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October 2018

Percussion and Prokofiev

October 12 - October 13
Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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In addition to performing Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra rattles the walls at Hilbert Circle Theatre with a percussion concerto from Musical America’s Composer of the Year Andrew Norman (pictured).

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Installation Nation

Eight sculptors exhibit new, site-specific works around the park behind the Indianapolis Art Center.

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Leonard Bernstein at 100

October 13 - October 14
Schrott Center, 610 W. 46th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208 United States
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Celebrating the centenary year of the beloved American composer’s birth, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra plays a selection of Bernstein’s works, including West Side Story and Trouble in Tahiti, at the Schrott Center.

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GermanFest

The Athenaeum’s annual celebration of all things Teutonic includes wiener dog races, strongman competitions, and a lot of beer.

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Scottish Highland Games

October 13
German Park, 8600 S. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN United States
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Have some haggis and catch the caber toss (among other ancient sports) at this kilted German Park event. Actors portraying a royal court add to the fun.

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Fleetwood Mac

October 16
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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Despite a lineup that’s always shifting, this band never seems to break the chain of concert tours. They visit Bankers Life Fieldhouse this month.

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Pipeline

October 16 - November 11
Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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The Indiana Repertory Theatre stages a gritty new drama by Dominique Morisseau, one of America’s hottest playwrights, about race and class.

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Postmodern Jukebox

October 18
The Palladium, 355 City Center Drive
Carmel, IN 46032 United States
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The YouTube sensations put a vintage spin on modern hits, like jazz versions of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” and Radiohead’s “Creep.” See them live at the Palladium.

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Historic Irvington Halloween Festival

October 20 - October 27

When a neighborhood is named after The Legend of Sleepy Hollow author Washington Irving, it had better put on a pretty great Halloween festival. Irvington does just that, with a huge costume parade, a Vampire Run, and vendors along Washington Street.

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Colts

October 21
Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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After a brutal stretch of road games, the boys in blue have only one opponent at Lucas Oil Stadium this month: the Buffalo Bills.

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Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts

The Jewish Community Center presents this ode to authors, with guests like Robert Siegel, recently retired from NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Andre Watts

October 25 - October 27
Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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One of the world’s most acclaimed pianists, Watts returns to Hilbert Circle Theatre to accompany the ISO as it plays Richard Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle, among other pieces.

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Music of the Night

October 25 - October 28
Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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Pianist Eric Zuber accompanies Dance Kaleidoscope as the troupe moves to the music of George Gershwin and Duke Ellington.

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Jim Gaffigan

October 26 - October 27
Murat Theatre, Old National Centre, 510 N. New Jersey St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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After almost quitting comedy for good last year to care for his ailing wife, the Hoosier comic is back with a new kind of material at the Murat Theatre.

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Day of the Dead

October 27
Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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For those who couldn’t get enough of Pixar’s Coco, the Eiteljorg Museum offers a chance to learn more about the Mexican holiday, with elaborate ofrendas designed by local artists, craft tables, and snacks.

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