Everything you need to know about the Month of May and the Countdown to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 …

Posted: April 28, 2016 in Uncategorized


The month of May only comes around once a year, and each time we are determined to pack it full of race-inspired traditions unlike anything you will experience outside the city of Indianapolis. From the singing of “Back Home Again in Indiana” and the releasing of the balloons before the start, to the kissing of the bricks and the drinking of the milk by the winner upon finishing the race; the Indianapolis 500 is sure to awaken the race fan in all of us. The Indianapolis 500 is steeped in rich tradition and the 100th running will bring more parties, concerts, traditions, and upgrades than ever before.

500 Festival Kickoff to May

Monument Circle – Wednesday, May 4  at 11 am


Join the 500 Festival on Monument Circle as we kickoff the greatest month of the year – May! Dignitaries from the City of Indianapolis, the 500 Festival Board of Directors, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will welcome attendees to the celebration and officially kick off the month of May! Indy’s favorite food trucks will be on hand, along with plenty of giveaways and prizes.

Front Porch Party

Harrison Center for the Arts – Friday, May 6 at 6 pm


The Residential Engagement Committee is hosting a public porch party at the Harrison Center for the Arts at 16th & Delaware on May 6 from 6-10 pm. Food trucks, live music, vintage race cars and original works of Indianapolis artists on display. Event is free and open to the public.

40th Annual Mini-Marathon

Downtown Indianapolis – Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 am


The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is one of the premier half-marathons in the country. This 500 Festival tradition will commence May 7 and will mark the 40th running of the race. Within its 39-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. The mini-marathon has sold out each of the past ten years, so register to save your spot in the race today. 

Festival on Main Street

Main Street in Speedway – Friday, May 13


In collaboration with the Indy Family Foundation, the Community Celebrations committee is blocking off Main Street Speedway to revive the popular family-friendly “Festival on Main” including live entertainment KidZone activities, food trucks, beer gardens, and more! This year, the “Concert on Main” provides live entertainment featuring national acts.  General admission to the event is free and open to the public.

Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run

Downtown Indianapolis – Saturday, May 14 at 10:30 am


Kids ages 3-10 are invited to join the Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run. This event is a non-competitive fun run complementing the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and is a great way for kids to stay physically fit and get in on the racing action. All participants will receive a goodie bag, a runners bib with the number 1, and a finisher’s medal – just like the Mini-Marathon participants.

Angie’s List Grand Prix

Indianapolis Motor Speedway –  Saturday, May 14 at 3:30 pm


The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis serves as the lead-in to the Indianapolis 500, marking two weeks out from the big race. This will be the third annual Grand Prix race on the reconfigured road track at the Motor Speedway and is the perfect jump-start for racing in the month of May.

Indy Film Fest Roving Cinema featuring Winning

Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 pm


The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis serves as the lead-in to the Indianapolis 500, marking two weeks out from the big race. This will be the third annual Grand Prix race on the reconfigured road track at the Motor Speedway and is the perfect jump-start for racing in the month of May.

Fast Friday

Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Friday, May 20 at 10 am


On this exciting day, drivers and crews hustle to find the perfect racing setup on the last day of practice before qualifications. Fast Friday is so called because drivers are looking for speed that they’ll use in qualifying and on Armed Forces Pole Day Sunday. Teams are allowed to turn up the boost on their engines to create more horsepower, as speeds are expected to be over 230 mph.

Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Reunion

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum – Friday, May 20


The Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Registry and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum are proud to host the 2016 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Reunion. Load in is May 20 but the event runs through May 22. Register your Corvette or stop by and check out the history of the Pace Car.

Rock-IN-Roar 500

Georgia Street – Friday, May 20


Host Committee’s signature event, Rock-IN-Roar 500, is a free music festival and community celebration that officially “drops the green flag” on Race Week in Indianapolis. All are invited to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event as 500 local musicians, led by some local music and racing stars in a musical tribute to the spirit of the 100th Indy 500. Local and national acts will also perform throughout the night, with star radio personality Kristi Lee serving as host and emcee.

