Looking for more county fairs? This weekend has you covered

Looking to try as many wines as you can? This weekend has you covered

Looking to go to a nudist colony and see naked oiled up women wrestling? This weekend has you covered

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Northwest Indiana

Playdate in the Nature Play Zone – July 20 at the Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Kids of all ages are invited to spend a couple of hours having fun in nature. Join a ranger and explore Miller Woods, build a fort, climb a tree, create awesome nature art, and so much more. Held from 1-3 p.m

Festival of the Lakes – July 17-21 at Wolf Lake Memorial Park. Join Festival of the Lakes for 5 nights of fun on Wolf Lake, George Lake and Lake Michigan. Festival includes rides, live entertainment, Polka Party, fishing derby, vendors, games and more. 2019 Musical Acts Wednesday, July 17, 2019 – Nelly Thursday, July 18, 2019 – 3 Doors Down Friday, July 19, 2019 – Bad Company Saturday, July 20, 2019 – The Roots Sunday, July 21, 2019 – Los Huracanes Del Norte

100th Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair – July 15-20 at the Newton County Fairgrounds. The Pun’kin Vine Fair includes rides, vendors, fine arts, harness racing, demolition derby, live entertainment, kid and adult pedal tractor pull, power wheels derby, truck and tractor pulls, bake auction, pageants, and livestock. The Newton County Fair is happy to announce that the Oak Ridge Boys will be performing at the Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair in Kentland, Indiana, on Saturday, July 20th at 8 pm CST.

Rotary of LaPorte 3rd Annual Hub of Awesome Water Ski Show – July 20 at the Ski Beach on Pine Lake, Soldiers Memorial Park Beach. Free family fun entertainment returns to Pine Lake in LaPorte on July 20th when the Rotary Club of LaPorte and generous sponsors bring the exciting Lake City Skiers back for a 1 hour thrilling water ski show beginning at 5:30pm. The Lake City Skiers are out of Warsaw, IN, and are the state’s only competitive ski team, having achieved national recognition for their fun and innovative show.

12th Annual Old Car Show – July 20, 9am-3pm, at the LaPorte Historical Society Museum. The event is open to cars that are 1989 and older. All the cars will be on display on the museum grounds. Registration begins at 8am, and the fee is $15 per car. A DJ will be playing period music and Homerun Hot Dogs will sell food and beverages.

Wine Down Dinner – July 18, 6-8pm, at the Shady Creek Winery. Reservations Required. Taste custom crafted award-winning wines, enjoy one of our perfect pairing cheese plates, stay for lunch or enjoy pizza anytime. Visit us on the web or Facebook for current hours.

Immigration History Walking Tour – July 20, 1030-1130am, at the Barker Mansion and Civic Center. This month’s walking tour explores the immigrant heritage of Michigan City. Learn about the harsh daily life of immigrant workers in the Haskell and Barker Car Company, grasp the historical development of Michigan City’s immigrant neighborhoods and explore how European and Middle Eastern immigrants planted their cultures in rapidly industrializing Michigan City.

Shady Creek Live Music Series Outdoor Lawn Concert – July 20, 7-10pm, at the Shady Creek Winery. Rain date 7/27. Taste custom crafted award-winning wines, enjoy one of our perfect pairing cheese plates, stay for lunch or enjoy pizza anytime.

The Grape Escape: Wine, Art & Music Festival – July 20 at Centennial Park. Sample a selection of wines, enjoy food from around the region, enjoy the sounds of live music browse the Market. $7 entry fee for those 21 and older to the tasting/stage area. Parking available in the north and south lots as well as west of Calumet Avenue. Call (219) 836-7275 for more information.

Jasper County Fair – July 20-27 at the Jasper County Fairgrounds on State Road 114. The annual fair includes rides, games, demolition derby, food vendors, craft vendors and more!

