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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 anyone. 

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 500 Festival 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 upon.

National in Scope, Homegrown in Spirit

Indianapolis is largely 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…and in such meaningful ways. Its signature events – like the IPL 500 Festival Parade and OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon – connect the community in large proportions…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, which is nationally-televised on NBC Sports Network. The Parade is one of the nation’s three largest, along the likes of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and 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 Mini is one of the nation’s largest half-marathons…and, it’s even larger than the famed Boston Marathon. The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon alone draws more than 20,000 participants from outside greater Indianapolis, becoming more and more of a valuable tourism and economic impact driver. By getting nearly 35,000 moving…the Mini and 5k are very likely the state’s largest health initiatives…getting people focused on their health and well-being.

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. And it works.


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.

Approximately 25,000 students participate annually…and already, more than 175,000 students have gone through the classroom curriculum and more than 71,000 have taken advantage of study trips at the famed oval.

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

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