November Plan Ahead: Your Indy events calendar

Happy November, Indy. 🦃  If you’re anything like us, you’re ecstatic about the fall foliage, crisp air, and holidays on the horizon — and with all that excitement, you’re also looking for fun local events to attend. Read on for all the top events happening this month in the Indy.

Mon., Nov. 1-Sun., Nov. 7

Mon., Nov. 1

  • Pacers vs. Spurs | Mon., Nov. 1 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $9+ | Watch as the Blue + Gold take on San Antonio. 🏀
  • Virtual Ann Katz Festival: Leah Garrett | Mon., Nov. 1 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | $10 | Discover the incredible history of “X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II.”
  • Day of the Dead | Mon., Nov. 1 | 3-7 p.m. | Nickel Plate Arts | Free | Enjoy arts + crafts,  food, music, and more at this family-friendly celebration. 🌼

Tues., Nov. 2

  • Día de Muertos | Tues., Nov. 2 | 5-8 p.m. | Garfield Park Arts Center | Free | Experience an evening of Mexican culture with traditional music, food + ofrendas (altars) to remember loved ones. 🇲🇽
  • Crochet-A-Long | Tues., Nov. 2 | 6-7:45 p.m. | Indianapolis Public Library – Pike branch | Free | Crochet + knitting enthusiasts are welcome to learn from experienced crocheters + make scarves and hats to donate to homeless shelters in Indy. 🧶
  • Trivia Newton-John – A Trivia Game Show | Tues., Nov. 2 | 8-9:30 p.m. | The White Rabbit Cabaret | $5 | A comedian, a character + an audience member walk into a bar… and they compete for the title of Xanadude in this retro trivia night. 🏆

Wed., Nov. 3

  • Tim Dillon: A Real Hero | Wed., Nov. 3 | 7 p.m. | Old National Centre | $37+ | Rolling Stone named him as one of the “10 Comedians You Need to Know,” so catch him before he leaves town. 🎤
  • Menopause: The Musical | Wed., Nov. 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Clowes Memorial Hall | $32+ | Tune into hot flashes, night sweats + memory loss set to music at this comedic show about The Change. 💅
  • Indy Fuel vs. Toledo Walleye | Wed., Nov. 3 | 7 p.m. | Indiana Farmers Coliseum | $16+ | Watch live as Indy Fuel faces off against our neighbors, Toledo. 🏒
  • Traditional Use of Native Plants | Wed., Nov. 3 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join the Indiana Native Plant Society to discuss + learn about traditional, Native American uses of plants and animals in our region. 🌿
  • Pacers vs. Knicks | Wed., Nov. 3 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $9+ | They may have lost their last game against the Knicks on Oct. 5, but we’re ready to watch them take the win this time around. 🏀
  • How to Plan and Execute a Gallery Wall | Wed., Nov. 3 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Online | Free | Learn how aesthetics, materials + lines work together to make the perfect gallery wall in this class via Barter School Indy. 🖼️

Thurs., Nov. 4

  • Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets | Thurs., Nov. 4 | 8:20 p.m. | Lucas Oil Stadium | The Colts take on the Jets for a Thursday night primetime home matchup. Show your team spirit during “Blue Out Week” leading up to the game. 🏈
  • Lasana Kazembe: The Voodoo of Hell’s Half Acre | Thurs., Nov. 4 | 8 p.m. | The Cabaret, 924 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite B | $20+ | This live performance features an 8-piece ensemble + is derived from a short story published by a 15-year-old Richard Wright. 
  • Spirit & Place Opening Night Celebration | Thurs., Nov. 4 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | With a newly commissioned piano piece + an array of interviews, enjoy the start of the weeks-long festival, emceed by local spoken word artist Manon Voice. 🌆
  • IndyHub Welcome Party | Thurs., Nov. 4 | 4-7 p.m. | The AMP, 1220 Waterway Blvd. | Free | Whether you’ve been here for a year or you just moved to the city, IndyHub is throwing a party to welcome you + show you what Indy has to offer. 🎉
  • Indy Cultural Trail Groundbreaking Celebration | Thurs., Nov. 4 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Indy Urban League, 777 Indiana Ave. | Free | The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is breaking ground on their expansion project + wants to celebrate this milestone with the community. 👟
  • New Works Showcase – Indianapolis Ballet | Thurs., Nov. 4 | 7:30 p.m. | The District Theatre | $20+ | Catch fresh choreography + enjoy an intimate, one-of-a-kind experience with the city’s ballet. 🩰
  • Holiday Preview Night | Thurs., Nov. 4 | 5-8 p.m. | Indiana Design Center, 200 S. Rangeline Rd. | Free | Join IDC for a holiday preview event with showroom trunk shows, special savings, giveaways, and wine + hors d’oeuvres. 🥂

