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FEBRUARY 22 Adult Swim at the Children’s MuseumA sellout in its debut last year, Adult Swim transforms the museum into a swanky cocktail party. Finally, a chance to ride the carousel without fighting a toddler for your favorite horse. adultswimindy.comMARCH 2 Academy Awards viewing partyFor seven years, in-the-know Indy residents have tucked their Oscar ballots into glittering clutches and headed to United Way of Central Indiana’s annual viewing party, which offers dinner and live music. Just check the theme, such as Bollywood or vintage circus, before finalizing your outfit. uwci.org
MARCH 29–30 The Indiana Artisan MarketplaceThis market at the Indiana State Fairgrounds is a one-stop shop for Indiana’s top crafters. After you browse the aisles of one-of-a-kind jewelry, furniture, and artwork, hit the new biergarten. indianaartisan.orgJUNE 14 INDIEana Handicraft ExchangeThis ain’t a Martha Stewart craft fair. Founded in 2007 by the folks who run the Homespun boutique, the event offers live music, food trucks, and dozens of booths packed with items from steampunk jewelry to funky stained glass. indieanahandicraftexchange.com AUGUST 24 Dig IN: A Taste of IndianaJust five years old, Dig IN is already entrenched as the city’s top food festival—with the long lines to prove it. Beat the crowd by splurging for early admission to sample farm-to-fork dishes from local chefs. digindiana.org SEPTEMBER 13 OranjeOne of the hippest annual happenings since its founding in 2002, Oranje is part art fair, part concert, and (of course) part bar. oranjeindy.com OCTOBER 18 Heartland Film Festival Awards CeremonyPerhaps the most “truly moving” things about the Heartland Film Festival are the $100,000-plus awarded at its black-tie gala and the boldfaced names (like Jon Voight and Rob Reiner) who show up. Stick around for the afterparty, where you can mingle with filmmakers who are right on the cusp of making it big—plus many who already have. trulymovingpictures.org NOVEMBER 21 Tonic BallDozens of musicians covering songs from three iconic bands + three Fountain Square venues = the perfect recipe to raise funds for Second Helpings. Don’t miss the Tonic Gallery, which showcases local artwork with an annual theme (last year, appropriately, art inspired by album covers). tonicindy.com NOVEMBER 22 Evening with the StarsFrom the moment this celebration of contemporary ballet landed five years ago, it fit like a tutu. Art patrons crowd the front rows for what is easily the most sophisticated cultural event in the city. And if you aren’t one of them? Watching the world’s best dancers interpret the likes of Radiohead remains a spectacle even in the balcony. indianapoliscityballet.org DECEMBER 20 Crossroads ClassicImagine a Hoosier sweep of the Final Four, and you have an idea of the Crossroads Classic, two basketball games featuring IU, Purdue, Notre Dame, and Butler. bankerslifefieldhouse.com MONTHLY Indie Arts & Vintage MarketplaceThis assemblage of antiques vendors emphasizes mid-century wares and usually includes fashion trucks and stylish artisans, too. IAVM takes place indoors until May, when it returns to a parking lot by the Glendale shopping center. But go now—it attracts more vendors in the winter, when weather isn’t a factor. The Fountains conference center, 502 E. Carmel Dr., Carmel, 317-566-3400, indieartsvintage.blogspot.com
So you've climbed the Monument, munched on corn at the Indiana State Fair, had your mouth set afire by a certain shrimp-cocktail sauce. But what are the modern-day rites of passage? We have answers: The New Indy-Must Do List.
This article appeared in the February 2014 issue.
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