It's the time you’ve been waiting for. No backup plans necessary. Eat late. Stay up with the kids. Experience something beautiful and preposterous with a roomful of former strangers. Do a festival. Get into a new kind of jazz. This is your city, your moment, your summer.
This Lanham Gallery exhibit explores the work of 12 influential Hoosier authors, such as Ernie Pyle, Mary Ritter Beard, and Etheridge Knight. The exhibit includes books written by these Indiana authors along with documents and photos displaying their careers. Included with general admission tickets, FREE for members.
His sophisticated songs have a unique place in our culture. No wonder Cole Porter’s work still captivates. Tony DeSare, Bria Skonberg, and John Manzari offer fresh takes on hits like “Night and Day,” “I Get A Kick Out of You,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” $18 and up. Discounts for students.
Leading up to the 99th annual exhibition by the Hoosier Art Salon next year, this exhibit features work from each of 18 Best of Show award winners over the past 27 years, plus work from six Indiana artists who have received significant awards. Guests of the symphony may view the exhibit. Cost varies by event.
When David Hochoy, legendary artistic director of Dance Kaleidoscope, retires at the end of DK’s 50th season, "Scheherazade" will serve as his grand finale with the organization. First staged in 1995, this dynamic take on the story of “A Thousand and One Nights” embodies the magic of storytelling and the imagination. $35 and up. Discounts for youth.
Combining two days of treasure hunting with food, fun, and socializing, the Flea Market began as a neighborhood fundraiser in 1975 and has grown to fill 80 acres and more than 200 front yards. Walk, bike, or share a ride if you can. Parking available in the Teacher’s Treasures lot. FREE.
It’s strawberry season! Since 1965, the Indy Strawberry Festival has brought strawberries, and shortcake—and a multitude of adoring fans—to the circle for one glorious Thursday in June. Don’t wait; when they’re gone, they’re gone. $8
This live event emceed by Classical Pairings host, Nick Johnson, features four tasting-sized craft cocktails from Hotel Tango’s new spring/summer menu, paired with live music performed by Matthew Kraemer (violin), Andrea Kleesattel (cello), and Laura Recendez (flute). $45.
Food, friends, and family: This popular Indy street festival checks all the boxes, with indulgent Italian favorites, live music, festival rides, and more. Vinyl Escape Band and Heartstone Crossing headline the two evenings of entertainment. Admission FREE.
Show your pride and your support at this year’s Indy Pride Parade, once again taking place along Massachusetts Avenue and capping more than a week of events. After the parade, make your way to Military Park for an afternoon and evening of celebration. Tickets to the festival are $10, enjoy the parade for FREE.
This Philippine tradition commemorates the spirit of communal unity, work, and cooperation. Meet with friends and neighbors—old and new—to celebrate the power of gathering together and working toward a common goal. FREE.
In the second season of this showcase for up-and-coming Central Indiana arts teams, three brand-new pieces—a multi-style dance piece, a contemporary opera, and a four-movement piece for saxophone and looper pedal—have been selected to have their premieres in professionally-produced performances at the Palladium. FREE.
Director, educator, and actor David Ivers presents scenes from Romeo and Juliet, set to Prokofiev’s score, under the baton of ISO Artistic Advisor Jun Märkl. Full of stunning melodies, the score perfectly captures the lovers’ tragic fate. $16 and up. Discounts for students.
At Westerberg High, Veronica Sawyer is just another nobody dreaming of a better day. Can the beautiful and cruel Heathers make her dreams of popularity a reality? Or will she find it’s murder being somebody in this town? $40.
Showcasing a handpicked group of Indianapolis artists, this art event is produced by and for horizon-expanding, dope creatives and the people who love them. Vibe and listen to music while you peruse the art. Donations welcome.
Director Kim Martin-Cotten and ISO Artistic Advisor Jun Märkl help the orchestra bring Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” to life. The Violin Concerto will feature the Gold Medal winner of the 2022 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Sirena Huang. $16 and up. Discounts for students.
It’s a celebration of history and community with musicians, dancers, singers, actors, and visual artists from across Indianapolis, plus food trucks, vendors, kids’ activities, and fun for the whole family. Featuring Iibada Dance, Bashiri Asad, The Performing Arts Conservatory, Lawrence Township dance teams, and more! FREE.
Formerly known as the Independent Music and Arts festival, Bloombox is a music and DIY contemporary craft fair in conjunction with the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange. Rusty Redenbacher returns as emcee. An exciting line-up from a wide range of musical genres is in store. FREE.
