Things to Do in Indianapolis in March 2024

March in Indianapolis is a vibrant time of year, bridging the tail end of winter and the beginning of spring. The city comes alive with a variety of activities, events, and attractions suitable for all ages and interests. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s plenty to explore and so many things to do in Indianapolis in March.

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Indianapolis March Events

Here are some ideas of things to do in Indianapolis during March:

NFL Combine Experience

We’re still looking back a the fantastic NBA weekend we had here in Indy last month as we move towards the next big thing. The NFL Scouting Combine. With this comes the free NFL Combine Experience. Check it out and enjoy some downtown Indy family-friendly restaurants while you’re there.

Kid’s Consignment Sales

It’s a big month in the Indianapolis area for Children’s Consignment Sales. There’s no better opportunity to score amazing deals on seasonal clothing, sports equipment, toys, and more. One of our favorites is the Indy Kids Sale in Hamilton County.

Attend the Spring Formal with Your Kids

We love all of the photos on social media of the charming Daddy Daughter Dances and Family Dances. The Spring Formal with Fishers Parks is on March 2nd and we’ll be there. Will you?

Attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Celebrate Irish culture and heritage by attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a staple event in Indianapolis. Enjoy the colorful floats, bagpipers, dancers, and bands as they march through the streets. Don’t forget to wear green!

Explore Art at Newfields

Spring is a great time to visit Newfields, where you can explore both indoor galleries and outdoor gardens. The museum’s extensive collection includes works from all over the world, and the beautiful gardens start to come to life in March. Additionally, THE LUME at Newfields Dalí Alive opens in March.

Take a Walk or Bike Ride Along the Monon Trail

As the weather begins to warm up, take advantage of the Monon Trail for a walk, jog, or bike ride. This popular trail offers a great way to enjoy the outdoors and see different parts of the city.

Visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a fun and educational destination for families. With exhibits ranging from dinosaurs to space travel, there’s something to spark the curiosity of children and adults alike. Admission is just $6 per person on the first Thursday night of the month at The Children’s Museum.

Catch a Game or Event at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

March is an exciting time for sports fans, with the college basketball season reaching its peak. Check out the schedule at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to catch the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament first and second rounds.

Go to the Teddy Bear Symphony

For a heartwarming musical experience, the Teddy Bear Symphony event is a must-attend. This family-friendly concert, hosted by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, invites children and adults to bring their favorite teddy bears as they enjoy a selection of classical music pieces. Designed to introduce young audiences to the beauty of symphonic music, the event features engaging performances that capture the imagination. It’s not only a delightful way to spend a day with the family but also an excellent opportunity to foster a love for music in the hearts of the young ones.

See Amazing Creations at Brickworld Indy

For LEGO enthusiasts of all ages, Brickworld Indianapolis is a must-visit event taking place in March. This premier LEGO display and exposition brings together hobbyists, builders, and fans to share their passion for the iconic bricks. Attendees can marvel at intricate LEGO models and layouts across various themes and scales, from miniature cities to sprawling fantasy landscapes. The event also offers interactive activities, building areas, and vendor booths selling LEGO sets, custom kits, and unique parts.

Live Shows at the Butler Arts & Events Center

The Butler Arts & Events Center, located on the scenic campus of Butler University, is a hub for cultural and artistic expression in Indianapolis. In March, the center often hosts a variety of live shows, including performances by the Butler Ballet and visiting artists and performances from various disciplines. Our top picks for March include The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites and Disney Princesses: The Concert. Also, grab your tickets for April performances of Butler Ballet Presents Prokofiev’s Cinderella.

Enjoy the Tastes of Indianapolis

March is a great time to explore Indianapolis’s culinary scene. Many restaurants offer special menus and events, especially around St. Patrick’s Day. From traditional Irish pubs to contemporary American eateries, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Plus, you can check out all of the Indianapolis Fish Frys.

Circus City Exhibit at the Indiana History Center

Brand new at the Indiana History Center: Dive into the fascinating world of the circus at the Circus City Exhibit at the Indiana History Center. This exhibit celebrates Indiana’s rich circus history, featuring artifacts, photographs, and interactive displays that bring to life the excitement and spectacle of circus performances. Visitors can learn about the state’s contribution to the circus industry, including famous performers and shows that have left a lasting legacy. It’s an educational and entertaining outing for the whole family, providing a glimpse into a bygone era of entertainment.

