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Breakfast at the Brickyard, May 18, 2019 @500festival @ims

February 27, 2019 Leave a comment
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Sabrina List
500 Festival

INDIANAPOLIS (February 21, 2019) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announced that former IndyCar driver and current NTT IndyCar Series team owner and philanthropist, Sam Schmidt, will be interviewed by Bob Jenkins, the legendary voice of the Indy 500, at the 2019 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. The event will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“We’re thrilled to have Sam Schmidt join us for this year’s 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “Sam is a tremendous example of overcoming adversity and using innovative technologies to improve the livelihood of people with disabilities. Breakfast at the Brickyard guests will leave inspired by his story.”

Sam Schmidt was an IndyCar driver when he sustained a C-3/4/5 spinal cord injury while practicing for the 2000 season opener at Walt Disney World Speedway. He created the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) that year to raise funds for medical research, innovative equipment used for rehabilitation, and quality-of-life issues. SSPF, now Conquer Paralysis Now, is a leading authority on spinal cord injury research and treatment. They are backed by an international coalition of medical doctors, research scientists and business leaders who share a singular goal: Finding a cure for paralysis.

While he lost the use of his limbs, Schmidt never lost his will or his passion for racing. In 2013, Schmidt agreed to partner with a team of Arrow engineers who were committed to make his dream to drive again a reality. Together, a team of engineers and medical researches worked to modify a car to be safely driven by Sam’s head movement. On May 18, 2014, Sam took the Semi-Autonomous Motor Car (SAM) to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, driving for the first time since his accident in 2000. He was able to reach 97 MPH, and later reached 107 MPH back at the IMS. Schmidt is the current co-owner of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. He is also the only quadriplegic to have an active driver’s license, and is motivated to continue working with Arrow to further develop SAM.

“I’m excited to return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.,” said Sam Schmidt. “Racing will forever be a passion of mine, and I’m honored by the hard work and dedication of the SAM project team to allow me to continue to carry out that passion from the driver’s seat. I look forward to sharing my story with you all this May.”

Formerly called the Mayors Breakfast, this 500 Festival event was held in downtown Indianapolis for many years. In 2004 it was moved to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its name was changed to Breakfast at the Brickyard to reflect the new location. For more than 60 years, the event has continued the tradition of honoring Indiana’s mayors for their tireless work to improve communities around the state. This year, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will host more than 70 Hoosier mayors from across the state who will gather to celebrate the month of May in Indiana.

The 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc., attracts race fans, business and civic leaders from all corners of the state. During the event, attendees will enjoy a hearty Hoosier breakfast and hear from Sam Schmidt, as well as IMS and 500 Festival executives, before the announcement of the 500 Festival Queen Scholar. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to drive their car around the famed oval track at IMS (weather permitting) and tour the garages before enjoying the afternoon qualifying session for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

2019 Breakfast at the Brickyard tickets go on sale to the public on Wednesday, March 6. Individual tickets are $75 and corporate tables are $850. If you’re interested in purchasing tickets, you can fill out this form. For more information, visit 500Festival.com/breakfast or you can search #BrickyardBreakfast on social media.

Corporate partners of the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard are: Midwestern Engineers, Inc., Ice Miller, Business Furniture, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, WIBC, The Indianapolis Business Journal, Eufloric Events, and WISH-TV.

Conquer Paralysis Now funds scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances that lead us toward a cure – whether through positive advances or failures that help guide the next effort. Learn more at www.conquerparalysisnow.org.

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 that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and foster 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 $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.

Celebrities Announced for @500festival Parade, May 26, 2018

April 27, 2018 Leave a comment
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500 Festival Parade in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana
Photo provided by the 500 Festival and used with written permission.

By Sabrina List
500 Festival

Hollywood stars, musicians, and Hoosier heroes will take to the streets of downtown Indianapolis for the 62nd IPL 500 Festival Parade, scheduled for Saturday, May 26, 2018.

The producers and inspiration of the movie, Rudy, which celebrates its 25th anniversary; Oscar winner, Doug Jones; members of the cast of the movie 12 Strong, joined by Special Forces team members of Task Force Dagger 595, and numerous others are among the first group of announced celebrities and VIPs scheduled to appear in the IPL 500 Festival Parade.

