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Group photo of people at the Indianapolis Artsgarden after a group walk downtown
During the cold months, Hot Walk Indy has hosted walks utilizing the downtown skywalks to stay warm. | Photo by @hotwalkindy
We get it, it can be difficult to make friends as an adult, especially if you’re new to the city. We’ve even stumbled upon several Reddit threads asking about this, so hey friends, we’re here to help.

There are several groups in Indy that are focused on bringing people together, building community, and creating opportunities for people to make friends in the city.

Hot Walk Indy

Hot Walk Indy is a social walking club “for the girls, gays + theys.” The group has already hosted 30+ organized walks and social gatherings all around the city. During the colder months, they’ve used the downtown skywalks to stay warm. Come solo or bring pals. Either way, you won’t walk alone. Connect with the group on Instagram, Facebook, or join its GroupMe chat for the details on the next walk.

Group of people in a circle doing squats along the Indy Canal

November Project calls this burnout the “Squat Circle Singalong.”

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Photo by @novemberprojectindy

Silent Book Club Indy

If you love to read, then this is for you. Silent Book Club is a monthly book club that meets over drinks. Bring what you’re currently reading and hang out — no book assignment. Come alone or bring friends. It’s free and open to the public, but you must get a ticket on Eventbrite in advance. The next meetup is Monday, March 4.

November Project

If you’re into fitness or just want an accountability buddy to help you stay active, November Project is a free outdoor workout club that meets downtown on Wednesday and Friday mornings — “just show up.” Follow the group on social media to find out the location for Friday mornings. They meet at the Indiana War Memorial on Wednesdays.

Are you part of another social group that we didn’t mention?
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Events
 
Monday, Feb. 12
  • Crafternoon at West Indianapolis | Monday, Feb. 12 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Indianapolis Public Library West Indianapolis Branch, 1216 S. Kappes St., Indianapolis | Free | You can bring your current creative project to work on or use our supplies to start something new during this afternoon of crafting and conversation.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Emo Kids presents Anti-Valentine’s Day Party | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Feinstein’s At Hotel Carmichael, 1 Carmichael Square, Carmel | $25-$35 | Leave the flowers and the chocolates at home and listen to the top emo hits from the 2000s in this very first anti-Valentine’s Day celebration.
Thursday, Feb. 15
  • All-Star Weekend Indy 2024 Party Pass | Thursday, Feb. 15-Sunday, Feb. 18 | 7-10 p.m. | Downtown Indianapolis, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis | $0-$150 | Get ready to party like an all-star in Indy, as we kick off the ultimate weekend with non-stop fun and entertainment.
Friday, Feb. 16
  • SLAM Film Festival | Friday, Feb. 16-Sunday, Feb. 18 | Times vary | Living Room Theaters, 745 E. 9th St., Ste. 810, Indianapolis | $15 | Fifteen basketball-themed films are scheduled to play for three days at Living Room Theaters, plus Q&As with the filmmakers + a special discussion with Paul George after the screening of “Amongst the Trees”.
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News Notes
 
Number
  • 9.7 million. That’s how many passengers the Indianapolis International Airport welcomed through its terminal in 2023 — breaking the airport’s record and surpassing pre-pandemic numbers. About 52% of the traffic was for leisure travel. (IBJ)
Concert
  • Country-rap star Jelly Roll is set to perform a special “after hours” concert at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Indiana Convention Center as part of NBA All-Star Weekend. Tickets are $50. (IndyStar)
Sports
  • The Pacers agreed to trade guard Buddy Hield to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for multiple second-round picks, Marcus Morris + Furkan Korkmaz, according to the league. Hield is averaging 12.0 points per game and is a free agent after this season. (Sports Illustrated)
Announced
  • Country singer Riley Green is coming to downtown Indy to celebrate the “greatest spectacle in racing.” He will headline the Legends Day Concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 at the Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park. Tickets are on sale now. (WTHR)
Try This
  • On April 8, when the the solar eclipse path of totality crosses through central Indiana, Conner Prairie will host an event featuring live performances, guest speaker Hoosier astronaut Mark Brown, and an “uninhibited view” of the total eclipse. Get tickets.
Feel Good
  • The second-generation owner of the Red Key Tavern in SoBro lost his wife to cancer in late January + then days later, found out he would need open heart surgery. In just four days, the community raised more than $27,000 for Jim Settle through GoFundMe. (IndyStar)
Finance
  • Discover a brighter financial future with Money Pickle, your gateway to personalized financial advice. Connect with vetted financial advisors, handpicked to provide fiduciary guidance that directly aligns with your goals for investments, retirement, and beyond. Schedule your complimentary video consultation.*
 
The Buy
 
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The Wrap
 
Nicole-Hernandez-Headshot-INDY Today’s edition by:
Nicole
From the editor
Here’s a little shameless self-promo. In case you didn’t know; in my free time when I’m not writing your daily newsletters, I also organize + host local events as part of a series that I’ve called “Dating Indy” — with the goal of making you feel like you’re dating the city. I’ve had so much fun creating opportunities for people to get out and meet new people, places, and businesses in the city. You can find my events on Instagram or Eventbrite. I’d love to meet you!
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