This post was sponsored by Rock the Ruins, The Vogue and Forty5. Tickets, parking and premium upgrades were provided by the promoter in exchange for content creation, but all thoughts and opinions about the event are my own.
Founded in 2018, Rock the Ruins started as a one-day single concert event, and has grown into one of the best outdoor summer concert series in Indianapolis! Live music events are held at the gorgeous Holliday Park, which makes for an amazing and unique outdoor venue set against the setting sun and the striking backdrop of the historic ruins. Proceeds from the events benefit Holliday Park and its foundation.
So what’s it like to experience Rock the Ruins at Holliday Park?
We had a premium upgrade with our tickets, which gave us access to air conditioned restrooms, a premium tent with seating, exclusive food options, complimentary beer and wine, a separate ticketing entrance than general admission seating and parking.
Even if you go with a general admission ticket, I highly suggest getting a parking add on! Since Rock the Ruins is a smaller venue, parking is limited at the park and this will make it much easier to navigate getting to and from the venue if you don’t want to use a ride share service or park a few blocks away. We found it to be extremely convenient to have parking taken care of in advance.
There are plenty of food options from local food trucks and vendors, so you can have dinner right there before or during the show! We had Wild Boar BBQ and finished off the evening with some BRICS Ice Cream. Other vendors included Lou Malnati’s, Chick-Fil-A, Nicey Treat, and more!
We attended the sold out Fitz & the Tantrums and Andy Grammer event and both performers put on such a high energy show! This was our third time seeing Fitz and the Tantrums and they never disappoint – they’re one of the best touring bands out there right now, so if you ever get a chance to see them live, you should definitely go! This was our first time seeing Andy Grammer and he brought such a positive, uplifting vibe to his live show and really seemed to connect to his fans.
Having been to LOTS of concerts in my lifetime, I can honestly say this was one of the best outdoor venues I have been to. Everything went so smoothly with parking, ticketing check-in and finding a spot to sit. Even the location of the seating was perfect! Some venues will face the west as the sun is setting, but at Holliday Park, the crowd faces east so there’s no glare when watching the performers.
Most shows allow you to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on (check specific details for each show), however, the first two rows are reserved for an ultimate upgrade experience and include seating, so no need to bring your own from home.
Holliday Park is the ideal spot to spend a summer evening and events are all ages, making Rock the Ruins the perfect date night, GNO or family outing. Many shows are selling quickly, but you can find a list of upcoming artists appearing at Rock the Ruins here. We can’t wait to go back next year!