Nudes-A-Poppin’ – July 21-22 at the Ponderosa Sun Club. Events held at Nudes-A-Poppin’ are the amateur wet T-shirt contest, the sexiest pole dance competition, naked oil wrestling, and others. A “Miss Nude” contest judged by the audience is held here. Various trophies, with titles such as “Miss Nude Galaxy”, “Miss Nude Go-Go”, “Miss Nude Up & Comer”, “Miss Nude Rising Star”, “Miss Nude Showstopper” etc, are awarded to the nude contestants. The participants are prohibited from having sexual contact with another person attending the event or from performing explicitly. Most of the contestants are women. The spectators perform as judges and consist mostly of men. Photography is a popular activity at the pageant. Spectators are allowed to take photographs but the use of video cameras requires a permit

Valparaiso Wine Festival – July 20 at Central Park Plaza. The Valparaiso Wine Festival brings more than 100 wines from around the world with unlimited sips and samples. Learn about new and exciting varietals from the experts while you enjoy reds, whites and sparkling tastings. Enjoy a antipasto snack plate with your ticket and additional food options for purchase. Wine industry professionals will be on site to mesmerize you with a tantalizing array of both classic and modern wine based cocktails. Expect the unexpected. Buy bottles & cases at discounted rates to enjoy at home. Live entertainment so bring your friends and family and toast to a fun summer evening in the park.

Northeast Indiana

Park-inn Movies: The Incredibles – July 18, 930-1130pm, at the Potawatomi Inn. Bring your blanket or lawn chair to the lawn overlooking Lake James. Admission is free to Inn Guests, Campground Guests and with paid admission to Pokagon State Park. (Weather Permitting).

Three Rivers Festival – July 12-20 at Headwaters Park. Fort Wayne’s favorite summer party since 1969! All the great and loved events are back for this year’s festival. For additional information, please visit the Three Rivers Festival website.

Pedal, Paddle, and Play – July 20, 10am-3pm, at Guldlin Park. You’re invited to take part in scavenger hunt on and along the rivers in downtown Fort Wayne in support of the Northeast Indiana Water Trails! Have an adventure along 5 miles of rivers and trails beginning at Guldlin Park on the St. Marys River in downtown Fort Wayne! Pedal or paddle on or along our rivers on a scavenger hunt in search of our rivers hidden treasures and earn chances to win $1000s in prizes including a complete kayak package donated by Fort Wayne Outfitters. Use your own boat/bike or rent one from Fort Wayne Outfitters.

Elkhart County 4-H Fair – July 19-27 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. he fair hosts nationally known musical artists during their 5-night concert series. A sanctioned rodeo, PPL tractor pull, and demolition derby are also highlighted at the free grandstand during fair week. Bring your appetite and explore famous food row. With more than 70 food stands, the fair takes pride in offering mouth-watering, once-a-year, fair favorites. Over 3,000 4-H livestock and more than 4,000 4-H still exhibits are shown during the 9-day event. Daily entertainment can be been found on every corner of the grounds, with multiple shows and exhibits included with your gate admission. Thrill seekers of all ages will want to visit the mid-way, complete with roller coasters, games and kiddie rides for the young fairgoers.

Circus City Festival – July 13-20 at the Peru Circus Center Arena. Circus shows July 13-20. Festival Jul. 15-20. Youth circus in three-ring air-conditioned arena. Reserved seating. Downtown festival with rides, games, food booths, crafts and more. Free circus parade Jul. 20 at 10am. Free Circus Museum full of memorabilia.

Everly Brothers Experience – July 18-19, 7-9pm, at the Blue Gate Theatre. Showtime: 7:00pm | Doors Open: 6:30pm Prices: Tickets Only – $24.95 | Dinner and Theater – $42.95

New Speer Family – July 20, 1-3pm, at the Blue Gate Theatre. Showtime: 1:00pm | Doors Open: 12:30pm Prices: Tickets Only – $19.95 | Dinner and Theater – $37.95

St. Joe Pickle Festival – July 18-20 at Downtown St. Joe. An old time festival that was named one of the Food Network’s “All American Festivals”. The 23rd annual event features parades, competitions, fireworks, food vendors, kids activities, live music and performances as well as tours of the pickle factory and more.

Central Indiana

Dr. Will Miller Tells the Story of Your Life – July 19-20, 7-9pm, at the Delphi Opera House. Dr. Will brings his unique background as a professional stand-up comedian, television personality, psychotherapist, educator, and best-selling author (along with his five graduate degrees) to the stage for an evening of laughter and self reflection. His shrewd understanding of the human psyche and delightfully humorous stories makes for an evening of therapeutic laughter.

