Ever hear of the Orleans Dogwood Festival? It’s food, contests, parades, carnival rides, entertainment, contest and nine days of festivities, and it’s only a little over an hour’s drive south of Indianapolis, making it a great candidate for a day trip from Indianapolis. But Indianapolis Hoosiers really don’t have to go away from the Circle City for fun. There are, in fact, so many fun things to do in Indianapolis that you may never opt to leave its borders. Just take a look below at FunCityFinder‘s suggestions for things to do during the first week of May, 2011, in and around Indy.
Things to Do in Indianapolis and Environs
May 2 – 8, 2011
|Community Tuesday – Year-round, White River State Park is possibly the most consistently visited of all the many Indianapolis attractions. Did you know that you can get great discounts on the Indiana State Museum, the Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens, the Eiteljorg Museum and more when you visit on any month’s first Tuesday?
May 3, 2011; opens at 9:00 am
White River State Park
|Creed of Gold Opening – This family-friendly action movie was filmed in Indy’s own downtown sector. Meet the cast and crew at the world premier in the elegant Pershing Auditorium.
May 6, 2011; 7:00 pm
Indiana War Memorial Museum
|Hoosier Derby Party – The Sagamore Club in suburban Noblesville, Indiana puts on this fabulous night of Indianapolis charity to benefit the Hamilton County Meals on Wheels project. Features live music, a light dinner with a carving station, virtual horse racing, mint juleps, prizes for Best Derby Attired Couple and much more.
May 6, 2011; 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tickets: $50; Call 317.776.7159
|IDADA First Friday Art Tour – Feel like getting your fine art fix this Spring? Head into Indianapolis’ downtown neighborhood, one of six official cultural districts in Indianapolis, on the first Friday of May. You’ll see some 25 of the best Indianapolis art galleries and meet many of the artists on this walking tour.
May 6, 2011; 6:00 pm
Multiple sites in downtown Indianapolis
|500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo – It’s here! The exciting prelude to Indy’s renowned Mini-Marathon weekend, a huge Expo with tons of exhibitors and like-minded people.
May 5 & 6, 2011; 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm and 10:00 am t0 9:00 pm
Indiana Convention Center, Hall I
|1 by Youth – A Global Peace Initiative that promotes peace through art, service and education. You can help by volunteering to plant in their Peace Gardens or by donating to the cause.
May 7, 2011; Starts at 7:00 am
Faye Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center
|Stroll into Springtime – A wonderful progressive dinner featuring stops at the Indianapolis Propylaeum, the President Harrison Home, the Morris-Butler House Museum and the Indiana Landmarks Center. Participants will be among the first visitors to the new Indiana Landmarks Center during this fundraiser.
May 6, 2011; 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
|Finish Line 500 Festival 5K – This 5K race uses the same start and finish lines as the Mini-Marathon and runs just under one hour. There are water stations and live entertainment along the course and everyone who finishes gets a medal. Then you can attend the Post Race Party in Military Park.
May 7, 2011; 7:00 am
|500 Festival Mini-Marathon – It’s the largest half-marathon in the United States. It’s not just a race, it’s a unique, interactive, and memorable experience.
May 7, 2011; 7:30 am
|Annual Arts and Crafts Fair – The Riley Wranglers are well-known for producing this arts and crafts festival in Greenfield, Indiana, located about twenty miles to the east of Indy proper. Tons of fun and over 120 booths.
May 7, 9:00 am
Hancock County Fairgrounds,
|Day of Tea, Fashion & More – This is a luncheon and fashion show fundraiser for Indy’s worthy Dyslexia Center put on at the magnificent Scottish Rite Cathedral.
May 7, 2011; 9:00 am
Scottish Rite Cathedral
Tickets: $30 (includes lunch and show)
|JCAC Chalk Walk Art Festival – This unique Indiana event takes place in little Jasper, Indiana, about two hours south of Indy, west of the Hoosier National Forest. Visitors consider it well worth the drive to see almost all of Jasper’s downtown sector’s sidewalks covered with chalk artwork made by volunteer art-lovers.
May 7, 2011; 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Downtown Jasper, Indiana
|Orleans Dogwood Festival – Nine whole days of this extravagant festival in Indiana‘s “Dogwood Capital,” just over an hour south of Indy. This is the 43rd Annual Orleans Dogwood Festival, so you know they must be doing something right.
April 29 – May 7, 2011
Various sites in Orleans, Indiana
|Mother’s Day Brunch – Well-known for their excellence with steaks, Shula’s Steak House offers a grand smorgasbord brunch to celebrate Mom.
May 8, 2011; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Shula’s Steak House
Price: $32.95 (Indianapolis children under 12, $12; under 4, free)
|Incredible Costumes from Film and TV – Here’s one for the whole clan, presented by the famous Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Take everybody in to see some of the world’s most famous movie and television costumes, then explore the rest of this amazing Indianapolis attraction. Hurry! The show’s gone after May 8th, 2011.
Through May 8, 2011
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
|Indiana Live! Casino May Offers – During the whole month of May at the Indiana Live! Casino, you will find lots of cash giveaways and other prizes, from movie DVDs to a Ford Mustang convertible. The casino is only about fifteen minutes southeast of Indy along the I-421 in Shelbyville, Indiana.|
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