Warm summer days are the perfect opportunity to take in some of the best local music that Indy has to offer. Pack up your chairs and check out the offerings throughout the city. One of the best parts is that these events are free (or very inexpensive).
Indianapolis Area Summer Concerts
Daniel’s Vineyard Summer Concert Series
9061 N 700 W, McCordsville
Join Daniel’s Family Vineyard and Winery for an unforgettable summer concert series under the stars and beside the vines. Enjoy wine, pizzas, and a wonderful evening with friends and family. Concerts start at 7 pm, and you can arrive for seating as early as 5 pm. Tickets are rain or shine. Valet Service is available for purchase in advance.
Carmel Gazebo Concerts
1 Civic Square, Carmel
This concert series encourages families to enjoy the arts and culture of our local community. Bring your chairs and get there early to find a spot around the gazebo to listen to some great tunes. It is also recommended that you bring a picnic dinner.
Summer Concert Series at Clay Terrace
Clay Terrace 14390 Clay Terrace Boulevard Suite 165, Carmel
This year will be the 12 Annual Concert Series. Get ready to dance and have some fun with the activities and vendors. There is something for everyone here: face painting for the kids, bar service for the adults, and tasty treats for all. Prodigy Burger, Mountain Flower Popcorn Concessionaires, Goodness Gracious, Kona Ice and more are available.
Clowes Lawn Concert Series
Clowes Hall at Butler University 4602 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis
Eveery Thursday July 7 – August 11 at 6:30 pm
Head to the lawn outside Clowes Memorial Hall for free Thursday night concerts. Each of the six weekly concerts are free to attend and will be another platform for local artists of multiple genres. There will also be food trucks on site, along with beer and wine sales, and coolers are welcome as well.
Cool Creek Concert Series
Cool Creek Park 2000 E. 151st Street, Carmel
Not only will you be able to listen to great music, you will also have access to fun family-engaging activities. Food and beverage vendors are offered on the concert grounds as well. Adults are $5 and children under the age of 12 are free.
Fishers Farmers Market
Nickel Plate District Amphitheater 6 Municipal Drive, Fishers
Saturdays at Nickel Plate District Amphitheater from 8 am-noon
Saxony 13578 E. 131st St, Fishers (Wednesdays)
Wednesdays at Saxony from 4:30-7:30 pm beginning June 1
Summer brings farmers market season and Fishers provides 2 opportunities throughout the week to purchase fresh produce and enjoy the sounds of summer. Bring along a blanket and when you are done shopping, enjoy some live music!
Noblesville Parks and Recreation
Dillon Park 6351 Midland Lane, Noblesville
Beginning on June 9 and running every Thursday until July 21, Noblesville Parks and Recreation invites you out to see incredible live music. Each evening promises to be exciting with amazing local talent taking the stage.
Concerts at the Commons
Federal Hill Commons 175 Logan Street, Noblesville
Saturdays from 7-10 pm
Concerts on the Commons will take place beginning on June 11 and running every Saturday until July 23. The lineup for this location has not yet been released so check back soon.
Zionsville Concert Series
Lions Park 115 S. Elm Street, Zionsville
Mr. Daniel is a favorite for kids and is an awesome way to introduce them to what an outdoor concert is like. Mr. Daniel will be coming to Zionsville Lions Park for play a few evening shows during the month of June. Come out to dance and sing along with the fun upbeat music.
Whitestown Summer Concert Series
Whitestown Municipal Complex 6210 Veterans Drive, Whitestown
Whitestown is once again hosting their summer concert series and this is one to be sure to check out. Located at the Whitestown Municipal Complex, this event features music, food vendors and a pop up park. This is definitely going to be a fun time!
Fridays at the Fort
Fort Ben Cultural Campus 8920 Otis Ave, Lawrence
Fridays at the Fort is sure to be a blast to check out this summer. This free event includes live music, beer tent, food trucks, and even some activities for the kids.
Greenwood Summer Concert Series
Surina Park Amphitheater 300 S. Washington Street, Greenwood
Saturdays, June 4-August 13 (with the exception of June 25 & July 2), from 7-9 pm .
Get here early to stake out a good spot for these concerts! Bring your own food and drink or buy some goodies from the vendors. Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. and Mallow Run Winery will be on site with all of your favorites. Food vendors will be available as well!
Mallow Run Winery Picnic Concert Series
6964 W. Whiteland Road, Bargersville
Every weekend beginning May 28-September 17, from 6-9 pm.
Mallow Run is one of the most well-known summer concert locations on the south side. Every Saturday evening throughout the summer (and some Sundays as well), you can head over and enjoy live music. Be sure to check their Facebook page or website for an up to date list of performers. Many are free and family friendly. Enjoy some amazing wine and food from local establishments. If you come out the weekend of June 4-5, you can experience the Mallow Run Strawberry Festival complete with strawberry wine and strawberry shortcake.
Franklin Summer Concert Series
237 W. Monroe Street, Franklin
Concerts are spread out throughout the summer on the following dates: May 20, May 21, June 11, June 17, July 3, July 29, August 12, September 10, and September 24.
Located at the brand new amphitheater at Young Creek Park, this concert series is sure to provide you with a great evening! Be sure to visit the Franklin Parks and Recreation Facebook page for each date’s specific details. Many of the concerts are in conjunction with other festivals that Franklin has to offer. Food trucks will be available for each of the concerts. The venue is within walking distance of all of the great boutiques and eateries that make downtown Franklin so memorable.
234 Washington Street, Columbus
May 27 from 7-9 pm.
This event features a free pops concert from the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. It is located at the Bartholomew County Veterans Memorial and will be a salute to those who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Mooresville’s “Rock the Park” Liberty Park Summer Concert Series
255 Iredell Ave, Mooresville
Come out on the first Friday of each month to enjoy exciting evenings of live music. These shows are completely free with food trucks offering delicious eats for an additional price. Food trucks will open at 6 pm and each show begins at 6:30 pm. Outside food and drinks are permitted with the exception of alcohol.
Avon Parks and Recreation: Concerts at the Parks Summer Series
Avon Town Park: 6570 E. US Hwy 36, Avon
June 3, July 2, and August 5 at Avon Town Park. Concerts are from 7-9 pm.
Washington Township Park: 115 S. County Rd 575 E, Avon
June 17, July 22, and August 19 at Washington Township Park. Concerts are from 7-9 pm.
Avon Parks and Recreation alternates parks for their concert series and due to its popularity, head over early to get the best choice in seating. Bring along chairs, a blanket, and a picnic to enjoy throughout the show. Food trucks are drinks options will also be available during the shows.
Indiana Historical Society: Concerts on the Canal
450 W. Ohio St, Indianapolis
Concerts are on Thursdays from June 2 to July 14 and run from 6 pm-8 pm.
The Indiana Historical Society really knows how to throw a free concert. Grab a grassy spot on the canal to relax and listen to music ranging from jazz to rock n roll to bluegrass. Parking at the historical society is free but fills up quickly so get there early. Street parking is also available (be sure to pay the meter!). Food trucks and drinks are available for purchase as well as tables for 4 or 8 person groups. Another added benefit is that the historical society is also free on concert days so head inside to check out the exhibits and get a break from the heat.
Garfield Park Biergarten
2505 Conservatory Dr, Indianapolis
Thursdays May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, and September 8 from 5:30-8:30 pm.
Enjoy a beautiful evening in the Sunken Garden with the Garfield Brewery. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Outside food and drinks are not permitted. This is a family friendly event and runs from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm.