Month of May Community Initiatives

Community Engagement

In the buildup to the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and numerous partner organizations will join forces to celebrate the collective impact and influence of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. This community-focused initiative will generate several worthwhile programs and events that connect a wider audience to the Month of May and provide opportunities for individuals and groups to showcase their creativity, energy, fandom and civic pride.

Organizations revving this effort into high gear include the 500 Festival, Arts Council of Indianapolis, City of Indianapolis, Downtown Indy, Hamilton County Tourism, Harrison Center for the Arts, IMS Museum, Indiana Humanities, Indianapolis Airport Authority, IndyHub, IndyCog, Speedway Chamber of Commerce, Visit Indy, the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, Indy Eleven and more to be announced.

Learn more about specific programs already underway below.

Porch Parties
500 Fashion Fridays
Bike to the 500
Welcome Race Fans
Main Street
Downtown Decor
Welcome Program
Midwest Engagement
Milk Bottles
Handlebar Hot Laps
Indy 500 Porch Parties

In partnership with the Harrison Center for the Arts, Central Indiana residents are once again encouraged to celebrate the Month of May by registering for official porch parties. Everyone loves a good party and Indy 500 Porch Parties are no exception. There’s no better way to welcome the arrival of spring and the most magical month of the year in Central Indiana than by holding your own racing-themed porch party. Share your Porch Party photos on social media with the hashtag #PorchPartyIndy to show off how you May. Registration opens April 1.

 
Porch Parties
#500FashionFridays

500 Fashion Fridays unite race fans, fashionistas and everyone who wants to show some Month of May style in a partnership that continues with Downtown Indy Inc. Workers in downtown Indianapolis and across the city are encouraged to incorporate racing and the Indianapolis 500 into their outfits during the first four Fridays of the Month of May. Be sure to keep an eye out for checkered banners throughout the city and strike a pose in your best Indy 500 or racing-themed wardrobe!

500 Fashion Fridays
Bike to the 500

Join the fourth annual group bike ride to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Race Morning of the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, organized by our partners at Bike Indianapolis. This year’s ride will take place on Race Day, Sunday, May 26. Riders will gather at City Market in Downtown Indianapolis before heading out together on a safe, monitored bike route to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Let’s keep the wheels turning to the track for year four! Registration opens March 1.

 
Bike to the 500
Welcome Race Fans

In the Welcome Race Fans program, each of the five area artists commissioned by the Arts Council of Indianapolis will create a piece on various mediums that incorporate the term "Welcome Race Fans." Check back later to see where these pieces are displayed around greater Indianapolis.

Another art tradition, Indy Wings, is set to return this year as part of the Welcome Race Fans program. Be on the lookout to see which local artist will create this year’s “wings” – an ode to the famed IMS “Wing and Wheel” logo – that will be placed on buildings and on business fronts throughout Indianapolis and Central Indiana, providing a perfect photo opportunity for fans, pedestrians and business customers.

 
 
Welcome Race Fans
Main Street Speedway Activations

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway almost never sleeps during May, and neither does nearby Main Street in the Town of Speedway. Exciting events are in the works for 2019 check back for more details later!

 
Main Street Activations
Downtown Décor Invasion

Downtown Décor Invasion is a collaboration with Visit Indy, the Indianapolis Airport Authority and Hamilton Country Tourism to ensure the characteristic hospitality of Indianapolis is obvious for visitors during the Month of May. Be on the lookout for more Downtown Décor as we race closer to May. Check back later for more information on where to find your favorite driver’s street sign in downtown Indy in the month of May!

Traveling in or out of the city? Make sure you snag a photo with the Indy car in Civic Plaza at the Indianapolis Airport. When staying in the Indy area, ask your concierge or check out one of our information tables with schedules, maps, great local restaurants and more!

Downtown Decor
Welcome Program

In another collaboration with our friends at Visit Indy, the Indianapolis Airport Authority and Hamilton County Tourism, we are working to ensure hospitality is turbocharged for visitors during the Month of May! Visit one of the more than 30 hotels throughout downtown and Hamilton County and ask the front desk for anything you need to know about May. They’ll be ready to help!

Welcome Program
Midwest Engagement

IMS Historian Donald Davidson is continuing his speaking tour throughout the region promoting the Indianapolis 500 and its century-long ties to communities throughout the state and beyond. This is the fourth consecutive year the popular and beloved Davidson has shared his incredible knowledge with fans through these chats and question-and-answer sessions.

 
Midwest Engagement
Milk Bottles

Milk bottles are presented to a wide swath of groups and organizations in the greater Indianapolis area that work tirelessly and often behind the scenes to help ensure the “500” remains a thrilling, unforgettable event for hundreds of thousands of fans at IMS.

Commemorative Indianapolis 500 milk bottles are delivered every year to various celebrities, VIPs and civic officials across the globe.

 
HandleBar Hot Lap

Does your team have what it takes to take on other Downtown Indy businesses in a 48-team, single elimination HandleBar race? Grab your colleagues and get them revved up for the HandleBar Hot Lap!

Races will start at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17th on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis.