June Guide to Family Events in and Around Indianapolis

June is here, which means summer is almost here, too! And yep, just like May, there sure is plenty to do all month long! Here is our June round up of fun family activities (and events for parents looking for a night out!) right here in Indianapolis and surrounding areas!

June 1 – August 28

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!


June 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/

June 1

History on Tap – Conner Prairie – 6:30 p.m.

The 7th Annual History on Tap, presented by the Horizon Council , Conner Prairie’s young professionals group, lets beer lovers travel back in time with every sip as they learn about the history of brewing. More than 20 local breweries will add to the ambiance and offer tastings as guests explore Conner Prairie’s 1836 Prairietown at this adults-only event. In the historic Golden Eagle Inn, attendees will sample a 19th-century beer recipe brewed on-site. While walking through the grounds, guests will bump into a variety of costumed interpreters ready to join in on the revelry or entertain with stories.

Throughout the grounds, craft beer experts will offer demonstrations and answer questions, including several homebrewers who can talk about the basics of the craft and how attendees can pursue the hobby themselves. As the sun sets over Conner Prairie, rides on the 1859 Balloon Voyage will be offered for an additional cost (weather permitting), providing a view of the grounds and downtown Indy at dusk that guests can’t see during the museum’s daytime hours.

Cost: $15-$70. This is a 21+ event. Proof of age will be required.               


June 1

First Friday Night Market – Big Car Tube Factory Artspace, 1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis – 5 p.m.

Local artists and artisans, a variety of other vendors, live music, and food trucks bring an evening market outdoors on Cruft Street (moved inside if rainy).

More information: http://www.bigcar.org/

June 1

First Friday Art Show – Indiana Landmarks, 1201 Central Avenue, Indianapolis – 6 p.m.

At Indiana Landmarks’ Rapp Family Gallery, the June First Friday art show presents “Off the Record: The Melody of Fine and Underground Art.” The group show displays the work of 28 artists inspired by punk aesthetics, rock music, pop culture, and political topics.

Featured artists include R.A Buys, Chase Cannon, Brinton Farrand, Wendi Hall, Bryan Michael Hartnett, Gary Lynn, Ellen Starr Lyon, Michael “Kwazar” Martin, Kasey May, Jeremy Noelker, Pamela M. O’Brien, Kristy Quinn, Matthew Sheek, David Slivka, Amy Ward, and Paula Wright, with guest artists Helen Carroll, Anindo Chatterjee, Christina Clark, Candice Conner, Kennedy Conner, Kathy Cunningham, Kory Easterday, Shannon Galyan, Timmy Kehoe, Trinity Moffett, Natalie Smith and Sarah Wright.

Complimentary snacks and beverages will be available, and you can also tour Indiana Landmarks Center. Built as a Methodist church in the nineteenth century, the restored and adapted structure holds theaters and a reception hall in addition to the gallery and Indiana Landmarks’ headquarters.

Information:  www.indianalandmarks.org

June 1 – June 2

Lilly Classical Series: Mozart’s Requiem – Hilbert Circle Theatre – 8 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbański, Conductor. Emanuel Ax, Piano. In a life spanning just 35 years, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart left an astonishing musical legacy. More than two centuries after his death, Mozart’s music still speaks to us, moves us, and leaves us breathless. To conclude the 2017−18 Lilly Classical Series, Music Director Krzysztof Urbański, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and special guests explore the incredible masterworks composed in Mozart’s final year: the haunting Requiem—Mozart’s last statement—and the timeless opera, The Magic Flute.

Tickets/Information: https://www.indianapolissymphony.org

June 1 – June 3

Donut Trail – 130 Penn Street, Downtown Westfield

Did you know National Trails Day and National Donut Day are over the SAME weekend ? In celebration of these two holidays, come explore the trails with our unique Donut Trail activity! Before this deliciously fun weekend approaches, you will want to pick up a Donut Trail Passport! Each passport contains the rules, a map of all the sweet stops, and participating Donut Shops to redeem your prizes! Passports will be available at a later date.

More information: http://westfieldwelcome.com/donuttrail/

June 1 – June 3

Appalachian Spring – Indiana Repertory Theatre

This will be a landmark performance for Dance Kaleidoscope. We are proud to present Matha Graham’s world-famous masterpiece Appalachian Spring, set to the music of Aaron Copland. DK will use the sets and costumes from the Martha Graham Dance Company to offer Martha’s true vision for the piece. Interestingly, DK Artistic Director David Hochoy helped maintain the integrity of this piece when he was Rehearsal Director for Martha Graham in New York City. The performance will also include David Hochoy’s The Rite of Spring, set to the music of Igor Stravinsky.

