Indy Parks and Recreation is all about creating those special Summer memories that last a lifetime. That is why this Indianapolis organization has created a whole menu of FREE to affordable Summer fun to bring families and friends together. Concerts and film galore fill grassy knolls across the city with Indianapolis people, their blankets and their pets. Don’t miss out on the great Indianapolis events at Indianapolis parks coming up this week. Concerts at Ellenberger Park, Eagle Creek Park, Garfield Park, Holliday Park and Watkins Park offer a variety of Indianapolis music for Hoosiers to choose from. Read on for a preview of the Summer fun happening across Indianapolis parks.
Ellenberger Park: Two Concerts (July 20 and 24)
Ellenberger Park hosts two, count them, TWO concerts for Indianapolis music lovers this week. Tuesday, July 20, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra graces this east Indianapolis park with their presence. And on Saturday, July 24, Ellenberger has a special surprise lined up for their Irvington Artists Concert Series. You have read about Marsh Symphony on the Prairie all Summer. Conner Prairie and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra pair up each weekend to bring Indianapolis people incredible outdoor concerts at this Indianapolis attraction north of Indianapolis downtown. Now the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra offers a more accessible and FREE way to enjoy their outdoor concerts by taking over Ellenberger Park this Tuesday evening.
Sponsored by Community Health Network, Indianapolis Power and Light and Indy Parks and Recreation, this FREE outdoor concert is perfect for the whole family. Pack a picnic and get ready to enjoy a range of music from some of the most well known and beloved composers of all time. With a repertoire of eleven compositions, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra shares music from Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copeland, Johannes Brahms, Dmitri Shostakovich, Igor Stravinsky and more. Don’t miss your chance to see the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra perform live at Ellenberger Park, Tuesday, July 20 at 7:30 pm.
Head back to Ellenberger Park for another concert Saturday, July 24 from a mystery Indianapolis artist. The Irvington Artists Series welcomes an Indianapolis band or musician to the stage for another incredible and FREE performance at 6:30 pm.
5301 East St. Clair Street
Eagle Creek Park: Two more Concerts (July 21 and 24)
Like Ellenberger Park, Eagle Creek hosts two concerts this week. Wednesday, July 21 Circle City Bluegrass will fill this north Indianapolis park with the sweet twangy sounds of banjos, fiddles, guitars and more. And then again on Saturday, July 24 Eagle Creek offers a special Indianapolis event just for Indianapolis kids as Steve Charney performs.
The Circle City Bluegrass band plays traditional and progressive bluegrass music, in addition to a variety of Irish and Celtic tunes. They’ve been pickin’ bluegrass in central Indiana for more than thirteen years at Indianapolis festivals, concerts and more. Five talented musicians converge their skills on five string banjo, bass fiddle, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin and vocals to croon those folksy tunes. Enjoy a bit of bluegrass in a mid week break at Eagle Creek Park Wednesday, July 21 at 6:30 pm.
Bring the kids back to Eagle Creek Park Saturday morning at 10:00 am or at 11:30 am for an affordable performance from Steve Charney. Steve has been acting like a nut for a long time. He is a magician, ventriloquist, author, musician and songwriter. He has composed dozens of songs for the nationally broadcast television show “Bear in the Big Blue House” on the Disney Channel. In addition, his work has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and on “Regis and Kathy Lee.”
With a special knack for keeping kids entertained, Steve blends music, ventriloquism and magic in a show that will keep even the most hyperactive child glued to their seat. General admission to Steve’s show is $6.00, which include entry into the park. Indianapolis kids two and under are admitted for FREE. Don’t miss either of these exciting Indianapolis events at Eagle Creek Park.
Eagle Creek Park
7840 West 56th Street
Garfield Park: Concerts, Stories, Art and more!
Garfield Park is an endless fountain of entertainment this week. Each day this Indianapolis park offers Indianapolis people something different to fill the passing Summer heat. Thursday, July 22 enjoy Garden Stories at the Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Bring a blanket or chair and relax in the shade while enjoying a story of show and tell in the Garden. This Indianapolis event is perfect for Indianapolis kids ages three to twelve.
Thursday evening enjoy a concert at Garfield Park’s Pops MacAllister Center, where the New Horizons Band. This relatively small chamber group consists of fifty two members, who rehearse and perform year round. Composed mainly of seniors who want to learn or relearn how to play an instrument, this concert band is all about bring people together over a shared love of music. Enjoy their concert at Garfield Park on Thursday, July 22 at 7:00 pm.
Garfield Park plays host to yet another concert event Friday, July 23 at 7:00 pm featuring an Elvis Celebration Band with Elvis 2000. This eight piece band is dedicated to the great music of “The King!” Believing that “there’s a little Elvis in everybody,” all the band members perform in character and dressed as Elvis. It’s Elvis to the 8th power! Take the great music of Elvis Presley and add some high energy and a little humor and you’ve got Elvis 2000. Tickets to this Indianapolis music event are $10.00 for seats, $8.00 for benches and $6:00 for the lawn. Children two and under are admitted for FREE.
Not had your fill of Garfield Park quite yet? Bring your Indianapolis kids to Creepy Crawlies Sunday, July 25 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Get your hands dirty and explore the garden for all things that creep and crawl. learn about those creatures and make a craft to take home. For ages three to six. Cost: $3.00.
While you visit Garfield Park take some time to peruse the two on going exhibits at the Garfield Park Arts Center. The ABC and More Indianapolis art show features the work of four Indianapolis artists: Mike Altman, Mint Evans, James Kelly and Chris Tower. Each artist has created an alphabet of twenty six pieces from A to Z in their own style. Enjoy this funky alphabet show.
Or learn “All About Baseball” as Garfield Park celebrates Summer, sports and city parks with an exploration of America’s historic pastime. The exhibit features a wide variety of baseball themed works including paintings, photographs, and mixed media work by both local and regional artists.
2450 Shelby Street
Holliday Park: FREE Concert (July 22)
Holliday Park hosts a breezy Summer concert Thursday, July 22 at 7:00 pm featuring Indianapolis band Convergence. This Indianapolis band is sure to please in a FREE Summer concert at Holliday Park. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket or a chair and relax as the kiddies play nearby.
6363 Spring Mill Road
Watkins Park: Jazz Concert (July 25)
Alternating between blues and jazz each week, Watkins park has become the place to be on Sunday afternoons. Spend a lazy Summer Sunday laying in the park on a blanket at Indy Jazz Men spit soothing sounds. Sunday, July 25 at 5:00 pm Watkins Park will be transformed by this Indianapolis band who shares soulful jazz with the public. With a joyful sound, Indy Jazz Men will have the whole place poppin’ in no time. Enjoy this FREE Indianapolis concert event.
2360 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street
Summer Fun at Indianapolis Parks
Don’t miss out on all of this FREE to affordable Summer fun. No time to pack a picnic? Grab take out from any of these Indianapolis restaurants. After these Summery events, head to any of these Indianapolis bars for a refreshing drink. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis art to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun! Make the Circle City your playground!