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Carmel Arts & Entertainment / Culture and Entertainment


If you’re looking for an exciting cultural experience or just want to be entertained, Carmel is the place for you.  Start your visit at The Center for the Performing Arts, home to the world-class Palladium concert hall as well as the Tarkington and Studio theaters.  


The Center for the Performing Arts hosts a wide variety of entertainers from around the globe and is home to the Great American Songbook Foundation, an affiliate of the Grammy Museum. In addition, it also is home to some of the area's finest performing companies:

Actors Theatre of Indiana

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

Carmel Symphony Orchestra

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Indiana Wind Symphony

Are the Visual Arts more your style? If so, visit the Carmel Arts & Design District and other nearby locations where you’ll find a range of galleries alongside restaurants, bars and unique shopping experiences:

Anthony J. Padgett Gallery (located at Clay Terrace)

The Art Lab

Art on Main Gallery & Gifts

The Art Studio of Carmel

CCA Gallery & Gifts

Coats Wright Art & Design

Evan Lurie Fine Art Gallery

HGT Art Studio

Hoosier Salon

Indiana Artisan

Indiana Design Center

Magdalena Gallery of Art

Mary Johnson Gallery

SOHO Café & Gallery (located in Midtown)

Soori Gallery

Carmel Art’s Council Children’s Art Gallery

In addition, scattered throughout the Carmel Arts & Design District and connected to many of our roundabouts, you’ll find a collection of Sculptures and Art Installations that are sure to please!  The majority of the public art and sculptures in the Arts & Design District are by J. Seward Johnson, whose lifelike creations draw attention as visitors to the area pose with the statues for photographs or just for laughs. 

If your tastes run toward Music and the Performing Arts, you’ll find numerous opportunities all over town, including The Center for the Performing Arts, The Cat Theatre, and a number of independent companies, including the following.  (There are also several bars and restaurants in Carmel that offer live music on select nights.  Visit Yelp or other online search engines for more information.)

Actors Theatre of Indiana+

Amalgamated Stage Productions *

Approxima Theatre Company *

Ballet Theatre of Indiana

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre +

Carmel Apprentice Theatre *

Carmel Community Players

Carmel Symphony Orchestra +

Carmel Theatre Company *

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre +

Improbable Fiction Theatre Company *

Magic Thread Cabaret *

 + Resident company of The Center for the Performing Arts

* Resident company of The Cat

Into Specialty Museums that you won’t find anywhere else?  Carmel has that too!  Spend an hour or a day visiting these unique and interesting gems:

            The Carmel Fire Buffs and Fire Department Museum – 210 Veterans Way

            Great American Songbook Foundation Exhibition Gallery – 1 Center Green

            The Home Place Library & Museum – 108th Street and College Avenue

            Carmel Clay Historical Society Monon Depot Museum – 211 1st Street SW

            The Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections – 111 E. Main Street


And if you’re really just looking for some old-fashioned Hollywood fare coupled with great brews and delicious bites, then visit


Flix Brewhouse

So, whether you’re visiting Carmel for the first time or you’re a long-time resident, there are plenty of opportunities for fun and entertainment.  Check us out soon, and enjoy your visit!