February happenings: Black History Month, Valentine’s Day & more

Honor Black History Month with special events

Attend the Art & Soul Kickoff at the Indianapolis Artsgarden Saturday, Jan. 28 and enjoy live music from the Griot Drum Ensemble, African foods and craft, featured artist Tiffany Marie Parker’s exhibition and more. Throughout February, the Arts Council will commemorate the impact of the African Diaspora on Indiana arts and culture with free performances. Events take place at the Indianapolis Artsgarden at 12:15 p.m. on select days.


Through March 26, the Central Library hosts Meet the Artists, displaying the works of prominent local African-American artists in a wide array of mediums. Art lovers are encouraged to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of free cultural entertainment – including comedy, dance performances, gospel music and soul, a fashion show and spoken word artists – during the Meet the Artists Gala Opening Reception Feb. 11 from 5:45 – 10 p.m.

For its annual Celebration of Black History Concert, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra offers a free performance at Hilbert Circle Theatre Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. This year, IMPD Officer Christopher Wilburn will also accompany the ISO, singing with the orchestra in his Hilbert Circle Theatre debut. Up to four tickets can be reserved.

Do Valentine’s Day Downtown

For a night of dancing, the historic Fountain Square Theatre Building is hosting Friday Night Swing Dance Feb. 10. The Rathskeller hostsLove is All You Need Dinner Dance Feb. 11. This event includes a three-course meal starting at 6 p.m. followed by a performance from First Time Caller Band from 8 p.m. – midnight.

For couple’s looking for live entertainment, the Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti returns to Hilbert Circle Theatre with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and performs renditions of popular standards as well as original compositions from his albums Feb. 10 & 11 at 8 p.m.

Celebrate Valentine’s weekend and get fit at the same time with the Be My Valentine 5k Run/Walk along the Cultural Trail Feb. 11.

Check out all Valentine’s Day events Downtown.

Devour Indy is back – bigger and better

Devour Downtown has joined with Devour Northside and Midtown to create the inaugural year of Devour Indy. More than 80 Downtown restaurants will be participating and offering specially-priced menu items Jan. 23 – Feb. 5. Other partner deals include discounted admission to Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and the Eiteljorg Museum, discounted Blue Indy membership and more.

Sports action

Downtown will stay busy with several Indiana Pacers games throughout February: 4, 6, 8, 13, 16 & 24.

Bundle up and head out for the Polar Bear 5-Mile/5K Run Walk Saturday, Feb. 18 at YMCA at CityWay.

Performances and events Downtown

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra hosts several performances including Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody Feb. 2 – 4, Happy Hour Feb. 8, De Waart Conducts Beethoven’s Eroica Feb. 17 – 19, The Labeque Sisters Feb. 23 & 24 and The Music of Queen Feb. 25.

The Indiana Repertory Theatre presents The Cay Jan. 28 – Feb. 26. The story is about overcoming hardship and prejudice during World War II times, set on a tiny Caribbean island.

The Little MermaidFeb. 7 – 12 – Old National Centre

Indiana Art FairFeb. 11 – Indiana State Museum

Monster JamFeb. 11 – Lucas Oil Stadium

Acoustics Stars & GuitarsFeb. 15 – Old National Centre

Museum by MoonlightFeb. 25 – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Great Gutsby GalaFeb. 25 – The Crane Bay

Wine and Beer TastingFeb. 25 – Barnes & Thornburg

Jersey BoysFeb. 28 – March 5 – Clowes Memorial Hall


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