Participate in the Shamrock Run & Walk

Join the community for the Shamrock Run & Walk, a festive event that takes place in March. Whether you’re a competitive runner or just looking for a fun family activity, this event is a great way to get active and enjoy the city.

Attend a Workshop or Event at SoChatti

For a sweet and educational experience, the SoChatti Spring Break Kids Chocolate Drop Class is delightful in March. Held at SoChatti, a renowned artisan chocolate maker, this class is designed specifically for children on spring break. It offers a hands-on opportunity to learn about the chocolate-making process from bean to bar. Kids can participate in chocolate tastings, create their own chocolate masterpieces, and even take home their delicious creations. This engaging class not only educates children about the art of chocolate making but also allows them to explore their culinary creativity in a fun, welcoming environment.

Explore the Indy Cultural Trail

The Indy Cultural Trail connects neighborhoods, cultural districts, and entertainment amenities while serving as an urban bike and pedestrian path. March is a great time to explore this trail and discover the art installations, green spaces, and unique neighborhoods along the way.

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Shining a Light on Monument Circle

Uniquely experience the beauty of Indianapolis by visiting Monument Circle for the “Shining a Light” presentation. This nightly spectacle combines music, storytelling, and stunning visual projections on the Soldiers & Sailors Monument, turning it into a canvas that showcases the rich history and vibrant spirit of Indiana. The show is a must-see for both residents and visitors, offering a memorable experience that highlights the city’s pride and creativity.

Curling on the Canal Indianapolis

Embrace the tail end of winter by trying your hand at curling on the Canal in Indianapolis. This unique outdoor activity offers a fun and engaging way to enjoy the cooler March weather. Located in a scenic area of the city, Curling on the Canal provides an opportunity for both beginners and experienced curlers, it’s a perfect way to spend an afternoon experiencing one of the Winter Olympics’ most intriguing sports.

The Teddy Bear Symphony

For a heartwarming musical experience, the Teddy Bear Symphony event is a must-attend. This family-friendly concert, hosted by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Public Library, invites children and adults to bring their favorite teddy bears as they enjoy a selection of classical music pieces. Designed to introduce young audiences to the beauty of symphonic music, the event features engaging performances that capture the imagination. This month you can check out Teddy Bear Symphony: The Runaway Strings and Teddy Bear Symphony: The Giant’s Violin.

Presidential Egg Roll at Benjamin Harrison House

Step back in time and partake in a tradition that dates back to the 19th century with the Presidential Egg Roll at the Benjamin Harrison House. This annual event takes place around Easter and is inspired by the egg-rolling festivities that occur at the White House. Children are invited to roll eggs across the lawn, mimicking the event that President Benjamin Harrison introduced during his presidency. It’s a wonderful way to connect with history while enjoying the outdoors and participating in a fun, family-friendly activity. The Benjamin Harrison House also offers tours, providing insights into the life and times of America’s 23rd president.

Spring Greenhouse Class at Tuttle Orchard

For those kids with a green thumb or those looking to learn more about gardening, the Spring Greenhouse Class at Tuttle Orchard is an enlightening experience.

Maple Syrup Festivals in Indiana

March is a sweet time in Indiana, thanks to the Maple Syrup Festivals that take place across the state. These festivals celebrate the age-old tradition of maple syrup production, marking the end of winter and the start of spring. Visitors can learn about the process of tapping maple trees, collecting sap, and boiling it down to make syrup. Many festivals also offer hands-on activities, live demonstrations, and, of course, ample opportunities to taste and purchase locally-made maple syrup.

The Greening of the Indianapolis Canal

A visually stunning event that has become a beloved tradition in Indianapolis is The Greening of the Canal. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the city dyes the waters of the Central Canal a vibrant green, creating a festive and eye-catching spectacle. This event kicks off a series of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations throughout the city and is accompanied by music, dancing, and various performances.

Essential Indianapolis for March

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