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🐉 It’s the Year of the Dragon
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The Global Village Welcome Center hosts a Lunar New Year celebration with traditional performances. | Photo by INDYtoday team
Happy (almost) Lunar New Year. This Saturday, Feb. 10, one of the biggest celebrations of the year among East and Southeast Asian cultures begins. Though its official dates vary across different Asian cultures, the Lunar New Year is a celebration of the start of spring and a new year on the lunisolar calendar.

If you were born in 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, or 2012 — 2024 is your year. It’s the Year of the Wood Dragon, which represents “strong and independent figures who are goal-oriented, yet idealistic and romantic + a visionary leader,” according to Chinese New Year.

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Benyue Restaurant reopened in its new Castleton spot in early 2023 and offers dim sum.

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Photo by @rdklove

We’re sharing some events around Indy to celebrate Lunar New Year.
  • Lunar New Year Celebration | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 6-10 p.m. | Tube Factory artspace, 1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis | $12 | Celebrate with traditional dance performances, fireworks, activities like cut paper art, lantern painting, and origami — plus, The Bay Area Bistro will have food for purchase.
  • Welcome The Dragon: Lunar New Year Celebration | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 1-6 p.m. | Well of Being, 7771 Spring Mill Rd., Indianapolis | $44 | The magical space of Well of Being will be host to music, movement, meditation, and comedy.
  • Lunar New Year Festival 2024 | Saturday, Feb. 24 | 12-4 p.m. | Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis | Registration required | Enjoy a stage performance featuring a Chinese-American traditional-style lion dance, Chinese orchestra music, and Tai Chi exercise presentations, plus a Chinese + Japanese calligraphy activity for all ages. Bonus: The first 20 people who arrive can receive a complimentary copy of “Lunar New Year: Celebrating Lunar New year in 5 Asian Communities” by Yobe Qiu.
You can also get a special Lunar New Year box of six donuts from Mochi Joy and pick it up at six different Asian-owned businesses around central Indiana. Pre-order by Friday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. to pick up Saturday, Feb. 10.
 
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Friday, Feb. 9
  • Carmel Winter Games | Friday, Feb. 9-Saturday, Feb. 10 | Times vary | Carter Green, 2 Carter Green, Carmel | Free | Build team spirit through on-ice, non-skating competitive games like ice trike relays, human curling, and human Hungry Hippo, all while supporting Carmel area food pantries.
  • Galentine’s Day | Friday, Feb. 9 | 6:30-10 p.m. | Punch Bowl Social, 120 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis | $15 | Join a Galentine’s party complete with a game night, cute swag, Instagrammable cocktails, and a live female DJ.
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Be My Valentine Half Marathon and 5K | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | NIFS, 250 University Blvd., Indianapolis | $45-$85 | Grab Your sweetie and share a heart for the 12th anniversary of the “most lovin 5K” in Indy.
  • Indy Winter Farmers Market | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | The AMP at 16 Tech, 1220 Waterway Blvd., Indianapolis | Free | Shop from 60+ vendors including local farmers, food producers, and artisans.
  • Family Day: For the “LOVE” of Art | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Newfields, 4000 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis | Museum admission | Recreate Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE, take a heartfelt gallery tour, contribute to a community project, send a letter of appreciation, and participate in a poetry workshop.
Sunday, Feb. 11
  • Spanish Conversation Circles | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 4-5 p.m. | Indy Reads, 1066 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis | Free | Volunteers and students will facilitate fun, easy conversation to practice your Spanish language skills.
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Add to cal: a show at the Old National Centre
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Great shows only at 502 N. New Jersey St. | Photo provided by Live Nation
From date nights to family fun, Old National Centre is your ticket to making memories. Our top picks? Glad you asked:
See the full lineup of upcoming shows at the venue below.
 
News Notes
 
Traffic
  • Mayor Hogsett announced that hot mix asphalt plants will be opening early in an effort to speed up pothole repairs across the city. Indy DPW mobilized nearly 170 workers for 10-hour patching shifts beginning Wednesday, Feb. 7, so watch for crews working on the roads. (WTHR)
Development
  • Butler University is looking to build apartment-style housing on its campus for juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni. It’s reportedly in conversation with developers + hopes to secure board approval by the end of the year. If approved, the project’s first phase would be slated for completion by summer 2026. (IBJ)
Announced
  • Jennifer Hudson is set to sing during halftime of the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18. She will also participate in the Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. Indy native Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. (IBJ)
Sports
  • The Brickyard 400 will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the weekend of July 19-21. IMS released the full three-day on-track schedule, plus an opportunity for free Friday admission if you buy tickets for either Saturday or Sunday. (IndyStar)
Cause
  • Dish out love this Valentine’s Day. Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria is serving up heart-shaped deep dish pizzas to celebrate the month of love. For each heart-shaped pizza sold between now and Thursday, Feb. 29, the pizzeria will donate $1 to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.
Giveaway
  • Are the kiddos fans of “Paw Patrol”? We’ve teamed up with Live Nation to give one of our INDYtoday followers a family pack of tickets (up to eight guests) to see “Paw Patrol Live” at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. Enter on Instagram.
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  • Planning to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday? Stream it with a Paramount+ with Showtime subscription — get 30 days free with code GOAT.*
Announced
  • We’re excited to share that 6AM City, our parent company, closed its Series A funding round led by the media company, TEGNA. This partnership means continuing to deliver the same hyper-local news and events while expanding our reach to new readers and communities. Learn more.
 
Ranked
 
Indy among the best-performing cities in the US
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Want to show off Indy to your friends and family? Go for a walk at Highland Park. | Photo by @jdgrohvisuals
Curious exactly how strong our city’s economy is? A nonprofit think tank called The Milken Institute released its “Best-Performing Cities 2024 Index” which provides an objective evaluation of the economic performance and resiliency of over 400 US cities.

Breaking down our score

Indianapolis rose 28 spots in 2024. It went from No. 69 last year to No. 41 this year — beating its No. 56 rank in 2021.

Most impressive are Indy’s improvements when it comes to housing affordability. Previously, the area ranked No. 61 in housing affordability. In 2022, it shot up to the top of tier two at No. 55. This has made Indianapolis a hot spot for Gen Z homebuyers, bringing young talent to the city.
 
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If you’re near Whitestown, I recommend checking out the recently opened Harmony Asian Bistro at 6388 Mills Dr. It has dim sum on the menu + everything I tried there was yummy and the service is great.
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