May Plan Ahead: Your May Indy events calendar

Happy May, Indy. 🏁 We know you all know what the month of May means in Indy, but this month is also packed with events like Matilda the Musical, lots of concerts, and Bird Fest. Read on for all the top happenings this month in the Circle City.

Sun., May 1-Sat., May 7 

Sun., May 1 

  • May Goddess Circle | Sun., May 1 | 3-6 p.m. | 813 Broad Ripple Ave. | $85 | Join Beauty of Women founder Sarah Boutwell for a deep dive into vulnerable conversations by showing bravery through sharing, and capture this energy through photographs — each attendee will receive three professional photos of themselves + a Three Dope Souls goodie bag. 💖 
  • ZaZa Jamfest | Sun., May 1 | 3-9 p.m. | The Missing Brick, 6404 Rucker Rd. | $20 | Enjoy music from live DJs, unlimited pizza, souvenirs, a 360 Booth, vendor, and a car roll up hosted by The Missing Brick. 🍕  
  • H.E.R. Back of my Mind Tour | Sun., May 1 | 7:30 p.m. | TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park | $34+ | Experience new hits live from this 21-time Grammy nominated R&B icon. 🎵
  • U Glam Girl Wellness + Beauty Extravaganza | Sun., May 1 | 2-6 p.m. | Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St. | $85+ | Join a series of conversations about wellness + beauty over cocktails and a plated lunch. 💄 
  • Earth Day at the J | Sun., May 1 | 1-4 p.m. | Jewish Community Campus, 6701 Hoover Rd. | Free | This community event will feature the AES electric car show, earth-friendly activities, a beer garden hosted by Sun King, and music entertainment. 🌳 
  • Sunday Sound Sessions | Sun., May 1 | 3-6 p.m. | Bottleworks District | Free | Every other Sunday in May through September — enjoy live music on the outdoor patio of The Garage Food Hall, presented by Musical Family Tree. 🎶 

Mon., May 2 

  • Podcrafts — Podcasts + Crafts | Mon., May 2 | 3-5 p.m. | Indianapolis Public Library — East 38th Street Branch | Free | Listen to a podcast with a group + bring your work in progress. 🧶
  • Mariachi Herencia de México | Mon., May 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave. | $15+ | Get an introduction to the different styles of mariachi, including the traditional son, rancheras, boleros and huapangos. 🎶
  • Plant Based Junk Food in Indianapolis | Mon., May 2 | 4-8 p.m. | Indiana City Brewing Company, 24 Shelby St. | Cost of purchase | Eat a crispy chicken sandwich — minus the chicken at this vegetarian-friendly event. 🐔
  • Treat Yourself Moms’ Night Out | Mon., May 2 | 4-9 p.m. | The Melting Pot, 5650 E. 86th St. | $35+ | Before Mother’s Day, enjoy three courses of cheese fondue, salad + chocolate fondue with friends. 🧀
  • ISGI Eid Fest | Mon., May 2 | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 6555 South 750 East Plainfield | $10+ | Celebrate the end of Ramadan + the breaking of the fast with your community. ☪️

Tues., May 3 

  • Big Daddy Weave with Mike Donehey | Tues., May 3 | 7 p.m. | The Caring Place, 2901 N. Post Rd. | $15+ | Catch the contemporary Christian band on their All Things New tour. 🎶
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Vogue | Tues., May 3 | 8:30 p.m. | The Vogue Theatre, 6259 N. College Ave. | $29.50+ | The Canadian post-rock band performs with special guest Thom Nguyen. 🎵
  • Two-Step Tuesday | Tues., May 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Duke’s Indy, 2352 S. West St. | Free | Head to the honky tonk for a free dance lesson + live music. 🪕
  • Christian McBride + Inside Straight | Tues., May 3-Wed., May 4 | 6:30 p.m. + 9 p.m. | The Jazz Kitchen, 377 N. College Ave. | $20+ | Enjoy a night of jazz with the six-time GRAMMY Award winning bassist + composer and the host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America. 🎵
  • Buckcherry | Tues., May 3 | 6 p.m. | HI-FI Annex, 1043 Virginia Ave. | $25+ | The Los Angeles-based rock band released their first album in 1999. 🎶

Wed., May 4 

  • Murder Mystery Night: the 12th Street Theater Case | Wed., May 4 | 7 p.m. | Centerpoint Brewing Company, 1125 E. Brookside Ave. | $30+ | Crack the case using audio clues, witness statements, fingerprints + more. 🔍 
  • Leon Bridges: The Boundless Tour | Wed., May 4 | 7:30 p.m. | Old National Centre | $39+ | Catch this suit-wearing soul singer + a performance from special guest Chiiild. 🎵
  • Alec Benjamin | Wed., May 4 | 7 p.m. | Old National Centre | $30+ | Sara Kays opens for this American singer-songwriter famous for the song “Let Me Down Slowly.” 🎤
  • Eilen Jewell | Wed., May 4 | 8 p.m. | HI-FI, 1043 Virginia Ave. | Eilen’s genre blends surf-noir, blues, country, folk, and 60s rock + roll. 🎶
  • Bird Fest | Wed., May 4-Sun., May 8 | Various times | Eagle Creek Ornithology Center | Free | Join Eagle Creek Park for its fifth annual Birding Festival with free guided hikes, workshops, activities, adaptive/inclusive outings, and various paid birding adventures throughout the week. 🐦 
  • Broad Ripple Monthly Meetup | Wed., May 4 | 5-7 p.m. | 4842 N. College Ave. | Free | Grab your dogs, kids, and Star Wars attire to meet the Broad Ripple Neighborhood for its monthly meetup — this time on the patio at Upland Brewing. 🍻 
  • Christian McBride + Inside Straight | Tues., May 3-Wed., May 4 | 6:30 p.m. + 9 p.m. | The Jazz Kitchen, 377 N. College Ave. | $20+ | Enjoy a night of jazz with the six-time GRAMMY Award winning bassist + composer and the host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America. 🎵
  • 500 Festival Kickoff to May | Wed., May 4 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Monument Circle | Free | Kick off the month of May with food from some of Indy’s favorite food trucks, pick up prizes exhibitors on hand, and take photos with the festival cars. 🏎️ 

