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Indianapolis Zoo Summer Concert Series 2016

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Indianapolis Zoo. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Carla Knapp
Indianapolis Zoo

There will be more than birds singing this summer at the Indianapolis Zoo as two popular concert series return to offer nine nights of music, food and wild fun.

The Zoolapalooza and Animals and All That Jazz series, both presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers, will feature a diverse lineup of musical performers, including many acts that are new to Zoo concert crowds as well as a few returning fan favorites.

Guests start their weekend on a high note with Zoolapalooza. Now in its sixth year, this concert series will feature some of the area’s top bands playing a mix of classic favorites through today’s popular hits. The music will be rockin’ each Friday night from June 17 to July 8. The 2016 Zoolapalooza lineup will feature:

• June 17: Airstream Betty
• June 24: Tim Brickley and the List
• July 1: Dave & Rae
• July 8: Parrots of the Caribbean

As the summer heats up, visitors can keep it cool with Animals and All That Jazz. One of the Zoo’s longest-running events, this concert series will showcase a full range of distinctive artists, acts and musical stylings. Now in its 29th season, Animals and All That Jazz kicks off July 7 and continues every Thursday through Aug. 4. The 2016 lineup will include:

• July 7: Tucker Brothers Band
• July 14: Gene Markiewicz DM Jazz 8
• July 21: Ty Causey
• July 28: Craig Brenner and the Crawdads
• Aug. 4: Cathy Morris and Brazilian Jazz

For all concerts, live music will play from 5:30 to 8:30pm in the Party Pavilion near the front of the Zoo. Rides and animals will be available until 7pm, and with plenty of exhibits nearby, visitors can enjoy the full Zoo experience without missing a beat. In addition to regular Zoo fare, each concert will also feature a different menu of specialty food items and a full bar.

Summer concerts are free for Zoo members and included with regular Zoo admission. Discount tickets will be available, while supplies last, at Indiana Members Credit Union locations. Guests can also save money by purchasing advance tickets online at

Things to do in Indianapolis, July 28-Aug. 3, 2014

July 27, 2014 Leave a comment

Things to do in Indianapolis, July 7-13, 2014

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Indiana Black Expo, Indiana Convention Center, July 10-20. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved. Logo

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. THU-SUN:44th Annual Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration in Downtown Indianapolis
  2. SUN:The O’Jays in Concert at the Carmel Palladium
  3. TUE:Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Live at Ellenberger Park
  4. WED:Fall Out Boy and Paramore in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  5. MON-SUN:162nd Delaware County Fair in Muncie
  6. SAT-SUN:Circus City Festival in Peru
  7. SAT:5th Annual Indiana Bastille Day Celebration in Fortville
  8. FRI-SUN:National Down Syndrome Congress & Convention at the JW Marriott Hotel
  9. MON-SUN:Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  10. THU:‘Animals and All That Jazz’ at the Indianapolis Zoo
  11. SAT:Rick Springfield at the Old National Centre
  12. TUE-SAT:90th Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition at the Indiana History Center
  13. THU, SAT:Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  14. FRI:Food Truck Friday on Georgia Street in Downtown Indianapolis
  15. FRI-SAT:Lapel Village Fair in Madison County

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‘Animals and All That Jazz’ at the Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Melanie Laurendine
Indianapolis Zoo

As the summer heats up, guests can keep it cool with Animals and All That Jazz presented by Indiana Members Credit Union. This rhythmic series premiered in the summer of 1988 just weeks after the Zoo’s opening in White River State Park. As one of the longest-running events at the Zoo, the tradition continues for 2014 with the series kicking off July 10 and continuing Thursday nights through Aug. 14, 2014.

Concerts last from 5:30 to 8:30pm, plus, with extended Zoo hours, visitors can see the animals and enjoy rides until 7pm. Members can enjoy free unlimited rides from 5-7pm on a different attraction featured weekly.

In addition to regular Zoo fare and a cash bar, each concert features themed food stations with a variety of options available for purchase. Plus, adult guests can enjoy free beer sampling from Sun King Brewery.

