17 Free Fall Festivals in Indianapolis

Get ready to celebrate the arrival of autumn with the best free fall festivals in the Indianapolis area. There are so many FREE festivals taking place this fall, perfect for those who want to experience the magic of the season without breaking the bank. From pumpkin patches and corn mazes to live music performances and art exhibitions, these festivals offer a diverse range of activities and entertainment options for everyone.

Free Fall Festivals in Indianapolis:

Zionsville Lions Fall Festival

When: September 8-10
Where:  Lions Park

Bounce houses, carnival rides, cotton candy and much more can be found at the Zionsville Lions Fall Festival. The theme for this year’s 68th edition is Welcome to the Jungle.

Zionsville Fall Festival

Fishers Harvest Fest

When: September 10
Where: Fishers Heritage Park at White River

This free, family-friendly event invites you to soak up the outdoors while exploring the creations of talented local artists and artisans. From live music performances to leisurely walks through the beautiful gardens, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Global Fest Indy

When: September 16
Where: Northwood Christian Church

Think global and fest local at Global Fest 2023 presented by Donovan CPA. Join us to share traditions, honor heritage and learn about cultures through food, music, art and play.

Global Fest Indy
Global Fest Indy

Back to the Fifties Festival

When: September 16
Where: Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds

Enjoy fifties-style fun! There will be food, arts & crafts vendors, children’s activities; a street dance on Friday night, & huge car show on Saturday!

Cuisine Connect Culture

When: September 16
Where: Grand Junction Plaza

Explore diverse arts, entertainment, traditions and food from all over the world at our 2nd annual Cuisine Connect Culture festival. In addition to enjoying performances and sampling diverse cuisines, you’ll be able to discover the traditions, crafts, products and games from other countries. We hope you will plan to bring your family and enjoy this wonderful multi-cultural event!
Cuisine Connect Culture

Rocky Ripple Festival

When: September 23
Where: Hohlt Park

This festival offers 70+ local artisans, live music, kids interactive area, great food with local beers and wine. Come spend the day enjoying Rocky Ripple and all the family friendly activities for all ages! Free.
Rocky Ripple Festival

Carmel International Arts Festival

When: September 23-24
Where: Carmel Arts and Design District

Each year, at Main Street and Rangeline Road we line the streets with Artists from all over the country.

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.

The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival

When: October 13-22
Where: Parke County

This free, family-friendly event invites you to soak up the outdoors while exploring the creations of talented local artists and artisans. From live music performances to leisurely walks through the beautiful gardens, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, October 8-17.

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.

Pumpkin Funktion

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.

Boo ‘N Brew Fall Festival

Date: October 21
Location: Clay Terrace, 14390 Clay Terrace Boulevard, Carmel

Clay Terrace’s Annual Boo ‘n Brew Fall Festival invites you to celebrate an early Halloween! Families are encouraged to bring their children aged 10 and under to enjoy a fun-filled day of trick-or-treating at participating retailers along Clay Terrace Boulevard. This festive event caters to all ages, providing a variety of fall activities and entertainment.

WiseWood Farm Fall Festival

Date: October 22 & 28
Location: WiseWood Farm, 50 W 250 S Lebanon, IN 46052

Family Free Event to pick your pumpkins from WiseWood Farm’s U Pick Patch. Hayrides, apple cider, fall decor and more!

WiseWood Farm

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.

Fishers Boo Bash

Date: October 28
Location: Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Drive, Fishers, 46038

Grab your costumes, and bring your family and friends to the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater for the annual Halloween Boo Bash celebration. A reimagined Boo Bash, presented by Centier Bank, comes to downtown Fishers with free live music and entertainment, food trucks, games and activities, and more! Come in costume for some great photo opportunities with City of Fishers departments and vendors. This event is free, and no registration is required.

Ghosts and Goblins

Date: October 28
Location: Washington Township Park, 115 S. CR 575 E., Avon, IN 46123

Dress in your favorite Halloween costume! There will be games, trick or treating on the trails, and a costume contest for the kids. Take a ride on the Harry Potter Mini Train, jump in the bounce houses, or enjoy our bungee trampoline. There’s sure to be something for all ages.

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