The Nickel Plate Express returns to the rails, parades will march and fireworks will be shown on July 4. And there are plenty of activities up through the holidays, including this weekend, to keep us all very busy if we want to be.
More and more activities are getting on the calendar as we move through the various re-opening stages due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) pandemic.
Here are 40 things to do this week, this weekend and the coming week through the early days of July.
1. Join a unique Frisbee-throwing challenge from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Freedom Trail Park in Westfield.
2. Live music returns tonight, 6 to 9 p.m. with Ethan Olvey on the patio at the Ale Emporium in Fishers.
3. Westfield Welcome is playing host to a monthly Friday picnic, where folks can meet new people, hang out with friends and families, bring your pets and take an outdoor lunch break while enjoying being outdoors. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and food and drinks at Asa Bales Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Friday.
4. Jamie Owens will perform live music at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at Spencer Farm Winery in Noblesville.
5. Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and your picnic dinner and bring the family to the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville for Wafford Theatre Outdoor Movies’ final free pop-up drive-in movie of the season, Doolittle,” at 9 p.m. Friday.
6. Noblesville Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Federal Hill Commons, and Fishers Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Nickel Plate District Amphitheater.
7. Westfield Summer City Market is open 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in downtown Westfield, and Saxony Market is open 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Saxony development in Fishers. Carmel Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Center Green next to The Palladium.
8. Joey’s Journey Foundation will benefit from a Car Wash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at First Merchants Bank in Westfield.
9. Grace Care Center’s Community Garage Sale will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Church in Noblesville, featuring four semi-trailers full of clothing, shoes, household items and more, that have been donated to the church’s Care Center Thrift Store with proceeds to go back into the center to feed families in need.
10. Join the Outdoor Taiji with Master Ling from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday under the big trees near the amphitheater at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville.
11. Enjoy a dip in the local pool open daily at Forest Park Aquatic Center in Noblesville, noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Day passes are $6 from noon to 5 p.m. and $4 from 5 p.m. until close, with memberships also available.
12. Join in for a social-distancing Backyard Bash from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at The Village Green in Carmel at Clay Terrace.
13. Enjoy Sunday worship at White River Christian Church’s new Hamilton North community center and coffee house, Remnant, at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. in downtown Arcadia.
14. Noblesville First United Methodist Church offers live worship outdoors at 8:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday at Teter Retreat & Farm in Noblesville.
15. Saxony Lake and Beach in Fishers, just south of Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville offers swimming, sunbathing, beach fun and renting kayaks, stand-up boards and paddle boats each weekend. While the beach is free to Fishers residents and ages 2 and younger, non-Fishers residents pay $5.
16. Bowl 32 -- 3-2-Fun! Center is open with bowling, laser tag, arcade games and birthday party space, with Kids Bowl Free program to sign up online in Noblesville.
17. Edge Adventures’ Aerial Adventures zipline is open with reservations required and social distancing enforced at the Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville.
18. Conner Prairie in Fishers has reopened its outdoor experiences in Prairietown, Animal Encounters, Lenape Indian Camp, the William Conner House and other outdoor spaces across the grounds.
19. Join Sunrise Cycling at 8 a.m. each Tuesday for a bike ride through Westfield trails. A Westfield Welcome staff member leads the ride with five- or 10-mile options. Reply “going” on the Facebook event page; meet-up location will be provided.
20. A used bicycle sale and donation day will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, sponsored by Recycled Cycles at the group’s repair shop on Main Street in Westfield. The group repairs child and adult bikes throughout the year under the sponsorship of Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County. Donations of any used bikes are accepted. Parts of unrepairable bikes are salvaged to make other whole bikes.
21. Central Indiana Amateur Radio Association will share what amateur radio is all about while operating in “emergency” conditions to test their equipment and skills from noon Saturday to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.
Come on and see what Amateur Radio is all about!
22. Kids can join a Pom Pom Unicorns Carnival one-day three-hour dance camp for ages 3-7 with no experience required, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at The Pink Slipper Dance Studio in the strip mall on Conner Street in Noblesville.
23. Stella Luna and the Satellites band returns for its first public appearance since mid-March with a concert 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Groce Family Benefit at Grand Junction Brewing Co.in Westfield. Grand Junction is donating $1 from every beer sold at the concert to the fund for Rick Groce, who is recovering from COVID-19, with a GoFundMe for Rick to help him catch up after 43 days in the hospital.
24. Join a Doormat Workshop at Blackhawk Winery from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sheridan winery, and fee includes glass of wine, materials and instruction.
25. Boys and girls in grades 5-12 can participate in a Breakthrough Basketball Shooting Camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30-July 2 at The Recreation Annex at Ivy Tech in Noblesville, with signup online.
26 Feel more comfortable staying home? Enjoy Camp in a Canvas, canvas bags with two projects that you can make at home, with a full online class to help from Kiln Creations, at 10 a.m. weekdays until July 3.
27. Noblesville Parks is offering Noble Kids Summer Camps, for ages 6-11, and preschool camp and sports camps for ages 3-5, and more, with extra precautions, weekly.
28. Grab a lawn chair and a picnic meal and enjoy Noblesville Main Street’s Music and All That Jazz concert from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 3 on the Courthouse Square.
29. Whobilados will perform live at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 3 at The Tap at Grand Junction Brewery in Westfield.
30. Claire Arrivo will perform at 8 a.m. July 4 at the Noblesville Farmers Market.
32. Upcoming, the Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks Festival will be at 4:30 p.m. July 4 with a parade through downtown Noblesville, and festival from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with fireworks at 10 p.m., at Forest Park. Volunteers are still needed.
33. Lights Over Morse Lake Festival will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4, with parade at 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 5 in Cicero.
35. The Nickel Plate Express returns to the Noblesville 4th of July Festival for a second year, offering rides at both Forest Park and Bolden’s Dry Cleaners on the Square. Tickets are $10 (free for ages 2 and younger) and may be purchased in advance at NickelPlateExpress.com. Rides depart from Bolden’s at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Excursions depart Forest Park at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Those interested in a longer ride can climb aboard the Independence Express Sunday, July 5, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for an hour-long ride and slice of apple pie.
36. Wolfie’s Fourth of July Bash will feature Full Flannel Jacket from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 4 at Wolfie’s Waterfront Grill in Noblesville.
37. Runners join in for Carmel Four on the Fourth from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. July 5 at 12900 Hazel Dell Parkway, Carmel.
38. Books & Brews and Central Indiana Mustang Club will play host to a Cruise-in 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 10 at Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville.
39. Harley Davidson of Indianapolis in Fishers will play host to a Harley-Davidson of Indy Cornhole Tournament 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 11 at the Fishers store.
40. String-Time on the Square, sponsored by Legacy Keepers Music, kicks off its third annual music series, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 11 on the Courthouse Square featuring Prairietown bluegrass and country music.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.