In remembrance of North Carolina State University women's basketball coach Kay Yow, the annual 4Kay run recruits a stampede of pavement pounders to speed through straightaways in support of cancer research. An estimated 3,000 fleet feet will tip off the 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four as they traverse the 2.49-mile home of the famed Indianapolis 500, making pit stops to refuel and check ankle pressure. Walkers are also encouraged to participate at their own comfortable pace during this rain-or-shine event. On race day, the first 500 Groupon participants to check in will receive a complimentary short-sleeve Nike T-shirt for quick changes after a victorious finish-line sports-drink bath.
Contribute to a worthy cause while drinking the quality beers of Upland Brewing and listening to tunes from Todd Snider, the singer-songwriter Spin's David Menconi calls "a hardheaded, sharp-penned Americana songwriter whose character-actor croon fits somewhere between Lyle Lovett and Jerry Jeff Walker." With punch lines poised on the tongue of his opinionated lyrics, Snider joins supporting groups TV Mike and the Scarecrowes and local band The Elly Maze for an evening of relaxed outdoor concertry. Each of your food and drink tickets are worth $1 and will give your internal torso purse access to Upland brews, assorted beverages, and versatile fairground food that includes vegetarian options.
The 15th annual Indy's Irish Fest will celebrate Celtic culture with a plethora of tasty foods, the toe-tapping sounds of Irish music and dance, and a full lineup of activities for adults and kids alike. The festival's schedule of events is brimming with Isle-inspired activities, while the festival's cultural area educates visitors on Irish and Irish-American customs, such as "getting Joyced," in which a friend is shown a copy of Ulyssses at a party, and is then obligated to read the entire thing out loud.
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the NHRA’s top pedal grinders compete for the checkers as Lucas Oil Raceway hosts the high-octane conclusion to this year’s NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, one of drag racing’s most prestigious events. The ghosts of former Model-T drivers race alongside novice and veteran speed demons such as champion Larry Dixon as they try to secure enough points to propel their teams into the Countdown playoffs and Full Throttle championships. The legendary track lives up to its reputation for smoothness as cars glide towards the finish line like sticks of butter on a bunny slope.
Ranked among Ticketmaster's Top 25 Most Requested Family Events for five consecutive years, UniverSoul Circus grants an interactive spectacle of acrobatic stunts, dance, and comedy set to popular urban sounds. With its swirling lights and pulsing beats, the circus's resemblance to a blowout concert tour is no accident: production designer Tom Marzullo has created internationally touring stage shows for Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, and Prince.
As hosts, a troupe of improv comics slip laughs in between the gasps and draw the crowd even closer into the action. Meanwhile, the production makes jaws drop farther with trained elephants, illusions featuring a live tiger, a head-balancing act from Vietnam, and female contortionists from Ethiopia. These make up just a few of the globally sourced performers, others of whom hail from locales as diverse as Colombia, South Africa, Russia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Since opening in 2008, Lucas Oil Stadium, a massive brick structure that decorates the southwestern segment of downtown Indianapolis, has hosted Super Bowl XLVI, Big Ten Football Championship Games in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and numerous other events. With a first-of-its-kind SuperFrame retractable roof structural system, Lucas Oil Stadium is a multi-purpose facility capable of seating more than 62,000 people. The seven-level stadium, which provides scenic views of the downtown Indianapolis skyline, also boasts 44,000 square feet of exhibit space, two multi-level club lounges and 137 suites. In addition to sampling Lucas Oil Stadium during events that include sporting events, concerts, conventions, trade shows and competitions, visitors can partake of paid one-hour public walking tours offered most weeks throughout the year. Tours generally include visits to the facility’s playing field, an NFL locker room, Lucas Oil Plaza and the press box.