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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.

Under 21? Things to do in Downtown Indianapolis

Georgia Street in Downtown Indianapolis

Georgia Street in Downtown Indianapolis.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

Not 21? Don’t worry. Whether you enjoy a good laugh, a good thrill or just an all-around good night out with friends, Downtown has plenty of activities for the under-21 crowd. From kids to young adults, being underage also offers you an advantage: discounts!

LIVE from the boardwalk!

Kick off every weekend on Georgia Street this summer with Friday Block Parties starting June 7! Every Friday night from 5 – 8 p.m. new local musicians will perform on the east and center blocks of Georgia Street and sidewalk cafes will be open to join in on the fun. Don’t worry about getting tickets ahead of time – Friday Block Parties are FREE to attend all summer long!

The June 7 event will be hosted by X103 and features Kyle McCord & the Modern Gentlemen on the east block. Hear Sour Mash Seven on June 14. Visit www.georgiastreetindy.com for details!

Ticket-master

Perks to being a student? Present a valid student ID at the box office of several Downtown theatres and receive a discount. At the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 530-seat Tobias Theater, aka The Toby, you’ll experience culturally adventurous films, talks and performances, usually for only $10. Don’t miss The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series showing fun outdoor movies like Jurassic Park and Hoosiers every Friday through Aug. 30! Concerts by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra can be found for students and youth for as low as $12 at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. Additionally, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art offers admission discounts: full-time students pay $6 and IUPUI students are free. Check out Guitars! Roundups to Rockers before it closes!

Looking for something unconventional, unforgettable and downright off-the-wall? Head to the IndyFringe Theatre where student tickets often cost just $10 and many are free. The Phoenix Theatre has a well-earned reputation for edgy productions and $23 tickets for those 21 and under. Start the weekend with some local jazz vibe at Madame Walker Theatre Center for Jazz on the Avenue! Be entertained by the hottest local jazz, funk and neo-soul bands for $10. Pay an extra $10 for the soul food buffet.

Get your laugh on while you’re in town! Check out a performance by ComedySportz Indianapolis and enjoy matches at $14 for students! Come together for the Mind Tripping Show, a comedy with a psychological twist, playing at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites through Aug. 3 for $20 for students. See a unique, edgy play at Theatre on the Square: show your student ID and tickets are only $20.

Fan appreciation

From racers to Pacers, if you’re a sports fanatic, Indy truly is the place to be. The city is home to several professional sports teams, so attend a home game. Check out our league-leading Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field and score on daily deals! Enjoy Monday Dollar Menu, McAlister’s Deli Two-For-One Tuesdays, Wednesday Business Day Games, Thursday Value Night, Friday Night Fireworks, Signature Saturdays and Kids Eat FREE Sundays. To boot, lawn seats are only $10! Be sure to catch the world champion Indiana Fever in action on a Wacky Wednesday, IMCU Two for One Thursday, Lucas Oil Family Night or other promotional games!

Sports fans can take their sports knowledge to new heights at the NCAA Hall of Champions in White River State Park for just $3 for those under 18.

Cheap thrills

A penny shy of flat broke? Pinch that penny and wander around Downtown. Use your shopping cents in the Circle Centre mall with plenty of nourishment at the food court. For a funkier shopping experience, stroll the antique shops of Fountain Square or vintage shops of Mass Ave, such as Silver in the City, Mass Ave Toys and Arts a Poppin for unique finds.

Make it a night to remember! Watch a 2D or 3D movie on the state’s largest screen at the IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum with a 12,000-watt, digital surround-sound system. Master your bowling skills at Action Duckpin Bowling in the 1928 Fountain Square Theatre Building.

Get your grub on! Head to Indianapolis City Market every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the Original Farmers’ Market, featuring some of the best locally-sourced meat, produce and other goods in town!

For more Downtown fun for kids, young adults and families, visit www.indydt.com, or call 317-237-2222.