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May 2016 in Downtown Indianapolis

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Indianapolis skyline

Indianapolis skyline. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Wholesale District Beautification Day
Community members are coming together for a morning of partnership, productivity and fun as district employees participate in the ninth annual Wholesale District Beautification Day Monday, May 2. More than 200 volunteers 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.

100th Running HandleBar Hot Lap on Monument Circle
In the spirit of the 100th Running of the Indy 500, HandleBar, Downtown Indy, Inc. and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are hosting the 100th Running HandleBar Hot Lap on Monument Circle Friday, May 6 at 11:30 a.m. Races include one-on-one laps around Monument Circle with pit stops and vehicle tweaks. The races will be structured into a 24-team single elimination bracket, narrowing down Indy’s best, culminating in a championship race between the top two teams. Businesses are invited to register a team (10 participants) online for $100/team.

Georgia Street comes to life with Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Summer Series
Downtown Indy, Inc. has again partnered with local fitness studios for Workout Wednesday – fun, all-levels group fitness sessions on the Boardwalk. Hip Hop on Georgia Street in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis begins May 4 and reoccurs weekly from noon – 12:45 p.m. Each workout will begin with a local personality/celebrity for the warm-up. The celebrity will be announced each week via Twitter (@GeorgiaStIndy). A new addition to Workout Wednesday this year will be Sunrise Yoga on the Canal in partnership with Invoke Studio. Sunrise Yoga begins June 1 and takes place weekly on the Vermont Street Plaza from 6 – 6:45 a.m.

Happy Hour Thursdays return to the Boardwalk beginning May 5.
Georgia Street’s center block will turn into a work respite from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. every Thursday. Listen to music from live DJs, relax with friends and order appetizers and drinks from the Boardwalk Bar staffed by the Omni Severin Bar. There’s no cover charge, but all attendees must be 21 and older.

Downtown workers can also enjoy ongoing Food Truck Fridays.
Eat lunch alfresco on the Georgia Street Boardwalk and enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown during weekly from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

May means 500 Festival events
Race fans are invited to Rock-IN-Roar 500 – a music festival and community celebration on Georgia Street that officially “drops the green flag” on Race Week in Indianapolis. On May 20 from 5 – 10:30 p.m., 500 local musicians, led by John Mellencamp keyboardist Troye Kinnett and IndyCar driver Will Power, join together to perform One Republic’s “Love Runs Out” in a musical tribute to the spirit of the 100th Indy 500. Attendees can witness SPECTACLE: Sights & Sounds of the Indy 500 on Georgia Street, featuring a unique light show with some of the most memorable radio calls from the past 100 years. Following this FREE Rock-IN-Roar 500, SPECTACLE will run at 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. May 21 – 29.

The 40th OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon takes off Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 a.m. 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. In addition to the Mini, kids ages 3 – 10 can participate in the non-competitive Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run May 14 at 10:30 a.m. After the Mini, head to Military Park for the FREE 500 Festival Post Race Party.

The 60th IPL 500 Festival Parade kicks off at noon May 28 at noon. 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 100th running of the Indy 500 on May 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Original Farmers’ Market returns May 4
Downtown’s Original Farmers’ Market returns to Indianapolis City Market on May 4 and continues 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.

Bring Mom Downtown on Mother’s Day
Downtown attractions and restaurants will make Mother’s Day extra special. Visit Mother’s Day Weekend at the Indianapolis Zoo May 7 and 8 and enjoy a Zoo-wide scavenger hunt, photo stations, free treats and more. Attend Mother’s Day at the IRT on May 8 and enjoy brunch at noon followed by a performance of The Mousetrap at 2 p.m. Georgia Reese’s is offering a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet all day from 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Hot happenings at Downtown attractions
Mini Golf that combines original art and playful competition is coming to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The much anticipated Artist Designed Mini Golf opens to the public May 10. The course features 18 holes designed by local and regional artists and in honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial, each hole is inspired by Indiana history and landmarks. Tickets are FREE for IMA members and included in regular admission for non-members.

Easley Winery’s outdoor music series Groovin’ in the Garden kicks off on May 21 and runs through September. Enjoy daily wine specials and live music in a relaxing environment every Saturday from 2 – 5 p.m. This series is FREE.

Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal return on May 26 and take place every Thursday night from 6 – 8 p.m. through July 28. The 2016 Concerts on the Canal series features a spectacular lineup of entertainers including Shannon Forsell, Flying Toasters, Funk Quarter and The Bishops. Seating is FREE on the grassy hill across the Canal or reserve a table on the terrace for extra.

Cheer on your favorite teams
Catch one (or more) of the 16 Indianapolis Indians home games at Victory Field this month. Enjoy monthly promos including 2-for-1 Tuesdays, Thursday Craft Beer Night, Friday Fireworks and Kid’s Eat Free Sundays. On May 3, share your favorite game with your pup: Bark in the Park allows dogs and their owners a chance to enjoy the game from the right field lawn. There are two chances to catch the Indy Eleven at home: May 7 and May 21.

For more information, call 317-237-2222.

Things to do in Indianapolis, May 5-11, 2014

Mother’s Day Events in Downtown Indianapolis

Morris-Butler House Museum

Steampunk Mother’s Day Tea at Morris Butler House Museum, May 10. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Experience Downtown with Mom!

Bring mom Downtown for Mother’s Day May 11! Many Downtown restaurants will open for brunch and special events take place throughout the day including tea at Morris-Butler House and live jazz at Old National Centre. 

Special Mother’s Day events

Steampunk Mother’s Day Tea at Morris-Butler House

May 10 from 1 – 3 p.m.

Treat your mom to a special Steampunk-themed Mother’s Day tea at the Morris-Butler House Museum (see photo above). Circle City Aerodrome – Indianapolis’ own steampunk group – will explain the creative movement that blends steam-powered gadgets and 20th century marvels in a world of Victorian fashion, literature, art and history.

Mother’s Day Weekend at the Indianapolis Zoo

May 10 – 11 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Zoo is all about moms this weekend, whether they’re human or not. Take part in activities like a scavenger hunt, mom-themed keeper chats, Mother’s Day photo stations and more.

Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch at Old National Centre

May 11 at 1 p.m.

Considered by many to be the most popular brunch experience in the country, Gospel Brunch combines uplifting live music with a spectacular all-you-can-eat brunch.

Mother’s Day Jazz Affair with Will Downing, Euge Groove and Rick Braun at Old National Centre

May 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate mom’s days with live jazz!

Mother’s Day Gondola Ride

Various times; season opens May 11

Old World Gondoliers kicks off their season on May 11, just in time for Mother’s Day. You and mom will enjoy a 30 or 60-minute singing gondola ride as you are transported into Old Italy (or the Indianapolis Canal).    

Eat out with mom

Hilton Indianapolis

The Hilton will host a traditional Mother’s Day Brunch in their ballroom from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Selections include traditional breakfast food, omelets made to order, a salad bar, pasta made to order, a carving station, a chocolate fountain and more. Also included: complimentary valet parking, a glass of champagne or mimosa and flowers for mom.

$32.95 adults; $26.95 seniors; $16.50 children 12 – 6; FREE children 5 and younger


Indianapolis Propylaeum

Make reservations in advance for brunch at the Propylaeum – this has become an annual tradition for many Indianapolis families and sells out quickly. Seatings are available on May 11 at noon, 12:30, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m.



Market Table at The Alexander

Head to Market Table at The Alexander for Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Featuring: a chilled station with locally produced yogurt, a seasonal fruit display and salads, a sauté station, entrees including chicken and salmon, carving stations and desserts, including 12 flavors of locally produced gelato.

$32 for adults; $16 children 7 – 12; FREE children 6 and younger


Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Treat Mom to a first-class dining experience at Ruth’s Chris and she will receive a complimentary $25 Ruth’s Chris gift card for a return visit. The restaurant opens at 1 p.m. with their regular menu.


The Rathskeller

Join the Rathskeller for their annual Mother’s Day brunch featuring quiche, bacon, sausage, French toast sticks and fruit. A full lunch menu is also available. Brunch begins at 11 a.m. and the dinner menu starts at 3 p.m.


Weber Grill

Enjoy an all-day feast with mom at Weber Grill. The restaurant will serve a specially crafted menu of sweet and savory brunch specials, as well as lunch and dinner dishes. Children can enjoy the “Kid’s Brunch Plate” and adults can choose from a variety of options including iron skillet hash, double smoked bourbon glazed ham and more. Brunch is served until 2 p.m.


