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Eiteljorg plans summer filled with music, celebrations and the return of WestFest

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Eiteljorg plans summer filled with music, celebrations and the return of WestFest
Enjoy free entertainment under The Sails
during Late Night Wednesdays,

celebrate Juneteenth and experience Indian Market and Festival

Late Night Wednesdays | JUN 3 – Aug. 5
This summer, enjoy entertainment under The Sails, along the Downtown Canal, at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Beginning Wednesday, June 3, the museum, its store and cafe will be open until 8 p.m., offering more time to enjoy the exhibit Gold! Riches and Ruin inside and a host of hands-on activities and entertainment outside. And in July get ready for a schedule of performances by some great local bands!

Tuesday through Thursday, JUN 16 - 18
Eiteljorg Explorers Summer Camps, Session 1

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages 8 – 12
Cost: $50 Non-Members, $40 Members

These unique classes will introduce children to Indiana’s Native cultures through storytelling, songs, dance and art-making activities. Pre-register by calling 317.275.1310.

Saturday, JUN 20
Juneteenth 150th Anniversary Community Celebration

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth with performances, music, food and fun for the entire family. Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in Texas. In honor of Juneteenth, the celebration and museum admission will be free for all.

Friday, JUN 26
Indian Market & Festival Preview Party
5:30 p.m.

An exclusive first-look shopping opportunity reception. Attendees get free weekend passes to Indian Market & Festival.

Indian Market and Festival Preview Party Afterglow*
9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Tickets range from $15 - $40.
Grab a glow stick and join us for beverages, dancing, desserts and entertainment by the 1491s and DJ Kyle Long. Interact with artists in a relaxed setting along the canal and underneath The Sails on the Christel DeHaan Family Terrace. Call 317.275.1333 for ticket information.

Saturday and Sunday, JUN 27 and 28
Indian Market & Festival
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ticets range from $10 - $12
17 and under: FREE
Advance tickets available at the Eiteljorg and at Marsh Supermarkets.
Join us for a weekend celebration of Native American cultures through art, music, dance, demonstrations, food and more. Featuring Native performers and more than 150 artists from more than 60 tribes, Indian Market and Festival is a one-of-a kind cultural experience right here in the Midwest.

Late Night Wednesdays | Music | Open Until 8 p.m.
Wednesdays, JUL 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Hang out under The Sails and enjoy the sounds of local musicians, beginning at 5 p.m., during Jammin’ in July!  Outdoor activities are FREE and will occur weather permitting. Exhibits and other indoor experiences cost general admission. Parking is always FREE, as spaces are available in the White River State Park underground garage. Cash bar and snacks available. For more information, visit Scheduled performances include:

July 1

July 8

July 15

July 22

July 29

  • Frank Dean, Scott Parkhurst and LuAnn Lancton
  • Coolidge

Saturday, JUL 4
Free Admission Day

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The museum will open its doors free of charge on July 4, Independence Day.

Saturday , JUL 11
5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Meet us under The Sails for JORGSTOCK 2015. Hosted by Agave, the Eiteljorg's young professional auxiliary group, JORGSTOCK promises a steady rotation of amazing local bands and complimentary food and drinks from more local vendors than ever before. Cost: SPECIAL AFTERGLOW COMBO or FREE for AGAVE members, $20 for non-members (pre-sale) and $30 (at the door).

Tuesday through Thursday, JUL 14 – 16
Eiteljorg Explorers Summer Camps, Session 2

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages 8 – 12
Cost: $50 Non-Members, $40 Members

Part II of the museum’s summer camp that will introduce children to Indiana’s Native cultures through storytelling, songs, dance and art-making activities. Pre-register by calling 317.275.1310.

Wednesday, JULY 29
Who’s Afraid of Black Indians? 
A Poetry Reading and Book Signing by Shonda Buchanan
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The Eiteljorg Museum has teamed up with Brick Street Poetry Inc. to bring poet Shonda Buchanan to the museum for a reading and signing of her book, Who's Afraid of Black Indians? Buchanan is a Hampton University professor who comes from an African American/Native American family whose journey moves through Indiana.

Saturday, AUG 1
10a.m. – 5 p.m.

Campfire smoke. Horses. Leather. Music. Cowboys. The sights and sounds of the West will surround visitors at this family festival, featuring a stick horse rodeo, western swing and folk musical performances, western characters like Hopalong Cassidy, chuckwagon food, panning for gold, wanted posters, horses, mustaches and more!


Gold! exhibit closes


Enjoy Willoughby Sprig Performances July through August
NOON – 4 P.M.
JUN 13, JUL 4, 11, 25, AUG 1, 8
Willoughby Sprig is the collaborative music project of twin brothers Christopher and Nicholas Burrus. The two have molded a musical style grounded in American and Western European folk traditions, and combining elements of Persian and Indian music with influences and technique from the instrumental music of Baroque Europe.

Second Saturday Family Studios
11 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
JUN 13, JUL 11, AUG 8

Drop into the studios on the second Saturday of June where a golden art-making opportunity awaits. Pull a golden print, create a gold wire wrapped pendant, form and bake a clay bead, scratch out a masterpiece. A different gold-related art-making activity will be featured each month through August. No registration required.

Meet Storyteller Belinda Mulrooney 
Saturdays & Sundays through AUG 9
12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Meet Belinda Mulrooney, one of the richest women in the Klondike at the turn of the 20th century, and hear about her adventures during the Yukon Klondike Gold Rush. Local actress, Jamison Fisher, will portray Mulrooney in the Gold! Riches and Ruin gallery throughout the run of the exhibition.

Saturday Storytelling with Teresa Webb
Saturdays 1 – 3 p.m.
Meet Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) and hear about Native American cultures through stories and songs, accompanied by flute, drum and rattle.  

About the Eiteljorg
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Eiteljorg is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN  46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit



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