Thurs., May 5 

  • 2022 Women in Business Retreat | Thurs., May 5-Fri., May 6 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | The Alexander Hotel, 333 S. Delaware St. | $50+ | Connect, learn, and recharge with other women from all professional backgrounds. 💼 
  • Anjelah Johnson-Reyes: Who Do I Think I Am? Tour | Thurs., May 5 | 8 p.m. | Old National Centre | $39+ | Following her newly released Netflix comedy special, Not Fancy, this stand up comedian will have you laughing tears. 🎭
  • Kenny Chesney: Here and Now Tour | Thurs., May 5 | 7:30 p.m. | Ruoff Music Center | $38+ | Sing along to your favorite country Kenny jams featuring a performance from Carly Pearce. 🎵
  • Bird Fest | Wed., May 4-Sun., May 8 | Various times | Eagle Creek Ornithology Center | Free | Join Eagle Creek Park for its fifth annual Birding Festival with free guided hikes, workshops, activities, adaptive/inclusive outings, and various paid birding adventures throughout the week. 🐦 
  • Cinco de Mayo Celebration | Thurs., May 5 | 3-9 p.m. | Ash & Elm Cider Co., 1301 E. Washington St. | Free | Enjoy food specials, a draft-only fan-favorite cider: Agave Habanero, and slushies are back with this month’s Margarita Cider Slushie. 🍻

Fri., May 6

  • Juan Chawuk: Iridiscencia Cultural | Fri., May 6 | 6-10 p.m. | Tube Factory Artspace, 1125 Cruft St. | Free | Explore Juan’s home city of Chiapas, Mexico through his art at this First Friday event. 🎨
  • Outlaw Apostles | Fri., May 6 | 8 p.m. | The Tin Roof, 36 S. Pennsylvania Ave. | Free | Hear this up-and-coming country rock band fresh from Nashville’s Broadway stages. 🎸
  • Emo Nite LA | Fri., May 6 | 9 p.m. | Old National Centre | $16+ | These Los Angeles professional party-throwers are bringing emo + pop-punk hits all night long. 🎵
  • Swap it Like it’s Hot | Fri., May 6 | 5 p.m. | LO-FI Lounge, 1043 Virginia Ave. | Free | If you’re 21+, hit this free clothing exchange that donates all remaining clothes to the Horizon House. 👗
  • Bird Fest | Wed., May 4-Sun., May 8 | Various times | Eagle Creek Ornithology Center | Free | Join Eagle Creek Park for its fifth annual Birding Festival with free guided hikes, workshops, activities, adaptive/inclusive outings, and various paid birding adventures throughout the week. 🐦 
  • Spring Planter Sale | Fri., May 6-Sun., May 8 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Fountain Square Clay Center, 950 Hosbrook St. | Free | Peruse planters + vases and watch demonstrations at this Indy Clay Crawl event featuring Fountain Square Bonsai. 🪴
  • Coffee with a Curator | Fri., May 6 | 8:30-9 a.m. | Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site | $6 | Enjoy coffee + pastries, plus a chance to explore some of the most interesting and unexpected Presidential Site collection items. ☕
  • May First Friday Porch Party Kick-Off | Fri., May 6 | 6-9 p.m. | Harrison Center, 1505 N. Delaware St. | Free | Catch aerial performances, a fashion show + free porch decorating kits while perusing the Center’s new exhibit openings. 🖼️

Sat., May 7 

  • Jesse McCartney: The New Stage 2022 Tour | Sat., May 7 | 9 p.m.-12 a.m. | The Vogue Theatre, 6259 N. College Ave. | $28+ | See 2000s pop icon Jesse McCartney with special guest Jamie Miller. 🎤  
  • Fountain Square Clean Up | Sat., May 7 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | The Fountain Square neighborhood | Free | Meet at Stacy Park to help do some clean-up on local streets + green spaces, and enjoy some food as a group afterwards. 🧹 
  • An Evening with Michael Feinstein + Guest Sandi Patty | Sat., May 7 | 8 p.m. | The Palladium, 355 City Center Dr. | $35+ | Enjoy new songs from the keeper of the Great American Songbook and his new album, Gershwin Country. 🎵
  • Jesse McCartney: The New Stage Tour | Sat., May 7 | 9 p.m. | The Vogue Theater | $28+ | Hear brand new hits from this iconic pop star’s fifth full-length album live. 🎵
  • Bird Fest | Wed., May 4-Sun., May 8 | Various times | Eagle Creek Ornithology Center | Free | Join Eagle Creek Park for its fifth annual Birding Festival with free guided hikes, workshops, activities, adaptive/inclusive outings, and various paid birding adventures throughout the week. 🐦 
  • Spring Planter Sale | Fri., May 6-Sun., May 8 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Fountain Square Clay Center, 950 Hosbrook St. | Free | Peruse planters + vases and watch demonstrations at this Indy Clay Crawl event featuring Fountain Square Bonsai. 🪴
  • Indianapolis Clay Studio Crawl | Sat., May 7-Sun., May 8 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Various downtown shops | Free | Explore the vibrant + growing pottery scene in Indianapolis by visiting five different ceramic studios and supporting a multitude of potters, sculptors, instructors, and students. 🏺 
  • Art Views | Sat., May 7 | 5-10 p.m. | The Storefront, 717 Broad Ripple Ave. | $40 | Meet local artists, purchase their work, listen to live music, and expand your network at this 21+ event. 🖼️
  • Brunch & Grooves: Mother’s Day Edition | Sat., May 7 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Pier48, 130 S. Pennsylvania St. | $150+ | This 21+ event brings good food, good music, and good vibes together for a premiere social experience. 🍽️

