Schedule

2018 Indianapolis 500 Event Schedule
Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration - Monday, May 29, 2017

Come celebrate with the winner (and commiserate with everyone else) at this lively event. Guests enjoy a sit-down dinner and entertainment in the form of speeches by drivers. What better way to relive the excitement of the 101st running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing?”

Schedule of Events
  • 07:00pm - Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration

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Kickoff To May - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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#500FashionFridays - Friday, May 5, 2017

Wear your finest racing fashion every Friday in May to receive special discounts on lunch city-wide at participating restaurants. If you’re feeling competitive, post a photo of your outfit with #500FashionFridays for a chance to win special prizes. Be sure to keep an eye out for checkered step-and-repeat banners throughout the city and strike a pose in your best Indy 500 wardrobe.

Schedule of Events
  • 11:00am - 02:00pm - #500FashionFriday

Fashion Fridays
Georgia Street Takeover - Friday, May 5, 2017

Enjoy special Month of May festivities to get you geared up for the weekend, and don’t forget to dress in your finest #500FashionFridays outfit for special offers and lunch discounts! Enjoy activities and programming in downtown Indy all month long by checking out Georgia Street on Wednesdays and Fridays in May. 

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  • 11:00am - 02:00pm - Georgia Street Takeover

Georgia Street
500 Festival Mini-Marathon - Saturday, May 6, 2017

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is one of the premier half marathons in the country. This 500 Festival tradition will commence May 6 and will mark the 41st running of the race. Within its 40-year history, many stories have emerged around the excitement. From United States Olympian marathon runners, the arrival of international runners, to the family traditions, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon provides competition and camaraderie.

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  • 07:30am - 12:00pm - 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
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Mini Marathon
Workout Wednesday on Georgia Street - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Work on your fitness each Wednesday in May by joining IMS and other racing personalities for Workout Wednesday on Georgia Street from noon-12:45 p.m., rain or shine. This week join 500 Festival Princess and IndyCar drivers’ wives for a free Hip Hop Cardio class starting at noon on the west block of Georgia Street. Water and 101st Running rally towels provided.

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  • 12:00pm - 12:45pm - Workout Wednesday

Workout Wednesday
IMS Night with the Indianapolis Indians - Friday, May 12, 2017

Celebrate "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" with IMS Night at Victory Field. Visit with IndyCar drivers and snap pictures with a race car. The first 1,000 fans will receive an Indianapolis Indians / INDY500 hat.

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  • 07:05pm - IMS Night with the Indianapolis Indians
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IMS Night with the Indians
#500FashionFridays - Friday, May 12, 2017

Wear your finest racing fashion every Friday in May to receive special discounts on lunch city-wide at participating restaurants. If you’re feeling competitive, post a photo of your outfit with #500FashionFridays for a chance to win special prizes. Be sure to keep an eye out for checkered step-and-repeat banners throughout the city and strike a pose in your best Indy 500 wardrobe.

Schedule of Events
  • 11:00am - 02:00pm - #500FashionFriday

Fashion Fridays
Georgia Street Takeover - 500 Food and Fashion Fridays - Friday, May 12, 2017

Enjoy special Month of May festivities to get you geared up for the weekend, and don’t forget to dress in your finest #500FashionFridays outfit for special offers and lunch discounts! Enjoy food trucks, 101st Running giveaways and #500FashionFridays selfie station on the west block of Georgia Street each Friday in May.

Schedule of Events
  • 11:00am - 02:00pm - Georgia Street Takeover

Georgia Street
Racing Through Decades - Friday, May 12, 2017

A decade-inspired tour throughout Main Street Speedway. At the conclusion of INDYCAR Grand Prix qualifications, stop by Main Street to celebrate your favorite decade of the Indianapolis 500, hosted at Speedway’s best restaurants and bars. The event will feature vintage race cars, live music, specialty cocktails, delicious food, and kid-friendly activities. Event is free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events
  • 06:00pm - 09:00pm - Racing Through Decades

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Main Street Activiations
Workout Wednesday on Georgia Street - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Work on your fitness each Wednesday in May by joining IMS and other racing personalities for Workout Wednesday on Georgia Street from noon-12:45 p.m., rain or shine. This week join 500 Festival Princess and IndyCar drivers’ wives for a free Hip Hop Cardio class starting at noon on the west block of Georgia Street. Water and 101st Running rally towels provided.