Inspirational advocates for unified sports, Abby Abel and Mitch Bonar will serve as Grand Marshals of the 2018 IPL 500 Festival Parade.

Grammy-winning hip-hop violinist, Miri Ben-Ari and technology dance group, iLuminate will headline the Parade’s opening production.

Also appearing will be the 33 starting drivers of the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500®, presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Tickets for the 2018 IPL 500 Festival Parade are available for purchase at 500festival.com/tickets/.

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the motion picture, Rudy, named one of AFI’s most inspiring movies. To commemorate the milestone, the director and screenwriter of the famous movie and the inspiration behind the film will all join the IPL 500 Festival Parade lineup. 

  • Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger: Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger never gave up on his dream to play football at the University of Notre Dame. The biographical film, Rudy, depicts his merciless journey to football stardom, which defined his “yes I can” mentality. A motivational speaker, Rudy shares his passionate and heartfelt story with others.
  • David Anspaugh: Emmy and Golden Globe-winning director, David Anspaugh was the backbone behind the creation of the inspiration film, Rudy, as well as another beloved sports drama, Hoosiers. A native of Decatur, Indiana, and graduate of Indiana University, Anspaugh’s career also included directing the television shows, Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere and Miami Vice.
  • Angelo Pizzo: A movie mogul who grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, Angelo Pizzo is famed for writing and producing Rudy as well asHoosiers. Pizzo now resides in Indiana with his family.

12 Strong | Task Force Dagger 595: Cast members from the movie 12 Strong, will be joined by real-life members of Task Force Dagger 595, the first Special Forces Team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11 and basis of the movie. The list of the brave Green Beret Special Forces members joining this year’s Parade includes: Mark Nutsch, Will Summers, Scott Neil, and Chris Spence.Cast members appearing in the IPL 500 Festival Parade include:

  • Geoff Stults: Actor Geoff Stults played the character Sean Coffers in the movie, 12 Strong. He also acted in the long running TV show,7th Heaven, as well as The Odd Couple and Grace and Frankie.
  • Kenny Sheard: After 12+ years in the U.S. Navy, Kenny Sheard transitioned to the reserves and focused on developing skills that would become an essential foundation for his career as an actor and stuntman. Sheared played the character Bill Bennett in 12 Strong. He’s worked in numerous other high-profile films and television series including Transformers: Age of Extinction, 13 Hours and John Wick: Chapter 2.

Doug Jones: Actor Doug Jones captured the attention of critics with his portrayal of Amphibian Man, the creature at the center of the film, The Shape of Water, an Oscar-winner for Best Motion Picture. Jones’ 30+ year career includes more than 150 productions in film and TV, including playing the role of The Fawn in Pan’s Labyrinth, the title character in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Abe Sapien in Hellboy, Billy Butcherson in Hocus Pocus, as well as his current starring role as Saru in the CBS All Access series, Star Trek: Discovery. Jones is a graduate of Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis and a Ball State University alum.

Jim Cornelison: Best known as the powerful and exclusive voice behind “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Chicago Blackhawks’ home games, Jim Cornelison thrilled hundreds of thousands of fans with his performance of “Back Home Again in Indiana” at the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. He’ll appear in the IPL 500 Festival Parade before performing the iconic song once again at the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Zachary Spicer: Zachary Spicer is an actor, producer, and the CEO of Pigasus Pictures. He recently starred in the movie The Good Catholic. He’s also known for his role in the Netflix Original Series Master of None, and has appeared in television series including, Gotham, Blue Bloods, and Law & Order SVU. Spicer is an Indiana native and an Indiana University alum.

John Armstrong: John Armstrong is an actor, producer, and COO of Pigasus Pictures, an Indiana-based film production company. A native of Indiana and Indiana University alum, Armstrong produced the movie The Good Catholic, starring Danny Glover and John McGinley as well as the upcoming feature titled, Ms. White Light, starring Tony Award-winning actress Judith Light.

Kristin and Danny Adams: Kristin and Danny Adams are YouTube sensations whose online videos have amassed more than 300 million views. They became famous after a funny lip-sync video went viral in 2016. Kristin, a former television host, and Danny, a former actor, comedian and stunt man, met in Los Angeles before returning to Danny’s hometown of Indianapolis in 2008.

