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!

SPRING/SUMMER

Easley Winery Tour & Groovin' in the Garden

Take a FREE winery tour at Easley Winery on Saturday or Sunday at noon & 1 P.M. (concludes with optional wine tasting for $5.)

Also, enjoy free live music at Groovin’ in the Garden May 18 – Sept. 28 on Saturdays from 2 – 5 p.m. Bring along your favorite foods and enjoy with friends.

Workout Wednesdays

Start your Wednesday with Sunrise Yoga on the Canal presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation at 6 a.m. Participants can register online before the event and bring their own yoga mat. Free parking is available until 7 a.m. Classes run June - August.


Lace up your gym shoes and get ready for Downtown Indy, Inc's Workout Wednesdays presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundationevery Wednesday on Georgia Street during the summer from noon to 12:45 p.m. The series includes cardio and interval training. Classes run May - September.

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Visit the Eiteljorg Museum, rooted in appreciation for the indigenous people of North America, for free admission on MLK Jr Day and Juneteenth.

Cool off and explore the museum’s indoor galleries between 5 - 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June and July. Also, on Wednesdays in June and July from 6 - 8 p.m., grab a cold drink, pull up a chair and enjoy free live music Under The Sails.

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.

Enjoy free Concerts on the Canal Thursdays from 6 - 8 p.m. during June & July along with free admission to all exhibits inside.

Other free admission days are Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Circus Day in March.

Garfield Park Movies in the Park, Pop Series & Opera in the Park

Enjoy free Movies in the Park at MacAllister Amphitheatre at Garfield Park for four days in the summer from May - July.

Also enjoy the Garfield Park Pop Series with free summer concerts at the MacAllister Amphitheater from June – August.

The Indianapolis Opera is excited to announce a newly-revived FREE Opera in the Park performance at Garfield Park Sept. 8.

Tabata in the Park

Workout in the sunshine at White River State Park with free Tabata classes from NIFS. Classes are open to the public and all levels are welcome Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 – 12:30 p.m. April – August.

ALL YEAR

Monument Circle

Take a stroll around Monument Circle to catch a glimpse of all Downtown has to offer. Take a snack to the steps of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument for one of Downtown’s prime people watching spots.

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 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 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Visit the Tomlinson Tap Room for Indiana craft beer. The outdoor plaza is the perfect place to relax and enjoy lunch or a snack.

Downtown Parks

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

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. The 3-mile loop is a popular urban respite for fitness enthusiasts and serenity-seekers alike. This Downtown waterfront is dotted with pedal boats and gondolas, bicycles, surreys and even Segways.

Watch free outdoor movies along the Canal one Thursday per month, May – September. Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Sunset Cinema on the Canal start at dusk and movie-goers are invited to bring picnics, blankets/chairs, etc. (For those who would enjoy an in-water, one-of-a-kind experience, individuals age 21+ can pay $20 and receive a floating innertube (to keep) to watch the movie in the Canal, along with two Sun King beers.)

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. Tours include an Architecture Tour, "Pursuit of Pride" Children's Tour and a Researcher's Tour.

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 public art while winding through some of the most popular areas of Downtown. There are currently nine pieces of public art along the Trail. Be sure to check out The Glick Peace Walk, celebrating 12 luminary individuals who made peaceful progress. 

Indianapolis Artsgarden

Situated in the heart of Downtown above Illinois and Washington streets, the Indianapolis Artsgarden programs and hosts more than 250 free lunchtime concerts and exhibitions throughout the year,  programmed by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

The Cultural Concierge is your one-stop source for information and services for arts, cultural, and other city attractions. The Cultural Concierge staff will assist you with event information, calendars, reservations, directions, and any other arts and culture questions you may have.

First Friday Art Tours

Discover new local art during First Friday Art Tours. Browse different art galleries on the first Friday of every month. Don't miss Harrison Center's monthly artist receptions from 6 - 9 p.m.

Additonally, on the first Fridays of each month from 6 – 9 p.m., Indiana Landmarks hosts a free art show featuring works by Indiana-based artists, past and present, in the Rapp Family Gallery at Indiana Landmarks Center. Guests can also explore the spectacularly-restored Indiana Landmarks Center on free guided tours.

Soldiers and Sailors Monument

The Indiana Soldiers & Sailors Monument stands in the heart of Downtown and features a Gift Shop and Observation Level. From the Observation Level, visitors have a 360 degree view of the city skyline from 275 feet up. The Observation Level can be reached by climbing 331 steps for free or riding an elevator most of the distance and climbing the remaning 31 steps for $2/$1 for kids/Free for veterans.

The Gift Shop and Observation Level are open from 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Wednesday - Sunday (between May and October) or Friday - Sunday (between November and April). The Monument is closed on all national and dtate holidays except for Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Indiana War Memorial Museum

Visit the free military museum to see the history of Indiana’s gallant veterans from the Battle of Tippecanoe and several others. Hours of operation are: Wednesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Rolls-Royce James A. Allison Exhibition Center

Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Allison Branch is responsible for maintaining and promoting all aspects of the rich heritage of Allison, which became part of Rolls-Royce in 1995. The Rolls-Royce James A. Allison Exhibition Center is free and open to the public Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Newfields 100 Acres

Newfields' Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres is free for all visitors.

Circle Centre Mall

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