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Downtown Indianapolis Heats Up in July

June 26, 2016 Leave a comment

Bicycling along the White River in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Fourth of July weekend
Indy’s most popular fireworks show and festival – the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast – returns to the grounds of the Indiana War Memorial July 4. 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 patriotic-themed Concerts on the Canal July 4 from 5 – 9:30 p.m. The two-day INDYpendance Day Concert for Cancer is back on Georgia Street July 2 & 3 from 2 – 10 p.m. with headliners Ludacris, Awolnation, Kongos and more. On July 1, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform a one-night only concert Star Spangled Symphony at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State and The Doo! are playing at the Rathskeller Biergarten July 4. The Indianapolis City Market hosts Party of the Plaza July 4 from 7 – 11 p.m. complete with corn hole, checkers, sidewalk chalk and a great view of the Downtown fireworks.

IBE Summer Celebration
The Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration returns July 7 – 17. The 46th running of Summer Celebration includes business seminars, an employment fair, concerts and more. More than 80,000 attendees will take part in events at various locations Downtown, with most events taking place at the Indiana Convention Center. The FREE Music Heritage Festival takes place Friday, July 15 at American Legion. Music Heritage Festival II takes Place Saturday, July 16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Downtown gets festive
There’s still time to enjoy some of Downtown Indy’s best summer festivals. Saturday, July 2 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., the Taste of Indy will present an assortment of Asian, Soul, Greek, Mediterranean, Cajun, Hispanic and American food on Monument Circle. Tickets are $6 in advance or FREE for kids 6 and younger.

The Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival, taking place Saturday, July 9 starting at 9 a.m., offers cyclists a unique opportunity to race the city streets that they would rarely do otherwise. Families and bicyclists will also enjoy many of the activities taking place throughout the day including food and beer vendors, music, expo area, free community rides, free Kids Zone activities, BMX stunt shows, kids and juniors bicycle races and more. This festival is FREE to attend.

Step into the West at the Eiteljorg Museum’s West Fest on July 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This festival is a family event featuring entertainers, animals, food and family fun. Tickets are included with museum admission.

On July 30 from 3 – 7 p.m., the Indiana Microbrewers Festival will showcase more than 100 breweries all in one location – Military Park. Tickets are $40 general admission, $60 for early bird entry and $10 designated driver.

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. Two big names are coming Downtown this month. Coldplay performs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on July 20. Also at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Twenty One Pilots on July 31.

Enjoy nine concerts at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park this month: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra July 1; “Weird Al” Yankovic July 7; Barenaked Ladies July 8; Sublime with Rome July 16; Peter Frampton & Gregg Allman July 20; WTTS Rock on the River with The Head and the Heart July 25; Bush and Chevelle July 26; Tedeschi Truck Band o July 27; and Halsey July 29.

The Indianapolis Zoo’s Zoolapalooza series continues for two more Friday nights: July 1 & 8. Another Zoo concert series – Animals and All That Jazz – kicks off July 7 and continues Thursday nights through Aug. 4.

Two big names are coming to the Cabaret: catch Rumer Willis July 22 &23 and John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey July 29.

Cheer the Fever, join the Tribe
Catch one (or more) of the 15 Indianapolis Indians home games at Victory Field this month. On July 4, enjoy two firework shows following the games (the Indians’ own firework show plus the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast). There are four chances to catch the Indiana Fever at home: July 1, 13, 15 & 19. The Indy Eleven play at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium July 9, 13 & 23.

Georgia Street action continues
Workout Wednesdays strengthened by Indiana University Health continue through the end of July on Georgia Street’s west block. Downtown Indy, Inc. partners with the YMCA to provide fun, all-levels hip hop classes weekly from noon – 12:45 p.m. New this year: Sunrise Yoga on the Canal in partnership with Invoke Studio takes place Wednesday mornings from 6 – 6:45 a.m. on the Vermont Street Plaza.

