Spring is almost here! Here is our March round up of our favorite family events (and events for parents looking for a nice night out!) right here in Indianapolis and surrounding areas!
Civil War Dinner – Benjamin Harrison Presidential Suite – 6 p.m.
This exclusive Presidential Site original allows you to dine with General Benjamin Harrison and his Major as they share remarkable stories of service to the Union during the Civil War. The evening begins with conversation, hors d’oeuvres and wine. Guests will next enter the Harrison family home through the grand entrance, tour the first floor and then assemble in the historic Library, where General Harrison invites you to join him for dinner.
Cost: $79.95 – $210 http://www.presidentbenjaminharrison.org/
March 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.
March 1 – 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/
March 1 – 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?
WFYI Ice Miller Wine Fest – Old National Centre – 6 p.m.
Join us for the 19th annual WFYI Ice Miller Wine Fest. You’ll enjoy a memorable evening of fine wine tasting, stimulating conversation, a silent auction, and entertaining festivities.
Cost: $75, general admission (includes generous wine sampling and hearty hors d’oeuvres); $150, connoisseur admission (access to exclusive wines not included on the main tasting floor, as well as special hors d’oeuvres.
March 2 – March 9
Spring Bulb Show – Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens
It’s springtime at the Garfield Conservatory! Come see their stunning display of tulips and other spring blooms against the backdrop of the permanent tropical collection. The bulbs will be for sale March 10 at 10 a.m.
Cost: $4, individuals; $10, families (2 adults, max).
Punch and Judy – Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio at Indiana State Museum – 10:30 a.m.
Our guest puppeteer, Guy Thompson, will present this classic hand puppet show with bawdy Punch and his wife Judy. Totally family friendly, and still a perfect example of slapstick humor. One day only!
Tickets: $12; under 2 free. Post show workshops will be offered for $3.
Haunted Indianapolis Downtown Ghost Walk – Monument Circle – 8 p.m.
Visit society and the wicked backlife of Indianapolis in this tour. Visited are haunted theatres, businesses and other areas where the living chose to become dead and walk forever. Meet north side of Monument.
Cost: $18, adults; $15, children (8-12) and seniors (65+). No children under 8. Reservations required.
March 13 – March 15
Les Miserables – Old National Centre – 7:30 p.m.
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1). Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Misérables is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year.
Corks & Forks – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – 7 p.m.
Come for an evening complete with dishes prepared by top chefs in Indianapolis, delicious wines, a silent auction, and entertainment…while transforming lives through the power of food.
Cost: $125-$150. Includes samplings from Indy’s top chefs; fine wines, craft beer, and cocktails from prominent mixologists; complimentary parking in the Virginia Avenue Garage; and opportunities to bid on exclusive auction packages including concert suites and one-of-a-kind experiences. 100% of your admission goes to fighting hunger in Central Indiana.
The 41st Annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture with Jeff Kinney – Indianapolis Public Library – 7 p.m.
Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book for his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Book 12, The Getaway, was published in November 2017, and was the #1 bestselling book released that year. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C. area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts, where whey own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.
Cost: Free http://www.indypl.org/mcfadden/kinney/
The Music of U2 – Hilbert Circle Theatre – 8 p.m.
On St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the ISO and a full rock band take a musical journey spanning four decades of unforgettable hits including “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Desire,” “One,” and many more. Formed in 1976 in Dublin, Ireland, U2 quickly climbed the charts and became one of the premiere rock bands of all time, selling more than 150 million records worldwide and earning 22 GRAMMY® Awards — more than any other band.
March 17 – March 18
Brickworld Indy LEGO Exposition – Indiana State Fairgrounds – 10 a.m.
Brickworld is excited to be bringing their premiere LEGO display and exposition to Indianapolis for the 8th consecutive year! Once again, on Saturday and Sunday of the event, the displayers will put their creations on display in 65,000 square feet of space for the public to enjoy. Bring the entire family for an afternoon of fun! See spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by local LEGO enthusiasts. Enjoy interactive activities, such as the LEGO and DUPLO play brick areas, fighting robots, seek and finds, etc. Buy your favorite LEGO sets, minifigures, and LEGO accessories from various vendors.
Cost: $12; $9, military and first responders with ID; free for kids 3 and under.
