Ring in the New Year Downtown!
Whether seeking live music, good food and drink or family-friendly festivities, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the New Year Downtown, including Downtown Indy, Inc.’s New Year’s Eve Celebration presented by The Indiana Union Construction Industry. This FREE celebration takes place on Georgia Street. Headliner Jump Smokers will bring their dance club anthems to Downtown. At 11:59 p.m. a suspended IndyCar will descend to a collective countdown and fireworks at midnight. Warm up inside the Hoosier Lottery Countdown Pavilion inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, plus enjoy full bars and food trucks all night. Entertainment throughout the night includes:
8 p.m.: Standout Story
9:15 p.m.: 87 Southbound
9:30 p.m.: Just A Band (inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
10:30 p.m.: Jump Smokers
Make an entire Downtown outing on New Year’s Eve! Other celebratory events nearby include:
- Family New Year’s Eve at the Indiana State Museum on Dec. 31 at 6 – 9 p.m.
- Crawl till the Car Falls NYE Dec. 31 from 2 – 8 p.m.
To view all New Year’s Eve events, visit: www.downtownindy.org/event-collection/52/new-years-eve/
Home for the holidays
Enjoy discounted rates and special packages from now until Jan. 31, 2017 at any of the Downtown Indianapolis Hilton family brands through the “Home for the Holidays” promotion. Book a hometown holiday for yourself or for visiting family & friends today.
Last chance to see the Circle of Lights Jan. 6
Our IBEW #481 volunteers will be taking down the Circle of Lights Saturday, Jan. 7. This is the last time these lights will be used, as it’s time to replace and update the décor. Downtown Indy, Inc. has launched the Keeping Spirits Bright campaign, with a $2.5 million goal. Funds generated will be directly used to replace electrical hardware, sockets, lights, garland, cable, anchors, etc. for the centerpiece decor. Additionally, decor surrounding the Monument is in need of repair and replacement, including the toy soldiers and sailors and larger-than-life candy cane poles. Help keep Monument Circle aglow by making a donation today.
Holidays winding down
There’s still time to catch the train to Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum through Jan. 16. Take in the smells of Christmas one last time atChristmas at the Lilly House: Holiday in Bloom and treat the kids to Jolly Days Winter Wonderland at The Children’s Museum, both until Jan. 8.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day promotions and events
Hoosiers will be able to choose from a wide range of FREE or inexpensive events taking place Jan. 16 for MLK Day. Receive FREE admission to White River State Park attractions in exchange for a canned good. Stop by Indiana Historical Society for a short play featuring Hoosier reactions to Robert F. Kennedy’s speech, plus other programs and service opportunities. The IUPUI Campus Center hosts its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Hundreds of students and faculty will volunteer at various community sites around the city.
For all Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events, visit: www.downtownindy.org/event-collection/42/martin-luther-king-jr-day.
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.
Big performances and shows coming Downtown
The Sound of Music: Jan. 1 -15 – Old National Centre
Justin Moore & Lee Brice: Jan. 12 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Harlem Globetrotters: Jan. 14 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart: Jan. 18 – 21 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Dancing with the Stars Live!: Jan. 29 – Old National Centre
Hilbert Circle Theatre has much to offer
Strauss’ an Alpine Symphony: Jan. 12
Alpine Symphony and Appalachian Spring: Jan. 13 & 14
Song of the Earth and Four Seasons: Jan. 20 – 21
The Firebird: Jan. 27 & 28
Conventions bring 10,000+ each
JamFest Cheer Super Nationals: Jan. 21 & 22, Indiana Convention Center
Capitol Sports Volleyball Central Zone Invitational: Jan. 28 & 29, Indiana Convention Center
Colts and Pacers kickoff the New Year
Colts have a New Year’s Day game vs. Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium at I p.m. The Pacers have a New Year’s Day game vs. Orlando Magic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 6 p.m. Downtown will stay busy with several Indiana Pacers games throughout January, including: Jan. 5, 7, 16, 23, 27 & 29.