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Miri Ben-Ari: Miri Ben-Ari is a Grammy Award-Winning violinist, producer, and humanitarian, a “UN Goodwill Ambassador of Music” to the United Nations. Originally from Israel, she has created her own unique music; a revolutionary fusion of classical, Hip-Hop, soul and dance. A classically trained violinist who once studied under the late classical master Isaac Stern, Ben-Ari has helped sell millions of records by collaborating with other Grammy award-winning artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Akon, Patti Labelle, Brandy, Donna Summer, Janet Jackson, John Legend, Aventura, and Armin Van Buuren.

iLuminate: iLuminate is an entertainment technology dance group that combines state-of-the-art technology with electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark to create the ultimate performing arts experience. The group’s lighting effects and choreographed performances take viewers on an exhilarating ride. Once called “the best new act in America” during their run on America’s Got Talent, they’ve also performed alongside Grammy-winning superstars like Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, and more. The group has been featured on Dancing with the Stars, X Factor, American Music Awards, MTV, BET, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and more. 

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, award-winning bands, and all 33 drivers competing in the 102nd running of the Indy 500.

The 2018 IPL 500 Festival Parade will be themed, Illuminate. Innovate. Indianapolis. Every May, the world turns its focus on Indianapolis. Beaming with civic pride and radiating a racing spirit, together we can present a city that shines bright at the forefront of a cutting edge world. This May, our community and guests will come together to illuminate the history, tradition, and sacrifices of our heroes on Memorial Day Weekend, while looking forward and saluting Indy’s commitment to innovate the world around us. So let’s turn the lights up high, point the camera on Indy, and take action for the 102nd Running of the Indy 500. Illuminate. Innovate. Indianapolis.   

The 2018 IPL 500 Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Parade festivities will start at 11:45 am ET in downtown Indianapolis. IPL 500 Festival Parade tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at 500festival.com/tickets, by calling (317) 614-6400, or at the 500 Festival Ticket Office, located at 21 Virginia Ave. in Downtown Indianapolis. The Ticket Office is open on weekdays from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

The IPL 500 Festival Parade will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports and to the Indianapolis market on WTHR, Channel 13. For more information about the IPL 500 Festival Parade, please visit 500festival.com/parade or search #IPL500Parade on social media.

May Events in Downtown Indianapolis

April 22, 2014 Leave a comment
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May means the 500 Festival in Indianapolis. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

Along with the outstanding lineup of annual 500 Festival events, Downtown will be buzzing with new exhibits, big sports action and more. Check the highlights below.

 

Ride on, Indy!

Downtown cyclists are ecstatic to welcome the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail beginning tomorrow, April 22. The new program consists of 250 bicycles and 25 bikeshare stationsalong the Downtown trail. Bikers can cruise through Downtown by purchasing a 24-hour pass for $8 or an annual membership for $80 with unlimited 30-minute rides during your pass or membership period. Make sure to purchase a pass and test out a bike on May 17, Bike to Work Day.

 

Wholesale District Beautification Day

Community members are coming together for a morning of partnership, productivity and fun as district employees participate in the seventh annual Wholesale District spring cleaning on Monday, May 5. More than 200volunteers will create a clean, pedestrian-friendly environment for the district’s sidewalks, store fronts and businesses. Tasks include sweeping the sidewalks and curbs, removing stickers, painting over graffiti and picking up litter.

 

Happy Hour on Georgia Street

Beginning May 9, Georgia Street’s center block will turn into a work respite every Friday from 4 – 6:30 p.m.  Visitors can enjoy live music on the Boardwalk, order appetizers/drinks from Harry & Izzy’s and the Omni Severin Hotel and start their weekend off with friends at Downtown’s hometown hangout! Also on Georgia Street – FREE Workout Wednesdays from noon – 12:45 p.m. and Food Truck Fridays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Original Farmers’ Market returns May 7

Downtown’s Original Farmers’Market returns to Indianapolis City Market May 7 and every Wednesday through October. The market is open from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Market Street between Delaware and Alabama Streets. Market Street will be closed each Wednesday during this time.

