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Get “Happy” on Georgia Street every Thursday, May – August

Georgia Street in Downtown Indianapolis

Georgia Street in Downtown Indianapolis. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.

WHAT:

Happy Hours on Georgia Street return to the center-block Boardwalk every Thursday from 4:30 – 7 p.m, May 7 to Aug. 27, 2015.

Listen to Indy’s best live DJs, relax with friends and order appetizers and drinks from the Omni Severin Bar. Grab $5 craft beers and domestics including Blue Moon, Upland & Flat 12 and $6 craft cocktails and wine.

Try a fun, local cocktail: the Georgia Street Mule or Punch, Repeal 75, Picante-Rita and more.

There’s NO cover charge, but all attendees must be 21 and older.

DJs will rotate and include Helicon May 7 & 21; Slater Hogan May 14 and Lockstar May 28.

WHERE:

Center block of Georgia Street

WHEN:

Thursdays, 4:30 – 7 pm, May to August 2015.

WHO:
Downtown Indy
Supported by: Omni Severin Hotel: Severin Bar, Monarch Beverage Company, Inc., Republic National Distributing Company of Indiana and BMG Event Productions

Georgia Street information can be found on http://georgiastreetindy.com/, or call 317-237-2222.

Downtown Indy Buskers Project Launches Today

July 25, 2014 Leave a comment
IndyFringe Street Sign

IndyFringe Street Sign. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Bob Schultz
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://www.indydt.com/

Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. (IDI), in partnership with IndyFringe and with the support of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, is investing in a Downtown Buskers Campaign to encourage street performance/busking throughout Downtown. At various times throughout the pilot period of late summer 2014, street performers under the guidance of IndyFringe will entertain Downtown residents/visitors. The campaign starts July 25-26, 2014, in downtown Indianapolis.

Busking is the practice of performing in public spaces for gratuities/tips, and can include anything from musicians, poets and storytellers, to magicians, living statues and hoopers. According to IndyFringe, buskers come from all walks of life and bring fun and entertainment with them. They want to share their art-form with the public on the oldest stage in the world – outside, on sidewalks and in the parks – where theatre began a long time ago.

“Busking is an age-old art form,” said Pauline Moffat, executive director of IndyFringe. “It brings vibrancy and fun to city streets; it defines a world-class city and demonstrates the breadth of hidden talent in our community.”  Through its participation, IndyFringe hopes to add more awareness of its annual Fringe Fest, as well, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer. The Fest runs Aug. 14 – 24 in the Mass Ave Cultural District.

In 2013, IDI and several Indianapolis-based civic organizations launched Velocity, a co-created, five year strategic action plan for Downtown. One of the objectives cited in the Velocity plan was to promote collaborations that will cultivate participation in events and experiences Downtown. A specific tactic referenced under that objective was to “create a plan and encourage participation in pop-up entertainment Downtown (a.k.a. busking).”

“This campaign is designed to encourage a culture of urban busking in Downtown,” said Sherry Seiwert, president of Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. “There is an enjoyment of the surprise factor of spontaneous arts and cultural experiences and we want to grow these types of experiences in Downtown. Partnering with IndyFringe presents us with an ideal opportunity to work with street entertainers who know the art – and science – of quality street performance.”

From approximately 6-10 p.m. each Friday and Saturday evening from July 25 to Aug. 23, street performers under the leadership of IndyFringe will busk in various public places downtown, including Georgia Street, Monument Circle and up and down Mass Ave. IndyFringe and the Indiana Acoustic Music Society is having an open call for artists to join the growing street team and learn the skills needed to engage an audience. However, special permits are not required for buskers. Anyone can busk on public property in Indianapolis as long as doing so does not impede the public right-of-way.

For more information, visit http://www.indyfringe.org/, or call 317-869-6660.

July Events in Downtown Indianapolis

June 20, 2014 Leave a comment
The Lawn at White River State Park

The Lawn at White River State Park. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

Fourth of July: Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast and more

The Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast returns to the grounds of the Indiana War Memorial July 4 for Indianapolis’ most popular fireworks show. More than 20,000 people are expected to be Downtown on Veterans Memorial Plaza and American Legion Mall from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. The fireworks will launch from the Regions Bank Tower at 10 p.m. (North and Michigan streets will be closed throughout the day and New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Delaware streets surrounding the Regions Bank Tower will be closed 9:30 – 10:15 p.m. during the fireworks show.)

Crowds will gather for many music festivities including the Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal series from 5 – 9:30 p.m. The Rathskeller Biergarten is hosting a Fourth of July Weekend with bands July 3 – 5. There will be a Rusted Roots performance in the Old National Centre parking lot, followed by a great view of the Downtown fireworks.

