As the winter season rolls around, it’s hard to find something to do on those cold winter days that doesn’t involve sitting in front of the tv and trying to stay warm. If you’re in the Indianapolis, IN area, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list of things to do: the top seven must-attend events, if you will.
Grab your hat, gloves, and your friends and get out the door. We promise these are events you don’t want to miss. It’s time to go explore just what exactly the city of Indianapolis, IN has to offer.
#1 – The Spirit and Place Festival: Intersection
The 2018 Spirit and Place Festival celebrates, explores, challenges, and reflects on the meaning behind the word “intersection”. In its 23rd year, this annual Indianapolis, IN event is a collaborative festival that uses the arts, religion, and humanities as a tool for shaping individual and community life through ten days of events. The festival uses film, lecture, and hands-on, interactive displays to bring individuals of different backgrounds together.
Date: November 2-11, 2018
Location: Also varies depending on events.
Time: Times vary depending on events per day
For more information and further details, check out the festival schedule here: http://spiritandplace.org/Festival.aspx?access=Current
#2 – CNO Financial Group: Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
Falling into one of the 20 largest marathons in the US, the CNO Financial Group Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is the ideal fall marathon for everyone, from first-time marathon runners to elite athletes. The race starts and finishes at the Indiana State Capitol and highlights landmarks and historic neighborhoods throughout the city. The race is known for being flat and fast, and has hosted Olympians, personal-record seeking hopefuls, and thousands of Boston Marathon qualifiers.
For more information and registration info, visit here: https://www.monumentalmarathon.com/
Date: November 3, 2018
Location: Start and finish at Indiana State Capitol
Time: Race start time is 8am
#3 – Circle of Lights
Known as Indianapolis, IN’s kickoff to the holiday season, there is no better tradition to ring in the holiday cheer than the Circle of Lights. For 56 years, thousands of spectators have gathered to see the spectacular holiday display. The glow of close to 5,000 lights makes spirits bright and marks the official start for the holiday season. This event is free to be public. Further details and information can be found by visiting here: http://www.downtownindy.org/events/5893/downtown-indy-inc-circle-of-lights-presented-by-ibew-481/
Date: November 24, 2018
Location: Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis
#4 – 8th Annual Indianapolis Winter Magic Festival
The Winter Magic Festival is a unique event designed to bring back the thrill of live magic shows to the stage for all to enjoy. Each year, this event brings together the world’s master magicians and the future stars of magic. This Indianapolis classic event presents the world’s top magicians in an intimate setting, where you can’t miss a trick!
Date: January 19- January 21, 2019
Location: IndyFringe Basile Theater, Indy Eleven Theater
Time: Times vary depending on show day and venue
For more information on specific show times, find all the details here: https://www.everfest.com/e/indianapolis-winter-magic-festival-indianapolis-in
#5 – Devour Indy
For the foodie in all of us, this is one event you can’t miss out on. Experience Indianapolis, IN’s city-wide dining experience, with more than 200 restaurants offering three-course, value-priced menus. In order to take advantage of these special meal deals, simply just determine the restaurant you’d like to visit, ask for the Devour menu, and enjoy!
Date: January 21- February 3, 2019
Location: City-wide event; for a complete list of participating restaurants, visit here: http://www.devourindy.com/
Time: During participating restaurants’ normal business hours
#6 – 10th Annual Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest
For those who are 21 or older and enjoy a good beer (or two, or three) this event is a must-attend. Event Goers can choose from over 400+ beers to sample and 100+ breweries to find something to attend to their taste buds. Winterfest will feature cask ales, early bird exclusive specialty beers, and as many 3 oz. pours as one can responsibly enjoy. For every ticket sold, $3.00 will benefit the event’s charity partner, Joy’s House, whose mission is to serve families by providing exceptional adult day and caregiver services.
Date: February 3, 2019
Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion
Time: 2pm- 7pm
#7 – 8th Annual Indy Winter Blues Festival
There’s no better way to enjoy the cold of an Indianapolis, IN winter than with a hot music festival and good tunes. This year’s show features a handful of Indiana’s top local artists, including Harvey Cook, Mike Milligan, Steam Shovel, and Djano Knight. Don’t miss out on these local, talented musicians!
For only $15 at the door, come kick back and enjoy a night of good music with your good friends. A full show lineup can be found here: https://www.visitindy.com/indianapolis-events-indy-winter-blues-fest
Date: February 17, 2019
Location: Birdy’s Live
Events of this size can only mean two things: loads of fun and tons of messes! If you’re partaking in these events, spectator only style, we hope you enjoy! If you’re on the prep squad, the event planning committee, or the cleanup crew, we know just how stressful making an event such as these run smoothly can be.
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