All Summer long Indy Parks and Recreation has created tons of FREE and affordable Summer fun for families across Indianapolis parks. This weekend is no exception. The fun continues with concerts and movies at several parks all weekend long. The weather may be hot, but its still better than staying couped up inside during and icy Winter storm with cabin fever. Pack a picnic, bring the dog, chairs and a blanket to enjoy some free and extremely affordable Summer Fun at Indianapolis parks like Garfield Park’s MacAllister Center, Eagle Creek Park, Municipal Gardens Park and Watkins Park. Read on for a preview of all the cool Indianapolis events happening at various Indianapolis parks.
Garfield Park’s MacAllister Center: Frank Sinatra Celebration Band
Take a trip through the illustrious music of Frank Sinatra Friday, July 9 at Garfield Park’s MacAllister Center with the Frank Sinatra Celebration Band lead by Chicago based singing sensation Peter Oprisko. Oprisko puts on an exciting, engaging and interactive performance that appeals to audiences of all ages and has attracted scores of dedicated fans. Often described as the “next Frank Sinatra,” his voice is more than just an imitation of old Blue Eyes. Oprisko offers a tribute to the legend with a talent that is all his own.
He is one of the most popular premiere interpreters of American popular song. Oprisko electrifies and thrills his audiences with his seductive vocals, engaging charisma and amazing musical knowledge. Peter’s passionate presentation, elegant style and extraordinary ability to connect and interact with the crowd have earned him a strong following of devoted fans who know him as one of the United States most in demand and acclaimed concert and recording artists.
Don’t miss the Frank Sinatra Celebration Band lead by Peter Oprisko at the Garfield Park MacAllister Center. Tickets to this Indianapolis music event are $6.00 for the lawn, $8.00 for benches and $10.00 for seats. The fun starts at 7:00 pm.
Garfield Park MacAllister Center
2600 Block of Shelby Street
Southern Avenue and Raymond Street
or East Street and Pleasant Run Parkway
On the Point at Eagle Creek: Family Fun Concert Series
Four time Grammy nominated duo, Trout Fishing in America, rocks the Point at Eagle Creek as the Family Fun Concert Series continues Saturday, July 10. This dynamic duo have been writing, recording and performing together for three decades. With material that ranges from introspective folk and country tinged songs to wildly energetic rock tunes, their repertoire is sure to entertain everyone in the crowd. But their tendency toward silly is what makes them such a unique and fun show.
Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet are Trout Fishing in America. While Ezra stands tall at six foot nine inches, his partner Keith clocks in at five feet one half inches, making them an unlikely looking pair. But as they jam together, its easy to see how these two buddies have found such success over the years. Hot on the heels of their fourth Grammy nomination of Big Round World and with the release of their new children’s book/ CD My Name is Chicken Joe, these two see no end in sight to their streak of successes.
Catch their show On the Point at Eagle Creek Saturday, July 10. With two performances at 10:00 am and 11:30 am, this is a perfect Indianapolis performing arts event for Indianapolis kids. All it costs is a $6.00 General Admission, which includes entry into the park. Children under two will be admitted for free!
Eagle Creek Park
7840 West 56th Street
Municipal Gardens Park: Movies in the Park, More Than a Game
Municipal Gardens Park takes its turn hosting Indy Parks and Recreation’s Movies in the Park (at Dusk) series with the sports flick More Than a Game. This 2009 documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Akron, Ohio and James’ journey to fame. With amazing timing just after LeBron James announced his switch from home town team the Cleveland Cavaliers to being anew with the Miami Heat, this film offers a chance to see the man before the superstar.
Follow five young basketball players as they rise to the top of youth athletics. Lebron James, Dru Joyce III, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee and their coach Dru Joyce II star in this documentary that follows their Ohio high school basketball team as they became the biggest sensation in basketball the Midwest has seen in years. Taking them through there pre teens to high school, the film shares the story of their incredible journey as the unknown Ohio team that rose to the top of youth athletics and as Lebron James began his trek to fame. The message: to win, a player has to fight until the end to achieve a goal, even if the challenge seems easy.
The film features original music from Mary J. Blige, including the hit single “Stronger,” which she composed for the movie specifically. With a soundtrack that features greats like Kanye, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Toni Braxton, Jordin Sparks, Faith Evans and more, this film is just as fun to listen to as it is to watch.
Don’t miss this timely film at the Municipal Gardens Park Saturday, July 10. This Indianapolis culture event is totally FREE and begins at dusk. Pack a picnic, a blanket and some chairs as you enjoy a movie in the park.
Municipal Gardens Park
1831 Lafayette Road
Watkins Park: Blues in the Hood
July 11 Watkins Park is transformed into a Blues concert hall by Chubby and the All Stars. Enjoy a FREE outdoor concert at this Indianapolis park beginning at 5:00 pm. Relax in the Summer sun with some bluesy music at this Indianapolis park. Nothing beats FREE Indianapolis music!
2360 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street
Indy Parks and Recreation
With all this affordable and FREE Summer fun, there is no reason not to get out an enjoy the warm weather as Summer heats up. Nothing for a picnic in the house? Grab take out from any of these Indianapolis restaurants. After these fun Indianapolis art events, cool of with a cocktail from any of these refreshing Indianapolis bars.
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