June 02 2023
One of the nation’s biggest cycling events is rolling into Indy this weekend — and all the events are free.
If it looks a little dark, that’s because the men’s race starts at 7:20 p.m. | Photo via Momentum Indy
What to watch
Momentum Indy is a two-day biking festival (Sat., Aug. 27-Sun., Aug. 28) that is a cross between a street party + a community festival. Held in the heart of downtown, it’s raised upwards of $180,000 in event proceeds for local nonprofits. The main event? The Mass Ave. Crit.
So what is a “crit,” exactly? Well, the term is short for “criterium,” which is a multi-lap, closed course event where laps are a mile or less. The crit that’s taking place here is just one stop on the American Criterium Cup — a 10-part series with the country’s top cyclists. The racers are not only competing to be first to the finish line, they’re also racing toward coveted prizes (known as “primes” in the cycling world).
The festival celebrates healthy lifestyles through fitness activities, but you don’t have to be a cyclist to take advantage of the programming. Momentum is packed with family-friendly events, including INSPIRE: An Evening Conversation — a panel discussion with IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan.
If watching people exercise makes you hungry, there are lots of eateries on Mass Ave. | Photo via Momentum Indy
Who to watch
If you’re new to the cycling scene, these are the top teams to track for the American Criterium Cup:
Where to watch
Saturday’s Mass Ave. Crit promises a lot of sights to see, and a lot of spectators. To get the best view, we recommend somewhere near the start/finish line near Silver in the City and on one of the two tight turns (at the corners of East and North streets + Vermont and Alabama streets).
On Sunday, you can get a front-row seat to the Indy Crit at the start/finish line on New York Street between Meridian + Pennsylvania streets, as well as from University Park, where there will also be family-friendly activities.
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Bingo Night | Wed., Aug. 24 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Metazoa Brewing Company, 140 S. College Ave. | Free | Reserve your table and bring your pals to this 21+ event with six chances to win prize packs. 🍺
Keith Secola with Gabriel Ayala | Thurs., Aug. 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Eiteljorg Museum | $25 | See the Indigenous musicians play folk, blues + classical as part of the Summer of Celebration Concert Series. 🎶
GLOW: Silent Disco Dance Party | Fri., Aug. 26 | 10 p.m. | The Vogue | $10+ | Dance the night away with special guests Niko Flores, DJ MetroGnome + MAE spinning 80s, 90s, and 2000s pop, today’s top hits, and EDM music. 🕺
- 2022 Run for World Water 5k | Sat., Aug. 27 | 9-10:30 a.m. | NCAA Hall of Champions, 700 W Washington St. | $30 | The run will benefit Water for People — an international nonprofit committed to the long-term impact of increased access to safe drinking water and improved health. 🌊
Taste the Difference Festival | Sat., Aug. 27 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Global Village Welcome Center, 4233 Lafayette Rd. | $10+ | Sample foods from around the world + take in performances and exhibits by cultural groups. 🌎
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You can find this mural driving west on Washington Street downtown. | Photo via INDYtoday team
If standing on the sidelines isn’t your thing, you can get in the action during Momentum Indy by participating in the Major Taylor Ride.
There are two opportunities to ride in honor of the life of Indy-native + African American world champion cyclist — the Honor Major Taylor Ride at 9 a.m. and the Mini Major Taylor Ride at 10 a.m. Both events are free and open to all skill levels.
Pro tip: Kiddos will receive a free donut from Rise ‘N Roll Bakery at the end of the Mini. 🍩
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