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Indy City Futbol Launches in Downtown Indianapolis

April 25, 2014 Leave a comment
Indy City Futbol Logo

Indy City Futbol Logo. Image provided by the organizers and used with written permission.

By Jim Walker
On behalf of Indy City Futbol

Indy Eleven and Big Car Collaborative announced today the creation of a neighborhood-themed downtown recreational soccer league: Indy City Futbol presented by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.  With games played at the Visit Indy Field at White River State Park, neighborhood teams with names like Mass Ave United and Sporting Herron Morton will compete for the Eskenazi Health Championship Trophy and the chance to claim the title as best soccer team in the city. The league is co-ed and open to adult players of all skill levels.

European football-style crests for each team created by Designer Ross Shafer will adorn the players’ shirts at each competition, solidifying the neighborhood focus of each team. But this isn’t just another recreational league. Teams will be judged on wins and losses, but can earn additional points by volunteering together in their neighborhoods, or by commuting together to the games.

“We’re hoping this league not only facilitates the fun and camaraderie that soccer brings to its players, but the kind of community engagement that can only come from getting out and being present with your neighbors,”  said Jordan Updike, the league’s director.

From April 24 to May 28, players over 18 may register for only $25 at Games will be played on Wednesday evenings from June 4 through Aug. 20, with the champion crowned at halftime of the Aug. 23 Indy Eleven game vs. Ottawa Fury FC. Individuals interested in playing but whose neighborhood isn’t on the list can apply to have their neighborhood included

“We are just absolutely thrilled,” said Sherry Seiwert, president of Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. “Downtown Indy is becoming more and more residential so having exciting opportunities such as this for neighbors to gather and get to know each other better is fantastic. Kudos to Indy Eleven and Big Car for pulling it all together. We can’t wait to see this grow and grow.”

“This is an opportunity to build community and identity in neighborhoods, bring people together to have fun and showcase our amazing Downtown,” said Big Car executive director Jim Walker. “And we’re excited to work with such a great group of local sponsors and partners, including Reverie Estates and MYTM8It’s because of their support that we’ve been able to keep to cost for participants at an incredibly reasonable level.”

Big Car found inspiration for a league in Indianapolis after learning of one that brings people from historic neighborhoods together in Detroit called Detroit City Futbol ( With the new excitement around Indy Eleven, now seemed like the perfect time for the league to start in Indianapolis.

Each team’s t-shirts will be sponsored by a local business in the team’s neighborhood. Local companies interested in sponsoring a team can email for more information.

Perennial Premiere at the Museum of Art, Apr. 26-27

April 24, 2014 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Indianapolis Museum of Art. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Chris Parker
Indianapolis Museum of Art

The IMA salutes spring with its annual Perennial Premiere Plant Sale and Celebration held at the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse on April 26-27, 2014. Drawing more than 1,000 visitors over two days, the event provides both the novice and seasoned gardener with a broad selection of plants including perennials, native plants, herbs, small trees and much more. In addition, there are regional vendors selling nature-related plants and merchandise. A rare treat, IMA horticulturists will be on hand to answer any questions, and attendees can take guided garden walks and see Bonsai demonstrations. Photos of last year’s beautiful occasion can be found here.

Perennial Premiere

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1–2 p.m. and 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Museum of Art
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana

For more information, visit, or call 317-923-1331.

Indiana Pacers Bikeshare Program Launches in Indy

April 23, 2014 Leave a comment
Commuter Connect

Commuter Connect.
Logo provided by JTPR, Inc. and used with written permission.

By Jen Schmits Thomas
On behalf of Commuter Connect

Bikeshare makes it even easier for downtown workers to leave their cars at home

With the new Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program that launched yesterday, workers in downtown Indy have an exciting new transportation option that makes it easier to drive less.

Now they can ride IndyGo, Indy Express Bus or carpool to work, and then jump on a Pacers Bikeshare bike to get to a meeting, lunch or appointment that’s more than “walking distance” away.

