Live theater and music, farmers markets, new overnight family camping at a museum and more offer 40 ways to spend your weekend and beyond in this week's list of things to do:
1. Civic Theatre’s stage is alive again, with “Light on the Horizon: A Return to Live Theatre,” weekends today through May 15, featuring highlights of the theater’s upcoming season at The Tarkington at The Center for Performing Arts in Carmel.
2. It’s Open Mic from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Schoolhouse 7 Cafe on Cyntheanne Road in Fishers.
3. Celebrate Arbor Day with a free tulip tree seedling from Fishers Parks during an Arbor Day Tree Giveaway at Holland Park in Fishers at 6 p.m. today.
4. Enjoy a Mother Son Dance at 6 p.m. today and a Father Daughter Dance at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Bridgewater Club in Westfield, with lawn games, crafts, snacks and deejay, for $15 per person registration, sponsored by Westfield Welcome.
5. Play Music Bingo at 7 p.m. today at Pinheads in Fishers.
6. Relax by Morse Lake with a Sunset Showcase with Orvis 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Boathouse Kitchen & Swan Dive in Cicero.
7. Hear live music of Brady Joseph at 7 p.m. today and John Beatrice at 7 p.m. May 7 at Primeval Brewing in Noblesville.
8. Enjoy Live Music Fridays at 7 p.m. today at the Adagio Lounge at Hotel Carmichael in Carmel.
9. Have a laugh at the Brewery Comedy Tour at 8 p.m. today at Field Brewing in Westfield.
10. Conner Prairie is now open for the season in Fishers, with outdoor excursions, a chance to meet costumed interpreters, climb to the top of the TreeTop Post (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday) and more. Also the new “We Can Camp” overnight family camping workshops are three Saturdays in May and two Saturdays in August. Enjoy sensory-friendly hours from 10 a.m. to noon on the third Sunday of each month. Enjoy the outdoors 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday and Sunday. Visit
11. Noblesville Farmers Market opens for the season at 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, continuing weekly through Oct. 9 at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville.
12. Fishers Farmers Market opens for the season at 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, continuing weekly through Sept. 25 at Nickel Plate District Amphitheater in Fishers.
13. Carmel Farmers Market opens for the season at 8 a.m. to 11:30 Saturday, continuing weekly through Sept. 25 at Carmel’s Carter Green.
14. Join the celebration for the grand opening of Kirkland’s Home 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday on Brooks School Road and 141st Street in Noblesville.
15. Like to dance? A Drop-in Group dance class is 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturdays at ABC Ballroom in Noblesville.
16. Experience the music of Heather and the Helms at 3 p.m. Saturday, Keith Humphrey on May 8, The Ty Hornback Band on May 15, Hobo Squall on May 22, Django Knight on May 29 and Jeff, Terry & Eric on June 5 at Center Stage Vintage Guitars in Noblesville.
17. Get dressed up for the KenDucky Derby Day at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Boathouse Kitchen & Swan Drive on Morse Lake in Cicero. Prizes for best dressed, rubber duck race, Kentucky Derby on the big screen.
18. Enjoy The Dead Squirrels band at 7 p.m. Saturday at Grand Junction Westfield.
19. Visit the 13th Floor (band) at 9 p.m. Saturday at Deer Creek Pub & Bistro in Noblesville.
20. Hear Jai Baker 3 at 9 p.m. Saturday during a Kentucky Derby Party at Joe’s Grille in Westfield.
21. Hamilton County Community Band invites anyone of any age who plays a musical instrument to attend rehearsals 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays, May 2, 16 and 23; June 6, 13, 27; July 25 and Aug. 1 at Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia.
22. Visit Hamilton County Parks’ Taylor Center of Natural History at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville and discover the colorful local history that stretches thousands of years into the past, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
23. Join the Beginner Bird Hikes at 8:30 a.m. Sundays and Wednesdays through June at Cool Creek Nature Center in Westfield (Carmel address), with the exception of the first Wednesday of each month, which will be at the same time at Taylor Center for History at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville.
