Start Your Engines!


This year marks the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 and the folks at the 500 have come up with all sorts of ways to join in the fun. Our personal favorite? The porch party, of course! We’re kicking off the season with a porch party at the Harrison Center on First Friday, May 5th from 6 to 10pm. Just look for the big tent, live music, cars, food trucks and more! Come to the celebration on the "porch" of the City Gallery and enjoy a festive porch atmosphere, race-themed activities, giveaways and more. We have been promoting porch parties in urban Indy neighborhoods for the past three years in an effort to activate our streets and promote a movement of neighborliness, encouraging Indy residents to open their porches and welcome friends and neighbors. Last year, in partnership with the 100th Running Host Committee, the invitation was extended to the entire Hoosier state to host Porch Parties as a way to foster civic pride and engagement in Indiana’s signature event, the Indy 500. Building on the momentum from 2016, with over five-hundred porch parties registered across the state during the Month of May alone, we again invite Hoosiers to join in the porch party movement. If you are interested in joining the porch party fun, we encourage you to register online here to be eligible for special surprises including appearances from racing and local TV personalities, as well other special deliveries and décor. Hosts may also be eligible for tickets to the INDYCAR Grand Prix qualifications and race, Indy 500 practice days, and other IMS events.