From the Colts’ Super Bowl victory in 2007 to the Pacers’ NBA Finals run in 2000, many highlight-reel moments dot the sports history of Indianapolis. In that same champagne-spraying spirit, we want to take you on a tour of some important sports backstories and lesser-known moments from the city’s locker rooms, gymnasiums and yellowed scrapbooks.
On Wednesday, July 24, Indiana Humanities’ annual historic “bar” crawl returns. This year’s theme, Huddle Up: A Boozy Throwback Through Indy Sports History, races through a century of Circle City sports, with plenty of drinks to keep you and your teammates hydrated. Along the way you’ll witness Hoosiers on and off the court battling for Title IX, see the spot where Major Taylor first performed cycling tricks before earning worldwide fame, and learn other surprising stories from Indianapolis athletics history.
Attendees will visit six locations (some bars, some surprise locations) in downtown Indianapolis, enjoying Sun King Beers, signature cocktails and themed snacks; at each stop, Indiana Historical Society actors will bring the past to life. So grab your tracksuit, lace up your sneakers and get in the game by purchasing your tickets today!
WHAT: A historic crawl through Indianapolis exploring the city’s sports history. Over the course of the night, attendees will visit six different locations in teams, nosh on thematically appropriate snacks, imbibe signature cocktails, and sip beers provided by Sun King Brewing Company.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 24, 6 – 10 p.m.
Includes Sun King Brewing Company beer and food at five locations, plus pre-party and a special treat to send you on your way. Wine and signature cocktails will also be available.
WHERE: The starting line is The Union 525 (an email with specific parking instructions will be sent closer to the event). After a brief pre-party (along with a complimentary drink and food to whet your appetite), you’ll be split into teams and follow a pre-determined route of five locations with five historic scenes before ending up back at The Union 525.
WHO: This event welcomes all sports lovers, even Patriots fans, provided you are 21, of course. When you register please identify if you are registering with a group of six or more, via the notes section. Groups will be assigned the night of the event. We will do our best to accommodate all groups, but we recommend showing up on time and signing up together! (Max group size: 35)
- You must be 21 to attend
- Wear comfortable shoes! You will be walking to each stop. Chuck Taylors, cleats, running shoes–you’ve got lots of options to keep it thematically on point.
- Each stop features a choice of Sun King beer or wine, with at least one signature cocktail along the route. Snacks are also provided at each stop.
- Space is limited so advance registration is required. If all tickets are claimed, you will automatically be added to the waitlist and be notified if tickets should become available.
- A full refund may be requested up to 72 hours in advance.
The Indiana Humanities Historic Bar Crawl is presented in partnership with Indiana Historical Society, Visit Indy, Indiana Sports Corp, and Sun King Brewing Company. Other in-kind partners include Helium Comedy Club, Union 525, Launch Indy and HandleBar Indy.
Learn more at www.IndianaHumanities.org/barcrawl.
This event involves walking up to 1.5 miles over the course of three hours and may involve physical activities. Indiana Humanities will make reasonable modifications to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy our programs. If you need an accommodation, please email Claire Mauschbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana Humanities takes photos and video at its events. These photos and video may appear on the Indiana Humanities website and in promotional materials. Your attendance at this event indicates your consent to have your image photographed, videotaped, and your permission to be interviewed, if appropriate.