Downtown residents and workers are invited to wind down the week during Happy Hour Thursdays on Georgia Street. Every Thursday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., enjoy music from RadioNow DJs, appetizers from the Severin Bar and domestic beers and craft brews. This event is free to attend, but everyone must be 21 or older.

Eat lunch alfresco on the Boardwalk and enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown during Food Truck Fridays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

4th of July Weekend in Downtown Indianapolis, 2016

June 19, 2016 Leave a comment
fireworks1 staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Downtown is the place to be for the holiday weekend. There’s more than just a great fireworks show. Take advantage of fantastic food, festivals and music taking place Fourth of July weekend. Watch the Indianapolis Indians, listen to live music on the Canal, participate in a six-mile run/walk and more.

Friday, July 1
Judge Sarah Evans Barker will preside over the Naturalization Ceremony for new U.S. citizens at 10 a.m. at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Admission to the ceremony is FREE.

Sit back and enjoy live music at the Indianapolis Zoo from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. for Zoolapalooza concert series. Enjoy music from Dave & Rae, “Backyard BBQ” food stations, a full bar and kid’s activities or stroll around the Zoo (both the animals and rides are available until 7 p.m.). Concerts are included with regular Zoo admission and are free to Zoo members.

Watch a film outside in the Indianapolis Museum of Art amphitheater as part of their Summer Nights Film Series. Starting at dusk, the IMA will screen Remember the Titans. Moviegoers are encouraged to don their favorite team jersey or ’70s attire and compete for the best score in a combine challenge and play football trivia. Arrive early for interactive pre-show programming and to play Mini Golf. Tickets are $8 for members and $12 for public.

Howl at the Moon is hosting a Red, White & Brew Bash on July 1 – 4 starting at 7 p.m. each night. Expect games, prizes and drink specials, plus an America themed buffet on Sunday and Monday. Attendees wearing red, white and blue can attend for no cover charge.

At 8 p.m., the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform a one-night only concert at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park. Star Spangled Symphony will highlight patriotic favorites including America the Beautiful and God Bless America and conclude with a fireworks show. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 day of; $10 for children 3 – 12.

Saturday, July 2
The 4th annual INDYpendence Day Concert for Cancer is a two-day music festival taking place July 2 – 3 from 2 – 10 p.m. each day on Pan Am Plaza. The event will feature several national music acts, food trucks and vendors. The Saturday lineup includes: Charlie Breeze, Sirius Blvck, Breakdown Kings, Audiodacity, Coastl, The Lost Kings, Mike Stud and Ludacris. General admission tickets are $20 in advance for Saturday’s event and $50 in advance for Sunday’s event. Two-day tickets general admission tickets and pit tickets are also available. This event benefits Riley Hospital for Children and St. Francis Patient Assist Fund.

Some of the city’s most unique restaurants come together for a one-day festival on the Monument Circle. Taste of Indy blends great food with live local music and family-friendly events. The festival takes places from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and includes Asian, Soul, Greek, Mediterranean, Cajun, Hispanic and American food. Tickets are $6 in advance; $8 day of; and FREE for kids six and under.

Flat12 Bierwerks is hosting Red, White & Brew Independence Day Celebration – a backyard-style party from noon – 8 p.m. complete with beer, live music from Big Foot Yancey, lawn games and an 18” Hoagie & Hops eating contest. Attendees can participate in a “Most American in America” contest: the most outrageous red, white and blue get-up, wins a prize. This event is 21+ and FREE to attend.

Sunday, July 3
The second day of the INDYpendence Day Concert for Cancer continues with an all-star lineup of Standout Story, Veseria, Brother O’ Brother, Moxxie, Kongos, Blue October & Awolnation.

Monday, July 4
Watch as Indy’s largest fireworks display lights up the skyline during the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast, shooting from the top of the Region’s Bank Tower at 10 p.m. The show will be synchronized to patriotic and popular music broadcasted on radio stations 97.1 HANK FM, Soft Rock B105.7, 93.1 WIBC and 1070 The Fan. Bring a blanket and grab your spot early to watch the fireworks at the Indiana War Memorial grounds. Kids can enjoy face painting, bounce houses, games and more beginning at 6:30 p.m. Donatos pizza, ice cream, soda and other snacks will be available for purchase.