Presidential Egg Roll – Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site – 9 a.m.
The most famous of all Egg Rolls is held at the White House each year, and the Harrisons made their own important contribution to the Presidential tradition. Mark your calendars and join the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site as we host the annual Presidential Egg Roll event, and throw open our South lawn for crafts, music and celebrations! Children will race to roll their decorated eggs through the grass, and an Easter Bunny will be on-site to cheer for the little ones. The whole morning will be picture perfect! Want to make a morning of it? Take a tour of the President’s house afterwards!
Cost: This lively event is free for both children and their parents, but space is limited. Reserve your spot today!
Peanut Butter & Jam – Harp Melodies & Tales – The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel
Designed for children ages 1-7, Peanut Butter & Jam sessions encourage young children to become engaged in the arts. Explore the mesmerizing sounds of the concert harp from its shimmering plucks to its percussive whooshes in this fun, interactive program with harpist, Melissa Gallant. The harp is one of the world’s oldest instruments and its music will touch your heart and will add a bounce to your step! Sing along to familiar tunes and hear stories come alive with harp sound effects.
Cost: $10. Two adults free with every child ticket purchase.
Brain Candy Live! Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University – 8 p.m.
It’s what your mind is hungry for…Adam Savage, one of television’s most loved personalities, has joined forces with Michael Stevens, one of YouTube’s biggest stars and they’re coming to a theater near you. They’re bringing along their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that’s an interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience like no other. Savage and Stevens can’t wait to unleash their collective sense of wonder, curiosity and fun and they’re inviting you and your friends and family to join-in and get your minds messy. Adam and Michael’s Brain Candy Live experience is like a two-hour play date with Walt Disney, Willy Wonka and Albert Einstein. Smart is the new superpower and two of this planet’s most entertaining everyday heroes are coming to your town to rescue you and your family from boredom. Join them as they use their secret recipe of fun, surprise, excitement (and just a pinch of danger) to cook-up and deliver a giant batch of magical Brain Candy to every mind in the audience.
Cost: $35.50 – $125. https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/cloweshall/EN//buy/staticmap/ECU0324E
Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Lucas Oil Stadium – 6 p.m.
Monster Energy Supercross takes place in the premier stadiums in North America. Monster Energy Pit Party The Monster Energy Pit Party is 11:30 am-5:30 pm for fans to see the riders, teams and their bikes up close. Fans need to purchase a Pit Pass for $10 through Ticketmaster.com or the Box Office along with their event ticket for entry. No entry is allowed into the Pit Party without an event ticket plus $10 Pit Pass. Autographs are not guaranteed.
Cost: $10 and up https://www.supercrosslive.com/events/indianapolis-in
March 29 – April 14
The Sleeping Beauty – Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio at Indiana State Museum – 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Experience a vintage marionette show on a beautiful stage with velvet curtains and scenery. The cackling witch, delightful fairies and music by Tchaikovsky will enchant your children.
Tickets: $12; free for children under two. Optional post-show workshop is $3.
March 30 – April 1
Who’s Yer Con – Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel
Who’s Yer Gamers is a group dedicated to educating the general public on the variety, availability, and benefits of hobby gaming. By providing free and reduced cost opportunities (like Who’s Yer Con) to participate in publicly open events, the group fosters a positive relationship between the hobby gaming community and the public through charitable service.
Cost/registration: Visit website at: https://whosyergamers.org/
Hop to the Prop for an Easter Egg Hunt! Indianapolis Propylaeum – 11:30 a.m.
Sponsored by the Propylaeum Historic Foundation Outreach Committee. Rain or shine. Bring your little bunny for our annual free Easter Egg Hunt at the Indianapolis Propylaeum. Warning: It is important to be on the grounds early as the Easter Bunny drops the signals the hunt to begin promptly at 11:30 am.
Reservations required! https://www.thepropylaeum.org/
March 31 – April 1
Easter Weekend at the Indianapolis Zoo
Enjoy a fun Zoo egg hunt as you look for images of eggs hidden around the Zoo all weekend (with no basket required!), learn about our young animals, enjoy the Easter photo opp and butterfly craft, plus watch the animals playing with Easter-themed enrichment.
Cost: Easter Weekend is included with admission and free for Zoo members.