Johnson County Fair – July 14-20 at the Franklin Fairgrounds. Come to the fairgrounds for rides, games, food, music and great events like the demolition derby.

Gas City Concerts in the Park Presents Kings & Associates – July 16th, 7pm, at the Gas City Park. This is a FREE concert brought to you by the Gas City Concerts in the Park committee.

Covered Bridge Dinner Series – July 18, 6-730pm, at the Historic Houck Covered Bridge. Local area chefs pair with local farms to bring a unique spin on Farm to Fork. Dine under cover of the Historic Houck Covered Bridge in Putnam County and experience Big Walnut Creek running under your feet as you enjoy a three-course meal and hear from farmers about raising crops/animals, sustainable practices, and general life on the farm. Each dinner highlights a different farm or ranch, we pair this with a unique restaurant in the area for a different experience every time. This summer you can experience a chicken/pork farm, vineyard, cattle operation, or brewery. Details of each dinner are listed on the Eventbrite page.

Athens After Dark – July 19, 6-10pm, at The Children’s Museum. This Best of Indy award-winning happy hour series is back exclusively for big kids 21 and older and occurs after the museum closes to visitors. Grab a drink, mingle with friends or coworkers, and enjoy this one-of-a-kind adults-only lineup! Celebrate all things Greek in Take Me There®: Greece and Treasures of Ancient Greece—After Dark! Discover the myths, arts, and inventions of the ancient Greeks and the vibrant culture of modern Greece.

Oberun 5K Indianapolis – July 19, 630-10pm at the Historic Military Park at White River State Park. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate summer than a Friday night 5K run/walk to a Bell’s beer garden serving up cold Oberon in historic Military Park! Pair this summer favorite with a bottle opener finisher’s medal, finisher’s pint glass, sweet shirt, food trucks and lawn games. Flat, fast and scenic 3.1 mile course starts and finishes at Military Park. Expect paved trails with skyline views, live music and BEER for participants 21+ at the finish party! Oberun is excited to announce its partnership with Friends of the White River! Friends of the White River advocate for a clean, healthy river eco-system. A portion of all entry fees will go to the Friends of White River!

Night Watch at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site – July 19-21 at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N. Delaware Steet. Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is proudly hosting Candlelight Theater’s new production Night Watch. Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. For a moment her gaze catches something in the window across the way, and she screams when she sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man. The police find nothing, and her husband, John, believes she is on the verge of a breakdown. As terrifying events escalate, the plot moves quickly and grippingly. All those involved – Elaine’s house guest, Blanche, the rather sinister next door neighbor Curtis Appleby, the nosy German maid Helga, and Elaine’s psychiatrist, Dr. Lake – contribute to the deepening suspense and mystery. Tickets for this full length production are on sale now and include a special food and beverage pairing before the show.

Cars & Gravy – July 20, 8am-12pm, at 215 E 38th St. A monthly free community event that welcomes cars, trucks, motorcycles, … vintage, new, custom, all makes and years. No fee or registration required. Just stop by 8am-noon to show off your vehicle. We offer delicious breakfast foods and beverages for sale from several local vendors. Event is free, family- and pet-friendly, and everyone welcome. July C&G co-hosted by Indiana Landmarks!

Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair – July 20-27 at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds. All phases of agriculture, 4-H exhibits, wide variety of youth activities, carnival rides, games and mouth watering fair food.

National Ice Cream Day Celebration – July 21, 1-4pm, at the Haan Museum. The Haan Museum will be celebrating National Ice Cream Day by providing the public with free ice cream cones and sundaes with various toppings. The ice cream cone made its debut at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 – the same fair where the mansion served as the Connecticut Building! Renowned watercolorist, Rena Brouwer, will be inviting the audience to take part in an interactive art project at 1:30 during the celebration.

Simply Elton – July 20, 5-9pm, at the Cedar Creek Winery. Cedar Creek is Indiana’s only single location winery, brewery and distillery – all family owned and operated, just three miles from downtown Martinsville! The July 20th concert will feature two popular tribute bands. First up, An Innocent Band at 5 pm with all your Billy Joel favorites, followed by Simply Elton at 7 pm celebrating the sounds of Elton John. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of show. Kids age 12 and under are FREE.

