While New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, Indianapolis has a slew of events and activities to help you celebrate the last few days of 2012 this weekend. The following is a list of some of the more popular events to enjoy over the weekend:
Winterfest. You have only tonight and Saturday to catch this event at the Indiana Historical Society, where its popular Christmas Story living room is back, making you feel like you stepped right into a movie scene. Free for the entire family, there are all sorts of crafts and activities to participate in, including face painting, along with special performances each day from jugglers, magicians, dancers and musicians. Radio Disney will be there on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. to entertain the crowd with games, prizes and music. Also, the Stardust Terrace Café is offering kid-friendly snacks and lunches throughout the day long event. To learn more, visit www.indianahistory.org.
Indy Winter Farmers Market. Held at the Indianapolis City Market downtown, this is an excellent way to shop for vegetables, fruit, meat, baked goods, herbs, natural cleaning products and other locally produced food, sold straight from the farmer to the consumer. Open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Indy Winter Farmers Market provides a friendly forum for connecting customers directly with local farmers and other food producers, while also helping you shop for healthy foods that can be hard to find in grocery stores during the winter. To learn more, visit www.indywinterfarmersmarket.org.
Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure. If locomotives are your thing, don’t miss this exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art, as you enter a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels with chugging trains and detailed replicas of national treasures, all made of natural materials like twigs, moss and nuts and wrapped up in holiday trimming. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. To learn more, visit www.eiteljorg.org.
A Fragile Nation Threatened. Located at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, this exhibit takes you back to the anniversaries of three major event: 1) the 225th anniversary of the Constitution; 2) 200th anniversary of the War of 1812: and 3) the 150th anniversary of several Civil War battles while exploring the Harrison family’s connections to them. The exhibit is open only through December 30, so if you want to see it, this weekend is the time to do it. Hours vary, but admission is free. To learn more, visit www.pbhh.org.
Christmas at the Zoo. This event also closes on December 30, so this weekend is the time to visit if you don’t want to miss what remains one of Indy’s most popular holiday attractions. A glorious display full of lights, animals, action and plenty more, hours are 5 to 9 p.m. through Sunday. To learn more, visit www.indianapoliszoo.com.
Indianapolis Auto Show. This is America’s second-longest running auto show, which opened the day after Christmas and will remain open through January 1, 2013. Held at the Indiana Convention Center, hours through the weekend are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. To learn more, visit www.indyautoshow.com.