The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is much more than a race weekend: it is a three-day, two evening festival, combining world-class racing with a wide variety of activities for the whole family, all taking place on the streets of downtown Long Beach. More than 185,000 fans will see five exciting racing events headlined by the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the same cars and stars that run in the Indianapolis 500 each year.
Kick-off race weekend at Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets. The free- to-the-public festival activities begin at 6:00 p.m., with NTT INDYCAR SERIES pit stop competitions on Shoreline Drive, west of Pine Ave., lighting up the streets at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. stunt motorcycles will keep the fun going at 7:05 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. and the always-exciting freestyle motocross demonstrations will take over Shoreline Drive at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Spectator viewing for these events will be located in and around the three grandstands adjacent to The Pike Outlets.
Within The Pike Outlets, fans will enjoy photo booth, live music and DJs on the stage in the Main Plaza. Food will also be available in the Main Plaza, as will, for fans 21 and older, a Beer Garden hosted by the Auld Dubliner.
Car enthusiasts and racing fans will find a classic car show located on The Paseo, with local antique and vintage cars. Meanwhile, race cars will be displayed on Bay Street with professional drivers and crews from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Global Time Attack.
Parking for Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets will be available in the Pike Parking structure at Chestnut Place off Ocean Blvd.