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper – July 20, 7pm, at Canan Commons, 500 S. Walnut St. Bluegrass great Michael Cleveland and his band Flamekeeper will be performing in a FREE, all ages outdoor concert on Saturday, July 20th at 7 PM at Canan Commons in the heart of downtown Muncie, IN. Michael is far and away the most decorated active bluegrass fiddle player of his generation, being an 11-time winner (including 2018) of “the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Fiddle Player of the Year”, as well as being a 2018 Grammy nominee.

Games in the Park – July 20, 2-5pm, at Forest Park. Games in the Park is a FREE bi-weekly event at Forest Park featuring jumbo-sized games and recreational activities. Majority of the games are mind and tactic games suited for the adult and teenage audience but everyone is welcome to attend.

Crossroads Uncorked Wine & Beer Festival – July 20, 12-6pm, at The Sycamore Winery. Crossroads Uncorked Wine & Beer Festival includes sampling from Indiana wineries and craft breweries, food trucks, an artisan craft market and live music from local artists.

Southern Indiana

Sunday Concert Series: Midnight Radio! – July 21, 130-530pm, at Turtle Run Winery. Midnight Radio blew us away last year with the quality of music and incredible range of songs they tackled. And the energy too. And a few bad jokes along the way make for a great music day. Our concerts are free and they are family friendly.

West Boggs Civil War Reenactment – July 21-22, 10am-3pm, at West Boggs Park. Step back into time with this Civil War themed weekend! All activities begin Saturday at 10:00am! Come and enjoy: – Civil War battle reenactments, – President Abraham Lincoln presenter, – Living history provided by the reenactors at their encampment, – Time-lined vendors (Traders Row), – Time-lined demonstrators, – Children activities and scavenger hunt, – Time period demos, – Infantry drills, – Artillery (8 cannons), – Flint knapping, – Civil War Military Ball with time period band and dance caller, – Church services, – Ladies Fashion Show, – Ladies Tea Time, and – Night fire over the lake. Time-period apparel and merchandise available for purchase! Food and drinks available for purchase! All are encouraged to attend and learn about the living history of the Civil War era!

Park-inn Movies: Pete’s Dragon (Live Action) – July 20, 930-1130pm, at Clifty Inn. Bring your blanket to the lawn overlooking the Ohio River (behind Clifty Inn). Admission is free to Inn Guests, Campground Guests and with paid admission to Clifty Falls State Park. (Weather Permitting).

Yoga at Hard Truth Hills – July 20, 10-11am, at 418 Old State Road 46. Join us for some summer yoga sessions at beautiful Hard Truth Hills in Brown County! As long as we have good weather we will take our practice outside at one of the stunning locations overlooking the pond or the forest, if we get rain we will take our practice indoors. Afterwards join us join us for a Big Woods beer or cocktail that is included in your registration cost! Bring your own mat and come ready to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Hard Truth Hills with us!

Oldenburg Freudenfest – July 19-20, at Oldenburg. The Freudenfest, meaning “festival of fun”, is a non-profit organization that originated in 1976 by volunteers who envisioned holding a “family fun day”. The mission then is the same today, “to provide a high-quality festival that celebrates the richness of our German Heritage community through people having a fun day with their family and friends”. The annual reunion has fondly become known as: “The Biggest Little German Festival in Indiana”

Red Skelton Festival – July 19-20, at the Red Skelton Museum. Honoring one of America’s favorite clowns with entertainment, clowns, food and fun! A performance by Red Skelton impersonator, Brian Hoffman kicks off the weekend on Friday evening. On Saturday, the festival opens at 11:00am with a parade of clowns featuring the “Circle City Sidewalk Stompers Clown Band.” Festival activities include, games, food vendors, and a variety of entertainment including mime and magic shows, bathtub races, donut eating contest and the Red Skelton film “DuBarry was a Lady hosted by TCM columnist, Annette Bochenek. There also will be a tribute to comedian, Tim Conway as the winner of the 2019 Red Skelton America’s Clown Award winner.


