Month of May Community Calendar

2018 Indianapolis 500 Event Schedule
500 Forward Kickoff Party - Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Schedule of Events
  • 05:00pm - 08:30pm - 500 Forward Kickoff Party

500 Forward Kickoff
Little 500 (Women's) - Friday, April 20, 2018

Billed as “The World’s Greatest College Weekend,” the Little 500 is the largest collegiate bike race in the United States. Modeled after the Indianapolis 500, riders compete in four-person teams around a quarter-mile cinder track at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The men’s race is 200 laps (50 miles) and the women’s race is 100 laps (25 miles).

Schedule of Events
  • 04:00pm - Little 500 (Women's)

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Little 500
Little 500 (Men's) - Saturday, April 21, 2018

Billed as “The World’s Greatest College Weekend,” the Little 500 is the largest collegiate bike race in the United States. Modeled after the Indianapolis 500, riders compete in four-person teams around a quarter-mile cinder track at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The men’s race is 200 laps (50 miles) and the women’s race is 100 laps (25 miles).

Schedule of Events
  • 02:00pm - Little 500 (Men's)

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Little 500
Purdue Grand Prix - Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Purdue Grand Prix was born after a dream inspired by a few enthusiastic students’ late night bull session became a reality. The students wanted a way for engineering students at Purdue to exercise their skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm. Since its beginning, Grand Prix has matured into a successful and well-run organization that concentrates its fundraising efforts to provide scholarships to students. The Foundation centers on its motto of “students helping students.”

Schedule of Events
  • 12:00am - Purdue Grand Prix

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Grand Prix
Speedway Running Club | Run with a Racer - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Walkers and runners are invited to join Speedway Running Club and past/present Indy car drivers! Meet at Daredevil Brewing Co. in Speedway on Main Street.

Schedule of Events
  • 05:45pm - Speedway Running Club | Run with a Racer

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Run with a Racer
Behind the Wheel - Thursday, April 26, 2018

Join us as we kick off the month of May in the Greatest Town in Racing. A new event, “Behind the Wheel” will give participants the opportunity to experience the ultimate inside look at IndyCar Racing. Visit the back of a race shop, get revealing information on team strategies and an up close and personal view of the new chassis from a Dallara Engineer.

Schedule of Events
  • 04:30pm - 08:30pm - Behind the Wheel

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Behind The Wheel Racing Into May
Kickoff to May - Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Schedule of Events
  • 11:00am - 02:00pm - Kickoff To May

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Speedway Running Club | Run with a Racer - Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Walkers and runners are invited to join Speedway Running Club and past/present Indy car drivers! Meet at Daredevil Brewing Co. in Speedway on Main Street.

Schedule of Events
  • 05:45pm - Speedway Running Club | Run with a Racer

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Run with a Racer
Kickoff Party at the Harrison Center - Friday, May 4, 2018
Schedule of Events
  • 12:00am - Kickoff Porch Party at the Harrison Center

Porch Party
IMS Night with the Indianapolis Indians - Thursday, May 3, 2018

Meet IndyCar's fastest drivers, snap pictures with a real racecar, and catch racing-themed in-game entertainment. Arrive early as the first 1,000 fans will receive Indy 500 sunglasses.

Schedule of Events
  • 07:05pm - IMS Night with the Indianapolis Indians

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IMS Night with the Indians
500 Fashion Friday - Friday, May 4, 2018

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
One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon - Saturday, May 5, 2018
Schedule of Events
  • 07:00am - 500 Festival 5K
  • 07:30am - One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
  • 12:00am - 500 Festival Post-Race Party

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Mini Marathon
500 Fashion Friday - Friday, May 11, 2018

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
JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids' Day - Saturday, May 12, 2018

The JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day is Indiana’s largest free outdoor festival just for kids! On the second Saturday of May, kids take over Monument Circle for a Month of May celebration that’s sized for them. With interactive, educational displays in a carnival-like atmosphere, Kids’ Day gives children the opportunity to stretch their minds and their muscles.

Schedule of Events
  • 12:00pm - 04:00pm - JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids' Day
  • 12:30pm - 03:00pm - JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run

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500 Festival Kids Day
500 Fashion Friday - Friday, May 18, 2018

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
HandleBar Hot Laps - Friday, May 18, 2018

On Friday, May 18, Monument Circle will host a uniquely-Indy race: the third annual HandleBar Hot Lap. In celebration of Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Workforce Week and the 102nd Running of the Indy 500, businesses are invited to form a team and pedal in races around Monument Circle in HandleBars.

Schedule of Events
  • 11:30am - HandleBar Hotlaps

Handlebar HotLaps
First Responders Day - Friday, May 18, 2018
Schedule of Events
  • 10:00am - 06:00pm - First Responders Day

First Responder's Day
Breakfast at the Brickyard - Saturday, May 19, 2018

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 19, 2018

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
Racing Day at the Children's Museum - Saturday, May 19, 2018

Saturdays just got legendary! Join us for fun featuring racing in the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience! We're giving a green light to all of our sponsored experiences:

  • Church Brothers Collision Repair Dragstrip Experience: hit the pedal cars quick to speed past the checkered flag
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pedal Car Racetrack Experience: go 'round the track to take the win
  • Central Indiana Honda Dealers Winner's Circle: snap a photo and share with #atTCM to remember your legendary race

Watch the checkered flag fall, and participate in racing skills, drills, games, giveaways, and more!

Schedule of Events
  • 10:00am - 08:00pm - Racing Day at the Children's Museum

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Indianapolis Children's Museum
Red Cross Blood Drive at IMS - Monday, May 21, 2018
Schedule of Events
  • 12:00am - Red Cross Blood Drive at IMS

Red Cross Blood Drive
Last Row Party - Thursday, May 24, 2018
Schedule of Events
  • 07:00pm - 10:00pm - Last Row Party

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Community Event
500 Fashion Friday - Friday, May 25, 2018

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
500 Festival Memorial Service - Friday, May 25, 2018

The month of May in Indianapolis is a celebration of the world’s largest single-day sporting event – the Indianapolis 500. Beyond that, the 500 Festival also embraces a very important holiday in the midst of its festivities – Memorial Day and a weekend to remember the sacrifices made by Indiana men and women who perished while serving in the armed forces. The 500 Festival Memorial Service will include the joint service color guard presentation of colors and performances by the Capital City Chorus and the Indiana National Guard’s 38th Infantry Division Band among other dedicated ceremonies throughout the event.

Schedule of Events
  • 12:00pm - 500 Festival Memorial Service

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500 Festival Memorial Service
Rockin' on Main - Friday, May 25, 2018
Schedule of Events
  • 05:30pm - 11:00pm - Rockin' on Main

Rockin' On Main
IPL 500 Festival Parade - Saturday, May 26, 2018

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
  • 11:45am - IPL 500 Festival Parade

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500 Festival Parade
Key Bank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball - Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Keybank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball is the hottest ticket in town on race weekend. With an eclectic mix of celebrities, civic and business leaders and VIPs walking the televised red carpet, the Snakepit Ball experience is unmatched. Guests incorporate the event’s theme into their attire selection, but one thing is certain: everyone dresses to impress at this black-tie event.

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

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Community Event
Bike to the 500 - Sunday, May 27, 2018

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 27 and Bike to the 500!

Schedule of Events
  • 12:00am - Bike to the 500

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Bike to the 500
Fun Fact #47
A 1,565-pound IndyCar Series cars generates 5,000 pounds of downforce at 220 mph. That's enough to allow the car to run upside down if that speed is maintained.
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