July Guide to Family Events in and Around Indianapolis

July is here, and summer is in full effect! Here is our July round up of fun family activities as well as events for parents looking for a night out right here in Indianapolis and surrounding areas!

Check out all our the 4th of July fun in our round-up of events post here!


July 1 – July 4

Kroger Symphony on the Prairie: Star Spangled Symphony – Conner Prairie – 8 p.m.

A 37-year tradition continues this summer with Kroger Symphony on the Prairie – the best value in central Indiana for outdoor music and entertainment!

Experience the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and many other musical guests each weekend at the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre. It’s the perfect place to meet friends, family, and even large groups for a fun night out. Bring your own food and drinks or purchase concessions on site. Buy a table by the stage or bring your blanket for the lawn. Kroger Symphony on the Prairie allows you to enjoy the music the way you want.

Pack your picnic and wear your red, white, and blue for the ISO’s annual celebration of America. the ISO will salute all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces each night. Our summertime tradition features symphony favorites, including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with real cannons, and spectacular fireworks to cap off each concert. This is a premium-priced concert. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. each night.

Tickets/Information: https://www.indianapolissymphony.org/season/symphony-on-the-prairie


July 1 – September 15

Summer Concert Series – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park – 7 p.m.

The Summer Concert Series returns this spring through the summer, featuring acts such as ODESZA, Kidz Bop Live and Jason Mraz!

https://www.whiteriverstatepark.org/venue/farm-bureau-insurance-lawn-at-white-river-state-park/


July 1 – July 15

Annie – Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre

Little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Songs include: “Tomorrow,” “Hard Knock Life,” “Maybe.”

Discount of $10 off per ticket available to children ages 3-15. Children under age 3 cannot be admitted to this show. Not all shows may be suitable for all ages.

Rated G

Tickets/Information:  http://www.beefandboards.com/


July 1

CAF Wings over Indy – Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport

The Indiana Wing CAF is a flying museum that maintains and flies a Fairchild PT-26 Cornell and a twin engine Beech SNB (RC-45J). Member owned aircraft include a Vultee BT-13 Valiant, Stinson L-5 Sentinel, AT-6 Texan, and a Stearman. The Indiana Wing has aircraft based at Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport (UMP), located in Fishers, and Sheridan Airport (5I4), which is located north of the city of Sheridan on Jerkwater Road.

At this event:

  • Gather and honor veterans and families
  • Showcase Warbirds and American military aviation heritage
  • Introduce individuals and youth to all aspects of aviation

http://www.indianawingcaf.org/caf-wings-over-indy-2018.html


July 3 – 4

CarmelFest: An Independence Day Celebration – Carmel Civic Square – 3 p.m. and 10:30 a.m.

CarmelFest is Central Indiana’s favorite festival for celebrating Independence Day! Come with your family and friends to enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, fun activity zones, and spectacular fireworks. It’s a heartland tradition you won’t want to miss!

This all-volunteer led event is organized by the Rotary Club of Carmel. We are working hard to make CarmelFest 2018 a fun and memorable experience for everyone as we commemorate our country’s birth and celebrate freedom.

A spectacular array of fireworks will hit the skies at 9:45 pm on Wednesday, July 4. For your added enjoyment a local radio station will synchronize the fireworks show to music. The fireworks will launch from an area north of the Palladium and the east side of the Monon. Fireworks will be held RAIN or SHINE, unless there is severe weather.

Schedule:
July 3
3-10:30 pm – Outdoor festival
3:30-5:30 pm – “CarmelFest Has Talent” semi-finals
7:30-10:30 pm – The Wright Brothers
July 4
10:30 am – “Hats Off to America” parade
12-10:30 pm – Outdoor festival
9:45 pm – Fireworks spectacular

http://www.carmelfest.net/


July 3

Independence Celebration Concert and Fireworks – Saxony, Fishers – 7 p.m.