Take a six-mile tour of some of the best sites and destinations in Downtown Indy during the Firecracker 6 Run/Walk. Wear patriotic colors and participate in the 6-mile run/walk or the 6k run/walk. This run starts at 8 a.m. at City Market and benefits Hoosiers Helping Heroes. Tickets are $30 – $35 in advance or $40 race day.

Runners and bikers can participate in the Circle City Biathlon at 7:30 a.m. The race starts at Tow Yard Brewing and consists of a 5k run followed by a 10-mile bike (or athletes can participate in just the 5k run). Following the 5K, participants get a free beer from Tow Yard Brewing to start the celebrations. Tickets are $55 for the full biathlon or $40 for the 5k.

Bring the family to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site for the Independence Day Social from 1 – 4 p.m. for antique games, entertainment and ice cream. Adults can take a tour of the first floor of the home complete with historic enactors and kids can participate in crafts. This event is free to attend.

Enjoy Latino and American food, music and entertainment, a kid’s area and open market and great views of the Downtown fireworks at 4th of July ¡Ole! at St. Mary Catholic Church from 3 – 11 p.m. Admission to the festival is free.

During a special edition of Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal series, hear the Indianapolis Municipal Band from 5 – 6:15 p.m. and Tad Robinson from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket and sit on the grassy hill across the Canal for free or for an added cost reserve a table on the Terrace. After the concert, attendees can view the fireworks from the History Center parking lot or along the Canal Walk.

Embrace America’s favorite pastime at Victory Field. The Indianapolis Indians take on the Louisville Bats at 6:05 p.m. Fans are encouraged to stay after the game for two fireworks shows – the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast and the Indians’ own fireworks show. Indians players and coaches will wear a special Stars & Stripes jersey that will be auctioned off during the game. Tickets are $12 – $18 or $38 for the Cove.

Starting at 7 p.m., crowds will gather on Mass Ave for IndyFringe’s Fourth of July Picnic. Guests can sit at one long dining table and eat Jug’s fried chicken and biscuits while enjoying great views of Downtown’s fireworks display. Bring the family: kids can enjoy games, arts and crafts, strolling magicians and musicians. Tickets are $20; $12 for students; $15 for seniors; $5 for children 3 – 5; and $50 for a family of four. UPDATE 6/18/2016: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED BY THE CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS.

Celebrate the holiday while enjoying rooftop views! Fountain Square Theatre Building’s Rooftop 4th of July Celebration at 7 p.m. includes a four-course BBQ dinner from End of the Line Public House, drinks and duckpin bowling, plus a spectacular view of the Downtown fireworks. Must be 21+. Tickets are $75.

Bring the family to Party on the Plaza at the Indianapolis City Market from 7 – 11 p.m. Watch the Downtown fireworks from one of the best spots Downtown, while playing corn hole, lawn checkers, sidewalk chalk and more. Enjoy local food and drinks along with live music and free kid’s activities. Dogs are welcome! Bring your own chair or blanket (no outside food or drink allowed). Admission is $6 ($10 for two); $4 seniors; FREE kids 12 & younger.

Starting at 7 p.m., enjoy live music at the Rathskeller Biergarten. The Doo! performs from 7 – 11 p.m. Bonus: Biergarten offers a great view of the Downtown fireworks. This event is 21+ and there is a $5 cover charge.

For more information, call 317-237-2222.

South Bend 150th Birthday Weekend, May 22-24, 2015

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South Bend Visitors Guide. Image provided by and used with written permission.

By Lindsey Horner
Visit South Bend Mishawaka

May 22, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of South Bend, Indiana being incorporated as a city. As such, the entire calendar year of 2015 has been, and will continue to be, packed full of special events and programming – known as SB150 – dedicated to celebrating South Bend’s sesquicentennial “birthday.”

