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Mission

The mission of the 500 Festival is to produce 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. 

All Are Welcome!

As an organization providing multiple events and programs, many of which are free to attend and impact over 500,000 people annually, our mission to enrich lives and positively impact our community is wholly inclusive and applies to everyone. 

Whether attending the IPL 500 Festival Parade, participating in the Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day, running in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or serving as a volunteer, the 500 Festival welcomes participation from everyone, and we’re confident that our participants will continue to experience the Hoosier hospitality that we pride ourselves on.

National in Scope, Homegrown in Spirit

Indianapolis is defined by the historic Indianapolis 500 and the grand community festival that surrounds it. With nearly 50 annual events and programs, the 500 Festival fuels the entire magical month of May.

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Decades of Community Service

By offering a wide variety of cultural, educational and social events, the 500 Festival touches more than 500,000 people annually. Its signature events – like the IPL 500 Festival Parade and OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon – connect the community and showcase our city on a world stage.

Quality of Life

The Festival delivers community spirit, volunteerism, participation, inclusion, entertainment, social connecting, business networking and even health initiatives.

National Media Exposure and Tourism Driver

As one of the nation’s largest festivals, 500 Festival events draw both exposure and people. Families from across the globe attend the IPL 500 Festival Parade or watch the nationally-televised event on NBC Sports Network. The Parade is one of the nation’s three largest parades, along the likes of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. One of only a few nationally-televised parades, it attracts an estimated 300,000 curbside spectators – locals and tourists alike.

With over 30,000 participants, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is one of the nation’s largest half-marathons. It’s even larger than the famed Boston Marathon. The Mini-Marathon draws more than 20,000 participants from outside greater Indianapolis and has become a valuable driver of tourism and economic impact. By calling nearly 35,000 to be active, the Mini and 5k are one of the state’s largest health initiatives.

It’s Good Business

The 500 Festival is a self-funded, not-for-profit organization deriving its revenue streams from ticket sales, event registrations, sponsorship and corporate memberships. Hundreds of local, regional and national companies participate in a variety of ways to help the 500 Festival impact the community and stay true to its mission.

Programs

The 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health, teaches Indiana fourth-graders the history of the 500 Festival, the Indianapolis 500 and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A record-setting 26,000 students will participate in 2017. More than 175,000 students have already gone through the classroom curriculum and more than 71,000 have taken advantage of study trips at the famed oval track.

The 500 Festival has a large workforce, including more than 7,000 volunteers who bless the Festival with their time and devotion, annually.

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