February Guide to Family Events in and around Indianapolis


Zap those winter blues by staying busy! Here is our February round up of our favorite family events right here in Indianapolis and surrounding areas!

February 1 – February 3

A Raisin in the Sun – Indiana Repertory Theatre – 8 p.m.

After years in a crowded, run-down, inner-city apartment, the Younger family dreams of a better life in the green, sunny suburbs. But when opportunity comes along, will they agree on the best route to get there? And will the gates be open to them?

Cost: $25 and up                 http://www.irtlive.com/plays-and-events/2017-2018-season/a-raisin-in-the-sun

February 1 – February 4

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – 4602 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208 – 1 p.m.

The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Cost: Various                       https://indianapolis.broadway.com/shows/beautiful-baa/

February 1 – April 28

Broad Ripple Winter Market – 5301 N. Winthrop Ave., Indianapolis, IN

We are committed to supporting locally grown & produced foods. The Broad Ripple Winter Market brings Midtown Indianapolis and the greater Indianapolis community the very best and freshest of the season. Join Midtown’s neighborhoods of Broad Ripple, Butler-Tarkington, Mapleton-Fall Creek and Meridian-Kessler in celebrating great food, life and buying local. The market is open to all ages and off street parking is available behind Bent Rail and south of Developer Town. The Bent Rail Brewery offers a full brunch menu, libations, free WiFi and an ATM.


February 1 – February 24

Romeo and Juliet – Indiana Repertory Theatre

A timeless and timely tale of young love struggling to survive amid old hatreds. Shakespeare’s most beloved play is as vibrant and lively as ever, speaking boldly across the centuries to the divided world we live in today.

Cost: $25 and up                 http://www.irtlive.com/plays-and-events/2017-2018-season/romeo-and-juliet

February 2

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – The Studio Theater at the Center for Performing Arts, Carmel – 7:30 p.m.

Picture a world where an eclectic group of mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. And then, 1 by 1…they candidly disclose hilarious and touching stories from their home lives while they trepidatiously spell their way through a minefield of difficult words! The Tony® Award-winning, THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a riotous ride, complete with audience participation where…six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box!

Cost: $20-$45                      http://www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org/tickets/production.aspx?PID=5836

February 2

Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up The Night – Old National Centre – 7:30 p.m.

Showcasing many of your favorite professional dancers performing ballroom and contemporary dances from ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars! Performers subject to change.

Cost: $29 and up                


February 2 – February 17

Sense and Sensibility – The Tarkington at the Center for Performing Arts, Carmel – 7 p.m.

A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?

Cost: Varies                                          www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org/

February 3

Sacred Masterworks – Butler University – 7 p.m.

Making its return to the Symphonic Choir’s season after more than 20 years, Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of the Psalms is paired with texts from the Mass, the Bible and poetry by Walt Whitman in music by Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams. From sweeping melodies, haunting musical idioms and vivid musical imagery, these two choral-orchestral masterworks are both timeless and as timely as at their debuts.

Cost: Varies                          https://indychoir.org/2017-2018-season/

February 3

Winterfest Craft Beer Festival – Indiana State Fairgrounds – 3 p.m.

A festival of beer and supporting local brewers!

Cost: $40, general admission; $60, VIP (includes early entry at 2 p.m.); $10, designated driver.      


February 8 – February 11

Indy Winter Classic Dog Show – Indiana State Fairgrounds

Four days of all-breed dog shows with obedience and specialty showcases!


February 9

Paul Taylor Dance Company – Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University – 8 p.m.

The iconic Paul Taylor Dance Company takes the stage at Clowes Memorial Hall for an unforgettable night of dance. Established in 1954, the Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the world’s most highly respected and sought-after dance ensembles in the world. Dance maker Paul Taylor first presented his choreography with five other dancers in Manhattan in 1954. That modest performance marked the beginning of 60 years of unrivaled creativity, making Taylor a cultural icon and hailed as a part of the pantheon that created American modern dance.

Cost: Various       https://butlerartscenter.org/butler-arts-presents-2017-2018-season

February 9 – February 14

American Heritage Chocolate Making – Conner Prairie – 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy time with your loved one with some traditional chocolate treats and drinks. You’ll learn about the history of chocolate and take part in its preparation from bean to cup. Grind on a traditional metate, grate brick chocolate and spices. Warm yourself by the fire as you help to prepare delicacies such as chocolate puffs and cracknels. For ages 18+.

Cost: $50 member; $55 non-member                      http://www.connerprairie.org/

February 10

Monster Jam – Lucas Oil Stadium – 7 p.m.

