Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by taking advantage of special offerings in Downtown Indy. FREE admission to Downtown’s top attractions help make this year’s tribute to the iconic civil rights leader a meaningful one for the family. To view all these events online, visit here.
Sharing the Light, Sharing the Legacy: Indiana Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Jan. 15, Soldiers & Sailors Monument, 6 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 16, Statehouse North Atrium, noon
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission, State of Indiana, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Indiana Black Expo, Inc. and AFSCME are hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Celebration. Take part in a commemorative Wreath Placing Ceremony at the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument Wednesday from 6 - 7 p.m. and then the Holiday Celebration Thursday from 12 – 1:30 p.m. in the Indiana Statehouse North Atrium.
Newfields: Speaking Love
FREE admission on Sunday, Jan. 19 from 12 – 4 p.m.
Spend the afternoon at Newfields remembering Dr. King’s legacy as local artists speak LOVE through poetry, music and dance. On this day, honor Dr. King by moving beyond your comfort zone to get to know someone new.
Harlem Globetrotters at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Tickets start at $26; Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. & Jan. 20 at 2 p.m.
Catch the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters with a new “Pushing the Limits” performance. Every show features a blend of hijinks and incredible basketball skills that will entertain all ages.
White River State Park
Receive FREE admission Monday, Jan. 20 with a donation of one non-perishable food item per person, per attraction, for Gleaner’s Food Bank. The Park is also offering complimentary parking between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Regular rates will resume after 7 p.m.) Visitors may park in the WRSP parking garage located at 650 W. Washington St. or surface lot located at 801 W. Washington St. Parking is not guaranteed and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Eiteljorg Museum: Enjoy the museum’s final day of its holiday exhibit, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure,a one-of-a-kind G-scale model train experience. Visitors can also immerse themselves in Native American and Western cultures with the museum’s many exhibits. Be sure to check out the lunch specials at the Eiteljorg Museum Cafe.
- Indiana State Museum: Celebrate Dr. King's dream and explore the story of the fight for civil rights. See some of Dr. King's most iconic speeches, experience activities themed around civil and human rights, create a "Dream" mural and reflect on what you can do to ensure Dr. King's dream lives on for future generations. Visitors can also explore the entire museum, including the museum’s permanent galleries and the museum’s newest experience, Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention!
- Indianapolis Indians: The Indianapolis Indians will be at the NCAA Hall of Champions from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. promoting the 2020 home opener, scheduled for Thursday, April 9. The first 500 people to visit the table will receive one ticket voucher good for Opening Night. The Indians mascot Rowdie will also be in attendance signing autographs and taking photos from 1 - 2 p.m.
- IMAX Theatre: The IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum will have five free screenings of Superpower Dogs 2D at 10 and 11:15 a.m.; 12:30, 1:45 and 3 p.m. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis until capacity is met.
- The National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS) will have free group fitness classes from 6 a.m. - 7:35 p.m. Classes include Les Mills BODYPUMP™, TRX®, Cycle, Boot Camp, Barre Fusion and Yoga. Additionally, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m., a field trip obstacle course will be setup for kids of all ages and levels in the fitness center. All kids must be accompanied by an adult.
- Indianapolis Zoo: Walk the grounds and see animals, especially the ones that love the cooler temperatures. Favorite activities will include petting sharks, looking eye-to-eye with orangutans and gazing at dolphins between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- NCAA Hall of Champions: Experience all 24 NCAA sports through interactive exhibits including a 1930s replica gymnasium, sports simulators, trivia challenges and more. As in years past, guests can also participate in a scavenger hunt and register for hourly raffle prizes for official NCAA merchandise. There will also be photo opportunities with replicas of the 2020 NCAA Men’s and Women’s basketball trophies.
Madam Walker Legacy Center
FREE celebration, Monday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. – noon
Start with a Freedom March outside the Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library at 9:45 a.m. to march to the Walker Theatre for an uplifting program. Hear a candid conversation with criminal justice reform advocate Kevin D. Richardson. Despite there being little evidence connecting Richardson and four other teens to a heinous crime from 1989, he was unjustly charged and sentenced to serve five to 10 years in jail. In 2019, Netflix released When They See Us, a mini-series depicting the well-known events of the case.
Indiana Historical Society
FREE admission on Monday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Head to the History Center to honor the volunteer work, activism and leadership of the civil rights leader. Friends and family can participate in service activities, donate, play games, and learn more about advocating for those in our community whose needs are not being met. You may also bring a donation of a winter coat for the HealthNet Homeless Initiative program. Activities include budget basics, first aid kit packing, letter writing, make your own activism poster, learn about homelessness, Griot Drum Ensemble and discuss the activism of Madam C.J. Walker.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
FREE admission Monday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
At The Children’s Museum enjoy special performances and activities celebrating Dr. King’s life and black history woven throughout five full floors of interactive galleries and exhibits at the world's largest children's museum. Experience vocal performances from Freetown Village. Enjoy energetic and engaging percussion music as the Griot Drum Ensemble performs authentic traditional West African and Diaspora drumming and more.
Rhythm! Discovery Center
FREE admission Monday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hear a special performance at 2 p.m. by Clint Breeze 4tet featuring Pernell from Pike. Be introduced to the world of percussion. Journey through the Time Tunnel to see how cultures have made rhythm a part of their lives. Experience hands-on instruments including drum sets, cymbals and more.
Landmark for Peace Memorial
Of course, if you are headed to Downtown Indy, stop by Martin Luther King Park (1702 Broadway St.), the site where Robert Kennedy gave his memorable speech the night King was assassinated in 1968. The park is home to the Landmark for Peace memorial sculpture, designed and created by Indiana artist Greg Perry. The sculpture – showcasing King and Kennedy reaching out to each other – honors the contributions of both leaders.