Sun., May 8-Sat., May 14

Sun., May 8

  • Professor Brian Cox : Horizons | Sun., May 8 | 7 p.m. | Old National Centre | $47+ | World-renowned physicist demystifies cosmology + quantum theory with an immersive live experience. 🔭
  • Indiana Fever vs. Los Angeles Sparks | Sun., May 8 | 3 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $13+ | Celebrate the exciting tipoff to a promising 2022 WNBA season.🏀
  • Alex Cameron | Sun., May 8 | 8 p.m. | The Vogue | $18+ | Alex’s newest album, “Oxy Music” came out of a time of self-reflection during New York City’s lock-down. 🎶
  • Mud Creek Art Fair | Sun., May 8 | 2-6 p.m. | 9740 E. 86th St. | Free | Experience a night of free theatre with food trucks + art vendors. 🎨
  • Bird Fest | Wed., May 4-Sun., May 8 | Various times | Eagle Creek Ornithology Center | Free | Join Eagle Creek Park for its fifth annual Birding Festival with free guided hikes, workshops, activities, adaptive/inclusive outings, and various paid birding adventures throughout the week. 🐦 
  • Spring Planter Sale | Fri., May 6-Sun., May 8 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Fountain Square Clay Center, 950 Hosbrook St. | Free | Peruse planters + vases and watch demonstrations at this Indy Clay Crawl event featuring Fountain Square Bonsai. 🪴
  • Mother’s Day Cider Brunch | Sun., May 8 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Ash & Elm Cider Co., 1301 E. Washington St. | Free | Take your Mom out for a special brunch with Cidermosas. 💝

Mon., May 9 

  • Mimosa Monday | Mon., May 9 | 8-5 p.m. | Cowork 1010, 3500 Depauw Blvd. | $39 for a day pass | Cowork for the day at Cowork 1010 + enjoy a free mimosa bar. 🥂
  • Cookie Decorating Class | Mon., May 9 | 6:30 p.m. | Books & Brews South Indy, 3808 Shelby St. | $55 | Learn how to outline + flood cookies with royal icing. 🍪
  • Indianapolis Hosta Society Public Program | Mon., May 9 | 6-8 p.m. | Nature Center, 6363 Spring Mill Rd. | Free | Gather with hosta gardening enthusiasts to share gardening tips and tricks. 🌱
  • News + Brews | Mon., May 9 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Sun King Brewery, 135 N. College Ave. | Free | WFYI presents trivia based on current events — register in advance with your team to win beer + prizes. 🍺

Tues., May 10 

  • Indiana Fever vs. Minnesota Lynx | Tues., May 10 | 7 p.m. |  Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $13+ | 🏀
  • Top Gun (Original Movie) Trivia Night | Tues., May 10 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Books & Brews – South Indy, 3808 Shelby St. | Free | Win gift cards + eat tacos at this movie-themed trivia night. ✈️
  • Frail Body, Bleached Cross, Sundown, Chaff | Tues., May 10 | 7 p.m. | Healer, 3631 E. Raymond St. | $10 | Bring a negative COVID-19 test to this night of screamo, post-punk + thrash music. 🎸
  • GM Horns Big Band | Tues., May 10 | 7 p.m. | The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave. | $15+ | Listen to this high energy, faith-based ensemble while sitting down to dinner at this Broad Ripple spot. 🎺 
  • Deftones Spring Tour | Tues., May 10 | 7 p.m. | TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park | Rock out to these 2000s legends featuring the French heavy metal band Gojira. 🎸
  • Steel Magnolias | Tues., May 10-Sun., June 5 | Various times | Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington St. | $25+ | Catch the renowned off-Broadway hit about six women from all walks of life. 🎭

Wed., May 11

  • Ceremony + Citizen | Wed., May 11 | 7 p.m. | Hoosier Dome, 1627 Prospect St | $26+ | Catch the rock + punk rock bands play. 🎸
  • Steel Magnolias | Tues., May 10-Sun., June 5 | Various times | Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington St. | $25+ | Catch the renowned off-Broadway hit about six women from all walks of life. 🎭
  • Golf 4 Kids | Wed., May 11 | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | 4400 W. 16th St. | $250 | Your ticket buys breakfast, an 18-hole scramble, lunch, a silent auction + goes towards helping Hoosier children in need. ⛳
  • Spookeasy Wednesday Horror Trivia Night | Wed., May 11 | 8 p.m. | Scarlet Lane Brewing SoBro, 4601 N. College Ave. | Free | Come with friends to test your horror knowledge in this trivia competition. 🎃

