to the hearts of Midwesterners who love real food.

For more information, visit, or call 317-853-4944.