With plenty of animal exhibits nearby, as well as the Kroger Splash Park, concert goers can enjoy the full Zoo experience without missing a beat. This year’s Animals and All That Jazz lineup features:

July 10:

  • Artist: Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra — Indy’s premier repertoire for large jazz ensembles, known for their world-class arrangements based off classic tunes.
  • Food stations: “Backyard BBQ” — salad bar, BBQ garlic wings or BBQ ribs, peach cobbler
  • Featured ride: White River Junction Train presented by Marathon

July 17:

  • Artist: Cynthia Layne —Returning to Animals and All That Jazz, Cynthia never ceases to impress. As one of the city’s most beloved singers she’ll stun with versatile vocals, unique style of soul, R&B, funk and pop.
  • Food stations: “The Goodfellas” — salad bar, meatball marinara, pasta carbonara, cannoli with pistachio ice cream
  • Featured ride: Carousel presented by Geico

July 24:

  • Artist: Janiece Jaffe and DaVida with special guest Mark Buselli —This talented, subtle and sweet vocalist and her band take on jazz and pop songs with special guest, and gifted writer, arranger and performer, Mark Buselli.
  • Food stations: “The Shanghai Kid” — salad bar, pan fried noodle bar, fruit salad tapioca
  • Featured ride: Kōmbo Family Coaster presented by Outback Steakhouse

July 31:

  • Artist: Direct Contact — New to Animals and All That Jazz, this high energy Latin jazz band is known throughout the Midwest for their unique combination of musical flavors.
  • Food stations: “Night of Tijuana” — salad bar, street taco, sopapilla with ice cream
  • Featured ride: White River Junction Train presented by Marathon

Aug. 7:

  • Artist: Blair Clark —This band offers a blend of pop, R&B, soul and a touch of jazz to create an electrifying sound that makes the audience want more.
  • Food stations: “The Mediterranean Night” — salad bar, kabobs, ice cream sandwich
  • Featured ride: Carousel presented by Geico

Aug. 14:

  • Artist: Red Hot Whiskey Sippers —Take a trip down to New Orleans with this entertaining bayou-based ensemble as they make their Animals and All That Jazz debut.
  • Food stations: “Creole Night” — salad bar, jambalaya with creole, rum raisin bread pudding
  • Featured ride: Kōmbo Family Coaster presented by Outback Steakhouse

Guests are welcome to sit at tables or bring lawn chairs to get comfortable for the show. In the event of inclement weather, the festivities will simply move under the Party Pavilion near the front of the Zoo.

Concerts are included with regular Zoo admission and free to Zoo members. Guests are encouraged to save time and money on their Zoo visit by purchasing tickets online at

Discount tickets are available at Indianapolis-area Indiana Members Credit Union locations, or guests can save $2 at the gate by bringing in a Dean’s milk jug to be recycled. Concert goers can also find a coupon on the Zoo’s Facebook page that’s good for $4 off admission at the gate for entry after 4pm on the night of the event. For more information, call 317-630-2001.

It’s a Monumental Week in Indianapolis, Aug. 13-18

August 13, 2013 Leave a comment
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Gen Con at the Indiana Convention Center, Aug. 15-18. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

A number of large-scale, one-of-a-kind events will take place Downtown Aug. 15-18, 2013, making this one of Downtown’s most exciting weekends all year. Gen Con returns to the Indiana Convention Center Thursday through Sunday, and the Red Bull Indianapolis GP track activity runs Friday through Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with practices beginning Friday and qualifications on Saturday. But the fun isn’t just limited to motorcycles and Gen Con; concerts, the IndyFringe Theatre Festival, and a variety of fun events will all be taking place. There are numerous opportunities for everyone to enjoy the great events being offered this Monumental Weekend. 

Downtown Parking and Traveling Tips:

There are traffic restrictions around some of these major Downtown events. View our Monumental Weekend Closures and Restrictions map at and visit for parking help. Everyone can find parking, arrive at their destination on time and enjoy all the excitement if a few simple tips are followed.


  • Plan your driving and walking route into and through Downtown ahead of time.
  • Use interstates to travel to and leave Downtown.
  • Enter Downtown from the side on which you plan to park.
  • Allow plenty of extra travel time to Downtown.
  • Be aware that travel through Downtown will be limited to streets away from the core area.
  • Relax during peak exit times.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, park once and enjoy the walk.
  • Carpool or use IndyGo if possible.  Visit for schedule.


