The Russian Festival has been a staple of the city’s cultural scene for 16 years. The emphasis here is on music, but May 11, starting at 5 p.m., visitors to Hilbert Circle Theatre can peruse exhibits of Russian art, crafts, books and Russian cuisine. At 7 p.m., Arkady Orlovsky, principal cellist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, leads the 70-piece Tchaikovsky Festival Orchestra in the composer’s “Dance of the Buffoons” and his Piano Concerto 1, Op. 23, performed by Tamara Orlovsky as soloist. After an intermission, during which audience members are encouraged to explore the various Russian goods on offer, the orchestra will perform the Manfred Symphony, Op. 58. General admission is $20; seniors and students are $10. Call 317-639-4300 for tickets.
This weekend is also the 105th birthday of the Garfield Park Pagoda, a distinctive landmark that, May 10 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., will be the focal point for the city’s first-ever Asian Festival. Vendors will offer food and merchandise from China, Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, India and Indonesia. Fine artwork and cultural regalia from Asian artists in Indianapolis will also be on display at the Garfield Park Arts Center. Cultural entertainment and activities will be offered throughout the day. The festival will conclude with a Bridal Fashion Show, featuring bridal clothing unique to each Asian culture. The festival is held in conjunction with the Asian American Alliance at 2345 Pagoda Drive. Admission is free.