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Indy 500 Porch Parties


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 presented by Gainbridge. In collaboration with the Harrison Center, race fans are encouraged to show what “This is May” means by hosting a fun racing-themed Porch Party that helps neighbors connect, build local communities and celebrate the spirit of the Indianapolis 500.  Show off your Hoosier pride and encourage your local neighborhood to embrace the energy of the Month of May! 


Enter The Race

1. Decorate your home.
2. Register your decorated home with IMS by Sunday, May 21.
3. Time to Celebrate The top three homes with the best decorated porch will receive grand prizes courtesy of our partners. Home submissions will be judged following the Indy 500 Qualifying Weekend, and winners will be notified by Monday, May 22. 

Porch Party Kits Include - Only 500 kits available!
Porch Party Kits will be made available to the first 500 fans to pick up at the following locations. These are first come, first served:  Saturday, April 29 @ Indiana Historical Society (10-5PM) and Friday, May 5 @ Harrison Center (6-9 PM) 

  • Advance Auto Parts Checkered Flag
  • $50 gift card to Good Ranchers for each kit
  • Pack of Branded Good Ranchers Koozies for each kit
  • Miller Lite product
  • Porch Party Yard Sign
  • Checkered décor
  • Wing & Wheel Flag
  • Indy 500 Pitcher
  • Indy 500 Garden Flag
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Koozie and infographic
  • (1) Red Bull Can

Porch Party Grand Prize Winner

  • Porching Party in your porch on Wednesday, May 24 courtesy of IMS
  • Free Meat for a Year from Good Ranchers
  • Advance Auto Parts Gift Basket
  • Dew Tote Bag
  • Special guest visit from IMS president J. Douglas Boles and friends

2nd and 3rd Prize Winners

  • Dew Tote Bag
  • Special guest visit from IMS president J. Douglas Boles

Thank you for all of your submissions for the 2023 Porch Parties. Registration has closed and we look forward to celebrating the winners of this contest on Wednesday, May 24th.


Bookmark this map! It will serve as your official digital guide so you can easily find locations celebrating the Indy 500 and drive through local neighborhoods to share in our community’s celebration of the Month of May. New, incredibly designed homes and yards will be added throughout the month.


Need help decorating your Porch Party? Get started today by visiting the Official IMS Shop at  for flags, signage, driver gear, lawn décor and much more that you can use for your unique design!  IMS will be giving away 500 Porching Kits on a first come first serve basis on Saturday, April 29 at the Indiana Historical Society and Friday May 5 at the Harrison Center. The kit will include limited edition décor and other items to décor your front porch!


How will you Porch Party? Maybe you’ll reimagine the iconic Yard of Bricks, or you will build the famed IMS Pagoda into your yard or home. Whatever it is, make sure your design revs up excitement for the greatest month of the year! Check out this video from the Harrison Center to get your wheels turning on what a winning design looks like.

2022 Photos

Porch Party Guide

In collaboration with the Harrison Center for the Arts, this is a simple and creative way for neighbors to connect, build local communities and celebrate the spirit of the Indianapolis 500. Check out the  official Harrison Center for the Arts Porch Party Guide  that will help you plan the ultimate Porch Party!

Upcoming Community Porch Parties

  • Friday, May 19 at Advance Auto Parts
    • 5636 Crawfordsville Rd, Speedway, IN 46224
    • 4-6 PM
  • Wednesday, May 24 at The Amp at 16 Tech
    • 1220 Waterway Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46202
    • 4-7 PM
  • Thursday, May 18: Presidential Porch Party at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
    • 1230 North Delaware Street  Indianapolis, IN 46202
    • 5-7 PM


What is a Porch Party?

In essence, it’s what “This is May” is all about! In 2014, the Harrison Center began encouraging people to gather on their porches with friends and neighbors, to share food and drink, and to help cultivate a sense of community in our urban neighborhoods. Since that time, the popularity of "porching" has soared. In 2016, through a partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Porch Party movement grew to include the entire state of Indiana, and hundreds have joined in the fun.

How does it work?

1. Pick a day to host your porch party.

2. Invite friends, family & neighbors.

3. Decorate to show off your Indy 500 pride.

4. Prepare food & drinks.

5. Listen - Get excited for this year’s race by jamming out to the artists who will be performing at IMS on Race Weekend

  • Miller Lite Carb Day Concert: Bryan Adams and Soul Asylum
  • Firestone Legends Day Concert: Brad Paisley, Russell Dickerson and Jackson Dean
  • Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light: Kaskade, Subtronics, John Summit, DJ Diesel (AKA Shaquille O’Neal), and Jauz.

How do I get my house on the map?

Be sure to register by filling out the form featured in the Porch Party map, which will launch in May. Note: the map will be updated weekly to include all homes celebrating the Indy 500.

Are there guidelines for participating in a Porch Party?

Just make sure your home is racing themed and exemplifies the spirit of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES!

Who can I contact regarding a Porch Party?

If you want to get involved with a Porch Party or have any questions, please contact IMS at