A German tradition returns to the Athenaeum on Saturday, Jan. 27

Tickets are now on sale for Karneval, when the historic Athenaeum will host a lively and colorful celebration deeply rooted in German history and tradition.

The word “carnival” stems from Latin, meaning “the taking away of meat,” marking the beginning of the Lenten fast. The Athenaeum celebration is modeled after Karneval in Köln, or Cologne, sister city to Indianapolis. Visitors are invited to explore the traditions that date back to the 1880s in Indianapolis when German societies held lavish masked balls.

Cocktail attire is expected, as are masquerade masks. Red, white and black themes are suggested.

Tickets to the adults-only event are $50 and include two complimentary signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and validated parking in the Block 20 garage. Student tickets (valid ID required) are $25.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the party starting at 7 p.m. For tickets, go to https://athenaeumindy.org/our-event/karneval.