It’s an Indianapolis summer! Now’s the time! Grab the kids and get out of the house, for your sake and theirs. There are tons of things to do in Indianapolis and other nearby cities in Central Indiana this weekend, and many of them are free.
Indianapolis Things to Do this Weekend, July 9 – 10, 2011
|National Powwow – It’s the real Native American thing, in next-door Danville, Indiana. Enjoy authentic Native American dancing, crafts, music, workshops, foods and exhibits at this American Indian Cultural Expo.
Through July 9, 2011; 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Hendricks County Fairgrounds
Tickets: Adults $5, 5-12 $2, under 5 free
|4-H Fair – Ride the mechanical bull, dance in the streets, enter a talent show or Little Miss (or Mister) competition. This big fair in little Shelbyville, Indiana culminates on Saturday with a bang, not a whimper.
Through July 9, 2011; Hours vary
Shelby County Fairgrounds
Tickets: $10 – $15
|Second Annual Bean Blossom Southern Gospel Jubilee – Saturday, July 9 is the last day to get inspired by some of the best Gospel music in Indiana. Bean Blossom, the site of this music festival, is about 30 minutes south of Indy, which makes it a good candidate for a memorable day trip from Indianapolis.
July 7 – 9, 2011; Hours vary
Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park & Campground
Bean Blossom, Indiana
|Original Pet Carnival – See Scooby Doo, an animal psychic, vendors, demonstrations and cuddly adoptables from more than 40 local vendors. Located in Beech Grove, Indiana, in the Southeast quadrant of Indianapolis.
Juy 9, 2011; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Indianapolis Veterinary Emergency Center
|Midwest Coin Show – This might be a fun and profitable way to spend your Saturday. Buy, sell, ooo and ahh the shiny goods at this big coin show, which focuses on precious metals and gems as well as coins.
July 9, 2011
Indiana State Fairgrounds‘ Normandy Barn
Tickets: Adults $5, children under 13 are free
|Unite to Fight: Get Moving 2 Beat Cancer – Here’s a fun family festival that gives Indy Hoosiers the opportunity to have a bunch of fun while helping to fight cancer at the same time. Produced by the Little Red Door Cancer Agency.
July 9, 2011; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
American Legion Mall
|5th Annual Secret Gardens Tour of Brown County – Nashville is less than an hour’s drive south of Naptown; stop in at the Brown County Visitors Center there for maps, a brochure and tickets to a beautiful, self-guided, breathtaking adventure.
July 9-10, 2011; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Five secret gardens in Brown County
Tickets: $10, kids under 12, free
|Hancock County 4-H Fair – Calling Indianapolis children of all ages! Greenfield, Indiana seriously rocks with a week-long, full-out festival featuring everything a Greater Indianapolis fair or festival should, and then some.
Through July 15, 2011
Hancock County Fairgrounds
Times and admission prices vary
|Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration – This huge celebration of Black culture is still going strong in Indy. All around the Circle City, you’ll find evidence of this important annual Indianapolis event, which offers an abundance of activities honoring the fascinating Black heritage in the Midwest.
Through July 17, 2011
Events, sites, prices and times vary
|Theatre in Indianapolis and Environs – Theatre in Indianapolis blossoms this time of year, right along with the asters and chrysanthemums. From thought-provoking and soul-salving to knee-slapping, there’s something for every taste onstage this summer in and around Indianapolis.
Dates and prices vary with each live performing arts venue in Indianapolis and its environs.
Dates and prices vary
|A Conner Prairie Summer – Take a look at Fun City Finder‘s list of all the cool things to do at this unique Greater Indianapolis museum during the summer of 2011. Pack up the whole clan, and enjoy everything Conner Prairie has to offer, from a Symphony on the Prairie to a hot-air balloon voyage.
Dates and prices vary
Conner Prairie Interactive History Museum
|Family Film Series– Free films every Wednesday morning this summer, guaranteed family-friendly and family appropriate! Here’s something to do in Indianapolis for the whole fam that will be fun for everybody, but won’t cost you an arm and leg.
Wednesdays through August 3, 2011; 10:00 am
Legacy Cinema in Greenfield, Indiana.
|Rally in the Alley – Indy’s popular City Market morphs into a colorful street fair every Wednesday this summer, with live Indianapolis music, other activities and, of course, a plethora of tasty foods and drinks to sample.
Wednesdays through August 31, 2011
City Market in Indianapolis downtown
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