May 23, 2024 - Things to Do

8 things to do in Indianapolis over Memorial Day weekend (that aren't the Indy 500)

Illustration of a cherry pie with "weekend" cut out of the crust.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

We know the Indy 500 is a big deal, but there are plenty of ways to celebrate Memorial Day weekend in Indianapolis outside of the track!

Here are a few of our picks:

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡² Remember the fallen during the The American Legion 500 Festival Memorial Service Friday at the Indiana World War Memorial downtown.

  • The free community celebration starts at noon.

πŸ€ Cheer on the Pacers as they battle the Celtics for the Eastern Conference championship Saturday and Monday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

  • Saturday's game begins at 8:30pm with tickets starting at $161.
  • Monday's game begins at 8pm with tickets starting at $149.

πŸ₯— Enjoy dinner and a show as "The Wizard of Oz" begins its run at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre.

  • Shows will be performed at 1pm and 8pm Thursday; 8pm Friday; and 1pm and 8pm Saturday.
  • Tickets start at $65.

✊🏿 Take in a day of food, music and culture at the Melanin In May Festival at Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, 8902 E. 38th St.

πŸ’… Do brunch like a queen as Indy Pride Presents the "Brunch, Please! Drag Brunch" Saturday at the HI-FI.

  • Performances begin at 10am and 1:30pm.
  • Tickets start at $30.

πŸ₯ Party with up-and-coming musician G Flip at the HI-FI Annex, 7pm Saturday.

  • Tickets start at $25.
  • A free dance party hosted by local DJ Little Town will follow.

⚽ Support the Indy Eleven as they take on the Phoenix Rising FC, 7pm Saturday in Carroll Stadium.

⚾ Root, root, root for the home team when the Indianapolis Indians play the Omaha Storm Monday night.

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