Plan Ahead: Your October Indy events calendar

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Sept. 27-Oct. 3

Monday, Sept. 27

  • IMPACT Central Indiana PitchFeast | Mon., Sept. 27 | 6-8 p.m. | The Speak Easy, 5255 Winthrop Ave. | Free | Watch 10 entrepreneurs showcase their business or startup to a group of investors + compete for a chance to receive startup capital. 💼
  • Do It Best Fall Market | Mon., Sept. 27-Thurs., Sept. 30 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Indiana Convention Center | Free | A 3-day market for all things hardware + home improvement. 🔨

Tues., Sept. 28

  • Sublime with Rome & Dirty Heads | Tues., Sept. 28 | 6:30 p.m. | TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park | $29+ | Sublime bassist Eric Wilson formed this band with frontman Rome Ramirez in 2009 to carry on the legacy of the ska-punk band. 🌞
  • Photo Mixer Focused on Analog Photography | Tues., Sept. 28 | 5-8 p.m. | Guggman Haus Brewing | $25 | Join Roberts Camera + Broad Ripple Magazine for a lesson on film photography designed for all skill levels. 📸
  • Dawes | Tues., Sept. 28 | 8 p.m. | Old National Centre | $29+ | Dawes has been a favorite of American folk rock fans for more than a decade. 🎤

Wed., Sept. 29

  • 2021 Monumental Awards | Wed., Sept. 29 | 5-10 p.m. | Tibbs Drive-In | $60+ | Recognize the individuals + businesses that have contributed to excellence in the Indianapolis region.
  • Alice Cooper with Ace Frehley | Wed., Sept. 29 | 7:30 p.m. | TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park | $25+ | School might not be out anymore, but you can still catch this rock + roll superstar performing his new album, “Detroit Stories.” 🎸

Thurs., Sept. 30

  • Yappy Hour | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Military Park | Free | Pup-friendly outdoor happy hour with music, food, yard games, local dog vendors, dog training demos + drinks. 🐶
  • Indianapolis Live Career & Job Fair | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | 31 W. Ohio St. | Free | Meet with the top hiring + recruiting companies in Indianapolis and interview on-the-spot. 💻
  • Ichabrewed Tapping Party | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Sun King, Fishers | Free | Join Sun King Brewery + Conner Prairie for a family-friendly event with pumpkin painting, meet the Headless Horseman, and other fun activities. 🍺
  • Coffee Classical Series | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 11 a.m. | Hilbert Circle Theatre | $10+ | Journey through American music of the last century in this abbreviated lunchtime performance from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. 🎻
  • Circle City Nights | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 7:05 p.m. | Victory Field | $12+ | Watch the Indians play against the Nashville Sounds in their Indy-inspired jerseys for the last time + auction them off for charity. ⚾
  • Latin Dance Party | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 6 p.m. | The Jazz Kitchen | $10 after 8 p.m. | Cut a rug at this popular dance night, complete with a DJ playing a variety of musical styles + free dance lessons. 💃

Fri., Oct. 1

  • Here Come The Mummies | Fri., Oct. 1 | 8 p.m. | The Vogue Theatre | $27+ | An eight-piece funk rock band whose “mysterious personas, cunning song-craft + unrelenting live show will bend your brain, and melt your face.” 
  • Coffee with the Curator | Fri., Oct. 1 | 9 a.m. | Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site | Free | If you love coffee, pastries + a good dose of history, this is the event for you. ☕
  • Fan Appreciation Weekend | Fri., Oct. 1-Sun., Oct. 3 | 7:05-10:05 p.m. | Victory Field | $12+ | The first 2,500 fans through the gates each night will receive a scratch-off to redeem prizes. ⚾
  • Dan + Shay – The Arena Tour | Fri., Oct. 1 | 7 p.m. | Bankers Life Fieldhouse | $35+ | GRAMMY award-winning duo Dan + Shay, hits include “10,000 hours” + “Tequila,” are back on the road with their headline tour. 🎶
  • Knotfest Roadshow | Fri., Oct. 1 | 5:30 p.m. | Ruoff Music Center | $28+ | See Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Fever 333 + Code Orange in one night. 🎶
  • Puppy Rave Benefiting IndyHumane | Fri., Oct. 1 | 6 p.m. | Shred 415 Carmel, 11503 Spring Mill Rd. | $20 | A workout class, blacklights, free “happy hour” drinks, + a great cause… What’s not to love? 🐶 🕺
  • Irvington Ghost Tour | Fri., Oct. 1 | 7 p.m. | Irving Theater | $20 | Join the first of many Irvington Ghost Tours happening in October to hear ghostly stories + get a healthy 1.5 mile walk in while you’re at it. 👻
  • Oktoberfest at the Boatyard | Fri., Oct. 1 | 5 p.m. | Rick’s Cafe Boatyard | $30+ | Come out to the Boatyard’s new beer garden + enjoy a night of music, good food, cornhole, and, of course, beer. 🍻
  • Grapevine | Fri., Oct. 1 | 5-10 p.m. | Cleo’s Bodega Cafe, 2432 Dr. MLK Jr. St. | Free | Join Grapevine — Naptown’s kickback for local jams — for the First Fridays season finale jam packed with food, art, vendors + special guest performances. 🍇

