Movies on the lawn, music on the lawn...pack blankets and chairs for lots of outdoor entertainment in July, including a hip hop look at Shakespeare. Plus: The 1980s are calling (via that enormous Motorola mobile phone); they want you to resurface your best looks for the opening of a new major fashion exhibition.
Bring your lawn chairs down to Riverside Park for a memorable series of musical acts including Django Knight, Psywrn Simone, Brandon Meeks Quintet, and Christopher Pitts Trio. Free.
Artist Taylor Smith paints portraits of iconic people and objects on recycled obsolete 3.5-inch plastic computer diskette drives. Smith observes that today we go to great lengths to create a digital identity in addition to the actual lives we live, and believes that these online records are only growing in importance and will outlive us all. $8/admission.
Storyteller Sally Perkins will keep all ages entertained and on the edge of your seat with her tale “Adventures of the Great Outdoors.” FREE.
Expect live music, tasty food trucks, fun-painted faces and all sorts of tricks on wheels at this family-friendly event. Free, but donations encouraged.
Artists and the community are coming together to celebrate Mexican painter Frida Kahlo at this pop-up event featuring vendors and music. Artists will make their own creations, and everyone is encouraged to wear their best Frida-inspired attire.
Each month, the table at Art Dish is set to impress (the table itself descends from the rafters), and tickets go fast. In July, artist Eric Lubrick and Chef Tracy from Ash and Elm will collaborate to delight your senses. $150 ticket price includes fixed dinner and wine menu.
Families can explore nature, astronomy, superheroes, and weather during outdoor activities along the canal. It’s a chance to learn about and appreciate the cultural diversity of Indiana and the world. FREE.
Don’t miss out on a smooth summer night on the canal. Bring a blanket, a chair, or reserve a table ($60-$80) at Stardust Terrace Cafe, and enjoy acts such as First Time Caller, Touch of Grass, 45 RPM, and Sizzlin’ Gregg Bacon.
Jam out to one of Indy’s top blues bands at this outdoor show also featuring food trucks, a beer tent, and kids' activities. FREE.
Support local artists at this Fountain Square market where something interesting is always happening/hanging. New this season: A kid's corner with "small art lessons" and an open mic for sharing your talents.
Amid the civil rights movement, this choreopoem by India Nicole Burton follows one woman’s journey to self-discovery through the stories of three prominent women who were members of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Movement. "Panther Women" is a high-energy movement piece with poetry, monologues, dance, and song. $20.
Listen to true, personal stories based on the theme of sweat. Prizes will be awarded to the top three storytellers. FREE.
What happens when nearly 40 local visual artists, poets, authors, dancers, and musicians are each given $10,000 to go in search of creative inspo? Follow along on their journeys at this exhibition, and you’ll feel re-energized, too. FREE.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids is a Canadian hip-hop duo of Haisla (Indigenous) descent from Kitimat, BC. Rappers Yung Trybez and Young D formed the duo in 2016 and quickly gained a following for their energetic, thought-provoking performances. $25.
ArtMix transforms the lives of people with disabilities through the creation of art. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to stop in to enjoy several creation stations, including music, movement, ceramics, and more. FREE.
Celebrate African culture by dancing to music by DJs, shopping local vendors, and enjoying African cuisine. Open to all ages. $15.
Rob Funkhouser, a composer, performer, and instrument builder, presents "Study in Place," interactive sound sculptures and instruments that celebrate everyday sounds and objects. This show also features a first-time collaboration between Funkhouser and his neighbor Justin Cooper, a visual artist.
Witness 150 of "The Greatest Shorts on Earth" with in-person screenings at Living Room Theaters, Newfields, and the Indianapolis Art Center. Or, make some popcorn and have the movies streamed straight to your home. Prices vary.
Enjoy a Shakespearean rom-com outdoors with your family and friends. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics or purchase food from The Mad Griddle and Yungsdays Sundaes. Preshow entertainment by the Pork and Beans Brass Band begins at 6:30 pm. FREE.