 

Spring 5Ks and runs begin

April 26: Walk MS, Military Park

April 26: Matt Breman Run 4Kids, White River State Park

April 27: Best Buddies Friendship Walk, NCAA Hall of Champions

May 3: OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

May 10: Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run

May 10: March for Babies, White River State Park

May 17: The Color Run, White River State Park

May 17: Walk for Arthritis, Military Park

May 18: Indianapolis Great Strides Walk, White River State Park

May 18: Walking for Dreams Family & Pet Walk, the Canal

 

Major upcoming conventions and shows

April 24 – 27: National Rifle Association of America Annual Meeting, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 50,000

May 8: Daryl Hall and John Oates, Old National Centre

May 9: John Legend, Old National Centre

May 10: Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Motor Speedway

May 16 – 19: Do It Best Corp, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 10,000

May 19: EDTA: Ride, Drive and Charge, Georgia Street

 

Big things happening in May

May promises to be a big month for Downtown Indy! Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army is coming to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis May 10. It will be the only chance to see the warriors in the U.S. in 2014. Take Me There: China is also opening May 10 and is one of the largest exhibits about contemporary China ever produced in the US. The Indianapolis Zoo will open the world’s largest International Orangutan Center Memorial weekend. A soaring 150-foot highBeacon of Hope will draw people into the Zoo while enhancing the Downtown skyline.

 

“Feel the Rhythm of May”

This year’s 500 Festival theme is “Feel the Rhythm of May.” The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon, the largest mini marathon in the nation, takes off at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 3. The course begins at the intersection of Washington and West streets, heads west to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and does a complete lap around the 2.5 mile track before heading back down New York Street.

 

The IPL 500 Festival Parade kicks off at noon on May 24. About 300,000 spectators from around the country will line the streets of Indianapolis for one of the nation’s premier parades. The month-long roster of events culminates with the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

Other 500 Festival events:

May 10: Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run

May 17: 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard

May 21: American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day

May 23: 500 Festival Memorial Service presented by Rolls-Royce

May 24: Keybank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball

 

Catch summer fever and more Downtown sports

The Indiana Fever kicks off their season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 17 against the Atlanta Dream. Also catch the Fever on May 23 against the Washington Mystics, May 29 against the Connecticut Sun and May 31 against the New York Liberty. The Indianapolis Indians’ regular season is in full-swing at Victory Field with 14 home games May 9 – 31. Catch the Weekday Game Parking Shuttle and ride for free on a shuttle that takes you to the Victory Field entrance. You can park at Lucas Oil Stadium (Gate #1, off Missouri Street) for $5.

 

Indy Eleven recently kicked off its season with a sold-out game at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Catch the team take the field May 10 against FC Edmonton, May 17 against Ottawa Fury FC and May 31 against San Antonio Scorpions.

 

Bring Mom Downtown this Mother’s Day

Downtown attractions and restaurants will make Mother’s Day extra special. Visit Mother’s Day Weekend at the Indianapolis Zoo May 10 and 11 and participate in a scavenger hunt, “mom-themed” keeper chats a photo station and more. On May 10 from 1 – 3 p.m., treat your mom to a special Steampunk-themed Mother’s Day tea at Morris-Butler House. Brunch with mom at one of Downtown Indy’s best restaurants: Market Table at the Alexander, the Rathskeller or Weber Grill. For more Mother’s Day events, visit: www.indydt.com/mothersday.cfm.

 

Big shows hit the stage Downtown

May 2 & 3: Karrin Allyson: Round Midnight, The Cabaret at The Columbia Club

May 2: Tracy Morgan, Old National Centre

May 7: Nickel Creek, Old National Centre

May 8: Daryl Hall and John Oates, Old National Centre

May 9 & 10: Cole Porter’s Anything Goes In Concert, Hilbert Circle Theatre

May 9: John Legend, Old National Centre

May 10: Tegan & Sara, Old National Centre

Memorial Day Weekend Events in Indianapolis

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

From museum events to race parties to Pacers playoff hysteria, Downtown will make any occasion a “memorial” one!  Be sure to check out the travel and parking tips below before you head Downtown. 
500 Festival and race activities:
 
Friday, May 24
Join Indianapolis officials and residents as they pay special tribute to our military and fallen Hoosier soldiers at the 500 Festival Memorial Service presented by Rolls Royce taking place on Monument Circle at noon. General Daniel B. Allyn, 20th commander of United States Army Forces Command will be the featured speaker. Afterwards, head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Coors Light Carb Day, featuring legendary rock band Poison starting at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $20.
 