Sat., Oct. 2

  • Irvington Ghost Tour | Sat., Oct. 2 | 7-9 p.m. | Irving Theater | $20 | Go on a spirited walking tour through Irvington + hear all the ghostly stories and tales. 👻
  • Airport Loop Bike Ride | Sat., Oct. 2 | 9:30 a.m. | Bridgeport Central Baptist Church, 9039 W. Washington St. | $20 | Raise awareness for the White Lick Creek Greenway and Vandalia Trail on Indy’s far west side. 🚴
  • Shen Yun | Sat., Oct. 2 | 2 or 7 p.m. | Clowes Memorial Hall | $80+ | An epic production that takes you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. 💃
  • Monument Circle Art Fair | Sat., Oct. 2 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Monument Circle | Free | Regional artists showcase their work around the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in downtown Indianapolis. 🎨
  • World premiere of Witch House | Sat., Oct. 2 | 6 p.m.-10 p.m. | Indianapolis Art Center | $15 | Be one of the first in the world to see this film, based on an H.P. Lovecraft story + directed by Indy auteur Bobby Easley. 🎥
  • Oktoberfest | Sat., Oct. 2 | 4-8 p.m. | Garfield Park Conservatory | Join Garfield Brewery + German American Klub for a biergarten in the park. 🍺
  • Brewfari | Sat., Oct. 2 | 7-10 p.m. | Indianapolis Zoo | $60 | Enjoy an adults-only night at the Zoo with boos, brews + a costume contest to support our animals and conservation programs. 🦓
  • Deadman’s Festival | Sat., Oct. 2 | 12-11 p.m. | Urban Vines, 303 E. 161st St. | Free | Join Urban Vines for their inaugural festival to sip on their Deadman’s Stout while enjoying some live music. 🍻
  • Lit Night Studios Grand Opening | Sat., Oct. 2 | 7 p.m.-1 a.m. | 120 E. Market St., Suite 410 | Free | A lit night for creatives to come out for networking + a good time complete with vendors, live performances, fashion shows + more. ✨
  • Brickworld | Sat., Oct., 2-Sun., Oct. 3 | 10 a.m.-6:p.m. | $12+ | Indiana State Fairgrounds | With 50 displays, a scale model of Monument Circle, vendors + activity areas, this event attracts kids of all ages.

Sun., Oct. 3

  • Indy Urban Flea | Sun., Oct. 3 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Indianapolis Art Center | Free | Come out and shop artisan + antique vendors, and find some unusual items. 🛍️ 

Oct. 4-10

Mon., Oct. 4

  • World Habitat Day | Mon., Oct. 4 | 6-8 p.m. | Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 4129 W. Washington St. | Free | Learn more about the housing crisis by walking through an interactive simulation + networking with other advocates. 🏠
  • Indianapolis Hosta Society Public Program | Mon., Oct. 4 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Nature Center, Holliday Park | Free | Join other gardening enthusiasts in the Indianapolis Hosta Society — which was organized in 1886 — and learn more about shade gardening. 🌱