Fri., Nov. 5

  • Concerts with a Cause | Fri., Nov. 5 | 7 p.m. | The Vogue | $100+ | Support local charities with musical performances by Pat McGee, Stephen Kellogg + Shawn Mullins. 🎶
  • Holiday Open House | Fri., Nov. 5 + Sat., Nov. 6 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Downtown Franklin | Free | The 9th annual Holiday Open House in downtown Franklin is a 2-day event with nearly 40 retailers, restaurants, and businesses participating. 🎄
  • Healing Through Art | Fri., Nov. 5 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre | Free | Founder of Central Library’s Center for Black Literature & Culture Nichelle M. Hayes will moderate a discussion about the use of theater + visual arts as therapy. 🎭
  • Crumbl Cookies Grand Opening | Fri., Nov. 5 | 8 a.m.-Midnight | 1675 W. Smith Valley Rd., Greenwood | Free | Crumbl is celebrating its south side grand opening Friday by giving away $20 worth of Crumbl Cash to one lucky winner. 🍪
  • First Friday – Assimilate | Fri., Nov. 5 | 6-9 p.m. | Athenaeum Indy | Free | Feel a sense of connection in this new series of paintings by Bezol One. 🖼️
  • Holiday Preview Party + Bryson Adams Gallery | Fri., Nov. 5 | 6-8 p.m. | Homespun: Modern Handmade, 869 Mass Ave. | Free | Get the first look at Homepun’s holiday collections with gifts made by local + independent makers, and enjoy original art and zines by Bryson Adams. 🎁
  • Katt Williams: World War III Tour | Fri., Nov. 5 | 8 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $59+ | Laugh with the Emmy Award-winning comedian + actor, best known for his indie hit “Meet the Blacks.” 🎤

Sat., Nov. 6

  • Indy Made Market | Sat., Nov. 6 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Hamilton County Fairgrounds | Free | Support local by stopping by this handmade marketplace in a llama barn. 🛍️
  • Indianapolis Monumental Marathon | Sat., Nov. 6 | 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | 200 W. Washington St. | $30+ | Join one of the 15 largest marathons in the US to benefit charities that help promote health + wellness in Indy. You can participate virtually or in-person. 👟
  • GWAR | Sat., Nov. 6 | 8 p.m. | The Vogue | $27+ | Rock out with the shock metal unit that has been bringing spectacle + mythology to their performances since 1984. 👺
  • Centerpoint Brewing’s 5th Anniversary | Sat., Nov. 6 | 12-10 p.m. | 1125 E. Brookside Ave. | Free | Join the Centerpoint’s biggest party of the year + enjoy beer tappings, food from Rooster’s Kitchen + live music. 🍻
  • Global Fashion Indy | Sat., Nov. 6 | 7 p.m. | Indy’s Global Village Welcome Center, 4233 Lafayette Rd. | Free | A night of fashion, art + culture, where designers will showcase their latest collections. 👠

Sun., Nov. 7

  • Holistic Hub Wellbeing Fest | Sun., Nov. 7 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Biltwell Event Center | $10+ | The 6th annual event is leading the way to connect Hoosier communities with holistic health practitioners available to them locally. 
  • Sunday Morning Yoga at the Garage | Sun., Nov. 7 | 9:30-10:15 a.m. | The Garage Food Hall, 906 Carrollton Ave. | $20 | Join Yoga Six for a 45 min. Slow Flow pop-up class followed by mimosas at The Harbour. 🥂
  • Midwest Reptile Show | Sun., Nov. 7 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Indiana State Fairgrounds | $5+ | Come out to the State Fairgrounds for a one-in-a-chameleon event full of crawling critters. 🦎
  • WTTS Rock to Read Presents: Elvis Costello & the Imposters | Sun., Nov. 7 | 8 p.m. | Old National Centre | $39+ | Watch a live performance from the legendary English singer-songwriter + raise money for Indy’s children’s literacy programs at the same time. 🎸

Mon., Nov. 8-Sun., Nov. 14

Mon., Nov. 8 

  • Architecture in Indianapolis, 1880-1920 | Mon., Nov. 8 | 6-7 p.m. | Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave. + online | $7+ | Learn all about Indy’s picturesque architecture from historian Dr. James Glass, including some steamy info on railroads. 🏙️

Tues., Nov. 9

  • Truthsgiving: Using Food to Dismantle a Colonial Myth | Tues., Nov. 9 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Eiteljorg Museum  Free | Experience a food demonstration along with a robust conversation about Native American culture + changing the narrative of Thanksgiving. 🌽
  • B-Movies and Bad History | Tues., Nov. 9 | 7 p.m. | Kan-Kan Cinema & Brasserie, 1258 Windsor St. | $5 | Share your feelings about the best (and worst) on-screen portrayals of the past through clips + conversation with a panel of local filmmakers and historians. 🎥
  • Indianapolis Job Fair | Tues., Nov. 9 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 8111 S. Emerson Dr. | Get an interview on-site for various jobs in the health care field. 🩺
  • Whose Live Anyway | Tues., Nov. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Old National Centre | $29+ | See the improv comedians from the hit TV series “Whose Line is it Anyway” live — and don’t forget to bring your sketch ideas with you. 🎩

Wed., Nov. 10 

  • Indiana Owned Business Networking Event | Wed., Nov. 10 | 8:45-10 a.m. | Nexus Impact Center | Free | Learn more about neighboring businesses + help each other grow on a Wednesday morning. 🤝 
  • Christmas Gift + Hobby Show | Wed., Nov. 10-Sun., Nov. 14 | 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | Indiana State Fairgrounds | $10+ | All veterans and active duty military get free admission on Thurs., Nov. 11. 🎁
  • Real Estate with Kate Bollinger | Wed., Nov. 10 | 8 p.m. | HI-FI, 1043 Virginia Ave. | $25+ | See the indie rock band as they tour with their new album, “Half a Human.” 🎸
  • The King Stag | Wed., Nov. 10-Sun., Nov. 14 | 7 p.m. | Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University | $5 | See the student production of Carlo Gozzi’s classic magical tale. 🦌

Thurs., Nov. 11

  • Silversun Pickups | Thurs., Nov. 11 | 8 p.m. | The Vogue | $30 | Enjoy the sounds of this alt rock band from LA that has racked up 10 Top 20 hits in 20 years. 🎸
  • Girls Night Out Christmas Market | Thurs., Nov. 11 | 6-8 p.m. | State of Grace Boutique, 11679 Olio Rd. | Free | Simple Life Organizing + Styling is hosting their 2nd annual market for a night of discounted shopping, wine, and a raffle with prizes from local women-owned businesses. Raffle ticket proceeds will be donated to a local nonprofit. 🛍️
  • Winegiving | Thurs., Nov. 11 | 7-10 p.m. | Urban Vines Winery + Brewery | Free | For each drink purchased, you get a raffle ticket for prize drawings every hour. 🍷
  • Just Like Me: The Vietnam War/The American War | Thurs., Nov. 11 | 7 p.m. | Kan-Kan Cinema and Brasserie | $5 | Watch this insightful documentary + stay in your seat for a Q+A with the film’s director and featured veterans after the showing. 📽️
  • 10-Minute Play Festival | Thurs., Nov. 11-Sun., Nov. 14 | 7:30-9 a.m. | 719 E. St. Clair St. | $15+ | The Indiana Playwrights Circle presents seven new plays from Indiana-based playwrights. From awkward interactions at a dog park to getting lost inside a cave, this fast-paced program has a little bit of everything in only 70 minutes. 🎭

Fri., Nov. 12

  • Traeger Turkey Class | Fri., Nov. 12 | 6:30 p.m. | Sullivan Hardware | $60 | Learn how to make a proper turkey with award-winning pit master Keith Harris. 🦃
  • Bad Art Night | Fri., Nov. 12 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Garfield Park Arts Center | Free | Do your worst at this gathering + go home with the trophy for worst possible thing created. 🎨
  • Ben Folds: In Actual Person Live For Real Tour | Fri., Nov. 12 | 8 p.m. | The Palladium | $35+ | See the songwriter from Ben Folds Five on his solo piano tour. 🎹
  • Til Death Do Us Part | Fri., Nov. 12 + Sat., Nov. 13 | 7 p.m. | Phoenix Theatre | $15+ | Come to opening night of this murder mystery set to dance. 🔍

Sat., Nov. 13

  • Rooftop 5-Year Anniversary Bash | Sat., Nov. 13 | 12-8 p.m. | Ash & Elm Cider Co., 1301 E. Washington St. | Free | Watch the sunset + sip some limited-release ciders by the fire pit with your best pals. 🌇 
  • Kenyettá Dance Company’s 15th Anniversary Gala | Sat., Nov. 13 | 5-9 p.m. | Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware St. | $65 | Celebrate with Kenyettá at this semiformal event, including music + dancing and a silent auction. 🎶
  • Turkey Fest | Sat., Nov. 13 | TBD | Sullivan Hardware | TBD | Taste all the different ways you can cook a turkey at this bird-tastic event. 🦃
  • Midtown Holiday Home Tour | Sat., Nov. 13-Sun., Nov. 14 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3650 Spring Hollow Rd. | $25 | Walk through three midtown homes professionally decorated by local designers for the holiday season. 🎀
  • Heroes, Health Hope 5K | Sat., Nov. 13 | 8-10 a.m. | 5315 Lafayette Rd. | $37+ | Run to support the YMCA’s annual campaign, which benefits families who would otherwise be unable to participate in its camps + programs. 👟
  • 9th Annual Fountain Square Pinball Classic | Sat., Nov. 13 | 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. | La Margarita, 1043 Virginia Ave. | $50+ | Competitors will once again revel in the pinball machine filled dining room of La Margarita and the magical, intimate game-filled PinVault. 🕹️ 
  • Cranksgiving | Sat., Nov. 13 | 10 a.m. | Fountain Square | $20 | Riders will navigate around Indianapolis with the mission to gather food items + transport them back to the start/finish location to be donated to a local food pantry. 🚲