Thurs., May 12 

  • Tech N9ne’s Asin9ne Tour | Thurs., May 12 | 8 p.m. | Old National Centre | $32+ | The platinum rap legend is touring a new album with guest artists X-Raided, Mayday! + Joey Cool. 🎵
  • New Kids on the Block | Thurs., May 12 | 7:30 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $25+ | Catch the 90s stars on their “Mixtape Tour.” 📼
  • Anaphora Poetry Open Mic | Thurs., May 12 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Chromatic Collective, 6216 Carrollton Ave. | Free | This all genres + all ages open mic is hosted by Gluestick Zine Fest. 🖊️
  • Latin Dance Party | Thurs., May 12 | 6 p.m.-2 a.m. | The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave. | Free until 8 p.m. | Dance the night away at Indy’s longest-running Latin night in Broad Ripple. 🎶
  • The Ghost of Paul Revere | Thurs., May 12 | 8 p.m. | HI-FI, 1043 Virginia Ave. | $18+ | This Maine trio fuses rock, folk, bluegrass + alternative. 🪕
  • Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical | Thurs., May 12-Sat., May 14 | 2 p.m. + 7 p.m. | The Tarkington, 3 Carter Green, Carmel | $53+ | This musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company has won 47 international awards. 📚
  • PONCE, Helpling, Public Universal Friend (solo) | Thurs., May 12 | 7 p.m. | Healer, 3631 E. Raymond St. | $10 | See these local performers take the stage at Indy’s “alternate reality” DIY music venue. 🎶
  • Stutz Artists Annual Open House | Thurs., May 12-Fri., May 13 | 5-10 p.m. | The Horton Fan Factory, 201 W. Carmel Dr. | $5+ | Join 40 artists in Carmel for art, food, beverages, music, and entertainment. 🎨
  • Pint Night | Thurs., May 12 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Kismetic Beer Company, 201 S. Rural St. | Free | Join Girls Pint Out to check out a new local brewery. 🍺

Fri., May 13 

  • Last Podcast on the Left: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Tour | Fri., May 13 | 9 p.m. | Old National Centre | $35+ | After about a decade of broadcasting, this live dark comedy show is coming to Indy. 🎭
  • The Emo Night Tour | Fri., May 13 | 8 p.m. | The Vogue Theater, 6259 N. College Ave. | $15+ | Don’t miss your chance to relive your emo teenage angst with these DJs all night long. 🎸
  • Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical | Thurs., May 12-Sat., May 14 | 2 p.m. + 7 p.m. | The Tarkington, 3 Carter Green, Carmel | $53+ | This musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company has won 47 international awards. 📚
  • Hell on Heels | Fri., May 13 | 8-11 p.m. | 416 Wabash Event Space | $40+ | For one night only — “pole vixens, burlesque beauties, and variety vamps” will be in Indianapolis to unleash the inferno. 👠 

Sat., May 14 

  • Robin Raps Presents: Garden Party Pt. 2 | Sat., May 14 | 7:30 p.m. | HI-FI, 1043 Virginia Ave. | $12+ | This event promotes fresh, regional acts to engender more connection between Hoosier creatives + music lovers. 🎤
  • 50th OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair | Sat., May 14, Sun.- May 15 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th St. | $10+ | Shop from 150 local, regional + national creators with live music curated by Indy Jazz Fest at the Art Center’s biggest celebration fundraiser. 🎨
  • Ben Rector: The Joy of Music Live | Sat., May 14 | 7 p.m. | TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park | $29+ | Sing along to this Nashville native’s premier album featuring performances from Jake Scott + Jordy Searcy. 🎵
  • Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical | Thurs., May 12-Sat., May 14 | 2 p.m. + 7 p.m. | The Tarkington, 3 Carter Green, Carmel | $53+ | This musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company has won 47 international awards. 📚
  • Tending, Turning, Transforming | Sat., May 14-Sun., May 15 | 7 p.m. | Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. | $20+ | At its first concert in two years, listen to the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus perform some IWC favorites in addition to two new compositions. 🎼
  • The Big Bounce America 2022 | Sat., May 14 + Sun., May 15 | 6 p.m. | Waterman’s Family Farm, 7010 E. Raymond St. | The world’s biggest, craziest touring inflatable event. 
  • Stutz Artists Annual Open House | Sat., May 14 | 3-10 p.m. | The Horton Fan Factory, 201 W. Carmel Dr. | $5+ | Join 40 artists in Carmel for art, food, beverages, music, and entertainment. 🎨
  • Amanda’s Market Spring 2022 | Sat., May 14 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Amanda’s Exchange, 715 E. Carmel Dr. | Check out this market of 50+ local artisan vendors hosted by Amanda’s Exchange, Lux & Ivy, and Newman & Co. 🛍️
  • GMR Grand Prix | Sat., May 14 | 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | Indianapolis Motor Speedway | $25+ | See your favorite drivers up close + personal as they try to conquer the action-packed IMS road course. 🏎️
  • Tinkerfest | Sat., May 14 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Indiana State Museum | $11+ | Find more than 15 hands-on, interactive activity stations hosted by the maker community designed to engage and inspire Indiana’s designers, builders, coders, artists, makers, and tinkerers of all ages. 🧱 
  • Cottage Home: Home & Garden Tour | Sat., May 14 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Cottage Home Community Space, 714 N. Highland Ave. | $15 | The Cottage Home Neighborhood Association invites you to visit more than a dozen homes + gardens in the downtown neighborhood. 🏡