ONGOING EVENTS

Northwest Indiana

Chesterton’s European Market – Saturdays May through October at Third St and Broadway, Downtown Chesterton. An outdoor family/artisanal market held in historic downtown Chesterton from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gary Southshore Railcats at U.S. Steel Yard – Various days at US Steel Yard. A day at U.S. Steel yard is non-stop fun, and that’s even without the baseball! The RailCats promise a wide array of laugh-out-loud between inning entertainment, great giveaways , jaw-dropping fireworks and a family-first, kid-friendly atmosphere!

Miller Woods Hike Sundays – Every Sunday at Miller Woods. The hike starts at the National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center and travels through varied habitats including rare and beautiful black oak savanna and offers incredible views of Lake Michigan and Chicago. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellent. This hike is offered every Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30pm.

61: An Exhibit Celebrating the 61st National Park – July 2 – Sep 21 at the Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr. The 6,500-square-foot exhibit hall will be transformed to represent the 15,000 acres of diverse landscapes and highlight activities available to those that visit the park system. The exhibit will feature 12 trail stops. There will be interactive exhibits for children along the trail, selfie stations and a large “sandbox” for building sandcastles. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about the 1,100 native plant species, rare and migrating birds, as well as recreational opportunities like camping, hiking, kayaking and cross-country skiing. Interactive activities will also give children a chance to become a Junior Ranger!

Summer Market on the Lake – Thursdays through the end of August at Festival Park, 111 E Old Ridge Road. Come enjoy outdoor shopping featuring fresh produce, baked goods, ethnic and gourmet foods, beer garden, local live entertainment, jewelry, handmade crafts and so much more.

LaPorte Farmer’s Market – Saturdays July through the end of October at Monroe St and Lincoln Way. The LaPorte Farmer’s Market strives to build and strengthen the local food movement in LaPorte by showcasing our region’s bounty and economic opportunities locally.

Summer Sundown Music Series – Sundays May through August. Bring the lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy Sunday evenings listening to a different musical artist each week. Each Sunday evening you will find yourself at a different park with new musical artist. Check online to see where and who will be appearing!

Michigan City Municipal Band Concerts – Thursdays in June, July, and August, at the Washington Park Guy Foreman Amphitheater. Experience free live musical performances under the stars near the shores of Lake Michigan in Washington Park. Seating available or bring your own chair. June-August, Thursdays 7:30pm.

Light Keeper Harriet Colfax Month – July 1-31, 1-4pm, at Old Lighthouse Museum, 100 Heisman Harbor Rd. Harriet Colfax came into the 1858 Light House in 1861 an served faithfully until her retirement in 1904. Learn more about his Great Lakes legend all month long. The Michigan City Historical Society commissioned a color portrait of Harriet by local artist Wendy Wilcox Kerman. Come and view the portrait and enjoy the historic museum and don’t forget to browse the gift shop.

Michigan City’s Farmers Markets – Saturdays July – October at 801 S Washington St. and 1500 Franklin St. Saturdays through October 26th, 2019. Michigan City’s Farmers Market aims to provide our community with the freshest produce, providing a space filled with locally grown food and artisan goods

Market on the Square – Fridays June through August, 3-9pm, at Founders Square. There will be over 20 vendors selling unique crafts, fresh produce, honey, flowers, breads and jams. Plus local food vendors selling food. Bands from the region will begin at 6. Then to top off the evening we will have a family movie at dusk.

Keepers of the Fire: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi – April 2019 to January 2020 at The History Museum. The rich history, culture, and art of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi is shared in this vibrant exhibit about the thriving community. Through interviews and oral histories, sculpture and beadwork, art and artifacts, the exhibit immerses visitors in the traditions and teachings of the Pokagon Band.

South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field – Various days at Four Winds Field. The South Bend Cubs are the Class A minor league affiliate of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Over the past 30 seasons, the team has won five Midwest League titles and has captured 12 division titles. In 2015 the team was named Ballpark Digest’s Team of the Year and received the John H. Johnson President’s Award, the highest award in minor league baseball.

