MARCH 15, 2017

March Madness Weekend in Indy

If you’re in Indy this weekend, you’re in for a real treat, as the second weekend of March brings both basketball and Blarney to Indianapolis. The first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the biggest party in town will shut down the east block of Georgia Street in our downtown core. What better way to kick off the weekend than enjoying a few green beers while listening to live music and watching March Madness? Count-Me-In.

NCAA Tourney

What’s in store this weekend?

Blarney Bash

Head downtown on Friday, March 17, and enjoy great food, good drinks, and live music from The Late Show, The Doo, and My Yellow Rickshaw. You can catch the early rounds of the college basketball tournament playing on the big screen the entire day. The party kicks off at 11 am and goes until 10 pm! It's the biggest St. Patty's Day party in town and you don't want to miss it. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door (21+ only).

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 37th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will take the streets of Indy on Friday as high school bands, floats, catholic schools, Irish dancers, bag pipe bands, and Irish organizations will march through the downtown core. The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is free and lasts from 11:30 am to 3 pm.

The Parade also hosts a festival from 10 am to 3 pm on Vermont Street with Irish entertainment, food, interactive displays, and a beer garden located in the middle of the Parade route.

NCAA Basketball Rounds 1 & 2

Thursday, March 16: Open Practice Day (Free and open to the public) 

Noon – 12:40 pm    Oklahoma State
12:45 – 1:25 pm      Jacksonville State
1:30 – 2:10 pm        Michigan
2:15 – 2:55 pm        Louisville
4:25 – 5:05 pm        Dayton
5:10 – 5:50 pm        Kentucky
5:55 – 6:35 pm        Wichita State
6:40 – 7:20 pm        Northern Kentucky

Friday, March 17: NCAA Basketball Round 1

Session 1, 12:15 pm
(7) Michigan vs. (10) Oklahoma State
(2) Louisville vs. (15) Jacksonville State (following game 1)

Session 2, 7:10 pm
(7) Dayton vs. (10) Wichita State
(2) Kentucky vs. (15) Northern Kentucky (following game 3)

Sunday, March 19: NCAA Basketball Round 2

Session 3, TBD
Times and teams based on Friday’s results

Don’t have tickets to the games?

Don’t fret! There are several ways to enjoy the weekend even without tickets to the big game. (See Blarney Bash for idea #1). Take a stroll along the Central Canal, which will be dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day. Want to still watch basketball? Hit up one of over 300 restaurants within walking distance of downtown, or build your own bar-crawl and hit several hot spots. Do a little shopping on Mass Ave, a five-block diagonal stretch of boutique shops, local restaurants and bars. Looking for a little basketball nostalgia? Head up to Broad Ripple and pop into Plump’s Last Shot, a dive bar/restaurant owned by Bobby Plump, the man who inspired the “shot heard around the world” in ESPN’s #1 movie Hoosiers

If you’re looking for adventure, head over to White River State Park, a 250-acre urban park in downtown Indianapolis. This park features the Central Canal, the NCAA Headquarters, and seven family-friendly museums (including the Indy Zoo, which brings back Butterfly Kaleidoscope this weekend). Head to the Indiana State Fairgrounds to check out our minor league hockey team, Indy Fuel, as they take on the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday and the Quad City Mallards on Sunday (tickets start at just $14).

Whatever your plan is this weekend, make Indy part of it, and don’t forget to follow along with the events on Facebook and Twitter


Nate Swick is the Communications Coordinator at Visit Indy. Find him at a local concert venue, hip-hoppin’ to some Fetty Wap or swaying to a Tim McGraw song. Catch him at an Indianapolis Indians baseball game, a local brewery, or out on the golf course hacking away. Big supporter of the Butler Bulldogs, outdoor activities and all things Indy.
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