Tues., Oct. 5

  • HOCUS POCUS Trivia | Tues., Oct. 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Books + Brews, 3830 Shelby St. | Free | Kick off the month with spooktacular vibes + free trivia over an iconic Halloween movie. 🧹
  • Coffee at the Top | Tues., Oct. 5 | 8-9 a.m. | Skyline Club, 36th Floor | $10 | Join YPCI for coffee + Indy’s best morning networking event. ☕
  • Madeon – Good Faith Forever | Tue., Oct. 5 | 8 p.m.-12 a.m. | The Pavilion at Pan Am | $32+ | An impressive stage production full of French electronic sounds + lights, Madeon says this is his “life’s work.” 🎛️
  • Tuesday Trivia | Tues., Oct. 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Traders Brewing Company, 8587 Zionsville Rd. | Free | Bring your group of friends out to this night of challenging questions at this family-owned brewery. 🍻
  • Two Step Tuesday | Tues., Oct. 5 | 5 p.m. | Duke’s Indy, 2352 S. West St. | $5 | Take a dance lesson, enjoy a drink special + listen to some live music at this line-dancing event. 🎶

Wed., Oct. 6

  • Q95 & Bob and Tom Golf Outing | Wed., Oct. 6 | 6-10 p.m. | Victory Field | $395 | The Bob + Tom Show is coming to Victory Field to benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation. ⛳
  • Vibe and Paint | Wed., Oct. 6 | 7-9 p.m. | RE:PUBLIC, 2301 E. 10th St. | Free | Chill out for a night of painting + music with all materials provided. 🎨
  • ZooBoo | Wed., Oct. 6-Sun., Oct. 31 | 2-7 p.m. | Indianapolis Zoo | $24.25+ | Bring the whole family to the first day of this spooky month long event full of animals, hands-free activities, costumes + trick-or-treating. 🐅
  • The Book Club Play | Wed., Oct. 6-Sun., Oct. 31 | Various times | Indiana Repertory Theatre | $25 | This sweet + sour comedy shows what happens when wine starts flowing at book club — check this performance out on opening night. 📚
  • WOW presents: Cathy Morris | Wed., Oct. 6 | 6:30 p.m. | The Jazz Kitchen | $15+ | Cathy calls her genre of music “party jazz,” so bring along some friends to this unique show. 🎻
  • Katherine Nagy Trio | Wed., Oct. 6 | 12:15 p.m. | Indianapolis Artsgarden | Free | Spend your lunch break listening to some Irish-inspired tunes by three local musicians. 🎶

Thurs., Oct. 7

  • Heartland Film Festival | Thurs., Oct. 7-Sun., Oct. 17 | Various times | Various locations | $110+ | The Heartland Film Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a lineup that represents some of the most anticipated films of the year. 📽️
  • Indiana Construction Roundtable | Thurs., Oct. 7 | 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Indiana State Museum | $189+ | This event gathers local construction industry leaders to discuss the challenges facing the state’s construction industry.  🚧
  • RUN(317) Fountain Square | Thurs., Oct. 7 | 7-10 p.m. | Fountain Square | $39+ | The final race of the RUN(317) series will take place along historic streets of Fletcher Avenue to benefit Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. 🏃
  • City Market Catacombs After Hours | Thurs., Oct. 7 | Various times | Indianapolis City Market | $12 | Tour the underground Catacombs beneath Whistler Plaza.
  • The Links at Victory Field | Thurs., Oct. 7-Sat., Oct. 9 | Various times | Victory Field | $39+ | Swing by for a beautiful view of downtown + an un-fore-gettable golfing experience. ⛳
  • Headless Horseman Festival | Thurs., Oct. 7-Sat., Oct. 30 | 6-10 p.m. | Conner Prairie | $19+ | Corn mazes, haunted hayrides + spooky folklore are included in this family-friendly festival. 🌽
  • Budgeting Is Not a Dirty Word | Thurs., Oct. 7 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Indianapolis Public Library – East 38th St. Branch | Free | This hour-long class will teach you six steps to making your money last longer than your month does. Register by calling the branch. 💸
  • Fall Kick Off | Thurs., Oct. 7 | 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Free | A fall fair hosted by Yes Indy and Boys + Girls Club of Indianapolis to provide resources, free food, basketball competitions and prizes. 🏀