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show – May 4th 2019 to May 2nd 2020, 6-9pm, at the DoubleTree by Hilton. America’s largest interactive murder mystery dinner show! The Dinner Detective provides a hilarious evening of murder mystery, a 4-course meal, and a prize package for the top sleuth. Just beware, the killer might be sitting right next to you!

Northeast Indiana

Fort Wayne TinCaps at Parkview Field – Various days at Parkview Field. The TinCaps are entering their 10th season at Parkview Field, which has been rated as Minor League Baseball’s No. 1 Ballpark Experience four consecutive years.

Faces of Middlebury – May 17th to October 4th throughout Middlebury. Grab your cameras and the map to locate each “face of Middlebury” and insert your face for the perfect picture. Free maps are available at local businesses and organizations. Post your pics on Middlebury Then & Now’s Facebook page or on Instagram using #facesofmiddlebury. Can you find all of them, up to 30 “faces”?

Gangsters, Saloons and Buggies on Roofs Guided Tour – May 29th to September 25th at the Downtown Middlebury library. You wouldn’t know Middlebury had a rough-and-tumble past, but behind today’s modern facades lie tales of small-town mischief, hoods on the lam and possible mysterious passageways. Get the inside story and secrets from a local with this tour of downtown. Tours are offered at 10am every Wednesday and at 630pm the first Tuesday of each month. Walking tour is approximately 1 hour. Allow time after the tour to visit the unique shops and restaurants in the area. $5 Group tours are available by advanced reservation (call 574.825.5601)

Giant Toadstools and the World’s Fair Guided Walking Tour – May 30th to September 26th at the Krider World’s Fair Garden. Enjoy a guided tour through living history! The Krider family of Middlebury once captured the imagination of the world. This tour of the garden that bears their name opens a window to the family’s nursery at the height of its creative powers. The beauty will take your breath away, just as it did at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933. Tours are offered at 10am every Thursday and at 630pm the first Tuesday of each month. Walking tour is approximately 1 hour. Allow time after the tour to visit the museum, unique shops and restaurants in the area. $5 Group tours are available by advanced reservation (call 574.825.5601)

A Simple Sanctuary, the new musical – March 28th to October 31st at the Blue Gate Theatre. She prayed the day would never come, but when her past comes calling, Melissa James has no choice but to flee. Pursued and living on the run, she finds desperate sanctuary and surprising friendship in Amish country. Part suspense, part romance, A Simple Sanctuary is a compelling story of love tested, the cost of freedom, and the solace found in true community.

Shipshewana Flea Market – Tuesdays and Wednesdays from May through September, 8am-4pm, at the Shipshewana Auction. Nearly 700 open-air booths on 40 acres await you at the Midwest’s Largest Flea Market. Food courts, restrooms, scooter rentals and rest areas are on site. Open rain or shine. Also open for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and new weekend markets on August 16-17 (Mother/Daughter Days). Antique Auctions are every Wednesday inside the Antique & Miscellaneous building.

Shipshewana Breakfast Club – Fridays in July and August, 830-1100am, at the Blue Gate Theatre. Breakfast: 8:30am | Program: 10:00am Price: $26.00 – Includes Breakfast and Show These concerts will be held at the Blue Gate Theatre July 12 – Lynda Randle July 19 – Allison Speer July 26 – The Taylors Aug 2 – King’s Brass Aug 9 – Doug Anderson Aug 16 – Old Time Preacher’s Quartet Aug 23 – Soul’d Out Quartet Aug 30 – TBA

Central Indiana

Kroger Symphony on the Prairie – Saturdays and Sundays at Conner Prairie. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s summer series provides music from classical, pop, and rock genres from mid-June through Labor Day weekend. See performance schedule online indianapolissymphony.org

Celebrate the 10th Year of Tenderloin Tuesdays – Tuesdays in July throughout Hamilton County. Celebrating the 10th year, dine along the Tenderloin Trail™. Don’t miss Tenderloin Tuesdays™ in July along the tastiest trail. Each Tuesday restaurants offer special deals on the Hoosier delicacy. For a complete list of participating restaurants in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and Northern Hamilton County, visit TenderloinTrail.com.

Hot Wheels: Race to Win – May 18th to July 28th at The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and hold on tight as we open our Hot Wheels: Race to Win exhibit celebrating speed, safety, design, and power. Get revved up for the special performances, activities, and the occasional pit stop.