  • Parking meters are always FREE after 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday and all day Sunday. Otherwise, meter rates are $1.50/hour with a two-hour limit weekdays before 5 p.m. and four-hour limit weekdays after 5 p.m. and all day Saturday.  Meter hours are 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Downtown parking is abundant with more than 73,000 parking spaces.
  • Select a couple of parking alternatives before you leave home.
  • Plan to use a garage or lot. Most meters near the event sites are restricted during this time.
  • Some parking facilities and lots may not be open to the public.
  • Several garages offer 24-hour parking, providing more than 14,000 parking spaces.

MONUMENTAL EVENTS for week of August 12 – 18:

  • The gamers are coming!  Aug. 15 – 18

Gen Con, the longest-running and highest-attended gaming convention in the world, returns Downtown Aug. 15 – 18 at the Indiana Convention Center (see photo above). Entering its 46th year, the convention will feature costume contests, a life size 10,000 square-foot True Dungeon, tournaments, guest appearances, exhibit hall booths, games, workshops, seminars, art shows, auctions and much more. This year Gen Con will also have an expanded Electronic Gaming Area and Family Fun Pavilion. Gamers and the general public alike can enjoy themselves on Georgia Street with food trucks, music and beer tapping on the eve of Gen Con, Aug. 14. Fans can then enjoy local food trucks and entertainment on the west block of Georgia Street each day for the remainder of the convention. Estimated attendance: 40,000.

  • Motorcycles on Meridian returns, Aug. 16 & 17
    • The leather-clad army of steel ponies returns to South Meridian Street, Georgia Street and Monument Circle Aug. 16 and 17 evenings. Everyone is welcome to experience the unique gathering, whether or not you have a motorcycle to bring. All kinds of bikes will be on site, from Harleys and Ducatis to sport bikes to motor scooters. This FREE event takes place 7 p.m. – midnight Aug. 16 and 4 p.m. – midnight Aug. 17. Estimated attendance: 10,000 bikes each night.
  • Red Bull Indianapolis GP, Aug. 16 – 18

Many of the top MotoGP speed bike racers will compete in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event will include three races at different competition levels: Moto3, Moto2 and the premier MotoGP field. The three races, which will take place Sunday, Aug. 18 starting with Moto3 at 11 a.m., have come to the Speedway annually since 2008. The MotoGP race will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday.  Practices begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16 and qualifications will start up at 12:35 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Tickets for practice and qualifying days are $20, and race day tickets range from $50 to $130.  Estimated attendance: 100,000.

  • 64 companies; 8 venues; 384 performances! IndyFringe Festival, Aug. 15-25
    • One of the top performing arts offerings in the state, the ninth annual IndyFringe Festival kicks off Aug. 15 and runs through Aug. 25 with a wide variety of live shows at various performing arts venues along Mass Ave. Admission for each performance is $10 for adults, $8 for a student ticket or $5 for a child (12 and under). A one-time $5 backer button is also required. Enjoy street performers and FREE live music and performances at the outdoor tent!
  • Indians Home stand at Victory Field, Aug. 13-16
    • Your Triple A Indianapolis Indians minor league baseball powerhouse host a four-day home stand against the Columbus Clippers starting Wednesday, Aug. 13 – Friday, Aug. 16. Don’t miss out on special promotion days including Friday Night Fireworks!
  • Downtown concerts
    • The Indianapolis Zoo will host Animals and All That Jazz from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, included with zoo admission.
    • After a fast day of practices at the track, head to The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park for Umphrey’s McGee with STS9 Friday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.
    • Easley Winery is hosting the free Groovin’ in the Garden series Saturday, Aug. 17 from 2 – 5 p.m.
    • Jimmy Eat World will perform Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. at Old National Centre.
  • August in Indiana = Indiana State Fair
    • The Great Indiana State Fair is in full gear from now through Aug. 18 at the nearby Indiana State Fairgrounds. Big musical acts including Montgomery Gentry will perform on the Marsh Free Stage Thursday, Aug. 15. Admission is FREE with fair admission.

For more information, visit, or call 317-237-2222. This Week’s Upcoming Event Listings on