Fri., Oct. 8

  • ROWPort 2021 | Fri., Oct. 8 | 3-5 p.m. | Belmont Beach, 2020 N. White River Pkwy W Dr. | Free | Celebrate 10 years of Reconnecting Our Waterways. 🏞
  • Sam Morril | Fri., Oct. 8-Sun., Oct. 10 | Various times | Helium Comedy Club | $17+ | With several appearances on late night shows + America’s Got Talent, Morril will be entertaining Indy crowds for 3 nights only. 🎤
  • Necropolis | Fri., Oct. 8-Sun., Oct. 31 | 8 p.m.-1 a.m. | 7130 Western Select Dr. | $10+ | Visit if you dare for a night of escape games, axe throwing + tarot reading in one of Indy’s most popular haunted houses. 😱

Sat., Oct. 9

  • Haunted Indianapolis Downtown Ghost Walk | Sat., Oct. 9 | 8:30 p.m | Monument Circle | $15+ | Visit the wicked backlife of Indianapolis in this tour. 👻
  • 13th Annual GermanFest | Sat., Oct. 9 | 12-8 p.m. | Athenaeum | $10+ | Join Indy’s biggest Haus party and best German heritage festival. 🍻
  • Pumpkin Float | Sat., Oct. 9 | 7-9 p.m. | Eagle Creek Park | $5 | For one special night, Lilly Lake will come aglow with floating pumpkins. 🎃
  • Haunted House – Frightful Frontier | Sat., Oct. 9-Sun., Oct. 31 | Various times | The Children’s Museum | $9 | Get your spooky fix at this all-ages interactive event with “lights-on hours” + “frightening hours.” 🕸️
  • Cottage Home Block Party | Sat., Oct. 9 | 5-11 p.m. | Cottage Home Community Park | Free | Halloween-themed bash in the historic Cottage Home neighborhood, complete with local music, artists, and vendors. 🕷️
  • Artspark Fall Festival | Sat., Oct. 9 | 12-5 p.m. | Indianapolis Art Center | Free | Bring the whole family to this annual event, packed with pumpkin carving, local ice cream + a handful of fall-themed paid events, ranging from $1-$10. 🖌️
  • Meridian-Kessler Home Tour | Sat., Oct. 9-Sun., Oct. 10 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Meridian-Kessler neighborhood | $25+ | Tour this historic neighborhood + see the ins and outs of 8 beautiful homes.  🏘️

Sun., Oct. 10

  • Vineyard Live Music | Sun., Oct. 10 | 1-4 p.m. | Daniel’s Vineyard | Free | A family-friendly outdoor event featuring live music from The 78s, pizza + sips with the beautiful backdrop of the vineyard. 🍷
  • Irvington Farmers Market | Sun., Oct. 10 | 12-3 p.m. | Ellenberger Park | Free | Come shop and support the Irvington Historical Society. 🛍️
  • Pacers FanJam | Sun., Oct. 10 | Noon | Gainbridge Fieldhouse | Free | See the team up close and personal. The first 5,000 fans in attendance will get a free T-shirt + food voucher. 🏀
  • Market at Commissary | Sun., Oct. 10 | 12-4 p.m. | Commissary Barber + Barista, 304 E. New York St. | Free | Thrift, antique + vintage local vendors coming together for a first-ever market hosted by Commissary. ☕
  • Fall Arts Market on the Circle | Sun., Oct. 10 | 2-6 p.m. | Monument Circle | Free | Downtown Indy Inc. + Arts Council of Indianapolis brings food, drinks from Indy Brew Bus on Tap, art, and entertainment to the Circle as part of the Indy Keep Creating series. 🏙️

Oct. 11-17

Mon., Oct. 11

  • Alicia Witt | Mon., Oct. 11 | 8 p.m. | Hi-Fi | $20+ | Known for her acting in “Orange is the New Black” + “Supernatural,” this actress turned singer-songwriter has performed her piano-driven pop all over the world. 🎹 

