This Weekend in the Arts: March 1-3

Meet the Artists XXXVI is on display and free to view throughout Central library until March 23. (Photo/Chloe McGowan)
Meet the Artists XXXVI is on display and free to view throughout Central library until March 23. (Photo/Chloe McGowan)

March is creeping in with warmer temperatures, signaling an early spring in Indianapolis. From First Fridays to live theater, jazz shows and vintage festivals, here is a look at just a few events and activities going on in and around Indianapolis for This Weekend in the Arts.

Unfortunately, we could not cover everything in one calendar. So, if there is something going on that we and other Hoosiers should know about, feel free to let us know so we can include it in the next edition.

Friday, March 1

First Friday Art

Irvington Theater, 5515 E. Washington St.

6:30-9:30 p.m.


Featuring small businesses and independent, local artists, each First Friday the Irving Theater is host to a variety of handcrafted artwork to shop from. Bring a lawn chair, dinner and drinks and enjoy live music on the deck and lawn, featuring blown glass artist Lindsay P. Schneider and more.

First Friday @ the CCIC

Circle City Industrial Complex, 1125 E. Brookside Ave.

6-9 p.m.


Featuring more than 100 artists spread out through several galleries and individual studios, a brewery, cocktail bar and ice cream shop, Circle City Industrial Complex offers a diverse and intimate experience with Indy’s local artists.

First Friday Gallery Opening – March 2024: (re)current

The Harrison Center, 1505 N. Delaware St.

6-9 p.m.


Kate Oberreich’s (re)current is opening in The Harrison Gallery as part of her latest collection of mixed-media works. Featuring recycled materials, re(current) explores themes and narratives surrounding the idea of finding home and community, literally and figuratively.

Saturday, March. 2

Circle City Vintage Festival

The AMP at 16 Tech, 1220 Waterway Blvd

4-9 p.m.


Promising an evening of “retro charm and good ol’ nostalgia,” the Circle City Vintage Festival features a variety of vintage clothing, accessories, home decor, vinyl, tapes and knickknacks to collect. Guests can peruse local vendors’ inventory while enjoying live music, food and atmosphere.

Sy Smith

The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave.

7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $15-$40

Contemporary R&B artist Sy Smith, best known for her five-octave vocal range and background gigs with Whitney Houston in the 90s, is spending a weekend at the Jazz Kitchen. Smith’s set includes four evening performances with her unique sound and impressive repertoire.

“The Folks at Home”

Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington St.

1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (Recurring through March 20)

Tickets start at $25

Written by R. Eric Thomas, “The Folks at Home” is a contemporary riff on the beloved family sitcoms of the 1970s. The play follows Roger and Brandon, an interracial couple living in South Baltimore, who try to achieve their version of “the American Dream,” despite ongoing financial troubles, both sets of parents moving in and a ghost occupying the attic.

Sunday, March. 3

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 N. Michigan Road

1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Recurring through March 30)

Tickets range from $55-$82

Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning musical based on the true story of Carole King Klein. Directed by Heather Patterson King and choreographed by Kenney Green-Tilford, the show features King’s chart-topping hits from her early days as a songwriter with Gerry Goffin as well as song from her landmark album “Tapestry.”

Emotions at Play with Pixar’s Inside Out

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St.

10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (Recurring through May 19)

Tickets range from $23.50-$28.50, included with admission

Kids ages three to eight are invited to explore interactive games and experiences to learn about the importance of memory and imagination in our everyday lives. Through Music Mix Up and Emotional Dilemma, kids can explore how to recognize, express and manage emotions like Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear.

Meet the Artists XXXVI 

Central Library, Indianapolis Public Library, 40 E. St. Clair St.

1-5 p.m. (Recurring through March 23)


Presented by the Indianapolis Public Library’s African American History Committee, Meet the Artists XXXVI is open during regular business hours. The annual Black History Month exhibition highlights Indy’s local and up-and-coming artists, authors and fashion designers throughout the library until March 23.

Please note: Admission and ticket prices listed are general and before taxes/fees.

Contact staff writer Chloe McGowan at 317-762-7848. Follow her on Twitter @chloe_mcgowanxx.