50 Things to Do This Summer in Indianapolis

Be one with Indy this summer and explore all the fantastic events.
a field of sunflowers

  1. See if you can find all 12 butterfly wings painted by local artists on Zionsville’s Butterfly Trail (June 1 – Aug. 31). Zionsville's Butterfly Trail
  2. Go to the “Roy Kinsley: A Legacy Project (Court Theatre’s Black Power Project Series)” and entertain a unique perspective (June 6). 
  3. See a movie under the stars during the Summer Nights Film Series at Newfields (June 7 – Aug. 31).
  4. Pride Bubbles and Beats at Plat 99 combine two fun summer pastimes (June 8).
  5. Support the LGBTQ+ community during Pride festivities, including the Pride Parade on (June 8). 
  6. The Kruse Family Stardust Terrace at the History Center introduces Concerts on the Canal (June 13).
  7. See an Osborn News Play Award winning play that will make you think at the Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre (June 13-30).
  8. Enjoy wine and animals at the Zoobiliation black-tie event at the Indianapolis Zoo (June 14).
  9. Enjoy the sights and sounds at the first all-day Bloombox festival, featuring music and art at the Harrison Center (June 15)
  10. Celebrate Juneteenth at events throughout the city (June 15). 
  11. Support more than 200 artists from across the nation who come together for the Talbot St. Art Fair (June 15-16).
  12. Attend Indy’s largest yoga event for FREE at Monumental Yoga (June 21).
  13. Kick off a weekend of celebrations with a Legacy Fest Concert at the Madame Walker Legacy Fest (June 21). Park Festival
  14. Hit up the inaugural Uncork Me Indiana wine festival at Military Park (June 22).
  15. Can’t wait for late summer fireworks and festivals? Check out Spark!Fishers summer festival (June 24-29). 
  16. Celebrate Black Culture during IBE Summer Celebration (June 20-30)  
  17. Join 140 artists from across the United States and Canada as they showcase their wares at the Eiteljorg Indian Market & Festival (June 22-23).
  18. Enjoy a picnic and Shakespeare with friends at Indy Shakes’ production of Riverside (July 18-27).
  19. 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 19-21).

    Bottles of wine in a tin bucket
    Uncork Me
  20. Indulge in your favorite fair traditions at the Indiana State Fair (Aug. 2-18).
  21. Take a staycation at Mystic Waters Campground or another Indiana camping spot.
  22. Get your meat fix at the St. Thomas Aquinas Sausage Fest 2023 (Aug. 18-19) 
  23. Make some core memories with the family and see the Cirque du Soleil Ove at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse (Aug. 22-25). 
  24.  Support the near eastside’s Feast of Lanterns, a family-friendly festival with artisans, vendors, music, food trucks, and more (Aug. 24, 4-11 p.m.) 
  25. Brush up on water safety tips to keep everyone safe this season. 
  26. Go see a Rock the Ruins concert at Holliday Park (May 23- Sept. 20).
  27. What’s summer without baseball? Cheer on the Indianapolis Indians in a hometown game (through Sept.).
  28. Enjoy food, wine, and music all summer long during the Mallow Run Summer concert series (through Sept. 21).
  29. Jump into something new at the Dumpling Festival at the Philippines Cultural Community Center (Sept. 21).
  30. Treat yourself to a Thursday evening of fine chocolate and wine at SoChatti (May through Sept.)
  31. 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 (May-Oct.).
  32. Or, take a flick in from your car at Tibbs Drive-In.
  33. Pick up a box of Nicey Treat pops—toasted coconut and strawberry mint are among our faves.

    People watch a band while sitting the grass
    Driving Windberry
  34. Try one of these simple summer recipes from local food experts.
  35. Mix up your wardrobe with some new summer staples.
  36. Go berry picking just minutes outside downtown Indianapolis at Driving Windberry Farm through the summer (check their Facebook for updates and events). 
  37. Host a summer soiree in your backyard. 
  38. Snag a spot on the patio at Just Pop In! for bites, bubbles, or a local brew. 
  39. Support your local farmer’s market to shop for fresh produce and delicious food products.

    Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival
  40. Don’t have access to a pool? You can rent one
  41. Hit up a local seafood spot. 
  42. Grab a few girlfriends and get away for the weekend (or two). 
  43. Hike the new Westside Trail at Eagle Creek Park. Sign up for updates. 
  44. Spruce up your outdoor space. You’ll be spending a lot of time there.
  45. 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. 
  46. Have some summer fun at the various events hosted throughout the summer in Midtown Plaza in Carmel.
  47. Grab a tube, canoe, or kayak, and enjoy a day on the White River
  48. 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.) 
  49. Get your reading on with these summer must-reads recommended by local book shop businesses. 
  50. Refresh your makeup bag with summer-ready products.

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