Can't-Miss Summertime Attractions in Indianapolis

This year marks the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, welcoming a sold-out crowd of 350,000 fans. As Indy’s largest summer event (and one of the largest sporting events in the world), the 500 often takes the cake for the most coverage, excitement, and popularity among other things to do in Indianapolis. But with amazing music venues, festivals, shopping, and events, Indy has even more to offer for summertime attractions! Take it from Condé Nast Traveler Magazine who just ranked Indy among the top 30 places to visit this summer! June through September are some of the best months to get out there and explore what makes this city great.

Here are some of the can’t-miss summertime attractions in our Midwest Paradise:

  • Explore art from over 300 nation-wide artists at the 2016 Talbot Street Art Fair. If you enjoy seeing beautiful, diverse art work, meeting great people from around the country, and free admission, this event is for you! Bring the kids and enjoy this two-day celebration of the arts.
  • See some of the best live music at Indy’s #1 outdoor music venue. The Lawn at White River State Park is one of the best places to soak up sunshine and good vibes this summer. With musicians visiting like Bob Dylan in June and Ray LaMontagne in August, there is a little bit of something for everyone. The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn’s Summer Concert Series features hot music, cold drinks, and beach chairs!
  • Visit the new baby Orangutan, Mila, and hundreds of other animals at the Indianapolis Zoo. This spring the Zoo welcomed their first Orangutan birth and visitors have fallen in love with baby Mila. The Indianapolis Zoo also has dolphins, cheetahs, lizards and many other beautiful animals to see! Summertime is a great time to walk around the outdoor exhibits and see how much the animals love getting their sunshine.
  • Eat the best local street food at Georgia Street’s Food Truck Friday. During lunchtime every Friday until September 2, Georgia Street will be lined from Capitol Ave to Illinois Street with some delicious local eats. There is no admission fee, and there are usually over a dozen trucks lined up serving a hugely diverse assortment of food. Goal: try to eat at least once from each of Georgia Street’s food trucks throughout the summer!
  • Taste and experience Indiana’s best wine (and food) on June 4th. It’s really all about the wine at Vintage Indiana’s 17th Annual Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival. You can meet Indiana’s winemakers and learn about their craft and delicious products, sample 200 wines, enjoy the best Indiana food, and dance along to the music! This event is for adults only.
  • Ride and exercise with the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare. You don’t have to own a bike to get fit and have fun this summer. Indy’s bikeshare program lets you pick up and drop off bikes at 30 locations around the city, making it easy for you to get around! It’s very affordable to purchase a membership and will help you explore all the little hole-in-the wall restaurants, coffee shops, and stores in our booming city.


We hope you have a wonderful Indianapolis summer and let us know what other great Indy attractions you enjoy!