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The Indy 500 at the Motor Speedway

Held annually on Memorial Day weekend, the Indy 500 will take place on Sunday, May 27th, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway—less than 5 miles from our downtown hotel.

Known to be the world’s largest single day sporting event, the Indy 500—packed with high speed chases and nail-biting turns—is a must-see live event. For over a century, fans have flocked to Indy during Memorial Day, eager to watch the best and fastest drivers race their way to the checkered flag.

102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500
The Indy 500 event schedule kicks-off on May 11th. Pre-racing events include the Crown Royal Armed Forces Weekend, Miller Lite Carb Day, Firestone Legends Day, and Indy 500 Snake Pit. The Indy Speedway also plays host to a series of concerts, balls, and off-track experiences.

2018 IPL 500 Festival Parade
On May 26th, the eve of the Indy 500, an estimated 300,000 spectators will line the streets of downtown. As one of the nation’s premier annual parades, the IPL 500 Festival features celebrity appearances, costumed characters, spectacular floats, marching bands, and more

Starting just outside the American Legion Mall, the parade will head to Washington St., turn, then head back, ending near 10th St. Most of downtown will be closed to traffic. Hotel guests staying in downtown can avoid the hassle of finding and paying for parking.

Televised nationally on NBC Sports, this a must-see, uniquely Indy event.

Stay at Marriott Indianapolis

Located in downtown near the Indy 500 Speedway, our hotel provides direct access to the Indy Skywalk. The best of Indianapolis is right at our doorstep, including the spectacular IPL 500 Festival here in downtown. Guests staying at our hotel can conveniently walk to-and-from the Indy 500 festivities.

Our brand-new onsite restaurant, Conner’s Kitchen + Bar is now open! Before heading out, stop by for a drink and bite to eat.

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