Family Fun in Indianapolis This Summer

Family Fun in Indianapolis This Summer

Indianapolis is full of fun this summer! There are plenty of free events, family friendly times, and exciting ways to spend your summer. Here are all the details about major happenings and fun activities you need to know to fill your long days and warmer nights!

Here’s the perfect list for summer fun in Indianapolis! 

1. Newfields Summer Nights Film Series

The National Bank of Indianapolis presents movies under the stars every weekend this summer! Enjoy a picnic dinner, music, and activities, followed by that night’s movie, which will begin when twilight turns to night (usually 9:30 pm). A perfect night for all ages!

Get your tickets ahead of time here before your favorite movie sells out!

2. Tibbs Drive-In Theater

Check out the list of drive-in movies here!

3Concerts on the Canal at the Indiana Historical Society

4. Summer Festivals 

It’s time for summer festivals and fairs in Indianapolis! From festival foods, art shows, celebrating heritage, and so much more.

5. Indiana State Fair presents the Circus

6. First Friday Food Trucks

This summer is the 9th annual season of Indy’s Original First Friday Food Truck Festival (FFFTF). Join the alternating line ups of up to 30 food trucks monthly, games, live music, and fun activities!

7. Taste of Indy

Indianapolis’s largest food festival brings together everybody in our beautiful city with the loving and creative atmosphere that makes Indy, Indy!

8. Broad Ripple Carnival

Enjoy this 4-day event in Broad Ripple this summer! Broad Ripple used to be home to a premium amusements park. This event features carnival rides and games, food and drink, a craft beer garden, live entertainment, and community booths to celebrate the areas festive past!

Admission is free so bring the whole family!

9. Canal Walk

The Downtown Indianapolis Canal Walk is a 3-mile loop full of outdoor activities. Bring a hammock, take a walk, ride a bike or even rent pedal boats and kayaks. The waterside 3-miles takes you through local murals, art displays, and the heart of downtown!

10. Sporting Events
11. Kids Bowl Free in Indy
12. Free Family Nights or $5 Thursdays at the Children’s Museum

Order your tickets for $5 First Thursdays at the famous Children’s Museum here! Also, keep your eye out for Free Family Nights throughout the summer!

13. The Waterpark in Carmel

 Enjoy the 3.5 acres of refreshing lazy river waters and FlowRider for all the surfers out there!

14. Indianapolis Zoo

The Indianapolis Zoo is always open for fun with every animal you can think of and exhibits shows throughout every day!

3. Free Sprinkler and Splash Pods

There are tons of splash pods and spray parks around the Indianapolis area, all free!

Find the full list of areas for summer splashing here!

15. Enjoy a day on geist
16. Join the summer reading program at the library



17. Summer Concerts

18. Family night out downtown

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean that you can’t have family night enjoying downtown! Find a list of family-friendly downtown restaurants here!

19. Fly a kite and picnic in the park
20. Greenwood Freedom Festival

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