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The holiday season is upon us and you don’t want to miss out on any of these internationally-themed events coming up in Indy!


Spirit and Place Festival (Nov. 2-12)

The festival spans different locations across Indianapolis with the intent of hosting events that nourish the mind, body, and soul. The are several cultural events included in the festival such as “More than Words: Nourishing the Myaamia Community through Language and Cultural Revitalization” and “Art Feeding Empathy: A Burma-Congo Conversation on Peace”.

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Diwali (Nov. 12)

Diwali is an important religious holiday originating from India and celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and some Buddhists. It’s known as the Festival of Lights and lasts for 5 days. This year, Diwali will be celebrated on November 12, with events in Greenwood, Carmel, and Indianapolis.

The Baps Siri Swaminarayan Mandir, Carmel Clay Public Library, and the Murat Theatre will be hosting celebrations and events for all those interested in participating. Click on the links above to learn more.


Mirrors of Common Destiny Art Exhibition (Nov. 14th-Dec. 29th)

Join Patchwork Indy for a not to miss art exhibit featuring artists from Burma and the Congo. This exhibit will feature the principal artists Saw Kennedy and Jean Claude Logenia and is centered around the theme of “seeing through the eye of another”.

There will be two events featuring artist discussions with the first titled, “Art feeding Empathy: A Burma-Congo Conversation on Peace” taking place on November 12th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Central Library of Indianapolis.

The second event will be an artist reception kicking off with a cultural dance performance from BACI’S Cultural Dance Team followed by discussions from the artists themselves. The event will take place on December 2nd from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Central Library of Indianapolis.


Circle City Irish Fest (Nov. 18th)

This will be the first Circle City Irish Fest and you don't want to miss it! The festival will be held at the Noblesville Firefighters’ Union Hall from 2-10 p.m. There will be food and drink vendors, games, and live performances from The Dirty Tweeds, The Rogues Pipe and Drums, Richen Timo Academy of Dance, and more.

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Christmas Markets (Nov. 19th-Dec. 30th)

If you’re looking for an authentic German Christmas Market to attend right here in Indiana, you’re in luck!

The Carmel Christkindlmarkt takes place from Nov. 19th-Dec. 30th and is the perfect event to attend if you are in town during the holidays. This market is centered around an ice skating rink with plenty of vendors in wooden booths selling mulled wine, delicious food, handicrafts, and more. 

There is also the Athenaeum Christkindlmarkt from Nov. 24th- Dec.17th right in the heart of Mass Avenue, with the event being held in their historic Biergarten. There will be music, raclettes, and plenty more to get you in the holiday spirit.


World of Trees (Nov. 27-Jan. 31)

Experience over 35 displays representing cultures from around the world. The World of Trees is held at the Global Village Welcome Center in Indianapolis. If you visit World of Trees on December 2nd, you’ll also be able to catch the Holiday Bazaar beginning at 11 a.m. and featuring gifts available for purchase from around the world.


International Coffee and Tea Fest (December 2nd)

If you are a fan of staying caffeinated and would like to sample coffee and tea from around the world, then this is the event for you. You’ll get to learn all about coffee & tea ceremonies and the cultural history of the beverage you are sampling. There will be pop-up performances throughout the day as well!

The event takes place at noon at the Global Village Welcome Center.