The highlight of the yearlong festivities will take place Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24 in downtown South Bend, affectionately called the “SB150 Birthday Weekend.”

“This celebration will be unlike any other in the region and a way to experience the best South Bend has to offer all in one action-packed weekend,” said Aaron Perri, executive director of Downtown SouthBend, Inc.

“In both scope and scale, this is the most ambitious festival South Bend has ever hosted. This one-time event is somewhat like a mashup of your favorite music festival, art fair, food festival, and adventure park…with a basketball tournament and other twists in between.”

Some highlights of the birthday celebrations will include:

• Opening ceremony the evening of Friday, May 22 with the dedication of the new South Bend River Lights, which will become the permanent, lasting component of SB150.

• Live performance by national recording artist Ben Folds on the Main Stage, accompanied by the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.

• Taste of South Bend – a stretch of Jefferson Blvd. will be dedicated to the best of South Bend’s cuisine with nearly 50 food vendors offering up their specialties.

• Kid’s Activity Zone with bounce houses, face painting and more.

• Adventure Park offering the second-longest zip line in the state over the St. Joseph River, ropes course, whitewater rafting, Zumba and more.

• The Gus Macker basketball tournament will be taking over part of Howard Park.

• Artisan Alley featuring all art mediums being displayed and created.

• High flying helicopter and hot air balloon rides.

• Memory Lane outdoor exhibit offering a visual tour of South Bend’s 150-year-long history.

• An ice rink turned go kart track.

• Huge fireworks displays lighting up all of downtown South Bend.

“This sesquicentennial celebration is going to be one that people will be talking about for long after the weekend is over,” says Rob DeCleene, executive director of Visit South Bend Mishawaka.

“We invite visitors from every corner to come enjoy this very special time in South Bend, and to be a part of what is sure to be a history-making bash with the people that call South Bend home.”

Tickets for the Ben Folds performance can be purchased through the box office of the Morris Performing Arts Center in person, or online here:

Many programs and events will be offered free of charge, while select offerings and activities will require a nominal fee to be enjoyed.

For more information, visit And be sure to request your 2015 South Bend/Mishawaka Visitors Guide (pictured) at

July 4 Fireworks Shows in Indianapolis and Indiana

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July 4 means Fireworks Shows in Indianapolis and Indiana.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

We’ve got a pretty good list of fireworks shows for the 4th of July at a variety of locations across Indiana on Independence Day 2014. See the link above. If you know of one that is not on the list, send us the information yet today and we’ll add it to our list. Use our convenient Event Submission Form here: Enjoy your 4th of July celebration!

Things to do in Indianapolis, June 30-July 6, 2014

June 29, 2014 Leave a comment
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ABOVE: Freedom Blast Fireworks Show, July 4, Downtown Indianapolis. Logo

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. FRI: Freedom Blast Fireworks Show in Downtown Indianapolis
  2. FRI: Glorious Fourth Celebration at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
  3. FRI-SUN: Pokemon US National Championships at the Indiana Convention Center
  4. THU-SUN: National Powwow XVI at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds
  5. FRI: 4th Annual Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast Festival in Downtown Indianapolis
  6. FRI: 4th of July IndyFringe Picnic on Massachusetts Avenue
  7. MON-SAT: Linton Freedom Festival in Greene County
  8. MON-SAT: Shelby County 4-H Fair in Shelbyville
  9. TUE: Community Tuesday at White River State Park
  10. WED-SUN: Shoals Catfish Festival in Martin County
  11. FRI: Firecracker 6 Run and Walk at the Indianapolis City Market
  12. SAT: 3rd Annual ‘Taste of Indy’ at White River State Park
  13. FRI-SUN: Madison Regatta in Jefferson County
  14. MON-TUE, FRI-SUN: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  15. SAT: Motley Crue in Concert at Klipsch Music Center

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