Blast into the holiday with Saxony’s independence celebration concert & fireworks show. You’ll be moving and grooving the night away with your family and friends to the upbeat sounds of My Yellow Rickshaw beginning at 7 pm. During the concert, be sure to check out all of the food truck options available at this event. Finally, raise your eyes to the sky at 10:00 pm to enjoy a spectacular fireworks show. This is an Independence Day celebration you won’t want to miss!

http://www.saxony-indiana.com/events/459.html


July 3

Naturalization Ceremony – Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site – 10 a.m.

Join us for a transformative program as we partner with the Federal Court to welcome America’s newest citizens as they take the oath of citizenship.

https://bhpsite.org/events/naturalization-ceremony/


July 4

Westfield Rocks the 4th – Grand Park Sports Complex, Westfield – 12 p.m.

The organizers hope that you will continue to make this event a family tradition to celebrate our country’s independence!

http://westfieldwelcome.com/westfield-rocks-the-4th-2/


July 4

Party on the Plaza – Indianapolis City Market – 7 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets to the Indianapolis City Market for a special Fourth of July party! Complete with corn hole, ping pong, sidewalk chalk, and more, enjoy the IPL Downtown Freedom Blast fireworks show from City Market’s Whistler (west) Plaza – some of the best seats downtown has to offer. Enjoy live music, delicious food, and Indiana craft beer. No outside food/drink allowed.

Tickets: $5, couple; $6, adult; $4, seniors (65+); free, children 12 and under.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1701176603282763/


July 4

Firecracker 6 Run/Walk – Indianapolis City Market – 8 a.m.

9th Annual Firecracker 6 presented by St. Vincent is a 6-Mile & 6K Run/Walk through beautiful downtown Indianapolis. Start at the iconic City Market and travel through historical Fountain Square. Get a perfect view of Lucas Oil Stadium and finish with a photo-op of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument in the background; a perfect tour of the city.

Cost: $24-$40                        http://firecracker6.com/


July 4

Donato’s Downtown Freedom Blast – Indiana World War Memorial – 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy live entertainment from the Indianapolis Colts Stage, family fun in the Royal Pin Leisure Centers Kids Area, support local small businesses in the Indiana Originals Marketplace and get a great view of the Downtown fireworks display launched from Regions Tower! Tune your radio to B105.7, 97.1 HANK FM, or 93.1 WIBC for the official fireworks soundtrack.

http://www.downtownindy.org/events/5834/ipl-downtown-freedom-blast-/


July 4

Free on the Fourth – Indiana Historical Society – 10 a.m.

Beat the summer heat and explore democracy, civics and government at the History Center! Enjoy free admission to all our exhibits and special activities with the theme “out of many, one!”

  • Pass a citizenship test
  • Make a campaign button
  • Design your own flag
  • Write a letter to a service member
  • Sing patriotic tunes in the Cole Porter Room
  • Watch Schoolhouse Rock!
  • Snap fun photos

https://indianahistory.org/events/free-on-the-fourth/


July 4

Kroger Symphony on the Prairie: Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony – Conner Prairie – 8 p.m.

A 37-year tradition continues this summer with Kroger Symphony on the Prairie – the best value in central Indiana for outdoor music and entertainment!

Experience the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and many other musical guests each weekend at the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre. It’s the perfect place to meet friends, family, and even large groups for a fun night out. Bring your own food and drinks or purchase concessions on site. Buy a table by the stage or bring your blanket for the lawn. Kroger Symphony on the Prairie allows you to enjoy the music the way you want.

Beethoven considered this work his “most excellent symphony,” and it is often noted for its unbridled optimism. As Richard Wagner once said, “if anyone plays the Seventh, tables and benches, cans and cups, the grandmother, the blind and the lame, aye, the children in the cradle fall to dancing.”

https://www.indianapolissymphony.org/season/symphony-on-the-prairie


July 11 – 12

Jurassic Park in Concert – Hilbert Circle Theatre – 7:30 p.m.

