500 Festival online ticketing now open for 2012 season

500 Festival online ticketing now open for 2012 season

Thu, 2012-03-01 09:52

Tickets now available for IPL 500 Festival Parade and more

INDIANAPOLIS (March 1, 2012) – Tickets for all 2012 500 Festival events can now be purchased directly at www.500festival.com by clicking on the “Buy Tickets” tab.

Tickets for the 2012 IPL 500 Festival Parade are available on the 500 Festival ticketing system. The 2012 IPL 500 Festival Parade is Saturday, May 26 at noon and will complement the 2012 theme: A New REVolution. Reserved bleacher seats are $14.50; reserved chair seats are $19 and reserved VIP seats are $32. Parade spectators can also purchase their tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-866-448-7849.

More than 300,000 spectators are expected to line the two-mile parade route to catch a glimpse of the 33 drivers of the 2012 Indianapolis 500®, spectacular floats, specialty units, marching bands and entertainment groups, giant inflatable balloons and costumed characters. 

In addition to the Parade, registration and tickets are now available for:

  • 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by ProLiance Energy, on Saturday, May 19 at 8:30 a.m. The agenda includes a Q&A with racing legends, a hearty breakfast, the chance to see the crowning of the 2012 500 Festival Queen and a garage tour. Individual tickets are $60. Please call (317) 614-6400 for table reservations.
  • American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day on Wednesday, May 23 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Families can tour the Indianapolis Motor Speedway® Hall of Fame Museum, Pit Lane, the official timing and scoring area in the Pagoda and even lap the track in their own car! Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of event.
  • Become a 2012 Friend of the Festival and receive the four (4) tickets to each of the following events: reserved bleacher seats to the famed IPL 500 Festival Parade on Saturday, May 26, 2012; American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day on Wednesday, May 23, 2012; Opening Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 12, 2012 and Indianapolis 500 Qualifications on Pole Day Saturday, May 19, 2012, with lunch provided. A $160 VALUE FOR ONLY $100!

The 500 Festival Ticket Office is located at 21 Virginia Ave. in Downtown Indianapolis. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and starting on May 14, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information on the 500 Festival or to purchase tickets go to www.500festival.com.


The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.

The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 55 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.

Last year, more than 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state’s largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation’s premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.


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