Tickets/Information: http://dancekal.org/

June 2 – June 3

Bonsai Show – Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens – 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Join the Indianapolis Bonsai Club as they showcase their unique bonsai specimens. Club members will be available to answer your questions, and vendors will have plants and supplies available for sale.

Cost: $4 per person, $10 per family (2 adults max)          https://www.garfieldgardensconservatory.org/

June 2

Wicket World of Croquet – Benjamin Harrison Presidential Suite – 10 a.m.

Don your game whites and hit the court for a wicketly competitive day of historic elegance and modern indulgence to benefit educational programming at The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Register as a team of two for our leisure or competitive tournament. All teams of two receive entrance into the tournament (4 matches guaranteed), use of fine equipment, snacks, lunch and drinks. Register early as the event will sell out!

Don’t miss your chance to experience (or learn) croquet as it was meant to be played.

Highlights for the 2018 event include:

  • All tournament teams can choose to play in one of two brackets: Competitive Six-Wicket Tournament or Leisure Golf Croquet Tournament
  • Opportunity to fill-your-own private bracket! Fill a bracket of six teams of two (12 total players) with friends, family or co-workers and its like getting one team for free! You can play together all day or among other tournament guests.
  • Awards for looking “wicket” good! Everyone knows croquet requires all-white dress attire, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed participants.

Don’t play but want to stay? The Porch Party is for you! Come enjoy an unforgettable day on the grounds of the Presidential Site. Your ticket guarantees lunch provided by Goose the Market, Sun King beer, and all sorts of wicketly fun activities. Advance registration is required. Fees are listed per person. This is a rain or shine event. Register early as this event will sell out!

Cost: $30 and up                                  https://bhpsite.org/events/wicket-world-of-croquet-2/

June 2

Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival – Military Park, Downtown Indianapolis

Wine connoisseurs can sample 200+ award-winning wines at “The Biggest Celebration of Indiana Wines” while enjoying delicious food from Indiana’s finest restaurants and food trucks, artisans, wine and food pairing demonstrations on the pavilion stage, and music from talented, local bands.

  • Enjoy delicious food from some of Indiana’s top culinary experts
  • Visit the Wine & Food Experience Pavilion for food and wine sessions with chefs and winemakers
  • Tap your foot to Indiana’s most popular musicians LIVE throughout the day
  • Browse through the artisan booths


June 2

MardiCause – Metazoa Brewing Company – 3 p.m.

Indy loves fast things and MardiCause benefits both Prison Greyhounds and Friends of Ferdinand, who serve animals retiring from racing. Bring your dog and join us for authentic Cajun food, craft beer, Mardi Gras canine costume contest with cash and prizes, and shop at the marketplace.

Cost: Admission is free, but you must purchase tickets for meals and beer


June 2

24 hr. Playhouse – Longshot Theater, 1035 Sanders St., Wheeler Arts Building, Indianapolis – 8 p.m.

Longshot Theater Presents the second edition of the 24-Hour Playhouse. A show in which several ten-minute plays are written, rehearsed and then performed for you all within 24 hours. Join us for this magical evening where some of Indianapolis’ best talents push themselves to new heights.

Cost: $5-$7                     https://www.facebook.com/events/1992972620714780/

June 2

Groovin’ in the Garden – Baldwin 2 Baldwin – Easley Winery, 205 N. College Avenue – 2 p.m.

Easley Winery’s premiere outdoor music series is ready to jam! Join us for Lloyd Insurance, Inc. & Indiana Farmers Insurance Groovin’ in the Garden every Saturday. We offer daily wine specials, cool tunes from the best musical acts of the greater Indianapolis area, wine slushies and an experience you won’t soon forget! Feel free to bring along your favorite foods or order from local restaurants to have delivered here to the winery, and don’t forget to bring a chair! Baldwin 2 Baldwin play smooth jazz music.


June 2

Outrun the Sun Race Against Melanoma and Sunset Festival – Fort Harrison State Park – 4:30 p.m.

The Outrun the Sun Race Against Melanoma is the largest evening event of its kind in the United States supporting melanoma education and research. The event includes a 5-mile timed run, 5K non-competitive run and a 1-mile fun run. Races are followed by the Sunset Festival with music, food and beverages and activities for children and adults. Proceeds benefit educational and research programs at Outrun the Sun, Inc. The race takes place at Lawton Loop Parade Grounds with courses through Fort Harrison State Park.


