Summer Evenings Offer up Fun for All

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Leslie A. Bailey

The days may be longer in the summer but there’s still plenty to do at night both before and after the sun goes down. Here are some classic ways to enjoy summer evenings in the greater Indianapolis area. 

Catch a flick outdoors
Pack up your picnic, chairs, and blankets (as well as some bug spray) and head to Newfields where throughout the months of June, July and August, you can watch movies under the stars every weekend as part of The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series. Shows often sell out in advance so check calendar listings and purchase tickets in advance. $8 for members, $12 non-members, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, (317) 923-1331,

Dance to the music
For 38 years the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Conner Prairie have teamed up for the Symphony on the Prairie concert series presenting contemporary artists like Trombone Shorty and Kenny G and showcasing musical hits from history’s greats  like Aretha Franklin and Elvis. This year offers the biggest lineup yet with 35 shows that are sure to please music lovers of all ages. Prices vary by performance, 13400   Allisonville Road, Fishers, (317) 639-4300,

Take them out to the ball game
What would summer be without a night at Victory Field cheering on the Indianapolis Indians while indulging in a few hot dogs and a cold one (or two)? Be sure to check out the lineup up of theme nights from kids’ evenings that highlight characters from “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and Marvel comics to the multi-night Bark in the Park where you can bring along your pup. Tickets start at $9, 501 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis, (317) 269-3545,

Paddle at sunset (or under the light of the moon) On Thursdays from June through September, Eagle Creek Outfitters hosts a leisurely, guided paddle excursion (complete with instruction for newbies) through Eagle Creek Park. On Friday and Saturday evenings during the full moon cycle, a team of experienced guides will take visitors through basic paddling instruction as the sun goes down followed by a paddle back to shore under the moonlight. Photographs of your adventure are available for purchase following the event. 7602 Walnut Point Road, (317) 327-7130,

Jazz it up at the zoo Returning for its 31st year, every Thursday from July 4 through August 1, The Indianapolis Zoo invites guests to stay after-hours for an evening of live jazz music along with specialty food stations and a full bar. The animals stay on exhibit until 7 p.m. The event is free for members and included with the price of admission. $12-$24, 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, (317) 630-2001,

Leslie A. Bailey is a lifestyle writer and editor living in Indianapolis, Indiana.