Being a college town, Muncie has plenty of opportunities for students and community members to create and enjoy the arts together. Here’s a list of upcoming and ongoing events to enjoy the local art and music scene.
Aug. 20: My Yellow Rickshaw at Yorktown Civic Green
Yorktown’s Civic Green has been hosting free outdoor concerts all summer. On Aug. 20, the courtyard will welcome the eclectic cover band My Yellow Rickshaw, as well as food trucks and dessert caterers. There will be additional Yorktown concerts on select weekends through October.
Aug. 20: “The Sound of Music” at Muncie Civic Theatre
Running through Sept. 5, the cast of “The Sound of Music” will welcome audiences to the world of Maria von Trapp as she encourages young children to embrace the world of music and song to kick off its 2021-22 season.
Sept. 2: First Thursdays
On the first Thursday of every month, downtown Muncie hosts an event that includes several local businesses and artists from 5–8 p.m. From live shows to art galleries and hands-on activities, each monthly event is different.
Sept. 5: “Framed: Step into Art” Minnetrista exhibition
These interactive art pieces allow visitors to become part of famous pieces by Diego Rivera, Leonardo Da Vinci and more. With three-dimensional props, visitors can sit at the table of the “Dinner for Threshers,” participate in “The Maize Festival” and create their own self-portraits through Sept. 5.
Sept. 11: Asleep at the Wheel at Canan Commons Park
Asleep at the Wheel will present a free outdoor concert in downtown Muncie as part of the Muncie Three Trails Music Series. The Grammy Award winning group’s concert is sponsored in part by Ball State.
Sept. 11: AJR at Emens Auditorium
The music group AJR is scheduled to perform an exclusive concert for students and their guests. Tickets can be bought from the Emens Box Office beginning Aug. 21 with a valid student ID. For the rest of the fall Emens lineup, visit the auditorium's website.
Sept. 26: Cuplets Poetry at The Cup
While this event is temporarily hosted on Facebook during the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone is welcome to join to watch or read poems. Original compositions are welcomed as are classic and contemporary works of other writers. The poetry readings are a scheduled monthly event.
Oct. 1: “Clue” at Muncie Civic Theatre
Running through Oct. 10, the Muncie Civic Theatre will offer the opportunity to get into the Halloween spirit through performances of the classic murder mystery comedy that will have audiences laughing on the edge of their seats.
Oct. 2: Ladies of Laughter at Pruis Hall
This group was first created by New York comedian Mary Jo Wobker in 1989. She gave the opportunity for female comedians to present their standup routines at shows across the northeastern United States, which was the first paying work many of them got. The group will perform at Pruis Hall this fall.
Oct. 2: “Open Space: Art About the Land” Minnetrista exhibition
Running through Nov. 7, this annual art competition and exhibition seeks to recognize and encourage local Indiana artists who derive creative inspiration from the natural terrain or whose work celebrates open space as it relates to land. The collection often travels to different museums across the state.
Oct. 7: ArtsWalk at Canan Commons Park
Unique to the May and October First Thursdays, ArtsWalk hosts a yard sale for art, welcoming artists and creators to set up tents with their merchandise for Muncie locals and visitors to buy. Previous ArtsWalks have included jewelry, prints, woodwork and various eclectic crafts.