See Downtown’s Public Open Spaces

“It’s not about the destination, it’s the journey that counts,” said someone famous. With the Indianapolis Cultural Trail connecting 3 of downtown Indianapolis’ unique PUBLIC spaces, we like to think it’s the journey and the destination that make our city unique. Go, enjoy!

Public Space Happenings

Live at the Orange Bridge
Live music every Friday
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
On the Canal near the Walnut St./Orange Bridge

  • Upcoming Performances
    • Friday, Sept 3: Cathy Morris and Friends
    • Friday, Sept  10:  Son de Esquina
    • Friday, Sept 17: Jeff DeHerdt Quartet
    • Friday, Sept 24: Grupo Bembé

Sunrise Yoga on the Canal
Free Yoga class every Wednesday
6:30 – 7:15 a.m.
On the Canal near 11th Street
**Last day: Wednesday, September 8**

Live at Lugar
Live music every Thursday
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Lugar Plaza 

  • Upcoming Performances:
    • Thursday, Sept 2: Weathered Hearts
    • Thursday, Sept 9: Sarah Scharbrough
    • Thursday, Sept 16: Brett Wiscons
    • Thursday, Sept 23: Rob Dixon Trio
    • Thursday, Sept 30: Tad Robinson Quartet

Get Excited with Indy Jazz Fest
Wednesday, Sept 15
Live music, food trucks, beverages and mini arts market
More information

Coming Soon!

Social distance like a boss

We can all do our part to keep these places open and accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider others as you journey through these spaces. Below are a few tips we recommend so you can arrive prepared and confident.

  1. Keep a distance of 6 feet between you and anyone not in your quaranteam.
  2. Wear a mask. Need a mask, just ask!
  3. Bring hand sanitizer if you can.
  4. Stay home if you are sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  5. Avoid crowds and congested spaces.

You can see the City’s full guidelines here. Remember, it’s up to you and me to keep our community safe and healthy. #MaskUpIndy

Indianapolis Cultural Trail Connection

Use the Trail to see the network of downtown Indy’s dynamic public spaces:
  1. Lugar Plaza
  2. Downtown Canal Walk
  3. Georgia Street

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1. Lugar Plaza

Find it: Along Washington Street between Delaware and Alabama Street, across the street from downtown Indy’s Julia M. Carson Transit Center.

How to get there: Already downtown, it’s a short walk or bike-ride away! Take a bus to downtown Indy’s Julia M. Carson Transit Center or ride Pacers Bikeshare to the station at the corner of Deleware and Washington Street. Driving? There is metered street parking available on the surrounding block.

While you’re there: 

  • Pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawn.
  • Let the kids splash in the splash pad – you can play too as long as you’re nice.
  • Find the swings and let them rock you.
  • Learn about art and history.
  • BYO bocce ball set.
  • Read a magazine.
  • Look UP – you have a great view of lots of interesting architecture.
  • Enjoy the shared space in your community.

2. Downtown Canal

Find it: Senate Street & Walnut Street along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail

How to get there: Already downtown? Ride, walk, or bike! Driving? There is metered street parking available on surrounding streets, and an IndyGo line with stops a few blocks away.

While you’re there: 

  • Grab Pacers Bikeshare or BYOBike and see it all.
  • Enjoy the Colts Canal Playspace – downtown’s largest and newest playground.
  • Find a place to lay out a blanket and enjoy a book, magazine, or board game.
  • Use it as a route to visit some of Indy’s historical places and cultural institutions.
  • Lace-up your sneakers and run! It’s ~3 miles or a 5k roundtrip.
  • Enjoy this beautiful community asset.

3. Georgia Street

Find it: Connects to the Cultural Trail on Capitol Avenue and spans Georgia Street from Capitol Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue

How to get there:  Driving? There are a few nearby parking garages for Circle Center Mall that are very convenient for Georgia Street Access.  There is street parking available on surrounding streets, and an IndyGo bus stop only a few blocks away.

While you’re there: 

  • Visit one of the restaurants lining the street.
  • Sit down on a bench and look up – lots of great architecture here.
  • Grab a friend, a drink, and catch-up on life.
  • Walk to your favorite event at Lucas Oil, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, or Convention Center.
  • Learn about Hoosiers who have made a mark on history.
  • Explore this urban walkway, created when Indy hosted the SuperBowl in 2012.

Considering a special use for any of these spaces?

If you’re planning on having more than 50 people in your group, please submit a form. All spaces are following public health guidelines as outlined by the Indiana Department of Health regarding COVID-19.

Have a question? Need to get ahold of someone?