Indianapolis is beautiful in the fall: the leaves change colors, the air grows crisp, and it seems like everyone is excited about celebrating the new season. This fall, join in the celebration by getting out and visiting one (or more!) of these lesser-known, under-the-radar fall festivals in Indianapolis.
Under-the-Radar Fall Festivals in Indianapolis:
Zionsville Lions Club Fall Festival
Dates: September 8-10
Location: Lions Park, 115 S. Elm St., Zionsville
Lions Park proudly presents the 70th annual festival with this year’s theme, “That ’70s Party,” offering a weekend filled with entertainment for all ages during the Fall Festival Weekend.
Beech Grove Fall Festival
Dates: September 13-16
Location: Main Street, Beech Grove
Good food, good music and good rides are in store at the Beech Grove Fall Festival, which runs for four consecutive days this year. On Saturday, September 16, get to the festival early to browse the unique items for sale at the craft fair. At noon, take a break and enjoy a 1950s-themed parade that will run 10 blocks from 17th and Main Street east to 7th and Main.
Back to the Fifties Festival
Dates: September 16
Location: Boone County Fairgrounds, 1300 100 S, Lebanon
Get ready to feel nostalgic for simpler times at the Back to the Fifties Festival in Lebanon. This two-day event features a children’s fun park, a classic car cruise-in and bicycle show, live music, art and photography to purchase, and much more.
Hunter’s Honey Harvest Celebration
Date: September 16
Location: Hunter’s Honey Farm, 6501 W. Honey Lane, Martinsville
Be sure to come out to the Honey Farm and celebrate 112 years of beekeeping in Indiana with the Honey Cafe, a beekeeper hard at work, mini tours, and helicopter rides (weather permitting).
Global Fest Indy
Date: September 16
Location: 4550 Central Ave, Indianapolis
Think global and fest local at Global Fest Indy 2023 presented by Donovan CPAs. Share traditions, honor heritage and learn about cultures through food, music, art and play.
Rocky Ripple Festival
Date: September 23
Location: 5717 N. 300 W, Greenfield
The Rocky Ripple Festival of the Arts is held each year in a unique Indianapolis midtown neighborhood, just across the Central Canal from Butler University. The event is staged entirely through volunteer efforts from the community, with proceeds supporting parks and community events in Rocky Ripple. And it’s FREE.
Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival
Date: October 7
Location: Potter’s Bridge Park, 19401 Allisonville Rd, Noblesville
Can you even say fall has begun until you’ve visited a covered bridge? You’ll get your covered bridge fix (and hopefully see some beautiful changing leaves) at the Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival in Noblesville. Listen to live music, visit the 70+ arts and crafts booths, and let your little ones play in the KidZone area at this family-friendly event.
Harvest Moon Festival
Date: October 7
Location: Washington Township Park, 115 S. CR 575 E., Avon
Kick off the fall season at the Harvest Moon Festival in Avon Town Hall Park on October 7th from 4-8pm. Enjoy a variety of activities including bonfires, apple launching, wagon hay rides, and pumpkin patches.
Morgan County Fall Foliage Festival
Date: October 12-15
Location: Downtown Martinsville
Experience Morgan County’s Longest Running Festival, featuring a wide range of activities that will delight attendees of all ages. Enjoy the classic Car Show’s classic beauty, browse through the Harvest Craft Market for unique handmade items, and revel in the excitement of the Customer Appreciation Night Family Carnival. As the sun sets, prepare to be entertained by captivating free live performances.
Date: October 7
Location: The Athenaeum, 401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis
In the mood for some Weiner dog racing? In mid-October, you’ll find the best of the wurst here at the original Indianapolis Germanfest. When you’re not cheering on your favorite Dachshund, enjoy the strong man competitions, arts and crafts vendors, German food and the ZwergenLand for kids.
Pioneer Fall Festival
Date: October 14
Location: Taylor Center of Natural History, 12308 Strawtown Avenue Noblesville
Join the Taylor Center of Natural History staff at our historic red barn for a day of pioneer fun! Join our “quilting bee,” make a corn husk doll and fresh butter, and learn all about pioneer plants with a community herbalist.
Date: October 21
Location: Grand Junction Plaza
Experience the sights, sounds & spooktacular fun during Pumpkin Funktion, a FREE fall festival! Enjoy free activities like airbrush artists, fall-related carnival games, balloon twisters, palm readers, magicians, and more! There will also be vendors and live music.
Festival of Jack-o-Lanterns
Date: October 22-30
Location: Riley Home Museum, 250 W Main St, Greenfield
Have a little fun and carve a pumpkin for Greenfield’s 2023 Jack-o-lantern Contest. It’s
free to enter. We will set up a fun and maybe a bit spooky display in the gardens of the Riley Museum. Stop by any evening from 7 – 9 PM to see the jack-o-lanterns glowing.