Indianapolis Moms Guide to August Family Events

Disclosure: We are thrilled to bring this resource in collaboration with one of our favorite community partners, Herron Classical School.

Back to school and back to reality in the month of August. But just because we are back to our regular school schedule this month, it doesn’t mean you have to skip the fun! Here is our round up of some of the August family events and fun activities in Indianapolis.

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Herron Classical Schools is a network of three tuition-free public charter schools, Herron High School, Herron-Riverside High School, and Herron Preparatory Academy. Within each of our schools, we envision a racially and socio-economically diverse student body. Herron Classical School believes that a classical, liberal arts education prepares students to become well-rounded, engaged citizens of the future.

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Ongoing fun activities you and your family can still enjoy this month:

Events Around Our City

August 1st-17th

Colts Training Camp at Grand Park

Colts Training Camp kicks off on July 26th and now you can be a part of the action! Get your tickets to watch one (or more) of the 13 practices at Gark Park and enjoy the included family-friendly activities.

August 3rd

Animals and All That Jazz at the Indianapolis Zoo

The popular Thursday night concert series continues at the Indianapolis Zoo in August. Animals & All That Jazz will have live music from 5:30-8:30 pm under the Bicentennial Pavilion. Enjoy yummy food, grab a drink at the bar, and check out the animals on exhibit until 7:00 pm. There are a limited number of tables available on a first-come, first-served basis, so bring your own chairs!

August 3rd-6th

Gen Con Indy at the Indiana Convention Center

Gen Con Indy is back again this year and the four days of gaming will take place at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. Click here for the full list of events and age requirements.

August 4th

Symphony on the Prairie

Symphony on the Prairie has another month filled with musical acts and tributes for you and your family to enjoy! Here is the full lineup this month:

August 4th – Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston
August 5th – Tusk: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
August 11th – The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute
August 12th – Here Comes the Mummies
August 18th – Marshall Tucker Band
August 19th – Unforgettable Fire: U2 Tribute Show
August 25th & 26th – One Night of Queen

August 4th

Kidz Bop Never Stop Live Tour at Ruoff Music Center

If you’re like me and have been listening to Kidz Bop to and from camp all summer, you can now head to Ruoff Music Center on August 4th and see them live! Get your tickets for Kidz Bop Never Stop Live Tour and go dance as a family.

August 4th

Conner Prairie’s “Scarecrow Contest” Registration Begins

August 4th is the first day you can register to compete in this fall’s Scarecrow Contest at Conner Prairie. You and your family can make a fun, cute, or even spooky scarecrow to display at the Headless Horseman festival – the top three most popular scarecrows win a prize! Click here for more information and how to register for this fun family activity.

August 4th

Community Day in McCordsville

The McCordsville Police Department is hosting their 5th annual Community Day on August 4th from 5:00-8:00 pm. At the Town Hall Park, you can enjoy free food and games, K9 demonstrations, firetrucks, and more! Read up on all the event details at their Facebook event page.

August 4th

Back to School Drive at White River State Park

Give back to your community and celebrate going back to school at White River State Park’s Back to School Drive from 5:00-8:00 pm! Items needed include: folders, notebooks, calculators, crayons, erasers, glue sticks, pencils, and pens. All items collected will be donated to Teacher’s Treasures. According to the event website, “the event will be a good time for the whole family with a live DJ, ticket giveaways to local attractions, face painting, lawn games, a bounce house, and booths from sponsors giving out promotional items.”

August 5th

Back to School Bash at Clay Terrace

The Back to School Bash will be held on the Village Green in Clay Terrace on August 5th from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. While you are out shopping, you and your kiddos can enjoy fun activities like face painting, a selfie station, touch-a-truck, and more. You can also donate to the on-site teacher donation drive. Get all the details on the website!

August 8th

Indianapolis Indians versus Nashville Sounds at Victory Field

The Indianapolis Indians season is in full swing (see what I did there) and you should enjoy a game with your family! Get your tickets for the Indians versus Sounds game on August 8th here.

August 9th

Indy Eleven versus Birmingham Legion FC

Our local professional soccer team, the Indy Eleven, are playing against the Birmingham Legion FC at 7:00 pm on August 9th. To check out their full schedule and get tickets for you and your family, click here.

