Summer 2017

What’s happening at White River State Park during the Summer of 2017? So much!

Every attraction at the Park will be hosting exciting events, games, concerts, exhibits and movies that will thrill and entertain visitors of every age – Just see for yourself!



Zoolapalooza concerts are getting bigger and better this summer!  Eat, drink, dance and be merry for an additional night under the all-new Bicentennial Pavilion. This incredibly fun night out is a great way to kick off summer weekends on Friday evenings.

Zoolapalooza days are the perfect time to enjoy the Zoo. Concerts are included with Zoo admission, so you can play all day and dance all night! The after-hours ambience feels like a Zoo trip like no other. Plus add to your night out:

Music: Performed live from 5:30-8:30pm
Food: Great specialty food stations feature a new menu for purchase each night
Beverages: A full bar, featuring beer sampling for those 21 years and older
Activities: Kids will enjoy playing with instruments, animal artifacts and a friendly game of tic-tac-toe
Animals: On exhibit until 7pm
Rides: Available until 7pm.  Zoo Members: Ride tickets are only $1 per ride from 5-7pm​.



Dunkirk: The IMAX Experience
Opening July 21
Continuing the legacy begun by his use of the 15 perf 65mm IMAX® cameras in The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar, Christopher Nolan is once again capturing material and key sequences of Dunkirk using IMAX® cameras. These specific sequences, which will expand to fill more of the screen exclusively in IMAX, will deliver unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for moviegoers.



Science at Play
Opens July 22
Chemistry sets and science toys have fascinated children for decades. They reassured parents that their children would be more prepared for prestigious careers, and convinced kids that experiments were daring and exciting. Science at Play, the first major museum exhibition to explore the many facets of these miniature laboratories for children, draws from the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s collection of more than 250 science kits and toys.
This exhibition is part of the Year of Science, presented by Lilly. 



25th Annual Indian Market & Festival
June 24 and 25
Native American artists from 60 cultures travel from all over the U.S. and Canada to Indianapolis for the opportunity to show their beautiful jewelry, pottery, sculpture and art, as well as cultivate new collectors. With entertainment by renowned Native performers including musician Arvel Bird and world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan, the Eiteljorg Indian Market offers cultural demonstrations, art-making opportunities, shopping and unforgettable Indian tacos and buffalo burgers.



The Inhumans An IMAX 3D Experience
Opening September 1
After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself. The first two episodes of Marvel’s Inhumans will premiere exclusively in IMAX cinemas around the world for two weeks starting Sept 1st. The full 8-episode series will then debut on ABC Network in the US, and television networks and platforms globally later in the fall.



Stone Country: Then and Now  
Opens June 24
The Empire State Building. Yankee Stadium. The Pentagon. Not buildings you’d typically associate with Indiana. But all three, and thousands more, come from the bedrock of the Hoosier state – limestone. In 1985, photographer Jeffrey Wolin and writer Scott Russell Sanders published Stone Country. 

The exhibition opens June 24 and runs through September 10.

Photos courtesy: Jeffrey A. Wolin 



Spider-Man: Homecoming An IMAX 3D Experience
Opening July 7
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming.  Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.



Dogs: Faithful & True
Now through Aug 6
Dogs: Faithful and True explores the enduring presence and contributions of dogs as companions, workers and heroes in Native American and Western cultures. In addition to art, photographs, artifacts and interactive experiences, there will be dog-related programming at various points during the exhibit. You’ll be able to adopt a dog from the Indy Humane’s Pet Adoption Wagon, participate in fun art workshops, hear a talk from the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine on the history of dogs in art and dog breeds, learn about related community groups and much, much more. Dogs: Faithful and True promises to be a heart-warming and insightful look at our canine friends.