The winner of three Academy Awards® and one of the most thrilling science-fiction adventures ever made comes to life on the big screen at the Hilbert Circle Theatre, with the ISO performing John Williams’ iconic and beloved score live to picture.

www.indianapolissymphony.org


July 13 – 14

Kroger Symphony on the Prairie: The Beach Boys – Conner Prairie – 8 p.m.

A 37-year tradition continues this summer with Kroger Symphony on the Prairie – the best value in central Indiana for outdoor music and entertainment!

Experience the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and many other musical guests each weekend at the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre. It’s the perfect place to meet friends, family, and even large groups for a fun night out. Bring your own food and drinks or purchase concessions on site. Buy a table by the stage or bring your blanket for the lawn. Kroger Symphony on the Prairie allows you to enjoy the music the way you want.

Surf’s up as the orchestra is joined by The Beach Boys, led by founding member Mike Love and featuring an all-star band. The band that made Surf Rock a nationwide sound performs hit singles from decades of alums, including all of your favorites featuring their trademark harmonies. It’s sure to be a “Fun, Fun, Fun” night! This is a premium priced concert. The ISO performs on Friday night only.

https://www.indianapolissymphony.org/season/symphony-on-the-prairie


July 13

Movie and Concert – Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens – 7 p.m.

Showing CoCo, with a preshow concert by LABi – Latin American Band of Indianapolis.

http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DPR/Programs/Arts/Pages/ArtsServices.aspx


July 13

Saxony Concert in the Park – Saxony Witten Park – 7 p.m.

It’s a party in the park! Kick off your weekend at the second concert of the Saxony Summer Concert Series. Dance the night away to the stylish beats of Stella Luna & the Satellites. Known for their unique combination of musical genres, Stella Luna & the Satellites are sure to keep the Saxony crowd on their feet with a high-energy performance! Pack a picnic dinner or enjoy a variety of delicious options from the assorted food trucks onsite. Join in the fun and bring your friends and family to Saxony for a musical summer celebration!  Featured bands: Stella Luna and the Satellites.

http://do317.com/events/2018/7/13/saxony-concert-in-the-park


July 14

World Family Day – Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center – 1 p.m.

Bring the whole family for a day of fun, with art, live music, dance performances, a DJ, kids’ activities, face painting, shopping with more than 50 vendors, and plenty of food.

http://www.faybiccardglickcenter.org/


July 14

Summer Nights Film Series: Akeelah and the Bee – Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields – 7 p.m.

The National Bank of Indianapolis presents the Summer Nights Film Series, where you can watch movies under the stars every weekend at Newfields. All you need is a picnic (with non-alcoholic beverages only), chairs (for the back row of each tier), and blankets (in case the chair row is full). Oh, and sunscreen and bug spray. No alcohol, pets, candles taller than 12 inches, or knives permitted. And if you want to travel light with just a chair and blanket, King David Dogs and Sun King Brewing Company will be there with franks and craft beers, respectively, to purchase. Tonight’s film: Akeelah and the Bee Forced to participate in her school’s spelling bee, eleven-year-old Akeelah (Keke Palmer) discovers a talent for spelling. Gates open at 7 pm for preshow programming, and films start at dusk.

Tickets: $8, members; $12, public. Children 5 and under are free.

https://discovernewfields.org/calendar/national-bank-indianapolis-summer-nights-film-series


July 16 – 20

Civil War Camp – Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

AT-TEN-TION! In this one week summer camp, kids join Colonel Benjamin Harrison as he embarks on an experience that will change his life – and the course of our country’s history – forever.

Civil War Camp offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for new “recruits” to enlist, drill, train, and explore first-hand what it was like to serve the Union army in the 70th Indiana. Participants will enjoy the week exploring what it takes to be a good soldier, citizen, and leader using real stories from Colonel Benjamin Harrison’s Civil War experience.

