The Kroger Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie is back for a jam-packed 2023 musical season! This is one of those outdoor summer concerts that you just have to experience. It’s always tops on our list of things to do in Indy during the summer.
Starting June 23, this year’s concert series features the ISO’s legendary Star-Spangled Symphony, Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert with the ISO performing John Williams’ iconic score live to film, tributes to Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel & Elton John and so much more!
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Symphony on the Prairie
The popular series begins June 23rd at the Conner Prairie Amphitheater. Attendees must have mobile or hard-copy tickets for each performance. Children 2 and younger do not need a ticket. Each concert begins at 8 p.m. and gates open at 6 p.m.
June 23 – 24 The Music of Harry Potter
June 30 – July 3 Star-Spangled Symphony
July 7 – 8 Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert
July 14 – 15 Arrival from Sweden (Music of ABBA)
July 21 – 22 Broadway Under the Stars
July 28 – 29 Face2Face (Elton John & Billy Joel Tribute)
August 4 Greatest Love of All (Whitney Houston Tribute)
August 5 Tusk (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band)
August 11 The Fab Four (Ultimate Tribute)
August 12 Here Come the Mummies with Rock E Basson (Adult Content)
August 18 Marshall Tucker Band
August 19 Unforgettable Fire (U2 Tribute)
August 25 – 26 One Night of Queen with Gary Mullen and the Works
September 1 Aeromyth (Aerosmith Tribute)
September 2 Pyromania (Def Leppard Experience)
September 3 Voyage (Journey Tribute Band)
Tips for Attending Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie
- Plan ahead: Check the schedule for Symphony on the Prairie and purchase your tickets early. Many concerts sell out quickly, so it’s best to plan ahead and buy tickets in advance. If you plan on reserving a table, make those arrangements right away!
- Splurge on parking: If you can fit it into your budget, splurge for reserved parking. Parking is free, but it’s a pain. Paid parking gets you up into a preferred (closer) area and lets you bypass the bulk of traffic getting in and out of the venue. If $40 is worth it to you, go for it!
- Bring a blanket or lawn chairs: Seating is on the grassy hillside, so you’ll want to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on. We typically bring blankets to spread out and reserve space and then some oversize pillows for the kids to lean back and relax and then my husband and I sit in the chairs we use at soccer games.
- Pack a picnic: Bring a picnic dinner, snacks, and drinks to enjoy before and during the concert. There are food vendors on-site, but the lines can be long and your choices are limited to what’s available. Bring your favorite snacks, grab dinner to go from your favorite restaurant, or make something at home.
- You can bring your own alcoholic beverages too. Just please drink responsibly. We love bringing a bottle of wine and treating ourselves to a date night for two (and 8,000 of our closest friends and neighbors). Couple this with a charcuterie board and we’re good for the whole evening! Don’t forget the corkscrew!
- Haul it all in a wagon: Going to SOTP, especially with kids, can be quite the production. Bring along a wagon to carry all of the things. That’s right, toss in your picnic, your drinks, your chairs, your blankets…and at the end of the night, you might have a sleepy kiddo in there too.
- Dress appropriately: The concert is outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather. It can get chilly at night, even during the summer months, so bring a jacket or sweater just in case. You’ll also want to bring insect repellent (yay, Indiana summer nights).
- Arrive early: Gates open at 6 PM for most concerts, so plan to arrive early to save a good spot on the grassy hill. There’s a playground for the kids to check out and plenty of space to roam before the show starts. Sitting closer is best in most cases, but sitting at the back of the hill gives a better elevation for a good view of the full stage, it’s just that everything will look teeny. Very large LED screens help provide a good view to everyone.
- Be respectful: Remember that Symphony on the Prairie is a family-friendly event, so be respectful of those around you and clean up after your family.
- Have fun: Symphony on the Prairie is a fun and unique experience, so be sure to relax, enjoy the music, and have a great time! If all of this seems like too much, just show up (if you have a ticket) — there’s food and beverages for sale, grass to sit on, and a bathroom nearby.
Symphony on the Prairie Tickets
Tickets to the general public will go on sale on April 11. Buy tickets on the ISO’s website beginning April 11, 2023. Tickets may also be purchased at central Indiana Kroger stores, at the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office at 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, or by calling the Box Office at 317-639-4300.
New this year! Purchase tickets to three or more concerts and automatically receive a 10% discount. No code is needed; the discount will be calculated at checkout.
Parking at Symphony on the Prairie
Parking is always an interesting thing at SOTP. Plan for a line to get into the venue parking lot and a line to get out. Parking is free, but reserved parking is available for $40 per show and gives you preferred parking in a spot up close and makes it a lot easier to get in and out of the lot.
Groups at Symphony on the Prairie
If you’re going to have a group at SOTP, it’s a good idea to have someone there right when the gates open so they can reserve a spot for your crew. There are also options to pay an extra fee on top of your ticket price to have a reserved table for ten. If your group is 30 or more people, you’re eligible for a 10% discount.
Where is Symphony on the Prairie?
Symphony on the Prairie takes place at Conner Prairie in Hamilton County. The address for Symphony on the Prairie is 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, Indiana.