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.

Event Details

Purchase a duck and you’re in the race! This annual event is a Village celebration with family fun and good-natured competition highlighting the Central Canal in Broad Ripple stretching from the Monon Trail to 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.


Sunday, June 24 2018
Activities from 3 to 5 p.m.
Race at 4:30 p.m.


Family activities are located at the Rainbow Bridge on Guilford Avenue. The race begins at the Monon Trail Bridge and ends at College Avenue.


Buy your duck for just $5 each at the Braod Ripple Farmers Market from mid-May to the Saturday preceeding the event.


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

Buy your duck and get in the race!

Ducks are only $5 each. Increase your chances of winning by buying a paddling (6 ducks for $25). 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 or at the Broad Ripple Farmers Market.

Be a spectator

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!

Enjoy more family activities

From 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., families can partake in a variety of 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.

Plan your day

Visit to 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.


Follow the Ducks!

Follow Broad Ripple Canal Duck Race on Facebook for all the latest information on upcoming races and photos from past events.

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. Approval for the Exempt Event is on file with the Indiana Gaming Commission. 

Thank you to our event sponsors

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Presenting Sponsors

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