24. Join a naturalist at the Great Blue Heron Rookery in Hamilton County at the Stoops Observation Deck and discuss details about the park on Scherer Avenue in Arcadia. Bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and photography equipment, with programs at 2:30 p.m. May 2, 3:30 p.m. May 11, 9 a.m. May 29 and at 8:30 a.m. June 5, free with registration required, at
25. Legacy Keepers Music nonprofit has a new Live Music After Hours on Thursday series that brings music to Noblesville venues on Thursday evenings this spring. Music will run 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Ginger’s Cafe, Barley Island Brewing Co. and Primeval Brewing and Grindstone Public House. Series continues each Thursday with a variety of musicians. Next Thursday, May 6: Debra Lanning and Bob Auth playing folk, country and bluegrass at Ginger’s Cafe; Mike Snyder playing acoustic guitar and a variety of genres at Primeval Brewing; Jason Moore of Noblesville playing folk and Americana music at Barley Island Brewing Co.; and Craig Thurston playing blues at Grindstone Public House.
26. Enjoy a night at the theater with “Silent Sky” by Lauren Gunderson, May 6-16 at Westfield Playhouse. The play tells the true story of Henrietta Leavitt, an astronomer ahead of her time, in 1900, when she has the opportunity to work at Harvard University as a human computer, one of Dr. Edward Pickering's “harem,” mapping the stars but receiving no scientific credit. The play is tale of a woman’s dedication to the stars, and the human touch that makes life under the vast sky beautiful and timeless.
27. Test your archery skills at Koteewi Range (and watch for opening of Aerial Adventures and K-Trails Equestrian Adventure) at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville. Or walk, run or bicycle the trails at Strawtown Koteewi Park to White River Campground or 27 miles of the Monon Trail or 5.7 miles of the White River Greenway or 2.3 miles of the Midland Trace Trail Take.
28. Auditions for Stone Soup’s “Once Upon A Mattress” summer youth production (must have completed kindergarten and not yet entered Grade 9) will be 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 587 Westfield Road in Noblesville. Memorize a short monologue and sing 16 bars of a song. Must be available for tech week and all show dates July 12-18.
29. Stop & Shop from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 7 at the Green Room at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville.
30. Conner Prairie will have its annual Heirloom Plant Sale 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 7 at the Fishers pioneer settlement, with no admission fee required.
31. Noblesville Main Street’s First Friday Upstairs Downtown event will showcase spaces in downtown Noblesville from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 7. A self-guided tour is $10, and a guided tour by a local historian is $20.
32. It’s Friends Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 7 at Kiln Creations in downtown Noblesville.
33. Conner Prairie’s History on Tap returns, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 4, with early bird tickets for sale through May 7.
34. Make plans to attend Nickel Plate Arts’ First Friday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 7, at the campus in Noblesville, with “The Healing Power of Art” exhibit, music and more.
35. Sit back and enjoy Meraki Dance Co.’s production of “Willy Wonka” on stage at May 7-9 with tickets still available at presstime for 2 p.m. May 9 at The Auditorium at The Annex at Ivy Tech Community College in Noblesville.
36. Join a captivating French-style high tea experience celebrating the beautiful mothers and mother figures in your life at a Mother’s Day Garden Tea from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 8 at Forest Park. The event will feature floral-lined tables, towers of macaroons, petit fours and a fragrant selection of teas to share over conversation and canvas painting. So grab your favorite hat, a beloved mother-daughter photograph (to paint) and reserve your seats for $26.06 at
37. Tap your feet to the Stringtown Pickers at 9 p.m. May 8 at Barley Island Brewing Co. in downtown Noblesville.
38. The Indiana Peony Festival will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 22 at Seminary Park, featuring peony judging, floral arranging, bouquet off, peony growers, food trucks, art vendors, floral vendors, fashion vendors, plants, Master Gardeners and more.
39. Noblesville Lions Club’s annual Pork Chop Dinner will be June 4 and pancake breakfast June 5 on the Courthouse Square.
40. The Noblesville Main Street’s “Main Street Block Party,” formerly Noblesville Street Dance, will be 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 5 in downtown Noblesville.

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