February is filled with exciting events to add to your calendar. Here’s how to make the most of it.
1. Celebrate Black History Month
Attend the Art & Soul Kickoff at the Indianapolis Artsgarden Saturday, Jan. 27 and enjoy live music featuring the Griot Drum Ensemble, African foods and craft, art exhibits and more. Throughout February, the Arts Council of Indianapolis will commemorate the impact of the African Diaspora on Indiana arts and culture with free performances. Events take place at the Indianapolis Artsgarden at 12:15 p.m. on select days through Feb. 28.
Through March 31, the Central Library hosts Meet the Artists, displaying the works of prominent local African-American artists in a wide array of mediums. Art lovers are encouraged to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of free cultural entertainment – including comedy, dance performances, gospel music and soul, a fashion show and spoken word artists – during the Meet the Artists Gala Opening Reception Feb. 10 from 5:30 – 10 p.m.
For its annual Celebration of Black History Concert, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra offers a free performance at Hilbert Circle Theatre Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Guest conductor Roderick Cox and soprano Leah Hawkins will accompany the ISO, paying tribute to Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. Up to four tickets can be reserved.
2. Plan your Valentine’s Day Downtown
For a night of dancing, the historic Fountain Square Theatre Building is hosting its Friday Night Swing Dance Feb. 9. Feb. 14, The Rathskeller hosts Love is All You Need Dinner Dance. This event includes a three-course meal starting at 6 p.m. followed by a performance from First Time Caller Band from 7 – 10 p.m.
For couple’s looking for live entertainment, Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh returns to Hilbert Circle Theatre with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and performs a special one-night-only concert Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
3. Dine out Downtown
Enjoy specially-priced menu items at Downtown restaurants Jan. 22 – Feb. 4 during Devour Indy. Other partner deals include special room rates at The Alexander, the JW Marriott and Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel, discounted Blue Indy membership and more.
Treat yourself to dinner during Savor Downtown Indy, Feb. 19 – March 4. Enjoy special offers at more than 40 restaurants and discover why Downtown is the ultimate dining destination.
4. Get your sports fix
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament returns to Indianapolis. Watch your favorite women’s basketball team fight for the NCAA Tournament conference championship Feb. 28 – March 4 at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.
Downtown will stay busy with multiple Indiana Pacers home games throughout February: 3, 5, 11 & 23.
Bundle up and head out for the Polar Bear 5-Mile/5K Run Walk Saturday, Feb. 17 at YMCA at CityWay
5. Attend a Downtown performance/event
The Indiana Repertory Theatre presents the well-known classic William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Jan. 27 – March 4. The story portrays the difficulty of encountering prejudice in a divided world.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra host several performances including Saint-Saens’ violin concerto no. 3 Feb. 2 & 3, Happy Hour Feb. 7, Audra McDonald Feb.9 &10, John Williams Feb. 11 & 12 and Kirill Gerstein Feb. 23 & 24.
For more, visit downtownindy.org.