Each day’s activities and field trips are focused on specific themes enriched by hands-on activities led by our award-winning education team and Civil War experts:

  • Monday: Why Fight?
  • Tuesday: Military Strategy
  • Wednesday: In the Field
  • Thursday: Day of Battle
  • Friday: The Grand Review

PLEASE NOTE: The experience will engage participants mentally and physically, so be ready for an action-packed week, including The Grand Review on Friday afternoon. Plus, there will be a special opportunity to meet living veterans from our country’s remarkable past, from World War II to the Gulf War! This camp is limited to 20 participants (ages 9-12).

Cost: $225, child member; $250, child non-member.

http://www.presidentbenjaminharrison.org/events/civil-war-camp


July 19 – 21

81st Annual St. Christopher Mid-Summer Festival

The festival is one of the oldest festivals in the state of Indiana and the 4th largest event in Speedway each year, behind only the IMS events. Known as the festival “That’s Tops in Food,” the parish takes great pride in making nearly all the items served from scratch right in our own kitchen. From the hand battered Icelandic cod to the macaroni and cheese; we have the tastiest recipes to prove it. However our greatest recipe is the blending of over 1,200 volunteers who come together to continue our tradition of excellence.

Our claim to fame is our hand battered fish sandwiches. Each year volunteers hand batter more than two tons of Icelandic cod. Our homemade BBQ & coney sauces are made from the original 1940s recipes. Side dishes include potato salad, macaroni & cheese, baked beans, deviled eggs, and cole slaw. Our Filipino community will have authentic Filipino food including egg rolls, kebabs, and fried rice. The roasted corn booth will feature sweet corn with baked & sweet potatoes, brats, grilled hot dogs, and macaroni-and-cheese-stuffed cheeseburgers. Our baking committee will produce approximately 600 cakes and 500 fruit and cream pies, Parish-made elephant ears and strawberry shortcake will be available.

In addition to the wide variety of foods, there will be two beer gardens featuring local and domestic beers and wines for your enjoyment.

Our midway features amusement rides by Poor Jack. We have a wide variety of rides for the young and young at heart! Our youth group will provide a variety of kids’ games including the ever popular gold fish pond. A staple of the 1940s and 1950s festival will return with pony rides and a petting zoo. Bingo will be played each evening with instant bingo tickets available for purchase. Our Monte Carlo (18 and over) will have you singing “Viva St. Christopher” as we feature a blackjack tournament each night with roulette, let it ride, Texas poker, craps table, and a vintage “Horse Race Wheel” that has been entertaining festival goers since the 1940s.

https://www.indyfestival.com/


July 23

United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana Women’s Golf Outing – Broadmoor Country Club – 8:30 a.m.

Join us for an upscale, women’s only golf event to benefit The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana.

This 9-hole scramble tournament will be an opportunity for women to come have fun and be pampered, compete, or a little of both! Registration includes green fees, cart, brunch, contest holes and more.

Event Schedule:
8:30 am – 10:00 am – Check In
9:00 am – 10:00 am – Golf Clinic/Networking
10:00 am – 11:00 am – Brunch
11:00 am – Tee Off
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Awards/Wine & Cheese Reception
*Event schedule subject to change

Cost: $90                                http://www.ucpaindy.org/


July 28

Tad Robinson – Carmel Arts & Design District – 6 p.m.

From his Manhattan roots and his Indiana and Chicago musical upbringing, Tad has caught the attention of the music world with his seven Blues Music Award nominations (the Grammys of blues music) and his many recordings, including the song “Rained All Night” which was nominated for Blues Song of the Year at the 2011 Blues Music Awards. He’s a veteran of countless national and international tours, including many of the most important international blues festivals. With harmonica chops schooled by Big and Little Walter, Sonny Boy I and II, Junior Wells, James Cotton, among many, and vocals that compare to Otis Redding, Syl Johnson, Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass, Tad ranks as one of the most unique and talented members of the international blues and soul communities.

http://do317.com/events/2018/7/28/tad-robinson

 

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