Tues., Oct. 12

  • IndyVolved 16 | Tues., Oct. 12 | 4:30-8 p.m. | Victory Field | Free | The largest civic engagement event. 🫂
  • Indianapolis Prayer Breakfast | Tues., Oct. 12 | 7:15-9 a.m. | Indiana Roof Ballroom | $30+ | The 28th annual event with featured keynote speaker Brig Sorber of Two Men and a Truck. 🙏 
  • JoySwing Jazz Orchestra | Tues., Oct. 12 | 7 p.m. | The Jazz Kitchen | $15+ | Enjoy this nostalgic Big Band experience, featuring 18 trained instrumentalists. 🎺

Wed., Oct. 13

  • Kindness Rocks | Wed., Oct. 13 | 7-9 p.m. | Free | RE:PUBLIC, 2301 E. 10th St. | An evening of creativity + positive affirmations. 🪨
  • Indiana Pacers versus Memphis Grizzlies | Wed., Oct. 13 | 7 p.m. | Bankers Life Fieldhouse | Season or Single-game tickets | 🏀
  • Architectural Trivia Contest | Wed., Oct. 13 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Centerpoint Brewing Company | Free | Register your team for this competitive night, hosted by Preserve Great Indy + Indiana Humanities. 🏛️
  • Play-It-Forward | Wed., Oct. 13 | 7-10 p.m. | The Speak Easy, 5255 Winthrop Ave. | $30 | Join local non-profit 91 Place for a night of food, music + dance to benefit Indy’s youth facing homelessness. 🎶
  • Chris Renzema | Wed., Oct. 13 | 7:30 p.m. | Old National Centre | $13+ | Come out + see this Nashville singer-songwriter as he takes the stage at one of the city’s favorite venues. 🎸
  • Spookeasy Wednesdays – Horror Trivia | Wed., Oct. 13 | 8-10 p.m. | Scarlet Lane Brewing, 4601 N. College Ave., Unit C | Free | Grab a stout + get spooky with this Halloween-themed trivia night. 🕷️
  • Artist Networking Event | Wed., Oct. 13 | 5-9 p.m. | Lost Dog Gallery, 1040 E. New York St. | Free | Come hang out at Lost Dog + network with the fellow Indy art scene. 🎨

Thurs., Oct. 14

  • Indianapolis Access & Inclusion Awards | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 5:30 p.m. | Richard G. Lugar Plaza | Free | Annual awards presentation recognizing organizations + individuals who lead the way in removing barriers for those with disabilities. 🏆
  • Michael Ian Black | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 8 p.m. | Helium Comedy Club | $5+ | Known for his character in Wet Hot American Summer, laugh out loud as this comedian pokes fun at himself. 🎤
  • Ginger Billy | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 7 p.m. | Irving Theater | $30+ | Listen to stories of rural Upstate South Carolina as this self-described hillbilly comedian takes the stage. 
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Thurs., Oct. 14 + Sat., Oct. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | MacAllister Amphitheater, Garfield Park | Bring a blanket + sit on the grass as this well-known Shakespearean comedy comes to life. 🎭
  • Chocolate + Beer Pairing | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Sun King Brewery, Downtown Indy | $30 | In celebration of Broadway Indy making a comeback, Sun King + Best Chocolate in Town are partnering for a tasty event. Tickets include chocolate + beer samples. 🍫
  • American Identity: Short Play Festival | Thurs., Oct. 14-Sun., Oct. 17 | Various times | $15+ | Support local theatre + watch 5 short, touching plays from new playwrights. 🎭
  • Cinesthesia Vol. 1: A Reimagining of the Evil Dead 2 | Thurs., Oct. 14 | 8 p.m. | State Street Pub, 243 N. State St. | $5 | This event will show you Evil Dead 2 like you’ve never seen it before with live sounds accompanying the film from local musicians. 💀
  • The Color Purple | Thurs., Oct. 14-Sat., Oct. 23 | Various times | Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, 3 Carter Green, Carmel | $53+ | Watch this classic musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel come to life on stage. 💜

