Add These 5 Things to Your Calendar This May



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Blaine Zimmerman

Add these 5 things to your calendar this May. Believe it or not, the most exciting thing you do this month might be watching a stranger drink a glass of milk—assuming that stranger is the winner of the Indianapolis 500.

That’s right. May in Indiana mostly revolves around what’s happening at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But if you don’t consider yourself a racing fan, don’t worry. The race isn’t the only thing Indianapolis has to offer. So grab your planner. In this post, we detail five things to look forward to this May.  

5 things to do in Indianapolis this May

Whether you’re looking to build upon the excitement of last month’s NCAA Tournament or need a new blueprint for a night on the town, this list has you covered. 

  1. Check out the Bottleworks District.

One of the newest additions to Indianapolis’s Mass Ave Arts District has already captured the attention of locals and tourists alike. Housed within the historic Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Indianapolis building, the Bottleworks District pays homage to the building’s original Art Deco features. But it’s not just the history that’s appealing. The Bottleworks District includes a boutique hotel for weekend getaways and culinary offerings from Indianapolis classics like La Chinita Poblana in the Garage Food hall. 

Let’s put it this way: the Bottleworks District is a one-stop-shop for a great night out. 


Visit the Bottleworks District and Garage Food Hall websites for current hours of operation. 


Bottleworks District

850 Massachusetts Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46204

  1. Visit the Original Farmers’ Market.

Every month is a good month to support local farmers—and it just so happens that the Original Farmers’ Market opens on the first Wednesday of May every year. Located in the heart of Indianapolis, the Original Farmers’ Market offers exciting treats for customers of all ages and diets. With vendors supplying some of the Midwest’s best produce, dairy products, and meats, visitors will find it difficult to leave empty-handed. So bookmark a new spring recipe and fill your pantry with healthy treats sourced from local growers. 


Every Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Indianapolis City Market

222 East Market Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204

  1. Go the distance at the OneAmerica 500 Festival Virtual Mini-Marathon.

The Indianapolis 500 isn’t the only race that happens in the Hoosier state every May. Named among Runner’s World’s most iconic American races, the 500 Festival’s mini-marathon typically brings runners from around the world to Indianapolis. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s race is being held virtually, so participants won’t get to experience the race’s customary lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But don’t let the virtual aspect of the race dissuade you. It only makes this 500 Festival tradition more accessible and flexible than it has been in past years. 

Need something faster? Runners also have the option of participating in the Delta Dental 500 Festival Virtual 5K.


Participants must complete their miles for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Virtual Mini-Marathon or Delta Dental 500 Festival Virtual 5K between May 8th and May 23rd.


Since these races are being held virtually, participants can choose their courses. Visit for more details.

  1. Experience the biggest event on the IndyCar calendar.

Let’s face it. Most of these May events are merely precursors to the May event in Indianapolis: The 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Although the Indianapolis Motor Speedway won’t be open for the mini-marathon, fans will be able to experience the Indianapolis 500 in person. The track will operate at 40 percent capacity, with approximately 135,000 fans in attendance. 


May 30th


The Indianapolis Motor Speedway

4790 West 16th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46222

  1. Get hired.

Racing fans know how to thrive in fast-paced environments. Employers love that.

Looking for job opportunities in central Indiana this May? INvets helps veterans find exciting roles within veteran-focused companies in Indiana. Whether you want to explore a new field or climb the ranks at a nationally recognized organization, you’ll find hundreds of relevant listings on our job board. Before you register for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Virtual Mini-Marathon or buy your tickets to the Indianapolis 500, register for an INvets account. We’ll connect you with employers that value your unique military skill set

Helping veterans find meaningful opportunities in Indiana

Transitioning to civilian life is hard, but searching for career opportunities shouldn’t be. That’s why INvets, a nonprofit organization founded by veterans, takes the guesswork out of job searching. We connect veterans with businesses and organizations that want to hire veterans. 

Need additional support during your military transition? We do more than post job listings and schedule interviews. From providing valuable education and training to explaining Indiana’s many financial incentives for veterans, we’re committed to helping armed forces members find meaningful career opportunities after leaving the military. 

Register for an INvets account today. One of our veteran engagement specialists will reach out and help you plan your next move.