Halloween Happenings Downtown
Take your little trick-or-treaters to ZooBoo Oct. 26 – 29. Join Mass Ave’s Monster Mash Sunday, Oct. 29 from 4 – 7 p.m. as businesses hand out treats. Visit the Wicked Woods Haunted House at The Children’s Museum through Oct. 31, if you dare. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Eiteljorg Oct. 28. Visit Peewinkle’s Slightly Haunted Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum for shows Oct. 27 – 29.
Year of Vonnegut
2017 has been declared by Indy’s Mayor as the “Year of Vonnegut.” Author Kurt Vonnegut grew up in Indy and is known for his novels like Slaughterhouse Five or Cat’s Cradle. It has been 10 years since his death and the grand re-opening of a Vonnegut museum is big news. The Kurt Vonnegut Museum Library moved to a larger space on Mass Ave, now four times its former size. Families can visit the museum to see pieces from Vonnegut’s life and read his timeless stories. In celebration, eleven of the city’s best cocktail bars will place a Vonnegut-inspired cocktail on their menu. Visitors can enjoy Vonnegut architecture which dots the city, snap a photo with the two-story Vonnegut mural or enjoy a meal at one of the city’s best restaurants, Bluebeard, which is named after a Vonnegut novel.
America’s Most Underrated Food City
Condé Nast Traveler deemed Indy “America’s Most Underrated Food City” and Zagat claimed Indy to be one of 2016’s “Hottest Food Cities.” Fan favorite restaurants like Tinker Street or Milktooth are thriving, meanwhile Indy has a list of 17 highly anticipated restaurant openings in 2017, and six of them are located in the Mass Avenue district.
- Indianapolis is home to the largest children’s museum in the world and in 2017 they opened an exhibit all about the circus. This exhibit is interactive, allowing children the opportunity to be part of the circus. Additionally, children will learn about the history of the American circus. >MORE
- The world’s largest children’s museum in Indianapolis will welcome the world’s first and foremost immersive outdoor and indoor family health, fitness and sports experience through fourteen extraordinary interactive elements. The new 7.5-acre attraction will include elements like an 18-hole mini golf course replicating Pete Dye-designed holes around the world to an Indianapolis Motor Speedway pedal car racetrack experience. The new attraction is designed to combat the fact that by 2030, more than half the nation’s population will be considered obese.
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Fifteen minutes north of Monument Circle is the Indianapolis Museum of Art, part of the Newfields campus and one of the nation’s largest and oldest general art museums. Located on 152 acres of gardens and grounds, the museum’s permanent collection spans a vast range of cultures and eras, and numbers more than 50,000 works (including one of the nation’s largest and most significant collections of Asian art, the newly designed Eiteljorg Suite of African and Oceanic Art, along with so many other equally impressive features that you should really visit their website in order to be properly awed).
DISCOVER THE POWER OF POISON
The Indiana State Museum explores the historical fascination with toxins in The Power of Poison. The national traveling exhibition, on loan from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, will be open Oct. 21 – Feb. 11, 2018. The Power of Poison examines the mystery and intrigue that surround nature’s most powerful defense mechanism and how it can be used for both good and evil.
It's the "only-in-Indy" experiences that makes this city a must visit destination in 2017. Go swing dancing in Fountain Square, watch a movie at the IMAX, visit White River Gardens, take the City Market Catacombs tour, enjoy St. Elmo's shrimp cocktail, view Indianapolis from the top the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and more.