“Meetings, restaurants, retailers and more that might have seemed too far to walk in a limited time are now easily within reach,” said Lori Kaplan, Commuter Connect manager. “With quick access to Pacers Bikeshare bikes, I think downtown workers will see their definition of ‘accessible’ expand a lot.”

For help in finding a carpool or planning your trip by bus, visit Commuter Connect is the rideshare service of Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA). In addition, Marion County residents can access IndyGo’s easy-to-use Trip Planner at

“With the Cultural Trail, Pacers Bikeshare, the city’s extensive bicycling infrastructure and the services provided by Commuter Connect, Indianapolis is making it easy to get around without sitting alone in a car,” Kaplan said. “All of the pieces are coming together.”

Commuter Connect’s mission is to help reduce air pollution and traffic congestion in Central Indiana. There is no charge for employers or employees to use Commuter Connect’s services.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: JTPR, Inc.

May Events in Downtown Indianapolis

April 22, 2014 Leave a comment
500 Festival

May means the 500 Festival in Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Along with the outstanding lineup of annual 500 Festival events, Downtown will be buzzing with new exhibits, big sports action and more. Check the highlights below.


Ride on, Indy!

Downtown cyclists are ecstatic to welcome the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail beginning tomorrow, April 22. The new program consists of 250 bicycles and 25 bikeshare stationsalong the Downtown trail. Bikers can cruise through Downtown by purchasing a 24-hour pass for $8 or an annual membership for $80 with unlimited 30-minute rides during your pass or membership period. Make sure to purchase a pass and test out a bike on May 17, Bike to Work Day.


Wholesale District Beautification Day

Community members are coming together for a morning of partnership, productivity and fun as district employees participate in the seventh annual Wholesale District spring cleaning on Monday, May 5. More than 200volunteers will create a clean, pedestrian-friendly environment for the district’s sidewalks, store fronts and businesses. Tasks include sweeping the sidewalks and curbs, removing stickers, painting over graffiti and picking up litter.


Happy Hour on Georgia Street

Beginning May 9, Georgia Street’s center block will turn into a work respite every Friday from 4 – 6:30 p.m.  Visitors can enjoy live music on the Boardwalk, order appetizers/drinks from Harry & Izzy’s and the Omni Severin Hotel and start their weekend off with friends at Downtown’s hometown hangout! Also on Georgia Street – FREE Workout Wednesdays from noon – 12:45 p.m. and Food Truck Fridays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Original Farmers’ Market returns May 7

Downtown’s Original Farmers’Market returns to Indianapolis City Market May 7 and every Wednesday through October. The market is open from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Market Street between Delaware and Alabama Streets. Market Street will be closed each Wednesday during this time.


Spring 5Ks and runs begin

April 26: Walk MS, Military Park

April 26: Matt Breman Run 4Kids, White River State Park

April 27: Best Buddies Friendship Walk, NCAA Hall of Champions

May 3: OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

May 10: Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run

May 10: March for Babies, White River State Park

May 17: The Color Run, White River State Park

May 17: Walk for Arthritis, Military Park

May 18: Indianapolis Great Strides Walk, White River State Park

May 18: Walking for Dreams Family & Pet Walk, the Canal


Major upcoming conventions and shows

April 24 – 27: National Rifle Association of America Annual Meeting, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 50,000

May 8: Daryl Hall and John Oates, Old National Centre

May 9: John Legend, Old National Centre

May 10: Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Motor Speedway

May 16 – 19: Do It Best Corp, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 10,000

May 19: EDTA: Ride, Drive and Charge, Georgia Street


Big things happening in May

May promises to be a big month for Downtown Indy! Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army is coming to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis May 10. It will be the only chance to see the warriors in the U.S. in 2014. Take Me There: China is also opening May 10 and is one of the largest exhibits about contemporary China ever produced in the US. The Indianapolis Zoo will open the world’s largest International Orangutan Center Memorial weekend. A soaring 150-foot highBeacon of Hope will draw people into the Zoo while enhancing the Downtown skyline.


