Tickets Now Available For 2016 500 Festival Events

Tickets Now Available For 2016 500 Festival Events

Tue, 2016-03-01

INDIANAPOLIS (March 1, 2016) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization committed to enriching the quality of life for Indiana residents and visitors, today announced that tickets are available for all 2016 events, including the IPL 500 Festival Parade and the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. Tickets can be purchased online at In addition, pre-registration has opened for the 2016 Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run. Additional information for the Rookie Run can be completed here. Proceeds from these events help support the 500 Festival’s free youth programming.  


“As a nonprofit organization, we’re dedicated to providing events and programs that are fun and that truly enrich the lives of Hoosiers,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “From the Parade to Breakfast at the Brickyard, we’ve got some exciting things planned for 2016. We’re looking forward to celebrating the success of the Indianapolis 500 and showcasing Indianapolis’ cultural, educational and social attributes through these events.”


IPL 500 Festival Parade 

One of the original 500 Festival events, the IPL 500 Festival Parade is one of the nation’s largest, most respected parades, consistently earning national acclaim alongside the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. More than 300,000 people will line the streets of downtown Indianapolis to experience the larger-than-life floats, giant helium balloons, celebrities, all 33 drivers competing in the 100th running of the Indy 500, specialty units, and award-winning bands from across the country.


Not only does 2016 mark the 60th running of the IPL 500 Festival Parade, it’s a once-in-a-generation year for Hoosiers, filled with celebrations including 40th OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil,  as well as the State of Indiana’s Bicentennial. To honor these celebrations, the theme for the 2016 IPL 500 Festival Parade is Experience the Celebration, a call-to-action, reminding Hoosiers that the celebration surrounding these iconic events is not to be missed!  

  • Date: Saturday, May 28
  • Time: Parade festivities start at 11:45 am; Step off is at Noon
  • Location: Downtown Indianapolis         
  • Price: Tickets start at $15


500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.

The 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. honors Indiana’s mayors and draws civic and business leaders, as well as race fans from all corners of the state. Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, attendees will hear from racing insiders and gain unique insight into racing’s rich history and quest for innovation. Past speakers include Al Unser Jr., Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, and Mario Andretti. Executives from IMS and the 500 Festival will provide remarks before the coronation of the 500 Festival Queen. This action-packed day also includes an opportunity for ticket holders to drive their car around the famed oval track and tour the garages before enjoying the afternoon qualifying session for the Indianapolis 500.

  • Date: Saturday, May 21
  • Time: 8:30 – 10:30 am
  • Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Plaza Pavilion
  • Price: Tickets are $75 each; Preferred Corporate Table: $750


Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run

The 500 Festival brings its community celebration of the Indianapolis 500 to Indiana families for the 22nd annual Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run. Part of Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day, this non-competitive fun run for children ages 3 – 10 is an excellent opportunity for Indiana youth to get active. Managed by the same team that produces the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the nation’s premiere half-marathon, this event boasts similar fanfare including the start and finish line production.

Run distances are set based upon a child’s age and all participants will receive a goodie bag, a participant bib with the number 1, and a finisher’s medal. All Rookie Run participants who pre-register will receive a commemorative technical t-shirt. On-site registration will be available, however registration and shirts will be sold separately.

  • Date: Saturday, May 14
  • Time: 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Downtown Indianapolis; Ohio and Meridian Streets
  • Pre-registration: $16 – commemorative technical t-shirt included (package price available through May 7)
  • Day-of registration: $8 registration, $10 commemorative technical t-shirt sold separately (while supplies last)


Tickets to 500 Festival events may be purchased online or at the 500 Festival Ticket Office, located at 21 Virginia Ave. in Downtown Indianapolis. Hours are: March 1 – May 27: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET. For more information about the 500 Festival and our 2016 programs and events, please visit Or, search each event’s hashtag on social media, #500Parade, #BrickyardBreakfast, and #500RookieRun.


About the 500 Festival

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $350 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook. 


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