Indy 500 Festival Kickoff to May, pres. by STAR Bank
The event will take place in-person on Monument Circle on May 5, 2021 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. The event will be open only to the media and will adhere to health guidelines. The 500 Festival Kickoff to May Coloring Contest, presented by STAR Bank, will also return in April for Indiana children ages twelve and under. Check back for more details here: www.Indy500Today.com!
OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
On an epic Saturday in May 8, 30,000+ runners, joggers, walkers and wheelchair racers, will take over the streets of downtown Indianapolis for The Greatest Spectacle in Running – the Indy Mini. This epic race starts in the heart of downtown Indianapolis like only we could – with an IndyCar leading off each wave. The flat, fast course is packed with thousands of the nicest volunteers you’ll ever meet and nearly 100 course entertainment acts. What makes the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon even more special is that the course includes a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (you know, home of the Indy 500). As participants reach the Speedway’s Yard of Bricks, many will stop to kneel and kiss the bricks. Funny tradition? Maybe. But tradition is what we’re all about!
Delta Dental 500 Festival Virtual 5K
5,000 runners and walkers will meet their fitness goals (and have a lot of fun) in the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K on May 18. The 5K race is held the same day as the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and the course weaves throughout Downtown Indianapolis. While the course is shorter, the experience of the Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K is just as rich. It’s no wonder this race is been named one of America’s best 5K races! The race uses the same start line and finish line as the #IndyMini, includes tons of entertainment along the route and the incomparable Post Race Party, featuring live entertainment and high fives galore.
Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day
The in-person event will NOT take place. An online interactive Kids’ Day Map will go live on May 15, where families and kids will have the opportunity to visit educational booths and follow along with entertaining videos. In place of the cancellation, over 3,000 Kids’ Day-themed backpacks, filled with essentials, educational items, toys, and games, will be distributed to youth-serving organizations in Marion County.
Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run
The in-person event will NOT take place and will instead be held virtually on May 15. Parents and guardians can register their rookie runner for the virtual fun run to introduce kids to the basics of running. Rookie runners will receive a package in the mail including their participant shirt and finisher medal.
Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.
In addition to the event’s program and meal, the Breakfast at the Brickyard experience includes:
- Opportunity to drive your car around the IMS track (subject to weather conditions and IMS regulations)
- Opportunity to tour the garages (subject to IMS rules and regulations)
- Ticket to the 2021 Indianapolis 500 qualifications
- Parking at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
2021 Schedule of events
- 7:00 – 7:30 a.m.: Track lap at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (subject to weather conditions)
- 8:00 a.m.: Doors open to the Plaza Pavilion
- 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast at the Brickyard Program begins – Plaza Pavilion
- 10:00 a.m.: Announcement of the Marlyne Sexton 500 Festival Queen Scholar
- 11:00 a.m.: Indy 500 Qualifications Begin
*Schedule subject to change
Indy 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce
The in-person event will take place at the Indiana War Memorial on the Friday before the Indianapolis 500. The event will have a limited capacity by invitation only. WISH-TV will provide a livestream option as well as a broadcast of the event on Memorial Day.
AES 500 Festival Parade
The traditional in-person parade will NOT take place. Current ticket-holders will be contacted by the 500 Festival this week with more information. In collaboration with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there will be a new community celebration event called “500 Spectacle of Homes,” in place of the traditional AES 500 Festival Parade. The 500 Spectacle of Homes will activate in neighborhoods across Indianapolis throughout the Month of May leading into Indy 500 Race Weekend and it will culminate with a “reverse parade” on Saturday, May 29. This will include a caravan of the 33 Indy 500 drivers who will make their way from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, throughout surrounding neighborhoods and downtown Indianapolis. Details for ways to participate will be shared soon.
To learn more details about the 500 Spectacle of Homes, click here.
Indy 500 Festival Off the Grid, presented by KeyBank
The 500 Festival Off the Grid, presented by KeyBank is the hottest ticket in town on race weekend. With an eclectic mix of celebrities, civic, and business leaders, and VIPs walking the red carpet, the Off the Grid experience is unmatched. Guests incorporate racing’s traditional black and white into their attire selection, but one thing is certain: everyone dresses to impress at this electrifying event.
The 500 Festival Off the Grid, presented by KeyBank is a tribute to racing festivities and a one-night escape to celebrate before the Indy 500. At Off the Grid, the Indiana Roof Ballroom will be transformed for a night of revelry and nonstop entertainment. Once inside, Off the Grid guests will enjoy a black-tie event featuring spectacular food stations and hand-crafted cocktails. Event attire is black tie and all guests must be 21 or older.
105th Running of the Indianapolis 500
This May, 110 years of the greatest moments, traditions and heroes in racing converge for a month-long appreciation of the stories that built today’s foundation and set the course for the future. This May, we celebrate “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” This May is reserved for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.