Summer in Indiana

From festivals to sporting events and the great outdoors, embrace all the Hoosier state has to offer during the year’s warmest months

Posted on May 24 2024 in Features
Summer in Indiana scene

Summer is a busy time for Hoosiers. School is out, the warm weather is here, and everyone is ready to spend time outside. It’s also a time for vacation. Instead of planning an expensive trip outside of state lines, consider the many experiences available closer to home. Check out the following pages for special offerings around the state and some of the biggest events to experience in June, July, and August.


Victory Field
Photo courtesy of Adam Pintar/Indianapolis Indians

When summer hits in central Indiana, the biggest hits come on the crack of the bat during an Indianapolis Indians game at Victory Field.

Fans are guaranteed to have a blast at the ballpark, with numerous promotions on deck through the summer months. Meet the team for autographs and receive a bobblehead giveaway during Prospects Weekend (June 7–9), salute the Indianapolis Clowns on Negro Leagues Night (June 22), enjoy three consecutive nights of fireworks for the July Fourth Celebration (July 4–6), cast spells and receive a Hogwarts giveaway during Harry Potter Weekend (July 13–14), meet your favorite superheroes during Marvel Weekend (Aug. 17–18), and celebrate a first in Indians history, when the club welcomes Razor Shines back to Indy to retire his No. 3 jersey and cap the final homestand during Razor Shines Weekend (Sept. 13–15).

Daily Deals add to the fun, affordable entertainment, too. Each homestand begins with a Tuesday Dollar Menu, when hot dogs, peanuts, potato chips, popcorn, Cracker Jack®, and churros are available at concessions for a buck. Throw in Half-Off Wednesday Nights with tickets marked 50% off, Thirsty Thursdays with drink specials and beer starting at $3, fireworks after every Friday home game, and Kids Eat Free Sundays, when all kids 14 and under receive a free hot dog, bag of chips and Capri Sun® juice pouch with the price of admission — there’s a bargain for everyone!

Tickets start as low as $13. Visit and add an Indians game into your summer 2024 lineup today.


Nestled along the serene banks of the Ohio River, Madison, Indiana, is abuzz with excitement as it proudly celebrates its recent recognition as the #1 Best Small Town in the Midwest by USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards. The town is gearing up to welcome visitors for unforgettable summer adventures. Madison has the perfect blend of small-town charm and endless summer fun.

The Madison Farmers Market starts their extended summer hours, May through October, where fresh produce, artisan products, live music, and more boasts the Historic Broadway Fountain. The 30th biennial Madison in Bloom will return for a tour of seven private gardens in Madison’s downtown back-to-back weekends, June 8 and 9 and June 15 and 16. Look for a special “linger longer” garden tour itinerary centered around the tour.

Bicentennial Park offers a serene setting for weekend outings, where anyone can enjoy Mayor’s Movies at the Park or live concerts under the stars at Music in the Park. During Juneteenth Weekend Celebrations, Madison honors the end of slavery with historic discussions, a community gathering at Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, and a 5K event. Music at the Mansion fills summer evenings with music, dancing, and unforgettable memories against the backdrop of Madison’s crown jewel.

Plan your visit around Madison’s signature summer festivals, including the Madison Regatta and Roostertail Music Festival, July 5–7. The event includes the world’s fastest boats, a Hometown USA Parade, a music festival, and free riverfront fireworks. Don’t miss the Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues on Aug. 16 and 17. And top off the summer Labor Day Weekend with the Rockin’ on the River Car Show and Concert.

Madison Indiana Readers Choice
Photo courtesy of Brent Spry

History buffs can explore the town’s rich heritage through captivating tours, uncovering architectural gems and cultural landmarks. Every week, live music performances add to the town’s lively nightlife, offering visitors a chance to enjoy local and regional talent in lively venues. For a full calendar of events, festivals, and weekly to-dos in Madison and Jefferson County, visit


Grissom AFB
Photo courtesy of Grissom Air Museum

The Grissom Air Museum in Peru, Indiana, was created by seven volunteers who wanted to tell the story about the base and those who served. The base was started during WWII as Bunker Hill Naval Air Station, nicknamed “U.S.S. Cornfield”. They trained pilots to fly missions protecting our nation. While many service members came through the base, Ted Williams of Baseball fame, got his start here.

About 1954, the U.S. Air Force asked to take over the base and changed the name to Bunker Hill Air Force Base. Fast forward to 1968, the base had changed its name to honor a Hoosier native and hero to Grissom Air Force Base after the death of Lt. Col. Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom.

The Grissom Air Museum tells the history of the Bunker Hill Naval Air Station through Grissom Air Force and Reserve Base. Guides share stories about crew members and the aircraft that were flown and maintained.

Museum visitors can see more than 28 military aircraft on the grounds, such as a Boeing B-47 Stratojet. Introduced in 1947, B-47s were the world’s first strategic swept-wing bombers. Another popular plane is the museum’s Republic-Fairchild A10 Thunderbolt, which was built to destroy Soviet armored columns. Introduced during the early 1970s, Thunderbolts are still used in combat.

The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the summer. Guided tours are available. The museum has paved wheelchair- and stroller-friendly sidewalks in the airpark and a picnic pavilion.

To learn more about the Grissom Air Museum and its calendar of events, call the museum at 765-689-8011 or visit


Boone County scene
Photo courtesy of Discover Boone County

Nestled in the heart of Indiana, Boone County offers a treasure trove of outdoor adventures waiting to be explored. From tranquil fishing spots to exhilarating hiking trails, there’s something for every nature enthusiast.

Fishing bliss: Eagle Creek and Moving Waters Outfitters

Boone County boasts excellent fishing opportunities, particularly along the serene waters of Eagle Creek. Known for its abundance of smallmouth bass, catfish, and other native species, Eagle Creek provides a tranquil setting for a day of casting lines and soaking up the area’s natural beauty.

For those seeking expert guidance or looking to rent equipment, Moving Waters Outfitters is the go-to destination. Their knowledgeable staff can offer insights into the best fishing spots and provide all the gear needed for a successful excursion.

Scenic trails: the Big 4 Trail

Outdoor enthusiasts looking to stretch their legs and immerse themselves in nature should visit the Big 4 Trail. This former railway line has been transformed into a picturesque trail, offering miles of scenic views and opportunities for walking, jogging, or cycling.

Wandering along the Big 4 Trail, visitors will encounter lush greenery, charming bridges, and perhaps glimpses of local wildlife. The Big 4 Trail promises an unforgettable outdoor experience for all ages.

Golfing galore: outdoor sporting

Boone County is also a haven for golf enthusiasts, boasting several top-notch courses. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just starting out, you will find the perfect course to suit your skill level and preferences. Courses like Ulen Country Club, Trophy Club, Golf Club of Indiana, and Zionsville Golf Course offer challenging holes and immaculately groomed fairways.

Boone County offers endless opportunities to embrace the great outdoors. With its abundance of natural beauty and recreational activities, it’s a hidden gem for outdoor enthusiasts seeking adventure and relaxation alike. Plan your visit today and discover the unforgettable experiences that await in this idyllic corner of Indiana.

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