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The Greatest Spectacle in Rubber Duck Racing!

It may not be the Indy 500, but it’s just as exciting to see which lucky duck takes the checkered flag. Join us this year on Sunday, August 29 for the Broad Ripple Duck Race, sponsored by David Electric.

FREE children’s activities will be set up on the Rainbow Bridge overlooking the Broad Ripple Canal on Guilford Avenue north of Westfield Boulevard for families to enjoy from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Promptly at 4:30, three thousand rubber ducks will enter the water at the Hope Plumbing Start Line where the Monon trail crosses the Central Canal. The ducks race west down the canal towards the Broad Ripple Realty Finish Line located by the pedestrian bridge near College Avenue.

Proceeds support BRVA programs and projects focused on enriching the community, attracting investment, amplifying public spaces, and improving quality of life in Broad Ripple.

Congrats to the 2021 Race Winners!

First Place: #1488 Steve Q.

Second Place: #459 Brett M.

Third Place: #539 Liam O.

Need to pick up your souvenir ducks after the race?

  • Stop by the BRVA Office Tuesday 1-4 pm or Thursday 8-11 am.
  • Visit the BRVA booth at the Broad Ripple Farmers Market Saturday morning September 4 or 11.

August 29, 2021

Festival 3-5:00 pm
Duck Race 4:30 pm

No need to be present to win!


Children’s Activities:
Rainbow Bridge on Guilford Avenue
Duck Race:
Starts at Monon Trail Bridge,
ends at College Avenue


At the Broad Ripple Farmers Market on Saturday mornings or
BRVA office (818 Broad Ripple Avenue) Tuesdays 1-4pm or Thursdays 8-11am.

Ducks may also be purchased at the event from 3-4:30pm.

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Join the fun!

To participate in the Duck Race all you have to do is purchase a duck or paddling of 6 ducks and you are entered in the race. Ducks go on sale July 10.  You can purchase ducks at the Duck Race or at various BRVA events in July and August. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The prizes are gift cards from Broad Ripple merchants. First prize is valued at over $500. We will announce the winner by the name and you do not have to be present to win.

Buy your duck and get in the race!

Ducks are only $6 each. Increase your chances of winning by buying a paddling (6 ducks for $30). Ducks may be purchased with cash or debit cards.  Credit cards not accepted due to Indiana State Law.  You must be 18 years old to purchase a duck as the race is considered a gambling event.

Ducks may be purchased at the Duck Race, at the BRVA office, at the Broad Ripple Farmers Market starting in July, or at other BRVA events.

Enjoy the children’s activities!

From 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., families can partake in a variety of FREE activities on the Rainbow Bridge (where Guilford Avenue crosses the Central Canal). Enjoy face painting, temporary tattoos, balloon artistry, art and crafts, carnival games, and much more. There will also be pizza and popsicles available for purchase.

Be a spectator!

The ducks launch from the Monon Trail bridge at 4:30 and travel west to the Pedestrian Bridge near College Avenue. There is plenty of space to watch the race on either side of the Central Canal between the Monon Trail Bridge, the Rainbow Bridge and College Avenue. The Canal Esplanade is now open on the north bank between College and Guilford and is a popular viewing spot to see the ducks reach the finish line!

Plan your day!

Visit Broad Ripple Village and you will find restaurants, shops, and parking before you arrive. Be sure to post your pictures and updates for your friends can see how much fun your having! Use #BRDuckRace and @Broad_Ripple.

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Keep up to date on the Duck Race!

Follow us on our Broad Ripple Facebook page for all the latest information on the Duck Race!

Disclaimer: The Duck Race is considered a gambling event since contestants are purchasing a chance to win a prize with a cash value. You must be 18 years or older to purchase a duck. Ducks may be purchased with cash or debit card only.  Approval for the Exempt Event is on file with the Indiana Gaming Commission. 

Reminisce…Watch the 2018 Duck Race!


— Title Sponsor —

David Electric sponsor logo

— Start Line Sponsor —

Hope plumbing logo

— Finish Line Sponsor —

Broad Ripple Realty Logo

— Presenting Sponsors —

Broad Ripple Magazine Logo
Flatwater Restaurant Logo
Indy CD and Vinyl Logo
Keystone Corp logo
The Lavengood Team Logo
River House Logo
St. Pauls Indy logo

— Supporting Sponsors —

Douglas & Gray logo
DJ Helicon
State Farm Elizabeth Marshall Logo

— Gift Card Prize Donors —

Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!
Prizes are gift cards from the following Broad Ripple merchants. First prize is valued at over $500! You do NOT have to be present to win.