Indy’s Top Annual Events

Symphony on the Prairie


Broad Ripple Art Fair

Month: May
Location: 67th St. and College Avenue
Website: indplsartcenter.org

  • Spend a spring weekend on the grounds of the renowned Indianapolis Art Center
  • A juried art fair with more than 225 artists representing all genres from the US and Canada
  • Live entertainment featuring regional talent for all tastes
  • So much food that you’ll not be hungry for days

500 Festival

Month: May
Locations: Varies
Website: 500festival.com

  • A month-long celebration leading up to the Indianapolis 500
  • One of the nation’s largest parades, with floats, bands, celebrities and all 33 race drivers
  • Participate in the nation’s largest mini-marathon, a community day (drive around the Speedway track), and gala ball

Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Date:  May
Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Website: brickyard.com

  • The newest race at the famed Motor Speedway
  • Indy cars on a challenging road course, turning right - not left
  • Fan friendly viewing areas to capture all the excitement.

Indianapolis 500

Date:  last Sunday in May
Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Website: brickyard.com

  • The Greatest Spectacle in Racing and largest single-day sporting event in the world
  • 300,000 fans experience the thrill of high tech IndyCars flying around the 2 ½ mile oval at 200+ miles per hour
  • Multiple events lead up to the race itself, including practice days, qualifications and Carburetion Day.  Concerts, food, pit and garage activities.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s “Symphony on the Prairie”

Dates: June-August
Location: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
Website: indianapolissymphony.org

  • Majestic sounds of one of the world’s great orchestras resound over the Prairie in a series of outdoor performances each summer
  • VIP tables and chairs available along with selection of food and beverages, or bring your own chairs, food and drink
  • Concerts range from classical, to pops and many special guest artists

Indian Market & Festival

Month: June
Location: Military Park
Website: Eiteljorg.org

  • Extraordinary Native American art festival, with more than 150 artists
  • A celebration of Native American culture, music, dance and food
  • Family friendly, kid’s activities

Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration

Month: July
Location: Indiana Convention Center and various venues
Website: indianablackexpo.com

  • One of the largest celebrations in the country with thousands attending
  • Cultural Arts pavilion is filled with special exhibits, entertainment and programming
  • Top name performers every year at the Music Heritage Festival
  • Family and children’s activities

Brickyard 400

Month: July
Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Website: brickyard.com

  • Premier NASCAR Sprint Cup racing event,  featuring the “good ole boys”
  • It’s a Super Weekend, with a Grand Am and Nationwide Series racing on Friday and Saturday

Indiana State Fair

Month: August
Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis
Website: indianastatefair.com

  • One of the nation’s largest summer fairs, spanning three weekends
  • Animals, special exhibits, midway rides and attractions, entertainment and daily surprises
  • A food lover’s paradise - Indiana pork and beef, thick milkshakes from the Dairy Barn,  giant size corn dogs among other culinary delights

Red Bull Indianapolis GP

Month: August
Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Website: brickyard.com

  • The ultimate motorcycle race in America features the speed and daring of the world’s best motorcyclists on the challenging Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course
  • A weekend of activities lead up to this round of the MotoGP World Championship
  • Motorcycles on Meridian Street, Saturday prior to the race, brings thousands of bikers to downtown

Penrod Art Fair

Month: September
Place: Indianapolis Museum of Art
Website: penrod.org

  • Dubbed the “nicest day in Indiana,” the Penrod Art Fair is a juried fair with more than 300 artists participating
  • Music, dance and entertainment by the the city’s finest performing arts companies
  • Multiple dining options from many of Indy’s favorite restaurants

Circle City Classic

Month: October
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium
Website: circlecityclassic.com

  • One of the nation’s largest “classic” football games, featuring teams from historically black colleges
  • The Classic parade, pep rally and battle of the bands are crowd favorites
  • Celebration of history, competition, community and higher education

Circle of Lights

Date: Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day
Location: Downtown Indianapolis
Website: VisitIndy.com

  • A holiday tradition is the lighting of “the world’s largest Christmas tree” – the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument
  • The tree lighting ceremony is Friday after Thanksgiving, when Monument Circle is filled with 100,000 people enjoying concerts, hot chocolate and Santa Claus

 

 

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