The Weekend 5
"What are we going to do this weekend?" We have an answer for you! Each week Visit Indy publishes five can't-miss events for the upcoming weekend. Save yourself the trouble of checking back by getting The Weekend 5 sent directly to your inbox each Thursday morning.
Champions are crowned in Indy and there are plenty of activities to spark team spirit leading to Saturday's match at Lucas Oil Stadium. Friday night is the Kickoff Concert on Monument Circle featuring eclectic, energetic Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press. The Big Ten Fan Fest is open Friday-Saturday inside the Indiana Convention Center. Test your skills with interactive games, check out exhibits, and catch pep rallies with school bands, cheerleaders, and mascots. Spend some time Saturday at Tailgate Town on South Street just north of the stadium. Catch football on the large screens, grab food and drinks, buy some merch, dance to live bands and DJs, take plenty of photos, and get a good spot to see the spicy sauce fly at the World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship featuring Major League Eating's best including Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo, Nick Wehry, and returning champ Geoff Esper. Saturday night, the Michigan Wolverines meet the Iowa Hawkeyes to play for a trophy and chance to play in one of six bowl games. MU is looking for a three-peat and are favored to win, but Iowa will bring the heat. Event ticket prices vary.
Is there a better way to jingle all the way this season than a fun run with thousands of Santas? Doubtful. Sunday's races through White River State Park are magical experiences including candy and cookie stations, warm and comfy hoodies, live music, and over-the-top decorations. Whether you're naughty or nice, there';s a course for you and plenty of add-ons to make your day even more festive. Registration is $20 and up.
No matter how different a Who may appear, he will always be welcomed with holiday cheer. Cindy Lou Who hit it on the nose about the spirit of the HC Tavern & Kitchen's fun activation. Those 21 and over can visit the second floor to feast, feast, feast, feast on Who-pudding and rare Who-roast beast, grab Grinch-themed apps and drinks, pose in festive photo ops, and even meet the bad banana with a greasy black peel himself. Your heart may grow three sizes. Open Saturday-Tuesday through December 26.
Back by popular demand, this musical play pokes fun at Indy’s holiday traditions like A Christmas Carol, Yuletide, and Christkindlmarkt through good-hearted mockery in irreverent sketches. Visit the bar for special holiday-themed adult beverages. Catch the fun each Thursday-Sunday through December 23. Tickets are $15 and up and the show is recommended for those high school age and older.
Kick start your holiday shopping Saturday with unique gifts while you support local artists and artisans. Enjoy food, drinks, crafts, song and dance performances, and the World of Trees exhibit (up through January 31) which includes more than 35 holiday trees and cultural displays from around the world decorated by local organizations and volunteers. Be sure to vote for your favorite. Admission is free.