[Editor's note: Eat bacon all weekend.]
Nov. 17, 7 p.m. Consider yourself lucky if you got a ticket to this annaul coverpalooza benefiting Second Helpings. Maybe Wilco will show up and witness their songs being covered, or play a few themselves? One can only hope. Read Seth's feature on Indy's Vess Ruhtenberg before he covers The Cure at Tonic.
Various venues in Fountain Square, SOLD-OUT, 21+
Through Jan. 7. New this year, to go along with their rebranding, Newfields is lighting up the grounds with 1.2 million multi-colored lights. Winterlights is a walk-through experience, so grab your boots and a warm jacket because it's going to take you about an hour and a half to see that many lights. There's spiked cider or hot chocolate for those wanting to spice things up a bit, both of which can be served in the not-as-fun way for the little ones you're dragging along.
Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road, prices vary, all-ages
Through Dec. 30. So 1.2 million lights wasn't enough to satisfy you. You need millions more. Well, lucky for you, IMS has more than 2.5 million lights at their popular, drive-through holiday display. Back for its second year, this year's route is longer but still takes you across the world-famous Yard of Bricks.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W. 16th St., prices vary, all-ages.
4. Jingle Rails
Through Jan. 15, regular museum hours. As a youngin' I was a big model train fan, or at least around the holiday times I was. My parents used to take me to a cool tree farm on the far Northwest side that had model trains and reindeer. I'm sure I would've loved this exhibit. About it, nine working model trains cover nearly 1,200 feet of track, winding past local places of interest like Monument Circle and Union Station before heading West to national treasures (hey, Nicholas Cage) like the Grand Canyon, Old Faithful and Mt. Rushmore. Choo choo.
Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington St., included with museum admission, all-ages
Through Jan. 6, museum holiday hours. An annual holiday favorite will returns as the History Center will be home to 80 beautifully themed trees. Daily programs include Elf on the Shelf, Holiday Sing-Alongs, Where is the Weihnachtzgurke? and more.
Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St., museum admission, all-ages
Nov. 17, 6 p.m. ICAN or the Indiana Canine Assistant Network has changed many lives over the course of the past 15 years, and now they're celebrating in good best way the know how: dinner, dance and dogs. Expect gourmet food, wine, bourbon and champagne stations, karaoke, live music by the Julia Kahn Band, a huge marketplace filled with handmade items made by the inmates in ICAN’s three training facility, and (of course) the opportunity to spend time with dogs and puppies in the ICAN program.
Biltwell Event Center, 950 S White River Pkwy. W Dr., $50-$75, all-ages
Nov. 17, 6 p.m. Some of the deals are great, but why fight the large crowds and overall craziness that is Black Friday shopping when you could shop local and not take an errant elbow to face. More than 20 local businesses will be open late so you can enjoy a nice dinner and then get some holiday shopping done super early.
Various locations on Mass Ave
Nov. 17, 7 p.m. State Park, KIDDO, Theon Lee, DOVE and Pope Adrian Bless all perform at this Clint Breeze Birthday Bash. Bless released a new EP this week, peep that and get hype for this small venue banger.
State Street Pub, 243 N. State Ave., $6, 21+
Nov. 18, 8 p.m. Trump said some stupid things. Congress did some stupid things. Now complete the weekly trifecta and listen to Hoosiers say some funny things.
Nov. 19, noon. Can someone please explain to me how Blake Shelton was named this year's sexiest man alive? I'll wait ... yeah, you can't. LOCASH, Scotty McCreery, Lindsay Ell, Danielle Bradbery, Walker Hayes and Michael Tyler perform at this earlier Sunday show.
Indiana Farmers Coliseum, 1202 E. 38th St., $50, all-ages