June 3

Pride Ride – White River State Park – 9 a.m.

This is a great event for those who like to ride bikes! All ages and ability levels are welcome to join us for a casual ride on the Cultural Trail. Bring your helmets, your bike bells, and handle bar streamers! The ride will take the Cultural Trail through Fountain Square to Garfield Park, then back to White River State Park.


June 4 – 8

Science Camp for Girls – Conner Prairie

Join us for a week of tinkering, thinking and playing! Girls will explore science and engineering by creating their own designs, learning to build various inventions and discovering fun science activities.


June 7

Concerts on the Canal – The Cool City Band – 6 p.m.

This show will feature swingin’ music from the lounge era featuring Laney Wilson and Trey Thomas, Jr. The Stardust Terrace Café, outdoor grill and cash bar, operated by Hoaglin Catering, opens at 5 pm. Guests may bring their own food and nonalcoholic beverages to the concerts. All alcohol must be purchased and consumed on site. No pets and no smoking are allowed on the terrace. Free parking at the History Center is on a first-come basis. Special Note In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be delayed or moved indoors to the Frank and Katrina Baile Theater. No food or drink will be allowed at indoor concerts, and only registered guests may be accommodated.

Cost: Free seating is available on the grassy area on the Canal Walk. Tables for 8 are $50, $40 for members. Tables for 4 are $40, $30 for members. Single seats at a community table are $10, $8 for members. Half- and full-season packages are available. Event reservations are valid from the date and/or event of issue; no rain checks will be permitted.


June 8

Zoobilation – Indianapolis Zoo – 5:30 p.m.

This year’s theme is Swing Into Summer! Zoobilation is sponsored by Indianapolis Power & Light Company.


June 8 – 10

Indy PopCon – Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium

PopCon is a convergence of innovation, pop culture, and fandom, where we celebrate the spirit of the independent creator and their fans. If you’re a fan of TV/movies, gaming, internet culture, cosplay, and/or comics, then you’ll be able to support budding artists and find fun at PopCon. Guests include Wil Wheaton, Kristian Nairn, Carolina Ravassa, LeVar Burton, Tara Reid, Lucie Pohl, Jason David Frank, Pom Klementieff, Ross Mullen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Isaac Hempstead Wright, David Yost, Kevin Nash, Lisa Marie Varon, and Jason Faunt.


June 9

Indy Pride Week and Festival – White River State Park – 8:30 a.m.

Indiana’s Largest LGBTQ Celebration culminates in a festival for all ages!

Highlights of Pride Festival:


June 9

Dog-a-Palooza – Fair Oaks Farms, 856 N. 600 E, Fair Oaks, IN – 5 p.m.

Step outside and enjoy the sunshine with your favorite canine! With several activities to get your tail wagging, Dog-A-Palooza is the perfect way to start off the Dog Days of Summer! Participate in the dog obstacle course, a dog show with prizes (best trick, dog & owner look-alike, best costume, best bark), and a 2K dog glow walk. **Please note that the times of this event have changed due to extreme heat in the past.


  • 5 pm – Event Begins
  • 5-10 pm – Photo Booth
  • 5-10 pm – Vendors
  • 5-10pm – Naughty Paws (agility and training experts).
  • 5:15 pm – Vet Discussions
  • 5:30 pm – Canines in the Cloud (trick dog performers)
  • 6:30 pm – Canines in the Cloud (trick dog performers)
  • 7 pm – Amateur Dog Show
  • 7-8 pm – 2K Dog Glow Walk Registration & Packet Pick Up (Tent at Starting Line)
  • 7:15 pm – Peanut Butter Lick Contest
  • 7:30 pm – Canines in the Cloud (trick dog performers)
  • 8:30 pm – 2K Dog Glow Walk Begins
  • 10 pm – Event Closes

Cost: $25-$35              http://fofarms.com/dogapalooza

June 11 – 15

Science Camp for Boys – Conner Prairie

Join us for a week of tinkering, thinking and playing! Girls will explore science and engineering by creating their own designs, learning to build various inventions and discovering fun science activities.


June 14 – 17

Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

See some of the finest vintage and historic machines on Earth of all shapes and sizes race on the IMS road course during the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational. Hundreds of cars from all eras compete in this Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) event, with great access to the machines and drivers for fans. This year’s event will feature a new series of exhibition races which will showcase pre-World War I-era racecars.

