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.
Fall Festivals in Indianapolis:
Dates: September 7 and September 14
Location: 5717 N. 300 W, Greenfield
Pretty much everyone (apart from dentists) agree: Apples are just that much better when they’re covered in caramel. And now there is a whole festival dedicated to those crunchy, chewy, sweet concoctions. Make your own caramel apple at the caramel apple bar, search for tickets for free caramel apples during the Caramel Apple Hunt, take a hayride, and, of course, pick your own bag of apples from Tuttle Orchards’ 8,000+ apple trees.
Dates: September 11-14
Location: Main Street in Beech Grove, from 3rd Ave. to 8th Ave.
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 14, 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.
Dates: October 19-26
Location: 5700 E. Washington St., Indianapolis
It’s called “historic” for a reason: this Halloween festival has been around for 73 years! During its week-long run, the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival will feature Halloween-themed movies, storytelling, ghost tours, pumpkin carving, live theatre, a masquerade ball, a haunted puppet show, live music, contests and a 5-mile run. There’s something spooky for everyone at this Eastside event!
Date: September 28
Location: Washington Township Park, 115 S. County Rd 575, Avon
This year, the Avon Community Heritage Festival will be split into two parts: The Heritage Festival will run from 11 am to 4 pm, and the Heritage Festival After Dark will run from 6 to 9 pm, and will include a beer garden. Both festivals are family-friendly, so bring everyone to celebrate!
Dates: September 6-8
Location: Lions Park, 115 S. Elm St., Zionsville
This annual festival is the largest fundraiser for the Lions Club. This year’s theme is “Be a superhero 2: Return of the Lions!” and kicks off with a parade on Saturday that starts at Zionsville Community High School. Join the community for lots of fun, food, carnival rides, bounce houses and more.
Dates: September 13-14
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.
Dates: September 20-21
Location: Witten Park, 131st Street and Olio Rd.
Dust off those lederhosen: It’s Oktoberfest time! At this two-day celebration of all-things German, you can sample German food, dance to Polka music, and on Saturday, kids will enjoy the Kids Zone from 2 to 6 pm. Best of all, admission is free on both days!
Date: October 5
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.
Dates: October 5-6
Location: Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, 12880 E. 146th Street, Noblesville
Experience a time when Queen Elizabeth I ruled the roost in England at the Indiana Renaissance Faire in Noblesville. Interact with costumed characters, see people jousting, listen to music from the time period, watch jugglers and acrobats defy gravity, play free kids’ games and much more.
Date: September 28
Location: Hohlt Park, 840 West 53rd Street, Indianapolis
With a focus on the arts, the Rocky Ripple Festival has been a staple of this Indianapolis neighborhood for decades. Play at the kids’ area (there’s a huge sandy area to dig in, too!), eat corn on the cob and other food offerings from the food trucks, listen to local musical performers, and peruse the dozens of artisan booths selling their artwork and wares.
Date: September 28
Location: IUPUI Wood Plaza, West New York Street and Blake Street
This festival is held during the month of Chinese Moon Festival, which is the second-largest Chinese festival after Chinese New Year. There will be hands-on crafts and activities for kids and adults, Chinese games, dragon and lion dancers, moon cakes and other delicious and authentic Chinese food for purchase.
Dates: Official start date is still being determined, but enjoy this festival throughout the entire month of October! Will update as soon as dates are confirmed.
Locations: Waterman’s Family Farm, 7010 East Raymond Street, Indianapolis and Waterman’s Family Farm, 1100 N Ind. 37, Greenwood
Two locations, one big festival! For an entire month, Waterman’s Family Farm is celebrating the autumn season with Fall Harvest Festival, with two locations to enjoy the festivities: at their Raymond Street farm in Indianapolis and at their farm in Greenwood. Take a ride on a mini train, climb all over their straw bale playground, visit with the farm animals, play pretend in the indoor play school and challenge yourself at the farm obstacle course. For an additional fee, you can choose a pumpkin from the farm’s acres of pumpkin patches.
Date: October 12
Location: The Athenaeum, 401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis
In the mood for some Weiner dog racing? You’ll find the best of the wurst here at the original Indianapolis Germanfest in mid-October. 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.
Date: September 21
Location: Hunter’s Honey Farm, 6501 W. Honey Lane, Martinsville
Find out what the buzz is all about at this fall celebration on a real honey farm. See a beekeeper in action, jump in the bounce houses (yes, even grown-ups can bounce through the obstacle course), take a free tour, ride on a helicopter and a pony, eat delicious food, and more.
Dates: September 28-29
Location: Anderson Orchard, 369 East Greencastle Rd., Mooresville
Fall is synonymous with apples and orchards, and there’s no better time to visit this Mooresville orchard than during the Apple Festival & Craft Fair. Pick your own apples (or grab a bag of already-picked Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Red Delicious, and other apple favorites), visit the pumpkin patch, sip on an apple cider slushy or indulge in a slice of apple cobbler, browse the 50+ craft stands and much more.
Date: October 10-13
Location: Downtown Martinsville
This Morgan County tradition takes place in Martinsville’s downtown courthouse square and includes carnival rides, children’s activities, live entertainment, vendor booths and lots of great food. The four-day festival also includes a 5K run/walk, as well as a parade on Sunday.