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Spring is Here Really? No Joking This Time, Right?

Just like most weather professionals in Indiana, I really have no clue what the weather is going to do this weekend. All the DopRads and the StormForces in the state don’t seem to know when Spring will actually arrive .

But I can tell you it doesn’t matter. Spring is a state of mind! At some point, we as human beings must get outside and enjoy the weather, whatever that weather may be. Once we’ve gotten our breath of fresh air THEN we can launch a bi-partisan, blue-ribbon inquiry into GroundhogGate and how Phil got it so, so wrong.

No matter what corner of the state you’re reading this from, Easter Worship ceremonies will be blossoming Saturday and Sunday. If Christianity isn’t your thing, you can still take advantage of the updated menus and Sunday special restaurants are rolling out for the warmer weather we are supposed to have March 31.

Lots of Easter Celebration options in Indy

Oh and NCAA Men’s basketball in all it’s non-denominational brilliance!

Indianapolis will be host to easter celebrations and of course basketball this weekend as the NCAA will host its Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional Finals (aka Sweet 16) starting Friday. The first game tips off at Lucas Oil Stadium at 7:15 p.m. between (1)Louisville and (12)Oregon, followed by (3)Michigan State versus (2) Duke at 9:45. The winner of each game will face off in the Elite Eight matchup on Easter Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The full schedule is here, and Tickets are still available.

If you get to Georgia Street before the game, the Bud Light Tailgate is available from noon to 9 p.m. hosted by 97.1 HANK FM. FREE tailgate fun and burgers and tenderloins will be available from Arni’s.

If you do decide to leap outdoors and you happen to reside in Central Indiana, our friends at Indy Downtown Inc., compiled some great options tied to the holiest day on the Christian Calendar. There are many beautiful, historic churches Downtown hosting Easter services. Sit down for brunch at a favorite Downtown restaurant or hunt down some kids activities like the Easter Egg Hunt at the Propylaeum or the Bunny Rock 5K!

Downtown Easter Services
126 W. Georgia St.
Easter Sunday masses begin at 8 and 11 a.m.
401 N. Delaware St.
Easter services begin at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Corner of Alabama and New York streets
Service takes place in the courtyard of the Marsh Supermarket on Easter morning at 7 a.m.
701 N. Delaware St.
Easter worship services begin at 10:30 a.m.
317 N. New Jersey St.
Easter Sunday masses: 8 a.m. bilingual mass, 10:30 a.m. English mass, 1:15 p.m. Spanish mass
How would you like your Easter eggs prepared?
Hop down to First Watch on Illinois Street for fresh, made-to-order breakfast, brunch and lunch from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
This Easter brunch includes mimosas, appetizing entrées, delectable desserts and more in the Conrad’s majestic Vienna Ballroom. $59 adults; $29 children 3 – 10, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
A beautiful, traditional Easter buffet for the entire family with seatings at noon, 12:30, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. $28 adults, $15 kids 12 and under.
An elegant offering including a fabulous seafood bar, rosemary crusted strip loin, a delightful dessert station, and much more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $40; kids 5 – 10 $20; kids under 5 FREE.
Catch an Easter brunch featuring traditional favorites like eggs benedict and bananas foster French toast.
Enjoy a special brunch menu, live entertainment, a bloody mary and mimosa bar, family photographs, cookie decorating, a children’s movie theatre and more from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the historic Severin Ballroom. $59; seniors $49; children 6 – 12 $28.
Chef Scott’s Easter Buffet “Eggstravaganza” returns this year with 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. seatings. A full display of all of your favorites will be available as well as a miniature custom buffet for our junior Skyline Club children. $44.95 members; $49.95 non-members; $24.95 ages 13 – 17; $15.95 ages 6 – 12; $8.95 ages 2 – 5.
Celebrate Easter Sunday with a special prix fixe brunch featuring smoked salmon, lobster eggs benedict, irresistible desserts and more for $49 per adult and $15 per child.
From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Adobo offers a special Easter brunch buffet with a number of appetizer, entrée and dessert options for $19.99.
Savor an authentic Italian lunch or dinner on Easter Sunday in a fun, vintage, group-style atmosphere.
Try special Easter fruit baskets, including sweet gifts for kids, tasty table centerpieces and gourmet chocolate-dipped fruit for dessert!
Family Fun
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, the whole family can enjoy some classic circus fun including live animal shows, clowns, magicians, jugglers, face painting, cotton candy and more. Admission is FREE and game/refreshment tickets are just 50 cents each.
Bring the kids to the Prop on Saturday, March 30 for the annual Easter egg hunt starting at 11 a.m. rain or shine. Bring your camera for pictures!
Register by March 28 for the annual FREE Easter egg hunt at the Motor Speedway on Saturday, taking place rain or shine inside Turn 3. Registration opens at 10 a.m. and the hunt will begin at 11.
**All White River State Park attractions will be open on Easter Sunday with the exception of Victory Field.
Visit the Indianapolis Zoo for just $10 on Easter Sunday with a special coupon and learn about some of the newest babies on exhibit! Find hidden Easter eggs around the Zoo for a chance to win a special prize. Café on the Commons will be serving Easter-inspired food options all day.
Every participant in this unique Easter morning 5K will receive bunny ears, sunglasses and a custom t-shirt. In addition to the run, kids and families can enjoy fun activities like an Easter egg hunt with more than 3,000 candy-filled eggs, a live petting zoo and pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Take the family to a FREE Easter egg hunt at Roberts Park starting at 10 a.m.!

Let us know in the comment section below what you think or if we missed anything!

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