A contemporary craft fair celebrating modern handmade goods. Featuring more than 60 vendors, art activities, open studios, beer, wine, raffle tickets, swag bags, and the human hamster wheel. Enjoy the Bloombox Music Festival while you explore. FREE.
With over 270 artists from across the nation, this juried art fair continues to be ranked as one of the finest in the country. Running for over 50 years, the Talbot Street Art Fair continues to define the art scene in Indianapolis. FREE.
Join a three-day celebration of Madam Walker’s legacy over the Juneteenth weekend. There’s a gala and reception, a two-day block party, and the “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight, caps the weekend off at the 2nd annual Legacy Fest fundraising concert. Limited seats are available at $102-and-up for Gladys Knight, but the block party is FREE.
A weekend-long music, arts, and culinary festival for all-ages, including families, WonderRoad features two days and multiple stages of indie acts, plus art, children’s activities, adventure, education, and great food. Weezer headlines Saturday night, with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit batting cleanup on Sunday. Prices vary by ticket package.
Commemorating the emancipation from slavery, Juneteenth celebrates Black history, legacy, and culture. A week of events includes a college and career conference, trivia night, boxing tournament, and culminates in a parade and celebration in Military Park on the 17th. Admission prices vary by event.
See local independent artists perform every Sunday at 10 a.m. at Red Door Cafe!
With a name inspired by a deer tick encountered in Morgan-Monroe State Forest, singer-songwriter John McCauley and company return to Indiana for a night at the HI-FI Annex, touring their new album, “Emotional Contracts.” Country Westerns open. $27 and up.
Alt-rock icon Ben Folds brings his emotionally complex new album, “What Matters Most,” as well as his deep catalog of fan favorites, to Rock the Ruins. Bring your own lawn chairs or blanket for seating. $46.
A trumpeter, vocalist, writer, and arranger with a swaggering soul and the chops to back up the panache, Benack was voted Top Rising Star Trumpeter + Male Vocalist by DownBeat in 2022. $25 and up.
Five days of family-friendly entertainment return to Fishers this summer with free concerts, a 5K run/walk, a car and art show, and a street fair with parade and aerial show. Food, drink, and fun will be on hand throughout the week. There’s a registration fee to take part in the 5K, but otherwise, events are FREE.
For the benefit of Trinity Haven, Bard Fest, in partnership with Butler University, presents the entire play cycle for the first time in Indianapolis in over a decade. It’s the fantastical history, fueled by the fires of change, of a generation almost lost to a devastating epidemic. $16.
The Triangle factory fire was one of our nation's most terrible workplace tragedies, forever changing the trajectory of laws governing working conditions. “Triangle” explores the labor movement in the New York City garment district through the lens of 15 actors portraying real people working at the factory. $32. Discounts for students.
Peruse jewelry, pottery, paintings, beadwork, and more from more than 140 artists from across the U.S. and Canada. Enjoy music, dance, storytelling, family art-making activities, plus fry bread and other food from local vendors. Tickets $25. 17 and under FREE.
Check out all the creative energy coursing through Cruft Street as you celebrate local artists and musicians and sample an array of food trucks and vendors. During the winter months, the Night Market is held inside Tube Factory artspace. In the fall, spring, and summer months, vending is located outside. FREE.
Still hyped from the fireworks and ready for more? Baltimore synth-pop indies Future Islands arrive to light up the annex with a characteristically high-energy set drawn from their extensive repertoire. $20.
Celebrating Frida Kahlo’s influence worldwide, piercing through borders, languages and time, this Frida Kahlo-inspired pop-up art event showcases the famous Mexican painter’s strong influence with new works created in her honor. Join the celebration in your best Frida costume.
Thrilling, unpredictable, and sonically diverse, New Orleans band Tank and the Bangas take off from the busy intersection of jazz, hip-hop, soul, rock, and funk. They’re joined at the annex by openers Sir Woman out of Austin. $20.
Start a love train: Indiana Black Expo brings an unbelievable lineup of legends to the American Legion Mall for this summer celebration: The O’Jays, Stephanie Mills, El DeBarge, and Howard Hewett. FREE.
Multi-platinum artist Andy Grammer brings his stomping, stadium-sized pop anthems to the ruins, along with indie soul collective Fitz and the Tantrums. You won’t want to sit down, but bring your own lawn chair or blanket just in case you need to catch your breath. $33.50 and up.
