Things to Do in Indy - March 2015

Things to Do in Indy - March 2015
landscaping, pond, deck, Indiana Flower & Patio show

Anton Chekhov hit the nail on the head when he wrote, “The snow has not yet left the earth, but spring is already asking to enter your heart."

Most of us can't wait for that first glorious, sunny, 50-degree day when everyone adjourns outdoors, seeming to emerge from hibernation. In March, Indy has a lot on tap to greet the long-awaited start of spring — whenever it finally comes.

Featured Event: Indiana Flower & Patio Show

Everything’s coming up roses at the 57th annual Indiana Flower & Patio Show. More than 50 gardens bloom with this year’s theme “Fresh!” showcasing both the extravagant and practical. Take home some herbs, succulents and fresh-cut flowers. You kids can frolic on the backyard swingsets and trampolines. Highly rated landscape designers, including Capehart Landscape & Design of Castleton and Hoosier Lawn Maintenance of Whiteland, square off to see who creates the better garden. Look for the Angie's List booth at the show!

  • When: March 14 through 22
  • Where: Expo Hall & West Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St.
  • Prices: $13; free for children 12 and younger
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Noblesville Main Street First Fridays

Join Angie’s List and WIBC's Neighbor to Neighbor as we celebrate our featured neighborhood of Noblesville during their Main Street First Fridays.

When: March 6, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Historic Noblesville Square, 839 Conner Street, Noblesville
Prices: Free
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2015 McFadden Memorial Lecture

The 38th annual McFadden Memorial Lecture welcomes novelist and physician Khaled Hosseini for a moderated discussion of his bestselling works, including "The Kite Runner," "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and "And the Mountains Echoed." 

  • When: March 6, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave.
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Film to Fork

Foodies and film buffs unite! The Indy Film Fest brings the two together with a series of flicks about food. Sup on a special meal whipped up by the Alexander Hotel chefs at Market Table restaurant, and then adjorn to the new iMOCA gallery for the movie. On the menu for March, "The Search for General Tso" explores the ubiquitous Chinese-American dish and its mysterious namesake. Next, Brits Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon follow up 2010's culinary odyssey "The Trip" with a second course, "The Trip to Italy." Expect duelling Michael Cain impressions over linguini.

  • When: "The Search for General Tso" - March 12; "The Trip to Italy" - March 26, 7 p.m.
  • Where: The Alexander Hotel, 333 S. Delaware St.
  • Price: $50 (includes dinner, a glass of wine and the movie)
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Indiana Comic Con

Ditch your alter ego, don your superhero (or supervillain) garb and fly downtown with your family to this convention of comics, anime, action figures and trading cards.

  • When: March 13 through 15
  • Where: Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.
  • Prices: Friday and Sunday - $30; Saturday - $35; all-three days - $60
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St. Patrick's Day Events

“If they can dye the river green today, why can't they dye it blue the other 364 days of the year?” quips a marshal in the 1993 movie "The Fugitive." And once again, like Chicago, Indy gets in on the tradition of dying the Central Canal green for the extended St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Other events include a run from the Circle to through the historic Irish Hill area of Fountain Square. Everything culminates in the time-honored parade route through Vermont Street where you can catch revel in the wearin’ of the green.

Shamrock Run & Walk

  • When: March 14, 10 a.m.
  • Where: Monument Circle to Fountain Square and back
  • Prices: $25
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ShamRockin’ The Circle

  • When: March 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Monument Circle
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Greening of the Canal

  • When: March 16, 5 p.m.
  • Where: Indiana History Center, Stardust Terrace, 450 W. Ohio St.
  • Price: Free
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35th St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block Party

  • When: March 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Indianapolis
  • Price: Free
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Downtown Canal, Indianapolis. green, St. Patrick's Day (Photo by )
Indianapolis has been "greening" the Downtown Canal for 19 years. (Photo courtesy of Sequence Sport Event Management) (Photo by )

You Are There: That Ayres Look

Angie's List Member Ken Turchi wrote the book on Indy’s iconic urban department store: L.S. Ayres & Company. Now the Indiana History Center has brought his pages to life in an interactive exhibit. Visitors can become a part of building of the Ayres clock, interact with actors in period costume and watch store mannequins change with the evolving clothing trends.

  • When: March 14 through August 6
  • Where: Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio St.
  • Prices: $7; $6.50 seniors 60 and older; $5 ages 5 through 17; free children 4 and younger
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'The Hound of the Baskervilles' and 'What I Learned in Paris'

You’ll find two plays on IRT stages this month. First, explore the moors with Sherlock Holmes in an adaptation of “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” In“What I Learned in Paris,” Pearl Cleage’s comedy dramatizes the relationships of Maynard Jackson’s campaign staff on election night 1973 of the first African-American mayor in Atlanta. 

  • When: "The Hound of the Baskervilles" -  through March 15; "What I Learned in Paris" - March 17 through April 12
  • Where: Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington St.
  • Prices: $25-$59; students – $20. Angie’s List members can get $5 off per ticket to IRT productions when they use the code ANGIE.
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Spring Equinox: Go Fly a Kite

What better way to mark the first day of spring than to fly a kite? At this free IMA event, you and your kids can launch your delta, diamond, dragon, box or parafoil into the sky.

  • When: March 21, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road
  • Prices: Free
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