SVRA Chief Executive Officer Tony Parella says “not only will these historic cars be stretching their legs on the track, but with the work of Brian Blain and his foundation (Blain Motorsports Foundation) along with Hagerty there will also be educational and informative displays of tools, spares, period clothing that capture the feel of life in 1920 and before. This is rich content that adds to our automobile-themed festivals at SVRA events.” The new exhibition will include fields of up to 20.

Cost: $15 and up                                  https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/

June 15  -16

Kroger Symphony on the Prairie: The Music of Star Wars – 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.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra opens the 37th season of Kroger Symphony on the Prairie with a celebration of the beloved scores in the Star Wars franchise. The ISO performs highlights from legendary composer John Williams – including themes from the original trilogy and the recent extensions of the intergalactic adventures. Friday, June 15 is also Scout Night presented by Printing Partners! Boy and Girl Scouts under age 18 and Scout Leaders in uniform will receive free admission on Friday, June 15, with the donation of a one-pound box of pasta.


June 15 – 21

The Incredibles 2 – IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum

Elastigirl springs into action to save the day, while Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet — taking care of the problems of his three children.


June 16

Taste of Broad Ripple: Experience the Flavor – 3 p.m.

Presented by The Vogue, celebrating 40 years of bringing great talent to Indy as one of the most popular and storied venues in the Midwest.

One of Indianapolis’ most vibrant and historic neighborhoods will welcome The Taste of Broad Ripple, an action-packed, all-day festival with the best local food, beer and live music on the streets of Broad Ripple Village.

Home to an eclectic mix of local restaurants, independently owned shops and renowned bars and brew pubs, Broad Ripple is recognized as one of the most creative areas of Indianapolis, shaped by its nearby parks, the Central Canal, the Monon Trail and the winding White River. The Taste of Broad Ripple will embody no less, representing the essence of the only cultural district outside of downtown.


  • Chef’s Night Off Tent with a Broad Ripple chef’s cook-off from 3-5 pm
  • Riley Kid’s Area open from 3-6:30 pm, managed by CityMoms, with a Colts Interactive Museum, face painting, and lots of interactive inflatable games
  • HotBox Kid’s Pizza Tent where kids craft their own mini pizzas
  • School of Rock stage showcasing a School of Rock student band lineup
  • Live music on the main stage all day, featuring powerhouse funk-band The Main Squeeze, and local favorites Bigfoot Yancey, Clint Breeze & The Groove, and The Stampede String Band
  • 30 food vendors and assorted non-food vendors
  • Yuengling Beer Garden open from 3-9:30 pm, featuring Yuengling and Sun King brews
  • The VinoMobileBar featuring select wines, and the Southern Wine & Spirits Cocktail Tent with a host of assorted cocktails

Tickets: $7. Free for children 11 and under. Ten percent of proceeds benefit Riley Children’s Foundation


June 21

Harry Potter Film Concert Series: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Hilbert Circle Theatre – 7:30 p.m.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce six performances of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series, as part of the Global concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films. The tour will feature a live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note. Indianapolis audiences will be able to relive the magic of three films in one of the world’s most beloved franchises on a 40-foot high-definition screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable scores.

“The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has developed a reputation for performing live with some of history’s most iconic films,” said Gary Ginstling, Chief Executive Officer of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to perform these epic film scores with the full movies as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series.”

Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, “The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.”

Brady Beaubien of CineConcerts and Concert Producer for The Harry Potter Film Concert Series added, “Harry Potter is synonymous with excitement around the entire world and we hope that by performing this incredible music with the full movie, audiences will enjoy returning to this world, and to the many wonderful characters and adventures that inhabit it.”

Cost: $25-$85                                                        https://www.indianapolissymphony.org/harry-potter

June 22

99.5 ZPL Birthday Bash – Indiana Farmers Coliseum – 8 p.m.

Featuring Alessia Cara, Bazzi, 5SOS, and Liam Payne.

Cost: $55 and up


June 26

Herbie Hancock – Hilbert Circle Theatre – 7:30 p.m.

Now in the sixth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of culture, technology, business and music. A legendary pianist and composer, Hancock received an Academy Award for his Round Midnight score and 14 Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year. He currently serves as Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and as Institute Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. In 2011 Hancock was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, received a Kennedy Center Honors Award in 2013 and a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2016.

*The ISO does not perform on this concert.

Cost: $40-$95                        https://www.indianapolissymphony.org/event-detail/herbie-hancock

June 30

Taste of Indy – Monument Circle – 11 a.m.

The Annual Taste of Indy blends the city’s most unique restaurants with an exhibition of the city’s best live local music, with events and activities for the entire family.

Cost: $8. Kids 6 and under are free, as are service members with military ID.


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