Great festivals come in small packages. Indy Shorts is the largest in the Midwest and one of only 34 in the world to be a qualifying festival for the Oscars in all three shorts categories: Live Action, Documentary, and Animation. With early-bird pricing, see all the films for $71.
Every Tuesday in June and July, enjoy a free outdoor concert in the amphitheater. And what a lineup! Six Foot Blonde, DUDE!, Jukebox Luke, My Yellow Rickshaw, Karma, Street Pennies, Groovesmash, and Hank Ruff headline the series. FREE.
Enjoy an eclectic series of local musicians Thursday nights this summer (with the exception of July 6). Featured performers include Jennie DeVoe, The Cool City Band, and Groove Essential. Tables on the terrace start at $65, $45 for members. Or grab a spot on the grass, gratis.
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals announce their long-awaited return. Adams has put together an all-star lineup for this iteration of the Cardinals: Brad Pemberton, Chris Stills, Daniel Clarke, and Don Was. $45.
In Shakespeare’s early comedy, four young men, including a king, swear off women only to spend their time surrounded by them. What surprises will this Indy Shakes production have in store? Only time and tide will tell. FREE.
Fans of post-rock and post-rock-adjacent bands will converge on Fountain Square for two days of shows at the Hi-Fi and Hi-Fi Annex. Featured bands include Covet, Tiny Moving Parts, Rosetta, The Appleseed Cast, and The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. $55 one day, $105 both days.
Saxophonist Grace Kelly, a member of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert band, brings electric charisma and infectious positivity to the front of the stage. Grace's powerful playing, heartfelt vocals, and dynamic dance moves leave audiences energized by her blend of jazz and funk. $30 and up.
Cavetown, the London-based artist otherwise known as Robin Skinner, brings his extraordinarily close-knit live show to the ruins, along with collaborators and friends mxmtoon, Ricky Montgomery, and grentperez. $49.50.
In 1970, at the age of 19, Howard Levy developed techniques that had never existed before for playing the diatonic harmonica as a fully chromatic instrument, taking the harmonica out of its usual role in folk and blues into the worlds of jazz, classical, Middle Eastern music, and more. $25 and up.
Where else can you go to hear classical music jam sessions? On the first Tuesday of every month, freelance musicians and members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra play their favorites or work out new pieces in a casual atmosphere. FREE.
Get a little wild at the zoo this summer with a lineup of musicians from across the Midwest, covering jazz genres from classic to contemporary, smooth soul to blues, pop to R&B. Visit the animals until 7 p.m. Specialty food available for purchase at each event. Concerts free with Zoo admission.
Country recording artist and songwriter Orville Peck, known for his deep baritone voice, strong musicianship, and bold, sincere storytelling, is never seen without his signature, fringed mask. Peck brings his Bronco Tour to the ruins in what is sure to be an enigmatic performance. $35.
Meeting the need for more all-ages queer spaces and events, Indy Gay Market is a place for new and developing artists and artisans to connect with the queer community. Admission is FREE.
During the 1930s, American photographer Dorothea Lange documented the realities of people suffering from hunger, economic depression, and migration. Her intent was to spark social change, and she tended to dismiss her photographs’ importance as art. Still, her work continues to resonate today. Admission $18, discounts for seniors and youth. Members FREE.
Experience the work of eight women artists who were part of Atelier 17, an experimental print shop in 1940s-50s New York. Despite their significant contributions toward midcentury Modernism, these women's achievements were often undervalued and misunderstood by critics. Included with general Newfields admission, FREE for members.
This two-day festival features more than 30 international, national, and regional jazz, R&B, and blues acts across eight stages, plus an upscale art market and beer, wine, and food vendors. Friday, $29 Saturday, $39. Both for $54. Grammy-winners Spyro Gyra close out the festival; tickets are an extra $25.
Celebrating the art, music, and culture of Indianapolis, this sixth annual festival features local artists and artisans, Indy’s favorite food and drink vendors, and a roster of local performers curated by Musical Family Tree. FREE.
Peggy, a “good Christian woman,” trips over her lover's wooden legs, hits her head, and bleeds to death in a motel room. The hilarious, sad, trashy truth about her life runs amuck as three generations of family prepare for Peggy's funeral. $18. Discounts for seniors and students.
Hear local musicians, enjoy drinks and snacks, and soak up the summer atmospherics at this series of outdoor jazz concerts featuring talents such as Jennie DeVoe, Bobbie Broom, and the Indianapolis Jazz Collective. $25. Children 12 and under FREE.
