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The 500 Festival
Welcome to The 500 Festival

Mission
The mission of the 500 Festival is to produce events and programs that celebrate the success of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Indiana and their guests. These events and programs, produced largely by volunteers, enhance the image of our city and state by showcasing our cultural, educational, and social benefits to the world.

About the 500 Festival
No other singular sporting event in the world has a legacy like the Indianapolis 500. No other event has shaped and defined a city and state and their people like the Indianapolis 500.

The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 49 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.

Last year, nearly 425,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in festival activities throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state's largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation's premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.

500 Festival Past Themes

1957

 

1958

 Spectacle of Speed

1959

 Freedom... the American Way

1960

 Festival of Firsts

1961

 50 Golden Years

1962

 Music, Yesterday and Today

1963

 Happy Holidays

1964

 The Big Fifty

1965

 Showtime, U.S.A.

1966

 150 Years of Progress

1967

 The Wonderland of Books

1968

 The Wonderful World of Art and Music

1969

 The World of Sports

1970

 Moments to Remember

1971

 International Storybook

1972

 Those Wonderful Years

1973

 Down Memory Lane

1974

 Through the Eyes of Children

1975

 The Magic of Music

1976

 America Is

1977

 Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera

1978

 The Wonder of America Set To Music

1979

 It's a Good Life

1980

 Something Old, Something New

1981

 Reflections of Great Moments

1982

 Previews: A Look at Tomorrow

1983

 America, You're Beautiful

1984

 Salute to Heritage

1985

 The Wonderful World of Disney

1986

 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

1987

 Fiesta 500 - In the Spirit of the Pan American Games

1988

 Zoobilee '88 - The 500 Festival Salutes the New Indianapolis Zoo

1989

 The American West; From the Frontier to the Future

1990

 Explorations - "Journey Through Time"

1991

 A Time to Remember - A Salute to the 75th Running of the Indianapolis 500
 Mile Race

1992

 20th Surprise Party - Walt Disney World's 20 Magical Years

1993

 Learning Comes Alive

1994

 Catch a Dream

1995

 A Trip to the Track

1996

 Fast Friends

1997

 Here's to the Winners

1998

 Creating Magic Moments

1999

 Victory Gardens: Celebrating 20th Century Heroes

2000

 Back Home Again in Indiana

2001

 Home of Champions

2002

 One Track Mind

2003

 Art in Motion

2004

 Lights, Camera, Traction!

2005

 Accelerate Your Senses

2006

 Celebrate the Spectacle

2007

 Spirit and Speed



 


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