Indiana Black Expo’s 52nd Summer Celebration runs July 6-16 with events, workshops and concerts all over the city. (Photo provided/Indiana Black Expo)
Indiana Black Expo’s 52nd Summer Celebration runs July 6-16 with events, workshops and concerts all over the city. (Photo provided/Indiana Black Expo)

Whether you’re looking to go out with family or friends this weekend, enjoy live music, visit a museum, art gallery or try out a new restaurant, the Indianapolis Recorder has you covered. We’ve put together an extensive list of just a few of the events and activities going on in and around Indianapolis in This Weekend in the Arts.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t cover everything going on in one calendar. So, if there’s something going on that we and other Hoosiers should know about this month, feel free to let us know! Send an email to so we can include it in the next edition.

Friday, July 14

Bashiri Asad

The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave.

7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $24-$40

Indy-based soul singer Bashiri Asad will perform two sets at the Jazz Kitchen, combining classical vocal styling with shoo-wop and “Indy-soul.”

CommuniTEA Yoga + Meditation at Tea’s Me Community Cafe

Tea’s Me Community Cafe, 3967 N. Illinois St.

8-9 a.m.


Join Tea’s Me at Tarkington Park every Friday morning for a free hour of mindfulness meditation and yoga session. Everyone is welcome and can attend in person or via Zoom.

Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration

Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.

Noon to 7 p.m. (Recurring through July 16)


Featuring consumer exhibit halls with more than 250 local, national and corporate businesses, Arts Culture Pavilion, Black Wall Street Zone, Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair and more, the Summer Celebration is set to be an entire weekend of activations.

Saturday, July 15

George Porter Jr.

The Mousetrap, 5565 N. Keystone Ave.

7 p.m.

Tickets are $16-$22

The Mousetrap is set to host The Meters’ bassist George Porter Jr. and his band, The Runnin’ Pardners, for a special one-night set featuring guest guitarist Joe Marcinek.

IBE Summer Celebration All White Affair & Concert

Gainbridge Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St.

10 p.m.

Tickets are $50

Featuring Juvenile & 112, the Indiana Black Expo’s annual All White Affair and Concert is open to guests 21 years and older and will be hosted by DJ Kid Capri.

Water Lantern Festival

Military Park at White River State Park, 601 W. New York St.

5:30-9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $26.98-$55.99

Featuring food trucks, live music and more, the annual Water Lantern Festival allows guests to design their own lanterns before launching them together at sundown.

Sunday, July 16

Art & Soul Sundays

Indianapolis Arts Garden, 110 W. Washington St.

3-4 p.m.


In an effort to keep the Art & Soul celebration going year-round, Indy Arts Council is launching Art & Soul Sundays, featuring music and dance. This Sunday, tune in for Str8 Up Frederick Douglass, a hip-hop play which includes original content, music and dance based on the life and legacy of the famous freedom fighter.

Lewis Belt

Helium Comedy Club, 10 W. Georgia St.

7 p.m.

Tickets are $22

LA-based stand-up comedian, actor and producer Lewis Belt will take the stage of Helium Comedy Club for one night. The performance is 18+.

“Sophisticated Ladies”

Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 Michigan Road

1 p.m.

Tickets are $51.50-$74.50

Celebrating the musical legacy of Duke Ellington, “Sophisticated Ladies” tells the story of the jazz musician from his early life at The Cotton Club to worldwide stardom. The show is rated G and features a $6 discount for children 3-15.

Please note: Admission and ticket prices listed are general and before taxes/fees.

Contact staff writer Chloe McGowan at 317-762-7848 or Follow her on Twitter @chloe_mcgowanxx.