Light on the Horizon

May 14-15/CARMEL – Booth Tarkington CivicThatre. This show marks the official return to live performances for Civic in more than a year. We think you will find it to be a highly entertaining show featuring many of our best performers. This energetic showcase featuring highlights from our upcoming season with songs from THE COLOR PURPLE, ELF THE MUSICAL, MATILDA THE MUSICAL, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, FROZEN JR., THE LITTLE MERMAID JR., AND 42ND STREET.

See some of your favorite Civic performers with an eight-piece orchestra. Tickets start at $39 and are available online. >MORE

Madame Butterfly Outdoors

May 14-16/INDIANAPOLIS – 7-9 p.m. at the Indianapolis Zoo. Let the lights, performers, chorus, and orchestra of Madame Butterfly come alive in a brand new way as you experience the first-ever Indianapolis Opera concert event under the covering of the grand Bicentennial Pavilion, celebrating our city’s 200th Birthday. Madame Butterfly, an achingly beautiful and powerful opera, is about an enchanting geisha, Cio-Cio-San, who loses her heart to an American naval lieutenant and marries him. After he leaves Japan, she waits three long years for his return. Tickets are $20-60. >MORE


May 15/MARTINSVILLE – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.. Participants can register in advance; spectators are free. Entry fee for participating vehicles is $15 in advance or $20 day of show. Judging wall take place between 2 and 3 pm with awards announced at 3:30 pm. Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Best in Show, Best Antique (1st and 2nd place), Best Classic Car (1st and 2nd place), Best Original/Stock, Best Modern American car, Best Hot Rod, Best Engine, Best Import, Best Motorcycle, and People’s Choice Award. Show date will be changed in case of rain. >MORE

Peony Festival

May 22/NOBLESVILLE – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the newly-renovated Historic Seminary Park. Located downtown, come and celebrate our state flower at Indiana’s Inaugural Peony Festival! The event is free and open to the public. Activities include Peony judging, a floral arranging bouquet-off, food trucks, scavenger hunt, and much more!

Garden Party

May 25/INDIANAPOLIS –  5-6:30 p.m. at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. take a stroll through the beautifully maintained grounds of our 23rd President’s home. We encourage you to bring a picnic or your favorite beverage and spend some time with us at this free event. There are ten different vibrant sections in the gardens. In particular, the Historic Peony Garden, in partnership with the University of Michigan, features 26 species of heritage (1800s) peony rhizomes. >MORE

Kids Fishing Derby

June 5/BIRDSEYE – 9-11:30 a.m. at the Osborn Ramp for Patoka Lake.  The event is for children 12 years old and younger, and participants must be accompanied by an adult. Families must supply their own tackle, fishing pole, and bait. An awards ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, call the Nature Center at 812-685-2447.