Shamrocks, swimming & more! Here’s how to do March the right way.

1. Grab your green and celebrate

Check out The Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal March 15 from 5 – 6 p.m. at Ohio & West streets, St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Hoosier Lottery “Imagine That” Stage & Block Party: Vermont Street March 16 located on Vermont Street with the parade starting at 11:30 a.m.

You’re in luck, get ready for the sixth annual Kilroy’s Bar & Grill’s Blarney Bash Saturday, March 17 from 2 – 11 p.m. on the east block of Georgia Street. Festive tents with tasty treats from the Red Frasier, drinks and more will line the boardwalk. Enjoy live music from local musicians Super Blonde and DJ Hugh Jeffner. Tickets are available for a limited time at $5 each.

The Rathskeller will host the 20th annual Indianapolis Downtown Irish Fest Friday, March 16 starting at noon with Irish food and live music from Brian Cunningham & The Irish Aires, The Woomblies and Zanna-Doo! Admission is FREE.

Join the epic and FREE Shamrock & Shenanigans Bash March 17 at the Pavilion at Pan Am, Pan Am Plaza and Meridian Street. Enjoy live music from three stages, inflatable obstacle courses, a Leprechaun dunk tank, NCAA games and more!

For a complete list of St. Patrick’s Day events visit:

2. Look ahead for big sports

The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament returns to Indianapolis and Bankers Life Fieldhouse Feb. 28 – March 4. Ticket prices start at five tickets for $25 or $8 – $16 for a single session. Come cheer on your favorite Big Ten team.

Don’t miss the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Pep Rally March 4 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. Free soft drinks, popcorn, photo stations, pep band performances, team mascots and more will help fire up each top ten team.

The NFL Combine Experience March 2 – 4 at the Indiana Convention Center will bring fans up close to the action like never before. Enjoy a FREE festival with interactive games, youth football clinics, player autograph sessions with NFL Legends, virtual reality sessions and more. Registration is required to attend.

Next up is the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships March 21 – 24. Cheer on your favorites at the IU Natatorium, the site of 13 Olympic trials.

The Indiana Pacers play seven times at Bankers Life Fieldhouse: March 5, 7, 9, 15, 19, 23, & 25.

Experience Monster Energy AMA Supercross, the most competitive road motorcycle racing championship, at Lucas Oil Stadium March 24. Get a $10 pit pass and see the riders and their bikes up close and enjoy the pit party from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  A limited number of Treadhead seats are available starting at $10.

3. Watch talented artists perform 

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra hosts several performances. See Vadim Gluzman March 1 & 2, Sibelius Symphony No. 5 March 15 & 17 and The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel March 23 & 24.

Old National Centre performances include: The Musical Box March 3, WWE NXT Live March 4 Tape Face March 8, Ty Dolla $ign March 11, Datsik March 20, Bubble Guppies Live March 25, CHEFS March 25, Hatebreed March 25, Andy Grammer March 30 and Mat Kearny March 31.

Don’t miss your chance to see P!NK Saturday, March 17 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Indiana Repertory Theatre presents The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse through March 25, Appoggiatura March 7– 31 and Looking Over the President’s Shoulder March 27 – May 6.

Enjoy multiple performances as praise-worthy student musicians from across the United States gather at the 27th Annual Music for All National Festival presented by Yamaha March 15 – 17. Participate in music education workshops at top venues throughout Indianapolis including the Indiana Historical Society, Schrott Center for the Arts and more.

4. Become an art guru

Sip on some beer from the Tomlinson Tap Room and visit with local Indy Urban Sketchers at the Indianapolis City Market March 2 for Art at the Market from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Play free single lane bowling, listen to live music from Cathy Morris and see Brian James Priest’s latest installation.

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art present The Reel West, a new exhibit that explores the impact of Hollywood films on America’s identity depicted in Western film. Come see memorabilia from classics such as Rawhide, Pale Rider, The Legend of Zorro and more. Start March off right and head to The Reel West World Premiere Party March 2 from 5 – 11 p.m.

Five artist attempt to explore what ties people to their surroundings using different mediums in “People: Nature/Phases.” Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided at the FREE First Friday Art Show March 2 from 6 – 9 p.m at Indiana Landmarks.

5. Take part in popular events 

Plan to attend the WFYI Ice Miller Wine Fest Friday, March 2 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Old National Centre. Support WFYI’s mission to inform, educate, entertain and engage the community while enjoying wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $75.

Watch as the Indiana Roof Ballroom is transformed into a castle from Beauty and the Beast for an enchanting Oscar viewing party. Dress your best for United Way’s Red Carpet Gala and watch the Academy Awards in style March 4 from 5 – 10 p.m.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will open The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience March 17. This new permanent exhibit combines sports history, physical fitness and health education in a variety of family-fun, indoor and outdoor experiences. General admission includes 12 outdoor sports experiences, three indoor sports exhibits and five floors inside the Museum.

One of Indiana’s largest conventions, ComicCon, returns to Downtown Indianapolis Friday, March 30 – April 1. Special guests include  Stranger Things’ actor Noah Schnapp, Lord of the Ring’s Sean Astin, Star Trek’s Jonathan Frakes, Harry Potter’s Matthew Lewis and more.

Samantha Gregory

Samantha Gregory

DII Communications Intern