With Thanksgiving around the corner and Christmas decorations in stores, the holiday season is upon us, and Indiana casinos are in the spirit.
The venues offer patrons a wide range of entertainment and activities this month. PlayIndiana put together a November guide to concerts, promotions and other events at select Indiana casinos.
Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana
This month, Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana shifts from its usual Chicago Blues-heavy lineup with a more eclectic mix. The month kicks off with some down-home Mississippi Delta music from the critically acclaimed Mississippi Heat band. A diverse mix of rock and pop-inspired groups rounds out the month. The casino has two venues: the Council Oak Bar and the Hard Rock Cafe. Performances are on Friday and Saturday nights and entry is free.
- Nov. 1: Mississippi Heat (Delta blues)
- Nov. 3: Infinity (Journey tribute band)
- Nov 4: Fletcher Rockwell (Americana rock & roll)
- Nov. 4: Beyond the Blonde (Pink, Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga tribute band)
- Nov. 10: Hello Weekend (high-energy party band)
- Nov. 10: Mike Wheeler Band (jazz, rock, blues, Top 40)
- Nov. 11: Laura Rain & The Caesars (funk, soul, R&B)
- Nov. 11: Mr. Blotto (rock, folk, country jam band)
- Nov. 17: Mr. Funnyman Band (pop, rock, soul cover band)
- Nov. 17: Head Honchos (Rock, soul and funk)
- Nov. 18: Lolla (Lollapalooza artist cover band)
- Nov. 18: Erin Coburn (rock)
- Nov. 22: Leilani Kilgore (rock and blues)
- Nov. 22: Blackberry Jam (high-energy guitar-driven band)
- Nov. 24: Starlight City (pop and rock party band)
- Nov. 24: DJ Slash (dance, house, hip-hop DJ)
- Nov. 25: Nate Venturelli (country)
- Nov. 25: Ivy Ford (blues)
The casino runs monthly promotions with daily free rewards, dining discounts for seniors and free play offers for new Hard Rock Rewards members.
November marks the end of the 2023 racing season at Horseshoe Indianapolis. It is the only venue in the state for live thoroughbred and quarter horse racing. The last day of races is Nov. 16.
- Tuesday and Wednesday races begin at 2:30 p.m.
- Thursday races begin at 2:10 p.m.
- Nov. 10: Veteran’s Day races begin at 2:20 p.m.
Online casinos in Indiana are not yet legal, but there is legal online horse betting — so attendees can bet on the horse races at the track or via any number of horse betting apps.
Horseshoe Indianapolis offers special promotions throughout November.
- Golden Gamer: Patrons aged 50 and over can participate in drawings on the casino floor from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the hour.
- Caesars Rewards App Offer: Check the mobile app for a credit multiplier offer.
- Colts Touchdown Multipliers: On Indianapolis Colts game days, patrons are guaranteed a 2X credit multiplier in the Caesars Reward app for each touchdown the team makes. Game dates in November: 5, 12, 26.
In addition to a full range of casino and dining options, Horseshoe Hammond wows visitors with a spectacular lineup of entertainment every month. November opens with a comedy show from popular actor-comedian Tiffany Haddish. A week later, the sultry R&B sounds of singer-songwriter star Kem grace the stage. Old-school soul fans will love the Thanksgiving Jam featuring legendary bands The Whispers, The Dramatics and Rose Royce.
- Nov. 3: Tiffany Haddish
- Nov. 11: Kem
- Nov. 18: Spanish rock band Caifanes
- Nov. 24: The Whispers, The Dramatics featuring L.J. Reynolds and Rose Royce
- Nov. 25: The Whispers, The Dramatics featuring L.J. Reynolds and Rose Royce
Also, get your tickets now for the Dec. 8 concert of Prince collaborators Morris Day and The Time along with percussionist virtuoso Sheila E., a scion of the famous Escovedo musical family.
Caesars Southern Indiana
Caesars Southern Indiana celebrates its 25th anniversary this month with a variety of promotions. Despite the name, Caesars Southern Indiana is operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
When Caesars Entertainment merged with Eldorado in 2020, the company was forced to sell a few Indiana properties. That included the casino in Elizabeth.
- Nov. 1 to 25: 25th Anniversary Reward Credit Giveaway. Drawings for reward credits every 30 minutes from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Grand Prize is $10,000 and 500,000 reward credits. Grand prize winners will be announced on Nov. 25
- Nov. 18: 25th Anniversary Free Play Palooza Drawings. Patrons get a chance to win up to $2,500 by participating in drawings that take place every 25 minutes from 5 p.m. to 9:35 p.m.
- Super Senior Wednesday all month: The promotion gives gamblers 55 and older who are members of the Caesars Rewards program a 3X reward credit multiplier every Wednesday.
