What’s better than a live concert on a warm summer day? Grab your picnic basket and lawn chairs because we have more than 25 locations for you to get your groove on for free (or nearly free.)
Central Indianapolis Summer Concerts
Saturdays from 8 am-Noon, May-October
By bringing together Indiana food and craft artisans, musicians and area businesses and non-profits, BRAG creates a vibrant community gathering offering local, fresh food, support for local businesses and cultural and ethnic educational opportunities.
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, May 29 through August 14
Eagle Creek Park Marina
Pitch a blanket, bring some chairs, or cruise in on your boat to enjoy some local folk or jazz tunes every Wednesday night June–August down at the Marina. Both “In Concert with Nature” and “Jazz on the Point” concert series begin at 6:30 pm, and the concession stand remains open until 7 pm. Picnics are welcome, and cost is free with park admission.
Wednesdays at 6 pm, June-July
Back for a fifth season, the Eiteljorg Museum’s Summer Under The Sails Concert Series is a great way to get through that mid-week slump. So bring a friend, grab a bite from the museum café and enjoy live music under The Sails. The museum is open until 8 pm on concert nights, with free admission into the building starting at 5 pm for guests to come and go during performances. Parking is always FREE, as spaces are available in the White River State Park underground parking garage.
Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 pm
Bring your dinner, folding chairs, and blankets for an evening of fun and beautiful music in the fresh summertime air at Ellenberger Park! Join ISO Associate Conductor Jacob Joyce as he leads the ISO through Copland’s Outdoor Overture, Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst, and more!
Saturdays from 9 am-12:30 pm May-October
At the Garfield Farmers’ Market, you will find fresh produce, meats, cheese, eggs, and plants, as well as hand-made artisan goods and prepared foods. Plus, the market will host live music, demonstrations, and special celebrations.
Saturday, June 29 from 4-9 pm
Behind the Garfield Park Arts Center
The 2nd annual Garfield Park Art & Music Festival (GPAMF) is an outdoor festival celebrating the art, music, and culture of Indianapolis. The Festival will feature a handful of local musicians and bands of diverse genres performing their original music. Up to forty local artists working in a variety of mediums will also host artist booths with their fine art and handmade wares for sale. Enjoy beers by Garfield Brewery, as well as local food trucks and vendors.
Most Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm, June 5-August 1
MacAllister Ampitheatre at Garfield Park
Enjoy free summer concert pops series at the MacAllister Amphitheater at Garfield Park.
Select Thursdays and Saturdays, June 6-September 5
Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and head to Holliday Park for a free evening of family fun! No registration required.
Select Saturday nights at 7 pm, June through September
Irving Circle Park
Bring the family and enjoy one of the most beloved Irvington events of the year… the free summer concert series. Concerts are select Saturday nights at 7 pm.
The second Sunday of the month from Noon-3 pm, June-October
Regularly named as one of the top markets in Indianapolis, the Irvington Garden Club and Farmers Market prides itself on being “in a park, not a parking lot.” The market has been going strong since 2000 and will host 70-plus vendors in the middle north section of Ellenberger Park. Take a blanket and enjoy some live music after your shopping.
June 1 from 8 am-11 pm
All midtown neighbors are invited to come and experience a day long festival of fun put on by neighbors for neighbors. The splash pad will be open, the stage will be poppin’, the food will be delicious (and local), and the cherry on top will be the movie in the park at sundown.
July 9, from 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Tarkington Park Performance Pavilion
Join Tarkington Park to experience the rhythms in West African music and dance and hear stories from West African culture as told by the Griot Drum Ensemble. Participants will hear different drum segments and will learn patterns and the origins of instruments as well as some Swahili language and dance steps. This program is free, but pre-registration is required.
Select Sundays at 5 pm, May-September
Indy Parks presents the Watkins Park concert series: Blues & Jazz in the Park. (This year with two acts per show!) Bring a seat, your friends and family, and enjoy free music in the park.
Thursdays at 6 pm, May 30-July 18
Indiana History Center
The Stardust Terrace Café, outdoor grill and cash bar, operated by Hoaglin Catering, open at 5 p.m. Guests may bring their own food and nonalcoholic beverages to the concerts. All alcohol must be purchased and consumed on site. Free seating is available on the grassy area on the Canal Walk or purchase a table on the terrace.
Northside Summer Concerts
Wednesdays at 7 pm, June-September
Those attending the Summer Concerts at The Gazebo are invited to bring picnic suppers along with a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the bay of Fire Station #1, north of the fountain.
Select Fridays at 7 pm, June-August
Cool Creek Nature Center
Hamilton County Parks and Recreation is celebrating its 25th Anniversary of the Cool Creek Summer Concert Series! Enjoy free face painting and bounce house for kids. Food and drink will be available for purchase, but guests can also bring in their own refreshments. Don’t forget lawn chairs or a blanket! Adult tickets are $5 and kids 12 and under are free. Cash only.