Sun., Nov. 14

  • Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars | Sun., Nov. 14 | 1 p.m. | Lucas Oil Stadium | $35+ | The Jaguars (2-6) will try to build on their last victory over the Bills when they take on the Colts (4-5) in Indy. 🏈
  • Forever Bracelet Pop-Up | Sun., Nov. 14 | Various times | Good Neighbor, 850 Mass Ave., Suite 115 | A jewelry designer will be zapping wrists with clasp-free “forever” bracelets in a pop-up event at Good Neighbor. Must reserve a time slot to attend. ✨ 
  • Local Makers Pop-Up Shop | Sun., Nov. 14 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Rebel Vintage, 1051 E. 54th St. | Free | Come out to Rebel Vintage as several local shops take over the parking lot. This event is pet friendly. 🛍️
  • Market @ Commissary | Sun., Nov. 14 | 12-4 p.m. | 304 E. New York St. | Free | Grab a cup + check out some local vendors. ☕
  • Lincoln Lane 5 year party | Sun., Nov. 14 | 7-9 p.m. | 516 Lincoln St. | Free | Enjoy live music, specialty drinks, and time with neighbors during Lincoln Lane’s 5 year anniversary celebration. 🎶

Mon., Nov. 15-Sun., Nov. 21

Mon., Nov. 15

  • Lineage Research Workshop | Mon., Nov. 15 | 3-8 p.m. | Indianapolis Public Library – Beech Grove branch | Free | Receive the assistance you need to branch out + explore your family tree. 🌳
  • November Wine Dinner | Mon., Nov. 15 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Wine Market & Table, 1110 Shelby St. | $80 | A Late Midwest Harvest Wine Dinner featuring a five course meal with wine pairings. 🍷
  • WWE Monday Night Raw | Mon., Nov. 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $20+ | Watch US champ Damian Priest, among others, battle it out in a six man tag team match. 👊
  • Acoustic Open Mic | Mon., Nov. 15 | 7-10 p.m. | Irving Theater | Free | Be brave + test out that song you’ve been working on in front of an audience. 🎸

Tues., Nov. 16

  • Karaoke Tuesdays | Tues., Nov. 16 | 9:30 p.m.-3 a.m. | Taps & Dolls | Free | Take the stage + enjoy some cocktails like the rock star you are. 🎤
  • Birding 101 | Tues., Nov. 16 | Eagle Creek Ornithology Center | $15 | Take your birdwatching to another level by joining your fellow Indy birders at this weekday event. 🐦
  • State Ballet of Ukraine: Cinderella | Tues., Nov. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Old National Centre | $31+ | Bring the family to this classic performance of the fairy tale, Cinderella. 🩰
  • Live & Online Trivia | Tues., Nov. 16 | 7-9 p.m. | The District Tap, 3720 E. 82nd St. | $10 | The top 5 teams from this venue will qualify for the 2021 National Trivia League playoffs to compete for cash + prizes. 🏆

Wed., Nov. 17 

  • Terence Blanchard + The E-Collective & Turtle Island Quartet | Wed., Nov. 17 | 6:30 or 9 p.m. | The Jazz Kitchen | $50+ | Enjoy the musical stylings of 6-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard, who wrote the original score for BlacKkKlansman. 🎼
  • Makers Meet + Mingle | Wed., Nov. 17 | 6-9 p.m. | Tinker House Events, 1101 E. 16th St. | $8 | Meet your favorite local bloggers + support women-owned businesses. Ticket includes a drink. 🥂
  • Cider and Canvas | Wed., Nov. 17 + Fri., Nov. 19 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Indiana State Fairgrounds | $35 | Experience fall at the fairgrounds as you pair assorted Ash + Elm ciders with Indiana Dairy Trail cheeses while creating a fall-themed canvas painting during this 2 hour workshop! 🖌️
  • Friendsgiving | Wed., Nov. 17 | 7-10 p.m. | Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant | $69 | Chef Matt McMillin will be creating inventive renditions of classic Thanksgiving dishes, designed to be paired with Cooper’s Hawk wines + enjoyed by friends. 🦃
  • Lettuce | Wed., Nov. 17 | 9 p.m. | The Vogue | $26+ | See the Grammy-nominated six-piece funk band as they take the stage at this Broad Ripple venue. 🥬
  • Indy Story Slam – Across the Table | Wed., Nov. 17 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Gomez BBQ, 2827 E. 10th St. | Free | An evening of storytelling at every skill level with the theme, “across the table.” 🎤

