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Perform for a Crowd of 20,000!

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is one of the nation’s most iconic half-marathons. Known as The Greatest Spectacle in Running, the Indy Mini features 100 of the best entertainment groups and spirit squads lining the half marathon course. Selected entertainment acts will perform for 20,000 participants, volunteers, and spectators on the day of the Indy Mini.

Indy Mini participants cite course entertainment as one of the top reasons they return to the race year after year. From musicians to magicians, rock bands to dance groups, fitness squads to cloggers, and performances of all sorts, the fanfare that course entertainers bring to our participants is unlike anything else.


Benefits of Getting Involved

  • Unforgettable experience to inspire tens of thousands of participants
  • Group name and booking information listed on indymini.com
  • Group signage displayed at the performance location
  • Group recognition listed on the 2024 Participant Guide webpage
  • Commemorative shirt*
  • Tickets to an Indianapolis 500 Practice Day
  • The 2024 Course Entertainment application deadline is April 1*. To learn more about Course Entertainment or to apply, click here
*Entertainment groups must register by March 15 to be guaranteed a commemorative shirt

Applications & Selection

Applications for the 2024 Mini-Marathon are OPEN! Use the application found above to apply today!

Confirmation notices will be emailed to all selected groups on a rolling basis once we receive your application and a sample of your work (link to online video or audio, etc.). Please note that the number of entertainment groups selected will be capped at 100.

Orientation & Other Details

All groups will be required to attend a Course Entertainment orientation (date TBD) in downtown Indianapolis. Critical performance details will be distributed at this meeting, including your group's assigned location, details regarding power, and your group's shirts.

On race morning (May 4), groups must be at their assigned location by 6:30 a.m. All groups will finish performing by noon.

All groups will be responsible for supplying their own equipment. Generators or business power sources will be provided. Please be specific when completing the application regarding your power needs so we can best follow up with your group.


2023 Course Entertainment Groups

  • ADDA
  • Barney Muggers Street Band
  • Bethi Lewis & the Electric Pineapple
  • Betty Rage Productions
  • Circle City Cloggers
  • Circle City Steel
  • Circuit Thursday Band
  • Common Ground Urban Line Dance Group
  • Crossroads of America's Scout Band
  • D.J. Mama Mia Rolling Wheelz
  • Dan Kusaya
  • David Gerdt
  • Don Paff - The Gospel Crooner
  • Eddie and the Mai Tais
  • Elle Madison
  • Generation Gap
  • Get Fresh
  • Gregory's Xit
  • Grupo Folclorico Macehuani
  • Highway 9 Blues Band
  • Indiana Dancers Association (IDA)
  • Indiana Robot Show
  • Indianapolis Llederkranz German Band
  • Indy Tribal
  • Indyca
  • John Beatrice Band
  • Katie Jo Robinson
  • Kenna and The Kings
  • Lamp Light Praise Collective
  • Light Up The Night
  • Malcom's Curse
  • Marian Knight Dancers
  • Maximum Zero
  • Michael Max
  • milk x honey band
  • No Criminal Record
  • Noise Boys
  • Piper Mike
  • Reckless Rhymacide
  • Savoir-Faire
  • Sean Erickson
  • steven & the moon
  • Straight Up Chumps
  • Studio 77
  • T.O.D.D.
  • The Elizabeth Lee Band
  • The Embers
  • The Otis Tuckker Band
  • The TDT's
  • Travis Zinck
  • Valedictorian
  • Warren Central HS Jazz Emsemble
  • Washington Park Senior Line Dance Group
  • William Burns
  • WNDX
  • WZPL

“Bands and entertainment along the course really made a difference for me and encouraged me throughout the race!"
- Alice R., OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon participant

Contact Us

If you have questions about Course Entertainment for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, please email entertainment@500festival.com.


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