By Jessica Todd
Summer is a time of festivals, music and entertainment in the Southside. With children out of school, local parks are teeming with families enjoying the warm weather before the school bustle resumes. After more than a year in the house due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southside is resurfacing with events for the whole family. As the mid-season approaches, there is still some fun to be had. Here’s a look at what’s left to discover in a few Southside towns this summer.
Hornet Park is bringing the heat to the summer with its events and programs which are yet to come this season.
Community Fun Nights are back every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and last year round. Each week will offer free dinner and amusement park activities. The event features a new theme every week and features music, movies, games, and crafts. Everyone is welcome to attend this favorite community event.
The next Fun Night will take place on July 14 at the Hornet Park Community Center, 5245 Hornet Ave., Beech Grove.
Sarah T. Bolton Park will also be hosting some fun events over the next summer months.
The second annual Beech Grove Art Festival will be held August 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the park, 1300 Churchman Ave., Beech Grove.
The festival will feature more than 50 local artists and designers. The Beech Grove Artist Collective will host an open mic competition and a one-day masterpiece. This event is slated to be double the first and is free for artists and visitors.
If you would like to register for the festival to showcase your art, registration is free and open until July 31 at beechgroveartistcollective.com.
The Beech Grove Chamber of Commerce is hosting another summer event in the city.
Music on Main will be held August 28 from 4 to 9 p.m. on Main St., Beech Grove. This event is free to the public, but artists must register and pay a booth fee of $ 50. Registration can be done at beechgroveartistcollective.com or beechgrovechamber.com.
The Garfield Park Arts Center has many upcoming events that will run through September.
“We are delighted to safely bring the programs back in person,” said Kavita Mahoney, Director of the Arts Center. âWhether it’s our outdoor movies, concerts, or First Fridays, we look forward to inviting guests to return to our space to connect with local arts and culture.â
The popular Biergarten will continue throughout July and August. The July Biergarten will feature a back-to-school party, and August will be the Dog Days of Summer. Both evenings will feature live music, themed activities, local artwork and meetings with community partners. This event is free and you do not need to register. Biergarten will resume July 15 and August 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 2505 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis.
Another event that will take place in August is the Picasso Puppies event. There will be non-toxic paint and other pet safe materials to create unique memories with your pet.
“We are particularly looking forward to this event,” said Mahoney. âThis is an outdoor event where you create works of art for and with your puppy while listening to live music, visiting local pet vendors and tasting beer. / wine from the Garfield brewery. â
In addition to artistic projects and activities, guests can participate in a silent auction with gift cards and products from local businesses. Bowls of water will be made available to the dog. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
This event will take place on August 21 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis.
Garfield Park will also be the site of many other concerts before the end of the summer. Every Wednesday at 7 p.m. from July 17 to August 11, you can visit the MacAllister Amphitheater to listen to pop music from bands such as New Horizons, Pride of Indy Concert Band, Crossroads Brass Band and more.
Every Thursday July 8-28, the MacAllister Amphitheater will host its alternative pop series featuring bands such as Audiodacity, Public Universal Friends, Huckleberry Funk and Kristen.
There are also two more chances to see movies in the park. July 23 will present the 2019 version of “Aladdin” and August 13th will present “Wall-E”. Films take place in the West Field of the Arts Center and start around 9 p.m.
For more information on upcoming summer events at Garfield Park, visit gpacarts.org.
Greenwood will host many more events and activities before the end of the summer. Upcoming events and programs will begin this week and run until September.
Freedom Springs Water Park, located at 850 W. Stop 18 Road, Greenwood, has quickly become a summer must-see for residents and visitors across the state. The park will host an evening of family fun on July 8 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a live DJ, a poolside party and half-price admission.
Freedom Springs will also be hosting an adult party on July 23 from 8:15 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. for $ 15 per person. This event is free for season pass holders. The Lit Soul Band will perform, Oaken Barrel and Mallow Run will serve their drinks and Smokehouse Catering will serve food.
If you can’t make it to the adult party on July 23, another will come on August 6 from 8:15 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. and feature the Blue River Band.
To close the summer season of the water park, Puppy POOLooza will take place on September 11. This event is a day for the dogs at Freedom Springs. Dogs under 30 pounds can come from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and dogs weighing 30 pounds and over can come from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Greenwood’s summer concert series also continues throughout August. The series is presented by Johnson Memorial Health and has been a huge hit this season. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Amphitheater in Craig Park, 10 E Smith Valley Road, Greenwood.
Upcoming performances of Big 80s on July 10, Toy Factory on July 17, Country Summer on July 24, The Woomblies on July 31, The Nauti Yachtys on August 7 and Tastes Like Chicken on August 14.
All of the concerts feature different food vendors, and Oaken Barrel and Mallow Run are on-site every night of the series.
Pickleball comes into play in August for Greenwood. Pickleball and Pints, presented by Mutual Savings Bank and Pro Tek Photography, takes place August 26 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This event costs $ 10 per player, which includes a commemorative pint glass and covers your first drink.
This event will take place at Craig Park, 10 E. Smith Valley Road, Greenwood. Oaken Barrel and Mallow Run will be on site.
The following days, August 27-29, the second Greenwood Pickleball Open will be presented by Cardon. The event is a three-day tournament featuring men, women and mixed doubles. The cost of one event is $ 30 per player and two events are $ 40 per player.
The event will take place at multiple pickleball courts in Craig Park from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature competition segments. Registration is required for the tournament and information is available at greenwood.in.gov.
At the end of the summer, September will host many Greenwood events such as Touch a Truck, Family Movie Nights and Rock the Clock.
Touch a Truck will run from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $ 2 per child. Children can get up close with more than 20 vehicles. Details of the location are yet to come but will be posted on greenwood.in.gov.
âBig Hero 6â will play at Amphitheater Park, 100 Surina Way, Greenwood on September 17th. Families can pack their lawn chairs and refreshments and enjoy a free sunset movie (approximately 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Family movie nights will also continue in October.
Rock the Clock will close the summer season on September 25. This event is the annual community block party that takes place from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. off Main and Madison. The event will feature live music, food, beer, wine and other entertainment for adults and families.