The Indianapolis Indians take on the Louisville Bats at 6:05 p.m. with its own fireworks show after the game. Fans are encouraged to stay to enjoy the Downtown fireworks. The Tribe has a home stretch July 4 – 13.

For more Fourth of July events, visit: www.indydt.com/July4.cfm.

 

Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration returns July 10 – 20

Summer Celebration returns for the 44th year with business seminars, conventions, concerts and more. More than 80,000 attendees will take part in events at various locations Downtown, although most events will take place at the Indiana Convention Center. On July 18, thousands will gather on the American Legion Mall for the Music Heritage Festival outdoor concert featuring Keith Sweat, After 7 and The S.O.S. Band. Big crowds will return Downtown on July 19 as the music festival continues with Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele and Babyface at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For more information, visit www.ibeonline.com/summer-celebration.

Downtown gets festive

There’s still time to enjoy some of Downtown Indy’s best summer festivals. Taste unlimited craft beer samples from more than 50 local and national breweries at Brew-Ha-Ha June 21. PBS Kids in the Park takes over Military Park June 21, giving kids the chance to meet many of their favorite PBS characters such as Clifford and Curious George. And for a taste of some of Indy’s best restaurants, attend Taste of Indy on the Canal July 5.

Other upcoming festivals include:

June 21–22: Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival at Military Park 

July 4: Fountain Square Music Festival

July 12: Indy Criterium throughout Downtown

To see the lineup of Downtown summer festivals, visit www.indydt.com/summerfestivals.cfm.

Take in the sights and sounds of summer

Summer concerts are officially here and national and local artists alike will bring Downtown to life this summer.

At the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park (see photo above), music lovers can enjoy a concert outside:

June 24: Arctic Monkeys with White Denim

June 27: O.A.R. with Red Wanting Blue

June 28: Fifth Harmony with Before You Exit and Jackson Harris

July 13: Michael Franti & Spearhead with Soja, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall

July 20: Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson with Andre McMahon

July 23: Panic! At the Disco with Walk the Moon and Magic Man

July 26: Umphrey’s McGee with Cosby Sweater

July 29: John Fogerty

 

At Old National Centre, fans of all genres of music can catch big names including:

June 17 – 22: The Book of Mormon

June 26: John Hiatt & The Robert Cray Band

June 27: Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s

July 2: The Neighbourhood

July 3: Switchfoot

July 6: The Fray

July 12: Rick Springfield

July 31: Jenny Lewis

 

Catch two more shows of the season at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club. Singer/songwriter Susan Werner takes the stage June 27, Glee and 30 Rock star Cheyenne Jackson performs July 11 & 12 and Karen Irwin performs a tribute to Janis Joplin July 25 & 26.

Enjoy live tunes outside this summer including the Groovin’ in the Garden series at Easley Winery. The Indianapolis Zoo’s Zoolapalooza series continues on two Fridays in June (June 20 & 27) and three Fridays in July (July 4, 11 & 18). Another Zoo concert series – Animals and All That Jazz – kicks off on July 10 and continues every Thursdays in July. Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal continue through the end of July. Reserve a table on the Stardust Terrace or bring a chair or blanket and take a seat on the grassy hill right off the Canal.

To see a full lineup of summer concerts, visit: www.indydt.com/summerconcerts.cfm.

Catch the Fever and join the Tribe!

The Indianapolis Indians play three more games this month and 17 home games in July. The Indiana Fever play three home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this month and on July 5, 10, 12, 15 & 17. After no home games in June, the Indy Eleven are back to IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium one time next month on July 19.

Indy’s new neighborhood themed Downtown recreational soccer league, Indy City Futbol, is in full gear. Catch them every Wednesday through the end of August at the Visit Indy Field at White River State Park.

For more information, call 317-237-2222.

Downtown Indianapolis Gets Festive in June

Christ Church Cathedral Strawberry Festival, June 12.

Christ Church Cathedral Strawberry Festival, June 12.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

Downtown gets festive in June

 

Family-friendly outdoor festivals take the forefront in June with the return of many annual Downtown favorites. Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of all the different cultures of Asia at the 7th annual Asian Fest at White River State Park on June 7. The Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival returns to Monument Circle to serve an estimated six tons of strawberries and 18,000 homemade shortcakes on June 12. The Circle City Pride Festival, Indiana’s largest LGBT celebration, takes place at American Legion Mall June 14. PBS Kids in the Parktakes over Military Park June 21, giving kids the chance to meet many of their favorite PBS characters including Clifford and Curious George.

