KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball

Race Weekend's Most Exclusive Party

Saturday, May 26, 2018 | 6:00 pm | Indiana Roof Ballroom | #SnakepitBall


Race Weekend’s Most Exclusive Party

The Keybank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball is the hottest ticket in town on race weekend. With an eclectic mix of celebrities, civic and business leaders and VIPs walking the televised red carpet, the Snakepit Ball experience is unmatched. Guests incorporate the event’s theme into their attire selection, but one thing is certain: everyone dresses to impress at this black-tie event.


Held annually at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, the KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball transforms one of Indy’s most storied venues into a party that incorporates all of your senses. Guests will enjoy unique signature cocktails presented in innovative ways, a wide variety of gourmet food options at interactive stations and high energy, nationally known entertainment that will dazzle attendees. The KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball is an unforgettable way to spend the night before the Indy 500.


Tickets for the 2018 KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball will go on sale to the public on March 7, 2018 and will cost $325. To get on the 2018 Snakepit Ball ticket waiting list, please fill out the form below.


If you are a previous Snakepit Ball ticket holder in search of your ticket renewal option for 2018, please check your email for a custom link to renew your tickets. If you have questions, please email or call (317) 614-6400.


Fast & Fabulous, The Future of Speed

In honor of a month dedicated to being fast and accelerating innovation, the 2018 KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball invites guests to push the limits and explore speed in an entirely new dimension. On the night before the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500, the 500 Festival’s most exclusive party will harness Indy’s desire for speed in a futuristic landscape amid one of Indy’s most high-profile, red carpet occasions.

On May 26, for one night only, The Indiana Roof Ballroom will be transformed into a futuristic party. The future of speed will be incorporated into all facets of the event – from sleek, futuristic décor to gourmet food stations to truly unique signature cocktails presented in innovative ways. With high energy and entertainment that will dazzle attendees, the 2018 KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball is sure to be an unforgettable evening.

The KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball is a black-tie affair. Guests are encouraged to incorporate the 2018 theme into their attire.


Boasting an eclectic crowd of business and civic leaders, coupled with celebrities and VIPs in town for the Indianapolis 500, the Snakepit Ball experience is like no other event. Each year, the event draws an eclectic celebrity mix. 2017 highlighted numerous celebrity appearances on the televised red carpet, including holocaust survivor and 2017 IPL 500 Festival Parade Grand Marshal, Eva Kor; USA Olympic gymnast Madison Kocian; TV star Nathan Kress; Josh Kaufman; Karen Laine and Mina Starsiak from HGTV’s Good Bones; Scot Pollard from the Indiana Pacers & Survivor; Mike Mills, of R.E.M. and many more!



The dance floor will be packed and guests are guaranteed an unforgettable evening. Guests at the KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball always enjoy nationally recognized, high energy entertainment. In 2017, attendees experienced nonstop entertainment from DJ Kurt Streblow and Josh Kaufman, winner of the sixth season of The Voice. You never know who will show up!


Food & Drink

Snakepit Ball guests enjoy inspired, gourmet food choices at interactive food stations. You’ll also enjoy truly unique, signature cocktails (something the event is known for) presented in innovative ways. 



Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces 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. Proceeds from events like the KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball, help support our free programs and events, including the 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program, which has impacted more than 300,000 Hoosier 4th graders.