Fri., Oct. 15

  • Indiana Comic Convention | Fri., Oct. 15-Sun., Oct. 17 | 12-5 p.m. | Indiana Convention Center | $30+ | Where the love for comic books, stories, art + pop culture come together. 
  • Indianapolis Balloon Festival | Fri., Oct. 15-Sun., Oct. 17 | 5-9 p.m. | TBD | Free | 🎈
  • Indianapolis 8 Hour Practice | Fri., Oct. 15 | 7:30 a.m.-6:40 p.m. | Indianapolis Motor Speedway | $10+ | A sports car championship race in conjunction with GT World Challenge America. 🏎️
  • Queens at the Fort | Fri., Oct. 15 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Theater at the Fort | $20+ | VIP tickets include a meet + greet pre-show with the Queens, starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Indiana Pacers versus Cleveland Cavaliers | Fri., Oct. 15 | 7 p.m. | Bankers Life Fieldhouse | Season or Single-game tickets | 🏀
  • Sports Spooktacular | Fri., Oct., 15 + Sat., Oct. 16 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Children’s Museum, Sports Legends Experience | $25 | Families can enjoy a sporty + spooky night at the museum with food, sports challenges and party favors. 👻
  • The Eighteen: 365+ Closing Night | Fri., Oct. 15 | 6-9 p.m. | Indianapolis Art Center | Free | Don’t miss your chance to see this EIGHTEEN Art Collective panel discussing art, activism + entrepreneurship. 🎨
  • Erykah Badu | Fri., Oct. 15 | 8 p.m. | Indiana Farmers Coliseum | $59+ | Catch this soul icon as she stops in Indy on her national tour. 🎤

Sat., Oct. 16

  • October Owl Festival | Sat., Oct. 16 + Sun., Oct. 17 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Eagle Creek Ornithology Center | Free | Crafts, games, wildlife programs, live music + more. 🦉
  • Indianapolis 8 Hour Quals | Sat., Oct. 16 | 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m. | Indianapolis Motor Speedway | $15+ | An Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli sports car championship race in conjunction with its North American series, GT World Challenge America. 🏎️
  • This Must Be It Pop-Up Market | Sat., Oct. 16 + Sun., Oct. 17 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Sun King Brewing, College Ave. | Free | An all ages marketplace with clothing, art, food + household goods from local businesses.
  • Films at the Fort: Double Feature | Sat., Oct. 16 | 7 p.m. | Theater at the Fort | Free | Register separately for back-to-back showings of “Hocus Pocus” + “Night of the Living Dead.” 🎥
  • The Mountain Goats | Sat., Oct. 16 | 9 p.m. | The Vogue | $39+ | Catch the indie folk giants + special guests. 🪕
  • Indy Eleven vs. Louisville City FC | Sat., Oct. 16 | 7 p.m. | Carroll Stadium | $15+ | Catch Indy Eleven at home as they take on Louisville City FC. ⚽
  • Fearless Asking: How to Build an Individual Giving Program | Sat., Oct. 16 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Indianapolis Public Library – Central Library | Free | This workshop will help you gain the confidence to ask for support for your nonprofit needs. 💸
  • Customer Appreciation Day | Sat., Oct. 16 | 12-8 p.m. | Indy CD & Vinyl | Free | Head over to this Broad Ripple staple + take advantage of the sales going all day + door prizes. 🎶

Sun., Oct. 17

  • Indianapolis 8 Hour Race Day | Sun., Oct. 17 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Indianapolis Motor Speedway | $20+ | A sports car championship race in conjunction with GT World Challenge America. 🏎️
  • Unchained Talent | Sun., Oct. 17 | 7-10 p.m. | Theater at the Fort | $30 | Enjoy this high-energy variety show featuring Indy artists, raffles, a silent auction + more.
  • Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans | Sun., Oct. 17 | 1 p.m. | Lucas Oil Stadium |  $37+ | The Colts (1-4) take on the Texans (1-4) in Week 6 at home. 🏈
  • Classical Concerts at Central | Sun., Oct. 17 | 2-3 p.m. | Indianapolis Public Library – Central Library | Free | Round up the family + listen to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in this unique library setting. 🎼

Oct. 18-24

Mon., Oct. 18

  • The Districts | Mon., Oct. 18 | 8 p.m. | HI-FI, 1043 Virginia Ave. | $20 | Alternative indie rock band The Districts will be performing in Indy after playing nearly 200 shows over 2 years in support of their 2017 album.