Other fun happenings

Bring mom to explore Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, featuring eight warriors, a “painted” warrior head from Xi’an dig pits and more than 100 authentic artifacts. Opening May 10, just one day before Mother’s Day, this exhibition 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.

Kids ages 3 -12 can participate in the Chase 500 Festival Kid’s Day & Rookie Run, a non-competitive fun run, on May 10 at 11 a.m. Just like the Mini-Marathon participants, kids receive a goodie bag, a runners bib and a finisher’s medal.

Take mom to the ballpark! The Indians take on the Norfolk Tides on May 10 at 7:05 p.m. and on May 11 at 1:35 p.m. Attend the Sunday game and kids eat free!

For updated information on Mother’s Day, visit:, or call 317-237-2222.

May Events in Downtown Indianapolis

500 Festival

May means it’s 500 Festival time in Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

May is here! Along with the outstanding lineup of annual 500 Festival events, Downtown will be buzzing with new exhibits, big sports action and the grand opening of the beautiful Indianapolis Cultural Trail. See below for highlights of what we have to look forward to this month.

Velocity: Downtown’s Strategic Plan & public survey

Velocity, a co-created, five-year strategic plan for Downtown Indianapolis, officially launched April 23 with a special event at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. Velocity includes six advisory groups, each addressing critical issues and opportunities for Downtown; (1) Vibrant Economic Development, (2) Public Spaces & Activation, (3) Multi-Modal Transportation Solutions, (4) Downtown Environment & Experience, (5) Housing, Neighborhoods & Livability and (6) Arts, Culture & Attractions.

Gathering public opinion is essential to the success of Velocity, and a public survey was created to give a voice to Downtown workers, residents, students and visitors on Downtown’s future. The brief survey can be accessed online through June 1 in both English and Spanish at Survey results will help outline priorities and shape the framework for Velocity.

For more information visit and follow @IndyVelocity on Twitter.

May 11: Indianapolis Cultural Trail grand opening, Georgia Street sidewalk cafes & other big events

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail grand opening kicks off with a ribbon cutting at 3:45 p.m. on May 10 at Market and Alabama streets near Indianapolis City Market. The “Get Down On It” celebration begins May 11 with more than 80 different family-friendly programs along the entire trail Downtown. Programs include musical and artistic performers, dancers, balloon rides and much more. See all of the programs, performance times and locations at All “Get Down On It” programs are open to the public, and most are FREE!

Also on May 11:

Georgia Street bar and restaurant sidewalk cafes will officially open for lunch and dinner, plus several family-friendly programs will take place on all three blocks of the street. Highlights include a high school singing competition modeled after “The Voice,” band and choir performances, aerial acrobats and more. Food trucks and Sun King beer sales will be available on the west block.

The Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day & Rookie Run takes place on Monument Circle from noon – 4 p.m. and features FREE prizes, face painting, games, food and a FREE performance from The KIDZ BOP Kids.

INDYCOG’s 4th annual celebration of bike culture in Indianapolis, 2 Wheels 1 City, takes place 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Indianapolis City Market with bike-related fun, food, Sun King beer and more. Don’t forget to leave the car at home May 17 for INDYCOG’s annual Bike to Work Day with Mayor Ballard!

Visit for details on traffic restrictions as information becomes available.

Bring Mom Downtown this Mother’s Day

Downtown restaurants and attractions help to make Mother’s Day extra special with events like Mother’s Day Weekend at the Zoo and FREE admission to Rhythm Discovery Center. Moms and families can enjoy Mother’s Day brunches at Downtown restaurants like the Indianapolis Propylaeum, First Watch and The Rathskeller. Visit for complete information.

Zoom into 500 Festival events!

Here is a lineup of May 500 Festival events taking place Downtown:

May 11: Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run

May 24: 500 Festival Memorial Service presented by Rolls-Royce

May 25: IPL 500 Festival Parade

May 25: Regions 500 Festival Snakepit Ball presented by Cindy and Paul Skjodt (SOLD OUT)

Downtown sports: Pacers playoffs, Indians, Lacrosse & more

The Pacers are in the NBA playoffs for the third consecutive season! The Blue and Gold take a 3-2 series lead to Atlanta against the Hawks tonight and if necessary, Game 7 would be played Sunday, May 5 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Indianapolis Indians’ regular season is in full-swing at Victory Field with 12 home games May 10 – 17 and 27 – 30. The world-champion Indiana Fever kick of their season with a pre-season home game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse May 15 against the San Antonio Silver Stars and play their first regular-season home game May 31 against the Atlanta Dream. NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals will be at Lucas Oil Stadium May 19 with matchups at noon and 2:30 p.m.

