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Downtown Indianapolis Gets Festive in June

Christ Church Cathedral Strawberry Festival, June 12.

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

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

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 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 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: www.indydt.com/summerconcerts.cfm.

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 http://indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222.

June Brings Outdoor Activities to Downtown Indianapolis

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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.
http://indydt.com/

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 www.georgiastreetindy.com.

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 www.indydt.com/summerfestivals.cfm.

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 www.indydt.com/summerconcerts.cfm.

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 www.indydt.com/beautcal.cfm 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 www.indydt.com/sidewalkcafes.cfm for a complete list of Downtown restaurants and bars offering outdoor dining and drinking.

For more information, visit http://indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222.