VonnegutFest is November 9, 2019!


VonnegutFest, the only Vonnegut-centric event in the world, is an annual festival in Kurt Vonnegut’s hometown of Indianapolis that champions the power of the arts and humanities to better us as individuals and as a society. This year’s event coincides with the Grand Opening of the new Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (KVML) at 543 Indiana Avenue. We are so excited to welcome you to our new home! If you would like to attend our grand opening event, general admission tickets for $15 or VIP tickets of $75 can be purchased here!

Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting

KVML | 543 Indiana Avenue | Noon

Join Kurt’s daughter, Edith Vonnegut; Visit Indy President & CEO Leonard Hoops; Historian Bill Selm; musicians David Sasso and Katie Burk; Free Speech Ambassador Sophie Maurer; and the Board of the Vonnegut Library for our ribbon-cutting ceremony, and then enter the doors of KVML for your first glimpse

Happy Birthday Wanda June

KVML | 543 Indiana Avenue | 1 p.m.

Help us blow out the candles at KVML’s new Wanda June exhibition, in partnership with Indianapolis Opera. Grab a slice of birthday cake with Indianapolis Opera Executive Director David Starkey and KVML Board member Kimann Schultz.

So It Goes Literary Journal Release Party and Readings

KVML | 543 Indiana Avenue| 2-4 p.m.

Don’t miss this literary salon of 26 contributors, including two former Indiana Poet Laureates, reading their amazing works from the eighth issue of KVML’s So It Goes Literary Journal.

Unveiling of the Frank and Katrina Basile Community Room 

KVML | 543 Indiana Avenue | 5 p.m.

Raise a glass with Deputy Mayor Jeff Bennett in a champagne toast to Frank and Katrina Basile in the museum’s Community Room, made possible by the Basiles.

Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day – Unveiling of the Slaughterhouse-Five Permanent Exhibition AND Art Exhibition of Slaughterhouse-50 by L.A. Artist Lance Miccio with Panel Discussion

KVML | 543 Indiana Avenue | 5:30 p.m.

Dig deeper into the history that inspired Slaughterhouse-Five with a panel discussion featuring artist Lance Miccio, who will debut 50 pieces based on Slaughterhouse-Five; Brian Welke, author of a forthcoming book on Vonnegut’s 423rd Infantry Regiment and an associate member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge; and environmental artist Stuart Williams, whose public exhibition “Breath of Life/Dresden” at the Dresden Cathedral marked the anniversary of the bombing of the city.

Also, our Kickstarter campaign to finish creating the exhibits and implement the planned programs around the book’s themes started OCTOBER 14. Make history by adding your name to this exhibit. Check our our latest video, and donate today. The clock just started ticking. Honor the 50th anniversary of the book and Vonnegut with your support.


Grand Opening Concert

KVML | 543 Indiana Avenue | 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate with the stylish sounds of Indy-based all-stars The Groove 4tet, featuring Clint Breeze (drums), Nick Tucker (bass), Steven Jones (keys), and Zachary Finnegan (trumpet) playing jazz standards and originals.

Prefer to Laugh

KVML | 543 Indiana Avenue | 8:00 p.m.

Let us put a smile on your face with this year’s Kurt Vonnegut Humor Award winner, Scott Long. Living locally in Indianapolis and touring nationally, Long is a career stand-up comedian who has appeared on NBC and FOX and written Emmy nominated sketches during his 11 seasons at the NFL on FOX. Warming up the crowd will be Jerry Wise, CFO of Newfields and this year’s master of ceremonies, along with Visit Indy President & CEO (and past award recipient) Leonard Hoops. As Vonnegut once said, “I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” It’ll be a gas!

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