Big shows hit the stage Downtown

Now – May 12: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – Indiana Repertory Theatre

Now – May 25: “Bathroom Humor” – Theatre on the Square

May 3: Royal Comedy Tour with Sommore – Old National Centre

May 7: Jillian Michaels “Maximize Your Life” Tour – Old National Centre

May 8: MTV Jams presents Fabolous & Pusha T – Old National Centre

May 9: Lewis Black – Old National Centre

May 9 – June 9: “4000 Miles” – Phoenix Theatre

May 10: Tracy Morgan – Old National Centre

May 11: Paul Anka – Old National Centre

May 17 & 19: Indianapolis School of Ballet’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – Scottish Rite Cathedral

*May 30: Of Monsters and Men – The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park

May 30 – June 1: Urbański Conducts Gershwin (ISO) – Hilbert Circle Theatre

*Opening show of the 2013 summer concert series at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park. Click the link to see the full summer lineup – shows are continuing to be announced!

New exhibits opening

See more than 60 beautifully crafted cloths, garments and embellished objects from North and Sub-Saharan Africa beginning today, May 3, as Majestic African Textiles opens in the FREE Gerald and Dorit Paul Galleries at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Drums From the Circle City comes to Rhythm Discovery Center May 11 bringing the history of percussion and manufacturing closer to home with a focus on Indiana in the turn of the 20th Century.

Explore the iconic Star Wars films as you never have before by discovering the real science behind all six movies, plus real props and costumes at Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, opening May 25 at the Indiana State Museum. The doors will open at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 24 for a special midnight opening, including exhibit admission, the Millennium Falcon experience, parking, food and beverage for $50.

For more information, visit, or call 317-237-2222.

Mother’s Day Events in Downtown Indianapolis

Chef Joseph's at The Connoisseur Room

Chef Joseph's at The Connoisseur Room. Photo provided by the venue and used with written permission.

By Brittany Smith
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

She always knows best — so only the best will do on Mother’s Day! Show her some motherly love and treat her to a memorable event or meal Downtown.  For a complete calendar of events, call Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. at 317.237.2222 or search online at


The Cabaret at The Columbia Club

What’s Happening: Make this mother’s day unforgettable with Lainie Kazan: The Chanteuse is Loose! On screen, Lainie received critical acclaim for her performance as the mother in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The event is May 11 & 12, 8 p.m. Cost is $45 – $65 per person.

Phone: 317-275-1169,

Chase 500 Festival Kid’s Day

What’s Happening: Engage the whole family in the excitement of the state’s largest outdoor FREE festival for children on Monument Circle May 12 at noon. Las Vegas-based Plastic Musik will headline the entertainment stage. NEW this year, kids can ride a FREE 70-foot Ferris wheel, race remote-controlled cars and test their skills in a race car simulator.  This is THE event your kids (and you) won’t want to miss!

Phone: 317-927-3378,


Indianapolis Indians

What’s Happening: Take mom out to the ball game as the Indianapolis Indians face off against the Norfolk Tides May 11 – 14 at Victory Field.

Phone: 317-269-3545,


Indiana State Museum and IMAX Theater

What’s Happening: Treat mom to lunch and a movie on May 13! Choose from Package A: one ticket to see To The Arctic 3D at 11:20 a.m. in the IMAX Theater and 12:15 p.m. lunch seating in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room or Package B: lunch seating in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room at 1 p.m. and one ticket to see To The Arctic 3D at 3:10 p.m. in the IMAX Theater. Both packages cost $25 for adults and $20 for children.

Phone: 317-233-4629,


Invoke Studio

What’s Happening: Spend some quality time with Mom on the yoga mat! Join Invoke Studio for a playful practice including some fun partner work May 12. All levels are welcome. Cost is $20 for two.

