It looks like Hoosiers everywhere have come out of their caves and are casting about, eyes blinking, for fun things to do in Indianapolis and other nearby cities in Indiana. Check out Fun City Finder‘s hand-picked listings below from the comfort of your computer. For some of these activities, today is the last day you can catch them. Nevertheless, the active season is just starting in the Circle City, and there will be plentiful events and things to do in Indianapolis until it’s time to hibernate again.
Greater Indianapolis Things to Do Through May, 2011
|Good People Good Times – This is a three-day festival in Brown County’s Nashville, Indiana, at the Brown County State Park near Bloomington. Chock full of family fun such as paintball, easy hiking, swimming and ongoing live Greater Indianapolis music.
May 20 – May 22, 2011
Valley Branch Retreat
Admission: $15 for adults; kids under 18, half-price; under 10, free
|Shelby Spring Fling – In Nashville, at the Brown County State Park, this popular car show also offers lots of activities for the whole fam. Runs concurrently with the Good People Good Times festival, listed above, and the two together would make a great day trip from Indianapolis.
May 20 – May 22, 2011
Brown County State Park
|Civil War Days at Conner Prairie – This family-favorite Indianapolis museum of the living history variety offers stirring reenactments of battles from the Civil War.
May 21 – 22, 2011; 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
Admission: $14 for adults, $13 for seniors, $9 for kids 2-12
|Community Hero Appreciation Event – A mainstay of Indianapolis society and culture, this offering acknowledges veterans and community heroes and also includes a real military climbing wall and more fun stuff.
May 24, 2011; 12:00 pm
Old National Bank in Greenwood, Indiana
|Zoopolis 500 – The renowned Indy Zoo presents the Festival Princess, the Indy 500 Pace Car and some entertaining tortoise racing at this fun Indianapolis event, a favorite among children from Indianapolis and its environs.
May 25, 2011
|National Auto Racing Memorabilia Show – May, the month of the automobile in Naptown, brings lucky Hoosiers the largest collection of auto race memorabilia in the world.
May 27 – 28, 2011
Indiana State Fairgrounds, Pioneer Our Land Pavilion
Admission: $7 – $3
|Family Fun on the Farm – Noblesville’s Stonycreek Farm offers their pumpkin train, go-carts, live animals, jumping pillow and more down on the farm this summer.
May 27 – August 28, 2011; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Stonycreek Farm, Noblesville, Indiana
|Indianapolis 500 Activities – Check out all the action and activities leading up to the world-famous Indianapolis 500 Race, culmination of the biggest Indianapolis sports racing event of the year. In Speedway, Indiana, a West Indianapolis suburb.
Bump Day Qualifying: May 22, 2011
500 Festival Community Day: May 25, 2011
Miller Lite Carb Day: May 27, 2011
Indy 500 Breakfast at the Brickyard: May 28, 2011
500 Festival Parade: May 28, 2011; noon
Snakepit Ball: May 28, 2011; 6:00 pm
95th Indianapolis 500-mile race: May 29, 2011
All events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
See FunCityFinder’s synopsis of 2011’s 500 Festival events
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