June 7, 2019

2019 Intern Spotlight

The 500 Festival Intern Program is designed to allow each intern to experience the exciting Month of May in Indianapolis! This year, twelve interns representing seven different colleges from across the Midwest had the opportunity to be part of the 500 Festival team. The 2019 intern class was made up of multi-talented individuals with bright personalities. …

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May 10, 2019

Meet Honorary Flagman and Indy’s Biggest Racing Fan Graham

Little feet will hit the street this Saturday, May 11 for the Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run. Before their races start, the rookie runners will be signaled by honorary flagman Graham, a patient at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent. Graham had a tough start at birth. Mom Brandi said …

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March 6, 2019

2019 Tickets On Sale Now!

There are only 55 days until the magical month of May takes over Indy! Tickets to all 500 Festival events are available to the public TODAY! From family-friendly fun to breakfast with racing legends to race weekend red carpet affairs, you won’t want to miss a minute of the action! Get your tickets now while …

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February 11, 2019

Volunteer Spotlight- Eula

Eula has been a volunteer with the 500 Festival for 12 years – this year, Eula will be retiring her volunteer pins. Volunteering as a Specialty Unit Escort at the IPL 500 Festival Parade, Eula has been an integral part in making the parade an enjoyable and memorable experience for attendees. 500 Festival: Why did …

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February 11, 2019

Be a part of the 500 Festival Volunteer Experience

As you check your calendar (and the weather reports) longing for spring, are you looking for something that’s fun and meaningful to do? Something like volunteering and making a positive impact on your community? The 500 Festival Volunteer Program, presented by Citizens Energy Group, is just what you’re looking for! This opportunity is the experience …

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July 23, 2018

2018 500 Festival Volunteer Awards

  After an exciting and unforgettable Month of May in 2018, the 500 Festival is excited to share this year’s Volunteer Awards! The 500 Festival relies on 7,000 volunteers to produce some of Indiana’s largest events and programs, and the individuals recognized here are just a few examples of this year’s standout volunteers. Thank you …

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May 31, 2018

The Magic of May, The Illumination of Indianapolis

The Magic of May  |  The Illumination of Indianapolis We wanted to shine a light on this city in the month of May, and we did. The illumination began with a flip. Not the flip of a switch, but the flip of a bike.  This is the story of May 2018. (May 2) On the second …

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May 23, 2018

Hip-Hop Violinist and Light Show Dance Team Headline IPL 500 Festival Parade Entertainment

Miri ben-ari and iluminate to perform collaboration to open ipl 500 Festival Parade The 62nd IPL 500 Festival Parade will begin with a never-before-seen collaboration between two unique and innovative performances. Hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari and light show dance team iLuminate will kick-start the celebration on Saturday, May 26. Get to know these performers before …

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May 22, 2018

2018 IPL 500 Festival Parade Theme Inspired by Indy’s Innovation

illuminate. innovate. indianapolis. Every year, the 500 Festival welcomes race weekend in Indianapolis with the city’s grandest welcome party, the IPL 500 Festival Parade. The celebration takes a new form each year with a different theme to highlight the stories, the people, the inspiration for float designs and the Grand Marshal announcement. In 2018, the …

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May 8, 2018

Get To Know KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball Host Frank Reich

Colts Head Coach to Host Race Weekend’s Hottest Party With a shiny new Superbowl ring and an Indianapolis Colts head coaching title, Frank Reich returns to Indianapolis and will serve as the host of the 2018 KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball. This February, he swooped into town a former Philadelphia Eagle and traded in his …

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