Vonnegutfest Three-Day Tour of Indy

Whether you’re a resident of Indy or an out-of-town guest coming in for 2016 Vonnegutfest, you’ll have a lot of options for food, entertainment, and exploration. We hope you’ll enjoy your time in Vonnegut’s hometown, and to help with that endeavor we’ve created a list of places to go during Vonnegutfest.

Places to Visit

Indiana War Memorial
431 N Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Twenty-four acres of museum, memorial, and green space in downtown Indy honoring Hoosier veterans of all major conflicts. These landmarks are a fantastic place to spend some time during Vonnegutfest, which takes place on Armistice Day/Veteran’s Day. More information.

Indiana Historical Society
450 W Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Connect with the past in exciting and innovative ways at the Indiana Historical Society located right on the Central Canal. More information.

James Whitcomb Riley Home
528 Lockerbie Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
‘Little Orphant Annie’ author and poet James Whitcomb Riley called Indy home, and you can visit his Lockerbie neighborhood residence. More information.

Places to Read

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202
A literary treasure of the Circle City, Indy Reads is a not-for-profit bookstore, library, and event space promoting literacy in Indianapolis. Located on the east end of Mass Ave, Indy Reads is just a few steps away from some of the hottest dining and drinking spots our city has to offer. More information.

Central Library
40 E St Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Come for the stunning architecture, stay for the books. Oh, and there is a coffee bar, free wifi, lots of seating, and displays about Indiana’s history to enjoy too. More Information.

Places to Eat and Drink

Rathskeller
401 E Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
This Bavarian-inspired beer hall was designed by Kurt Vonnegut’s grandfather and even has a room dedicated to Kurt. Enjoy a few large pours of beer and some German food while admiring one of the best examples of classic German architecture in the city. More information.

Bluebeard
653 Virginia Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Classic cocktails and James Beard Award-nominated cuisine in a renovated 1924 warehouse. The name and decor of this restaurant are all inspired by Kurt Vonnegut. More information.

Millktooth
34 Virginia Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Located on what is quickly being known as Eat Street (Virginia Ave), Milktooth has become one of the most daring and popular Indy restaurants. Chef Jonathan Brooks has been featured in Food and Wine and other culinary publications. Open for brunch and lunch, this is a must visit for anyone in Indianapolis. More information.

Red Key Tavern
5170 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Looking for a classic bar with no frills and lots of character? Stop by Red Key Tavern where Kurt would imbibe, and current Hoosier authors like Dan Wakefield are known to frequent. More information.

 

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