Wait. Stop. Don’t touch that dial. This isn’t another Indy 500 blog post. Well sure, THE race is mentioned in this post, but so are a lot of other events, sights, and activities. Although May at the Indianapolis Speedway holds a special place for Hoosiers and racing fans around the world, it’s not the only game in town—just the biggest. Besides, one can’t spend all of May at the track, can they?

Art and Science

There’s too much to list: Ansel Adams at Eiteljorg Museum, the Orangutan exhibit at Indianapolis Zoo, and the Butterfly enclosure at White River Gardens, Leonardo the Dino and the Terracotta warriors at the Children’s Museum or explore the grounds of Indianapolis Museum of Art and view the essential Robert Indiana through May 4th. And that’s only the beginning.


Mozart, Beethoven, and more at the Hilbert Circle Theatre, Clint Black, Lyle Lovett, Hall & Oates, John legend, and Sammy Hagar all preform in Indy this May. Whether it’s Jazz, Rock, classical, or hip-hop—Indy offers musical venues and performances to fit every taste.


I’m not a theatre critic, but I know what I like, such as being delighted by the musical Memphis last month at Clowes Hall. What I do know is theater is alive and well in Indy. The Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Center for the Performing Arts, and the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, are only a few of the theaters offering a variety of performances.

Sports and Activities

The Indiana Fever, last year’s WNBA champions, play four home games in May and hopefully the Indiana Pacers will be in the playoff hunt. Bankers Life Fieldhouse has been rated as the best venue in professional sports—bar none, and Victory Field, where the Indianapolis Indians play triple A baseball, has been recognized as the best minor league stadium in America. If you want to participate there’s the Mini-Marathon and Color Vibe Run, or you can take a leisurely stroll along the Canal. And an evening on the town ending with coffee and confections on the circle is a must. That little race in May, the Indianapolis 500, isn’t the only race in town. On May 10th Indy car will showcase the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

What Did We Leave Out?

This post leaves a lot to be desired. There are glaring omissions—many of them. As this piece progressed it became apparent, it would be impossible to include every worthy event being held this May in Indianapolis—so I’ll leave that up to the pros.

If you’d like to find specific activities to fit your interests in Indy this May go to:

Visit Indy
Around Indy
Indianapolis 500 Festival

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