November Guide to Family Fun in and around Indianapolis


November Events in the Indianapolis AreaCan you believe it?! November has already arrived, and here is our list of activities for family fun and date night ideas in and around Indianapolis!

Indianapolis Moms Blog Events

November 6th from 12:15-1:15

Indoor Play Hop Series – Playdate #1: The Little Gym of Carmel

Come run, jump and play with us at The Little Gym Carmel! Tickets are $5 and include a take-home snack bag. Follow our event page for updates!

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December 3rd from 9:30-11:00 am

Indoor Play Hop Series – Playdate #2: Goldfish Swim School, Carmel

Enjoy free swim and then a pizza lunch afterwards! Tickets are $5 and include the pizza lunch. Follow our event page for updates!

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Events Around Our City

November 1 – November 8

Bohemian Rhapsody: The IMAX 2D Experience

Come enjoy a celebration of Queen, their music, iconic songs and lead singer Freddie Mercury!

November 1 – November 25

DC Super Heroes – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

With this creative theme and exhibit, you can work alongside your favorite super heroes to find clues, complete missions and defeat villains. Channel your inner superhero!

November 2

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center – The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts – 8 p.m.

Five elite musicians deliver 19th century masterpieces from Beethoven, Schubert and Bottesini before masterfully performing Schubert’s “Trout Quintet,” one of the most popular works in the chamber repertory.

November 2

USA International Harp Competition Presents Elizabeth Hainen – Ash & Elm Cider Company, 2104 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46201 – 7 p.m.

The USA International Harp Competition (USAIHC) will proudly present Elizabeth Hainen, who will be performing selections from her newest CD, including works by Bach, Sting, and Debussy.

Tickets: $25, adults; $15, students. All tickets proceeds will benefit the USA International Harp Competition.

November 3

Kellie Pickler – The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts – 8 p.m.

This North Carolina native grew up immersed in country music and first gained fame at age 19 as a contestant on American Idol. She has since released four critically acclaimed albums, with hits including “Best Days of Your Life,” “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder” and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.”

Tickets: $35 and up.

November 3

Explore Art-Motive – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum – 10 a.m.

Explore Art-omotive! This event is part of the Spirit & Place Festival and encompasses the relationship between art, design and the history of automobiles. Participants can watch a virtual engine build competition, participate in a “car parade,” design their car of the future and explore the history of automotive design in this family-friendly event. Walk-ins welcome, but RSVPs strongly advised.

November 4

WizardFest: Harry Potter Party – Old National Centre – 7 p.m.

Get ready for a magical night with decorations, themed drinks like firewhisky, potent potions and buttery brews flowing throughout the night!

November 4

Midwest Reptile Show – Indiana State Fairgrounds – 10 a.m.

Come explore the reptiles galore at the Midwest Reptile Show!

November 7 – November 10

Bands of America Grand National Championships – Lucas Oil Stadium

Presented by Yamaha, this is the “super bowl” of marching bands, coming at you in its 43rd year and featuring 100 bands from 23 states.

November 7

Laureate Series: Michelangelo Quartet – Indiana Historical Society – 7:30 p.m.

Featuring 1982 Gold Medalist Mihaela Martin, Haydn – String Quartet No. 5 in D major, Op. 64 (The Lark), Smetana – String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, “From My Life” (Aus meinem Leben) and Bartók – String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 7.

Tickets: $30, adults; $10, students.

November 8

Double Dare Live! – Old National Centre – 7:30 p.m.

The messiest game show on TV is now the messiest game show on the road. “Double Dare Live” is coming to Indy!

November 8 – November 10

International Festival – Indiana State Fairgrounds

Celebrate the sights, sounds, music, dances, food, and culture of the world at Indy’s oldest and largest pan-ethnic event!

November 10

Veterans Art Day – Indianapolis Art Center – 10 a.m.

The Indianapolis Art Center is hosting a day of free art making workshops for veterans and active military women and men, with FREE workshops in glassblowing, ceramics, woodworking, sculpture, jewelry and painting.

November 10 – November 11

Great Indy Pet Expo – Indiana State Fairgrounds

The Great Indy Pet Expo welcomes anyone who loves animals and pets. Whether you’re a current pet owner or just thinking about bringing a companion animal into your home, the Great Indy Pet Expo is for you.

November 10 – November 11

Midwest Toy Fest – Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel

It’s Toy Fest! Toys, comics, games, art, and more!

November 11

Lightwire Theater: The Ugly Duckling – The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts – 4 p.m.

Lightwire Theater brings Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale to the modern stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience for all ages. The production features a cutting-edge blend of full-body puppetry, classical and pop music and expressive choreography lit by dazzling electroluminescent technology.

November 16 – November 18

Jurassic Quest – Indiana State Fairgrounds – 9 a.m.

Jurassic Quest is Americas Largest and most realistic Dinosaur Event. Our guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among living, breathing dinosaurs.

Admission: $18-$34. Parking is $5.

November 16

Purple Masquerade: Prince Forever Show – The Vogue-  9 p.m.

A celebration of the musical icon Prince, featuring his greatest hits songs.

Tickets: $12-$15.

November 17 – November 18

Autumn Art Fair – Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens

This annual art fair will feature more than 40 artists and two days of handcrafted and original artworks to purchase along with free family-friendly entertainment and kids’ activities.

November 23

Santa’s Big Arrival – Indianapolis Children’s Museum

The morning after Thanksgiving, Santa is arriving at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in an Indy Racing Experience two-seater IndyCar! This holiday tradition is free with museum admission.

November 23

Circle of Lights Tree Lighting – Monument Circle – 6 p.m.

For 56 years, thousands of spectators have gathered Downtown at Monument Circle to witness a beloved tradition. More than 100,000 spectators are expected for the free ceremonial lighting and holiday kickoff.

November 24 – December 23

Breakfast with Santa – Conner Prairie – 10 a.m.

Eat a delicious breakfast, share some laughs and meet Santa Claus in person!

November 24

Small Business Saturday – Various Locations

A day to especially support and celebrate the small businesses around Indianapolis!

November 27 – December 2

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical – Old National Centre – 1 p.m.

Re-discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage!

November 29

Sara Evans: At Christmas – The Palladium for the Center for the Performing Arts – 7:30 p.m.

Over a two-decade career, Sara Evans has emerged as one of the most elite vocalists in country and pop, with 14 Top 20 singles and five No. 1s including “Born To Fly,” “Suds in the Bucket,” “No Place That Far” and “A Real Fine Place to Start.”

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Andee Bookmyer
Andee is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Health Coach, ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Certified Mind Body Fitness Coach and Certified Stress Management Coach. She grew up in Northwest Indiana and attended Ball State University. She taught high school English for several years before becoming a mommy to Preston. She has a passion for writing, CrossFit, laughing and helping others. For more of her writing, you can visit her personal "Bookerella" blog at