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20 Free Things to Do in Downtown Indy

Give your wallet a break. Downtown Indianapolis offers many fun opportunities at everyone's favorite price point - FREE!

1. Easley Winery Tour

Take a FREE winery tour at Easley Winery on Saturday or Sunday at noon (concludes with optional wine tasting for $5).

2. Monument Circle

Take a stroll around Monument Circle to catch a glimpse of all Downtown has to offer.  Peek in on live radio shows at the Emmis Communications building or take a snack to the steps of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument for one of Downtown’s prime people watching spots!

3. Cultural Districts

Wander through one of Indy's six Cultural Districts, four of which are located Downtown: The Canal and White River State Park, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave and Wholesale District.

4. Indianapolis City Market

Browse the Indianapolis City Market, open Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Walk around the Summer Farmers' Market from May - October on Wednesdays and the Indy Winter Farmers' Market from November - April on Saturdays.

5. Downtown Indy Canal Walk

Take a walk along the 1.5 mile long Downtown Canal Walk. Check out some of the city's best contemporary architecture. Stop in the NCAA Hall of Champions and shoot hoops in the 1930s retro basketball gymnasium.

6. Circle Centre Mall

Go window shopping at Circle Centre mall. It doesn't cost anything to look.

7. Downtown Libraries

Visit the beautiful Central Library and read a book. The Central Library provides reading lists, an events schedule and even homework help.

The Indiana State Library is open to the public for a variety of needs including but not limited to: genealogy research, Indiana history, preservation, rare books and manuscripts, reference and government services, talking books and Braille library, as well as the state data center. Take a tour of the Indiana State Library. Tours include Architecture Tour, "Pursuit of Pride" Children's Tour and a Researcher's Tour.

8. Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Hit the Indianapolis Cultural Trail for an opportunity to experience six Cultural Districts via foot or bike.  The 8-mile trail showcases seven pieces of public art while winding through some of the most popular areas of Downtown. Find more places to bike and walk in Downtown Indy.

9. Indianapolis Artsgarden

Check out the numerous concerts and performances in the Indianapolis Artsgarden programmed by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

10. Indy Reads Books

Stop in Indy Reads Books for a free story time event on every fourth Saturday of the month. Storyteller Will Gould from Arts for Learning visits to read children's story favorites, new and old.

10. Downtown Parks

Toss a Frisbee, walk your dog or simply settle in the grass at one of many Downtown parks, including Military Park and University Park.

12. Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

Do some family history research or look at interesting pieces of history at the Indiana Historical Society's William Henry Smith Memorial Library located inside the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. The reference staff can help you find what you're looking for or you can get a head start using the online catalog. Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

13. First Friday

Discover new local art during First Friday. Browse more than 25 art galleries on a self-guided tour on the first Friday of every month.

14. Workout Wednesdays

Lace up your gym shoes and ditch the boring treadmill for Workout Wednesdays on Georgia Street every Wednesday during the summer from noon to 12:45 p.m. The series includes Zumba and cardio hip-hop.

15. Sun King Brewery Tastings

Drink up at Sun King Brewery. Tours are offered Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays starting at 2 p.m. and run on the hour (2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. or every 30 min as needed). Tours are approximately 30-35 minutes in length. If you're a beer fan, check out our Local Indy Breweries page.

16. Concerts on the Canal

During summer months, grab a blanket and sit on the lawn outside the Indiana Historical Society for FREE Concerts on the Canal. Concerts run June and July on Thursday evenings.

17. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Visit one of the nation's top tourist attractions - The Children's Museum of Indianapolis - on Christmas Eve, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and El Dia de Los Ninos for FREE admission. Don't miss Target FREE Family Nights on the first Thursday of each month from 4 - 8 p.m.

18. Downtown Neighborhoods

Step back in time and enjoy a stroll through one of Downtown's neighborhoods, such as Lockerbie Square. Architectural styles abound in this historic, completely restored neighborhood.

19. Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Learn about Hoosier native Kurt Vonnegut. Grab a comfortable seat by the fireplace and read a book at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. The library is open daily expect for Wednesdays.

20. Indianapolis Museum of Art

Certain areas of the Indianapolis Museum of Art are free for all visitors, including The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, and access to the LOVE and Five Brushstrokes sculptures. Free general admission is also offered on the first Thursday of each month from 4 - 9 p.m.
111 Monument Circle,
Ste. 1900
Indianapolis, IN 46204
  (317) 237-2222