25 Best Festivals around Indianapolis this September

September brings with it cooler temperatures, changing leaves, pumpkin-spiced everything…and a whole lot of festivals! From cultural celebrations and fall festivals to art fairs, the month is packed with family-friendly events that are perfect for getting out and enjoying the glorious autumn weather.

September Festivals around Indianapolis:

Stuckey Farm Sunflower Festival

When: September 1-4 & 8-10
Where:  Stuckey Farm Orchard and Cider Mill

The Stuckey Farm Sunflower Festival will be bigger and better than ever! Imagine walking through acres of sunflowers of all shapes and varieties. You will see a dazzling array of over 20 different varieties of sunflowers. There is a forest of giant Skyscraper and Mammoth sunflowers that can grow to 15 feet tall, all the way down to Dwarf Teddy Bear sunflowers in Tiny Town.

Stuckey Farm Sunflower Festival

Fishers Blues Fest

When: September 1-2
Where: Nickel Plate District Amphitheater

For more than a decade, the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater has been host to local, regional, and world-renowned blues musicians annually on Labor Day weekend, which also celebrates the end of our concert season at the NPD AMP.

Farmers Pike Festival

When: September 1-4
Where:  The Gloryland Lighthouse Chapel

Walk on soft grass and look at over 400 spaces of “Beautiful Antiques and Better Collectibles” Great Art and Unique Crafts from coast to coast and border to border, also exciting clothes and all types of jewelry and unique items of best quality around.

ParkFest 2023

When: September 7
Where: Falls Park in Pendleton

ParkFest 2023, featuring Stella Luna and the Satellites, is an outdoor concert at Barnhart Field in Pendleton’s Falls Park. It’s the second year for this event, a fundraiser for Falls Park.

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


When: September 7-9
Where: German Park- Greenwood

A true Oktoberfest experience in Indianapolis! Music, entertainment, beirgarten and more.


Jupiter Flights Balloon Festival

When: September 8-10
Where: Conner Prairie

Celebrate innovation and feel filled with wonder at the 2022 Jupiter Flights Balloon Festival at Conner Prairie. On Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy live music, food, bounce houses and a balloon race to kick off a spectacular balloon glow featuring special shapes. On Saturday and Sunday at dawn, cheer on your favorite balloons as pilots fill the sky in exciting competitions, with a grand champion announced after Sunday’s final race!

Jupiter Flights Balloon Festival at Conner Prairie

Penrod Arts Fair

When: September 9
Where: Newfields

Indiana’s Nicest Day returns to the campus of the Newfields on September 9. This year’s fair features over three hundred artists, six stages of entertainment, approximately 75 arts-related non-profit organizations, and an extensive children’s area.

Blues in the ‘Burg

When: September 9
Where: Arbuckle Acres Park

Blues in the ‘Burg is an absolutely can’t miss event for the whole family! Award-winning musical acts from around the country will perform during this two-day festival. In addition, we will have some of the best local food trucks, a beer and wine garden, a Kid’s Zone, and activities for all ages.


St. Joan of Arc French Market

When: September 9
Where: St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

The St. Joan of Arc FRENCH MARKET is a one-day, free-admission outdoor festival featuring authentic French dishes prepared on-site, French wine, live music all day, an artisan craft fair, a raffle, a children’s area and Mass said in the 100-year-old church at 5:30.

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.

Beech Grove Fall Festival

When: September 13-16
Where: Main Street, Beech Grove, IN

Enjoy rides, games, food booths and a craft fair on Saturday!

Beech Grove Fall Festival
Beech Grove Fall Festival

St. George Festival

When: September 15-17
Where: St. George Orthodox Christian Church

This family-oriented festival includes Middle Eastern foods, live music, dancing, and a children’s carnival.

Carmel on Canvas

When: September 15-17
Where: Indiana Design Center

Enjoy an open-air painting exhibition and competition, quick paint and art fair on the sidewalks throughout the Carmel Arts & Design District and Midtown.

Carmel on Canvas

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

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

Hunter’s Honey Harvest Celebration

When: September 16
Where: Hunter’s Honey Farm

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).

Hunter's Honey Farm
Hunter’s Honey Farm Fall Harvest Celebration (Photo from 2016)

St. Malachy Country Fair and Hog Roast

When: September 22-23
Where: St. Malachy Catholic Church in Brownsburg

A community weekend of food and fun. Stop by for a pork burger, listen to some live entertainment, and take a ride on the Ferris wheel.


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.

Atlanta New Earth Festival

When: September 23-24
Where: Downtown Atlanta, Indiana

The Atlanta New Earth Festival is the longest-running and largest festival in Hamilton County, attracting over 600 vendors. Attendees can discover handcrafted items, unique arts and crafts, pottery, clothing, jewelry, antiques, collectibles, and vintage decor. A farmers market, kids’ zone, and delicious food vendors will also be available.

Carmel Chinese Mooncake Festival

When: September 30
Where: Midtown Plaza Carmel

Dragon Parade, Music, Dancing, and Mooncakes. There will be a dragon parade, traditional Chinese dancing and music, and of course, Chinese Mooncakes. So bring the whole family to Midtown Plaza Carmel to experience the culture and traditions of China.

Carmel Chinese Mooncake Festival

Apple Festival & Craft Show

When: September 30-October 1
Where: Anderson Orchard

Experience a delightful day at the Apple Festival & Craft Fair! Visitors can enjoy apple picking, a pumpkin patch, and over 80 crafters showcasing their unique creations.

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