This summer, Hamilton County is overflowing with music almost every night of the week! Free concerts in the parks provide a host of opportunities bringing communities and visitors together to enjoy local and traveling bands for evenings of bluegrass, jazz, classical, and popular tunes. There are more than enough options for everyone in your family to enjoy themselves under the warm summer sky. Located in different areas of the county, these concerts also provide the perfect chance to check out the wide selection of cuisine local foodies crave.
Start out the week in Fishers, visiting the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater. Every Tuesday at 7, bring a picnic and listen to styles including country, pop, and even an island-inspired tribute band. Consider stopping by Alexander's or Handel's for ice cream after the show.
Get an early start to the weekend by bringing the family on Thursdays at 7 to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of Dillon Park in Noblesville. Local bluegrass, jazz, and cover bands provide the entertainment. Make it a whole night of savoring all the community has to offer by making reservations at The Local Eatery beforehand for some delicious dishes made from food grown by local farmers. If you'd rather, Clay Terrace also offers a free local concert on Thursday nights.
On Fridays, enjoy music on the cheap at the Cool Creek Park and Nature Center outside with your neighbors and friends! From 7-10, you can celebrate summer and your community with the whole family in one of Hamilton County's most popular parks for $5 for adults, and free for kids 12 and under.
For a mix of art and music, come by the Jazz on the Monon series. There is a free jazz concert every Saturday in the heart of the Carmel Arts and Design District. Bring your lawn chairs, and check out local eats. Try the famous Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream for fresh, delicious burgers and shakes before the show begins!
What's a week of music without the symphony playing into the night air? Conner Prairie hosts the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for Symphony on the Prairie every Friday and Saturday night beginning June 21st at 8:00. The orchestra breaks from normal routine to please the crowds with themes such as movie soundtracks, Broadway favorites, the Beatles, and rock and roll classics. Nothing says summer like lawn chairs and blankets spread out over the lawn and families enjoying a picnic to the sounds of a nationally renowned orchestra. This event costs money, but try to sneak it into your budget for a quintessential summer experience. Make a whole day of it and explore the rest of the grounds of Conner Prairie before the concert!
If you can't get enough of the music scene around here and want to see some of your favorite bands on tour, pick up some tickets for a show at Klipsch Music Center. Klipsch is the premier music venue in Hamilton County, with shows all year round. This summer, enjoy performances from artists such as Tim McGraw, Dave Matthews Band, Rascal Flatts, and John Mayer.
With all the free options and various styles of music offered, there is no excuse for not checking out the concert scene in Hamilton County this summer! For a complete listing of shows, check the visitors bureau's calendar of events.