Experience the best of Indiana, all over the state, by participating in our events and programs. Choose a category or date to find something specific or browse the calendar to encounter something new.
The torch will be in Noble County on Thursday, Sept. 29 and remain there from 1 to 4 p.m. A Gene-Stratton Porter staffer will carry the torch in Gene Stratton-Porter’s honor. For more information, please call 260.854.3790 or visit online at indianamuseum.org/gsp.
About the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay
The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is designed to inspire and unify Hoosiers as one of the signature events of the 2016 Bicentennial celebration. Hoosiers will also symbolically “pass the torch” connecting generations to ignite our future. Patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay, Indiana’s version will pass through all 92 of the state’s counties, covering 3,200 miles over a five week period, averaging 97 miles per day. For more details, please visit http://www.in.gov/ibc/torchrelay/ or contact INTorchRelay@gmail.com.
The final historic site the torch will arrive at is the Limberlost State Historic Site on Friday, Sept. 30, while it is in Adams County. The torch is scheduled to arrive at the Limberlost Visitor Center parking lot at 4:30 p.m. Limberlost staffers are scheduled to serves as torch bearers. For more information, please call 260.368.7428 or visit online at indianamuseum.org/limberlost.
At 6 p.m., the Indiana Poet Laureate, Shari Wagner, will do a reading and Vickie Kibellus, Gene Stratton-Porter re-enactor, will perform. Adrienne Provenzano, singer/songwriter from Indianapolis, will perform original compositions inspired by the Limberlost in the Limberlost Visitor Center.
> Refreshments will be served
Join us for an evening of Hoosiers and their contributions with Nelson Price: career journalist, author and radio personality with the WICR show Hoosier History Live. This event is made possible by Indiana Humanities.
For details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 812.273.4531
> Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
> $5 per person; RSVP recommended
This driving tour is of artists’ studios in Brown County throughout the entire month of October. Visitors can see artists at work in their studios and interact with individual artists. This year’s visiting artists are members of the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association. Check www.tcsteele.org for schedule of artist demonstrations.
> $6.50 per adult; $5 per senior; $3 per child
The Culbertson Mansion’s haunted Carriage House is not for the faint of heart. TheScareFactor.com warns that, “There may be times where you are wondering if everyone in your group will make it out alive. Be aware of your surroundings, this cast is known for drawing your attention away from what you should really be afraid of.”
> $14 regular admission; $12 with coupon
Halloween storytelling in the mansion
Friday, October 14
Saturday, October 15
Friday, October 21
Saturday, October 22
Friday, October 28
Saturday, October 29
> 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
> An additional $1 per child, $2 per adult
Take a walking tour of four supposedly haunted locations in Madison as described in the book Ghosts of Madison, Indiana by Virginia Jorgensen. A costumed guide will begin with a tour inside the Lanier Mansion and hear some of the stories related to the house. Then they will walk to three locations and hear stories about them from the outside only. The last stop will be at the Broadway Tavern, which is supposedly haunted, and those attending the tour can buy a drink if they like.
> $15 per adult, $7 per child
Includes admission to corn maze, museum, and guided hayride tour, plus $2 for add-on activities – corn husk dolls, archery, and/or ancient foods.
Wander the twisted tangles and master the maze at the area’s corniest attraction! Enjoyable for young and old alike, experience a real live interactive puzzle at Angel Mounds. Roam the paths and seek out the maze guardians, collecting stamps along the away and enter to win a special prize.
> $3 per student
> $5 per student
Certain Tuesdays of each month are reserved for home-education programming. Individual registrations are accepted from independent homeschool educators for the monthly programs listed below. Homeschool co-ops with a minimum number of student participants may schedule a program of their choice on an alternate date. Call 317.232.1637 to register.
> Sept. 6, 2016 - Underground Railroad
> Sept. 20, 2016 - Indiana and the Civil War
> Oct. 4, 2016 - Liar's Bench
> Oct. 18, 2016 - Day of the Dead
> Nov. 1, 2016 - Rocks & Minerals
> Nov. 15, 2016 - Pioneer Indiana
> Dec. 6, 2016 - Shake It Out
> Jan. 17, 2017 - Wild Indiana
> Feb. 7, 2017 - Levi & Catharine Coffin (Educational Theater)
> Feb. 21, 2017 - Ice Age Animals
> March 7, 2017 - Science of Sports
> March 21, 2017 - On Expedition: Observing the Natural World
> April 4, 2017 - Reptile Theater
> April 18, 2017 - Crime Scene Investigators: The Science Behind the Mystery
> May 16, 2017 - Earth/Sky
> $3 per person
Discover the rich history of Indiana’s first city, Vincennes. Historian Richard Day and guest presenters engage participants in weekly sessions about topics of Vincennes history from prehistoric days to the present.
> $75 per Adult
IAC Masterpiece grant to take place in Bloomington. Oct. 7 will be a day of education about Steele as IU's first Artist in Residence, with talks, plein air painting demos, and a Keynote address and ticketed reception at the IMU. Oct. 8th will be a day of art on campus, from 7am-3pm. Reception and showing of landscapes in Dunn Meadow, 3-5pm. Tours of the Steele paintings in the IMU offered during 3-5pm reception time, with the outdoor reception open to all and music performed from "The Breeze Bends the Grass" cast. Artists who wish to participate should contact the site at email@example.com or 812.988.2785.
