Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Summer Sounds Around Downtown
Local concerts provide music all season long

by Chelsea Tuttle

August 01, 2013

Gather the family to sing and dance the warm nights away at several concerts scheduled in August in downtown Indy! Before the kids get settled back to school, celebrate the last days of summer together as a family and enjoy a wide range of live music at outdoor and indoor venues. Most concerts are inexpensive, if not FREE, and include other activities for young and old alike.

Friday Block Parties on Georgia Street take place on Fridays from 5 – 8 p.m. through the end of August and are FREE to the public. Enjoy live tunes on the Boardwalk and stop by the Bud Light Boardwalk Beer Garden. You’re welcome to bring your own snacks or grab a bite to eat at one of the outdoor cafes or restaurants along Georgia Street. For a calendar of events and performers, visit

The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park: Grab a blanket and enjoy downtown’s premiere waterfront stage! Artists touring in August include 3 Doors Down and Daughtry (Aug. 2), The Black Crowes and Tedeschi Trucks Band and The London Souls (Aug. 13), Umphrey’s McGee and Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) (Aug. 16) and Carly Rae Jepsen and Hot Chelle Rae (Aug. 30). Call 317.231.0000 or visit for ticket information.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse: Some of the biggest names in the music industry make their way to downtown Indy during August. Make a night of it downtown and see The Package Tour: New Kids on the Block with 98º & Boyz II Men (Aug. 4) or Bruno Mars Moonshine Jungle World Tour (Aug. 19). Visit for more information and ticket prices.

Indianapolis City Market – Live Performance Series: Enjoy lunch with the kids at the City Market, browse local produce and treats during the Original Farmers’ Market and listen to live, local entertainment on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on the Whistler Plaza Stage. This event is FREE to the public. Visit for more information.

Indiana Historical Society – Concerts on the Canal: Don’t miss out on The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center Concerts on the Canal! Events are FREE to the public and August acts include C.W. and the Working Class Trio (Aug. 1), featuring rhythm, blues and smooth soul, and Orchestra Bravo! (Aug. 8), featuring lively salsa and Latin jazz. Tables are available for rent on the Terrace or bring your own chairs and blankets to sit on the hill across the Canal. Food and beverage options from the Cafe, outdoor grill and cash bar are available. Call 317.232.1882 to reserve a table or log on to for more information.

Indiana State Museum – Summer Sounds Concert Series: Listen to the Born Again Floozies with family and friends on August 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Canal Café Terrace at the Indiana State Museum. Tickets are $6 per person. Visit for more information.

Indianapolis Zoo – All That Jazz: Come to the zoo on Thursdays to hear some great jazz and see the animals (until 7 p.m.)! All performances begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Party Pavilion and include Monika Herzig Acoustic Project (Aug. 1), Kelleen Strutz Group (Aug. 8) and Orguesta Bravo! (Aug. 15). Price is included in zoo admission. Enjoy costumed mascots, the playground and Kroger Splash Park to keep the kids entertained too! Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs, although plenty of seating will be available. Call 317.630.2001 or visit

For more info about downtown family fun, plus information on where to park, where to eat and what to do, visit