Indy residents can expect to start July off with a bang at the many Independence Day festivals and firework displays throughout the area. But the fun is just getting started. Indianapolis has a lot to offer—whether it’s festivals, concerts or special exhibits. Check out these event recommendations for the month of July:
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Lay out under the stars at Conner Prairie as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra plays every Friday and Saturday night in July. Symphony on the Prairie is an Indianapolis tradition that combines beautiful summer evenings with crisp, clear music. In July, the concert series includes five shows: the popular Star Spangled Symphony, Christopher Cross, Sinatra songbook, Arlo Guthrie and & "Evening in Olde Vienna," featuring favorites from Strauss and Mozart.
Where: Conner Prairie
When: Friday and Saturday Evenings
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Every Friday night this July, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will show a different film in their outdoor amphitheater. Featured films include Zoolander, Poltergeist, Clerks and Top Gun. Movies begin at 9 p.m. and are $10 per person; $5 for members.
Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art Outdoor Amphitheater
When: Friday Nights
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Easily the largest event in July, the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration is a 10-day event that is jam-packed with activities and large events. The expo, which will bring in thousands of visitors, promotes African-American culture, heritage and community through a series of events that include everything from special church services, conferences, children’s activities, and a large concert.
Where: Downtown Indianapolis
When: July 7-17
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Animals and All That Jazz
An Indianapolis tradition returns in July with Animals and All That Jazz. Starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday evenings until 8:30 p.m., zoo visitors can relax to the sounds of live jazz music while strolling through zoo exhibits. Children can take advantage of the warm weather in the zoo Splash Park, located near the music while parents enjoy this summer’s lineup. Animals and All That Jazz is included with regular zoo admission..
Where: Indianapolis Zoo
When: July 14, 21, 28Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Middle Eastern Festival
Celebrating the culture and tradition of Middle Eastern countries, this festival includes dancing, food, wine, children’s activities and a marketplace.
Where: St. George Orthodox Church
When: July 15-17
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Featuring over 48 microbreweries, this festival for adults 21 and over is sure to delight beer enthusiasts. Sample hundreds of beers from breweries across Indiana and the Midwest. Don’t forget to bring your a designated driver.
Where: Art Center and Optimist Park, Broad Ripple
When: July 16, 3-7 p.m.