by Justin Brady
While many theatre stages' seasons are winding down for the summer, there is still plenty to see and do all around Indy.
Festival Season Kicks Off
If you love a good festival, then no time in Indy is better than summer. The festivals hit particularly hard the second weekend of June with the always funky Independent Music and Art Festival, the neighborhood friendly Talbot Street Art Fair and the splashy spectacle at Circle City IN Pride.
Maybe you'd rather soak up a new culture without the hefty airline fees? Head over to Military Park on June 9 for El for Dia de la Familia Festival featuring authentic Latin American food, artwork and traditional music or June 22-23 for the Eiteljorg Museum's Indian Market and Festival featuring traditional native American food, art and performances.
Enjoy the Drive-in Without the Car
Growing up, the drive-in was a summer pastime not to be missed, but I like the idea of an outdoor movie experience without being tied to my car. Summer Nights at the IMA offers a perfect opportunity to catch a classic flick in their amphitheater surrounded by lush gardens. The season starts June 7 with the perfect date night classic Pillow Talk and ends August 30 with audiences choosing their favorite John Hughes' 80's classic. (I am rooting for The Breakfast Club.) New this summer is Garfield Park's monthly Bike-in Movies. June 7 features The Goonies. Grab all your friends, pack the perfect picnic and head out to the movies.
Cool Off At One of These Zany Musicals
As much as I want to spend most my time outdoors during the summer, occasionally you need a chance to cool off. These quirky and fun musicals will get you an air-conditioned break between bike rides on the Cultural Trail and drinks on the nearest patio. Some of Indy's best (and funniest) actors unite for Spamalot produced by Bobdirex at The Athenaeum. Leading up to Pride Festival is a week of activities including musical comedian Ana Gasteyer for Pride Night at the Cabaret. Gasteyer, best known musically for her work impersonating Celine Dion on SNL, is also an accomplished musical performer having appeared in Broadway's Wicked. Meanwhile, Zanna Don't at Theatre on the Square promises its own gay romp - magical, musical fairy included.