Free Things to do this July in Indianapolis

All around Indianapolis FREE EVENTS are taking place. Find some of our favorite free events perfect for family fun! 

Free things to do in July near Indianapolis:

Elemental – Special Needs Screening 

July 1

The sensory-friendly Special Needs Screenings at SMG locations offer an inclusive movie experience for all. During these screenings, the lights are turned up, the volume is lowered, and guests are encouraged to move around, talk, or even dance in the aisles as they please. Special Needs Screenings take place at 11:00 am across all SMG venues.

Summer Concert Series at Murphy Aquatic Park

July 2

Dive into the excitement at the Summer Concert Series at Murphy Aquatic Park, where attendees can experience the perfect blend of live music and swimming. Guests have the option to lounge on provided pool chairs or bring their own for added comfort, all while enjoying the melodies of the performers. What makes this event even more irresistible? It’s free!

*The July 2 performance will also include fireworks. 

Murphy Aquatic Park Water Park in Avon
Murphy Aquatic Park Water Park in Avon

Firework Shows

July 4

Most firework shows around Indianapolis are free and open to the public. Here are 5 of our favorites taking place on July 4:

Independence Day Social at Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

July 4

This Independence Day, visit the home of America’s Hoosier President and join us for a patriotic celebration for the whole family! Free to attend. Reservations are required.

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Canal Nights at the Indiana State Museum

Join museum staff and community partners along the canal walk outside the museum for family-friendly outdoor activities and themed, hands-on experiments.

July Dates

July 5: Democracy Day
July 12: Chemistry is Everywhere
July 19: Global Gathering
July 26: Superhero Night

Indiana state museum

Free Admission Thursdays at the Indiana History Center

July 6
July 13
July 20
July 27

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center is FREE on Thursdays (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) during the 2023 summer concert season (June 1 – July 27). Free admission tickets can be reserved online or get them at the door.



Cool Creek Campfires

Every Wednesday evening in the summer, when the sun is beginning to set, you will find a group of Indy-area families gathered around the campfire ring in the middle of Cool Creek Park.

July Schedule

July 5: All-American Animals 
July 12: Hoosier Owls 
July 19: Baby! It’s Wild Outside
July 26: REALLY Dangerous Animals

Cool Creek Campfire
Cool Creek Campfire

Newfields Community Day

July 6

Enjoy free admission to Newfields on the first Thursday of the month. Advance ticket is required. 

Movies at Midtown

Enjoy free Movies at Midtown every Tuesday, featuring showings at 12 pm and 6 pm, as well as Thursdays at 6 pm.

July Line up

July 11 & 13: A Bug’s Life
July 18 & 20: Up
July 25 & 27: Inside Out


Free Outdoor Concerts

Throughout the summer, you can find free outdoor concerts all over Indy. Here are our top 5 picks for July. 

July 6: Summer Concert Series at Clay Terrace – Indy Annies
July 13: Noblesville Summer Concert Series – The Toons
July 15: Mallow Run Winery Picnic Concert Series – Small Town John Mellencamp Tribute
July 21: Jams at the Junction – Jambox
July 22: Greenwood Summer Concert Series – Tastes Like Chicken

Monsoon Madness

July 22

Beat the heat as Holland Park transforms into a pop-up water park during one of the most popular summer events featuring giant waterslides, a mini-monsoon area for little ones, live entertainment, and more! 


Slip ‘N Foam Party

July 23

Noblesville Parks & Recreation are bubbling up some foamtastic summer fun! Join Noblesville Parks & Recreation for free Slip ‘N Foam Party at Forest Park on July 23 from 11 am – 1 pm. Bring your family out to play and slip ‘n slide at the park!

Slip 'N Foam Party

Outdoor Nerf Battles at Pecar Park

July 27

Outdoor Nerf is all the fun and it’s free!! This coming season is full of opportunities to get outdoors and get moving.






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