Culture and Entertainment in the Carmel Art & Design District

  • Eight Galleries
  • The Palladium top Midwest performance venue
  • Outdoor music
  • Monon Trail Greenway
  • Wineries, breweries, mall and boutique shopping
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Thanks to warm temperatures and beautiful sunset skies lasting late into the evening, there is nothing like the enjoyment of outdoor music in the summertime. A visit to Carmel, Indiana, gives you a number of different stages throughout the week to enjoy good music, good food and spirits, and fun with friends.

Whether it’s a free show at a local park or green space, or a patio show at one of their local restaurants, Carmel’s got you covered.

Coming to Carmel for a mid-week visit? Every Wednesday, grab a picnic and settle in for a free 7:30 p.m. show at the Gazebo on the lawn of Carmel City Hall, through August 12. The Summer Family Concert Series at the Gazebo features the best in local and regional bands and a large lawn space to set up chairs or spread out blankets.

If Thursdays are better nights, head to Clay Terrace Mall, for a Summer Concert Series on The Lawn, 7-9 p.m. through July 30. Bring family and friends and also enjoy the shops and restaurants at this popular outdoor lifestyle mall.

Want a little jazz for your weekend? Check out the limited Saturday night schedule for Jazz on the Monon in the Carmel Arts & Design District, with shows through August 1 at the corner of Main Street and the Monon Greenway in the heart of The District.

On Sunday evenings, the live music is featured regularly on two Carmel restaurant patio stages. Muldoon’s on Main Street in the Carmel Arts & Design District, which features live music for all ages Sunday evenings 6-9 p.m. through August 30 in the beautiful setting of The District. At Carmel City Center, join the party at Matt the Miller’s which also features Sunday evening shows on its patio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. through September 13.

Monday mornings are special mornings at the local Carmel Clay Parks, which feature kid-oriented concerts at two city parks. Kids Koncerts take place at 10 a.m. at River Heritage Park and West Park on alternating weeks through July 27. Shaved ice is also a feature at these family-friendly shows.

And don’t forget the biggest day of live outdoor music at the 2nd Annual Carmel PorchFest held on Sunday, September 13 featuring dozens of bands playing live music off the front porches of homes located in the historic neighborhood north of Main Street in the Carmel Arts & Design District. This free event allows music lovers the chance to stroll along the streets of The District, stopping to listen to a variety of different bands booked for this day-long event.

City of Carmel