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Your unofficial Indy end-of-summer bucket list

Don’t let cooling temps freeze the fun. There are plenty of ways to make the most of your last few sunny weeks before fall.

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Square Scoop is named after its location, not the shape of its scoops — and its flavors are anything but square.

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We’re officially just about a month away from the start of fall — water you doing to savor the last days of summer?

With Indy’s outdoor venues, water spots, ice cream shops + warm weather activities, anything is popsicle, err — possible. Put on some sunglasses and start crossing things off on our top 10 end-of-summer activities list.

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City editor Shea made a weekend camping trip up to Chain O’ Lakes to complete the nine lake paddle challenge.

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  1. Stop by one of Indy’s many ice cream shops for a scoop (or three).
  2. Have a picnic with these pro tips.
  3. Sun’s out, buns out. Enjoy the unofficial dish of summer — hot dogs.
  4. Grab a cozy blanket and head to the countryside to see some stars.
  5. Soak up the rest of patio season before the space heaters come out.
  6. Put some time on the calendar for a date night with your new fling, your longtime love, or yourself (you deserve it).
  7. Catch one of the 70 different IndyFringe shows before Sunday, Sept. 3.
  8. Watch a movie from the comfort of your car at Tibbs Drive-In Theatre or surrounded by chef’s kiss-worthy food at “Movies at Midtown.”
  9. Work outside and enjoy the fresh air before it gets too chilly.
  10. Kayak, canoe, or paddle board around the Circle City.
People sitting on blankets and lawn chairs watching a concert

Symphony on the Prairie offers free parking, and you can bring in your own food and beverages or purchase from their concessions stands and bars.

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Bonus points if you take advantage of these seasonal adventures:

  1. Bring your lawn chairs and a bottle of wine to Symphony on the Prairie.
  2. Practice some zen with outdoor yoga at Holliday Park.
  3. Bring the whole family to the Feast of Lanterns on Saturday, Aug. 26.
  4. Chase away the end of summer blues with, well, the Fishers Blues Fest, grooving your way Friday, Sept. 1 and Saturday, Sept. 2.
  5. Hit the 56th annual Penrod Arts Fair on Saturday, Sept. 9.

What’s the must-do thing on your end of summer bucket list? Let us know so we don’t end up with FOMO (aka fear of missing out).

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