July 2-3, 2 -10 p.m. Couple big changes in this year’s Indypendence Day shenanigans: 1) It’s expanded to a two-day fest, with headliner Ludacris on July 2 and headliner AWOLnation on July 3. 2) It’s not actually … on Independence Day anymore. That’s actually a huge relief for anyone who had to fight the fireworks-loving crowds last year. One thing is resolutely the same: money raised at this event benefits those battling cancer, including Riley Hospital for Children and St. Francis Patient Assist Fund. Other performers on the bill include Mike Stud, The Lost Kings, Charlie Breeze, Sirius Blvck, Breakdown Kings, Audiodacity and Coastl (Saturday); and Kongos, Blue October, Standout Story, Veseria, Brother O’ Brother and Moxxie (Sunday).
Pan American Plaza 201 S. Capitol Ave., prices vary, all-ages
July 2-4, 8 p.m. Pack a picnic, wear your red/white/blue and belt your heart out at the ISO’s annual patriotic performance. Bonus: a simply spectacular fireworks show follows each performance.
Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, prices vary, all-ages
July 4, 6:30 p.m. Pro tip: Get there early. Pro tip #2: Bring food/drink. Pro tip #3: Bring chairs/blanket. Pro tip #4: Prepare for long waits in traffic. Pro tip #5: Enjoy your freedom.
Downtown Indy, FREE, all-ages
July 2, 12 - 8 p.m. Celebrate the birth of our great country with: beer, Big Foot Yancey, beer pong, Hoagie & Hops eating contest, corn hole tournament and more. A truly American party.
Flat12 Bierwerks, 414 Dorman St, FREE, 21+
5. FoodCon VI
July 1, 5-9 p.m. Attendees will learn about raising rabbits, composting, sheep as lawnmowers, urban gardening, porch parties, the slow food movement and more. Local food trucks including Duos Indy, S’moremobile, Scratch Truck, Serendipity, Big Ron’s Bistro will be on site to provide a variety of tasty food options.
Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware St., FREE, all-ages
July 1, 7 p.m. This Chicago-based duo doesn't perform together very often, and they've never made the trip down I-65 to share their tunes with Indy before. So this show is, as Joey Purp (one half of the duo) said on Twitter: "Very very rare." Get to the Emerson early for multiple local acts.
Emerson Theater, 4630 E. 10th St., $5, all-ages
July 1-2, times vary. Based on a recent series of life-altering circumstances in Gregory Hancock's life, Metamorphosis, the newest play in the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre's canon, has undergone some serious alterations during production. Read more about the changes below and then head to the Tarkington to see them in person.
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, 1 Center Green (Carmel), $34-49, all-ages
July 2, 11 a.m. Visitors can groove to the sounds of live local music and sample the city's best cuisine all while enjoying the accommodations of the breath taking White River State Park.
Monument Circle, $8, all-ages
July 1, 9 p.m. Here’s the basics: Blackjack Davey covers all of Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced; Royalty covers Prince’s Purple Rain soundtrack; and you – you’ll be there. Peep Barfly below for more info.
Radio Radio, 1119 E. Prospect St., $7, 21+
July 1-4, times vary. Featuring 23 midway rides and games, this year’s Independence Day carnival is a great way to prepare for the State Fair. There will be a free concert and a 35-minute fireworks show on July 4.
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, 4500 Dan Patch Circle (Anderson), all-ages.