1. Carb Day
May 27, 11 a.m. I'm going to list all the awesome shit that takes place during this day at IMS: historic race car laps, autographs sessions, Sam Schmidt laps, final Indy 500 practice, Indy Lights race, Pit Stop competition and a JOURNEY performance!!!
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W. 16th St., prices vary.
May 28, noon. Celebrities, spectacular floats, marching bands, OH MY!
Downtown Indianapolis, FREE
May 28, 9 p.m. If you haven't listened to Yoni and Geti's new album Testarossa, do it. It’s a concept album that tells the story of (imagine) a cocktail waitress and a touring musician. Believe me: It’s really, really great. Oreo Jones has a new record too, so expect tracks off that.
The Hi-Fi, 1043 Virginia Ave. Ste. 4, $15, 21+
May 28, 2 p.m. You only turn three once, right? Indiana City is throwing a big party featuring the ladies of The Rocket Doll Revue, music from John Stamps, Sirius Blvck, Dirtbike, Sacred Leather and others. Of course there will be plenty of beer to go around — a special release of an anniversary IPA plus many more special tappings.
Indiana City Beer, 24 Shelby St, FREE, 21+
May 28, 1 p.m. No, there aren't real submarines racing down the White River, but this unique event will make you believe there is. Host and comedian Stephen Vincent Giles gives play-by-play action during this one-of-a-kind storytelling event put on by Big Car Collaborative.
3000 N. White River Pkwy West Dr., FREE
May 27, 7 p.m. This cancer research fundraiser will donate 100 percent of funds raised to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest nonprofit health org funding blood cancer research. Dog Bite Mike, Kyle Vanes and The Dales, Matt Cain, John Clamme, Pat Hasbrook all perform.
The Mousetrap, 5565 N. Keystone Ave., $25, 21+
May 27, 6 p.m. Head to Gallery 924 located inside the Arts Council for what Dan Grossman calls "a welcoming experience for [a] visual arts fan." Read the full review of Hughes' work here. There's also a 100th Running Porch Party taking place with live music, food, drinks, fun arts activities for the kids and more! Two events for the price (FREE) of one.
924 N. Pennsylvania St., FREE
May 27, 6 p.m. An evening of music, food, and drinks to celebrate the 100th running of the big race in Indy, and a silent auction to raise money to benefit Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Featuring live music from country music star Levi Riggs, food from Nameless Catering, beer from Sun King Brewery, and wine from Mallow Run Winery.
Gleaners Food Bank, 3737 Waldemere Ave., $30, 21+
May 27, 7 p.m. The lineup for the final Birdy's band battle features Clint Breeze, Legacy of Triumph, Carmichael, Young Kingdom, Tracksuit Lyfestile and Stay Outside. Previous year's Battle winners had gigantic years following their win – plan to keep an eye on whoever comes out on top in this one.
Birdy's Bar and Grill, 2131 E. 71st St., $15, 21+