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October 2016 Events in Downtown Indy

September 26, 2016 Leave a comment



Indianapolis, Indiana as viewed from the west bank of the White River. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Audition for the Circle of Lights
Calling all entertainers, singers, musicians, dancers and local talent of Central Indiana! First round auditions for Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481 will take place Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m. – noon and Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. at IBEW 481, 1828 N. Meridian St. Selected finalists from the first auditions will be called back for a final audition taking place in mid-October.

Inaugural Red Bull Air Race
The Red Bull Air Race World Championships is the ultimate motorsport competition in the sky. Pilots will navigate an aerial racetrack in the skies above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, maneuvering through air-filled pylons in the fastest time possible while incurring the least amount of penalties possible. The race takes place Oct. 1 and 2.

Pinking of the Canal
To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Colts host the Pinking of the Canal at the Ohio Street Basin on the Downtown Canal Walk Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. – 1p.m. The event is free and will include live music, free limited-edition Colts pink posters, Colts Cheerleaders and more.

Happy Birthday Indiana
Indiana celebrates its bicentennial this year. Events to commemorate the Hoosier State’s 200th birthday include:

· An opportunity to learn more about our state’s history, Hoosier Homecoming brings communities together from all across Indiana Oct. 15 from noon – 4:30 p.m. at the Indiana State House. Free activities and entertainment will be provided, along with the dedication of Bicentennial Plaza and the State House Education Center in the State Library and celebrate the culmination of the Bicentennial Torch Relay.
· The Indianapolis Public Library invites adults for a Bicentennial book discussion about the state’s cultural and social history Sept. 20 from 6 – 8 p.m. The book, “The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf” by Mohja Kahf, highlights a devout Muslim girl growing up in Indiana in the 1970s. The discussion will involve what it means to be Muslim in America today and will take place in Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium.
· For more bicentennial activities and events, visit our blog.

Hauntingly good Halloween events
The Children’s Museum Guild will feature its 53rd annual Haunted House from Oct. 8 – 30. The theme this year is Cursed Castle and tickets are $8. Also at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, don’t miss the Black Hat Bash, the city’s biggest family-friendly Halloween party Oct. 7 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Zoo Boo returns to the Indianapolis Zoo Oct. 7 – 9, 14 – 16, 21 – 23, 28 – 30 from 2 – 7 p.m. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes.

For adults wanting to celebrate Halloween, Hilbert Circle Theatre hosts the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for Haunted Hilbert on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Dress is “Masquerade Chic” and the proceeds benefit the ISO’s education programs. You must be 21+ to attend.

Fall into Festivals
Help celebrate German-American Day with GermanFest Oct. 8 from noon – 8 p.m. at the Anteneaum. The event will feature wiener dog races, a strong man competition, German beer and food by the Indianapolis Sangerchor and ZwergenLand for kids. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

More than 275 film screenings will be featured at the 25th annual Heartland Film Festival Oct. 20 – 30. The Festival provides a unique opportunity for audiences to interact with more than 100 filmmakers, and see films from all over the world. Opening night festivities take place at the Scottish Rite Cathedral Oct. 20.

Sports back in action 
The Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Oct. 4 for the first home preseason matchup and open the regular season Oct. 26 vs. the Dallas Mavericks at 7 p.m. The Colts play two home games: a Super Bowl XLI rematch vs. the Chicago Bears Oct. 9 and the Kansas City Chiefs Oct. 30. The Indy Fuel begins its season Oct. 14 and the Indy Eleven play two home games Oct. 15 & 22.

Welcome back National FFA Convention
Thousands of young adult FFA members clad in their signature navy blue jackets will be in town once again for the annual convention Oct. 19 – 22. The gathering will include educational seminars and expos at the Indiana Convention Center, along with plenty of food trucks on Georgia Street Oct. 20 & 21.

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

May 2016 in Downtown Indianapolis

April 22, 2016 Leave a comment
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.

Bacon and Beer Classic at Victory Field, July 11, 2015

June 30, 2015 Leave a comment
Bacon and Beer Classic at Victory Field

Bacon and Beer Classic at Victory Field. Image provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Sam Schaible
On behalf of the Bacon and Beer Classic

Bacon and beer — what combination could be better? Taste all the deliciousness for yourself at the Bacon and Beer Classic. Held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, this event brings together over 75 of the best local breweries and restaurants for an unforgettable mix of food and fun.

Cannonball Productions brings the Bacon and Beer Classic ( to Victory Field, for an all-you-can-eat-and-drink tasting experience.

