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Planning Your Month of May

While I think being a Hoosier is pretty great all year round, I have to say that May is my absolute favorite month. Not just for the beautiful spring weather, but mostly because the shrill sound of some of the fastest cars on earth making their way around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can once again be heard. I’m by no means a gearhead, but even my heart beats a little faster when the engines roar to life.

So don’t let this wonderful month of activities pass you by. Plan ahead, and get some of these dates on your calendar now. Even if you’re not into racing, there’s still a lot to do to celebrate all things Indy 500!

Saturday, May 5: The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Saturday, May 12: The Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run and Kids’ Day

Opening Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, featuring the Celebration of Automobiles

Sunday, May 13-Thursday, May 17: Practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Friday, May 18: Fast Friday and Qualification Draw for the Indy 500

Saturday, May 19: Pole Day

Sunday, May 20: Armed Forces Bump Day

Wednesday, May 23: American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day

Thursday, May 24: Practice and Qualifications for the Firestone Freedom 100

Friday, May 25: 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce

Miller Lite Carb Day

Saturday, May 26: IPL 500 Festival Parade

Legends Day at the Indy 500

Sunday, May 27: The 96th Running of the Indy 500

More information, including times and ticket purchase for events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can be found at the May Calendar of Events.

And if you can’t make it to the track, see if your favorite Indiana town is participating in the Back Home Again in Indiana contest. Communities all over Indiana are showing their Indy 500 pride and competing for grants to fund local projects.

Photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Written by : Nicole is a stay-at-home mom and blogger living in Columbus, Indiana. She blogs about adventures at home and away with her husband and 2-year-old son at She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She spent seven years living and working in downtown Indianapolis following college. Nicole is always looking for fun, kid-friendly outing ideas. You can contact her via email or find her on Twitter at @arrowssentforth. Nicole receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.