Peewinkle's Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum presents The Slightly Haunted Puppet Studio.
To buy tickets online, click here.
For more information about upcoming shows, scheduling, and Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, visit their website, www.peewinklespuppets.com.
Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio discount:
Receive $2 off museum admission with the purchase of a full-priced Peewinkle’s ticket on the same day. Not available online.
Don't just visit the museum, INvade it. Wear practical shoes - they're the only thing practical about this tour. From the odd to the shocking to the just plain eye-opening, a Museum INvasion tour turns the traditional museum experience on its head.
INvasion tours are meant to give the back story of artifacts on display in an entertaining and intimate tour setting.
Intended for adults, but suitable for children ages 10 and up.
Museum INvasion Tours are $10 for members; $20 for non-members. Includes museum admission.
To reserve your spot on this INvasion tour, call 317.232.1637. Walk-ins are welcome - while space remains.
Scheduled group tours are also available:
Tours are $150 with a maximum of 10 people per group. To book a group tour, call 317.232.1637.
Join Indiana Humanities, Limberlost State Historic Site and the Friends of the Limberlost to hike the restored Loblolly Marshes that inspired Gene Stratton Porter’s beloved novel A Girl of the Limberlost. You'll enjoy a 90-minute hike followed by a campfire meal, Upland beer and discussion.
An optional free tour of the Limberlost Cabin at the Limberlost State Historic Site at 2 p.m. is included; if interested, please contact Leah Namias, Indiana Humanities director of programs: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Reservations through the Indiana Humanities
> Meet at the Loblolly Marsh Pavilion
This annual event is suitable for all ages and is more about the fun of Halloween – treats not tricks! At this event, you’ll learn about owls, bats, raccoons, snakes and other creatures of the night. Children are encouraged to attend in costume and enjoy treats at various stops along the way. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring a flashlight to guide your way! This is a rain or shine event.
> $4 per person (does not include Cabin tour)
A live animal program by a guest presenter held in the Limberlost Visitor Center.
> $3 per person
Meet characters from Vincennes history along the haunted trail and hear the chilling tales of life and death on the early Indiana frontier. Hear first-hand accounts from soldiers at Fort Knox, Native Americans, river travelers as they uncover the secrets of Fort Knox. There will be a No Scare (6 to 7 p.m.) and a Full Scare portion of the program (7 to 10 p.m.). The last tours will start at 9:30 p.m.
> $5 per child, $8 per adult
Costumed actors portraying “spirits” will dramatically recount true stories of murder and mayhem from our nation’s past in the dimly lit rooms of the Lanier Mansion. Light refreshments will be served in the Mansion’s spooky basement. Call 812.273.0556 for reservations.
> $12 per person; reservations recommended
The Ben Franklin III will be hauntingly decorated for night cruises and staff will be dressed in costumes for the occasion. A professional storyteller will be on board to tell family-friendly spooky stories. Held in conjunction with the Haunted Village of Metamora.
> Cruises begin at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m.
> $5 per person
Bring the family and enjoy a night of festive activities at the ISMHS’s Family Night Out! Get set for Halloween with a night of spooky family fun. Light up the night with glow-in-the-dark games, scary art projects, spooky stories and trick-or-treating through the galleries.
Glow balloon toss
Make a glow monster
> $14 per adult, $7 per child
A Limberlost naturalist will lead a hike through one of the Limberlost Territory Nature Preserves. Meet at the Limberlost Visitor Center. Space may be limited and reservations may be required depending on location of hike.
> $3 per person
This spooky (not scary) children’s Halloween program features creepy decorations, trick-or-treating, ghost stories, visits by ghost, meet First Responders, creepy crafts and a walk through the mansion’s haunting basement.
> $3 per child; (one free adult per child)
> Cruises begin at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m.
> $5 per person
El Dia de los Muertos – The Day of the Dead – is a traditional Mexican holiday with ancient ties to the Aztecs. It is viewed as a time when souls of those who have died rejoin their families to rejoice together. Unlike Halloween, this celebrations honors the lives of the deceased and celebrates the continuation of life with a belief that death is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in existence. The museum gives visitors a chance to learn about the traditions and history behind Los Dias de los Muertos, and to participate in the celebration. Visitors can join in hands-on activities, learn about altar (ofrenda) building and enjoy lively performances.
Girl Scouts must register with the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana NOT with the Indiana State Museum to receive special pricing. Those who do not register with the Girl Scouts will have to pay regular admission. To register, Girl Scouts should contact Kendra Nowell at 1.877.474.2248.
For more information, call 317.232.1637.
> The event is free and open to the public
> Admission to museum galleries requires a ticket purchase
> Girl Scouts get the special rate of $4
Join us for a lantern guided walk of haunted downtown Corydon. You’ll hear forgotten tales of Corydon’s frightening past and the ghosts that linger. No video cameras allowed on ghost tour.
> $15 per adult per tour
After the trick-or-treating has ended and the little ones have left, the corn maze at Angel Mounds State Historic Site will become a field of terror for one truly terrifying night! One of Evansville’s newest haunts will terrorize those brave enough to get lost in the maize after dark.
> $6 per person