Guests can choose to attend the Brunch session (1 to 4 p.m), or the Dinner session (7 to 10 p.m.). VIP guests will have 1-hour early admission (12p.m. and 6p.m. respectively), entrance to the VIP area on the warning track and dugouts, samples of exclusive craft beer on the field, and more.

In between all-inclusive craft beer samples from local breweries and bacon-inspired tastes from local restaurants, guests can dance to music and bring out their inner kid by playing interactive games (think inflatable bungee run and cornhole).

Hosted in major and minor league baseball stadiums on non-game day Saturdays across America, the Bacon and Beer Classic national tour visited New York City, Seattle and the Bay Area earlier this year and has grown exponentially to include more than 10 destinations nationwide in 2015.

“Indianapolis is a hot spot for craft beer and is the unofficial ‘pork state’, so we’re very excited to tap into the market with the first Midwest Bacon and Beer Classic!” says Kate Levenstien, founder of Cannonball Productions and Bacon and Beer Classic.

The all-star line up of breweries and restaurants participating grows each day. Over 50 local brewers including Bier Brewery, Fountain Square Brewing Co., People’s Brewing and Quaff On Brewing are all signed up to serve at least two of their most coveted craft selections.

Chefs from 30 expected restaurants are challenged to bring their most inventive and delicious bacon-inspired dishes to the plate. Local restaurants including Shoefly Public House, The Exchange Pub + Kitchen, Fermenti Artisan, The Pint Room and The District Tap will be dishing out their best bacon-themed dishes. The combination of refreshing craft beer and delectable bacon is sure to please all palettes!

The Bacon and Beer Classic also brings in an all-star lineup at each event to judge all the sips and tastes, and award winners in select categories. This year’s judges include Indianapolis Star food and beverage reporters Liz Biro and Amy Haneline; founder of the blog and website Eat.Drink.Indy, Jolene Ketzenberger; and Certified Cicerone Bob Mack; Jennifer Rubenstein, editor, and Rachel Russell, writer, at Edible Indy, among others.

The Bacon and Beer Classic is always an all-inclusive event! General Admission tickets are $49. Fans may choose to purchase the VIP Experience ticket for $89. All tickets include a souvenir Bacon and Beer Classic branded glass to take home.

Designated driver tickets are available at a cost of $29 for unlimited bacon. Indy’s Bacon and Beer Classic welcomes families and children with unlimited bacon tickets for kids 5-20 for $19.

Cannonball Productions partners with neighborhood vendors and organizations to give the event that local hometown feel. This year they have partnered with the Indianapolis chapter of the American Cancer Society.

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April Events in Downtown Indianapolis

March 30, 2013 Leave a comment
Monument Circle at dusk

Monument Circle at dusk. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Warm spring weather is finally in the forecast – so how will you celebrate? How about with a brewery bike ride from Sun King to Victory Field for the Indianapolis Indians’ season opener? Or jogging in the Susan G. Komen Indianapolis Race for the Cure? Bring the kids to Earth Day Indiana Festival to learn about fun ways to protect Mother Earth before walking over to the 500 Festival “Rev Your Engines Concert” with Gavin DeGraw and Jon McLaughlin. Or maybe just grab a pint from the outdoor cafes on the Georgia Street Boardwalk before heading to watch the Pacers, who just clinched their third consecutive NBA playoff spot. Whether you’re headed Downtown for a weekend with the family or just looking for after-work fun with friends, there is a lot to do and see Downtown this month.

Spring sports

The Indianapolis Indians open their season at home April 4 against the Columbus Clippers at 7 p.m. – if the outside temperature is below 60 degrees by the start of the game, every person in attendance will receive a FREE ticket to another Indians game of their choosing! Head to Sun King Brewery at 4 p.m. and Bike to the Ballpark with Mayor Ballard, INDYCOG and NUVO. Grab a Victory Lager, Sun King’s custom Indians brew, and enjoy some grub from Nacho Mama and Groovy Guys Fries food trucks.

The Pacers clinched a spot in the NBA playoffs for the third consecutive season and wrap up their regular season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse April 17 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Pacers also face the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers April 5, 9 and 12. Register for 2013 playoff tickets now through April 9.

The Indiana Ice wrap up their regular season with four home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 6, 7, 13 and 14. The first 500 fans at the April 6 game will receive an Ice water bottle, the April 7 game a Hardee’s Chill Girl calendar and the first 1,000 fans at the April 13 game will take home a team photo.