August 11th-12th & 14th-15th

Indianapolis Public Library Book Sale

Load up your tote bags, moms and dads! It’s time to buy some books. Held at the Library Services Center at 2450 N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis, the Library Book Sale benefits the Library Foundation, and according to their website, over $7.5 million has been raised since its beginning in 1982! The sale is held on multiple days during August, so don’t miss out.

August 12th

Garfield Park Art & Music Fest

Held at the oldest city park in Indianapolis, the Garfield Park Art & Music Fest is for all ages! Back for the 6th year, this festival will feature local musicians, bands, and over 40 artists with a variety of mediums. Come see beautiful art at the MacAllister Amphitheater and grounds in Garfield Park from 4:00-9:00 pm.

August 13th

Sensory Friendly Hours at Conner Prairie

A great sensory friendly event for Indianapolis families is the Sensory Friendly Hours at Conner Prairie. They hold these hours every second Sunday of the month from 10:00 am-12:00 pm, when Conner Prairie is calmer and will allow you to explore without getting overwhelmed.

August 16th

Storytime at Cool Creek Park

Best for preschoolers ages three to five, Cool Creek Park is starting their fall storytime series, beginning August 16th from 10:30-11:30 am. Make sure to register at the link!

August 19th

Colts 5K at Lucas Oil Stadium

Register today for the Colts 5K, celebrating the start of the Colts football season. “It’s the only race that gives you the chance to finish on the 50-yard line of Lucas Oil Stadium!” After the race, there will be a post-race party with live music, Colts in Motion, and the Play 60 Zone.

August 19th

Colts Preseason Kick-Off Game

After you race in the Colts 5K, enjoy the Colts pre-season kick-off on August 19th! Our Colts take on the Chicago Bears and you can get your tickets here.

August 20th

Last Day of Indiana State Fair

Don’t miss out! The 2023 Indiana State Fair ends on August 20th and you don’t want to miss the yummy fair food, the daily parade, fun games, and much more. Plan your visit now and check out their page on 100 Free Things to Do at the Indiana State Fair.

August 20th

Sensory Friendly Afternoon at Indiana State Museum

Visit the Indiana State Museum for a sensory friendly afternoon on August 20th! Sensory Friendly Afternoon is geared toward individuals with sensory processing needs. They receive sensory bags at the ticket counter and can find sensory based activities throughout the museum.

August 24th

Indiana Fever versus Seattle

Our popular Indiana Fever will play Seattle at Gainbridge Fieldhouse at 7:00 pm on August 24th. Check out the website for their full schedule this season and cheer on our home team as a family!

August 25th-26th

GreekFest 2023, The 50th Indianapolis Greek Festival

Located in Carmel, the Holy Trinity Cathedral is hosting GreekFest 2023, the 50th Indianapolis Greek Festival. This two day event is free to the public and will have Greek food and pastries, dance performances, cathedral tours, and more! For event times and parking information, visit their event website.

August 25th-26th

IU Health Momentum Indy

You and your family should add the IU Health Momentum Indy festival to your calendar for the end of August! This two-day bicycle festival, hosted by Indy Criterium Inc., will be held in downtown Indianapolis, and includes a fun kids zone, kids and juniors bike races, food, music, and more. Check out their website for all the information and how you and your family can take advantage of all the festival fun.

August 26th

Kids’ Night Out at Benjamin Harris YMCA

Enjoy a night out without the kids while they enjoy fun activities at the Benjamin Harris YMCA during Kids Night Out. Dinner is provided and you must register by the Thursday before!

August 29th

Movies at Midtown Presents: Lady and the Tramp

On Tuesday, August 29th and Thursday, August 31st, head to Midtown Plaza in downtown Carmel for Movies at Midtown! Showings are at noon and 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 6 p.m. on Thursday.

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Andrea is a SAHM and Project Manager for Indianapolis Moms. She lives in Noblesville with her husband Dan and their two kids, Jonathan and Sarah. They are involved at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. You can usually see her with a cup of coffee in her hand and a smile on her face. Unless she doesn’t have said coffee. Then she is frowning and running towards her Keurig. Andrea is thrilled to be involved with IM as she goes through motherhood! She loves being able to bond with other parents. Other interests include reading, wine tasting, and working out on her spin bike to stay sane.