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2020 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Canceled; Other Events through May 9th Canceled

The 500 Festival is suspending all planned, in-person events scheduled through May 9, 2020. The suspension of these events is in accordance with the CDC’s updated guidance to cancel, postpone or provide virtual options for all large events for the next 8 weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The 500 Festival is doing everything possible to minimize the economic impact and ramifications that will be experienced as a result of canceling these in-person events.

The following 500 Festival in-person events will need to be conducted as virtual events, rescheduled or canceled:

  • OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K (May 2) – All 2020 Indy Mini events will move to virtual races. Individuals registered for this year’s races will receive details on how to participate virtually and still earn their 2020 shirt and medal. Other options, including lending a hand in support of the 500 Festival’s free programs for kids or rolling registration over to next year, will be communicated to participants in the coming days. The in-person events will NOT take place.
  • 500 Festival Kick-Off to May, presented by STAR Bank (April 29) – The in-person event will NOT take place. There will be an announcement soon regarding ways the community can participate virtually.
  • Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run (May 9) – The in-person event will NOT take place. We will reschedule this event for another date as guidance related to public events is provided.
  • 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo (April 30 & May 1) – The in-person event will NOT take place. Virtual goodie bags will be sent to participants.
  • All 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program Study Trips at IMS (April 2020) – All in-person events will NOT take place. Schools will be mailed some additional materials.
  • This list is in addition to the other 500 Festival event cancelations that were announced last week

“The 500 Festival recognizes the unique and challenging times that we are all facing together. May will certainly look different than the last 60+ years but with options to participate virtually or to reschedule some events to a future date we are confident that the future looks bright and the things we hold dearly will continue albeit in a different form,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “As a community nonprofit organization, the 500 Festival looks forward to providing events and programs that enrich lives, foster positive community impact and celebrate the Indy 500. To our participants, volunteers, interns, corporate and civic partners – Thank you for your support!”

To the registered participants of the 2020 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K, we know that many of you have logged countless hours of training and have made numerous commitments to experience the thrill of crossing the finish line. We don’t take your commitments lightly and want you to know that we have exhausted all possible solutions to provide the Indy Mini experience that you’ve come to expect over the last 43 years. We have also been cognizant of the resources that help us produce this community event which includes thousands of volunteers, medical personnel, IMPD, the Indiana National Guard, Homeland Security, Indianapolis Motor Speedway staff, corporate partners and many others. Given our current situation and out of respect for the ever-changing needs of those resource partners as well as the health and safety of our participants, it has become clear that moving our 2020 races to virtual runs is the best possible choice. In addition to the participant options, we are also committed to providing you with an on-track running and walking experience at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway at a to-be-determined date later this year.

Regarding 500 Festival events for the remainder of May, please be patient as we respond to new health-related guidance and develop alternate plans as necessary. Any additional measures or announcements will be communicated to impacted participants, ticketholders, and volunteers via email. It will also be shared on our social media, websites (www.500festival.com and www.indymini.com) and to the media, as they occur.

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Street Closures for Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration Music Heritage Festival l July 14

Indiana State Police sent this bulletin at 07/07/2017 02:18 PM EDT

The American Legion Mall will once again host the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration Music Heritage Festival 1 on Friday, July 14.

This year many of the roads surrounding the American Legion Mall will be closed starting at 6:00 p.m. and remain closed until 12:00 a.m. after the concert ends. The closures will only limit vehicular traffic around the Mall.

“Attendance at the concert has grown over the years, resulting in the crowds spilling into Meridian and Pennsylvania Streets”, commented Indiana State Police First Sergeant Mike Nichols. “These closures are necessary to provide an added level of protection to everyone attending the concert,” Nichols added.

Concertgoers wishing to drop people off near the venue on Pennsylvania or Meridian Streets will need to do this before 5:30 p.m.

The following Indianapolis streets will be closed on Friday, July 14th from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Street Closures – Click on link for closures map

  • Meridian Street from St. Clair Street to Michigan Street
  • Pennsylvania Street from St. Clair Street to Michigan Street
  • St. Clair Street from Meridian Street to Pennsylvania Street
  • E. Walnut Street at Pennsylvania Street
  • W. Walnut Street at Meridian Street
  • 40 & 8 Avenue at Pennsylvania Street
  • Fort Wayne Street and North Street at Pennsylvania Street
  • North Street at Illinois Street

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Taste of Broad Ripple Returns Saturday, June 17th

The Broad Ripple Village Association, Do317 and The Vogue welcome back for the first time in 12 years the Taste of Broad Ripple, coming to one of Indianapolis’ most vibrant and historic neighborhoods. The action-packed one-day festival will bring the best local food, beer and live music to the streets of Broad Ripple Village this summer on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 3 to 10 p.m.