Treasures of Ancient Greece exhibit – Jun 15 to Jan 5 at The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis. This once-in-a-lifetime immersive exhibition brings to Indianapolis more than 150 ancient objects and artifacts, many of which have never been seen outside of Greece. The ancient Greeks revered the human body, and many of the depictions are nude. Featured are bronze and marble statues, gold jewelry and funerary objects, exquisite pottery, artifacts of the world’s first democracy, and an extraordinary replica of the Antikythera Mechanism, known as the world’s first computer.

Mind Tripping Show – March 1st to December 28th, 8:30-10PM at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites. Mind Tripping: a Comedy with a Psychological Twist is an interactive show by Christian & Katalina, the #1 Husband and Wife Comedy Mind Reading Act in the Nation. Be a part of a mind-bending, reality-twisting interactive theatrical show. Think Candid Camera meets the Twilight Zone. Be prepared to have your perceptions challenged and your expectations turned upside down

Naturally Inspired Art Exhibition – May 24th to August 21st at The Indianapolis Zoo. After the paintings have dried and been professionally framed by The Great Frame Up Downtown, they are displayed for the summer in the Schaefer Rotunda at White River Gardens. Plus, you also get to enjoy the works of some of our more artistically inclined animals. Who knows — you may see a penguin Picasso, a walrus Warhol, an elephant Escher and many others! The Naturally Inspired Art Show presented by The Great Frame Up Downtown is included with Zoo admission.

Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol Adventure Play – February 23 to July 28th at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The hero pups of Adventure Bay are coming to The Children’s Museum, and they need your help. It’s time to run some rescue missions, as we work together to overcome challenges and help everyone in Adventure Bay. Enter the Lookout. Save the Day in Adventure Bay. Be a Helping Hero on Jake’s Mountain.

The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series – Various days June-August, at The Amphitheater. You can watch movies under the stars every weekend at Newfields. Doors open at 7 pm, when you can enjoy a picnic dinner, music, and activities, followed by that night’s movie, which will begin when twilight turns to night (usually 9:30 pm). Over the summer, over 20 movies will be shown—everything from black-and-white classics to modern blockbusters. All you need is a picnic (with non-alcoholic beverages only), chairs (for the back row of each tier), and blankets (in case the chair row is full). You will also want sunscreen and bugspray. No alcohol, pets, candles taller than 12 inches, or knives permitted. And if you want to travel light with just a chair and blanket, concessions will be available to purchase. Check out discovernewfields.org/summer-nights-2019 to see available films and to purchase tickets once they are available.

Zoolapalooza Concert Series – Fridays in June and July, 530-830pm, at the Indianapolis Zoo. Under the Bicentennial Pavilion, this incredibly fun night out is a great way to kick off summer weekends on Friday evenings with terrific live music. Concerts are free for members and included with Zoo admission, so you can play all day and dance all night! Seating under the Bicentennial Pavilion includes open tables on a first-come, first-serve basis

The Generous Pour at The Capital Grille, July 8 – Sep 1, 5-9pm, at 40 W. Washington Street. The Capital Grille’s annual The Generous Pour wine event has returned for its eleventh year. This year’s theme is Legends of the Land, where guests can sip on any combination of seven select wines including the Maggy Hawk 2015 Pinot Noir, the 2015 Cenyth Red Blend, and the Arrowood 2013 Red Blend. Each is from California’s Jackson Family that tell a unique story of origin and sustainability. From July 8th through September 1, 2019, guests are offered a customized wine tasting paired with the restaurant’s classic menu items, including hand-carved steaks and fresh seafood and appetizers with a flavorful twist for $28 per person with dinner.

First Friday Kokomo – First Friday of every month, 530-9pm, at Downtown Kokomo. Activities include art, music, food, local vendors, shops, entertainment, kid’s activities & much more! Visit their Facebook page for monthly themes and schedule of all activities!

Kokomo Jackrabbits at Kokomo Municipal Stadium – Various days at the Kokomo Municipal Stadium. Enjoy a day at the ballpark! The Kokomo Jackrabbits baseball team are members of the summer collegiate Prospect League. Games are held late May through early August and feature fun themes and giveaways. Lawn and stadium seating available, starting at $8.

