500 Festival Off the Grid

presented by KeyBank


2022 Event Update

Our mission as the 500 Festival is to celebrate the spirit, legacy, and rich traditions of the Indianapolis 500, ensuring that our programs and events align with and support the efforts of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Our organization has removed Off the Grid from the 2022 calendar of events to enhance the focus on that morning’s AES 500 Festival Parade, and cheer alongside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in all their efforts on the eve of the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. This collaboration ensures the community can participate in as many Month of May events as possible with both organizations.

Please visit 500Festival.com and IMS.com to see all the ways you can celebrate the Month of May in 2022.


Race Weekend’s Most Exclusive Party

during a typical year

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.

Food & Drink

Off the Grid, guests enjoy inspired, gourmet food choices at interactive food stations. You’ll also enjoy truly unique, signature cocktails (something the event is known for) presented in innovative ways.


Boasting an eclectic crowd of business and civic leaders, coupled with celebrities and VIPs in town for the Indianapolis 500, the Off the Grid experience is like no other event. Each year, the event draws an energetic celebrity mix.


Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and foster a positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. Proceeds from events like Off the Grid help support our free programs and events, including the 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program, which has impacted more than 300,000 Hoosier 4th graders.