Home to an eclectic mix of local restaurants, independently owned shops and renowned bars and brew pubs, Broad Ripple is recognized as one of the most creative areas of Indianapolis, shaped by its nearby parks, the Central Canal, the Monon Trail and the winding White River. The Taste of Broad Ripple will embody no less, representing the essence of the only cultural district outside of downtown.

“I’m really excited about bringing back the Taste of Broad Ripple,” said Steven Ross, Festival Organizer. “The Taste is a great way to show everybody what Broad Ripple Village has – a cool entertaining atmosphere, a variety of tasty cuisine and great craft beer! Come experience the flavor that is (the Taste of) Broad Ripple.”

An all-ages event with several thousand expected to attend, the Taste of Broad Ripple will feature several interactive areas, including a Chef’s Night Off Tent with a Kid’s Pizza Making Contest from 3-5 p.m. and Chef Cook-Off from 5-7 p.m., a Kids-Only Area open from 3-6:30 p.m. with a Colts Interactive Museum, face painting and bounce house, a Monarch Beverage and Yuengling Beer Garden open from 3-9:30 p.m., featuring Yuengling and other select beers, and a Fresh Thyme tent.

Headlining the main stage will be regular Vogue sell-out act Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press, an interactive party band covering sing-along hits from the ‘80s to now. Additional performers will include The Easthills, Audiodacity and the Kyle Bledsoe Trio.

Main entrances for the festival will be located at Broad Ripple Ave. and N. Guilford Ave. (near Starbucks) and the north side of Rainbow Bridge. Streets will be closed from the intersection of N. Guilford Ave. and Broad Ripple Ave. to the north side of Rainbow Bridge on Guilford, and part of Westfield Blvd. to N. Winthrop Ave.

Parking: Free shuttles will run throughout festival hours to and from the Glendale Mall parking lot east of the area, and additional parking is TBD. There will be no cost to park at either location.

Tickets: Tickets are $7 at the gate (cash only, ATMs available) or in advance (plus applicable fees if purchased online) at www.ticketfly.com. FREE admission for children ages 10 and under. 10% of all ticket sale income will be donated to Second Helpings to benefit their programs to help relieve hunger in Central Indiana.

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IPL Extends Sponsorship of 500 Festival Parade Through 2018

The 500 Festival has announced that Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) has renewed its sponsorship of the 500 Festival Parade through 2018.

“Few events embody the spirit and pride found in those who live here in Central Indiana quite like the IPL 500 Festival Parade, and I’m proud to say we have been part of the tradition since the very beginning,” said Rafael Sanchez, IPL President & CEO. “This is an iconic event that powers the excitement and momentum of the Indianapolis 500, and through our continued partnership with the 500 Festival we are honored to Accelerate the American Spirit here in Central Indiana for more years to come.”

The 2017 IPL 500 Festival Parade marks the 61st Parade. It will be held on Saturday, May 27 in downtown Indianapolis. IPL has been a float sponsor for the event since its inception in 1957.

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Bockbier Fest at the Indianapolis Liederkranz Saturday Night

Bockbier fests are a spring tradition in Germany, and to join in the fun you can join the Naptown Buzz crew at the Indianapolis Liederkranz (1417 East Washington Street) this Saturday night for some beer, music, food and dancing… it’s what (German) life is all about!

Local Indianapolis favorite, Alpine Express, will be providing the entertainment for the evening and Bier Brewery will be providing the local craft brew this year!

Menu to include (but not limited to): wurst, potato salad, kraut, smoked pork chops.

Featured craft beer: Roggenschnizzle by Bier Brewery in Indianapolis.

Featured bottled beers: Paulaner Salvator,  Spaten Optimator,  Ein Becker Mai Bock &  Augustiner Bräu Maximator.

Admission to this event is FREE! Bring your friends! Buy some food and drink! Make a donation to the club if you desire.

For more information please visit http://indyliederkranz.org/event/bockbier-fest/.