See the Naptown Roller Girls in action April 5 against the Detroit Derby Girls at the Indiana Convention Center and April 27 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Run around!

Take off on one of the many Downtown run/walks in April, including the Central Indiana Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday April 20. The run, for both competitive and non-competitive participants, begins at Military Park and also offers warm-up Zumba, a Kids’ Dash and more. For the first time ever, Mass Ave will be turned pink for the race starting April 19. The IUPUI Student Foundation is hosting a life-sized game of Candy Land at IUPUI’s Carrol Stadium from noon to 3 p.m. April 20.

Here are some other Downtown run/walks throughout April:

April 6:   500 Festival Training Series 15K at the NCAA Hall of Champions

April 13: Rock the Relay at White River State Park

April 13: Strip ‘N Run at Scotty’s Brewhouse

April 25: FDIC Courage and Valor 5K at White River State Park

April 27: Walk MS Indianapolis at Military Park

April 28: Best Buddies Run/Walk at Indiana State Museum

Find up-to-date information on road closures and lane restrictions at

An artful April

The provocative, social rights-centric work of famed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei comes to the Indianapolis Museum of Art April 5 with the opening of Ai Weiwei: According to What? The exhibition features more than 30 works spanning longer than 20 years of Ai’s career, exploring universal topics of culture, history, politics and tradition. Informational iPads will be available around the gallery offering interactive information about the artist. Admission to this special exhibit is $12 for adults, $6 for children 7 – 17 and FREE for IMA members and kids under 6. An opening reception and talk will take place April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

As the weather warms, the IMA hosts special outdoor activities throughout April like the Perennial Premiere on April 6, Art in the Park: Spring Up! on Saturdays in April and the Garden Club Flower Show April 27. View the online calendar here.

Special exhibits open on the evening of April 5 for First Friday include “Contents Have Shifted” at the Harrison Center for the Arts, a “First Look” show at the Stutz Artist Association and an Indy Jazz Fest High School All-Stars performance at Indy Reads books. The Stutz Artist Association hosts the 20th Annual Raymond James Stutz Arists Open House April 26 and 27, displaying the works of 70 local artists available for purchase.

Big performances coming Downtown

On April 27, the 500 Festival “Rev Your Engines Concert” returns to Monument Circle featuring Gavin DeGraw and Indiana-native Jon McLaughlin. The concert is FREE and begins at 8 p.m. Other major Downtown performances in April include:

April 4 – May 5
Clybourne Park at Phoenix Theatre

April 5 – 27
Blackpool & Parrish at Theatre on the Square

April 6
Joe Rogan at Old National Centre

April 10 – May 12
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Indiana Repertory Theatre

April 14
Keyshia Cole at Old National Centre

April 18
Celtic Woman at Old National Centre

April 19 – 20
Finals of the APA Classical Fellowship Awards at Hilbert Circle Theatre

April 21
Indianapolis School of Ballet performance at Indianapolis Arsgarden

April 26
Taylor Swift “The Red Tour” at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

April 29
The Flaming Lips at Old National Centre

Notable events and conventions

April 5 – 6             Just Give Me Jesus

Indiana Convention Center; Fri. 7 – 9 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; FREE
This event is designed to be a life-changing revival for women. Registration is not required.

April 12                Clustertruck

Georgia Street, west block; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; FREE
Food trucks will line up on the west block of Georgia Street along the boardwalk during lunch.

April 18                Jalen Rose – Economic Club of Indiana Luncheon

Indiana Convention Center; noon – 1:30 p.m.; $35 ($30 members)
This month’s luncheon, the Economic Club of Indiana hosts Jalen Rose, former Indiana Pacer and founder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.

April 22 – 27           Fire Department Instructors Conference

Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium
FDIC is the premier conference and exhibition for the fire industry bringing 28,000 attendees to the Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. Many events will take place throughout Downtown during the conference.

April 27                Earth Day Indiana Festival

White River State Park; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; FREE
Celebrate Mother Earth in a special way this year with live music, kids activities, great food and 140 special environmental exhibits. Kids will have the chance to build their own bird feeder, see wild animals, plant seeds and more.

April 27                 Rollin’ with Dean

Indiana State Museum; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; FREE with museum admission
Dust the winter off your motorcycle and join other enthusiasts at the Museum to enjoy live music and family-friendly activities, including a James Dean look-a-like contest!

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

Things to do in Indianapolis, Mar. 11-17, 2013

March 10, 2013 Leave a comment