Tues., Oct. 19

  • Flow Painting | Tues., Oct. 19 | 6-8 p.m. | Garfield Park Arts Center | $25 | Learn + practice acrylic flow painting with all materials provided. 🎨
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | Tues., Oct. 19-Sun., Oct. 24 | Various times | Clowes Memorial Hall | $37+ | Roald Dahl’s classic tale is now Indianapolis’ golden ticket. 🍫

Wed., Oct. 20

  • Drive-Thru Halloween Celebration | Wed., Oct. 20 | 5-7:30 p.m. | South Lot, Lucas Oil Stadium | Free | Join the Colts for a family-friendly Halloween party. Enter via Gate 8, must be in a vehicle. 🚘
  • Athenaeum Building Tour | Wed., Oct. 20 | 6-7 p.m. | The Athenaeum | $10 | Explore the 128-year-old clubhouse + urban hub.

Thurs., Oct. 21

  • Needle Felted Landscapes | Thurs., Oct. 21 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Garfield Park Arts Center | $15 | Learn needle felting + create your own “painting” with wool. 🪡
  • City Market Catacombs After Hours | Thurs., Oct. 21 | Various times | Indianapolis City Market | $12 | Tour the underground Catacombs beneath Whistler Plaza.
  • Art of the Word | Thurs., Oct. 21 | TBD | Indianapolis Art Center | Free | Celebrate Indy stories at this inaugural literary event, featuring readings by established authors + a pop-up book fair. 📖

Fri., Oct. 22

  • Whodunit? Murder Mystery | Fri., Oct. 22 | 7-9:30 p.m. | History Center | $18+ | Put on your detective hat + channel your inner Sherlock for this Clue-esque experience, based on a real Indiana murder. 🔎
  • Family Art Night | Clay Pumpkins | Fri., Oct. 22 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Garfield Park Arts Center | $10 | Bring the family for a Halloween-themed art project with all materials provided. 🎃
  • BardFest Presents: Macbeth | Fri., Oct. 22-Sat., Oct. 30 | 7:30-9:45 p.m. | Theater at the Fort | $25 | See the Youth Theater’s production of the Shakespeare classic. ⚔️
  • Baked at 350 | Fr., Oct. 22 | 7-11:30 p.m. | Gallery Pastry Bar, 110 S. Pennsylvania St. | $15 | A spooktacular drag show hosted by Soy Queen + Scarlett Kelly with drink specials and a costume contest. This event is 21+. 🎤

Sat., Oct. 23

  • Lightsaber Pub Crawl | Sat., Oct. 23 | 2-8 p.m. | Downtown Indianapolis | Free | May the Force be with you – Lightsaber-themed pub crawl with a $15,000 costume contest. 
  • Mutt Strut | Sat., Oct. 23 | 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Victory Field | Free, register online | Help IndyHumane save animals all year long. 🐕
  • Beer Run | Sat., Oct. 23 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Metazoa Brewing Company | $35+ | Portion of proceeds will be donated to Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO). 🍺
  • Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run – Military Park | Sat., Oct. 23 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Military Park | $39+ | Tackle 3.1 miles around downtown + enjoy the fall foliage along the way. 🎃
  • One Night with Nikki Glaser | Sat., Oct. 23 | 7 p.m. | Old National Centre | $35+ | Comedian + host of “FBoy Island” Nikki Glaser is coming to Indianapolis for a night of laughs. 🎭
  • Handpicked | Sat., Oct. 23 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Irvington Lodge | Free | Handpicked puts the “art” in party with over 60 local vendors, music + spooky tarot readings. 🛍️
  • Indiana Pacers versus Miami Heat | Sat., Oct. 23 | 7 p.m. | Bankers Life Fieldhouse | Season or Single-game tickets | 🏀
  • Vintage Movie Night | Sat., Oct. 23 | 8 p.m. | Garfield Park Arts Center | $5 | Enjoy some old-school scary cinema at this showing of “House of Dracula.” 🦇
  • Ghost Stories at Tibbs Drive-In | Sat., Oct. 23 | 6-11 p.m. | The Tibbs Drive-In | $20+ | Hear Hoosier storytellers spin scary stories + more. Storytelling is interpreted for the deaf + hard of hearing. 👻

