Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Indy Folk Series. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please conctact us at IndyFolkSeries@gmail.com
Is there food or drink available at the concert?
YES. Light snacks and a variety of beverages, including beer and wine, are available in the lobby before the concert and during intermission. Snacks and drinks are available by donation. We kindly ask that patrons not bring their own food or drink as our venue has some limitations on what we can serve.
Do I need a ticket?
YES, see our TICKETS page for more detail.
Can I make a tax-deductible contribution to the Indy Folk Series?
Donations can be made in any amount, at any time, and are tax deductible. CLICK HERE
The Indy Folk Series is incorporated in the State of Indiana, and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donations help us cover expenses so we can continue to bring first-rate artists to the Indy Folk Series!
What time do doors open?
The exterior doors to the building typically open at 6:15 pm. There will be snacks and drinks available in the lobby. The doors to the room where the concert is held will open after sound check is complete. The concert starts at 7:00 pm.
There is no need to arrive prior to 6:15 pm. There is no covered place for you to wait until the doors open at 6:15 pm.
For special events, this timing may vary, and will be clearly communicated on our website and email announcements.
Is the venue accessible?
We strive to be accessible, inclusive, and welcoming to all. For more specific information about accessibility at the venue, CLICK HERE.
Where do I park?
There is usually plenty of free parking in the parking lot. If the lot is full, street parking is available. See the DIRECTIONS page for a map.
Are there any restaurants nearby?
YES! For some suggestions, CLICK HERE.
We're coming in from out of town. Are there any hotels nearby?
Our host venue, UUI, is nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood, and there aren’t any hotels in the immediate area. Your best option would probably to find a hotel that is convenient to the direction in which you are traveling.
Are concerts available via Livestream?
YES! Ticketed concerts are available via high-quality Livestream. See our TICKETS page for more detail.
I bought a ticket for the in-person concert but can't attend. Can I watch the livestream instead?
YES! Everyone who buys a ticket for the in-person concert will also receive information about how to attend via Livestream. If you need assistance, contact us at IndyFolkSeries@gmail.com
Is this an all-ages venue?
YES! Children are welcome at the Indy Folk Series.
Can I reserve a seat?
No. Sightlines and acoustics are excellent throughout the room. We do not offer assigned/reserved seats.
I am coming with a large group, can we all sit together?
While we don’t offer reserved seats, large groups typically find it easy to find space together. Your best plan would be to have at least one or two people in your group arrive shortly after doors open, and they can get seats and hold them until the rest of the group arrives.
How long does the concert last?
Concerts start at 7:00 pm and normally conclude by about 9:00 pm or shortly thereafter.
Do you have an ATM?
No. The closest ATM is Chase Bank, located at 5635 N. Illinois St.
How many people does the venue hold?
The in-person concert I wanted to attend is sold out! Is there a waiting list?
No, we don’t offer a wait-list option for in-person events. However our concerts are available via Livestream: TICKETS
Is there a list of past performers who have played at the Indy Folk Series?
YES. See PREVIOUS CONCERTS for a list of performers who have played the Indy Folk Series since our first concert in 2001, including links to their websites where available.
Who runs the the Indy Folk Series?
Indy Folk Series, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization; we do not have any paid staff. We have a nine-person BOARD OF DIRECTORS and many volunteers who help out on the day of the show.
We are incorporated in the State of Indiana as a not-for-profit corporation, and recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
How can I contact someone at Indy Folk Series?
Indy Folk Series, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization; we do not have an office or any paid staff. The best way to contact us is via email at IndyFolkSeries@gmail.com. If you have a question or idea you’d prefer to discuss over the phone, please send us an email with a some information about what you’d like to talk about, and your phone number, and the volunteer who is best suited to discuss your topic will call you back.
I'd like to volunteer. What should I do?
We are actively seeking additional volunteers to help! Please talk to one of the volunteers at a concert, and/or complete the Volunteer Survey so we can get an idea of what your interests are. There is a considerable amount of work that needs to be done in between the concerts, as well as on the day of the show. There’s a role for you!
How do you choose performers for the Indy Folk Series?
We strive to present a mix of genres and styles, introduce our audience to new talent, and we often bring back at least one returning favorite each season.
We need to see a live, in-person performance before booking anyone for a spot in our season. We have not, in recent memory, featured a performer at the Indy Folk Series whom we have not had the pleasure of seeing perform in front of a live audience. In fact, we prefer to see more than one performance, in a variety of settings if possible, as well as have the opportunity to have a brief conversation at the break or after the show.
Our volunteers regularly attend Folk Alliance Regional Midwest, as well as local/regional music festivals and venues specifically to meet new performers.
One of our greatest challenges is selecting just a handful of acts from among all the incredibly talented performers whom we would truly love to invite to play our stage.
How can I get booked to play at the Indy Folk Series?
Please see our BOOKING page for specific details.
I'm planning an event and would love to use this space. How do I do that?
The Indy Folk Series does not own the buildng. Contact the office of the Unitarian Church of Indianapolis about rental information. https://www.uui.org/