Friday, May 25
The 2018 Indianapolis 500 weekend – culminating with the 102nd Running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing – kicks off Friday, May 25. Join Indianapolis officials and residents as they pay special tribute to our military and fallen Hoosier soldiers at the 500 Festival Memorial Service at the Indiana War Memorial at noon.
Make your way to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Miller Lite Carb Day featuring a concert by Train with rock band openers Blues Traveler. The concert is free with Miller Lite Carb Day admission of $30. Gates open at 8 a.m.; the Indy Lights Freedom 100 takes place at 12:30 p.m. and the concert at 3:30 p.m.
Race by Downtown to make a “pitstop” at Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Food Truck Fridays driven by ChooseYourChevy.com on Georgia Street from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Hear tunes from Radio One DJs while you enjoy your lunch outside.
Saturday, May 26
300,000 spectators from around the country will come Downtown for the 62nd IPL 500 Festival Parade, led by Grand Marshals Abby Abel and Mitch Bonar, starting at noon. Local celebrities, costumed characters, floats, marching bands, giant balloons and the 33 starting drivers of the Indianapolis 500 will fill the streets to celebrate the largest single-day sporting event, the Indy 500.
With an eclectic mix of celebrities, business leaders and VIPs, attendees will don red-carpet attire and enjoy signature cocktails, a wide variety of gourmet food and nationally-known entertainment at the KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball located at the Indianapolis Roof Ballroom. This event begins at 6 p.m. and includes a televised red carpet. Grammy Award-winning violinist and producer, Miri Ben-Ari, and entertainment technology dance group, iLuminate, will perform live.
At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sam Hunt will headline the Legends Day Concert presented by Firestone at 3 p.m. The opening acts include Canaan Smith and Filmore. Tickets are $40, $75 for pit access and FREE for kids 3 and under
Sunday, May 27
This year marks the 102st Running of the Indianapolis 500. IMS gates open at 6 a.m. and the green flag is raised at 12:20 p.m. General admission tickets are $40. EDM superstars Axwell Ingrosso, Deadmau5, Diplo and GRiZ will headline the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $145 for VIP. (Attendees must have an Indy 500 race day ticket to enter the grounds.)
Indy 500 attendees can participate in the annual Bike to the 500, a group bike ride to the track. Participants will gather at the Indianapolis City Market starting at 7 a.m. for food, music, drinks and family fun before the four-mile ride. The ride is $10 if purchased in advance and $15 day of and free for children 17 and under with the purchase of adult admission.
Monday, May 28
Grab a bite at one of Downtown’s great restaurants or dine al fresco along the Downtown Canal Walk.
More fun around town
The Indianapolis Zoo’s Long-Tailed Macaques Exhibit opens to the public Saturday, May 26. Long-Tailed Macaques are a unique monkey species that spend time in the water cooling off and playing. Unlike other macaques, long-tailed macaques are the only ones that swim throughout their entire life- making them the perfect additions to the Oceans area in the zoo. This exhibit is included with Zoo admission.
Professional INDYCAR drivers don’t have to be the only ones racing this weekend. The Children’s Museum’s Hot Wheels: Race to Win gives kids a chance to test their skills. This exhibit gives young drivers a chance to do everything from designing their dream car to testing their reflexes on the track. The exhibit is free with museum admission and races from May 19– Sept. 9.
If the fast-paced racing life isn’t for you, try Groovin’ in the Garden. Relax with a glass of wine at Easley Winery while listening to some tunes. Admission is free and the event runs every Saturday at 2 p.m. until the end of September.
Damon Williams & Friends will be performing his comedy for all ages Saturday, May 26. The show begins at 8 p.m. at Old National Centre. Tickets range from $31 to $41.
Find all Downtown events at www.downtownindy.org.