50 Things to Do This Summer in Indianapolis

From food festivals and movies under the stars to entertaining at home, we’ve got your summer calendar covered.
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  1. Get social during Thursdays on the Roof, every Thursday from  6-11 p.m. at Regions Tower.
  2. What’s summer without baseball? Cheer on the Indianapolis Indians in a hometown game (through September).
  3. Enjoy food, wine, and music all summer long during the Mallow Run Summer concert series (through September 16).
  4. Do a Mass Ave mural crawl and meet the new neighbor to poet Mari Evans: a two-story portrait of Black Arts Movement poet Etheridge Knight on the Chatterbox (coming in June). 
  5. See if you can find all 12 butterfly wings painted by local artists on Zionsville’s Butterfly Trail (June 1 – Aug. 31). 
  6. Take the little ones (ages 2-10) to get down and dirty in the mud at Greenwood’s Mud Day (June 2). 
  7. See a movie under the stars during the Summer Nights Film Series at Newfields (June 2 – Aug. 25). Hundreds of people walking by ruins
  8. Shop, stroll, and collect at Woodruff Place’s 27th Annual Flea Market (June 3-4). 
  9. Cheer on your favorite rubber ducky at the Broad Ripple Duck Race (June 4). 
  10. Support the LGBTQ+ community during Pride festivities, including the Pride Parade on June 10. 
  11. Chill out with Animals and All That Jazz on Thursday nights at the Indianapolis Zoo (June 15- Aug. 3).
  12. Kick off a weekend of celebrations with a Gladys Knight Concert at the Madame Walker Legacy Fest (June 16-18).
  13. Celebrate Juneteenth at events throughout the city (June 17). 
  14. Enjoy the sights and sounds at the first all-day Bloombox festival, featuring music and art at the Harrison Center (June 17) A black woman with a black background looking into the distance
  15. Can’t wait for late summer fireworks and festivals? Check out Spark!Fishers summer festival (June 20-24). 
  16. Go see a Rock the Ruins concert at Holliday Park (starting June 24).
  17. Hit up the inaugural Uncork Me Indiana wine festival at Military Park (June 24). *Psst! Indy Maven members get 10% off tickets. See the member portal for the discount code.
  18. Join 140 artists from across the United States and Canada as they showcase their wares at the Eiteljorg Indian Market & Festival (June 24-25).
  19. Celebrate Black Culture during IBE Summer Celebration (July 8 – 16)  
  20. Shop the legendary Benton House Used Book Sale. (We once snagged a first-edition copy of The Female Eunich by Germaine Greer for $2.) (July 14-16).
  21. Take a crack at the Coconut Festival at the Philippines Cultural Community Center (July 15).
  22. Support more than 200 artists from across the nation who come together for the Talbot St. Art Fair (July 17-18).
  23. Enjoy a picnic and Shakespeare with friends at Indy Shakes’ production of Love’s Labor Lost (July 20-22 & 27-29).
  24. Indulge in your favorite fair traditions at the Indiana State Fair (July 28-Aug. 20).

    Bottles of wine in a tin bucket
    Uncork Me
  25. Head to the 6th Annual Garfield Park Art & Music Festival to celebrate art, music, and the culture of Indianapolis—all outdoors (Aug. 12).
  26. Indy’s Chicken and Beer Fest brings together local chefs, restaurateurs, and brewers for a one-day event serving up – you guessed it-  chicken and beer (Aug. 12).
  27. Get your meat fix at the St. Thomas Aquinas Sausage Fest 2023 (August 18-19) 
  28.  Support the near eastside’s Feast of Lanterns, a family-friendly festival with artisans, vendors, music, food trucks, and more (August 26, 4-11 p.m.) 
  29. Brush up on water safety tips to keep everyone safe this season. 
  30. Take your littles on a trip to Fishers AgriPark for a day of produce picking, farm animal encounters, and more nature fun across the 33-acre farm.
  31. Or, take a flick in from your car at Tibbs Drive-In.
  32. Pick up a box of Nicey Treat pops—toasted coconut and strawberry mint are among our faves. 
  33. Try one of these simple summer recipes from local food experts.

    People watch a band while sitting the grass
    Driving Windberry
  34. Mix up your wardrobe with some new summer staples.
  35. Go berry picking just minutes outside downtown Indianapolis at Driving Windberry Farm through the summer (check their IG for updates and events). 
  36. Host a summer soiree in your backyard. 
  37. Snag a spot on the patio at Just Pop In! for bites, bubbles, or a local brew. 
  38. Support your local farmer’s market to shop for fresh produce and delicious food products.
  39. Pick some late-summer gooseberries right off the bushes in Purpose Park, home to La Sardina Gallery, a shipping container full of art on the Westside.  
  40. Don’t have access to a pool? You can rent one
  41. Grab a few girlfriends and get away for the weekend (or two). 
  42. Hike the new Westside Trail at Eagle Creek Park. Sign up for updates. 
  43. Spruce up your outdoor space. You’ll be spending a lot of time there.

    Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival
  44. Learn more about the events and the pop-up park at Belmont Beach, a formerly segregated swimming hole along the White River in the Haughville community. 
  45. Grab a tube, canoe, or kayak, and enjoy a day on the White River
  46. Grab a coffee and a croissant at Landlocked Bakery in Irvington, then ride your bike along the Pennsy Trail. (It’s much less crowded than the Monon, but also, well, “differently scenic,” too.) 
  47. Hit up a local seafood spot. 
  48. Have some summer fun at the variety of events hosted throughout the summer in Midtown Plaza in Carmel.
  49. Take a staycation at Mystic Waters Campground or another Indiana camping spot.
  50. Refresh your makeup bag with summer-ready products.

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