Two weekends of festivals cater to the geek in us. The first, a volunteer-run event, focuses on science fiction and fantasy, with panel discussions, gaming, a costume contest, and a charity auction that I’ll be presiding over. See you there? Indy PopCon, a more celebrity focused event, returns the following weekend with “Revenge of the Nerds” actors Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, “Flash Gordon” star Sam Jones, and loads of YouTubers with strong fan bases. InConjunction June 30-July 2, Indianapolis Marriott East Details Indy PopCon July 7-9 Indiana Convention Center Details
Lady Parts Tour
Lizz Winstead, co-creator and former head writer for “The Daily Show,” brings her tour of music and comedy acts to town. Also on the bill: comics Maysoon Zayid and Joyelle Johnson and sketch group Buzz Off, Lucille. July 6 The Hi-Fi Details
“Star Spangled Symphony”
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s 4th of July celebration begins the weekend before and includes cannons, fireworks, and, of course, Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” (which, inexplicable, has become musically linked to the American Revolution). If you want to jump the gun on the weekend, catch the ISO June 30th at the Lawn at White River State Park. July 1-4 Conner Prairie Amphitheatre Details
Also through July 9
Krysta Rodriguez, star of Broadway’s “The Addams Family,” plays the Cabaret at Indiana Landmarks Center June 30. Gail Payne follows on July 7 with her latest musical showcase, “This is U.S.: We Hold These Tunes to Be Self Evident.”
Dispatch and Guster play the Lawn at White River State Park June 28.
Train pulls into Klipsch Music Center June 29. Lady Antebellum is close behind on July 1.
Footlite Musicals lands the musical version of “Big Fish” July 7.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art screens “Funny Face” with Audrey Hepburn June 30 and “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” on July 1.
Teens in crises is the subject of Rita Kohn’s play “And How Does My Garden Grow?” being offered July 8-15 at Indy Fringe.
The July 4 Concerts on the Canal program features the Indianapolis Municipal Band. Deb Mullins takes over July 6 with blues and jazz.
The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra performs a free concert in Holliday Park July 6.
The latest iterations of The Temptations and The Four Tops play Hoosier Park July 1.
Old 97’s return to the Vogue July 6.
Shakespearean bad boy “Richard III” has his tale told by First Folio Productions and Catalyst Repertory June 30-July 9 at Indy Fringe.
Ben Fraley and Daryl Hollonquest Jr. lead “That ‘70s Game Show” Fridays in July at CSz Indianapolis.
“Parade2017” is NoExit’s unique outdoor performance inspired by dance history and the pageantry of American parades. What does that add up to? Find out July 8 at Garfield Park.