“Feel the Rhythm of May”

This year’s 500 Festival theme is “Feel the Rhythm of May.” The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon, the largest mini marathon in the nation, takes off at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 3. The course begins at the intersection of Washington and West streets, heads west to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and does a complete lap around the 2.5 mile track before heading back down New York Street.


The IPL 500 Festival Parade kicks off at noon on May 24. About 300,000 spectators from around the country will line the streets of Indianapolis for one of the nation’s premier parades. The month-long roster of events culminates with the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


Other 500 Festival events:

May 10: Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run

May 17: 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard

May 21: American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day

May 23: 500 Festival Memorial Service presented by Rolls-Royce

May 24: Keybank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball


Catch summer fever and more Downtown sports

The Indiana Fever kicks off their season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 17 against the Atlanta Dream. Also catch the Fever on May 23 against the Washington Mystics, May 29 against the Connecticut Sun and May 31 against the New York Liberty. The Indianapolis Indians’ regular season is in full-swing at Victory Field with 14 home games May 9 – 31. Catch the Weekday Game Parking Shuttle and ride for free on a shuttle that takes you to the Victory Field entrance. You can park at Lucas Oil Stadium (Gate #1, off Missouri Street) for $5.


Indy Eleven recently kicked off its season with a sold-out game at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Catch the team take the field May 10 against FC Edmonton, May 17 against Ottawa Fury FC and May 31 against San Antonio Scorpions.


Bring Mom Downtown this Mother’s Day

Downtown attractions and restaurants will make Mother’s Day extra special. Visit Mother’s Day Weekend at the Indianapolis Zoo May 10 and 11 and participate in a scavenger hunt, “mom-themed” keeper chats a photo station and more. On May 10 from 1 – 3 p.m., treat your mom to a special Steampunk-themed Mother’s Day tea at Morris-Butler House. Brunch with mom at one of Downtown Indy’s best restaurants: Market Table at the Alexander, the Rathskeller or Weber Grill. For more Mother’s Day events, visit:


Big shows hit the stage Downtown

May 2 & 3: Karrin Allyson: Round Midnight, The Cabaret at The Columbia Club

May 2: Tracy Morgan, Old National Centre

May 7: Nickel Creek, Old National Centre

May 8: Daryl Hall and John Oates, Old National Centre

May 9 & 10: Cole Porter’s Anything Goes In Concert, Hilbert Circle Theatre

May 9: John Legend, Old National Centre

May 10: Tegan & Sara, Old National Centre

7th Annual Taste of Brown County, May 16-17

April 21, 2014 Leave a comment
Brown County Visitors Center, Nashville.

Brown County Visitors Center, Nashville.

Press Release
Brown County CVB

Don’t miss this year’s Taste of Brown County in Nashville, Indiana on May 16-17, 2014! Since last year’s Downtown GetDown was a hit, we’re doing it again Friday, May 16.  On Saturday, May 17, enjoy yummy samples, great music, entertainment, and a family friendly Beer and Wine Garden.

Downtown Getdown

This is Brown County’s version of a pub crawl on May 16, 5 pm to midnight. Your $15 ticket entitles you to food and drink specials while enjoying live entertainment, free rides on the Nashville Express Train, and 20 tickets for the Taste of Brown County on Saturday. The first 100 to purchase tickets will receive a free Brown County Shot Glass.

Taste of Brown County

On Saturday, May 17, sample all sorts of different cuisine from local Brown County restaurants. While you’re tasting, enjoy live music and drinks from the family friendly beer and wine garden from 12 to 9 pm.  Entertainment for the kids at the corner of Main & Jefferson Streets with a petting zoo and bouncy house from noon to 5 pm.

This event will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit, or call 800-753-3255.