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Admission to the History Center is free on Thursdays during concert season, and the History Center will remain open until 8 p.m. See a different pop-up exhibition each week in Eli Lilly Hall in addition to our regular exhibits.

Summer Exhibition Schedule

May 26 | One Shot: The WWII Photography of John A. Bushemi
June 2   | Hoosiers and Their Hooch: Perspectives on Prohibition
June 9   | A Visual Journey: From AIDS to Marriage Equality by Mark A. Lee
June 16 | The Great War: From Ration Lines to the Front Lines
June 23 | Steamboats a Comin': The Legacy of the New Orleans
June 30 | Auto Indiana
July 4     | Faces in the Crowd
July 7     | Who Is a Hoosier?
July 14   | The Golden Age: Indiana Literature (1880–1920)
July 21   | Auto Indiana
July 28   | Indiana Disasters

Free admission made possible by Franciscan St. Francis Logo

Thursday nights are heating up in downtown Indianapolis as we look forward to our summer tradition – Concerts on the Canal. The Kruse Family Stardust Terrace at the History Center is hosting a spectacular lineup of entertainers including The Cool City Band, Brenda Williams and The Bishops.

Food service and cash bar will be available from the Stardust Terrace Café and outdoor grill operated by Hoaglin To Go. Free seating is available on the grassy area on the Canal Walk. Attendees may bring their own food and nonalcoholic beverage to the concerts. All alcohol must be purchased and consumed on site. No pets or smoking are allowed on the Terrace. Parking is available on a first-come basis.

Tables of 8 are $50, $40 for members. Tables of 4 are $40, $30 for members. Single seats at a community table are available for $10, $8 for members. Half- and full-season packages are available. Event reservations are valid for the date and/or event of issue; no refunds or rain checks will be permitted.

For reservations, call the Welcome Center at (317)232-1882 or visit tickets.indianahistory.org.

Special Note: In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be slightly delayed or moved indoors to the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater. If moved indoors, no food or drink will be permitted in the theater, and accommodations can only be made for guests who have registered prior to the concert date.

Presented by Total Restoration Logo In partnership with the IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology

Performances are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. The Fourth of July Celebration is from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

May 26 | The Cool City Band featuring Shannon Forsell, Jimmy Guilford and Laney Wilson
Swingin' music from the lounge era

June 2   | Flying Toasters
High-energy dance favorites

June 9  | Actors Theatre of Indiana
Cole Porter Birthday Celebration

June 16 | Indy Nile
Classic rock, funk and blues

June 23 | The Funk Quarter
New Orleans rhythm-and-blues

June 30 | Everett Greene
Love songs and jazz standards

July 4    | Indianapolis Municipal Band (5 to 6 p.m.)
Patriotic tunes and marches
The Tad Robinson Band (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
Americana, soul and roots

July 7    | Greta Speaks
Rock and pop classics

July 14  | Brenda Williams
Classic R&B hits from the '60s and '70s

July 21  | IUPUI Jazz Ensemble, featuring David Mannell with Laura Hammer-Erhart, Becky Barton and Heather Hinton
Bicentennial tribute and nostalgic favorites

July 28  | The Bishops
Party songs you love to dance to

July concerts sponsored by


One More Special Offer for the Summer!

$2 Tuesdays

Every Tuesday through August, admission to the History Center is only $2.00!