Other big June festivals:

June 7: Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival at Military Park

June 13–14: Italian Street Festival

June 14–15: Talbot Street Art Fair

June 21: Brew-Ha-Haat Phoenix Theatre

June 21–22: Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival at Military Park 

To see the lineup of Downtown summer festivals, visit www.indydt.com/summerfestivals.cfm.

Take in the sights and sounds of summer

Summer concerts are officially here and national and local artists alike will bring Downtown to life this June. The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park hosts an exciting June summer concert lineup. Some big names include Jack Johnson on June 1 (sold out), Ray LaMontagne on June 13, The Avett Brothers on June 14, Arctic Monkeys on June 24 and Fifth Harmony on June 28.

At Old National Centre, fans of all genres of music can catch big names including:

June 4: Bastille

June 9: Lindsey Stirling

June 12: John Butler Trio

June 26: John Hiatt & The Robert Cray Band

June 27: Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s

Catch two more shows of the season at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club. Watch Tony Award winner Laura Benanti June 5 – 7 at 8 p.m. and Susan Werner June 27 at 8 p.m.

Enjoy live tunes outside this summer including the Groovin’ in the Garden series at Easley Winery and Zoolapalooza at the Indianapolis Zoo. Catch local favorites Zanna Doo, the Woomblies Polka Boy and many others at The Rathskeller. Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal kick off May 29 and continue through the end of July. Reserve a table on the Stardust Terrace or bring a chair or blanket and take a seat on the grassy hill right off the Canal.

To see a full lineup of summer concerts, visit: www.indydt.com/summerconcerts.cfm.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art kicks off Summer Nights Film Series on June 6 with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Other June showings include Friday the 13th on, you guessed it, Friday, June 13; The Jerk on June 20; and The French Connection on June 27. The series continues every summer Friday through August 29. Films begin at dusk and tickets are $10 ($6 for members).

Spring training: runs/walks and other fitness events

June 1: Double Road Race, NCAA Hall of Champions

June 5: Monumental Mile, Monument Circle

June 7: Race Away from Domestic Violence, Victory Field

June 7: Rainbow 5K Run/Walk, Talbott Street

June 7: Women’s Half Marathon and 5K

June 8: Kids TRI for Kids, IUPUI

June 14: Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis, White River State Park

June 21: Purple Stride 5K, IUPUI

June 21: Tap ‘N’ Run 4K, Georgia Street

June 21: Monumental Yoga, Monument Circle

June 28: N.I.T.E. Ride, IUPUI

Catch the Fever and join the Tribe!

Indy’s new neighborhood themed downtown recreational soccer league, Indy City Futbol, kick off their season June 4 and play every Wednesday evening this summer. Games are played at the Visit Indy Field at White River State Park. Neighborhood teams include: Mass Ave United, FC Fountain Square, Sporting Herron Morton and others. The season ends with a championship game August 20.

The Indianapolis Indians play 11 home games in June, kicking off the month against Scranton/WB RailRiders June 1 at 1:35 p.m. and June 2 at 7:05 p.m. The Indiana Fever play four home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse next month: June 11, 25, 27 & 29.

The Indy Eleven are off to a great inaugural season with four sell-out home games, each with more than 10,000 fans. Catch the team at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium May 31 and May 28 for the U.S. Open Cup.

Open for families

As many begin summer vacation, Downtown’s best attractions have two of their biggest exhibits open for all to enjoy. The new Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo opens this Saturday and is home to eight dynamic orangutans. Guests of all ages are sure to love interacting face-to-face with the orangutans! The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis showcases Terra Cotta Warriors throughout the summer – the only chance to see the warriors in the U.S. in 2014. While visiting the Children’s Museum, don’t miss Take Me There: China – one of the largest exhibits about contemporary China ever produced in the U.S.

Downtown is dog-friendly!

Now that the polar vortex has long passed us, and sidewalk cafes are open across Downtown, we shouldn’t forget about our furry friends. Several Mass Ave businesses are dog-friendly: Art Bank, Arts A Poppin’, Boomerang BTQ, Indy Reads Books, The Frame Shop and Franklin Barry Gallery, Silver in the City and of course, CityDogs and Three Dog Bakery. Downtown residents and visitors can even dine with their dogs at select restaurant patios: Chatham Tap and Starbucks.

For more information, visit http://indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222.

Mother’s Day Events in Downtown Indianapolis

Morris-Butler House Museum

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

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

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

317-822-5914 

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.

$28

317-638-7881

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

317-624-8222

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.

317-633-1313

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.

317-636-0396

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.

317-636-7600

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: www.indydt.com/mothersday.cfm, or call 317-237-2222.