We often deceive ourselves into thinking summer is a costly affair. “We won’t be able to have fun unless we venture to the nearest theme park.” “Spending time with your significant other or family has to involve sunblock, bug spray, and plenty of cash during the months of June, July and August.” It’s simply not true. In fact, most of your treasured summer memories from childhood probably have nothing to do with money. It’s certainly the case for me.
Playing in the sprinkler. Catching fireflies. Swinging on the swingset. A good book on a warm afternoon enjoyed on a cool quilt. Sidewalk chalk, wiffle ball, sandboxes, and tree climbing.
Just because you’re an adult, it doesn’t mean that free summer fun has to end. Of course you can enjoy all of the above, but Indianapolis offers plenty of other fun FREE options, too. Take for instance, the Harrison Center for the Arts‘ Independent Music and Art Festival going on this Saturday June 11th from noon until 8 PM. 12 – count ‘em, 12 bands will be featured for FREE and plenty of great artwork to view for free, too. You can check out the line up here.
And on top of that, you can enjoy the Indieana Handicraft Exchange where over 100 of the coolest of the cool, the hippest of the hip will be selling their handmade goods. And there will be plenty of local fare to enjoy (at a cost though so bring your dining out cash envelope, mmmkay?). The event will take place at the Harrison Center for the Arts, located at 16th and Delaware (just a wee bit north of downtown). It’s definitely a family friendly environment; however, I did like the disclaimer from the Indieana Handicraft Exchange Facebook Event that “some artists’ work features the occasional dirty word or sexual image, so parents might want to take a gander before their little ones get an eye full.” Just a heads up to help you plan accordingly in case you bring your little budding artist with you.
Summer’s simple and worthwhile pleasures are always free.