Sun., May 15-Sat., May 21

Sun., May 15 

  • 50th OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair | Sat., May 14-Sun., May 15 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th St. | $10+ | Shop from 150 local, regional + national creators with live music curated by Indy Jazz Fest at the Art Center’s biggest celebration fundraiser. 🎨
  • Indiana Fever vs. Atlanta Dream | Sun., May 15 | 3 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $13+ | 🏀
  • Craig Robinson | Sun., May 15 | 7 p.m. | Helium Comedy Club, 10 W. Georgia St. | $35+ | Don’t miss this musical comedy set from this Emmy winning comedy legend. 🎤
  • Valerie June | Sun., May 15 | 7 p.m. | HI-FI, 1043 Virginia Ave. | $30+ | Chastity Brown opens for this Tennessee-bred singer/songwriter. 🎤
  • Indianapolis Early Music | Sun., May 15 | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Frank and Katrina Basile Theater, History Center | Free | Listen to baroque violinist Ingrid Matthews play alongside cellist + viola player Joanna Blendulf and lutenist Nigel North. 🎼
  • Tending, Turning, Transforming | Sat., May 14-Sun., May 15 | 3 p.m. | Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. | $20+ | At its first concert in two years, listen to the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus perform some IWC favorites in addition to two new compositions. 🎼
  • That Gurl Meetup | Sun., May 15 | 1-4 p.m. | Elite Events & Rentals, 3401 Shadeland Ave. | $40 | Join this girls night out for food, drinks, entertainment, vendors, dancing, photobooth access, and more — with proceeds benefiting the Sweenee Gurls Inc. nonprofit organization. 💖
  • The Big Bounce America 2022 | Sat., May 14 + Sun., May 15 | 6 p.m. | Waterman’s Family Farm, 7010 E. Raymond St. | The world’s biggest, craziest touring inflatable event. 
  • 500 Festival Kids’ Day + Rookie Run | Sun., May 15 | 12-4 p.m. | Downtown Indianapolis | Free | Introduce kids to the basics of running + enjoy the excitement of a race – including the start/finish line, a massive cheering section, the reward of earning an iconic finisher medal, and the occasional celebrity sighting. 🏁   
  • Brewery Dog Basics Workshop | Sun., May 15 + Sun., May 22 | 9 + 10 a.m. | Metazoa Brewing Co., 140 S. College Ave. | $90 | Does your dog enjoy going on outings but doesn’t know how to contain their excitement? Join this workshop + teach your pup skills like loose leash walking, how to settle under a table, and other skills that can help your dog engage with you amongst distractions. 🐕 

Mon., May 16

  • Neil Gaiman | Mon., May 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave. | $45+ | See the famous English author of “The Sandman” comic book series + “Coraline” discuss his work live. 📚
  • Acoustic Open Mic | Mon., May 16 | 7-10 p.m. | Irving Theater | Free | Test out that new song you’re working on in front of a supportive group of fellow music-lovers. 🎼
  • Spotlight on Bicycling | Mon., May 16 | 7-8 p.m. | Virtual | Join Bicycle Garage Indy as it shines a spotlight on bicycling organizations + initiatives in Indy and learn how to get involved. 🚲
  • Build Your Own Movie Machine | Mon., May 16 | 6-7 p.m. | Central Library | Free | Young artists + storytellers are invited to create their own zoetrope with Jeremy South. 🎥
  • Great British Baking | Mon., May 16 | 11 a.m. | Sur La Table, 14400 Clay Terrace Blvd., Ste. 100, Carmel | $79 | You might even get a Hollywood Handshake if you do a great job in this class.

Tues., May 17 

  • Indianapolis 500 Practice | Tues., May 17-Fri., May 20 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Indianapolis Motor Speedway | $15 | Enjoy the sights and sounds of May at the Brickyard while watching your favorite drivers practice for the big day, pushing their cars to the limit at speeds over 220 mph. 🏎️ 
  • Indians vs. Mud Hens | Tues., May 17 | 6:35 p.m. | Victory Field | $12+ |  ⚾
  • A Romantic Finale: Kyoko Takezawa + Chih-Yi Chen | Tues., May 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St. | $20+ | 1986 violin Gold Medalist Kyoko Takezawa collaborates with pianist Chih-Yi Chen. 🎼

Wed., May 18 

  • Indianapolis 500 Practice | Tues., May 17-Fri., May 20 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Indianapolis Motor Speedway | $15 | Enjoy the sights and sounds of May at the Brickyard while watching your favorite drivers practice for the big day, pushing their cars to the limit at speeds over 220 mph. 🏎️ 
  • Wage War | Wed., May 18 | 7 p.m. | Old National Centre | $22+ | See this metalcore band from Florida, along with Gideon, While She Sleeps + Chamber. 🎤
  • Indians vs. Mud Hens | Wed., May 18 | 1:35 p.m. | Victory Field | 12+ | ⚾
  • Smile Empty Soul | Wed., May 18 | 7-11 p.m. | The Rathskeller, 401 E. Michigan St. | $15+ | Enjoy this performance with special guests Autumn Academy + The Stone Eye live in the Biergarten. 🎶
  • Adult Walking Club: “The Garfield Gait-ers” | Wed., May 18 | 10:30-11:15 a.m. | Indianapolis Public Library: Garfield Park Branch | Free | These twice monthly walks are around 45 minutes for Hoosiers ages 55+. 👟 
  • Girls Pint Out Popcorn + Beer Pairing | Wed., May 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Sun King Fishers, 9713 District N. Dr. | $30 | Enjoy a flight of four Sun King beer samples paired with two different Just Pop In! Popcorn flavors — plus, a pint of beer to enjoy before or after the event. 🍿 

Thurs., May 19 

  • Indianapolis 500 Practice | Tues., May 17-Fri., May 20 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Indianapolis Motor Speedway | $15 | Enjoy the sights and sounds of May at the Brickyard while watching your favorite drivers practice for the big day, pushing their cars to the limit at speeds over 220 mph. 🏎️
  • Girls Gotta Eat | Thurs., May 19 | 8 p.m. | Old National Theater, Egyptian Room | $45+ | Laugh along to these viral podcasters’ comedy show about life + dating. 🎤
  • Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony | Thus., May 19 | 11 a.m. | Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Cir. | A Coffee Classical Series with a piano concerto by Jessie Montgomery. 🎵
  • 2022 Presidential Porch Party | Thurs., May 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N. Delaware St. | $5 | Join a porch party on Indiana’s most famous presidential porch with music, beer, and local food trucks. 🍔
  • Laugh in Peace Comedy Show | Thurs., May 19 | 7-9 p.m. | Indianapolis Public Library – Central Library, 40 E. Saint Clair St. | Free | A rabbi, a reverend, and a Muslim comic all walk into an INDY library and put on an interfaith comedy show. 🎤
  • Paris in Spring | Thurs., May 19 | 7 p.m. | Sur La Table, 14400 Clay Terrace Blvd., Ste. 100, Carmel | $79 | Yearning for a trip to the City of Lights? Try this cooking class instead. 🥖 

