Indy Parks and Recreation aims to make Summer both fun and affordable for Indianapolis people. With tons of great concerts and entertaining movies at affordable prices for the whole family or even for FREE, Indy Parks has the entire Summer programed at Indianapolis parks. This weekend Indy Parks hosts concerts at Holliday Park, Eagle Creek Park, Ellenberger Park and Watkins Park and a free movie at Garfield Park. Don’t miss out on the fun, pack a picnic, load the kids in the car and head across the city to enjoy these Indianapolis events.
Holliday Park: Summer Concert Series Thursday
Thursday, June 24 Holliday Park north of Indianapolis downtown will host a FREE concert by Matt Roush. A native of Ohio, this Indianapolis artist studied voice at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. With a pension for jazz, Roush’s instruments of choice are the piano and his own vocal chords. As a successful ad writer, he is responsible for composing more than 250 local, national and international ads. Clients include Coke, CBS, Sears, Meijer, Kroger and many more. You may recognize his crooning sound for “The Bob and Tom Show’s” (heard in Indianapolis media on WFBQ) infamous “Camel Toe” song, on which Roush was lead vocals. With major influence from Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan, audiences can expect an electic mix of songs from this musician.
Catch Matt Roush’s FREE concert at Holliday Park. The concert starts at 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 24. Pack a picnic and bring the family for a fun concert. With one of the best jungle gyms in all of Indianapolis parks, Holliday Park is a perfect destination to keep kids entertained and enjoy a relaxing outdoor Summer concert.
Spring Mill Road and 64th Street
Eagle Creek Park: Family Fun Concert Series On the Point
Brady Rymer and The Little Band that Could perform at the Family Fun Concert Series On the Point at Eagle Creek Park Saturday, June 26 at 10:00 am and at 11:30 am. This one time rock star turned kids musical entertainer offers up fun and educational songs geared toward Indianapolis kids. This soulful and spirited band bring great musicianship, superb songwriting and pure joy to kids and all generations. With a rollicking, roots-y tunes, Brady Rymer and his band offer a fun and free experience for Hoosiers.
Rymer was making it big when his first child was born. As a founding member of Old Crow, his band released four albums under the RCA label and were touring the United States playing for adoring fans. This musical journey enabled him to play with his idols including Bob Dylan and Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead. His band opened for big name acts like David Byrne, David Crosby, Dave Matthews, Hootie and the Blowfish, Joan Osborne, Guster and Widespread Panic.
But being on the road didn’t seem fair with a newborn at home. So Brady Rymer left his adventurous life on the road to write songs for his children, which lead to a new chapter in his career as a singer for kids. Rymer has released three albums in his new genre, garnering him recognition from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, the National Parenting Publications Association, Publisher’s Weekly, Dr. Toy and iParenting Media.
Don’t miss his concert at On the Point at Eagle Creek Park. General Admission is $6.00, which include admission to the park. Indianapolis kids ages two and under are admitted FREE!
Eagle Creek Park
7840 West 56th Street
Garfield Park Arts Center: Vintage Movie Night, The Great Dan Patch
Garfield Park Arts Center presents the 1949 film The Great Dan Patch Saturday, June 26 at 8:00 pm. There is a suggested donation of $2.00 for admission. Film collector, preservationist and historian Eric Grayson shares a favorite from his collection at the Garfield Park Arts Center. The Great Dan Patch offers the story of a prize winning Indiana trotting horse from Oxford, Indiana. The film stars Dennis O’Keefe, Ruth Warrick and Henry Hull.
The young chemist David Palmer returns to his father’s Indiana farm post graduation. He returns with the intention to marry his sweetheart Ruth Treadwell, a local school teacher in the small town. But when he meets his father’s horse trainer, his passion for racing flares. The trainer’s teenage daughter, Cissy isn’t bad on the eyes either. When David begins to spend more and more time with his father’s prize horse, Dan Patch, Ruth becomes suspicious of David’s intentions with Cissy. In the shadow of Dan Patch’s great physical achievements their love triangle unfolds.
Based on the real life story of the outstanding pacer Dan Patch, who broke world speed record at least fourteen times in the early 1900s, the film is a time capsule of Indiana life at the turn of the century. Eric Grayson introduces the film giving historical context and cultural significance. For extra fun, the movie will be preceded by a vintage cartoon. Don’t miss this affordable Indianapolis art event at Garfield Park Arts Center, near the Indianapolis cultural district, Fountain Square, Saturday, June 26 at 8:00 pm.
Garfield Park Arts Center
2432 Conservatory Drive
White River State Park: FREE Family Art Series, Family Fun Day
The White River State Park in the heart of Indianapolis downtown presents a full day of FREE family fun Saturday, June 26 starting at 12:00 pm. Head to White River State Park’s Celebration Plaza’s Amphitheater for fun activities for the whole family. Radio Disney WRDZ 98.3 FM will be on hand to pump kids full of energy and excitement. Peruse interactive booths full of fun arts and crafts activities for kids to make and take and enjoy live entertainment from Indianapolis music groups. Performances from Jasmine and the 2009 NBT Winner provide entertainment all day long. Pack up the kids and head downtown for this FREE family fun event.
With prime Indianapolis real estate, White River State Park is neighbor to a host of Indianapolis attractions including the Indianapolis Canal Walk, the Indiana State Museum, the Indianapolis Zoo, the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Indiana History Center and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art. Head to the Eiteljorg Museum next door to take a peak at their Indian Market and Festival happening both Saturday and Sunday.
Don’t miss this fun and FREE Indianapolis event at White River State Park, Saturday, June 26 at 12:00 pm.
White River State Park
West Washington Street
Ellenberger Park: Irvington Artists Series featuring the Indy Jazz Orchestra
The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra rocks Ellenberger Park Saturday, June 26 at 6:30 pm. Known as Indiana’s Symphony of Big Band Music, the Indy Jazz Orchestra is Indiana’s premiere professional repertory Indianapolis music organization. Dedicated to serving the Indianapolis community and the entire Hoosier state, the Indy Jazz Orchestra is composed of leading jazz musicians and vocalist from across central Indiana.
This Indianapolis band was founded with the intention of preserving the tradition of big band, whose dynamic history makes it an enjoyable form of musical entertainment even today. With a repertoire of music from The Great American Songbook, the Indy Jazz Orchestra performs standards and classics as well as new arrangements and original compositions. The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra has made itself a mainstay of Indianapolis music since 2001, playing Indianapolis performing arts venues like the American Cabaret Theatre, the Scottish Rite Cathedral, the Indiana State Museum and the Indiana Roof Ballroom.
Don’t miss their FREE concert at Ellenberger Park Saturday, June 26 at 6:30 pm!
5301 East St. Clair Street
Watkins Park: Jazz
Alternating between Blues and Jazz every other weekend, Watkins Park is a hub of Indianapolis soul music all Summer long. Sunday, June 27 this Indianapolis park welcomes J. Majors and Hook Up. This jazzy foursome offers solid beats, toe tapping harmonies and challenging rifes. When they jam together, a good time is had by all. Lead vocals by J. Majors showcase his Marvin Gaye inspired voice, backed by a band that matches his bold sound perfectly.
Don’t miss their FREE concert at Watkins Park Sunday, June 27.
2360 Martin Luther King Jr. Street
Summer Fun at Indianapolis Parks
Listed above is a menu of free and affordable fun at variety Indianapolis parks. Choose which ever one is closest to you and head that way for a relaxing outdoor concert or film experience. Grab food along the way from any of these yummy Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, keep the fun going with drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars. Discover all that Indianapolis nightlife has to offer!
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