Caesars Southern Indiana has two concerts in November. Rock band Foreigner makes a stop on its farewell tour on Nov. 3 at the Caesars Event Center. Atlanta-based country band Blackberry Smoke performs on Nov. 17.
Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa
As usual, the Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa in Michigan City always has a great lineup of live shows.
- Nov. 3: Libido Funk Circus (dance party band)
- Nov. 4: Listen Betty (rock, alternative, pop, 80s/90s)
- Nov. 4: WYSIWYG (danceable classic rock)
- Nov. 10: Friday Night Drive (pop cover band)
- Nov. 11: Rosie and the Rivets (’50s and ’60s retro rock & roll show)
- Nov. 11: Dick Diamond and the Dusters (70s tribute band)
- Nov. 17: Smartypants (dance music)
- Nov. 18: Claremont Drive (Baby Boomer rock)
- Nov. 18: Soda (Dance party band)
- Nov. 22: Stop. Drop. Rewind. (pop-punk)
- Nov. 24: The Aftermath (thrash metal)
- Nov. 25: Twice the Action (dance party)
- Nov. 25: Bottoms Up (country hits and classic rock)
Rising Star Casino Resort
Rising Star Casino and Resort offers free live entertainment all month at its Anchor Lounge.
- Nov. 4: Junction Creek (country)
- Nov. 11: Nathan Jenkins Band (country)
- Nov. 18: Saffire Express (country, disco, pop, R&B, rock)
- Nov. 23: Harley Day (country)
- Nov. 24: Retroactive (danceable covers band)
- Nov. 25: Night Owl (classic rock and country)
Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg
- Nov. 3: Exploit
- Nov. 4: Cook and Belle (country, soul, gospel)
- Nov. 10: Party Punch (high-energy dance)
- Nov. 11: GenX (rock, country, 80s, oldies)
- Nov. 17: Sushi Roll (high-energy dance, rock)
- Nov. 18: Danny Frazier Band (blues, soul, country)
- Nov. 24: Audio Graffiti (high-energy party band)
- Choose the Champs: Every Saturday at Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, make pro football-based winning team picks for a chance to win up to $1,000 in free plays.
- Norwegian Cruise Line Giveaway: Earn entries between Nov. 1 and Nov. 4 for a chance to win a cruise line voucher.
- Veterans Day Giveaway: Active-duty military, veterans, or first responders who are members of the PENN Heroes rewards program (or sign up that day) will receive a $20 food voucher and a free t-shirt at the promotions booth.
Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago
Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago has a variety of promotions in November including special rewards for PENN Heroes members.
- Feathers of Fortune Saturdays: Free entries for a chance to win up to $10,000 in PENN cash.
- Pro Football Pick’em Challenge Nov. 1 – Nov. 23 and Nov. 24- Dec. 21: Submit a three-player roster of who you think will score the highest each week. If your roster comes in the top five, you have a chance to win up to $250. Contestants with the overall top scores have a chance to win a grand prize.
Bally’s Evansville Casino
Bally’s Evansville Casino has several promotions in November. Patrons earn entries for drawings by swiping their Bally Rewards cards at kiosks.
- Nov. 3-4: Receive printed entries at kiosks for a chance to win $250 slot play and tier points from 1,000 to 10,000 points.
- Nov. 3-4: Play your casino games using your Bally Rewards Card to earn multiplied Bally Bucks and tier points.
- Nov. 7 and 21: “Pick a Chip” by swiping your Bally Rewards card. Each person who swipes will win free slot plays.
- Nov. 15 and Nov. 24: Bally Rewards members who have earned a jackpot before can swipe their cards for a chance to win a $1,200 jackpot and a $20,000 jackpot grand prize.
- Nov. 25: Ballys Rewards members can receive printed entries at kiosks to enter a drawing for $10,000 in cash and free slot play.
French Lick Resort Casino & West Baden
The French Lick Resort Casino goes all in with the holiday spirit with Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas-themed events:
- Nov. 11: Ladies for Liberty – The trio sings patriotic, old-school tunes to celebrate Veterans
- Nov. 11 – Dec 30: 50 Days of Lights activities begin in November. On Nov. 18, the hotel will have a lighting ceremony for a tree on the French Lick Casino front lawn. The ceremony will include fireworks, a projection light show on the front of the hotel, a Santa’s Workshop party and live music. Other activities throughout the month include:
- Letters to Santa activities for kids
- Christmas movies on Fridays and Saturdays,
- Santa’s Toy Maker Workshop
- Cookie decorating classes
- Holiday story times
- Meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus
- Daily light shows on the hour between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Belterra Casino Resort
Staind fans will have a chance to see frontman Aaron Lewis in an acoustic solo gig on Nov. 17 at Belterra Casino Resort. He departs from the grunge-alternative sound of Staind and returns to his country roots to perform tracks from his charting albums “Town Line” and “Sinner.”