Indianapolis Black Expo Summer Celebration

Indianapolis Black Expo Summer Celebration

Indianapolis Black Expo Summer Celebration (1)

By Bonnie Kulenkamp

Summer time in Indianapolis means that the annual Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration is back. The Indiana Black Expo (IBE) was founded in 1970 as a way to endorse community events and positive programs that support the lives of local African Americans. This summer marks the 46th anniversary of the Black Expo Summer Celebration and events will take place around Indianapolis from July 7-17th.


Below are some of the highlights from this years’ Summer Celebration to note on your calendar as you plan your summer activities.


  • Thursday, July 14th there will be an education conference titled “Leveling the Playing Field for All Children” This is the IBE’s 9th annual education conference and is geared towards professionals, mentors, and educators who work with black youth.
  • The Youth and Family’s Programs Department will feature the Youth Leadership Summit on July 15th – 17th at the Hyatt Regency. This will be a youth conference geared toward middle and high school aged students who want to create a positive change in their community. Students will hear from speakers about topics on education and advocacy as well as participate in break out sessions and workshops. The summit closes out with a Slam Dunk Contest as well as an Amp Harris and Reggie Wayne Celebrity Basketball Game and a YLS White Party (invite only).
  • On Friday Jul 15th, and Saturday July 16th the Indiana Black Expo will host its annual Music Heritage Festival at the American Legion Mall. This year the festival will feature an outdoor concert starring Blackstreet, Al Hudson & One Way, and The Original Lakeside. The concert is free, although you can reserve VIP seating for $40 through the IBE website or Ticketmaster.
  • On Saturday, July 16th the Music Heritage Festival will have a concert with featured guests New Edition, Kem, and Dru Hill at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tickets range from $50 to $100 and can be found a the IBE website or through Ticketmaster.
  • The “We Love Music” Conference presented by Richard Preston Butler, Jr. (better known as his stage name Rico Love) will take place on Saturday, July 16th and Sunday July, 17th at the Indiana Convention Center. This conference is for anyone who is a songwriter, musical artist, or who wants to break into the music industry. Special guests include Grammy Award winner Teddy Riley, Grammy nominated singer Rico Love, and Grammy Award winning producer Bryan Michael Cox.


Please check back to see updates on this schedule of events closer to July. For more information on these events, please visit the event website.

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