Thurs., Nov. 18

  • POP STARS: A Drag Show & Pop Up Market | Thurs., Nov. 18 | 2-11 p.m. | Historic Irvington Masonic Lodge, 5515 E. Washington St. | $5 | This first-ever event adds a little spice to the traditional market. 🔥 
  • Holiday Mart Shoppers’ Eve | Thurs., Nov. 18 | 6-10 p.m. | Indiana State Fairgrounds | $50 | The Junior League of Indianapolis is celebrating the 50th anniversary Holiday Mart event at the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the State Fairgrounds. 🎄
  • The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical | Thurs., Nov. 18 | 6 p.m. | Clowes Memorial Hall | $29+ | See the original spectacle, featuring Santa’s Scout Elves, live with the family. 🎄
  • Paranormal Cirque | Thurs., Nov. 18 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Greenwood Park Mall | $30+ | Experience a unique circus-like event — but beware — this isn’t for the faint of heart. 🎪

Fri., Nov. 19 

  • Jim Gaffigan: The Fun Tour | Fri., Nov. 19 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $35+ | Laugh the night away with the man who made you think about Hot Pockets in a totally different way. 🎤
  • Midnight Shopper 2021 | Fri., Nov. 19 | 6-11:59 p.m. | Mass Ave. | Free | Get a head start on your holiday shopping as Mass Ave businesses stay open late for a special shopping experience. 🛍️
  • Holiday Mart | Fri., Nov. 19-Sun., Nov. 21 | 9 a.m.-8 p.m. + 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Indiana State Fairgrounds | $10 | The Junior League of Indianapolis is celebrating the 50th anniversary Holiday Mart event at the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the State Fairgrounds. 🎄
  • Cider and Canvas | Fri., Nov. 19 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Indiana State Fairgrounds | $35 | Experience fall at the fairgrounds as you pair assorted Ash + Elm ciders with Indiana Dairy Trail cheeses while creating a fall-themed canvas painting during this 2 hour workshop! 🖌️
  • Family Friendly Night Campfires | Fri., Nov. 19 | 6:30 p.m. | Holliday Park Nature Center | $6 | Sit around the campfire + walk a guided night hike centered around the mischievous critters — raccoons. 🦝
  • Fair Market Opening Night | Fri., Nov. 19 | 6-10 p.m. | Companion, 3715 Washington Blvd. | Free | Be the first of your friends to check out this new art market in the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood. 🛍️
  • Vogue Mode | Fri., Nov. 19 | 5 p.m. | The Vogue | $10+ | Bring your pals to an evening celebrating local artists with live painting, refreshments + DJs. If you buy art, 100% of the proceeds will go to the artist. 🖼️

Sat., Nov. 20 

  • Indy Winter Farmers Market | Sat., Nov. 20 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | The AMP at 16 Tech | Free | Browse Indy’s longest-running winter market, now located on the west side. 🥕
  • Autumn Art Fair | Sat., Nov. 20 + Sun., Nov. 21 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Garfield Park Arts Center | Free | A two-day art fair featuring handcrafted + original artworks from over 40 local artists from Indy and the surrounding areas. 🍁
  • Pacers vs. Pelicans | Sat., Nov. 20 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $5+ | The New Orleans Pelicans take on the Pacers. You can catch this game in person for as little as $5 with the Pacers Gold Friday Tipoff Deal. 🏀
  • Fall Fest | Sat., Nov. 20 | 12-4 p.m. | Central Public Library | Free | Listen to keynote lecturer Sybrina Fulton — mother of Trayvon Martin discuss her experience as an activist. 🎤
  • Opening night of Christmas at the Zoo | Sat., Nov. 20 | 5-10 p.m. | Indianapolis Zoo | $15+ | The first zoo in the nation to hold a holiday lights event — this experience will be bigger than ever with new decor + penguin encounters. 🐧
  • Carmel Christkindlmarkt | Sat., Nov. 20 | 4-9 p.m. | 10 Carter Green, Carmel | Bring the whole family to the opening day of this holiday tradition, complete with an ice skating rink + tree lighting. ⛸️
  • Opening day of Jingle Rails | Sat., Nov. 20 | 10 a.m. | Eiteljorg Museum | $2+ | All aboard. See a holiday model train tradition that features miniature replicas of famous landscapes. 🚂

Sun., Nov. 21 

  • Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival: “The Sixth Reel” | Sun., Nov. 21 | 1 p.m. | Kan-Kan Cinema and Brasserie | $11 | See the latest creation of legendary Charles Busch on closing night of the LGBT Film Festival. 🎞️
  • Holiday Walking Path | Sun., Nov. 21 | 5-11:45 p.m. | Clay Terrace | Free | Take a stroll along Clay Terrace’s walking path decorated with over-sized + bright holiday decorations. 🌟
  • Harry Potter Paint Your Pet | Sun., Nov. 21 | 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. | Metazoa Brewing Company | $50 | Combine your love of Harry Potter + your pet into one unique painting with this class. Pro tip: make sure you read the requirements well in advance. 🐶
  • Bouquet pop-up | Sun., Nov. 21 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 850 Mass Ave., Suite 115 | Free | Stop into Good Neighbor at Bottleworks for a special fall-inspired bouquet pop-up shop by Floristry Indy. 💐
  • Friends! The Musical Parody | Sun., Nov. 21-Mon., Nov. 22 | Various times | Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, 610 W 46th St. | $35+ | Catch the parody that lovingly pokes fun at TVs Friends + celebrates the adventures of your favorite 20-something Manhattan friend group. 🎭

Mon., Nov. 22-Sun., Nov. 28

Mon., Nov. 22

  • Service Industry Night | Mon., Nov. 22 | 7 p.m. | Helium Comedy Club | $5+ | Servers, hosts + bartenders are welcome to take a break and enjoy some laughs served up by local comedians. 🍽️

Tues., Nov. 23

  • Lord of the Rings Trivia Night | Tues., Nov. 23 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Books & Brews – South Indy | Free | Compete for prizes + showcase your knowledge of the epic Tolkien series. 💍
  • Photos with Santa | Tues., Nov. 23 | Various times | Castleton Square Mall | $20+ | ‘Tis the season to reserve a time slot + meet Santa and get ahead on those holiday cards. 📸

Wed., Nov. 24 

  • Skyline After 5 | Wed., Nov. 24 | 6-11 p.m. | 1 America Square, 36th floor | $25+ | Skyline Club is throwing the city’s “Hottest Hump Day Hangout” for working professionals for an evening of entertainment + networking. 🌃
  • Drinksgiving | Wed., Nov. 24 | 7-10 p.m. | Next Door Eatery, 4573 N. College Ave. | Free | Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with DJ night featuring Next Door’s globally inspired street food + scratch-made cocktails.🍹
  • Pacers vs. Lakers | Wed., Nov. 24 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $39+ | Snag a ticket to see the Blue + Gold take on the L.A. Lakers. 🏀
  • Donnie Baker and the Pork Pistols | Wed., Nov. 24 | 8 p.m. | Irving Theater | $30+ | You’ve heard Donnie take on “The Bob & Tom Show,” + now you can see the Indy character live. 🎙️
  • Stoutvember | Wed., Nov. 24 | 4 p.m. | Garfield Brewery | Free | Garfield Brewery is tapping a different stout each week this month, so don’t miss its new Mexican Chocolate Stout. 🍻
  • Thanksgiving Eve Trivia | Wed., Nov. 24 | 7 p.m. | Centerpoint Brewing | Free | Centerpoint’s regular Wednesday trivia has been pushed up a day to accommodate your Thanksgiving plans, so stop by for a bit of friendly competition + win some prizes. 🍺

Thurs., Nov. 25

  • Drumstick Dash | Thurs., Nov. 25 | 9 a.m. | Broad Ripple | $37+ | Move your feet so others can eat during the 19th annual Drumstick Dash to benefit Wheeler Mission. 🍗
  • Turkey Trot for Kiran | Thurs., Nov. 25 | 9-10:30 a.m. | Messiah Lutheran Church at Eagle Creek | $30 donation recommended | Run, walk or stroll the 3-mile course to benefit COTA in honor of Kiran to assist with organ transplant-related expenses. 👟
  • Centerpoint Trivia Night | Thurs., Nov. 25 | 7 p.m. | 1125 E. Brookside Ave. | Free | Grab a craft pint + test your knowledge with a group of friends at Centerpoint Brewing every Thursday. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams. 📝
  • Thanksgiving at The Hulman | Thurs., Nov. 25 | 7 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-9 p.m. | Hotel Indy | $49 | Skip cooking + celebrate with friends and family at The Hulman restaurant for a special 3-course prix fixe dinner menu. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.🍴

Fri., Nov. 26

  • Circle of Lights Tree Lighting | Fri., Nov. 26 | 7-8 p.m. | Monument Circle | Free | The day after Thanksgiving, flock to Monument Circle for a holiday tradition + watch as the Soldiers & Sailors Monument is transformed into a giant Christmas tree of more than 4,000 lights. 🎄
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas | Fri., Nov. 26 | 5 + 7 p.m. | The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel | $24 | The classic animated TV special comes to life in this stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy + the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. 🥜
  • *Houndmouth | Fri., Nov. 26 | 8 p.m. | The Vogue | $25+ | With radio hits like “Sedona” + “The Green House,”catch this Indiana-based band on stage alongside some pals. 🎸

Sat., Nov. 27

  • Spellbound Darkwave DJ Dance Night | Sat., Nov. 27 | 9:30-11:59 p.m. | $8+ | Dance the night away at this special event, brought to you by Indy CD & Vinyl and Big Lug Brewing Co. 🎶
  • Midwest Sneaker Gala | Sat., Nov. 27 | 7 p.m.-12 a.m. | The Pavilion at Pan Am | $60+ | A party with a purpose hosted by Charles Beloved + Ashmac to collect shoes for the city. 👟
  • Shop Small Saturday | Sat., Nov. 27 | 9 a.m.-Close | Mass Ave. | Free | Support local + shop the small businesses on Mass Ave. The first 10 people in line at several participating businesses get free swag bags. 🛍️
  • Hanukkah Handmade: Family workshop | Sat., Nov. 27 | 10:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. | Classroom, Indiana History Center | $3 + admission | Learn about the traditions that make Hanukkah special for Hoosiers + decorate a menorah. 🕎

Sun., Nov. 28

  • Indianapolis Colts vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Sun., Nov. 28 | 1 p.m. | Lucas Oil Stadium | $146+ | Coming off a win against the Bills, the Colts (6-5) take on the Bucs (7-3) at home. 🏈
  • Indy Reads’ Read-A-Thon | Sun., Nov. 28 | 6-9 p.m. | Virtual | $15 | You’re invited to a virtual reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens featuring Indy Reads’ adult students, staff, and local writers. 📖

Mon., Nov. 29-Sun., Dec. 5 

Mon., Nov. 29

  • Messy Mondays | Mon., Nov. 29 | 10 am.-11 a.m. | Indiana State Museum | $10 per child, adults free | Explore STEM topics + get a little messy at this family-friendly learning hour. 🧪
  • BINGO for Parks | Mon., Nov. 29 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Guggman Haus Brewing Co, 1701 Gent Ave. | $15 | Support The Parks Alliance of Indianapolis with 100% of your registration fee to play Bingo with snacks, drinks + prizes. 🏞️
  • Painting with a Twist: Christmas Joy | Mon., Nov. 29 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 8804 N. Michigan Rd. | $38+ | Paint your own Christmas-themed piece of art + enjoy snacks and drinks available for purchase. 🎁
  • Knife Making | Mon., Nov. 29 | 12-2 p.m. | Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, 8452 Castleton Corner Dr. | $125 | Learn how to make your own pocket knife to take home with techniques like sawing, sanding, applying wooden scales + more. 
  • Wreath Decorating Workshop | Mon., Nov. 29 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Heritage Tree Farm, 142 Church Road | $40 | Decorate holiday wreaths with fresh wreaths + materials provided by Heritage Tree Farm. 🎀

Tues., Nov. 30

  • Playboi Carti: King Vamp Tour | Tues., Nov. 30 | 8 p.m. | Indiana Farmers Coliseum | $30+ | Explore the experimental style + gothic fashion of Playboi Carti as he stops by Indy on his nationwide tour. 🎤
  • Old Churches Indy Talk | Tues., Nov. 30 | 6-7 p.m. | Indiana Landmarks Center or virtual | Free for members, $7 for non-members | Old Churches Indy Instagram account founder Lee Little talks documenting over 300 religious buildings in Indy. ⛪
  • Anderson East — Maybe We Never Die Tour | Tues., Nov. 30 | The Vogue | $25+ | Catch the singer-songwriter on tour with his third Elektra/Low Country Sound album. 🎙️
  • Printmaking 101 | Tues., Nov. 30 | Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr. | Local artist Caitlin Stamper teaches you how to make linocut prints — take home a print + homemade stamp card. 🎨
  • Slow Pulp | Tues., Nov. 30 | 8 p.m. | HI-FI, 1043 Virginia Ave. | $14+ | Doors open at 7 p.m. for this Chicago-based indie rock band. 🎸
  • Books, Booze & Brains | Tues., Nov. 30 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | This month’s book discussion is “Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics,” joined by two Indiana University Northwest professors. 📚

Wed., Dec., 1

  • Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers | Wed., Dec. 1 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | $9+ | It’s Pacers versus Hawks in this Eastern Conference NBA showdown. 🏀
  • Indiana State Museum Holiday Sounds | Wed., Dec. 1 | 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Indiana State Museum, 650 W Washington St. | Cost of purchase | Starting today, enjoy daily holiday music performed by local school + community groups in the museum’s Great Hall with your admission ticket. 🎼
  • WOW Presents : Frank Glover | Wed., Dec. 1 | 6:30 p.m. | The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave. | $23+ | Enjoy Indiana jazz clarinetist + composer Frank Glover for his first live performance in two years. 🎵
  • Free Kitchen Party: Quick Holiday Appetizers | Wed., Dec. 1 | 6-8 p.m. | CUTCO Stores Indianapolis, 5025 E 82nd St. | Free | Learn to make unique holiday hors d’oeuvres like Cranberry Goat Cheese Truffles with Cutco’s 7 5/8″ Petite Chef. 🍳
  • Hemp at the Crossroads | Wed., Dec. 1-3 | Embassy Suites by Hilton Plainfield Indianapolis Airport, 6089 Clarks Creek Rd. | $200+ | Join the Midwest Hemp Council’s three day conference discussing building the whole hemp plant economy from seed to shelf. 💼