Sun., Oct. 24

  • Sweet Lorraine | Sun., Oct. 24 | 5 p.m. | Basile Theater, 450 W Ohio St. | $54 | Hear the music + story of Auschwitz survivor Frank Grunwald.
  • Monster Mash | Sun., Oct. 24 | 4-6 p.m. | Mass Ave. | Free | Bring your little ones to this huge trick-or-treating event downtown, where there will be free parking + participating merchants passing out candy. 🍭
  • Mystical Mixer | Sun., Oct. 24 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | 1503 E. Michigan St. | Free | Join Grounded Plant & Floral Co. for mocktails, cold brew + tarot readings. ✨

Oct. 25-31

Mon., Oct. 25

Tues., Oct. 26

  • National Geographic Live! | Tues., Oct. 26 | 7 p.m. | Clowes Memorial Hall | $21 | Explore coral kingdoms + ice empires with prolific underwater photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes. 🌊

Wed., Oct. 27

  • Octubafest | Wed., Oct. 27 | 7:30 p.m. | Shelton Auditorium, Butler’s South Campus | Free | Come to Indy’s brassiest event of the season, where you’ll see solo + ensemble tuba and euphonium performances.
  • Wag-O-Ween Costume Contest | Wed., Oct. 27 | 7-9 p.m. | Pins Mechanical Co, 856 Carrollton Ave. | Pins at Bottleworks is calling all ghouls + goblins to attend their pup-friendly costume contest for a chance to win gift cards and swag bags. 🐶
  • A Night at the Site | Wed., Oct. 27 | Various times | Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site | Free | At this one-night-only event, you’ll get to see the historic home at night + listen to plenty of haunted tales about it. 👻
  • Spooky Stroll | Wed., Oct. 27 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Garfield Conservatory | $5 | Bring your little monsters to Garfield Park’s conservatory + sunken garden for a spooky stroll through the park with games and goodies. 🎃

Thurs., Oct. 28

  • John Paul White | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 7 p.m. | Hi-Fi Annex | $18+ | Check out the solo tour of one half of the award-winning duo The Civil Wars. 🎸
  • Black Violin: Impossible Tour | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Clowes Memorial Hall | $32+ | Jam out to a unique blend of classical and hip-hop music. 🎻
  • History Happy Hour: Murder Mystery | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Tune in as history scholars discuss the historic murder of Mishawaka native Cecilia Ludwig. 🥔

Fri., Oct. 29

Sat., Oct. 30

  • Major Taylor Cross Cup | Sat., Oct. 30-Sun., Oct. 31 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Indy Cycloplex | Free | Professional UCI cyclocross is coming back to Indy for all ages to race. 🚴
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert | Sat., Oct. 30 + Sun., Oct. 31 | Various times | Hilbert Circle Theatre | $37+ | Listen to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra accompany this classic Halloween film live as it’s projected on the big screen. 💀
  • Fishers Parks Boo Bash | Sat., Oct. 30 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Nickel Plate District Amphitheater | Free | More than 50 local vendors offer safe trick-or-treating around the Fishers Municipal Complex. 👻
  • Yappy Hour Howl-O-ween | Sat., Oct 30 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Military Park | Free | This pup + family friendly outdoor happy hour is focused on bringing the Indianapolis community together with music, food, yard games, local dog vendors, dog training demos, and drinks. 🐶
  • Historic Irvington Halloween Festival | Sat., Oct. 30 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Historic Irvington | Free | Haunt the streets for the nation’s oldest + largest Halloween festival. 🐈‍⬛
  • Día de Muertos Community Celebration | Sat., Oct. 30 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Eiteljorg Museum | Free | Celebrate with Arte Mexicano en Indiana + Nopal Cultural to watch, learn, and create. 🌼
  • Halloween Bar Crawl | Sat., Oct. 30 | 5-10 p.m. | Broad Ripple | $10+ | RSVP for this game-filled bar crawl. 🍻
  • Indiana Pacers versus Toronto Raptors | Sat., Oct. 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Bankers Life Fieldhouse | Season or Single-game tickets | 🏀

Sun., Oct. 31