Saturdays from 8 am-Noon, May 4-October 26
Nickel Plate District Amphitheater
Rated one of the top farmers’ markets in the region, the Fishers Farmers’ Market features your favorite local produce, baked goods, and prepared foods from over 60 full and part-time vendors. The whole family can enjoy live entertainment, the Farm Hand’s children’s program, and festive specialty days while stocking up on fresh, local, flavorful foods direct from farmers and producers.
Tuesdays from 7-9 pm, June-July
Wednesdays at 1 pm, June-August
Fridays from 8-10 pm, June 7-August 23
Nickel Plate District Amphitheater
The free Fishers Summer Concert Series presented features something for everyone with family favorites and exciting new sounds. Outside food, drink, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.
Saturdays from 8-11 am, Mother’s Day-September
The corner of Main St. and Hawthorne
Located in the heart of the Historic Village, the Zionsville Farmers’ Market boasts over 40 vendors with high quality and fresh products that only travel a short distance to get to your table. In addition to wonderful food, enjoy live music and special events throughout the season.
Select Fridays from 6-10 pm, April-September
Whitestown Municiple Complex
Whitestown Parks and Recreation will be bringing back another fun summer concert series for 2019. Admission is free and food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Select Dates from 7-9:30 pm, June-August
Enjoy a night of dancing and fun at Saxony’s Concert in the Park. There will be food trucks, or you can bring your own refreshments to enjoy.
Thursdays from 7-9 pm, June-July (excluding July 4)
Dr. James A. Dillion Park
Noblesville’s Thursday Evening Concerts are the perfect way to enjoy summer evenings with family and friends. Grab a blanket and lawn chairs. Pack a picnic meal or purchase food and beverages from local vendors.
Select Saturdays from 7-10 pm, May-September
First Merchants Pavilion
In its third season at First Merchants Pavilion, Noblesville will, host two different free concert series, Concerts at the Commons Tour and Tribute Tour. Shows in each series will take place from 7 to 10 pm on Saturday nights.
Select Saturdays from 6-9 pm, June-August
Center Green, Carmel
Music on the Monon kicks off Saturday, June 1 and continues with five additional performances throughout June, July and August. The 2019 series will be located at Center Green and visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blanket to sit on.
Easthside Summer Concerts
Thursdays from 4-7 pm, May-September
Fortville Church of the Nazarene
In addition to fresh product, you can also enjoy special events and live music at the Fortville Farmers Market. Follow them on Facebook for more information about upcoming performances.
Thursdays from 4-7 pm, June 6-October 3
Lawrence Civic Plaza
Featuring a variety of fresh and prepared food product, the Fort Ben Farmers’ Market will also be partnering with local arts, music, nonprofits, and business to enrich the market experience and atmosphere for market-goers.
Southside Summer Concerts
Select Fridays from 7-10 pm
Bargarsville Town Hall
The Town of Bargarsville is bringing back another fun, free summer concert series. Admission is always free, and each event will host local food vendors for your refreshments. Plus, kids will love the bounce house.
Thursdays at 6:30 pm., June 6-August 1
Greenwood Park Mall
Every Thursday this summer, Greenwood Park Mall will present a different artist or band, providing community members and families with entertainment all summer long. All performances will begin at 6:30 pm unless otherwise noted online. Performances will take place near the outdoor fountain on the mall’s north side.
Select Saturdays, June-August
Back for its 12th year, the Amphitheater has been remade and is waiting to rock with you this summer! Oaken Barrel Brewing Co. and Mallow Run Winery will be there for your enjoyment. There will be some great food vendors on site as well. Feel free to bring your own refreshments as well—just no outside alcohol. The concerts are open seating, but special VIP seating is also available.
Most Saturdays and Some Sundays, May 25-September 22. Times Vary.
Mallow Run Winery
Mallow Run Winery invites you to enjoy Lively Saturday Evenings and Laid-back Sunday Afternoons all summer long. The concert series will run every weekend beginning Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, September 22. Most concerts are free.
Select Tuesdays from 3-6 pm, starting May 7
Mooresville Friends Church
Besides offering vegetables, fruits, eggs, baked goods and more, the Mooresville market often offers live music and special events.
Select Saturdays at 7 pm, June-September
The Mooresville Park District will be hosting the 2019 Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series at Bicentennial Park. The Concert Series consists of nine concerts and will kick off at the Mooresville Downtown Block Party on June 8.
Select dates from 6-9 pm, June-September
Blue River Memorial Park
The free family-friendly concerts will include mix of legendary hits and headliners across a wide spectrum of genres. Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the show.
Westside Summer Concerts
Select dates at 5 pm, June-August
Arbluckle Acres Park
Grab your lawn chair or favorite blanket and head to Arbluckle Park because summer is all about outdoor music.
Saturdays from 8 am-Noon, May-September
The west side of the Hendricks County Courthouse
Join the Danville Chamber Farmers Market for fresh fruits & vegetables, baked goods, meats, eggs, honey, jewelry, handmade soap and live music.
Select dates at 7:30 pm, June-August
Grab your favorite chair or a snuggly blanket and take the family to Evenings in Ellis Park. The series will host a combination for family friendly movie and live music.