Month of May Community Calendar

Community Engagement

Upcoming Indianapolis Motor Speedway Community Events:


Purdue Grand Prix Sponsorship Showcase

April 22

Stop by the IMS booth during the Purdue Grand Prix Sponsorship Showcase at Memorial Mall on Purdue University's campus from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Purdue Grand Prix

April 23

Be a part of “The Greatest Spectacle in College Racing,” inspired by the Indianapolis 500 at Purdue University. Join IMS and the Purdue community at the 65th running of the race  on April 23. For more information visit:


IU Little 500 

April 22- April 23

Experience “The World’s Greatest College Weekend,” inspired by the Indianapolis 500, this Spring at Indiana University. The 34th running of the Women’s race is set to happen on Friday, April 22, and the 71st running of the Men’s race will take place on Saturday, April 23. Join the IMS and Hoosier community in supporting the Little 500 race this season! For more information visit:


Sound the Alarm with Red Cross

April 23

IMS and INDYCAR are excited to partner with the American Red Cross to Sound the Alarm and rally volunteers to install free smoke alarms in the Speedway neighborhoods. We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, April 23, in Speedway as we go door-to-door to help our neighbors and create a safer and more resilient community! Register here to volunteer. For more information visit:


Tin Caps IMS Themed Night

April 28

Step up to the plateand get ready to attend the Fort Wayne Tin Caps v. Dayton Dragons game on Thursday, April 28 as a tribute to the Indianapolis 500! Make sure to check out our IMS booth during the game and some fun ticket giveaways! For ticket information visit:  


Indy Eleven – Biker Night Game

April 30

Head out to the field for the Indy Eleven vs. Hartford Athletic game on Saturday, April 30 as a tribute to the Indianapolis 500! Make sure to check out our IMS booth during the game and some fun ticket giveaways! For ticket information visit:


Big Woods Watch Party 

May 1

Catch the NTT INDYCAR SERIES from Barber Motorsports Park during a watch party at Big Woods in Speedway! From the time the green flag waves at Noon ET to the end of the race, enjoy good food, good drinks and good fun with fellow race fans as we kick off the Month of May the right way.


Indy Chamber – Chamber of the Year Celebration

May 2

Join IMS and the Indy Chamber as we celebrate the Chamber of the Year on Monday, May 2. For registration information visit:


500 Festival Kickoff to May 

May 4

There is no better way to start the Month of May than with the Festival Cars, led by the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car! Join the race fan community at Monument Circle for the countdown to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” at the 500 Festival Kickoff to May presented by STAR Bank. This event is free and open to the public. 


500 Festival Mini Marathon Expo 

May 5- May 6

Continue the excitement of May with the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo, featuring interactive activities and exhibitors for all ages. The expo is free and open to the public, so make sure to stop by and visit our IMS boothFor more details visit:


Saks Fifth Avenue 500 Fashion Fridays

May 6, 13, 20, 27

The best way to show off your racing spirit is by wearing it! Central Indiana residents are encouraged to incorporate racing and the “500” into their attire on the four Fridays of May, called #500Fashion Fridays.


First Porch Party 

May 6

Porch Parties are an incredibly popular part of the Indy 500 celebration and serve as a great example of the community spirit this city has for the Indianapolis 500. In collaboration with the Harrison Center for the Arts, race fans are encouraged to celebrate the Month of May by hosting a fun racing-themed porch party that helps neighbors connect, build local communities and celebrate the spirit of the Indianapolis 500. Celebrate the First Friday in May at the First Porch Party with the Harrison Center here in Speedway.


Indianapolis Indians Indy 500 Night 

May 6

Start your weekend off right and come support the Indianapolis Indians as they play against the Louisville Bats! Enjoy an IMS themed Friday night and a postgame fireworks show. Visit our booth, featuring a show car and driver. For ticket information visit:



May 7

Kick off the greatest month in racing at Rev hosted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Funds raised support Indiana University Health statewide trauma and critical care programs. For more information visit:


Horsepower Carnival and Parade

May 11

Celebrate the month of May at TherAplay’s sensory-friendly carnival and All-Star Parade on Wednesday, May 11. Be sure to check out our IMS booth during the event! For ticket information visit:

500 Festival Kids’ Day 

May 15

Enjoy Indiana’s largest free outdoor festival for kids, presented by Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase, taking place in Downtown Indy. The Indy 500 celebration includes interactive education displays in a carnival-like atmosphere. Make sure to save some energy to visit the IMS booth, featuring drivers and a show car, at the Kids’ Day for even more fun! For more information visit:


Conexion: 5 for 500

May 17

Calling all Indy Chamber members! Join us at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Conexion event on Tuesday, May 17 for an opportunity to learn from and network with Hispanic and Latino entrepreneurs. For more information visit:


Naturalization Ceremony

May 17

Take part in witnessing a monumental day in history as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts its first ever naturalization ceremony. Join us as we grant citizenship to 33 candidates on the opening day of Indianapolis 500 practice.


HandleBar Hot Laps

May 20

Rev up excitement for the Indy 500 by bringing together local businesses and race fans. HandleBar Hot Laps make colleagues work together and take on other Indianapolis businesses in a tournament-style HandleBar race with the ultimate bragging rights on the line. A link to register will be made available soon!


Red Cross Blood Drive 

May 20

Help save lives and join the IMS community in donating blood to the American Red Cross on Friday, May 20 at the Pavilion! Register to become a blood donor: more information visit,


Spectacle of Homes

May 25

It’s time to show the world what it means to come Back Home Again! Exemplify the spirit of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” by being a part of 500 Spectacle of Homes to help build anticipation and excitement for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. This month-long celebration culminates Wednesday, May 25 as lucky chosen homes will be selected to get a visit from NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers. The selected homes will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to ride on the IMS float in the AES 500 Festival Parade.


500 Festival Parade

May 28

Continue a weekend full of excitement by attending the 500 Festival Parade in Downtown Indy, Saturday, May 28! The 500 Festival will feature all 33 drivers competing in the Indy 500 along with floats, giant balloons, celebrities, and more! For information on tickets visit:


Indy Eleven Game – Racing Night

May 28

Head out to the field for the Indy Eleven vs. New Mexico United game on Saturday, May 28 as a tribute to the Indianapolis 500! Make sure to check out our IMS booth during the game and some fun ticket giveaways! For ticket information visit:


Bike to the 500

May 29

Pedal past the crowds to the Racing Capital of the World! Bike on a police-escorted route and park at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Race Day. New this year, bicycle parking will be available at IMS all month long. Register your bike ride here:


Indy Eleven Game – Racing Night

July 2

Head out to the field for the Indy Eleven vs. The Miami FC game on Saturday, July 2 as a tribute to the NASCAR-INDYCAR Brickyard Weekend! Make sure to check out our IMS booth during the game and some fun ticket giveaways! For ticket information visit:


Indianapolis Indians Brickyard Weekend Night 

July 6

Keep your summer engine revving and come support the Indianapolis Indians as they play against the Iowa Cubs! Enjoy an IMS themed Wednesday evening filled with precious pups at this Bark in the Park night. Visit our booth, which will feature an up-close and personal look at NASCAR and INDYCAR show cars. For ticket information visit:


Summer Concert Series

July 14 & 16

Enjoy a relaxing summer evening with IMS at Clay Terrace from 5:30-9 p.m. each night filled with exciting news and information to get you amped up for the NASCAR-INDYCAR Brickyard Weekend.