Enjoy Indianapolis’ June events, festivals and fun!
While the month of May in Indianapolis is spectacular, June in Indy has its own delights. As summer takes hold, the festivals, cultural standbys and arts events are plentiful, and plenty fun! This list we compiled reflects just a fraction of all the things taking place in Indy this month. Get out and enjoy!
Straight No Chaser: June 1—The beloved a cappella group founded at Indiana University returns to Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts. Enjoy Straight No Chaser’s extraordinary music featuring nine unadulterated voices blending in harmony. Tickets on sale now! Details >>
National Donut Day: June 1—Who makes the best donut in Indy? Live from Monument Circle, WIBC and WIBX crown a winning donut! Stop by to see local celebrity judges and snag a free donut from The Salvation Army. Details >>
Actors Theatre of Indiana Presents: Million Dollar Quartet: June 1-17—Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together icons Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley for one unforgettable night. Details >>
Summer Nights Film Series at Newfields: Fridays, June 1-August 31—Bring a picnic dinner and catch some great black-and-white classics and modern-day blockbusters during the 2018 Summer Nights Film Series. Friday nights and several Saturday nights in Newfield's fantastic outdoor amphitheater. Details >>
Woodruff Place Flea Market: June 2-3—Every year, the Woodruff Place Flea Market promises two days of treasure-hunting and treasure-finding, combined with food, fun, and terrific people-watching! The Flea Market began as a neighborhood fundraiser in 1977, and has grown from neighbors selling stuff in their yards to 80 acres and over 200 yards filled with stuff for sale. Be sure to wear your comfy walking shoes! Details >>
Concerts on the Canal, Marilyn and Eugene Glick Indiana History Center: Thursdays, June 7-July 26—Museum Nights on the Canal return this summer with concerts that will range from jazz, soul, R&B and pop favorites. And admission is free to the Indiana History Center! Catch a concert and enjoy extended hours to see the latest exhibits. Details >>
Italian Street Festival: June 8-9—Come out for the city’s much-loved and most-attended church festival! Enjoy delicious Italian food, wine and beer, live music, amusement rides and free admission. Details >>
Indy Pride Festival: June 9—This all-ages event, Indiana’s largest LGBT celebration, features live entertainment, drag performances, comedians, vendors of all sorts and community service booths. Details >>
Strawberry Festival: June 14—Celebrate the perfection of fresh Indiana strawberries! Pick up your strawberry shortcake on the Circle and support local, national and international not-for-profit outreach groups through Christ Church Cathedral. Details >>
Symphony on the Prairie: weekend nights, June 15-September 2—Sit back, relax with some wine and a picnic and enjoy the wonderful sounds of Symphony on the Prairie! This year’s lineup includes a variety of musical styles from pop to swing to classical to rock ‘n’ roll. Details >>
Taste of Broad Ripple: June 16—The Taste of Broad Ripple is an action-packed, all-day festival with the best local food, beer and live music on the streets of Broad Ripple Village. Ten percent of proceeds benefit Riley Children's Foundation. Details >>
Independent Music + Art Festival: June 16—Now in its 17th year, IMAF is a free, daylong outdoor festival at the Harrison Center highlighting the best independent local and regional musicians, visual artists, food vendors and crafters. IMAF celebrates musicians who perform original live music and artists who create original work. Details >>
Historic Meridian-Kessler Home & Garden Tour: June 16-17—The annual tour features six homes and gardens in one of our favorite Indy neighborhoods. Homes are selected not just for their superb design and architectural elements, but to highlight a wide variety of styles—from DIY bungalows and cottages to professionally decorated manors. Details >>
Talbot Street Art Fair: June 16-17—With more than 270 artists from across the U.S., this juried art fair continues to be ranked as one of the finest fairs in the country. As always, admission is free (as is gawking at the pretty Victorian houses of Herron-Morton)! This is a family-friendly event with a wide range of artist styles and mediums for all to enjoy. Details>>
Gardens of Zionsville Tour: June 23—Tour seven beautiful gardens around Zionsville! This year, the Garden Market returns, with its collection of specialty retail and art boutiques to liven up the home and garden. The SullivanMunce Cultural Center kicks off the tour with a garden party and reception the night before. Details >>
Eiteljorg Indian Market & Festival: June 23-24—Meet Native American artists from tribes across the U.S. and Canada, and purchase their handmade art, including jewelry, pottery, beadwork, cultural items, basketry, paintings, sculpture and weavings. The weekend also features family-friendly cultural demonstrations of Native art, cooking and storytelling. Details >>
Taste of Indy: June 30—The Annual Taste of Indy blends the city’s most unique restaurants with an exhibition of the city’s best live local music, with events and activities for the entire family. Details >>
Do you have a can’t-miss, favorite summer event that you go to every year? Tell us in the comments!
This post was originally published June1, 2017 and has been updated for 2018.
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