Archive for May 21, 2014

Downtown Indianapolis Gets Festive in June

Christ Church Cathedral Strawberry Festival, June 12.

Christ Church Cathedral Strawberry Festival, June 12. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Downtown gets festive in June


Family-friendly outdoor festivals take the forefront in June with the return of many annual Downtown favorites. Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of all the different cultures of Asia at the 7th annual Asian Fest at White River State Park on June 7. The Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival returns to Monument Circle to serve an estimated six tons of strawberries and 18,000 homemade shortcakes on June 12. The Circle City Pride Festival, Indiana’s largest LGBT celebration, takes place at American Legion Mall June 14. PBS Kids in the Parktakes over Military Park June 21, giving kids the chance to meet many of their favorite PBS characters including Clifford and Curious George.

Other big June festivals:

June 7: Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival at Military Park

June 13–14: Italian Street Festival

June 14–15: Talbot Street Art Fair

June 21: Brew-Ha-Haat Phoenix Theatre

June 21–22: Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival at Military Park 

To see the lineup of Downtown summer festivals, visit

Take in the sights and sounds of summer

Summer concerts are officially here and national and local artists alike will bring Downtown to life this June. The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park hosts an exciting June summer concert lineup. Some big names include Jack Johnson on June 1 (sold out), Ray LaMontagne on June 13, The Avett Brothers on June 14, Arctic Monkeys on June 24 and Fifth Harmony on June 28.

At Old National Centre, fans of all genres of music can catch big names including:

June 4: Bastille

June 9: Lindsey Stirling

June 12: John Butler Trio

June 26: John Hiatt & The Robert Cray Band

June 27: Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s

Catch two more shows of the season at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club. Watch Tony Award winner Laura Benanti June 5 – 7 at 8 p.m. and Susan Werner June 27 at 8 p.m.

Enjoy live tunes outside this summer including the Groovin’ in the Garden series at Easley Winery and Zoolapalooza at the Indianapolis Zoo. Catch local favorites Zanna Doo, the Woomblies Polka Boy and many others at The Rathskeller. Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal kick off May 29 and continue through the end of July. Reserve a table on the Stardust Terrace or bring a chair or blanket and take a seat on the grassy hill right off the Canal.

To see a full lineup of summer concerts, visit:

The Indianapolis Museum of Art kicks off Summer Nights Film Series on June 6 with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Other June showings include Friday the 13th on, you guessed it, Friday, June 13; The Jerk on June 20; and The French Connection on June 27. The series continues every summer Friday through August 29. Films begin at dusk and tickets are $10 ($6 for members).

Spring training: runs/walks and other fitness events

June 1: Double Road Race, NCAA Hall of Champions

June 5: Monumental Mile, Monument Circle

June 7: Race Away from Domestic Violence, Victory Field

June 7: Rainbow 5K Run/Walk, Talbott Street

June 7: Women’s Half Marathon and 5K

June 8: Kids TRI for Kids, IUPUI

June 14: Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis, White River State Park

June 21: Purple Stride 5K, IUPUI

June 21: Tap ‘N’ Run 4K, Georgia Street

June 21: Monumental Yoga, Monument Circle

June 28: N.I.T.E. Ride, IUPUI

Catch the Fever and join the Tribe!

Indy’s new neighborhood themed downtown recreational soccer league, Indy City Futbol, kick off their season June 4 and play every Wednesday evening this summer. Games are played at the Visit Indy Field at White River State Park. Neighborhood teams include: Mass Ave United, FC Fountain Square, Sporting Herron Morton and others. The season ends with a championship game August 20.

The Indianapolis Indians play 11 home games in June, kicking off the month against Scranton/WB RailRiders June 1 at 1:35 p.m. and June 2 at 7:05 p.m. The Indiana Fever play four home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse next month: June 11, 25, 27 & 29.

The Indy Eleven are off to a great inaugural season with four sell-out home games, each with more than 10,000 fans. Catch the team at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium May 31 and May 28 for the U.S. Open Cup.

Open for families

As many begin summer vacation, Downtown’s best attractions have two of their biggest exhibits open for all to enjoy. The new Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo opens this Saturday and is home to eight dynamic orangutans. Guests of all ages are sure to love interacting face-to-face with the orangutans! The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis showcases Terra Cotta Warriors throughout the summer – the only chance to see the warriors in the U.S. in 2014. While visiting the Children’s Museum, don’t miss Take Me There: China – one of the largest exhibits about contemporary China ever produced in the U.S.

Downtown is dog-friendly!

Now that the polar vortex has long passed us, and sidewalk cafes are open across Downtown, we shouldn’t forget about our furry friends. Several Mass Ave businesses are dog-friendly: Art Bank, Arts A Poppin’, Boomerang BTQ, Indy Reads Books, The Frame Shop and Franklin Barry Gallery, Silver in the City and of course, CityDogs and Three Dog Bakery. Downtown residents and visitors can even dine with their dogs at select restaurant patios: Chatham Tap and Starbucks.

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