Fri., May 20 

  • Indianapolis 500 Practice | Tues., May 17-Fri., May 20 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Indianapolis Motor Speedway | $15 | Enjoy the sights and sounds of May at the Brickyard while watching your favorite drivers practice for the big day, pushing their cars to the limit at speeds over 220 mph. 🏎️ 
  • Peonies in the Park | Fri., May 20 | 7-9 p.m. | Seminary Park, 350 S.10th St. | $100 | Get first pick from this year’s variety of peony plants + stems, shop featured vendors, sample peony-inspired dishes and drinks from 10+ Noblesville dining spots, and toast to the sounds of live music — dress is semi-formal and peony-inspired. 💐 
  • Indians vs. Mud Hens | Fri., May 20 | 7:05 p.m. | Victory Field | $12+ | ⚾
  • Meditation | Fri., May 20 | 12:30-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join the Indianapolis Public Library + Here Minds Collective for a session of mindfulness. 🧘
  • 3rd Friday at the Playground! | Fri., May 20 | 7-10 p.m. | Playground Productions Studio, 5529 N. Bonna Ave. | Free | See work from the local artists + join a community drum and open dance circle with live music. 🥁
  • Staycation Market | Fri., May 20-Sat., May 21 | 4-8 p.m. + 12-8 p.m. | The AMP, 1220 Waterway Blvd. | Free | Support local + shop this two-day market at The AMP, hosted by Sixways Markets. 🛍️ 

Sat., May 21  

  • Plant Stop Won’t Stop | Sat., May 21 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Circle City Industrial Complex | Free | Check out this first-of-its-kind outdoor market for all things plants. 🪴 
  • Qualifying | Sat., May 21-Sun., May 22 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Indianapolis Motor Speedway | $20 | Watch the drivers speed through 10 miles, four intense laps + 16 perfect corners in hopes of earning a spot in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” 🏎️ 
  • Disco Brunch | Sat., May 21 | 12-3 p.m. | The Garage Food Hall, 906 Carrollton Ave. | Cost of purchase | Boogie down at this 70s-themed brunch with live entertainment — and don’t forget your platforms + bell bottoms. 🕺
  • Brunch and Blooms | Sat., May 21 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Downtown Noblesville | $6 | Visit several participating restaurants for a brunch crawl — crawlers will receive a Brunch + Blooms button, crawl map, discounted brunch items, and special peony promotions at participating retailers. 🌸 
  • Indiana Peony Festival | Sat., May 21 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Seminary Park, 350 S.10th St. | Free | Meet in the park for the Peony Festival with a bouquet-off, peony plants, peony growers sharing their expertise, artisans, kids’ activities, a blooming photo spot, food trucks, and more. 💐 
  • Miranda Lambert + Little Big Town: The Bandwagon Tour | Sat., May 21 | 7 p.m. | Ruoff Music Center | $34 | Don’t miss these country legends coming to town featuring a performance from Nashville’s The Cadillac Three. 🎵
  • Trap Wing Fest | Sat., May 21 | 4-8 p.m. | TBA | $20+ | Check out this mini pop-up shop featuring chicken wings, an open bar, and a trap music theme. 🍗
  • INDY + ATL Beast Fitness Weekend | Sat., May 21-Sun., May 22 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Power P Bounce & Co., 8015 Pendleton Pike | $50 | Don’t miss this opportunity to burn calories with two of the hottest fitness programs in the country. 💪 
  • Art of Wine | Sat., May 21 | 5-10 p.m. | Carmel Arts & Design District | $30+ | Visit Carmel for an evening of wine tasting, entertainment, art, and festivities at the 13th annual Art of Wine event. 🍷
  • Asian Fest | Sat., May 21 | 12-5 p.m. | Indy’s Global Village, 4233 Lafayette Rd. | Free | Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month by experiencing the culture, arts, music, and food of Asia.

Sun., May 22-Sat., May 28 

Sun., May 22 

  • Qualifying | Sat., May 21-Sun., May 22 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Indianapolis Motor Speedway | $20 | Watch the drivers speed through 10 miles, four intense laps + 16 perfect corners in hopes of earning a spot in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” 🏁
  • Bakar. | Sun., May 22 | 8 p.m. | Old National Centre | $25+ | Enjoy this experimental British indie-rock + rap singer-songwriter as their world tour stops in Naptown. 🎵
  • Indiana Fever vs. Connecticut Sun | Sun., May 22 | 2 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $13+ | 🏀
  • Indians vs. Mud Hens | Sun., May 22 | 1:35 p.m. | Victory Field | $12+ | ⚾
  • Next Door 100 Block Party | Sun., May 22 | 1-5 p.m. | Lugar Plaza, 200 E. Washington St. | Free | Next Door invites you to check out local vendors, food, entertainment, music, and special guests from the community during this party to celebrate Nextdoor 100 honorees unveiled on Monday. 🎉
  • Handmade Pasta | Sun., May 22 | 1 p.m. | Sur La Table, 14400 Clay Terrace Blvd., Ste. 100, Carmel | $79 | Learn how to make fresh pasta from scratch and bonus: sample a limoncello sorbet.
  • Hi & Mighty Pop Up at Turchetti’s | Sun., May 22 | 5-9 p.m. | 1110 Prospect St. | Free | 21+ | Get a taste of summer with Hi & Mighty’s new canned lemon shake-up + pizza. 🍸