Indy's coolest new venue, the Park at the Phoenix, hosts an evolving lineup of themed, evening celebrations this summer, from the PardiWay Street Fest to AfroFest and 4PM in Soweto. And, of course, the best view of Indy’s 4th of July fireworks. Admission varies by event.
Two signature acts of the mid-1990s bring the bittersweet sounds of the age to the bucolic surroundings of Holliday Park. The music may make you want to run around, so bring a lawn chair or blanket to use as home base. $45.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner George Clinton brings all the flash and spectacle of Parliament-Funkadelic to the ruins, along with special guests Fishbone. $36.50
Enjoy live music, food trucks, a beer tent, and kids’ activities on Friday evenings throughout the summer at the Fort Ben Cultural Campus. Bring chairs or a blanket, or rock out on the musical swings. FREE.
This year’s Indiana Fashion Week emphasizes the importance of supporting local designers, brands, and organizations within the state’s fashion ecosystem, from established and cherished creators to intriguing up-and-comers. Tickets available soon.
They’re back...Indy’s premier hip-hop festival returns this year to Fountain Square, with so far few details but a whole lot of pent-up excitement. Stay tuned to chreeceaf.com for the latest.
Put a warm glow in your weekend at this Near Eastside festival, a neighborhood tradition hearkening back to the late 1800s. The 21st-century version has artist booths, food trucks, a beer garden, and fun for the whole family, including a lively lineup of local musicians. FREE.
Melbourne rock and soul outfit the Teskey Brothers bring their headlining set to the ruins—fresh from supporting roles with Hozier and Bruce Springtseen earlier in the summer. It’d be a crying shame to miss them. $35.
The 16th annual Taste the Difference Festival & Sister Cities Fest celebrate the vibrant cultures within our city, with food from more than 25 restaurants, music, entertainment, and exhibits representing countries around the world. $25.
Over Labor Day weekend, Nickel Plate District Amphitheater plays host to local, regional, and world-renowned blues musicians: a fitting hurrah and grand finale for the NDP AMP concert season. FREE.
It’s a celebration of theater and defiant artistic expression, from comedy to drama to magic to stand-up comedy, with 285 performances on six different stages, plus a beer tent and the IndyFringe Art Bizarre. Single shows, $20. Five-show flex pass, $85. Discounts for students.
Calling all Indy foodies: Devour Indy Summerfest returns this August, giving you the opportunity to dine at—and support—more than 100 of the city's most talked-about restaurants. Revisit an old favorite or try somewhere new while enjoying special menus with discounted prices.
A multi-day fine art fair that centers and elevates Black artists, BUTTER invites guests to see and experience contemporary art in new ways. BUTTER is a new model for reparations in the arts, with a focus on care, authenticity, and economic justice. Tickets not yet available.
Get into the jams, not into the mud. America’s most comfortable music and art festival returns to the fairgrounds with headliners Trey Anastasio & Classic TAB, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Umphrey’s McGee. Purchase early to save on a two-day pass. Discounts for kids..
In 2020, these 18 Black artists painted a Black Lives Matter mural on historic Indiana Avenue. Their artworks for this exhibition address themes like religion and spirituality, queer identity, materiality, nature, and social justice. “I walked through this exhibition with my daughter and was able to show her an example of what she could be in life.” General admission $20.
“Influencing Lincoln: The Pursuit of Black Freedom” is an exhibition that explores the Black community’s fight for freedom and equal rights during and after the Civil War at the national level and in Indiana. Visitors will learn how members of the Black community influenced the President as he moved toward ending slavery and advocating for greater rights.
Take an enlightening look at the museum’s American collection with a reimagining of these galleries. A group of Indy-area residents calling themselves the Looking Glass Alliance have collaborated to ensure that voices of people with various lived experiences are included and create content around the display. General admission $20. Discounts for seniors and youth.
Tulsa-based Sall’s big, bright canvases are undoubtedly fun to look at, but they’re also records of a journey: from intuitive abstract gestures to representational forms and recurring motifs. The result? A lively tension between addition and subtraction. Viewing at times limited by private events; call 317-624-8200 for availability. FREE.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of revolutionary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery's birth all year long in Indy!
Explore the story of basketball legend Charles Hollis "Chuck" Taylor, the man behind the name on the Converse All-Stars. The exhibit features immersive experiences (including a VR time-travel experience!) as well as artifacts and images, many of which have never been exhibited before. Included with general admission, FREE for members.
These 75 nonprofit arts and culture organizations are supported by the City of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program administered by Indy Arts Council. More listings will be added as this website grows.
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