Saturday, May 25
Don’t miss the IPL 500 Festival Parade starting at noon, featuring celebrities, costumed characters, breathtaking floats, marching bands, giant balloons and the 33 starting drivers of the Indianapolis 500. The 2012 WNBA Champion Indiana Fever will serve as Grand Marshal. For more information, visitwww.500festival.com/parade.
 
Head to the Elbow Room Pub and watch the parade from the patio or dining room!  Breakfast is served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Family dining will also be available in a smoke-free environment. The Skyline Club is offering a 500 Parade Brunch at 10 a.m. for $24.95 for brunch only or a combo price (brunch and parade) of $42.95 for adults and various discounted prices for children. Reservations required; call 263.5000.  Reserve a seat for parade viewing at Hoosier Park’s Winners Circle patio. Guests 18 and older will have a front row seat – $20, plus $15 minimum purchase each. Reserve ahead at 656.7223 or pay at the door.
 
At the Motor Speedway, check out Legends Day at the Indy 500 honoring legendary racer, Parnelli Jones. Other events include a memorabilia show, vintage Spring Car and Midget Displays and the world’s largest autograph session with Indianapolis 500 veterans from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
 
Sunday, May 26
The 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 will start at noon at the IMS. Need a ride to the race?  Take a roundtrip bus from one of three Downtown locations: Sodrel Truck Lines Lot, IUPUI campus or Hampton Inn.  Pre-race shuttles will run from 8 a.m. – noon to the track.  Return shuttles run for two hours post-race.  The cost is $25 per person (round-trip or one-way) or $40 per person (guaranteed seat at specific time) for the premium upgrade. For more information for Downtown locations visit www.indy500parking.com or look below to see which color coded route works best:
 
#1 Pink Route
Downtown South location – Sodrel Truck Lines North Lot
1220 S. West St., Indianapolis (Corner of West and Morris streets)
 
#2 Black Route
Downtown North location – IUPUI
IUPUI Parking Lots 73 & 92 (Corner of Michigan and California streets)
 
#3 Purple Route
Downtown location – The Hampton Inn
105 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis (Across from Circle Centre and Hard Rock Café)
 
Beat the Heat!
The Pacers have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2004! Game three against the Miami Heat takes place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Sunday, May 26 at 8:30 p.m. The crowd will be “checkered-out” for race day – every fan in attendance will receive a Pacers checkered t-shirt! A pre-game party will begin on Pennsylvania Street outside the Fieldhouse at 5 p.m. with a fenced-off area serving beer for fans 21 and older. The Pacers are anticipating another sell-out crowd of 18,165.
 
Other Downtown fun this weekend:
 
Humanoid automatons and landspeeders are coming to life at the Indiana State Museum! The museum will be hosting the grand opening of the StarWars®: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit May 24 from midnight to 4 a.m. Tickets are $50 and include admission, the Millennium Falcon interactive experience, a chance to win prizes and a commemorative gift. Unable to attend the midnight opening? The exhibit runs through Sept. 2 and is $10 in addition to general admission. Explore the six films, the science used behind them and see actual props and costumes. Call 317.232.1637 for ticketing information or visit www.indianamuseum.org.
 
Head over to Fountain Square this weekend for a night of dancing and dining. Beginning Swing Dance Lessons start at 7:30 p.m. May 24 at The Fountain Square Theatre and are followed by The Stardusters at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $12 at 7:30 and $10 at 8:30 p.m. Afterwards, head over to the seasonal opening of the Rooftop Garden for dinner provided by End of the Line Public House. Guests must be 21 or older. For more information, visitwww.fountainsquareindy.com.
 
The Indianapolis Museum of Art hosts the “Hold It!” family activity on May 25 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., offering the whole family hands-on experience with different types of art, artist materials and art samples. Visit www.imamuseum.org for more.
 
Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room is the place to be on Friday and Saturday night if you are looking to enjoy good music and great meals in a relaxing ambiance. Enjoy FREE entertainment during your dining experience provided by John Phillips May 24 and Barbara Randall May 25. Visitwww.chefjosephs.com.
 
There is something for all ages at the Indianapolis Propylaeum. On May 24, the Prop hosts a Wine Pairing and Eight Course Dinner from 7 – 10 p.m. for $75. Bring the children to the Teen Mystery Dinner May 25 from 5 – 8 p.m. for $20.  Call 638.7881or visit www.thepropylaeum.org.
 
Luenell: The Uncut Diva performs live at Old National Centre May 24 at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $32 – $62. Visit www.livenation.com for ticket information.
 
Bring the family and friends to Lucas Oil Stadium Friday at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. or Saturday at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. to receive special “Parade Day” tours of the facility. Adult admission is $10 and children ages 4-12, seniors and military are $7. Visit www.lucasoilstadium.com or call 262.8600.
 
Memorial Day (May 27) is your final chance to check out the Hot Wheels For Real exhibit at The Children’s Museum.  Keep the race spirit alive with full-sized Hot Wheels® cars.  All ages will receive youth admission rates through the end of May. To print the coupon, visit www.childrensmuseum.org/may-discount.
 
Cap off your Memorial Day weekend at Victory Field for the Indianapolis Indians game against the Pawtucket Red Sox the evening of Memorial Day.  Come hungry to the ballpark because Monday Dollar Menu will be in full-swing! Hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jack, popcorn and potato chips are all $1 each. Game time is 6:05 p.m. Visit www.indyindians.com.
 
Downtown parking and traveling tips:
 
Everyone can find parking, arrive at their destination on time and enjoy all the excitement this weekend if a few simple tips are followed. 
Prepare:
  • Plan your driving & walking route into and through Downtown ahead of time.
  • Use interstates to travel to and leave Downtown.
  • Enter Downtown from the side on which you plan to park.
  • Allow plenty of extra travel time to Downtown.
  • Be aware that travel through Downtown will be limited to streets away from the core area.
  • Relax during peak exit times.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, park once and enjoy the walk.
Park:
  • Downtown parking is abundant.  There are more than 72,500 parking spaces Downtown.
  • Log onto www.indydt.com for Downtown maps with attraction and parking information.  Print out the map and bring it with you.
  • Select a couple of parking alternatives before you leave home.
  • Plan to use a garage or lot.  Most meters near the event sites are restricted during this time.
  • Some parking facilities and lots may not be open to the public.
  • NOTE: Parking meters will be FREE on Friday, May 24 during the 500 Festival Memorial Service in a three-block radius of Monument Circle. Meters will also be FREE all day Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day holiday).
 

May Events in Downtown Indianapolis

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May means it’s 500 Festival time in Indianapolis.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

May is here! Along with the outstanding lineup of annual 500 Festival events, Downtown will be buzzing with new exhibits, big sports action and the grand opening of the beautiful Indianapolis Cultural Trail. See below for highlights of what we have to look forward to this month.

Velocity: Downtown’s Strategic Plan & public survey

Velocity, a co-created, five-year strategic plan for Downtown Indianapolis, officially launched April 23 with a special event at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. Velocity includes six advisory groups, each addressing critical issues and opportunities for Downtown; (1) Vibrant Economic Development, (2) Public Spaces & Activation, (3) Multi-Modal Transportation Solutions, (4) Downtown Environment & Experience, (5) Housing, Neighborhoods & Livability and (6) Arts, Culture & Attractions.

Gathering public opinion is essential to the success of Velocity, and a public survey was created to give a voice to Downtown workers, residents, students and visitors on Downtown’s future. The brief survey can be accessed online through June 1 in both English and Spanish at www.indyvelocity.com/velocity-public-survey. Survey results will help outline priorities and shape the framework for Velocity.

For more information visit www.indyvelocity.com and follow @IndyVelocity on Twitter.

May 11: Indianapolis Cultural Trail grand opening, Georgia Street sidewalk cafes & other big events

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail grand opening kicks off with a ribbon cutting at 3:45 p.m. on May 10 at Market and Alabama streets near Indianapolis City Market. The “Get Down On It” celebration begins May 11 with more than 80 different family-friendly programs along the entire trail Downtown. Programs include musical and artistic performers, dancers, balloon rides and much more. See all of the programs, performance times and locations at www.indyculturaltrail.org/getdownonit. All “Get Down On It” programs are open to the public, and most are FREE!

