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New Reasons to Visit Indy...Now and Later
A lineup of only-in-Indy experiences make Indy a must-visit destination. You didn’t hear it from us though, as Condé Nast Traveler named Indy one of their "Hottest Destinations of 2018," OUT Magazine put us on their "Wish List of Places to Visit in 2018" and Food & Wine named Indy "One of America’s Favorite Food Cities."
Year of the Arts
Arts in Indy are always omnipresent, however 2018 is going to bring a more robust arts scene with the opening of the $7.5-million Phoenix Theatre, and just two blocks away, the newly renovated space for the Cabaret. Indy has skyrocketed as the Cabaret Capital of the Midwest, and now with this new Hollywood glam-style bar and theatre, you’ll find more cabaret year-round. Phoenix Theatre’s new posh space will allow a consortium of sorts for smaller nonprofits and contemporary theatre troupes to have access to audiences.
The World’s Largest Children’s Museum Getting Even Bigger
On March 17, 2018, the doors will open to the world's first and foremost immersive outdoor/indoor family health, fitness, and sports experience called the Sports Legends Experience. This $38-million experience will include 14 different zones where families can do everything from race pedal cars along a recreated Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to perfecting a hole in one on a Pete Dye-designed golf course. Kids will also love the NBA Pacers on-court experience, the NFL Colts field, and the massive “Tree of Sports” that will be the epicenter of the attraction. The entire experience is designed to combat the fact that by 2030, more than half the nation’s population will be considered obese.
Food & Wine Magazine named Indy one of the Top 20 Food Cities in the U.S. in 2017, but we’re going to continue to climb the charts in 2018 with our strongest culinary scene to date, as several highly anticipated restaurants are slated to open. Neal Brown’s Ukiyo will make Indy’s first-ever omakase-style restaurant, while after wowing diners around the world with Milktooth, Jonathan Brooks will open up his second endeavor called Beholder. We’re also excited to welcome a new face to Indy with the opening of two restaurants brought to us by Kimbal Musk, brother to Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla. Musk is opening Hedge Row Bistro on Mass Ave and Next Door Café in the SoBro neighborhood.
While sports have been a part of Indy’s identity since the city gained the moniker “Amateur Sports Capital of the World” in the early '80s, it’s quite clear that still today it continues to play a key role in the vibrancy of Indy’s social calendar. Our year starts with Big Ten Women’s Basketball on the court and ends with football on the field with the Big Ten Championship game in December. In between, we’ll celebrate a return of the LPGA competition at the Brickyard and adrenaline-junkies in the sky with Red Bull’s Air Race in October. Like every May, the Racing Capital of the World is mesmerized by the iconic Indianapolis 500, this year celebrating its 102nd running, and we’ll also be celebrating the strongest EDM Snakepit lineup and party to date. Looking ahead, 2021 and 2022 serve as milestone years for Indy’s sports resume as the city welcomes five Big Ten Championships, an NBA All-Star Game, an NCAA Final Four, and the 2022 NCAA CFP National Championship.
April 4, 2018 will mark the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s assassination, which took place at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis. Simultaneously, Robert Kennedy was campaigning in Indy and heard the news. His team encouraged him not to go on with his speech that night as riots were breaking out across the country, as word spread. He insisted. His speech writer handed him his speech, which he ripped up. Kennedy went on to deliver one of the most famous speeches in history and allowed Indy to be the only city which remained peaceful. 63 days later, Kennedy was also assassinated. A powerful memorial stands in Indy commemorating this historic event, however, timed with next year’s anniversary, Indy will be honoring MLK and Robert Kennedy with a city-wide event to commemorate MLK's legacy.
Paris is Coming to Indy
The #1 Airport in North America (according to Airports Council International and Condé Nast Traveler) will welcome the first-ever transatlantic flight to Paris on Delta Airlines starting in May.
About Visit Indy
The mission of Visit Indy is to increase Indianapolis economic growth by strategically selling the destination to conventions, meetings, events, and leisure travelers. According to Rockport Analytics, 28.2 million visitors provide $4.9 billion in total economic impact annually, generate 77,800 full-time equivalent jobs in Central Indiana, and provide $1.1 billion in tax revenues. For more information, VisitIndy.com.