Phone: 317-525-6965,

Kuaba Fine Art Gallery

What’s Happening: Join Kuaba for “Bubbly & Jazz” May 19, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Don’t miss out on this FREE Mother’s Day treat filled with the wonderful sounds of Jazz songstress Vickie Daniel. Complimentary “bubbly” and refreshments will also be provided.

Phone: 317-955-8405,


Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

What’s Happening: The first mother to walk into the library will receive a FREE T-shirt. Also, there will be a drawing for a FREE copy of a new book, coming out later in the year of the collected letters of Kurt Vonnegut, edited by Dan Wakefield. The event is May 13.

Phone: 317-652-1954,



What’s Happening: Mother’s Day weekend event to benefit I.W.I.N. (Indiana Women in Need) foundation May 12, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and May 13, noon – 5 p.m.  Find a one-of-kind gift for Mother’s Day from the unique pottery, jewelry, textiles, soaps, lotions and more found in the store.

Phone: 317-822-1200,

Circle Centre Mall

What’s Happening: Purchase a $100 or more American Express Simon gift card and receive a spa gift set from Circle Centre Mall.  Valid one set per person while supplies last.  Visit Guest Services for details.

Phone: 317-681-5615,

Evan Todd Salon & Spa

What’s Happening: Treat mom to a relaxing day at the spa! With offerings like manicures, massages and facials, mom is sure to leave Evan Todd Salon & Spa feeling refreshed.

Phone: 317-524-2575,


Indianapolis City Market

What’s Happening: Join Indianapolis City Market vendor, U-Relish Farm May 12 for a chance to win a bouquet in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner mixes for the crockpot.  Brad Gates Catering adds to the sweet prize with Indiana made Shagbark Syrup.  The package is worth $125!

Phone: 317-634-9266,


Bunches of Brunches May 13

Adobo Grill

What’s Happening: Mother’s Day brunch buffet featuring authentic Mexican cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Othon Angel in a contemporary, upscale atmosphere from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost is $19.99 for adults, $8.99 for children 10 and under and FREE for children under four.

Phone: 317-822-9990,


The Canterbury Hotel

What’s Happening: Serving delicious brunch 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Turner’s Restaurant. Price is $34.95, $14.95 children 12 and under and FREE children under 5.

Phone: 634.3000,


Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room (see photo above)

What’s Happening: Bring your favorite lady or your mother and enjoy a 28 item brunch from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cost is $24.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 8 to 12 and FREE for children under 7. Reservations are recommended.

Phone: 317-600-3577,


Conrad Indianapolis

What’s Happening: Lavish brunch presentation accompanied by live music and a special gift for every mother 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the elegant Vienna Ballroom. Adults $59 and children 3 – 10 $29. Reservations required.

Phone: 317-524-2574,

Indianapolis Propylaeum

What’s Happening: Attend a Mother’s Day buffet at the lovely Propylaeum! Seating is at 11:30 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Cost is $28 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Reservations are required.

Phone: 317-638-7881,

Nourish Café at Indianapolis Museum of Art

What’s Happening: Brunch buffet in Deer Zink Special Events Pavilion made from the freshest local ingredients from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visitors can expect to sample early harvest fruits and vegetables from local farms. Cost is $38 per adult, $16 children ages 4 – 10 and FREE for children under 4.

Phone: 317-923-1331 ext. 235,


Osteria Pronto

What’s Happening: Enjoy a feast of gourmet options ranging from fresh pasta and antipasta to Eggs Benedict and carve to order station. Cost is $35.

Phone : 317-860-5777,



What’s Happening: Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. will include a Bloody Mary bar, libations, starters, Brick Oven Flatbread, soups & salads, lunch combinations and more. Cost is $17 – $25.

Phone: 317-974-0400,


The Rathskeller

What’s Happening: Special Mother’s Day brunch menu along with regular restaurant menu.  Brunch runs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dinner menu starts at 3 p.m. Cost is $12.95. Reservations recommended.

Phone: 317-636-0396,


Skyline Club

What’s Happening: Celebrate the mom in your life by treating her to a special brunch with 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. seatings.  Prices are $49.95 adults, $25.95 young adults ages 13 – 17, $17.95 children ages 6 – 12 and $9.95 children ages 2 – 5.

Phone: 317-263-5000,

For more information about downtown Indianapolis, visit, or call 317-237-2222.