By Alice Walker

It’s finally time to put our winter coats back into hibernation!  From tourist attractions,  food and fun events, Spring time offers a variety of exciting events all over the city of Indy. Our beautiful city of Indianapolis has so much to offer both its visitors and residents. Check out some of the cool events you can attend in the spring time.

Black Violin


If you are a lover of classical music and/or hip-hop then this is the concert for you. (I bet you never thought you would hear that sentence.) Set to take place at 8 p.m.,  March 1 at Clowes Memorial Hall, Black Violin is a an evening of education, fun and great strings and rhythms that will keep you on your feet dancing to the hip-hop beats presented by two amazing classical string instrumentalists Kev Marcus (Kev Sylvester) and Will Baptiste (Will B). (Heartbeat Indy has an interview with the duo here) These two black instrumentalists are specialists in both the Violin and the Viola and over the years they have succeeded in giving their fans a great time. So, if you are looking for a unique way to celebrate the first day of March in Indianapolis then this is the event to attend. Tickets start at $61.00 and can be purchased at

Market Gras Gumbo Cook-off


The Market Gras Gumbo Cook-Off is a a fundraiser for the Indianapolis City Market in collaboration with the Tomlinson Taproom. The Cook-Off will take place at 6 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, March 5, at the Indianapolis City Market. The event will star chefs from participating restaurants serving samples of their signature gumbo recipes to attendees. These small samples will come with French bread slices from Circle City Sweets. This event is family-friendly with wheelchair accessibility. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

Big Ten Women’s Tournament


This ones for the sports fans in Indianapolis. The 2019 Big Ten Women’s tournament will be hosted in Indianapolis for the 22nd time. This tournament will consist of 14 conference schools participating and competing for the top position. Starting on Wednesday, March 6th 2019, the tournament will last for four days all through to March 10th. Regular plays will take place on March 6  and 7 and the quarterfinals on Friday the 8th. The  9th and 10th of March will be the semi-finals and finals respectively. For more information, click here.

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles


Come experience the music of one of the most iconic bands in the world at the Old National Centre at 7:30 p.m. on March 16. RAIN is going to be presenting hits from Abbey Road and some early favorites. Be sure to attend this show to enjoy beautiful, classical music from one of our favorite bands, The Beatles. Tickets are currently $13 and can be purchased here. 



Poetry is good for the soul. The #IconoSlam takes place every second Thursday of the month. March’s featured artist is Chantel Massey, a poet, performer, teaching artist, and educator from Indiana. This event takes place at Thursday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. Learn more at get tickets on Eventbrite. 

Rose Awards


No, it’s not a chance to praise our favorite bottle of wine, but rather a chance to salute our city’s finest while having a good time! The Recognition Of Service Excellence Awards is an event held every March to recognize and honor goodwill ambassadors from different industries in Indianapolis. The evening gala is going to be showing appreciation to people who go beyond the expectations of their job descriptions and provide hospitality to visitors and residents of Indianapolis. On Thursday, March 21st 2019, join the city of Indy to celebrate those who do their best to make us love and feel welcomed the city of Indy. For more information click here.


Midwest Leak Magazine is hosting the Midwest Leak Awards  at 8 p.m. on March 17 at limeLight Indy Nightclub. This event celebrate’s trailblazers in urban lifestyle, entrepreneurship and entertainment in Indianapolis. Learn more here. 


Don’t hesitate to check out these events if you are in Indianapolis in March and want to experience Indy at it’s best with great food from local restaurants, good music, sports and lively locals.


This story was written by freelance writer Alice W. Are you a freelance writer or blogger? To share your story with Heartbeat Indy email