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Summer Events & Things to Do in Indy

Celebrate the Summer in Downtown Indy

With lovely weather and countless things to do in downtown Indy, summer is the perfect time to visit our colorful city, and the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is your guide to the city’s best summer activities and events. View our list of top things to do this summer, all of which are located right in our back yard!

Top 5 Hot Summer Bucket List

  1. Ride a Segway, run, walk, or rent a bike from Indiana Pacers Bikeshare (they even have a “BCycle” app) and cycle the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. It’s an urban pedestrian and bike path that connects five different cultural districts in downtown Indianapolis.
  2. Take a gondola ride on the Downtown Canal Walk and pretend you are temporarily vacationing in Venice, Italy. The Old World Gondoliers are dressed the part and will even serenade you as you blissfully glide through the water. This is definitely one of most popular summer activities in Indianapolis.
  3. Catch one of Indy’s famous summer concerts. No summer getaway in downtown Indy is complete without enjoying some of the amazing outdoor concerts that happen each year. Check out The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park website and the Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal website for line-ups, dates and more.
  4. Explore the historic Indianapolis City Market, with artisan crafts, ethnic food, a microbrewery, and catacombs underneath. Tours are also available.
  5. Get inspired at First Fridays. More than 25 art galleries take part in this monthly tradition, which encourages locals and visitors alike to go on a self-guided tour of the city’s diverse art venues. Check out the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association website for more details and upcoming events.

Events in the Area

Summertime brings several annual events to downtown Indy, including the city’s over-the-top Memorial Day/Indy 500 celebrations, July 4th fireworks and more. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite local festivals below.

  • Indy 500 Festival (most events take place over Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Broad Ripple Art Fair (Late May)
  • Strawberry Festival on the Circle (Second Thursday in June)
  • Italian Street Festival (June)
  • Circle City Pride Festival (June)
  • July 4th Parades, Fireworks & Festivals (July)
  • Ice Cream Social on The Circle (July)
  • Indiana State Fair (August)
  • Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival (August)
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