Indianapolis 500 Qualifications

Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Saturday, May 21 at 8 am


The field narrows as the top 33 cars are locked into the grid.

Racing Through the Decades

Main Street in Speedway – Saturday, May 21 at 7 pm


The Residential Engagement Committee will host a decade-inspired tour throughout Main Street Speedway, Racing through the Decades. Taking place at the conclusion of the first day of Indy 500 qualifications, the community can take to Main to celebrate your favorite decade of the Indianapolis 500, hosted at Speedway’s best restaurants and bars. The event will feature vintage race cars, veteran drivers, live music, delicious food, and specialty cocktails. Event is free and open to the public.

Armed Forces Pole Day

Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Sunday, May 22 at 8 am


See who will win the 2016 pole position as the field of 33 faces off one final time before the big day. Gates open at 7:00 am and the cost is only $20.

Carb Day” featuring Journey

Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Friday, May 27


Miller Light Carb Day will kick off Memorial Day weekend with legendary rock band Journey as the festivities continue for the 100th Indianapolis 500 Race. Journey has entertained fans across the globe for more than four decades with a catalog full of hit albums and chart-topping singles that remain in heavy rotation on the radio today. Miller Lite Carb Day will again feature great action on and off the track as the field for the Indianapolis 500 will have one final hour of practice to prepare for the race, and the stars of the Indy Lights will participate in the Freedom 100 Race.

Speedway Rockin’ on Main

15th and Main Street, Speedway – Friday, May 27, 5:30 pm


Featuring live music by Second Story and Toy Factory. Food and drink must be purchased at the event, catered by Dawson’s on Main and Big Ron’s Bistro. The event location is just south of Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 15th and Main Street.

Legends Day” featuring Blake Shelton

Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Saturday, May 28


Country music superstar Blake Shelton will headline the annual Firestone Legends Day Concert the day before the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Well known for both his role as a judge on “The Voice” as well as his award-winning singing career, Shelton has 16 consecutive No. 1 singles and is one of the most successful country music artists to date. IMS Gates open at 8 am and concert venue gates open at 1 pm. Come check out the country legend as we prepare for the 100th Indy 500 Race.

Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade

Downtown Indianapolis – Saturday, May 28, 12 noon to 1:30 pm


Every year, more than half a million people participate in the 500 Festival’s programs and events which showcase the city on a world stage. The 500 Festival Parade is the only 500 Festival event that has taken place every year since 1957. The parade allows spectators to witness the pageantry and larger-than-life floats as they light up the streets of downtown Indianapolis. You won’t want to miss out on one of the nation’s premier parades, hitting the streets of downtown Indy on the day before the big race.

Keybank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball

Indiana Roof Ballroom – Saturday, May 28


On the eve of the big race, the Indiana Roof Ballroom will be transformed into a mystical black and white circus as attendees don their best race couture to walk the televised red carpet before joining the night circus and enjoying the festivities. The KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball is race weekend’s most exclusive party attracting celebrities and VIPs from across the nation to celebrate this momentous occasion. This year, Andrew Luck and Nicole Pechanec will co-host this event in what just might be the best one yet.

Bike to the 500

City Market – Sunday, May 29 at 7:30 am


In partnership with Indy Cog, the Residential Engagement Committee is organizing the first ever group bike ride to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the morning of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Participants will gather at Indianapolis City Market in downtown Indianapolis where they will enjoy music, a short welcome address, games, and food trucks before setting out on a safe group ride to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis Motor Speedway –  Sunday, May 29


The Greatest Spectacle in Racing is finally here! The wait is over and the time has come for the world’s largest single-day sporting event, as the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 has arrived. The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 has something for everyone, from children to those who have been attending for generations. Whether you’re continuing a tradition, or starting a new one, this is a race that can’t be missed. General Admission tickets start at $40 and can be purchased here.

Data sourced at Visit Indy

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