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Concerts on the Canal at the Indiana Historical Society

The Kruse Family Stardust Terrace at the History Center is the place to be on Thursday nights in downtown Indianapolis. The 2023 Concerts on the Canal series features a spectacular lineup of entertainers including The Beatless, Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, Groove Essential, and Pavel and Direct Contact.

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Concert Details

Concerts begin at 6 pm. You can reserve tables for a group of 4 or 8 people. Tables will be sold as full tables and separate groups will not share tables. Single seats will not be available. 

Concerts on the Canal
Concerts on the Canal

Due to the construction of the new Indiana State Archives building, no seating will be available on the grassy areas of the Canal Walk.

Free parking at the History Center is on a first-come basis. Nearby street or garage parking is available for a fee. Note that current construction will result in limited available street parking on both New York and Ohio Streets.

Food and beverage service will be available from the Stardust Terrace Café operated by Jonathan Byrd’s. Concert Menu

2024 Concerts on the Canal Season Lineup 

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

  • June 6 – Jennie DeVoe – Soulful Blues with an Americana Twist
  • June 13 – Living Proof – Energetic Pop, R&B, and Dance Hits
  • June 20 – Brenda Williams – Classic R&B Melodies
  • June 27 – Cohen-Rutkowski Project featuring Sandy Lomax – Smooth Jazz Evening
  • July 11 – 45 RPM – Celebrating British Invasion Rock n’ Roll
  • July 18 – Heartstone Crossing – Decades of Hits: 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s
  • July 25 – Tad Robinson – Fusion of Soul and Rock Vibes
  • August 1 – Midtown Mad Men – Reviving High-energy Vintage Rock n’ Roll
concerts on the canal
*Free seating will not be available in 2024 due to construction.

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


Free seating is available on the grassy area on Canal Walk. Tables for 8 are $90, $70 for members, and tables for 4 are $65, $45 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.

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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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