FREE tickets can be reserved at Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bockbier-fest-tickets-31383120759?ref=ebtn.

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“Lights at the Brickyard” Already Draws Over 50,000 Spectators, Plus Special Pricing

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More than 50,000 spectators have already witnessed Indy’s newest spectacular holiday tradition, Lights at the Brickyard. As a gift to both newcomers and returning visitors, a special $25 standard lane entry price will be available Monday-Wednesday throughout December. ThursdaySunday standard lane prices will remain $30, as previously announced.

“It’s truly special to be sharing the Christmas and holiday season with thousands of Hoosiers and visitors from across the country,” IMS President Doug Boles said. “We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive feedback and we love hearing the stories of new memories being created at IMS through Lights at the Brickyard. The large crowds greeting us each evening have exceeded our expectations and we hope this newly announced pricing helps even more families take advantage of this special way to experience IMS.”

To see more images from Lights at the Brickyard, click here. The event runs every evening through Dec. 31. Fans seeking shorter lines and a quicker trip through the 1.7-mile course are encouraged to visit earlier in the week and consider purchasing Speedy Passes, which are available for $50 online and $60 at the gate. Those utilizing a Speedy Pass should enter through the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course off 16th Street. Standard Lane purchasers should enter through Gate 2 off 16th Street.

Tickets can be purchased at www.ims.com/lights. Before visiting the venue, spectators are encouraged to review the event guide for the latest directions and traffic information. While at IMS, don’t forget to tag our social media accounts in your posts with “#IMSLights.”

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“Return of The Mac” Mac & Cheese Festival January 8th

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Chef’s Night Off and MOKB present: Return of The Mac, Indy’s first festival dedicated to the golden goodness we all love, mac & cheese on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the Circle City Industrial Complex located at 1125 E. Brookside Avenue in Indianapolis.

Attendees will sample cheesy creations from more than 20 of Indy’s favorite restaurants while chefs put their own spin on everyone’s favorite comfort food. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m. for only $20 general admission and $35 VIP Early Entry. Kids 6 and under are free when accompanied by an adult with ticket.  Each ticket grants access to unlimited sampling for 2 hours, a full bar for 21+ guests, and participation Yelp’s Crowd Favorite vote. This is an all ages event. A limited amount of tickets are available for this event.

Tickets go on sale Monday December 5 at 10 via Ticketfly.

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“Return of The Mac” Mac & Cheese Festival January 8th

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Chef’s Night Off and MOKB present: Return of The Mac, Indy’s first festival dedicated to the golden goodness we all love, mac & cheese on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the Circle City Industrial Complex located at 1125 E. Brookside Avenue in Indianapolis.

Attendees will sample cheesy creations from more than 20 of Indy’s favorite restaurants while chefs put their own spin on everyone’s favorite comfort food. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m. for only $20 general admission and $35 VIP Early Entry. Kids 6 and under are free when accompanied by an adult with ticket.  Each ticket grants access to unlimited sampling for 2 hours, a full bar for 21+ guests, and participation Yelp’s Crowd Favorite vote. This is an all ages event. A limited amount of tickets are available for this event.

Tickets go on sale Monday December 5 at 10 via Ticketfly.

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Summerfest! presented by the Indianapolis Liederkranz

liederkranzlogoIt’s that time of year again… join us at German Park for for annual Summerfest! It’s a great time to celebrate summer, catch up with old friends, make new ones and help support the club.

One of the beers we’ll be featuring this year is Gold Standard, an Abbey Blonde Ale, from Taxman Brewing Co. based in Bargersville, IN. We’ll also have our traditional German beers available. (and who can forget the food!)

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Jay Fox and the Bavarian Showtime Band with intermissions covered by our very own Indianapolis Liederkranz Brass Band! Come on out and kick up your heels. We can’t wait to see you!

Admission to the festival is just $5 and kids 12 and under are free.

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Indianapolis Liederkranz presents Damenchor Bunter Abend – Saturday, November 21st

Please join the Indianapolis Liederkranz Damenchor for a Bunter Abend (colorful evening) of folk songs from Germany and around the world! The ladies auxiliary is preparing a delicious, traditional German meal for you to enjoy before the concert. Dinner includes Rouladen or Chicken, Spaetzle, Potatoes, Green Beans, Red Cabbage and your choice of one of […]