As Indy businesses welcome you back throughout summer, we hope to see you enjoying moments that make Downtown special once again.

There’s still plenty of summer to safely enjoy Downtown. Head outdoors, grab a drink at your favorite breweries or visit one of our iconic attractions. *Please be sure to check individual websites for safety recommendations and COVID-19 protocols.

Museums are open!

The Eiteljorg Museum is open every day and safe for visitors. Check out wonderful exhibits including Please Touch! The Sculptures of Michael Naranjo; Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories; Powerful Women: Contemporary Art from the Eiteljorg Collection and many more.

Reserve your tickets to The Children’s Museum today. The Pigeon and Pals! A Mo Willems Art and Play Exhibit is open and remains visually rich with many opportunities to prompt conversations with children. The family will enjoy American POP, Take Me There: Greece, Dinosphere and other indoor exhibits. Don’t miss the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience with 12 outdoor sports experiences. BarbieTMYou Can Be AnythingTMThe Experience is where kids can explore new dreams. The exhibit will showcase the iconic Barbie doll and encourage the kind of imaginative play that teaches us we can all make the world a better place by doing work that excites us.

Check out the majesty and power of the Indianapolis Zoo‘s African elephant herd up close at Tembo Camp. Timed-entry ticket reservations are available now exclusively through the website. Don’t miss the sloth encounter, Flights of Fancy, a dolphin show, summer concerts and much more.

Newfields has re-opened the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Lilly House and more. Don’t miss the summer debut of the exhibition, Edward Hopper and the American Hotel. The Garden at Newfields has turned tropical this summer with Century Garden, an installation of five colorful vignettes by ceramic artist Anders Herwald Ruhwald. Additionally, step back in time as you indulge in era-specific drinks in Pop Up: Hotel Bar, just steps away from the Edward Hopper and the American Hotel exhibition.

The Indiana State Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Step into the pages of your favorite books in Very Eric Carle. Cause & Æffect: Art that Speaks Out features work from 14 different artists who fought, and are still fighting for, different causes. Check out Canal Nights on July Wednesday evenings featuring Chemistry Night, Field to Fork and H2O.

The IMAX Theatre has also re-opened for audiences to enjoy its one-of-a-kind motion-picture experience. Check out your favorite movies this summer on Indiana’s largest screen.

Support our Downtown restaurants

Downtown Indy is open for business and eager to welcome you back. Our restaurants and retail scene is filled with incredibly talented people working to create memorable experiences for friends, family and visitors – and they need us now more than ever. Check them out or consider purchasing gift cards to help out your favorite places and those who work there.

Get outdoors

White River State Park is ushering in a July summer with old and new events for your crew to enjoy. Be the first to relax with the Friday Flow yoga event series or check out the furry favorite Yappy Hour.

Wheel Fun Rentals at Canal Walk provides a fun, unique way to explore the Downtown area – on a pedal boat or kayak. Float past the shops and restaurants that line the Central Canal.  Wheel Fun Rentals at White River State Park offers bike rentals including surreys, city bicycles, choppers, quad sports and more. Ride through WRSP in style.

The 8-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail is the perfect destination for fresh air, run/walks and bike rides to visit all Cultural Districts and unique landmarks throughout Downtown. Additionally, the Pacers Bikeshare offers riders access to more than 525 bikes in Downtown Indianapolis with the option to check out and return bicycles at any of 50 stations.

Fun From Our Sports Teams

Indy Eleven is back in action! Grab tickets to support our men in blue for home games at Lucas Oil Stadium: Aug. 15; Sept. 5, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

The Indianapolis Colts are gearing up for another fun season at Lucas Oil Stadium with games scheduled for Aug. 13 vs. Philadelphia; Aug. 24 vs. Washington; Sept. 20 vs. Minnesota; Sept. 27 vs. New York and six more home games through 2020. Get ready for the Colts virtual 5K Sept. 26.

While the Indianapolis Indians will not play this season, Victory Field is still home to many summer events. The College Summer League plays July 23 & 30. The Indianapolis Indians and Hoosier Coachmen Car Club are firing on all cylinders for the Grand Slam Auto Show Sept. 5. Cars will be displayed in the Victory Field parking lot, stadium concourse and on the playing field, and bikes will be displayed on the outfield track. Mark your calendar for the IndyHumane Mutt Strut Sept. 26.

Your Indiana Pacers will play games in Orlando, so be sure to grab your favorite Downtown takeout and tune in for prelim seeding games Aug. 8, 12 & 14. Preseason games begin Oct. 4.

Cheer on the Indiana Fever from home by live streaming for free. You can watch games on the Fever app, Facebook page or at Feverbasketball.com. The season is underway, so tune in. Go Fever!

Art & Performing Art

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra invites you to tune in to 93.1 WIBC or WIBC.com for Kroger Symphony on the Patio Saturdays at 7 p.m. through July.  Hear interviews with ISO musicians, guest artists and previous ISO recordings.

Unique Gatherings

Who’s got game? Grab your friends for game night at the Athenaeum Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Helium Comedy Club has reopened. Bring up to three friends for your own table of four to laugh like you haven’t in months. Performances include Chad Daniels, Russell Peters, 2020 Indiana’s Funniest, Joe “Mr. D” Dombrowski and many more.

Get Fit at Your Favorite Club

Enjoy your summer Monday and Wednesday evenings with Invoke Yoga at the Indiana War Memorial. Be sure to reserve your spot.

The National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS) is open with new guidelines and safety protocols. Online fitness classes are also still available.

The Barre Code Downtown Indy is offering mumerous in-studio classes as well as virtually-led LIVE streaming classes every week, starting at 6 a.m. and going until 9 p.m. Find one that fits your schedule and stay active.

The Hot Room Downtown has reopened with safety in mind. The Hot Room has curated the most effective hot yoga and hot pilates classes so that you can experience massive physical and mental transformations quickly and jumpstart your most powerful life.

Orangetheory Fitness Downtown Indy is back in action in studio. Get a total-body group workout that combines science, coaching and technology to guarantee maximum results from the inside out.

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Downtown locations are now open (except for the City Market center). Get back to your favorite exercise sessions and classes.

Unique Offerings

Chef JJ’s is open and ready to serve you a scrumptious meal. Enjoy Dinner & a Movie Aug. 7; Live Fire Dinner – Michoacan Aug. 11 & 12; Butcher’s Cut Class Aug. 25 & 26.

Rooster’s Kitchen has changed it’s business model to better serve the community. Check the online store with fresh vegetables, fruit, soups, meat, milk and other items to purchase and pick up 12 – 24 hours after the order is confirmed.

For the Kids/Educational

Step up to the plate, download the Indianapolis Indians’ Baseball in Education booklets and educate your kids (2 – 8 grades) in a fun, entertaining way from home.

The Indianapolis Opera has ensured you are able to continue advancing your student’s arts education through e-learning by providing videos and curriculum. Grades K-5: The Tails of Cats and Mice (Children’s Opera);  Grades 5-9: “Vedem” by Lori Laitman and Grades 6-12: “Singing for Success.”

Find Your New Downtown Home

Check out the Downtown Indy Apartment Guide in your spare time to browse 65 apartments, complete with amenties and unique features listed. Make a list of which ones you want to tour this summer.

Have we missed a great Downtown opportunity? Let us know at jennifer@downtownindy.org.

Jennifer Hanson

Jennifer Hanson

Senior Communications Director