Top Five Faves: March

Spring is near and the days are getting longer. And we're all ready to explore Downtown, socially-distant of course. Basketball is here, our attractions have great new exhibits and Downtown is ready to welcome all. Enjoy March!

March into the Madness of Sports

Basketball is here! Indianapolis is home to the Men's and Women's Big Ten Championships, Final Four, and all rounds of the 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tournament. Come cheer on your team at one of your favorite bars or restaurants Downtown. Stay tuned for Fan Zones on Monument Circle March 19, 20, 27, 28, April 2, 3 & 5. Enjoy Fan Jam giveaways, music, artists, food trucks and more.

Cheer on your Indianapolis Pacers in action vs. the Denver Nuggets at the last home game of the season on March 4.

Shining A Light: Indiana's Game: a Ball, a Basket and a Dream!

Shining A Light features a new light, sound and video projection (through April 5), “Indiana’s Game: a Ball, a Basket and a Dream!”, a powerful tribute to basketball that briefly tells the story of growing up with the game. The projection’s poetic voiceover narration is accompanied by rousing music and sounds of the game, creating an experience that shares the beauty of our story – and how basketball is truly part of being a Hoosier.

This artistic presentation will occur three times nightly on Monument Circle (after the Signature Salute at 8:45, 9:45 and 10:45 p.m.) where its illustrative visual style links three parts together that will transport the viewer through the life cycle of those who play and love the game of basketball.  

Additional videos will be introduced on March 18 and April 1. Bring your camera!

Dinosaur SUE

Stand face-to-face with SUE the T. Rex, one of the world’s most famous dinosaurs. A cast of SUE, one of the largest, oldest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossils ever discovered will make an appearance at The Children's Museum beginning March 6.

Also, Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience® opens March 13. Invigorating, enticing, adrenaline-pumping and legendary with every single step. With 12 outdoor sports experiences and three indoor exhibits encompassing physical fitness and awe-inspiring sports history, you’ll want to book a whole day for your family. 

Discover Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego-Let’s Explore exhibit featuring beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go, and more.


After a long Indiana winter, we could all use a little xZOOberance. This spring festival features 12 days of fun at the Indianapolis Zoo March 26 - April 11 Thursday through Sunday. Check out huge outdoor musical instruments, animal matching games and creative crafts including a fun springtime pinwheel to mesmerize some little eyes. Visit the Bicentennial Pavilion for unforgettable décor, live music and dancing, along with spring-centric art and activities. And, of course, don’t miss encounters with animals, including goats and chickens.

Additionally, Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group opens March 19. The indoor gardens is transformed into a tropical paradise filled with more than 40 colorful species of butterflies and moths.

Art in Bloom

Kick off spring by exploring Art in Bloom at Newfields. Beginning March 18, experience the intersection of art and nature as multiple Art galleries are adorned with blooming creations designed by Indy's most talented floral artisans. 

Additionally, get outside and smell the flowers in Spring Blooms in the Garden and the IMA Galleries. The season begins with beautiful displays of orchids, along with outdoor floral gems. Purchase an advance general admission ticket to secure your visit. Parents can stop by The Beer Garden for a refreshing drink.