It sounds like summer in Hamilton County, that toe-tapping time of year when free outdoor concerts are as easy to find as fireflies and sweet corn.
This seasonal celebration of all things musical is hitting a high note this year thanks to two milestones: the debut of Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville and the 15th anniversary of summer concerts in Fishers.
Where to go and what you’ll hear depends on the day of the week, but rest assured the entertainment value far exceeds the price of admission. Performers run the gamut from local favorites like Jennie DeVoe and My Yellow Rickshaw to national artists like John Waite and Loverboy.
Here’s a day-by-day rundown of your entertainment options—and another reason to hate Mondays:
7-9 p.m. through Aug. 8: Tuesday Night Concert Series, Nickel Plate Amphitheater, Fishers
Pack a picnic, grab a lawn chair and stake your claim to a patch of grass behind City Hall. This family-friendly concert series is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a stellar local lineup.
Noon-1 p.m. through October: Lunch on the Green, Liberty Plaza, Fishers
On the other side of City Hall, local performers offer lunchtime entertainment in Liberty Plaza. Brown bag it—or better yet get carryout from Brixx Pizza or Flamme Burger—and settle in for a tune or two.
7:30 p.m. through Aug. 9: Concert Series at the Gazebo, Carmel Civic Square
7 p.m. Aug. 16-Sept. 6
Next year is this family concert series’ 25th anniversary, but it’s not waiting to celebrate. Organizers added three shows to the lineup, which now extends into September. Tempted to hop on your bicycle and pedal to the concert? There will be a chair waiting for you, courtesy of the popular “Bike There, Borrow a Chair” program. Kid-favorite Ruditoonz has children’s shows at 6 p.m. June 7 and Aug. 2.
7 p.m. through July 6: Summer Concert Series, Dillon Park, Noblesville
7 p.m. July 13-27: Forest Park, Noblesville
Two city parks continue to share annual summer concert duties in Noblesville, as they did before Federal Hill Commons opened this year. The new venue, located just west of the White River, includes a permanent amphitheater that is hosting tribute concerts July 15, Aug. 11 and Sept. 16.
7-9 p.m. through July 27: 7th Annual Summer Concert Series, Clay Terrace, Carmel
Finish shopping before closing time? Check out the Clay Terrace Lawn, located behind the playground, for an eclectic lineup of local favorites.
9 p.m. through Aug. 25: AMP After Dark Concert Series, Nickel Plate Amphitheater, Fishers
7:30 p.m. Sept. 1-2
Come early to wind down from a long week at Happy Hour in the District, a new addition to the Friday-night concert series. All of the concerts are free, but performances that are expected to draw a large crowd—such as the Aug. 4 Moon Taxi show—require tickets. The season wraps up with Blues Fest Weekend, Sept. 1-2.
6-9 p.m. June 17, June 24, July 22, July 29 and Aug. 5: Jazz on the Monon, Monon Depot Museum, Carmel
Enjoy sultry jazz tunes while wining and dining in Carmel’s Arts & Design District.
6:30-9:30 p.m. June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 1: Saxony Concerts in the Park, Witten Park, Fishers
Enjoy local performers while sampling food trucks and more. Pets are welcome.
6:30 p.m. July 9-Aug. 27: Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission’s Summer Band Concerts in the Park, Federal Hill Commons
A summer tradition since 1998, these performances feature community bands and area orchestras.