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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!

Easley Winery Tour

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

Visit the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum

Visit the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum in the basement of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument Friday - Sunday from 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Also, head to the top of the Monument for a bird's eye view of the Downtown (minimal fee) Friday - Sunday from 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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.

Indianapolis City Market

Browse the Indianapolis City Market, open Monday - Friday from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Walk around the Summer Farmers Market May - October on Wednesdays and the Indy Winter Farmer's Market November - April on Saturdays.

Downtown 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 1930's retro basketball gymnasium.

Circle Centre Mall

Go window shopping at the Circle Centre mall. It doesnt cost anything to look.

Central Library

Visit the beautiful Central Library and read a book. Click here for reading lists, events schedule and even homework help.

White River State Park

Explore the many sculptures that adorn White River State Park, including The Tent, Sky Waltz and Totem.

Indianapolis Artsgarden

Check out the numerous concerts and performances in the Indianapolis Artsgarden.

Indy Reads Books

Stop in to Indy Reads Books for a free story time event on every 4th Saturday of the month.  Storyteller Will Gould from Arts for Learning visits to read children's story favorites new and old.

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.

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.

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.

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 bootcamp.

Sun King Brewery Tastings

Drink up at Sun King Brewery's tasting sessions every Thursday from 4 - 7 p.m., Friday from noon - 7 p.m. and Saturday from 1 - 5 p.m. The tasting includes house, seasonal and specialty beers.

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 usually run June and July on Thursday evenings.

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.

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.

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.

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