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  • 12:00pm - 12:45pm - Workout Wednesday

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Workout Wednesday
#500FashionFridays - Friday, May 19, 2017

Wear your finest racing fashion every Friday in May to receive special discounts on lunch city-wide at participating restaurants. If you’re feeling competitive, post a photo of your outfit with #500FashionFridays for a chance to win special prizes. Be sure to keep an eye out for checkered step-and-repeat banners throughout the city and strike a pose in your best Indy 500 wardrobe.

Schedule of Events
  • 11:00am - 02:00pm - #500FashionFriday

Fashion Fridays
Georgia Street Takeover - 500 Food and Fashion Fridays - Friday, May 19, 2017

Enjoy special Month of May festivities to get you geared up for the weekend, and don’t forget to dress in your finest #500FashionFridays outfit for special offers and lunch discounts! Enjoy food trucks, 101st Running giveaways and #500FashionFridays selfie station on the west block of Georgia Street each Friday in May.

Schedule of Events
  • 11:00am - 02:00pm - Georgia Street Takeover

Georgia Street
Breakfast at the Brickyard - Saturday, May 20, 2017

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For those who attend Breakfast at the Brickyard, it’s also the most fun. In addition to enjoying a hearty Hoosier breakfast, attendees can take a lap around the speedway in their own vehicle (weather permitting), tour the garages and witness the crowning of the 2017 500 Festival Queen. 

Schedule of Events
  • 08:30am - Breakfast at the Brickyard

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Breakfast at the Brickyard
Lemonade Day at IMS - Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lemonade Day is a strategic 14-step process that walks youth from a dream to a business plan, while teaching them the same principles required to start any big company. Inspiring kids to work hard and make a profit, they are also taught to spend some, save some and share some by giving back to their community. 10 kids will be able to set up their lemonade stand at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Saturday of Indianapolis 500 Qualifying.

Schedule of Events
  • 07:00am - 06:00pm - Lemonade Day at IMS

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Lemonade Day
IMS Night with Indy Eleven - Saturday, May 20, 2017

After Indianapolis 500 Qualifying on Saturday, May 20 join us at Michael A. Carroll Stadium as the Indy Eleven take on Miami FC on IMS Night. 

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Indy Eleven
Community Day - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Indianapolis 500 drivers will visit with schools around the Indianapolis community to help spread awareness about the importance of the race and have some fun with the children.

Schedule of Events
  • 12:00pm - Community Day

Community Day
Workout Wednesday on Georgia Street - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Work on your fitness each Wednesday in May by joining IMS and other racing personalities for Workout Wednesday on Georgia Street from noon-12:45 p.m., rain or shine. This week join 500 Festival Princess and IndyCar drivers’ wives for a free Hip Hop Cardio class starting at noon on the west block of Georgia Street. Water and 101st Running rally towels provided.

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  • 12:00pm - 12:45pm - Workout Wednesday

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Workout Wednesday
Conquer Paralysis Now Racing to Recovery Gala - Thursday, May 25, 2017

Conquer Paralysis Now (formerly the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation) has one simple goal: to cure paralysis. To aid in this effort, the charity will host the 18th annual Racing to Recovery fundraising gala. In addition to enjoying dinner and dancing, gussied-up gala guests can take a turn through the IMS Museum’s unparalleled collection of historic race cars and bid on racing-related items. 

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  • 06:00pm - 10:00pm - Conquer Paralysis Now Racing to Recovery Gala

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Community Event
45th annual Last Row Party - Thursday, May 25, 2017

This event is not so much a “party” as it is a “toast and roast” of the three drivers slated to start from the stern of this year’s Indy 500 field. Ticketholders will enjoy free food, a cash bar and the comforting knowledge that, unlike the guests of honor, they won’t be publicly humiliated (all in good fun, of course). This event benefits the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation, which provides journalism scholarships, awards and fellowships for Indiana college students.

