If you’re looking for things to do in Indy outside the parameters of the orchard/pumpkin patch/haunted house themes of October, fear not. Check out the following Indianapolis Calendar of Events for October to find plenty of other art and entertainment opportunities happening this month.Asian Impressions at White River Gardens, now through Nov. 8 at the White River Gardens, adjacent to the Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 West Washington St., Indianapolis, phone 317-630-2001. Exhibit admission included in regular zoo admission ($14 adults, $9 ages 62 and over and ages 2-12, age 1 and under free). See over 30 bonsai specimens on display, plus a full Asian garden design.
4th Annual “Quest for the West” Art Show and Sale, through Oct. 11 at the Eiteljorg Museum, 500 West Washington St., Indianapolis, phone 317-636-9378. Featuring 50 of the country’s outstanding artists noted for their landscapes, wildlife, historical narratives, portraits and still life compositions celebrating the history and culture of the American West.
Tajima Hiroyuki Exhibit through Oct. 11 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, phone 317-923-1331. Museum hours are Tue, Wed and Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu and Fri 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sun noon-5. Admission is free. This special exhibit by the creative print movement artist Tajima Hiroyuki is on display in the Frances Parker Appel Gallery.
Mendelssohn’s 200th Birthday Celebration will be performed live by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Oct. 8-10 at Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, phone 317-639-4300. Performances are at 10 a.m. Thu, 7 p.m. Fri, and 4:30 p.m. Sun. Alexander Kerr performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
The Heavens Are Hung in Black will be presented Oct. 6–25 at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 West Washington St., Indianapolis, phone 317-635-5252. Showtimes and ticket prices vary by date. This play brings to life Abraham Lincoln’s struggle to find a solution to the problem of slavery while the Civil War rages on.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented Oct. 8-Nov. 22 at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, phone 317-872-9664. The Bible-based story of Jacob, a favored son who is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, became one of Broadway’s great musicals in the hands of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
Jack and the Beanstalk comes to life Oct. 16-Nov. 14 at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, phone 317-872-9664. Showtimes are 10 a.m. Fri and Sat, and 1 p.m. Sunday. All seats are $12, and include the one-hour show, juice and a snack. Recommended for kids in preschool through grade 6.
“Rites and Ephemera” Exhibit Oct. 9 from 6-10 p.m. at Healing Arts Indy, 805 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, phone 812-617-1105. An art exhibit celebrating the Day of the Dead. Admission is free.
They Call Me Mr. Fry, weekends Oct. 3-18 at the IndyFringe Theatre Building, 719 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis, phone 317-522-8099. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fri and Sat, and 3 p.m. Sun. The touching and humorous true story of a first-year Indiana teacher who faces the challenges of teaching 5th-graders in south central Los Angeles. Admission is $15 ($10 teachers, $7 students).
Salvation Army Coats for Kids, Oct. 10 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, phone 317-224-1067. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Northwest Pavilion. Admission is free, but child must be present to receive a coat.
Ug! The Caveman Musical takes center stage weekends through Oct. 17 at Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, phone 317-685-8687. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fri and Sat, and 5 p.m. Sun. A caveman named Ug decides to tell his fellow Neanderthals about his many feats of bravery by reenacting them, and is credited with inventing the art of theater in the process. Family friendly, with a PG rating.
The 20th Annual Arts and Arms Making Workshop will be held Oct. 10-16 at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers, phone 317-776-6000, extension 241. Try your hand at authentic, 19th-century crafts and trades while working closely with some of the nation’s best craftsmen during 5-day, 2 1/2-day, or weekend classes. Class prices vary; download a registration brochure for more info.
Barktoberfest will take place from noon-4 p.m. at the Creation Café, 337 W. 11th St., Indianapolis, phone 317-872-5650. Dogs are welcome, and the event will feature a dog costume contest and treats from Three Dog Bakery, in addition to food, beer, and live music catering to the tastes of their human counterparts. Free admission; proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of Indianapolis.
The inaugural Original and Fabulous GermanFest will take place Oct. 10 from noon to 8 p.m. on the grounds of the Athenaeum (401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis) and along New Jersey Street. This free indoor/outdoor family event will celebrate all things German, including food, drink, live entertainment, cultural displays, children’s activities, crafts and more.
Brides-to-be won’t want to miss Indianapolis Magazine’s Bridal Show Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. in the Murat Egyptian Room, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis, phone 317-231-0000. Tickets may be purchased at the venue box office or via Ticketmaster online.
The Heartland Film Festival will be held Oct. 15-24, with screenings at AMC Castleton Square and Greenwood Park theaters. (The Castleton theatres are located at the 82nd Street entrance to Castleton Square Mall; the Greenwood theatres are located at the southeast corner of the Greenwood Park Mall.) See the online Festival Guide for a complete schedule of events.
Meet author Lawrence Kaplan at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Borders Downtown, 11 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, phone 317-972-8595. Kaplan will sign his historical holocaust mystery book, House of Ghosts, and will speak to those in attendance.
Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont will run from Oct. 16-Nov. 15 at the Phoenix Theatre, 749 North Park Ave., Indianapolis, phone 317-635-7529. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thu, 8 p.m. Fri and Sat, and 2 p.m. Sun.