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June Brings Outdoor Activities to Downtown Indianapolis

June 12, 2013 Leave a comment
Military Park in Downtown Indianapolis

Military Park is the site of many festivals and special events in downtown Indianapolis.

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

New nightlife on the Georgia Street boardwalk

Making their debut this summer, the Friday Block Parties on Georgia Street take place from 5 – 8 p.m. June through August for friends to gather and kick off the weekend. Come enjoy live tunes and the Boardwalk Beer Garden as these free Friday festivals become a regular feature of the Downtown party scene! Get dinner from your favorite restaurant or bring your own snacks.

For more information visit the new Georgia Street website at

Downtown gets festive in June

Family-friendly outdoor festivals take the forefront in June with the return of many annual Downtown favorites. Circle City Pride Parade & Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary June 8 on the American Legion Mall. Now in its 48th year, Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival returns to Monument Circle June 13. Volunteers will serve an estimated six tons of strawberries and 18,000 homemade shortcakes in support of local, national and international not-for-profit outreach groups. PBS Kids in the Park takes over Military Park June 15, giving kids the chance to meet many of their favorite PBS Kids characters such as Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George.

Other big June festivals include Vintage Indiana at Military Park June 1, the Talbot Street Art Fair June 8 & 9, El Dia de la Familia at Military Park June 9 and the 21st Annual Indian Market and Festival at Military Park June 22 & 23. To see the lineup of Downtown summer festivals, visit

Take in the sounds of summer

Summer concerts are officially here and marquee names and local artists alike will bring Downtown to life in June. The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park hosts an exciting June lineup as outdoor summer concerts command Downtown’s biggest outdoor venue: Kendrick Lamar performs June 6, Peter Frampton and Robert Cray June 19 and O.A.R. June 29.

Across town at Old National Centre, fans of all genres of music can catch big names such as Brian McKnight June 16, Young Jeezy June 21 and Fall Out Boy June 29 among many others. At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs June 14 and Hillsong United June 19. Cap off your evening with some live tunes at local venues including The Rathskeller, Groovin’ in the Garden at Easley Winery or Zoolapalooza and Animals and All That Jazz at the Indianapolis Zoo. For a complete list of Downtown summer concerts big and small, visit

Catch the Fever and join the Tribe!

The Indianapolis Indians are off to a great start once again this season and lead the International League with a 35-19 record! The Tribe has a busy June ahead with 18 home games, each game paired with one of many great promotions. Home stands this month are June 4 – 11 and June 21 – July 1.

The world champion Indiana Fever opened their season on May 24 and play five home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in June, with special promotions such as Lucas Oil Family Nights presented by The Indianapolis Star on June 8 and 22, Catch Friday Fever on June 28 and others.

The high school boys baseball season wraps up June 14 and 15 at Victory Field as the IHSAA Boys State Baseball Finals take the field at the nation’s top Triple-A ballpark. One game will be played Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. and the other three will be Saturday starting at 1 p.m. with the 4A championship beginning at 7 p.m.

Summer flowers have arrived!

New, colorful summer flowers are being planted throughout Downtown. Drought-tolerant annuals in a summer mix of purple, pink, red and yellow will energize Downtown with a floral palette that includes bronze leaf yellow cannas, Lucky Lantana Rose, bronze leaf/pink flowering big begonias, Dragon Wing pink begonias and Purple Queen setcreasea. Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. plants more than 12,000 summer annuals in 223 Downtown planters. Indianapolis has been recognized as having one of the cleanest Downtown’s in the U.S. and beautiful flowers play a large role in maintaining our vibrant Downtown. Visit for more information.

Go “out” to eat

Outdoor dining in Downtown Indy is at its best in beautiful June weather as sidewalk cafes across Downtown welcome guests for the summer. Imbibe with friends for a post-work happy hour at one of the outdoor cafes along the Georgia Street boardwalk at The Pub Indianapolis, Tilted Kilt, Harry & Izzy’s or Hooters. Grab lunch or dinner while taking in the fresh air along the newly-completed Indianapolis Cultural Trail at venues with outdoor options such as La Margarita Fountain Square, The Libertine along Washington Street or the plaza at Indianapolis City Market. Visit for a complete list of Downtown restaurants and bars offering outdoor dining and drinking.

For more information, visit, or call 317-237-2222.

‘Spamalot’ at the Athenaeum Theatre, June 14-29

June 12, 2013 Leave a comment
Athenaeum Theatre

Athenaeum Theatre. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Bob Harbin

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is a musical comedy ”lovingly ripped off from” the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but it differs from the film in many ways.  The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols with Eric Idle writing the musical’s book and lyrics, won three Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical of the 2004-05 season and received 14 Tony Award nominations.

BOBDIREX will be presenting the first Indianapolis production of this musical at the historic Athenaeum Theatre.  This is the fourth summer musical presented through BOBDIREX following the success of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, CAMP ROCK, and last summer’s CABARET.
All performances are at the Athenaeum Theatre, 401 East Michigan Street at Massachusetts Avenue.  Show dates are June 14-15, 20-23 and 28-29. All performances are at 7:30 pm with a 3 pm matinee on June 23.  Seating is reserved at $25 with discounts for seniors and groups of 20 or more.  Reservations can be made by calling 317-280-0825 (no credit charge) or by going to our website at
The theatre has a full bar.  Parking is metered on street and paid parking is available in a lot next to the theatre.  Dinner and cocktails are available before and after performances at the famous Rathskeller restaurant in the basement of the building. The reservation number there is 317-636-0396.
I hope you’ll be able to attend one of the performances and share what you see as we continually attempt to grow and better entertain our city of Indianapolis.
King Arthur: Charles Goad
Patsy: Paul Hansen
Sir Galahad: Pete Scharbrough
Sir Robin: Ben Asaykwee
Sir Lancelot: Thomas Cardwell
Sir Bevedere: Brandon Alstott
Lady of the Lake: Claire Wilcher
The Ensemble:
Audrey Brinkley
Danielle Carnagua
Carl Cooper
Dejuan Jackson
Danny Kingston
Jenee Michelle
Dave Rosencrans
Dave Ruark
Ashley Saunders
Sally Scharbrough
Lincoln Slentz
Diane Tsao Boehm
Craig Underwood