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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

NUVO Announces 2013 Cultural Vision Award Winners

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Indianapolis Cultural Trail. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Jim Poyser, Editor
NUVO Newsweekly

NUVO announces this year’s CVA winners.

Now in its 15th year, NUVO’s Cultural Vision Awards were created to celebrate individuals and organizations that are pathfinders — folks bringing new perspectives and innovative ideas to Indianapolis’ understanding of itself. NUVO defines cultural vision in its most inclusive sense. We look for people and programs whose creativity enlarges our city’s self-image and enhances our quality of life. Every year that the NUVO editorial team combs through nominations that come to us through readers, community contacts and past honorees, we are reminded of the many compelling ways people in Indianapolis havåe found to make life better.

We will celebrate the winners on Friday, June 7 at Indiana Landmarks Center (1201 Central Ave). Join us between 6 and 7 p.m. for a reception including drinks, light appetizers, conversation and a performance from previous CVA winners, Time for Three. The ceremony will begin at 7:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Augustino’s Italian Restaurant will be providing complimentary appetizers and desserts along with wine for sale. Sun King will be on tap with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Indiana Landmarks.

This year’s winners:

Eskenazi Health

This hospital, also called the New Wishard, will open in December of 2013, but we’re already excited to honor what may be the boldest hospital in the entire country. The new hospital will not only be LEED certified for its green design features, it will also feature a sky farm: a 5,000-square-foot rooftop garden, where fresh produce will help feed patients and staff. Specially commissioned works of art will create a significant new public space throughout the hospital, and the Eskenazi Commons, out front the building, will be a public place where human connections and relationships are encouraged and nurtured.

Joyful Noise Recordings

This independent record label celebrates ten years of unconventional formats and fascinating local and national artists this year. And there’s plenty of achievements to celebrate in 2012 alone: new acquisition Kishi Bashi was named NPR’s best new artist of the year. The label achieved worldwide distribution and released a celebrated flexi-disc series featuring artists like The Melvins and Sufjan Stevens. But most exciting for Indy residents is the permanent show space-cum-office-cum-record store in Fountain Square’s Murphy Arts Center. Joyful Noise has received acclaim for their dedication to analog formats and high-quality, extremely limited releases. Their support of talented local artists (including Sleeping Bag, Marmoset and Memory Map, among others) is just the cherry on top.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick
Years in the making, this visionary, eight-mile path through Indianapolis (see photo above) highlights various icons and landmarks, while giving users a good reason to explore the city. It’s an urban bike and pedestrian path that connects Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave, the Canal and White River State Park and the Wholesale District, while providing links to the entire Central Indiana greenway system. Led by Central Indiana Community Foundation, among others, the Cultural Trail is a true collaboration, highlighting health, along with appreciation for our ever-growing Downtown. Their May grand opening will invite users to “get down on it,” and will elevate the already-known Cultural Trail to legendary status.

Indy Reads Books

Indy Reads is a laudable, long-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the problem of adult illiteracy in Central Indiana. Indy Reads trains volunteers to tutor adults who come forward to improve their literacy skills. Over the years, Indy Reads has produced a number of programs, from spelling bees to scavenger hunts, in an effort to help people better understand the dimensions of adult illiteracy and to raise the funds needed to address the issue. But they took it up a notch or two with an ambitious venture that literally places Indy Reads on the city’s map: a bookstore called Indy Reads Books. Not only is it a constant, on-going fundraiser for Indy Reads, it’s also the city’s only Downtown bookstore, and a destination for all things written and spoken word.

Indy Urban Acres

The locally grown food movement in Indianapolis continues to flourish, and Indy Urban Acres is an exemplary addition. This eight-acre organic farm donates 100 percent of its harvest to families in need. In 2012, over 35,000 lbs. of fresh organic produce was grown; each one of those pounds represents a main course or a side dish, but also security in a food-insecure world. In addition, over 1,000 kids visited Indy Urban Acres in 2012, seeing for themselves how food is grown — and how to grow their own. Add in the 500 or more volunteers and you can see how this establishment is a true community effort to provide nourishment to those who might not otherwise have access.

People for Urban Progress

Indy’s ultimate re-purposers, PUP’s work can be seen throughout the city. On a grand scale, they take what others would throw away, and turn into useful and meaningful items. Their first project was salvaging the RCA Dome roof, which gave birth to many items – bags, wallets and other accessories made out of roof material, along with shade canopies. Most recently, they salvaged Bush Stadium’s seats and have begun installing them in IndyGo bus stops. But their projects extend beyond that to such endeavors as car sharing, yellow grease recycling, solar panel installation on brownfields, plus infographics that show the common person how they might negotiate our city’s government.

Lifetime Achievement Award winner: Judy O’Bannon

Mrs. O’Bannon is perhaps best known for her role as First Lady of Indiana (1997-2003), but much of her life has been dedicated to community engagement. A graduate of IU with a degree in social work, she was selected as a Rockefeller Theological Scholar, and was the first woman to attend the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Society. In addition, she holds nine honorary degrees. Mrs. O’Bannon is actively involved in media entities, as Chairman of The O’Bannon Publishing Company (Corydon Democrat and Clarion newspapers) and as host and producer of the WFYI TV public television series Communities Building Community as well as her television series, Judy O’Bannon’s Foreign Exchange. We are honored to shine a light on this extraordinary life lived in service to others.

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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.

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