Newfields to debut inaugural Harvest festival Oct. 3-6

Celebrate fifty acres of fall at the inaugural Harvest festival, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co., during the first weekend in October. This culinary event set in The Garden will feature demonstrations and workshops by Indianapolis’ most talented culinary artists including chefs, brewers, distillers and artisans, surrounded by the bounty of the season. In the IMA Galleries guests can experience the magic and global phenomenon of Yayoi Kusama’s spectacular Infinity Mirror Room, All the Eternal Love I have for the Pumpkins (2016).


“The Indianapolis community has embraced Spring Blooms and Winterlights with open arms, and we are pleased to debut Harvest, another seasonal celebration highlighting Newfields’ recently announced Culinary Arts Department,” said Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO. “Newfields strives to curate new ways for our community to have exceptional experiences with art and nature, and Harvestwill perfectly combine the two.”

Indianapolis local chefs and talent will be serving up samples from the demonstrations on stage sponsored by US Foods and Zesco Restaurant Supply. Featured chefs include:

Well known regional chefs such as smoke-master Allan Benton from Madisonville, TN; Vinson Petrillo from Charleston, SC; Jill Vedaa from Cleveland, OH; Greg Biggers from Chicago, IL and others will also take the stage, offering eat and learn demonstrations. Guests to Harvestwill have the opportunity to interact and engage with culinary talent and vendors all weekend long.


“JPMorgan Chase is proud to sponsor and support Newfields for the inaugural launch of Harvest,” said Jason Noyan, Client Advisor at J.P.Morgan Private Bank, and member of the Board of Governors at Newfields. “Newfields has long been a pillar of arts and culture within the Indianapolis and central Indiana community. Our two great institutions have a shared interest in community engagement, education and diversity. It is our hope that this multi-day event brings together these ideas during this unique event.”

The Garden will come alive during Harvest as more than 5,000 pumpkins decorate 50 acres of campus, including a covered pumpkin bridge that reaches over a river of blue pumpkins in the market area near the Beer Garden. A larger than life cornucopia will cascade down the stairs of the Culinary Arts Center. For guests with a green thumb, Horticulture experts will host workshops throughout the long weekend. During the day, live bands will play on stage and on Saturday evening, there will be a family-friendly film screening of Rudy (1993) on the Lilly Alleéunder the stars.

Newfields and The Brewers of Indiana Guild will collaborate to bring guests an Indiana Oktoberfest featuring dozens of local beers and ciders and a Sun King Brewing Co. covered beer hall. Pair up seasonal brews with Liter House’s classic German fare, Smoking Goose’s brats and other local favorites. Guests can stroll through the Oliver Winery and West Fork Whiskey Co. Pavilions to taste the best of Indiana’s wine and whiskey cocktails.

The youngest Harvest-goers will be thrilled by pumpkin painting, art-making activities from earthy seasonal materials, a giant pumpkin bounce pad, a 400-bale hay maze and more, while parents relax in Adirondack chairs and hammocks. Don’t miss the opportunity to pet a friendly farm animal and indulge in McClure’s Apple Orchard in Newfields’ own Tanner Orchard.

Harvest will be Thursday 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets for Newfields members are $10 onsite and $5 online. Non-member tickets are $25 onsite and $20 online. Children ages 6 to 18 are $12 and children five and under are free. Harvest tickets include access to The Garden, IMA Galleries and The Museum & Garden Shop. Tickets go on-sale beginning September 3 and can be purchased at

Pavilion Partners to Harvest include Goose the Market, Liter House, McClure’s Apple Orchard, Oliver Winery, Sun King Brewing Co. and West Fork Whiskey. Special in-kind support for tent materials is provided by A Classic Party Rental. For a full listing of participating vendors, chefs, farms, and more visit

Harvest is made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its initiative, Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation.

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