This Weekend in the Arts: June 7-8

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Indy Pride Festival, photo by Brittney Elizabeth Photography
June is here already, and with it comes the celebration of LBGTQ Pride Month and Juneteenth, as well as the start of summer reading programs, opening of public pools and musical festivals. (Photo/Brittney Elizabeth Photography)

June is here already, and with it comes the celebration of LBGTQ+ Pride Month and Juneteenth, as well as the start of summer reading programs, opening of public pools and musical festivals. So, if you are looking for something fun in the sun to do with family, look no further! The Indianapolis Recorder put together a list of just a few events and activities going on in and around Indianapolis in This Weekend in the Arts.

Unfortunately, we could not cover everything in one calendar. So, if there is an event or celebration we missed, feel free to let us know at newsroom@indyrecorder.com.

Friday, June 7

Free Community Pool Day

25+ different Indy Parks and YMCA locations

11 a.m. 

Free

Indiana Sports Corp is partnering with Indy Parks and the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis to open more than 25 community pool locations free to visitors, with water safety promotions, giveaways and swimming challenges.

indianasportscorp.org/free-community-pool-day

Prideful Arts Fest

Fountain Square

Noon to 11 p.m.

Free

This First Friday, Fountain Square is coming together to support LBGTQ+ businesses and artists, with live music, food and more.

indypride.org

Ultimate John Williams

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, 32 E. Washington St.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 8-10 p.m.

$10-$84

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform works from legendary composer John Williams, who is known for music scores from movies such as “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park,” “Star Wars,” Harry Potter” and “Indiana Jones.”

indianapolissymphony.org

Saturday, June 8

Indy Pride Festival

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

11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

$10

With live music, DJs and drag performances across three stages, the 2024 Indy Pride Festival will feature a variety of local food, drink and business vendors throughout Military Park.

indypride.org

2024 Loving Day Celebration

Gainbridge Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St.

12:30-4 p.m.

$20

The inaugural Loving Day Celebration in Indiana, which honors June 12, 1967, when the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, which made interracial marriage legal.

internationalcenter.org

Neon Black Festival

Madam Walker Legacy Center, 617 Indiana Ave.

7 p.m.

$15-$30

Hosted by Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective, Indianapolis’ first Black dance festival will feature performances from local dance companies such as Divergence Performing Arts, InDanza Dance Company, Seda Negra/Black Silk Dance Company, Relevations Dance Company, iibada Dance Company, Kenyetta Dance Company and more.

indymovementarts.org

Sunday, June 9

Mushrooms Music & More Festival

Stage Door Irvington, 5635 Bonna Ave,

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free; $20 for speaker series

A full day of live music, art, local businesses and food vendors in addition to expert speaker sessions on the topic of mushrooms, including growing, foraging, cooking and medicinal.

tickettailor.com/events/mushroomsmusicmorefestival/1207340?

Shelf Indulgence with Maurice Broaddus

Loudmouth Books, 212 E. 16th St.

6-7 p.m.

Free

Ray Bradbury Center’s annual book club is kicking off with “Sweep of Stars” by local author Maurice Broaddus, who will also join for discussion in-store. 

eventbrite.com

Indy Pride & Forty5 Presents: Rock the Ruins – ORVILLE PECK

Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road

7-11:30 p.m.

$39.50

The 2024 Rock the Ruins concert series presents country singer-songwriter Orville Peck with Durand Dawson and Debbii Dawson.

rocktheruins.com/shows/orville-peck-2024#tickets

Please note: Admission and ticket prices listed are general and before taxes/fees. For more editions of This Weekend in the Arts, click here.

Contact Arts & Culture Reporter Chloe McGowan at 317-762-7848. Follow her on X @chloe_mcgowanxx.