Karl Martz and the Legacy of IU Ceramics – May 4th to July 27th, 1-4pm, at the Haan Museum of Indiana Art. Martz’s influence spread throughout Indiana and beyond through the ceramics program that he established at IU in 1945, and through his students. Many of Martz’s students went on to teach at universities, and others established successful careers as independent ceramic artists. The exhibition features works by Karl Martz, faculty that taught (or still teach) in the IU Ceramics Department, and students who went on to establish successful careers in ceramics.

Summer Story Hour – Mondays, 10-11am, at the Physical Building of the Joseph Moore Museum. Join us each Monday in June and July at 10am for a special hour of stories! Each week will feature a different book about nature or science with a corresponding craft or activity. All ages are welcome and stories are chosen particularly for children in preschool – first grade.

Southern Indiana

Wildlife Cruises on Patoka Lake – Wednesdays May through October at the Patoka Lake Marina. Not just a boat ride: cruise the second largest lake in Indiana upon a climate controlled tour boat to search for osprey, eagles, blue herons, loons and other wildlife. Two hour cruises embark EVERY WEDNESDAY at 10am beginning in May and continuing through October. Voyagers are encouraged to capture on camera baby osprey in their nests, an eagle in flight, and busy beavers as the boat passes by.

Wine Cruises on Patoka Lake – Every other Friday starting June 7th, 730-930pm, at the Patoka Lake Marina. Sip wine paired with hors d’oeuvres/desserts while enjoying the sunset on Patoka Lake on our 60 person tour boat! Enjoy 5-7 tastings of wine from a featured Indiana winery, and choose 2 glasses of your favorite to enjoy after the tasting portion. Bottles of wine available for purchase as well as additional glasses. Call (812) 685-2203 to reserve your spot today! Only $50/person or $98/couple. Visit our website to view the winery lineup.

Shrek the Musical – July 3rd – Aug 18th, 6-10pm, at the Derby Dinner Playhouse. Somebody once told me everyone’s favorite ogre is back in the hilarious and twisted adventure based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film. Follow this unlikely green hero on a life-changing journey full of romance and dozens of zany misfit characters. The perfect show for any age! Ticket price includes dinner, show, tax & parking. AAA discount available.

Evansville Otters at Bosse Field – Various days at Bosse Field. Locally owned and a member of the Frontier League, the Otters are the darlings of summer. Great ball play combined with fun promotions throughout the game guarantee an evening of fun family entertainment. To top it off, the games are played at Bosse Field, a stadium built in 1915 and the site of the filming of “A League of Their Own” in 1992. Come watch our Boys of Summer from May through August!

Floyds Knobs Farmers Market – Saturdays May through October at 400 Block Laffollette Station. Floyds Knobs Farmers Market Opening May 11 – October 26 Every Saturday from 8:30 am to 1 pm. Were an Indiana Grown Market and host a variety of Great Events throughout Season.

The Art of the Monon – April 1st to August 31st, 10am-4pm at the French Lick West Baden Museum. The Monon was Indiana’s railroad and touched every town in Orange County. See the Monon paintings of renowned railroad artist Howard Fogg and other rare Monon items.

Dubois County Bombers at League Stadium – Various days at the League Stadium. League Stadium was home to the Rockford Peaches in the hit movie A League of Their Own. The vintage signage, scoreboard, and atmosphere remain. The Bombers play in vintage-inspired uniforms – pants are knickered, stirrups are worn. The crack of a wood bat against a baseball resounds through the stadium. You may hear Who’s on First over the audio. We even have our own Peaches at the games keeping everything in the stadium rolling, while our coaches and players keep it exciting on the field.

Rock on Rising Sun – April 10th to September 30th on Main Street. Search and re-hide painted rocks hidden within the City of Rising Sun city limits. Spearheaded by a local resident, thousands of rocks are painted throughout the season for kids of all ages to find and re-hide. Participants are encouraged to paint their own creations and hide within the city limits. Photos of found rocks are asked to be uploaded to the Rock on Rising Sun

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