Schedule of Events
  • 07:00pm - 10:00pm - 45th annual Last Row Party

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Community Event
#500FashionFriday - Friday, May 26, 2017

Wear your finest racing fashion every Friday in May to receive special discounts on lunch city-wide at participating restaurants. If you’re feeling competitive, post a photo of your outfit with #500FashionFridays for a chance to win special prizes. Be sure to keep an eye out for checkered step-and-repeat banners throughout the city and strike a pose in your best Indy 500 wardrobe.

Schedule of Events
  • 11:00am - 02:00pm - #500FashionFriday

Fashion Fridays
Racing for Cancer Karting Rally - Friday, May 26, 2017

The Carb Day Karting for Cancer rally presents fans with a unique opportunity to help put the brakes on cancer — ironically, by hitting the accelerator (of a go-kart, that is). The event, which benefits Racing for Cancer, founded by driver Ryan Hunter-Reay following the death of his mother from the disease, includes brunch and unlimited karting at Sarah Fisher’s indoor track, located a stone’s throw from IMS. 

Schedule of Events
  • 10:00am - 01:30pm - Racing for Cancer Karting Rally

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Community Event
Georgia Street Takeover - 500 Food and Fashion Fridays - Friday, May 26, 2017

Enjoy special Month of May festivities to get you geared up for the weekend, and don’t forget to dress in your finest #500FashionFridays outfit for special offers and lunch discounts! Enjoy food trucks, 101st Running giveaways and #500FashionFridays selfie station on the west block of Georgia Street each Friday in May.

Schedule of Events
  • 11:00am - 02:00pm - Georgia Street Takeover

Georgia Street
Steak 'n Shake Carb Night Burger Bash - Friday, May 26, 2017

For thousands of race fans, this free family-oriented event, hosted by Curt Cavin, the INDYCAR vice president of communications, and Kevin Lee, the NBCSN reporter, is the kickoff to race weekend. In addition to rubbing elbows with Verizon IndyCar Series drivers, attendees can purchase burgers, fries and shakes from Steak ’n’ Shake, take in musical entertainment provided by DJ Indiana Jones and “American Idol” winner Trent Harmon; and bid on items in a silent auction to support Basic Needs, Simple Solutions, which helps impoverished communities meet their basic needs. 

Schedule of Events
  • 05:00pm - 11:00pm - Steak 'n Shake Carb Night Burger Bash

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Carb Night Burger Bash
IPL 500 Festival Parade - Saturday, May 27, 2017

On par with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, the IPL 500 Festival Parade draws some 300,000 race fans from around the country to celebrate the Indianapolis 500. Spectators will enjoy watching dozens of marching bands, floats, celebrities and VIPs scroll by — including, of course, all 33 drivers slated for this year’s Indianapolis 500. Pro tip: Bring sunscreen and water. 

Schedule of Events
  • 12:00pm - 02:30pm - IPL 500 Festival Parade

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500 Festival Parade
Key Bank 500 Festival Snake Pit Ball - Saturday, May 27, 2017

This exclusive party draws swarms of celebrities and VIPs. (Spotted last year: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Indiana Pacers standout Miles Turner, “Hercules” star Kevin Sorbo, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and author John Green.) Attendees will enjoy an inspired selection of tasty morsels, signature cocktails and live music by the platinum-selling X Ambassadors of “Jungle,” “Unsteady” and “Renegades” fame. 

Schedule of Events
  • 06:00pm - Key Bank 500 Festival Snake Pit Ball

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Community Event
Bike to the 500 - Sunday, May 28, 2017

Don't sit in traffic when you can pedal past the crowds on a police escorted route to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Join us at the Indianapolis City Market on Sunday, May 28 and Bike to the 500!

Schedule of Events
  • 07:00am - Bike to the 500

Bike to the 500
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