Enjoy food trucks, beer and wine sales (coolers welcome too!), beats by Deckademics, and a family-friendly vibe. Justin Bland from the Made Man Improv team will host the evening. FREE.
Take the Indy Cultural Trail to where it crosses the Canal at West Walnut Street and find local musicians playing every Friday night. FREE.
Find a comfy seat on the lawn and enjoy a family-friendly concert by Latoshia and Joel Everson, the timeless Him&Her duo whose unique sound reflects indie rock, soul, and melody. $10-$25.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and get ready to enjoy a fun, fresh twist on the classic words of Shakespeare and the beautiful beats of hip hop. Directed by Mikael Burke. FREE.
The creative minds behind this event have styled some great experiences for Indy fashion lovers, including a mobile fashion tour of Downtown, a screening of "Cruella" at Newfields (costumes encouraged), a Selfie WRLD Content Party, and a high-velocity runway show at Dallara IndyCar Factory. Ticket prices vary.
Summer of Sundays challenges your hip-hop dance technique and tests your ability to learn new choreography. Each session features two new instructors teaching back-to-back classes. Day passes and summer-long passes available.
Rhythm! Discovery Center, a percussive and drum museum, is one of Indy's best-kept secrets. Enjoy a July 6 concert by jazz, soul, and funk musician Bashiri Asad, followed by an August 3 show by Rob Dixon, Indy's "musical mayor." FREE, but tickets required.
Pack a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a projected screening of "Rocky IV" (July 7) or "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" (Aug. 4) on the Indiana War Memorial Lawn. Before the movie starts, you can buy popcorn and drinks from local food trucks. Free admission.
Surround yourself in the history and beauty of the Holliday Park ruins and check out national acts including Masego, Counting Crows, Ani DeFranco, and Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors (pictured). Proceeds support Holliday Park and its Foundation. $20-$40.
Join some of Indy's top blues, soul, and jazz musicians for outdoor concerts. On July 13: The Blue Side featuring Tad Robinson, Gordon Bonham, and Rebekah Meldrum, plus Rob Dixon, Kevin Anker, Kenny Phelps, and Reggie Bishop. On Aug. 10: From the 317 featuring Josh Kaufman, Bashiri Asad, Marrialle Sellars, and Rusty Redenbacher. $25 and up.
The Alley opened last year as a casual, relaxing spot to enjoy live performances, visual art, and food and drink vendors. The 2022 season features jazz, blues, spoken word, incubator cabarets, and more. FREE, but table reservations are recommended. Pictured: Cabaret Artist-in-Residence Lasana Kazembe.
Join a drum circle, shop local vendors, and discover local craft drinks while enjoying live music and performance art. The Playground’s 3rd Friday is always full of creative energy. FREE.
In the 1970s, Stephen Sprouse left Columbus, Indiana, for New York City, where fashion headline writers dubbed him the "The Punk Glamour God" and "The Duke of Day-Glo." He gave Debbie Harry of Blondie her new-wave look, collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a handbag that was an instant sell-out, and designed the black cashmere suit that Andy Warhol literally took to his grave. See more than 60 looks at this exhibition, plus an incredible wall of shoes.
Jam the night away at the Phoenix’s new urban outdoor venue. The 2nd Saturdays Jammin' in the Park series will feature acts from rock to hip hop to R'n'B including Opal Staples, Tad Robinson (pictured), Allison Victoria, and Tommy Baldwin. $10.
Get up-close with significant documents that shaped American life and culture, including a 1350 edition of the Magna Carta, a rare printing of the Declaration of Independence, and a rare edition of the U.S. Constitution.
Families can join artist Beatriz Vasquez to explore the versatility of paper and use their imaginations to create their own wearable paper art. Vazquez experiments with the conceptual use of "papel picado," a Mexican folk art. These half-hour classes are free for museum members and included in museum admission.
These 71 featured organizations are supported by the City of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program administered by the Arts Council. More listings will be added as this website grows.
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