Indianapolis: A Cornucopia of Things To Do

Spring is kicking into full gear, and like the flowers and trees, Indianapolis and the surrounding communities are also coming to life. so we want to share a few of the dozens of interesting events, both indoors and outdoors, that are taking place this weekend in the area.

Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis hosts the opening Summit Racing Equipment Racing Series event and the Spring Sportsman Challenge XIX come to  during a busy weekend of racing on the dragstrip. Information on both these events and more can be found in This Week at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Farmers Markets are a great way to spend a Spring Saturday morning. One of our favorites is the Binford Boulevard Farmers Market, a “Hoosier only” market.  Conveniently located on the northwest corner of Binford Blvd. and E. 62nd St. on Indianapolis’ northeast side of town,  the Binford Farmers Market showcases a wide selection of quality fresh produce, flowers, carefully prepared specialty foods, lamb, pork, chicken and other select meats, garden plants and delicious baked goods. The market is open from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The Indiana Artisan Marketplace, held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Expo Hall on Saturday and Sunday, is a chance to buy one-of-a-kind artwork and artisan food directly from the Hoosiers who make it, to meet the artisans and to share their stories. Visitors will be able to watch artisans create their food products and artwork, cultivate relationships with their favorite artisans and celebrate Indiana talent and creativity.

In addition to browsing the booths, visitors will enjoy Indiana music, literary readings, live art and craft demonstrations, and food and drink tasting. Admission is $8.00 for adults, but a printable $3-off admission coupon is available here.

Nothing quite marks the arrival of spring like an Easter celebration! Families and children of all ages will enjoy what has become a much-anticipated annual event for the Indianapolis community, Washington Square Mall’s Easter Extravaganza. Celebrate the arrival of Spring and the Easter Bunny with RadioNOW 100.9 on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.! Activities will include face painting, prize wheel, balloons, crafts, coloring,music and fun for the whole family.

Come help open the gardens and fountains at the Garfield Park Conservatory with music on Saturday as the University of Indianapolis Jazz Combo kicks off the 2011 Indy Parks Concert Series. The band will be playing among the beauty that is one of Indianapolis’s great treasures. Located in Indy’s oldest park on the near south side, this unmatched setting and talented musicians, from another great near south side institution, will be a great spring kickoff event. The concerts usually start around dusk, but you can call 317-327-PARK for more information.

And finally, The Center for Performing Arts in Carmel, home of the Palladium, hosts a couple of interesting, if radically different, concerts this weekend.

On Friday, the Palladium presents Debby Boone: Reflections of Rosemary at 8:00 p.m. You may remember Debby from her 1977 hit “You Light Up My Life.” Her striking vocal talents will be on full display when she takes the stage in an intimate musical tribute to her late mother-in-law, the legendary singer Rosemary Clooney.

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Carmel Symphony Orchestra will present “A Thousand and One Nights” at the Palladium. A thousand and one stories come to life as they perform the fantastically expressive works of Scheherazade, Romeo and Juliet, and The Firebird.

Then on Sunday at 7:00 p.m., the Kronos Quartet plays the Palladium. Kronos, who the Washington Post calls, “A chamber ensemble [with] the mind-set of a rock band,” is one of the most celebrated and influential string quartets of our time, with an extraordinary catalogue of recordings, commissions and collaborations with many fascinating composers and performers. For more information about any of these events, visit The Center for the Performing Arts website.

Thiele Heating & Air Conditioning encourages everyone to get out there and enjoy all the activities that the metropolitan Indianapolis area has to offer. With all the museums, theaters, concert and sports venues available to us, the question should never be “What’s there to do?”, but “What do we choose?” Have a great Spring!