Plus, Ruoff Music Center getting upgrades.
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39º | Cloudy | 0% chance of rain | Sunrise 8:06 a.m. | Sunset 5:33 p.m.

🎉 Let’s get this party started
Indy 500 porch decorations
May is like Christmas time in Indiana with houses decked out for the Indy 500. |Photo via Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Grab a lawn chair, call the neighbors over, and sip on an ice cold beverage — porch party season is here.

“Porching is a long-standing Indianapolis tradition where friends, family and even strangers gather on front porches during the warm months of the year for fellowship,” according to the Indianapolis Recorder.

In 2016, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway partnered up with the Harrison Center to take porch parties, which typically begin around May, and use it as a way to kick off Indy 500 celebrations during the month of May.

Want to get in on the fun? Hosting your own porch party is pretty simple. Just put up some race-themed decorations in the front yard, choose an evening to host, invite your friends, family, and neighbors, prepare some snacks + drinks, and have a good time.

If you host a porch party by this Sunday, May 21, you can register your decorated home for a chance to win prizes from IMS.

Upcoming community porch parties

  • Presidential Porch Party | Thursday, May 18 | 5-7 p.m. | Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis | $5
  • Speedway Porch Party | Friday, May 19 | 4-6 p.m. | Advance Auto Parts, 5636 Crawfordsville Rd., Speedway
  • 16 Tech Porch Party | Wednesday, May 24 | 4-7 p.m. | The Amp at 16 Tech, 1220 Waterway Blvd., Indianapolis | Free

Monday, May 15
  • Mecum Classic Car Auction | Monday, May 15-Saturday, May 20 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis | $20-$30 | Cruise over to see muscle cars, trucks, Corvettes, and antiques on display for auction + experience a Dodge Thrill Ride.
Tuesday, May 16
  • Lunch Break Live on Monument Circle | Tuesday, May 16-Tuesday, June 27 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Monument Circle - Southwest Quad, Indianapolis | Free | Bring your lunch or stop by a visiting food truck + enjoy live music from local artists.
  • Indianapolis 500 Practice | Tuesday, May 17-Friday, May 19 | Times vary | Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W. 16th St., Indianapolis | $15 | Enjoy the sights + sounds of May at the Brickyard while seeing your favorite drivers push their cars to the limit at speeds over 230 mph.
  • “Monet and Friends Alive” at THE LUME | Tuesday, May 16-Monday, May 29 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Newfields, 4000 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis | $20-$29 | Experience this immersive display of the Impressionist art that changed the 19th century through a journey of light, color, and sound, on view through May 29.*
Wednesday, May 17
  • Iowa Cubs vs. Indianapolis Indians | Wednesday, May 17 | 1:35 p.m. | Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis | $12-$85 | Enjoy an afternoon ballgame with a business lunch or “off-site” meeting — gates open at 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 18
  • VeeCon 2023 Field Day | Thursday, May 18 | 2-8 p.m. | Celebration Plaza, 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis | $200 | Check out this multi-day superconference with discussions and performances from iconic and emerging leaders in web3, business, and pop culture.
Saturday, May 20
  • OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair | Saturday, May 20-Sunday, May 21 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th St., Broad Ripple, Indianapolis | $10-$150 | Support the arts and shop from 150 local, regional, and national artists at the 51st annual art fair.
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News Notes
Coming Soon
  • A Cup Of Chai — a small cafe serving a variety of chai and coffee drinks — is coming to Fountain Square at 1028 Shelby St. It will also have a small selection of baked goods + a small outdoor seating area. No word on the grand opening date yet, but follow it on Instagram for updates.
  • Last night, the Fishers City Council voted on a measure that would establish a $50 fee for nonresidents to park vehicles at the new Geist Waterfront Park, which will be officially opening its beach along Geist Reservoir on Saturday, May 27. It features concession stands, kayak rentals, a beach, and a playground. (WISH)
  • For the first time since 2011, IU softball is headed to the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers lost during Saturday’s Big Ten tournament final against Northwestern, but managed to earn an at-large bid + will play in the Knoxville regional with hosts Tennessee, Louisville, and Northern Kentucky. Wish them luck. (IndyStar)
  • The Indianapolis Zoo has welcomed a new member. Mother Koko had a baby white-handed gibbon, the zoo announced on social media. We don’t know its gender yet. Gibbons are endangered apes native to southern and southeast Asia. (WISH)
  • A student from Columbus North High School represented Indiana in the national Poetry Out Loud Championship held in Washington DC and took home the first-place prize of $20,000. Congrats to Junior Sreepadaarchana Munjuluri — the 2023 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. (WRTV)
  • It never hurts to earn some extra cash these days. Do you have a side hustle? From photography to freelance writing to dog walking — we want to know how you’re making money outside of your “9-to-5.” We might shout it out in an upcoming newsletter.
  • Don’t miss this one, Indy. Tickets just went on sale for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, an experience you won’t find anywhere else except in Bardstown, KY — the Bourbon Capital of the World. General admission and VIP experiences go quickly, so if you’re interested, snag your spot.*
The Buy
  • Turn misplaced keys into a thing of the past with the Apple AirTag. The button-sized tracking device can give you step-by-step directions to your lost keys (or phone…or wallet…) and has a battery life of one year. Pro tip: Put one in your checked luggage and never worry about lost baggage again.*
🎶 New year, new look
Rendering of Ruoff Music Center gate entry
The upgrades to the east and west gate entrances will be here in time for the for the concert season.|Rendering by DKGR
Ruoff Music Center, aka Deer Creek or Klipsch Music Center, is getting some upgrades just in time for concert season.

Local architecture firm DKGR is helping the music venue to update its west and east gate entry experiences, plus add a new guest services building, ticketing gates, bar, and merch areas.

The 2023 concert season will kick off with Janet Jackson and Ludacris on Friday, May 26 at 8 p.m.

More upcoming shows:

Pro tip: Today, May 16, is your last chance to snag the $25 All-In tickets as part of the Concert Week offer.
The Wrap
Nicole-Hernandez-Headshot-INDY Today’s edition by:
Nicole Hernandez
From the editor
It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a concert at Ruoff Music Center, so it would definitely look different to me if I went this year. The last concert I saw at that venue was 5 Seconds of Summer back in August of 2015. I’m not a big country music fan, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Sam Hunt at Ruoff on Friday, July 28.
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