Mon., May 23 

  • Trivia Night at The Garage Food Hall | Mon., May 23 | 7-9 p.m. | The Garage Food Hall, 906 Carrollton Ave. | Free | Play trivia in teams, win prizes, and eat good food every Monday night. 🍔
  • 3D Printing at Central | Mon., May 23 | 6-7:45 p.m. | Indianapolis Public Library – Central Library, 40 E. Saint Clair St. | Free | Learn the basics of 3D printing, from concept to creation. 🖨️
  • Carcass with Immolation | Mon., May 23 | 8 p.m. | The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave. | $27.50+ | The death metal band plays The Vogue — doors open at 7 p.m. 🎵
  • Acoustic Open Mic | Mon., May 23 | 7-10 p.m. | Irving Theater | Free | Each performer is allowed 10 minutes to show their acoustic abilities. 🎤

Tues., May 24 

  • Ray LaMontagne: The MONOVISION Tour | Tues., May 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Old National Centre | $39+ | See this folk singer-songwriter icon + guest artist Sierra Ferrell. 🪕
  • Simpsons Trivia Night | Tues., May 24 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Books & Brews – South Indy, 3808 Shelby St. | Free | Win gift cards at this free-to-play trivia night with tacos. 🏠
  • Family Game Night at Central | Tues., May 24 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Central Library | Free | 100+ board, card + giant-sized games for gamers of all ages. 🎲
  • Chirs Shaffer – Acoustic | Tues., May 24 | 7:30-11:30 p.m. | The Slippery Noodle, 372 S. Meridian St. | Free | 🎶
  • Thai Flavors | Tues., May 24 | 4 p.m. | Sur La Table, 14400 Clay Terrace Blvd., Ste. 100, Carmel | $79 | From Pad Thai to Stir Fry, you’ll learn about the five major flavors of Thai cuisine — sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and spicy. 🇹🇭  
  • Serenade Jazz Orchestra | Tues., May 24 | 7 p.m. | The Jazz Kitchen | $15+ | Enjoy the sounds of a 16-piece band alongside friends and family as you enjoy dinner. 🎷

Wed., May 25

  • Taproom Trivia | Wed., May 25 | 7:30 p.m. | Black Acre Brewing Co., 5632 E. Washington St. |  Free | Grab a table early at this evening of Hambone’s Trivia. 🍺
  • Mary Poppins | Wed., May 25 | 10:45 a.m. | Beef and Boards Dinner Theater | $41+ | Enjoy a buffet + watch as magic comes to life with Mary Poppins. ✨

Thurs., May 26 

  • Freddie Gibbs: The Space Rabbit Tour | Thurs., May 26 | 8 p.m. | Old National Centre | $62+ | You don’t want to miss this Gary, IN native rapper + internet star Zack Fox. 🎵
  • Filter Kings | Thurs., May 26 | 7 p.m. | The Rathskeller, 401 E. Michigan St. | Free | See the Indy-based band take the stage at this downtown German restaurant. 🎶
  • Special Event: Carlos Mencia | Thurs., May 26-Sun., May 29 | Various times | Helium Comedy Club, 10 W. Georgia St. | $28+ | See the “International Comedy Grand Champion” from “Buscando Estrellas” serve laughs to an Indy audience. 🎤
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel | Thurs., May 26 | 2-3 p.m. | Indianapolis Public Library – East 38th Street Branch | Free | Learn this often-required skill + improve your job search chances. 💻
  • Centerpoint Trivia Night | Thurs., May 26 | 7 p.m. | Centerpoint Brewing | Free | 21+ | Grab your friends and test your mind with live trivia — prizes included. 🥇

Fri., May 27 

  • Miller Lite Carb Day | Fri., May 27 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Indianapolis Motor Speedway | $30+ | Rock out to the ultimate turbo boost into the greatest weekend in racing — featuring some of the most exciting action on (and off) the track with the Kings of Chaos + Grammy Award winner Rick Springfield headlining the concert starting at 4 p.m. 🎸 
  • Special Event: Carlos Mencia | Thurs., May 26-Sun., May 29 | Various times | Helium Comedy Club, 10 W. Georgia St. | $28+ | See the “International Comedy Grand Champion” from “Buscando Estrellas” serve laughs to an Indy audience. 🎤
  • Standup Showcase Live Recording | Fri., May 27 | 9-11 p.m. | White Rabbit Cabaret, 1116 Prospect St. | $10 | See comedians like Joe Bates + Gwen Sunkel at this live recording  — presented by Harebrained Comedy. 🎤
  • The Donut Club | Fri., May 27 | 8-9 a.m. | Indiana History Center | Free | This members-only event gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the development of its newest exhibition — “Documents That Shaped America.” 🍩
  • Croissants from Scratch | Fri., May 27 | 9 a.m. | Sur La Table, 14400 Clay Terrace Blvd., Ste. 100, Carmel | $79 | Learn from a professional chef instructor how to make two types of croissants. 🥐   
  • Racing Memorabilia Show | Fri., May 27 | 3-8 p.m. | 6089 Clarks Creek Rd., Plainfield | $5 | Over 160 vendor booths will be set up to celebrate the greatest spectacle in racing. 🏎

