18 Things to be Excited about in May
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Indy owns the month of May. From the heart of spring and all she brings with her to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indy 500. May brings concerts and new exhibits, festivals and parades, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, and of course, May brings racing to Indy. Here’s a timeline of hot topics throughout the month of May, and 18 reasons you should invite your friends and family to spend this May in The Racing Capital of the World, Indianapolis. 

1. 500 Festival Mini Marathon + 5k

Saturday, May 6

Mini Marathon

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is the largest half marathon in the country, and the seventh largest running event in America, reaching capacity of 35,000.

2. Grand Prix of Indianapolis at IMS

Saturday, May 13

Grand Prix

Rev your engines because the Grand Prix of Indianapolis is the lead-in to the Indy 500 and the kickoff to race season in Indy. Let’s go racing!

3. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at Klipsch Music Center

Saturday, May 13

Tom Petty

Legendary rock band, known for hit songs “Free Fallin” and “I Won’t Back Down,” will kick off concert season in Indy with the premiere event at Klipsch Music Center.

4. Hot Wheels: Race to Win opens at The Children’s Museum

Saturday, May 13

Hot Wheels

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the largest children’s museum in the world and one of the best. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the thrilling world of racing through investigating the scientific process for designing fast cars, hands-on experiences, and captivating memorabilia. Race season is here.

5. Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 14

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate mothers and all they have done for us. Mother’s Day goes hand in hand with flowers, so maybe head out to the Indianapolis Museum of Art to check out Spring Blooms, or over to the Indy Zoo to see their spring exhibits and beautiful landscapes.

6. Mecum’s 30th Original Spring Classic Auto Auction at Indiana State Fairgrounds

May 16-20


2017 marks the 10th year that Dana Mecum’s Spring Classic has taken place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This year, the auto show will be broadcast for more than 20 hours on NBCsn and an estimated $50m in sales will take place over the five days.

7. Red Hot Chili Peppers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Thursday, May 18

Another legendary rock band brings their talents to Indy in the month of May. Known for their hit songs “Californication” and “Under the Bridge,” a bucket-list concert you don’t want to miss. 

8. Indy 500 Fast Friday Practice at IMS

Friday, May 19

Fast Friday

Enjoy a day at the track and witness all of the work and preparation that goes into “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

9. Indy 500 Qualifications & Pole Day at IMS

May 20 & 21

Pole Day

Head to the track to find out who will lead the field of 33 on Race Day.

10. Indy 500 Miller Lite Carb Day Headlined by Steve Miller Band at IMS

Friday, May 26

Carb Day

Kick off race weekend on the biggest Friday of the year with the final Indy 500 Practice, Indy Lights racing, Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge, and the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert, featuring Steve Miller Band and Barenaked Ladies.

11. Neil Diamond at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Friday, May 26

Niel DiamondNeil Leslie Diamond, singer-songwriter, musician and actor is known for hit songs “Forever in Blue Jeans” and “Sweet Caroline.” Neil will be hitting the stage at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse for his 50th Anniversary Tour.

12. Indy 500 Legends Day Headlined by Keith Urban at IMS

Saturday, May 27

Keith Urban

Celebrate the history of the Indy 500 on Firestone Legends day, featuring autograph sessions, public driver meet & greets, and a performance by four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban.

13. IPL 500 Festival Parade

Saturday, May 27

500 Festival Parade

The 500 Festival Parade is one of the original events produced by the 500 Festival and has grown to be one of the signature events in the US each year. The 500 Festival Parade allows spectators to witness the pageantry and larger-than-life floats light up the streets of downtown Indianapolis. Well-known celebrities, characters, bands and floats fill the streets to celebrate the world’s largest single-day sporting event. The 33 starting drivers of the Indianapolis 500 serve as honorary grand marshals, riding in rows of three, with the winner of the pole position bringing up the rear.

14. 101st Running of the Indy 500 at IMS

Sunday, May 28

Indy 500

The moment we’ve all been waiting for. When the ringing of ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ fills your ears and the green flag is waved before 300,000+ fans, you’re certain to have chills run up your spine. The largest single-day sporting event in the world is here and the party is just beginning. 

15. Snakepit at Indy 500 Headlined by Zedd + Marshmello at IMS

Sunday, May 28


The biggest party in Indy and the unofficial kickoff to summer, featuring some of the world’s best artists and DJs. The ambiance of the Indy 500 with the character of a music festival. What more could you ask for? (Don’t forget your jorts.)

16. Mini Golf Opens at the IMA

Sunday, May 28
IMA Mini Golf
Need a break from everything racing? Mini golf is back at the IMA, featuring 18 holes designed by local/regional artists and inspired by nature. Holes include “The Carpet is Hot Lava,” recreating a vivid childhood memory, “Shadow-Tailed Scourge” featuring the return of cheeky squirrels, and “Stumped,” created by a local high school class, the youngest team of artists on the course. Grab your friends and participate in one of the most unique mini golf courses in the country. 

17. Memorial Day

Monday, May 29

Memorial Day
My mom always told me not to pick favorites, but Memorial Day is the second best holiday of the year, after July 4 of course. The anticipation of summer is before us and cold/wet days are behind us. It’s time to make things happen. Have a barbecue, hit the Eagle Creek, and of course, take time to remember those who fought and died for our freedom.  

18. Magnificent Macaws Opens at the Indianapolis Zoo

Monday, May 29
Macaws at the Indinapolis Zoo
The Indy Zoo, a top 10 zoo, welcomes seven species of macaws to create a cascade of color over the zoo. Guests will witness the flocks forming an aerial ballet before landing in the brand new Bicentennial Pavilion: a sight you don’t want to miss. 

 Not to mention the Indians baseball games at Victory Field or the patios just begging you to grab a bite or a beverage. May is here – let’s go racing.  



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