Thurs., Dec. 2

  • Lagers + Leaders | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 4-6 p.m. | Brew Link Brewpub, 714 N Capitol Ave. | Free for members, $35 for non-members | Join Indy Chamber’s last Lagers and Leaders of the year to network with fellow members and leaders from the region. 🍺
  • Wizard Fest Yule Ball | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 7:30-11 p.m. | Irving Theater, 5505 East Washington St. | $15+ | Get ready for a magical night of wizard themed vendors, Cosplay, decorations, drinks + contests. 🪄
  • Butler Ballet Presents The Nutcracker | Thurs., Dec. 2-Sun., Dec. 5 | 7:30 p.m. | Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave. | $25+ | Watch Butler Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker just in time for the season. 🩰
  • AF-Indianapolis: Annual Holiday Party | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 6-9 p.m. | Sun King Barrel House Broad Ripple, 1021 Broad Ripple Ave. | Free | Join America’s Future, nonprofit + small business supporter, in a celebration featuring an ugly sweater contest — appetizers + first drink ticket provided. 🍷
  • Good Neighbor x Brick Hive Floral Workshop | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Good Neighbor, 850 Massachusetts Ave. | $49.99 | Learn how to prep + arrange floral arrangements to display this season — plus, bring home the bouquet you craft. 💐

Fri., Dec. 3

  • Indy Jazz Fest: Steve Allee “Vision & Legacy” | Fri., Dec. 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, 610 W 46th St. | Listen to new compositions + arrangements of Indiana Jazz Composers. 🎹
  • Irvington Holiday Open House | Fri., Dec. 3 | 5-10 p.m. | Collectors Paradise, 5618 E Washington St. | Cost of purchase | Enjoy holiday shopping at local Irvington shops and restaurants. 🛍️
  • Holiday Fest + Cookie Walk | Fri., Dec. 3 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Hendricks County Conference Center, 1900 E Main St. | Free | Join a holiday fest with craft booths, entertainment, vendors + a cookie walk. 🍪
  • Indiana Latino Expo Awards Gala | Fri., Dec. 3 | 6:30-11 p.m. | The Willows Event Center, 6729 Westfield Blvd. | $60+ | Celebrate the nominees + winners who have made a significant impact on the Latino community in Indiana. 🏆

Sat., Dec. 4

  • Glühwein Gallop 5k | Sat., Dec. 4 | 10:30 a.m. | Carter Green, Carmel | $32+ | This inaugural scenic run will start + finish at the Christkindlmarkt festival, along with a costume contest and a free serving of Glühwein or beer with your ticket. 🍻 
  • Peppermint Nights Winter Market | Sat., Dec. 4 | 12-6 p.m. | 540 N. College Ave. | Free | Come shop at the first of Strata Markets’ indoor winter markets at St. Joseph Brewery + Public House. 🍬
  • Saturday Writing Club | Sat., Dec. 4 | 1-3 p.m. | Efroymson Center for Creative Writing, 530 W Hampton Dr. | $15 | Open for grades 3-12, join this month’s Saturday Writing Club to workshop poetry, fiction + nonfiction writing. ✏️
  • 7th Annual Santa Stumble Bar Crawl | Sat., Dec. 4 | 5-10 p.m. | Broad Ripple Ave. | Crawl from bar to bar to support partnering nonprofits — holiday attire encouraged. 🎄
  • Chanukah Celebration at Pottery by You | Sat., Dec. 4 | 7-9 p.m. | Pottery by You, 2280 W 86th St. | Cost of Purchase | Celebrate the 8-day holiday with pizza, menorah lighting + a paint pour to create your own pottery masterpiece. 🕎
  • Puppy Pics with Santa | Sat., Dec. 4 | 12-3 p.m. | Metazoa Brewing Company, 140 S College Ave. | $30 | With your ticket price donation to Sketchy Mutts + Underdogs Rescue, get two professional photos of your pooch with Santa. 🐶
  • Indianapolis Holiday Church Tour | Sat., Dec. 4 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Old Northside neighborhood | $20 | Explore the architecture, history, preservation, and tradition of 10 historic churches built between 1891-1929. ⛪

Sun., Dec. 5

  • Latkes + Lights | Sun., Dec. 5 | 5-9 p.m. | Newfields, 4000 Michigan Rd. | $30 for members, $35 for non-members | See the windows of the Lilly House lit up with Menorahs and Stars of David + enjoy latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts). 🕎
  • Jingle Bones 2021 | Sun., Dec. 5 | 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Indianapolis Artsgarden, 110 W Washington St. | Free | Catch the annual show of Midwest trombonists gathering to play holiday music — all ages and skill levels of musicians welcome to register to play. 🎶
  • Lights Up Holiday Festival and Parade | Sun., Dec. 5 | 3 p.m. | Broad Ripple | Free | Enjoy a Wonderland Village, Santa, live reindeer, food trucks + a twilight parade to tour over 10,000 holiday lights — parade starts at 5:30 p.m. 🦌