Also on May 11:

Georgia Street bar and restaurant sidewalk cafes will officially open for lunch and dinner, plus several family-friendly programs will take place on all three blocks of the street. Highlights include a high school singing competition modeled after “The Voice,” band and choir performances, aerial acrobats and more. Food trucks and Sun King beer sales will be available on the west block.

The Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day & Rookie Run takes place on Monument Circle from noon – 4 p.m. and features FREE prizes, face painting, games, food and a FREE performance from The KIDZ BOP Kids.

INDYCOG’s 4th annual celebration of bike culture in Indianapolis, 2 Wheels 1 City, takes place 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Indianapolis City Market with bike-related fun, food, Sun King beer and more. Don’t forget to leave the car at home May 17 for INDYCOG’s annual Bike to Work Day with Mayor Ballard!

Visit www.indydt.com/streetclosings.cfm for details on traffic restrictions as information becomes available.

Bring Mom Downtown this Mother’s Day

Downtown restaurants and attractions help to make Mother’s Day extra special with events like Mother’s Day Weekend at the Zoo and FREE admission to Rhythm Discovery Center. Moms and families can enjoy Mother’s Day brunches at Downtown restaurants like the Indianapolis Propylaeum, First Watch and The Rathskeller. Visit www.indydt.com/mothersday.cfm for complete information.

Zoom into 500 Festival events!

Here is a lineup of May 500 Festival events taking place Downtown:

May 11: Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run

May 24: 500 Festival Memorial Service presented by Rolls-Royce

May 25: IPL 500 Festival Parade

May 25: Regions 500 Festival Snakepit Ball presented by Cindy and Paul Skjodt (SOLD OUT)

Downtown sports: Pacers playoffs, Indians, Lacrosse & more

The Pacers are in the NBA playoffs for the third consecutive season! The Blue and Gold take a 3-2 series lead to Atlanta against the Hawks tonight and if necessary, Game 7 would be played Sunday, May 5 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Indianapolis Indians’ regular season is in full-swing at Victory Field with 12 home games May 10 – 17 and 27 – 30. The world-champion Indiana Fever kick of their season with a pre-season home game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse May 15 against the San Antonio Silver Stars and play their first regular-season home game May 31 against the Atlanta Dream. NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals will be at Lucas Oil Stadium May 19 with matchups at noon and 2:30 p.m.

Big shows hit the stage Downtown

Now – May 12: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – Indiana Repertory Theatre

Now – May 25: “Bathroom Humor” – Theatre on the Square

May 3: Royal Comedy Tour with Sommore – Old National Centre

May 7: Jillian Michaels “Maximize Your Life” Tour – Old National Centre

May 8: MTV Jams presents Fabolous & Pusha T – Old National Centre

May 9: Lewis Black – Old National Centre

May 9 – June 9: “4000 Miles” – Phoenix Theatre

May 10: Tracy Morgan – Old National Centre

May 11: Paul Anka – Old National Centre

May 17 & 19: Indianapolis School of Ballet’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – Scottish Rite Cathedral

*May 30: Of Monsters and Men – The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park

May 30 – June 1: Urbański Conducts Gershwin (ISO) – Hilbert Circle Theatre

*Opening show of the 2013 summer concert series at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park. Click the link to see the full summer lineup – shows are continuing to be announced!

New exhibits opening

See more than 60 beautifully crafted cloths, garments and embellished objects from North and Sub-Saharan Africa beginning today, May 3, as Majestic African Textiles opens in the FREE Gerald and Dorit Paul Galleries at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Drums From the Circle City comes to Rhythm Discovery Center May 11 bringing the history of percussion and manufacturing closer to home with a focus on Indiana in the turn of the 20th Century.

Explore the iconic Star Wars films as you never have before by discovering the real science behind all six movies, plus real props and costumes at Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, opening May 25 at the Indiana State Museum. The doors will open at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 24 for a special midnight opening, including exhibit admission, the Millennium Falcon experience, parking, food and beverage for $50.

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