Sat., May 28

  • Legends Day | Sat., May 28 | 8-10 a.m. | Indianapolis Motor Speedway | Free | Arrive at the track early for an autograph session at 9 a.m. featuring all 33 starters for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 located in Pagoda Plaza — fan lines will be limited. 🏆
  • NLE Choppa | Sat., May 28 |  8 p.m. | Old National Centre | $25+ | See this certified-platinum Memphis rap star + rising Chicago artist Scorey. 🎵
  • AJR: The OK Orchestra Tour | Sat., May 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Ruoff Music Center | $30+ | Experience the new full-length album from these pop alt-rock stars live featuring a performance from BoyWithUke. 🎵
  • The Chase | Sat., May 28 | 6-11 p.m. | Wolfies on Geist, 11699 Fall Creek Rd. | $15+ | An Indy 500 weekend tent party + CIROC the Summer Kickoff — complete with an outside bar with DJ Mae and DJ Lockstar, a late night silent disco, complimentary Ciroc tastings, and food. 🎉 
  • Special Event: Carlos Mencia | Thurs., May 26-Sun., May 29 | Various times | Helium Comedy Club, 10 W. Georgia St. | $28+ | See the “International Comedy Grand Champion” from “Buscando Estrellas” serve laughs to an Indy audience. 🎤
  • Indiana State Beer Pong Tournament | Sat., May 28 | 12-8 p.m. | Brothers Bar & Grill, 910 Broad Ripple Ave. | $30 | Find out who the best Hoosier beer pong players are. 🍺
  • Women’s Glass Blowing Class | Sat., May 28 | 1-2 p.m. | GRT Glass Design, 6400 S. Brookville Rd. | $55 | 21+ | Fire up your creativity by making your own piece of hot glass artwork. 🔥

Sun., May 29-Tues., May 31

Sun., May 29 

  • Indianapolis 500 | Sun., May 29 | All day | Indianapolis Motor Speedway | $20+ | Come “Back Home Again” for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. 🏎️ 
  • Indianapolis 500 Snake Pit | Sun., May 29 | 7 a.m.-2:35 p.m. | Indianapolis Motor Speedway | $55+ | The ultimate party in motorsports is back with this festival of fun, friends, and some of the greatest live EDM acts. 🐍 
  • Special Event: Carlos Mencia | Thurs., May 26-Sun., May 29 | Various times | Helium Comedy Club, 10 W. Georgia St. | $28+ | See the “International Comedy Grand Champion” from “Buscando Estrellas” serve laughs to an Indy audience. 🎤
  • Mandala Painting Workshop | Sun., May 29 | 1-4 p.m. | Studio Alchemy Gallery, 1116 E. North St. | $48 | Learn how to create your own unique circle design painting. 🎨
  • Diva Royale Drag Queen Show | Sun., May 29 | 1 p.m. | 247 S. Meridian St. | $20+ | 21+ | Check out this show featuring the finest female celebrity impersonations — Advance ticket purchases only. 💃
  • Eagle Creek Bird Hike | Sun., May 29 | 9-11 a.m. | Eagle Creek Ornithology Center | Free | Grab your flock + watch as birds of all types fly through the park. 🐦 
  • Glow Bar Foam Party | Sun., May 29 | 10 p.m.-3 a.m. | 7820 N. Michigan Rd. | $20+ | Dance the night away with DJs + drinks at this 21+ party. 🕺

Mon., May 30 

  • Trivia Night at The Garage Food Hall | Mon., May 30 | 7-9 p.m. | The Garage Food Hall, 906 Carrollton Ave. | Free | Play trivia in teams, win prizes, and eat good food every Monday night. 🍔
  • Stranger Attractions Presents Blackwater Holylight | Mon., May 30 | 7 p.m. | Black Circle, 2201 E. 46th St. | $15 in advance, $20 door | The psychedelic band plays with openers Bleakheart and Tusk. 🎵
  • Honor the Brave 5K Run/Walk | Mon., May 30 | 9-10:30 a.m. | Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Dr. | $35+ | Run or walk in the 6th Annual Honor the Brave 5K for memorial day — be sure to sign up in advance. 👟
  • Blackwater Holylight with Bleakheart and Tusk | Mon., May 30 | 7 p.m. | Black Circle, 2201 E. 46th St. | $15 | These bands are coming all the way from Portland + Denver  — presented by Stranger Attractions.
  • Mystery Monday | Mon., May 30 | 3-10 p.m. | 141 E. Washington St. | $20+ | Enjoy secret menu items presented by the culinary team at The Hulman. 🍽 
  • Grand Run | Mon., May 30 | 7 a.m. | Grand Park Events Center, 19000 Grand Park Blvd., Westfield | $35+ | Celebrate Memorial Day with Grand Park’s eighth annual 5K, 10K, and half marathon races. 🏃‍♀️

Tues., May 31

  • Still Woozy: If This Isn’t Nice Tour | Tues., May 31 | 8 p.m. | Old National Centre | $35+ | Don’t miss this indie-pop singer-songwriter playing bops all night long. 🎵
  • Summer Playwriting Workshop Series | Starting Tues., May 31 | Various times | Virtual | $400 | This 10-week program workshops plays for playwrights of all experience levels. ✏️
  • Encanto Trivia | Tues., May 31 | 6:30 p.m. | Cost of purchase | Books & Brews South Indy, 3808 Shelby St. | Bring kids + family to this trivia night all about Disney’s Encanto. 💃
  • Books, Booze & Brains: “Galapagos” | Tues., May 31 | 6:30 p.m. | Upland Brewing Company, Fountain Square | Discuss Uncle Kurt’s book over a couple of pints. 📗
  • Kids’ 4-Day Summer Series: Chef School | Tues., May 31-Fri., June 3 | 10 a.m. | Sur La Table, 14400 Clay Terrace Blvd., Ste. 100, Carmel | $199 | Kids ages 7-11 will learn everything from shaping meatballs to churning homemade ice cream. 🍳
  • Wine and Canvas Painting Party | Tues., May 31 | 6-9 p.m. | 130 S. Pennsylvania St.| $39 | Create your own acrylic painting in a class led by a professional artist — no experience needed. 🎨
  • Tiny Science | Tues., May 31 | 10-10:30 a.m. | Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library | Free | Enjoy an interactive storytime that focuses on STEM topics. 🧬
  • Cooking Class – Authentic New Orleans Cuisine | Tues., May 31 | 6-9 p.m. | Greenwood | $89 | Use cajun + creole flavor profiles to craft your own New Orleans cuisine. 🥘