Welcome to your home for year-round fun.

Here, you’ll find a diverse lineup of entertainment options designed for the whole family. In addition to the signature events we’ve become known for (Germanfest, St. Benno and Karnival, etc.), you’ll discover additional programming and events as we actively engage with some of the community’s most innovative arts and cultural organizations. You’ll also find more and more Athenaeum-produced experiences going on all around our historic building and grounds — think pop-up game nights and performing arts in the historic Basile Theatre. This is Indy’s destination for must-see, definitely-do arts and cultural experiences.

Explore our schedule of upcoming events below.

Athenaeum Building Tour

All over the Athenaeum grounds 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

The Athenaeum, built in 1894 and 1898 as Das Deutsche Haus, remains true to the “sound mind in a sound body” ethos of its freethinker German founders. Author Kurt Vonnegut’s…

14th Annual GermanFest

All over the Athenaeum grounds 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

Indy's Best Haus Party Is Back! Join us on October 8 for the 14th annual GermanFest!  Again this year, we're taking GermanFest to the streets! Michigan and New Jersey Streets surrounding the Athenaeum (401 E. Michigan Street) will be closed to the public as we fill them with the tradition and culture of our German ancestors. With…

Cereal Cinema: Labyrinth

The Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

Cereal Cinema combines two of the best things about Saturday mornings: cereal and a great movie. Labyrinth Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth. Cereal is included with tickets and…

The Rocky Horror Show – LIVE

The Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

After four long years, NUVO’s 2015 and 2017 Best of Indy #1 pick for Best Locally Produced Play The Rocky Horror Show returns to the Basile Theatre at the Athenaeum this October! Brad and Janet find themselves stranded on a dark and stormy night. A flat tire brings them to the home of the fabulous and…

The Rocky Horror Show – LIVE

The Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

After four long years, NUVO’s 2015 and 2017 Best of Indy #1 pick for Best Locally Produced Play The Rocky Horror Show returns to the Basile Theatre at the Athenaeum…

The Rocky Horror Show – LIVE

The Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

After four long years, NUVO’s 2015 and 2017 Best of Indy #1 pick for Best Locally Produced Play The Rocky Horror Show returns to the Basile Theatre at the Athenaeum…

The Rocky Horror Show – LIVE

The Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

After four long years, NUVO’s 2015 and 2017 Best of Indy #1 pick for Best Locally Produced Play The Rocky Horror Show returns to the Basile Theatre at the Athenaeum…

The Rocky Horror Show – LIVE

The Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

After four long years, NUVO’s 2015 and 2017 Best of Indy #1 pick for Best Locally Produced Play The Rocky Horror Show returns to the Basile Theatre at the Athenaeum…

The Rocky Horror Show – LIVE

The Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

After four long years, NUVO’s 2015 and 2017 Best of Indy #1 pick for Best Locally Produced Play The Rocky Horror Show returns to the Basile Theatre at the Athenaeum…

The Rocky Horror Show – LIVE

The Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

After four long years, NUVO’s 2015 and 2017 Best of Indy #1 pick for Best Locally Produced Play The Rocky Horror Show returns to the Basile Theatre at the Athenaeum…

Athenaeum Building Tour

All over the Athenaeum grounds 401 E Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

The Athenaeum, built in 1894 and 1898 as Das Deutsche Haus, remains true to the “sound mind in a sound body” ethos of its freethinker German founders. Author Kurt Vonnegut’s…

Spirits at the Athenaeum: Overnight Ghost Hunt

Do you believe in ghosts? Have you dreamed of being a paranormal investigator? Are you ready to meet the spirits who've been living in our building for over 100 years?…

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Our Mission

The Athenaeum Foundation preserves a treasured historic landmark that welcomes all to nurture a sound mind and a sound body through arts & culture, wellness and community.

The Athenaeum Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.