Concerts on the Canal at the Indiana Historical Society

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

The Kruse Family Stardust Terrace at the History Center is the place to be on Thursday nights in downtown Indianapolis. The 2021 Concerts on the Canal series features a spectacular lineup of entertainers including the Cool City Band, Midwtown Madmen, Hopkins and Miller, Tad Robinson and Brenda Williams.

You may reserve a table on the Terrace or bring your own chair or blanket and sit on the grassy areas along the Central Canal. Food and beverage service will be available from the Stardust Terrace Café operated by Jonathan Byrd’s.

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.

2021 Concerts Season Lineup 

All performances are from 6 to 8 p.m.
* Concert performers are subject to change without notice

July 1
Cool City Band featuring Laney Wilson and Troy Thomas Jr.

July 8
Midtown MadMen

July 15
Hopkins and Miller

July 22
Tad Robinson

July 29
Brenda William

concerts on the canal
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 $80, $60 for members. Tables for 4 are $60, $40 for members.  Event reservations are valid for the date and/or event of issue; no rain checks will be permitted.

CLICK HERE to view the Stardust Terrace map/seating chart

CLICK HERE to reserve your tables


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.


due to current CDC guidelines, the History Center will adhere to the following:
*These procedures may be changed as a result of updated guidance local government and health officials.

• The distance between each guest table has increased.
• Tables will be sold as full tables and separate groups will not share tables.
• Single seats will not be available.
• No seating will be permitted on the Terrace stairs or along the entry ways to the History Center.
• Free seating will be limited to the grassy areas along the Canal Walk.
• Masks/face coverings:
o Must be worn upon exit/entry to the Indiana History Center, Kruse Family Stardust Terrace, and Stardust Terrace Café
o Must be worn when using public facilities such as restrooms or when interacting with museum and/or food service team members.
o Masks may be removed for dining and drinking.

Free Thursday Admission & $5 Summer Deal

The History Center will offer free admission on Thursdays in July, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as on Saturday, July 3, for a celebration of Independence Day. To purchase your advance tickets or family pack, visit

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is offering special $5 admission deals all summer long! All advance admission tickets are $5 to visit the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center now through September 4. Adult tickets are regularly priced at $13, and senior tickets are $12. But throughout the summer, a family of four can visit for just $20 — up to a 44% savings on admission.

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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