If you’re an Indy resident and reading this, buckle up. We’re full throttle in 2024 and we’re not taking our foot off the gas.

If you’re looking for your next weekend getaway, book Indy, and do it fast. Airbnb just released their 2024 trends report and guessed who topped their list? Indianapolis.

Indy is one of those places where #IYKYK. But, as someone who is so proud to call this place home, I invite you to be in the know with my top picks for what lies ahead in our blockbuster year.

Commission Row, a three-story restaurant and speakeasy will open its doors in January as Indy’s newest and most anticipated downtown restaurant opening.

Despite February temps, Indy is bringing the heat as the host city for the 2024 NBA All-Star game with major art installations taking over the city, parties, a Crossover fan fest, concerts, and more.

The Hangar. As their team puts the finishing touches on new amenities like three bays of golf simulators, crafting classes, wood-fired pizza, full bar, and more, this place is destined to become Indy’s new playground for adults.

RH Indianapolis swept the city in surprise when they opened the gates to the 42,000 square foot, 151-acre estate of the late philanthropist, Christel DeHaan. No matter what the season is, the gallery and on-site restaurant is remarkable. But, come spring, the outdoor terrace overlooking the 35-acre…

Indy is in the path of totality for the Total Solar Eclipse. This event is expected to be one of the largest mass travel events of our lifetime and Indy is ready with an impressive line-up of festivities.

Project for Public Spaces deemed the Cultural Trail one of the “biggest and boldest steps by any American city.” It’s getting bolder – and bigger. The addition of two more miles (making it a 10-mile trail) will be complete in early 2024.

New trails and better connectivity will certainly be a theme in 2024, which is why we should be excited that we have the opportunity to go further and faster when Pacers Bikeshare rolls out 250 electric bikes for rent next spring.

While 2023 marked the soft launch for Frank’s Paddlesports Livery, 2024 is the year to really engage with the river via their paddleboard, kayak and canoe trips, now with more offerings - including curated picnic pitstops - in its first full year.

We’re on pins and needles waiting for the exact date and location for Indy’s brand new, one-day music festival where we’ll soak in the true origins of one of America’s most prized possessions – rock music, birthed by the rhythm and blues of Black people. See you at I Made Rock N Roll, wherever it is.

Chimpanzees are moving into Indy. Memorial Weekend will mark the opening of the largest zoo exhibit in the past decade. Somehow it’s impeccably timed with the debut of the new Planet of the Apes movie. Coincidence? I think not.

Oh, and Memorial Weekend happens to also be the 108th running of the world’s largest single day sporting event where we’ll see Kyle Larson attempt The Double.

In a never-been-done-before stunt to welcome nine days of Olympic Swimming Trials, Lucas Oil Stadium will transform into Olympic-size pools. To put it into perspective, the country’s best swimmers will be competing in Indy for a spot on the Olympic swimming team weeks before Team USA flies to Paris.

Madam Walker’s story continues to inspire a nation and her Legacy Center continues to expand its offerings on the heels of a $15 million renovation. Now, they’re taking to new heights with the opening of a rooftop space.

BUTTER 4. And if you went to BUTTER 1, 2 or 3, you know this Fine Art Fair continues to impress, even snagging the attention of the New York Times.

And if you’re not a self-proclaimed Swiftie, maybe you’re a Savannah Banana groupie, as they’re back in Indy for three nights, too.

With the city investing an unprecedented amount of money (to the tune of $100 million) to enhance and expand our trail system, the growth of this cycling city would certainly impress Major Taylor, if he were alive today. The Michigan Street connector trail will be complete which will make it accessible to go from White River State Park to the B&O Trail and out to Speedway. 

Another swanky hotel will start welcoming heads in beds this fall with the opening of the InterContinental, offering a ground level restaurant and rooftop lounge that puts you face to face with Lady Victory.

IndyGo’s Purple Line is slated to open at the end of 2024, moving people between downtown, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and Fort Harrison State Park.

A new shimmer in Indy’s skyline will begin to emerge. With site preparation and demolition complete, the 40-story Signia by Hilton hotel will start ascending. This is one key component to Indy’s $1.8 billion in new tourism infrastructure outlook. 

Two of Indy’s major institutions are undergoing a massive overhaul, starting with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. And, Conner Prairie is working on a new Museum Experience Center with six experience areas, an indoor playscape and traveling exhibits. While we won’t see the finished products until 2025, Conner Prairie has boosted their 2024 programming list and welcomes the highly anticipated exhibit called Promised Land as Proving Ground.