Yes, there's a race. There's also other options. Here are some.
500 Festival Parade
Hollywood stars may be in short supply, but athletes will be out in force for the annual balloon-bedecked march/drive/stroll through downtown. Expect to see the 1955 Crispus Attucks state champion basketball team and cheerleaders (all serving collectively as grand marshals), Olympic gold-winning gymnast Nastia Liukin, Pacers Paul George and Coach Frank Vogal, then-and-now Colts Dwayne Allen, Gary Brackett, and Pat McAfee, racing legends Al Unser, Sr. and Mario Andretti, and, of course, the lineup of drivers for this year’s race. Also on hand: Straight No Chaser, Florence Henderson, and opening entertainers Nico & Vinz.
May 23 Downtown Indianapolis Details
“School House Wrong!”
Three Dollar Bill Comedy solidified its reputation as the area’s top sketch comedy group with its 2011 Indy Fringe show “School House Wrong!” It confirmed its crowd-pleasing status with 2012’s “School House Wrong To! Even Wronger.” Now, the gang has assembled a two-act best-of show, offering spirited, twisted takes on “School House Rock” shorts—those education snippets that taught generations how a bill becomes a law and the function of conjunctions.
May 21-30 Theatre on the Square Details
Carb Day concert
For those who like music with their racing, consider visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Carb Day. That’s when three bands provide the afternoon soundtrack near Turn 4. The bands: Jane’s Addiction, O.A.R., and 38 Special. It’s scheduled to begin at 3:30 and it’s free with $30 admission. (You can upgrade with a $10 concert pit pass.)
May 22 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Details
Also this week
The Indianapolis Opera and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra team up for a free "Crescendo @White River State Park" concert May 22.
The Indiana Wind Symphony performs “The Power of Brass” at the Palladium May 23
Florida Georgia Line headlines the Legends Day concert May 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Muppet Movie gets the big-screen treatment at the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin May 22-23. Kermit the Frog stars