Things to Do in Indy - November 2014
You gotta love fall. It's easily Indiana's best season. The crispness in the air, that brilliant foliage, football tailgates and gatherings with family and friends. And around Indy, there are so many fun things to do. Here's a cornucopia of activities we've compiled for this month.
Featured Event: Tonic Ball
You’d hardly realize this full-scale music and art celebration was a fundraiser for Second Helpings, Indy’s food rescue and culinary training agency. Each year the Tonic Ball committee selects local musicians to cover songs from iconic bands. For the 13th go-around, Tonic celebrates the music of Fleetwood Mac, Velvet Underground and Nirvana at the Fountain Square Theatre, Radio Radio, White Rabbit Cabaret and an added venue, Hi-Fi. You can bid on work by local visual artists at Tonic Gallery.
The week before, bring your kids to Tiny Tonic, a free event providing arts, crafts, lunch and kid-friendly versions of the featured bands.
- When: Nov. 21
- Where: Fountain Square — Fountain Square Theatre (1105 Prospect St.), Radio Radio (1119 Prospect St.), White Rabbit Cabaret (1116 Prospect St.) and Hi-Fi (1043 Virginia Ave.)
- Tiny Tonic: Nov. 15 at Second Helpings (1121 Southeastern Ave.)
Fort Ben Block Party
Angie’s List and Triton Brewing Company are celebrating Angie’s List Magazine's featured neighborhood for November, Fort Benjamin Harrison, with a family-friendly celebration. Come enjoy food from Scratchtruck, a bags tournament, giant Jenga and more.
Angie’s List will provide residents with resources from our neighborhood social network, Band of Neighbors, and give away free Angie’s List magazines featuring the Fort Ben neighborhood for all guests.
Triton is crafting a peanut butter and jelly version of its popular Nutty Professor Brown Ale, and it needs a name. Use the hashtag #TritonBrandtheBrew on Twitter with your favorite name for this new brew.
May’s Indy Mini was just the warm up. For runners, there’s no better way to see the neighborhoods of Indy than pacing 26.2 miles through Downtown up to Broad Ripple and back down through Butler.
- When: Nov. 1
- Where: Through the streets of Indianapolis
- More information: monumentalmarathon.com
Election Day: Live from Delaware Street
After you cast your ballot in the midterm elections, you can step back into history and witness the election of 1888. Watch actors recreate the experience receiving results from the close Presidential election.
- When: Nov. 4
- Where: President Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N. Delaware St.
- More information: presidentbenjaminharrison.org
Everything will be awesome when you cart your brood downtown to experience three acres of fun. Your kids can assemble a car and race it, play princess or learn building skills.
- When: Nov. 7-9
- Where: Indianapolis Convention Center, 100 S. Capital Ave.
- More information: legokidsfest.com/indianapolis
Spirit & Place Festival
The 19th annual event actually brings together 40 performances, exhibits, documentaries and conversations around this year’s theme of Journey. Topics range in diversity as the partnering organizations and the people presenting them, including popcorn, gun violence, mass transit, arts therapy, marriage, immigrant composers, race relations, addiction, play, public health, religion, poetry and accessibility.
- When: Nov. 7-16
- Where: Throughout Indianapolis
- More information: spiritandplace.org
The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library celebrates the birthday of its namesake with a raft of activities. You can attend talks by bestselling author Jess Walter and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, literary Lego displays, a panel discussion on Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day, readings from contributors to So It Goes, the library’s literary journal. Everything culminates in a Timequake Clambake.
- When: Nov. 7-8
- More information: vonnegutlibrary.org
Midtown Holiday Home Tour
From Warfleigh down to Meridian Highland, Midtown encompasses 17 neighborhoods at the heart of Indianapolis. For five years, Midtown Indianapolis, Inc. has featured five homes throughout the district, including the penthouse at Tarkington Tower this year. According to Laura Granieri, program coordinator for Midtown, “Our homes are decorated by local designers and give our attendees great ideas for decorating and entertaining guests during the holidays.”
- When: Nov. 8-9
- Where: Five Midtown-area homes — 3444 N. Washington Blvd., 144 W. Hampton Dr., 400 N. Meridian St., 5252 N. Meridian St. and 5352 Central Ave.
- More information: midtownindy.org
Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving
For those of us feeling particularly thankful, you can spend as little as two hours of your Thanksgiving volunteering in a massive effort to feed the city’s hungry. Continuing the tradition started by Rev. Dr. Mozel Sanders 40 years ago, about 3,000 volunteers from 45 satellite sites prepare, pack and deliver more than 40,000 hot dinners and donate 400,000 pounds of food to those in need around Indianapolis.
- When: Nov. 27
- Where: Butler University Atherton Union
- More information: mozelsanders.org
Get off your giblets and work up an appetite with a brisk run through Broad Ripple. The 12th Annual Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash benefits the community’s homeless.
- When: Nov. 27
- Where: Broad Ripple
- More information: tuxbro.com
Bolt for the Heart 5K
If you’re up on the north ‘burbs, skip the Thanksgiving parade on the tube and flock to Carmel for a brisk run benefitting HeartReach Carmel for the placement of life saving automated external defibrillators throughout the area.
- When: Nov. 27
- Where: Carmel
- More information: boltfortheheart.com
Circle of Lights
Recover from Black Friday sales by gathering your loved ones for an Indy tradition 52 years in the making. Former Angie’s List employee and winner of “The Voice” Josh Kaufman joins opera star Angela Brown on stage before one lucky child flips the switch to light 4,784 colored lights strung around the city’s most recognizable landmark.
- When: Nov. 28
- Where: Monument Circle
- More information: indydt.com/COLeventinfo.cfm
When you're out and about this November, tweet us @AngiesListIndy