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Concerts on the Canal at the Indiana Historical Society

The Indiana Historical Society’s free Concerts on the Canal series returns for the summer this month!

From May 30 through July 18, the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is bringing back its Concerts on the Canal series and Free Admission Thursdays, which includes extended hours on concert dates. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, is located at 450 W. Ohio St., downtown along the canal.

The musical entertainment will be from 6 – 8 p.m. on concert Thursdays and will feature a variety of styles, from jazz, blues and swing to rock, R&B and pop favorites.

2019 Concerts on the Canal and Rotating Exhibit Lineup 

May 30
Concert: Jessie Brown

June 6
Concert: Rob Dixon
Rotating Exhibit: The Golden Age: Indiana Literature (1880-1920)

June 13
Concert: Living Proof
Rotating Exhibit: Local Speech, Global Reach
Member Recognition Night

June 20
Concert: Deb Mullins
Rotating Exhibit: The Faces of Lincoln – Creating the Image

June 27
Concert: Groove Essential
Rotating Exhibit: From Pencils to Pixels: Hoosier Cartoons and Comics

July 4
Concert: Soul Deep
Rotating Exhibit: TBD

July 11
Concert: The Bishops
Rotating Exhibit: One Shot: The WWII Photography of John A. Bushemi

July 18
Concert: Gordon Bonham
Rotating Exhibit: Indiana Through the Mapmaker’s Eye

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Free seating is available on the grassy knoll, which is across the canal from the History Center.


Free seating is available on the grassy area on the Canal Walk. Tables for 8 are $60, $45 for members. Tables for 4 are $50, $35 for members. Single seats at a community table are $12, $10 for members. Half- and full-season packages are available. Event reservations are valid for the date and/or event of issue; no rain checks will be permitted.


The Stardust Terrace Café, outdoor grill and cash bar open at 5 p.m. Guests may bring their own food and nonalcoholic beverages to the concerts. All alcohol must be purchased and consumed on site.


In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be delayed or moved indoors to the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater. No food or drink will be allowed at indoor concerts, and only registered guests may be accommodated.

No pets and no smoking are allowed on the terrace.

Free parking at the History Center is on a first-come basis. Nearby street or garage parking is available for a fee.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization and Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programming. Normal operating hours for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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