This year marks the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500, a racing spectacle that is near and dear to many Hoosiers. But it’s not just the race that gets people’s motors going: The whole month of May also signals a host of exciting events surrounding the Indianapolis 500, many of which the whole family can enjoy. Here are some fun, family-friendly things to do in Indy to get race-ready.
Upcoming Indy 500 Events:
May 4 | Monument Circle | 500festival.com
The celebration traditionally starts with the arrival of the Chevy Festival Cars, led by the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. At the Kickoff to May, you can also enjoy food from some of Indy’s favorite food trucks, pick up prizes from exhibitors, get photos with the #FestivalCars, and more!
May 5-6, 4-9 p.m. | Indiana Convention Center
An exciting start to Mini-Marathon weekend in Indianapolis! The Mini-Marathon Expo features interactive activities and exhibitors for all ages. The Expo is free and open to the public and a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy the excitement of the Mini-Marathon.
May 7 | West Street near JW Marriott
30,000+ runners, joggers, walkers, and wheelchair participants will take over the streets of downtown Indianapolis for The Greatest Spectacle in Running – the Indy Mini.
May 15 | Downtown Indy
Indiana’s largest free outdoor festival just for kids, featuring interactive, educational displays in a carnival-like atmosphere. Enjoy drumming workshops, learn Bollywood-style dancing, paint and take home your very own masterpiece, race mini cars, make sashes with the 500 Festival Princesses, and so much more!
May 15, Noon-4 p.m. | Downtown Indy
Kids ages 3-10 are invited to join in a non-competitive fun run where everyone goes away a winner! The Rookie Run is a great way to introduce kids to the basics of running and enjoy the excitement of a race, including the start and finish line production, a massive cheering section, a trip through runner’s service and the occasional celebrity sighting!
Indy 500 Practice
May 17-20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The roar of engines returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as athletes of the NTT Indycar Series prepare for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Enjoy the sights and sounds of May at the Brickyard while seeing your favorite drivers push their cars to the limit at speeds over 220 mph.
May 25, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Indianapolis Zoo
Tortoises, start your engines! This unique annual event and race-fan favorite includes a morning of family-friendly festivities leading up to the “Greatest Spectacle in Tortoise Racing.”
May 28, 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. | Downtown Indy
One of the original 500 Festival events, the AES 500 Festival Parade is one of the nation’s largest, most-respected parades. More than 300,000 people will line the streets of downtown Indianapolis to experience the larger-than-life floats, giant helium balloons, celebrities and dignitaries, award-winning bands, and all 33 drivers competing in the Indy 500.