The Honda Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst is coming to the Barber Motorsports Park Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7. Yes, there will be thrills and chills to be had as IndyCar drivers speed around the finest road course in North America, but what about the plethora of other things to do while you’re there? We did a little pre-event scouting and mapped out the eight attractions we’re most excited about.
This complimentary wine and craft beer tasting event is always a favorite among attendees, and for good reason. The suppliers at Alabama Crown will have over 100 kinds of craft beer and wines to try and buy. There will also be wine available for purchase once you’re done with all the sampling. Once you’ve got your favorite beverage, make sure to head over to the Grand Art Fest presented by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.
The Grand Art Fest presented by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Fancy a change of scenery? The Grand Art Fest will bring out dozens of local and regional artists to showcase their work Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 at the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst. There will be handmade art, ceramics, painting, jewelry and more for sale. The art show will take place in the Hagerty Car Corral across from the
On your mark. Get set. GO! Runners will have the opportunity after Friday’s pre-qualifying races to participate in the first ever Indy 5k presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama. The event will take place at 5:30 PM shortly after the on-track action. A few of the drivers are also signed up to race in the Indy 5k. Is your favorite IndyCar driver signed up to run? We won’t know until then, so sign up and find out! Get more details over at our Bham Now guide to the 5k race here. Also, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Children’s of Alabama.
There’s no better way to enjoy the racing than trackside with a margarita, no? This VIP experience is located trackside in the heart of the
- Breakfast & lunch buffet
- Afternoon hors d’oeuvres
- Complimentary bar, courtesy of local favorite, Cocina Superior
- Grounds Admission
- Kamtek Garage Pass
You can buy one day or three day passes for this amazing trackside experience.
Catch a Glimpse of IndyCar legend Mario Andretti, This Year’s Grand Marshal
Honda Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst announced last week that racing icon Mario Andretti will be the Grand Marshal for this year’s event. Exciting! Also, be sure to catch fan favorite Josef Newgarden vie for his third consecutive win at the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst.
The Surgere Fan Zone
Bud’s Best Ferris wheel
Ride the Bud’s Best Ferris Wheel to get a better view of the Barber Motorsports Park. Take some Instagram photos. Watch the race. Go crazy—who doesn’t love a Ferris wheel? To ride, there is a $5 charge—a
Sliding down the hill with (or without!) kids
It’s the little things, right? After you fill up on the trackside margs, don’t be afraid to head over to the grassy hillside for some good ol’ fashioned fun. Pro tip: if you’re bringing the kids, fold up a cardboard box, stick it in your bag and head for the hillside for hours and HOURS of grass sledding entertainment.
Food trucks and concessions galore
The fare at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst never disappoints. If you’re skipping the Cocina at the Track, don’t worry. There are still plenty of options on-site to choose from ranging from pizza to funnel cakes.
Budget conscious? BYOB
While this isn’t exactly an “attraction” at the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst, it is still worth mentioning. The Barber Motorsports Park is one of the ONLY venues nearby that allows coolers on the grounds. Bringing your own food and drinks from home? It really sounds too good to be true. However, there is NO GLASS ALLOWED! So toss your wine in a plastic container beforehand.
Make sure to pack your cooler and sunscreen. The 10th annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst is sure to be one for the books!