Lucas Oil Raceway -- located in Brownsburg, on the eastern edge of Hendricks County, Indiana -- is known for the thunderous cacophony of huge racing engines being pushed to their limits on the oval track and drag strip. On one night in July, however, it will be the home to beautiful live music during the Indiana Black Expo's 50th Summer Celebration Free Concert!

As with everything else, COVID-19 threw a curveball at the Indiana Black Expo in 2020, forcing the cancellation of their annual Summer Celebration. The event is back in 2021 for the 50th time. Normally held entirely in Indianapolis, the Indiana Black Expo is making some alterations to their normal plans for the 2021 Summer Celebration with COVID-19 in mind, including holding their Free Concert outdoors.

The Summer Celebration brings about 300,000 people to Central Indiana, and with the headliners they have lined up for the Free Concert, the Indiana Black Expo needed a large outdoor location with plenty of seating. We are excited they chose Lucas Oil Raceway and Hendricks County!

For those who are unfamiliar with our county, allow me to point out some things that we have to offer here to make your visit even more enjoyable.

Summer Celebration Free ConcertKeith Sweat headlines the 2021 Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration Free Concert at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Black Expo, Inc. Facebook page)

Let's start with the concert itself. It will be held Friday, July 16 beginning at 6 p.m. Gates to Lucas Oil Raceway open at 2 p.m. and, as the title of the event suggests, it is free to attend.

There are some big names who will perform: Keith Sweat, Stephanie Mills, Johnny Gil, El DeBarge, Dru Hill, Raheem DeVaughn and Kid Capri are all scheduled to fill the air with outstanding music until about 11:30 p.m.

Would you like an up-close experience with the artists with special VIP seating during the concert? You can do that for just $50 a person by clicking here to purchase tickets. Otherwise, it's first-come, first-seated in the stands. There is also green space if you'd like to bring a blanket and sit in the grass.

For those who aren't yet comfortable at large gatherings, you can also stay in your vehicle in the parking lot and listen to the concert on 87.9 FM.

Lucas Oil Raceway is just a stone's throw from the Hendricks-Marion County line and is located at 10267 E. U.S. 136 on the eastern edge of Brownsburg. It's roughly 25-30 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, using 16th Street and Crawfordsville Road.

Hendricks County Hotels

We have several hotel options here in Hendricks County, predominantly located in Brownsburg and Plainfield. Plainfield borders Indianapolis on the city's southwest side, easily accessible by Washington Street or I-70. If you're flying into Indianapolis, Plainfield is a great place to stay because it's right next to the Indianapolis International Airport, so your hotel will be just a few minutes away.

Take a look at the lodging options available in Hendricks County by clicking here.

Hendricks County RestaurantsBest Friends Coffee & Bagels is a popular Black-Owned business in Brownsburg.

Dining options abound in Hendricks County. Not only do we have just about every restaurant chain known to mankind in Brownsburg, Avon and Plainfield, we also have a bunch of restaurants that are unique to our area.

Not far at all from Lucas Oil Raceway is Pit Stop BBQ & Grill, which serves great food including, of course, barbecue. Dawson's Too -- Sticks & Stones in Brownsburg also has delicious food and a little bit fancier ambience. They serve a wide variety of American cuisine. Visitors might also be interested in Best Friends Coffee & Bagels in Brownsburg for breakfast or lunch.

For an easily searchable list of Hendricks County restaurants by location or by what kind of food you like, click here.

Things to Do in Hendricks CountyPress Play Gaming Lounge in Brownsburg is a blast (and a Black-Owned business)! Check it out while you're in town.

There is a proverbial boatload of things to do in Hendricks County as well. We have indoor activities, outdoor recreation, shopping, things to do with the entire family, things to do with dogs if you're bringing Fido and Spot with you and much more.

To learn more about what there is to do in Hendricks County, click here.

The Indiana Black Expo has a lot of activities lined up for the Summer Celebration, but if you find yourself with some free time and looking for something to do, we maintain a great Events Calendar that is full of annual, seasonal and special events.

Since we're discussing the Indiana Black Expo, visitors might be interested in visiting some of the black-owned businesses in Hendricks County.

(Insider tip: Get to Brownsburg a little early for the Summer Celebration Free Concert and make a point of visiting the black-owned Press Play Gaming Lounge while you're in town.)

(Completely self-serving insider tip: I work for the black-owned Indiana Lyons basketball team, so if you enjoy your visit this summer for the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration, come out and see us play ball in Danville this fall and winter! We're really good, tickets and concessions are cheap, and it's a lot of fun for the whole family!)

Need Some Help?

Need some more information about the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration Free Concert? Here are two great resources:

Need some help with planning your trip, hotels, restaurants, or things to do in Hendricks County? Feel free to view or request a Visitor Guide, register for free to get our Weekly Insider or Monthly Planner emailed to you or contact us toll-free at (800) 321-9666 or by email.

We'll see you this summer in Hendricks County!