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.
Enjoy 16 days of thrilling performances and engaging activities, all while learning about Indiana’s history during the most anticipated event of the summer. Play along with Raggedy Ann, volunteer to help dig Indiana’s canals with Sully, peek under the hood of Elwood Haynes’ first automobile, and shake hands with Abraham Lincoln himself. Don’t forget to make a paper flower for that someone special, write them a letter with your newly-learned calligraphy skills, or take them to watch the inaugural broadcast of Indiana’s smallest radio station, WISM, as they sing, dance, and joke their way into your hearts.
Located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Pioneer Village.
Every day, find new and exciting ways to explore the world around you through hands-on activities at the Indiana State Museum. Here's what you'll uncover today:
Physics of Flight 15-minute activity
August 19 is National Aviation Day! Be prepared by learning all about the physics of flight in this activity series. This week is all about lift!
11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.
Indiana Trivia Make 15-minute demonstration
What is a Hoosier? Which famous celebrities are from Indiana? Test your knowledge of our amazing state!
12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Cardstock Airplanes 15-minute activity
Celebrate the spirit of aviation by creating an airplane with cardstock. Use one of our templates or design your own!
11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Small Wonders invites parents, grandparents and caregivers to bring their 3- to 5-year-olds to learn, play and discover in the museum. Our monthly program will build your child’s sense of wonder and playfulness as they engage in storytelling, hands-on activities, music, movement, art and gallery exploration.
This month’s theme will focus on the five senses and help little ones explore the world around them.
Ages: 3 - 5 years old and adults
Cost: $9/members; $12/non-members. Call us at 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!
Join us to celebrate Gene Stratton-Porter’s birthday with an open house! Visit Gene’s cabin at Wildflower Woods and enjoy a special celebration in honor of her birthday. Visitors will enjoy the cabin, birthday cake in the Carriage House and the beautiful gardens and grounds.
This event is free and no RSVP is required.
Be a big kid and join us for these 90-minute drop-off classes that encourage creativity, exploration, and independence in an environment that fosters curiosity and imagination. This month, participants will learn to explore the world around them through all of their senses. This class is for 4- to 6-year-olds.
Ages: 4 - 6 years old
Cost: $10/members; $13/non-members. Call us at 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!
Join Corydon Capitol State Historic Site for a killer time at the popular murder mystery dinner. You’ll become a character in the mystery and travel back in time to Ancient Rome, spending the evening trying to discover the murderer. A delicious full-course dinner featuring Roman fare will accompany the evening’s events. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 812-738-4890.
Price: $25/person, includes dinner; for those ages 15+
The site’s naturalist will lead visitors through Sower’s Woods to introduce them to the creatures of the night! Bats, owls, moths and other critters may make an appearance. Depending upon the clarity of the sky, star gazing will then give attendees the opportunity to learn how to identify major constellations, satellites and other celestial bodies by telescope, courtesy of the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society. Visitors are invited to bring binoculars for a closer view of the stars.
Tickets are $4 per person and can be purchased on-site.
Volunteer musicians will gather on the site to play a variety of bluegrass, gospel and folk music. Bring an instrument to join the musicians, or bring a lawn chair to sit back and enjoy the tunes.
This event is free, but donations are encouraged. No RSVP is required.
Join Indiana poet Shari Wagner for a special one day poetry workshop at the Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site. This workshop for adults allows participants to express their reactions to the Coffin story through poetry. Learn about poetry prompts and models, along with gaining tools for collaborative and individual writing exercises. As part of the workshop, participants will tour both the Coffin Interpretive Center and the 1839 Coffin home.
This event is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission.
$10/adult, $8/senior (site admission); reservations are required and can be made by calling 765-847-1691.
Visitors are invited to bring their kayaks and canoes and join site staff on a relaxing paddle around the shores of Sylvan Lake. Explore the same areas that Gene did on some of her earlier visits to Rome City, and enjoy a brief exploration of Boy Scout Island.
Tickets are $3 per person and can be purchased on-site.
The Indiana State Museum will head to Southeastway Park to participate in this annual celebration of all things bugs! At this festival, you can join the “swarms” of people earning the Doctorate of Bugology. You’ll be able to walk through a butterfly tent, visit the Cricket Café, join an insect safari, create special Critter Crafts, and more
Cost: $5 per vehicle park entrance fee (cash only)
Join facilitator Cari Lewis Tsinovoi and an expert scientist at this monthly book club to talk about a popular science-themed book and sip a signature cocktail mixed by Centerpoint Brewing Company (1125 E Brookside Ave Suite 2B). Books, Booze & Brains is a program of the Indiana State Museum, Indiana Humanitiesand the organizers of March for Science Indianapolis.
This month's book is "The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World" by Joel K. Bourne. The event is free, and for ages 21+.
Join us as we design and create take-home pieces inspired by Gene Stratton-Porter and her love of nature. Staff and volunteers will guide you as you create pieces using natural elements that Gene showcased in her home in Wildflower Woods. Each session includes supplies, snacks and Indiana-made wine.
Tickets are $25 per person, and reservations required by Aug. 29. This event is for those 21 and over. Contact us to RSVP.
Enjoy free summer nights of music outside of the beautiful Lanier Mansion. Bring a blanket or chairs and pack a picnic to enjoy while taking in the sounds of different bands in a gorgeous location.
Guests at the ball will learn dances that could have been danced during Indiana’s first capital period (1816-1825). Dances will be called, so no prior experience is needed. Live music will be provided by Keltricity. Prior to the ball, free practice sessions will be offered for those who would like some practice beforehand. Attendees are encouraged to dress in period costume, and light refreshments will be served.
This event will be held at the Harrison County YMCA, 198 Jenkins Ct NE, Corydon, IN 47112.
Tickets are $15 per individual and $25 per couple. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 812-738-4890.
Bring your youngsters to this well loved story, presented by marionettes in a classic stage. After the show, children will create their own little puppet. A perfect first theater experience!
Tickets are $8 and include popcorn. Children under two are free. Tickets for a post-show workshop will be for sale for $3. Call 317-232-1637 for tickets.
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