The world’s premier monster truck series, Monster Jam, is revving into Indianapolis! Monster Jam® events have a wide-variety of ticket prices with affordable family deals. Monster Jam®, the most popular monster truck tour, performs to over 4 million fans annually at the most prestigious arenas and stadiums throughout the world. Monster Jam® shows consist of three main fan-favorite elements — the pit party, racing and freestyle.

Cost: $32 and up                                 https://www.monsterjam.com/

February 10

Museum by Moonlight – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – 8 p.m.

Museum by Moonlight is exclusively for adults of all ages (21 and older). Explore five floors of new and classic exhibits, enjoy a cash-bar, and refuel with free food samples from local restaurants.

Cost: $60 for members; $65 for non-members             https://www.childrensmuseum.org/

February 10

Winter Jam – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – 6 p.m.

GRAMMY®-nominated, Platinum- selling and Billboard Music Award-winning rockers Skillet will headline the Winter Jam 2018 Tour Spectacular. Among the biggest annual tours in the world, Winter Jam is once again set to showcase a lineup of some of the best and brightest names in Christian music.

Cost: $15 at door                                http://2018.jamtour.com/cities/indianapolis-in

February 14

A Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dinner – Indianapolis Propylaeum – 7 p.m.

A romantic candlelit dinner for two with music provided by Elizabeth O’Meara Ahlgrim and her harp. Select from one of three packages:

  • Package 1: HUGS AND KISSES. Choice of two entrees: roasted airline chicken breast glazed with honey lime dijon sauce or vegetarian rigatoni with roasted walnuts, goat cheese and a sun-dried tomato cream sauce. $100 per couple.
  • Package 2: HEARTFELT ROMANCE. Choice of two entrees: shrimp scampi, jumbo shrimp sautéed in garlic butter, white vermouth, parsley and garnished with parmesan cheese or roasted airline chicken breast or vegetarian rigatoni. $125 per couple. Includes a small bouquet of fresh flowers.
  • Package 3: TRUE LOVE. Choice of two entrees: 8-oz. filet mignon with peppercorn garlic butter or shrimp scampi, roasted airline chicken breast, or vegetarian rigatoni. $160 per couple. Includes a large bouquet of fresh flowers.

All packages include a glass of sparkling champagne atop a strawberry, a roasted beet salad, and entrees are served alongside roasted red potatoes with nutter and Italian parsley, carrot soufflé with candied pecan topping, Boursin cream spinach, warm cloverleaf dinner rolls & nutter rosettes, finishing off with a dessert of white chocolate gelato with a raspberry puree, accompanied by a dark chocolate truffle cookie. All entrees include beverages iced tea, iced water and coffee with a cash bar available as well.

Cost: Varies; Reservations required.                                https://www.thepropylaeum.org/

February 17

The Summit – Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6 – The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel – 8 p.m.

With 20 Grammy® Awards between them, two great vocal ensembles have joined forces for a unique and thrilling musical collaboration, not only touring but also singing and performing together on stage. The Manhattan Transfer is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2017 with a lineup comprising longtime members Janis Siegel (alto), Alan Paul (tenor) and Cheryl Bentyne (soprano), with newcomer Trist Cureless (bass) replacing late founder Tim Hauser. Take 6, perhaps the world’s top a cappella group, is celebrating 25 years of performing and recording its multi-platinum-selling mix of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop.

Cost: Various                       http://www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org/tickets/production.aspx?PID=6239

February 19

Presidents Day Celebration – Conner Prairie – 10 a.m.

It’s George Washington’s birthday and his fellow presidents and first ladies have gathered to throw him a surprise party! All day long we’ll have history’s greatest POTUS’s and FLOTUS’s giving presentations and mingling with partygoers. Come play games, sing songs, and hear stories that celebrate the presidency.

Cost: Admission                  http://www.connerprairie.org/

February 25

symFUNy Sunday – Enchantment Theatre Company Presents Mother Goose – Hilbert Circle Theatre – 3 p.m.

Using masked actors, large puppets, pantomime, and magic, Enchantment Theatre Company tells the tales of Mother Goose set to Maurice Ravel’s shimmering music. Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, the Princess of the Pagodas, and more come to life!

Cost: Various                       https://www.indianapolissymphony.org/season/17-18-season/symfuny-sundays

February 24 – March 25

The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse – Indiana Repertory Theatre

Will has a cozy, familiar home in a boot in the barn. But when his cousin Monty takes him to the big, dangerous city, Will learns to wade through plush carpets, climb hot water pipes and outwit tame mice gone bad. Where will his expedition take him next?

Cost: $25 and up                                 http://www.irtlive.com/plays-and-events/2017-2018-season/the-town-mouse-and-the-country-mouse

February 28 – March 4

Big Ten’s Women’s Basketball Tournament – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The women’s tournament takes to the hard court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for 10 games over 5 days.

Cost: Varies                          http://www.indianasportscorp.com/



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