The thrill of college football is coming to Indy this weekend, packed with fun filled events that the whole family can enjoy. Mark your calendars and start planning for the best weekend ever leading up to the big game Monday. Throughout the weekend, you will find a variety of events and activities for the whole family, like the Extra Yard 5k. Monument Circle will be the epicenter of the entertainment action, with concerts as the soundtrack for the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship.
If you’re downtown this weekend for any reason, be sure to check out the free Fan Central experience.
Free Concerts on Monument Circle for College Football National Championship
January 8 from 5-11 pm will be the first free concert series of the weekend. Doja Cat and AJR will be performing at Monument Circle.
January 9 from 5-11 pm will be the second concert series, featuring Twenty One Pilots and Ava Max. This is also a free concert open to the public.
January 10 from noon-5 pm will be the All Star Champion tailgate event on Monument Circle. This is a gathering for fans who want to experience extreme tailgating, concert style! There will be a third concert series featuring Sam Hunt and Breland leading up to the big game.
Vertical Dancers Take the Aerial Stage on Salesforce Tower
If that’s not enough, you will find aerial dancers on the side of the Salesforce tower performing. In-between acts on each day of the concert series, there will be six vertical dancers to entertain fans that come out to celebrate the big game. The group BANDALOOP will mix their choreography and climbing techniques into a breathtaking performance that you won’t want to miss. The performance is estimated to be four minutes long, and will have the dancers descending over 20 floors of the Salesforce tower. BANDALOOP is excited to come to Indy to celebrate some of the most talented college athletes in the country.
Know Before You Go to Free Monument Circle Concerts
There will be outdoor warming zones available along Georgia Street, as it is projected to be a cold weekend. Hats, Coats, and Gloves are recommended for you and your little ones to maximize the fun and minimize the cold!
Monument Circle and Georgia Street will be open for pedestrian traffic only. Washington Street, between Pennsylvania and Illinois Street will be closed from 3-11pm each day. With the increased traffic, we recommend you leave with ample time to find parking and make your way to these amazing events.
Concert-goers can enter the concert area from the south spoke of Monument Circle beginning at 5 pm on January 8th and 9th, and 12 pm on January 10th. Fans are welcome to enjoy free activities up until two hours before the area reopens for concert-goers. Click here for a layout of Monument Circle for a better idea of what to expect.
There are more than 73,000 parking spots available in Indy! We are so fortunate to live in such an accessible city. Not all parking is created equal, especially with kids. Click here for a comprehensive map of all the parking options in Indianapolis, to ensure you have a parking option that fits your needs this weekend.
It is important to note that no backpacks or bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” are permitted into the concert area, so please plan accordingly!
This is the first time Indianapolis has welcomed the College Football Playoff National Championship, and we couldn’t be more excited to do so in style. This action-packed weekend will be one you don’t want to miss! Get social with us, and use the hashtag #PLAYindy and #2022Indy to share your memories of College’s Biggest Game. See you there!