2024 posses as a big year for Indy, from positioning as the #1 go-to spot according to Airbnb and boasting some seriously cool new places in Indiana. The city’s got a buzz about it, and there’s no better time to dive into all the fresh happenings. From quirky finds to must-try hotspots, we’ve rounded up 9 downright awesome things that you’ll want to stick on your 2024 Indianapolis bucket list.
1. Get wild at Indianapolis Zoo
The Indianapolis Zoo has been a timeless go-to, no matter the season, and 2024 is no different. This May, they’re unveiling the much-anticipated International Chimpanzee Complex, making it one of the largest in the U.S. This complex is set to house one of the most extensive communities of great apes. More than enough reason to include the Indianapolis Zoo on your 2024 bucket list.
2. Check out the twisted house at Indianapolis Art Centre
Indy is brimming with quirky spots, and the Twisted House is a standout. Nestled in the Indianapolis Art Centre, this whimsical sculpture is open for free viewing year-round, though we suggest checking it out during warmer weather. Step into its curious living room and take in the enchanting forest views through its distinctive windows.
3. Go to a Candlelight Concert
If you haven’t attended a Candlelight concert yet, you’re truly missing out on one of the finest events in Indianapolis. Immerse yourself in the enchantment of your favorite music genres, whether it’s classic tunes, pop hits, rock anthems, or beloved movie soundtracks. Candlelight presents a laid-back, candlelit musical experience in some of Indianapolis’ most iconic venues, making it a must-add to your 2024 bucket list.
4. Finally visit Newfields
And speaking of adventures, if you’ve been putting off a visit to Newfields, now’s the time to finally make it happen. This expansive cultural campus boasts beautiful gardens, engaging exhibits, and a diverse range of artistic experiences. Make 2024 the year you immerse yourself in the beauty and creativity that Newfields has to offer.
5. Explore your artsy side at BUTTER Fair
Explore your artistic side at BUTTER, the acclaimed multi-daily fine art fair that has been taking Indy for four years in a row! Happening over Labor Day weekend, the art fair features artwork made by Black visual artists from Indiana and across the country.
6. Contemplate life at The Idle
Since 2019, The Idle turned a highway median into a cool urban park in Indy. Sit in old baseball seats, watch traffic, and soak in quirky vibes. It’s not just a park; it’s a unique pit stop for a quick break or a laid-back afternoon, blending idleness with highway charm.
7. Grab a bite at Modita
When it comes to satisfying your taste buds, don’t miss Modita. This trendy eatery offers a delightful culinary experience using only the best locally sourced ingredients in Indy. From its innovative Asian-inspired dishes to its cozy vibes, Modita is a culinary gem that deserves a spot on your foodie checklist.
8. Have a ton-of-fun at The Hangar
For those seeking thrills and a ton of fun, The Hangar is your go-to destination. This entertainment hub promises a good time with a mix of golf, biking, crafting parties, a lively atmosphere, and more. Whether you’re visiting with friends or family, The Hangar is a surefire way to inject some excitement into your adventurous Indianapolis bucket list.
9. Feel the heat at a NBA All-Star Game
Get ready for the slam-dunk excitement as NBA All-Star action descends upon Indy! From February 15 to 18, Indianapolis morphs into a basketball haven, featuring city-wide festivities, epic showdowns, and unforgettable plays that will echo cheers from every nook of the Circle City.