July Events in Downtown Indianapolis
By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
Fourth of July: Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast and more
The Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast returns to the grounds of the Indiana War Memorial July 4 for Indianapolis’ most popular fireworks show. More than 20,000 people are expected to be Downtown on Veterans Memorial Plaza and American Legion Mall from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. The fireworks will launch from the Regions Bank Tower at 10 p.m. (North and Michigan streets will be closed throughout the day and New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Delaware streets surrounding the Regions Bank Tower will be closed 9:30 – 10:15 p.m. during the fireworks show.)
Crowds will gather for many music festivities including the Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal series from 5 – 9:30 p.m. The Rathskeller Biergarten is hosting a Fourth of July Weekend with bands July 3 – 5. There will be a Rusted Roots performance in the Old National Centre parking lot, followed by a great view of the Downtown fireworks.
The Indianapolis Indians take on the Louisville Bats at 6:05 p.m. with its own fireworks show after the game. Fans are encouraged to stay to enjoy the Downtown fireworks. The Tribe has a home stretch July 4 – 13.
For more Fourth of July events, visit: www.indydt.com/July4.cfm.
Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration returns July 10 – 20
Summer Celebration returns for the 44th year with business seminars, conventions, concerts and more. More than 80,000 attendees will take part in events at various locations Downtown, although most events will take place at the Indiana Convention Center. On July 18, thousands will gather on the American Legion Mall for the Music Heritage Festival outdoor concert featuring Keith Sweat, After 7 and The S.O.S. Band. Big crowds will return Downtown on July 19 as the music festival continues with Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele and Babyface at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For more information, visit www.ibeonline.com/summer-celebration.
Downtown gets festive
There’s still time to enjoy some of Downtown Indy’s best summer festivals. Taste unlimited craft beer samples from more than 50 local and national breweries at Brew-Ha-Ha June 21. PBS Kids in the Park takes over Military Park June 21, giving kids the chance to meet many of their favorite PBS characters such as Clifford and Curious George. And for a taste of some of Indy’s best restaurants, attend Taste of Indy on the Canal July 5.
Other upcoming festivals include:
June 21–22: Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival at Military Park
July 4: Fountain Square Music Festival
July 12: Indy Criterium throughout Downtown
To see the lineup of Downtown summer festivals, visit www.indydt.com/summerfestivals.cfm.
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 summer.
At the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park (see photo above), music lovers can enjoy a concert outside:
June 24: Arctic Monkeys with White Denim
June 27: O.A.R. with Red Wanting Blue
June 28: Fifth Harmony with Before You Exit and Jackson Harris
July 13: Michael Franti & Spearhead with Soja, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall
July 20: Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson with Andre McMahon
July 23: Panic! At the Disco with Walk the Moon and Magic Man
July 26: Umphrey’s McGee with Cosby Sweater
July 29: John Fogerty
At Old National Centre, fans of all genres of music can catch big names including:
June 17 – 22: The Book of Mormon
June 26: John Hiatt & The Robert Cray Band
June 27: Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s
July 2: The Neighbourhood
July 3: Switchfoot
July 6: The Fray
July 12: Rick Springfield
July 31: Jenny Lewis
Catch two more shows of the season at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club. Singer/songwriter Susan Werner takes the stage June 27, Glee and 30 Rock star Cheyenne Jackson performs July 11 & 12 and Karen Irwin performs a tribute to Janis Joplin July 25 & 26.
Enjoy live tunes outside this summer including the Groovin’ in the Garden series at Easley Winery. The Indianapolis Zoo’s Zoolapalooza series continues on two Fridays in June (June 20 & 27) and three Fridays in July (July 4, 11 & 18). Another Zoo concert series – Animals and All That Jazz – kicks off on July 10 and continues every Thursdays in July. Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal 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: www.indydt.com/summerconcerts.cfm.
Catch the Fever and join the Tribe!
The Indianapolis Indians play three more games this month and 17 home games in July. The Indiana Fever play three home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this month and on July 5, 10, 12, 15 & 17. After no home games in June, the Indy Eleven are back to IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium one time next month on July 19.
Indy’s new neighborhood themed Downtown recreational soccer league, Indy City Futbol, is in full gear. Catch them every Wednesday through the end of August at the Visit Indy Field at White River State Park.
For more information, call 317-237-2222.