September ushers in a season of crisp fall air, changing leaves…and a whole lot of fun! The month is chock full of festivals and outdoor events in and around Hamilton County that the whole family will enjoy – and we have all the details!
Did you know Westfield, IN was involved in the Underground Railroad? Learn facts like this and much more during a 90 minute Living History Walk in which a tour guide will lead you through downtown Westfield and teach you about the city’s most historic locations. Along the walk, you will meet notable people from Westfield’s past (played by actors from Westfield Playhouse), learn their stories and interact with them! It’s a fun and educational event for people of all ages! Tours depart every 15 minutes.
Date: September 8, 4-8 pm
Location: Downtown Westfield
The White River Celebration is a day long festival held in downtown Noblesville that features river activities, downtown dining, live music and a wine/beer garden. The annual Duck Race kicks off at 5 pm.
Date: September 9, beginning at noon
Location: Logan Street Bridge in downtown Noblesville
The annual St. George Festival offers a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment. Guests can enjoy Middle Eastern food, live music, DJ tent, food demonstrations, book signings, iconogrpahy tours and an on-site carnival! Don’t miss this great event!
Date: September 15, 5-10 p.m.; September 16, 1-10 pm; September 17, 1-5 pm
Location: St. George Orthodox Church, Fishers
Carmel on Canvas Plein Air Paint Out provides artists with 3 days of plein air painting in the Carmel Arts & Design District. There are 4 divisions: professional, non-professional, teen and children. There will be more than $13,000 in total prizes! On Saturday, Sept. 16, from noon-3 pm, head to the Carmel on Canvas Creative Kids Zone. There will be two locations available for some kid-friendly art fun. The Creative Kids Zone is FREE to the public.
Date: September 15-17
Location: Carmel Art & Design District
Dozens of vendors surrounding the courthouse square in downtown Noblesville will tempt and dazzle you with everything from fine artist paintings, quality hand-crafted sculptures and wares to antiques, vintage collectibles and historic primitive items.
Date: September 16, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Downtown Noblesville
Take a spin in a go-kart, view high-end cars, ride on a hovercraft, and see powerful machinery up close at this two-day festival that celebrates the ways we move forward.
Date: September 16-17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers
The 19th Annual Carmel International Arts Festival will be fun for the whole family. Enjoy live entertainment while browsing the works of over 130 juried artists exhibiting in watercolor, oil, 2D, jewelry, photography, 3D, wood, sculpture, pottery and more! There will be food vendors on hand, and festival goers are also welcome to visit the Arts and Design District’s outstanding restaurants and local shops. The popular Young Artist Tent, featuring the exceptional talent of our high school art students in Carmel, will also return. In addition, this year the festival will also offer a Young at Art station for the kids in attendance. If you have never been to the Carmel International Arts Festival, now is the time to come visit. This is a festival renowned for diverse artistic styles! Best of all admission is FREE!
Date: September 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; September 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Arts and Design District, Carmel
Enjoy German food, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, live music, kids activities and, of course, a beer garden at this annual family-friendly celebration. Admission is free, but canned food donations will be collected to benefit a local food pantry.
Date: September 22-23
Location: Witten Park, Fishers
Oktoberfest has become an annual celebratory fall event for Carmel residents. It is free to the public and open to all ages. Polkaboy, a 14-piece band that plays a variety of music from polka and waltz to classic rock, will perform on the upper deck of Carmel City Center, along Veteran’s Way. Guests are encouraged to enjoy food, entertainment and fall fun with the Palladium and the Center Green serving as a scenic background.
Date: September 22, 6-10 p.m.
Location: The Center Green at the Palladium
The 37th Annual Atlanta New Earth Festival will feature over 600 unique arts and crafts, collectibles, and culinary delights. There will also be live entertainment and a kids’ zone with games, inflatables, and sweet treats. Admission is free.
Date: September 23-24
Location: Downtown Atlanta, IN
Enjoy a day full of live music, cupcake decorating, kid activities, food, a local marketplace and more! Plus, adults 21 and over are invited to grab a pint of beer. A full carnival hosted by Burton Brothers will also be taking place during the event which features numerous rides, games and food all for purchase.
Date: Saturday, September 30, 3-8 pm
Location: Hamilton Town Center, Noblesville
Enjoy a special autumn day at Potter’s Bridge Park during the 18th Annual Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival. Listen to live music, visit the more than seventy arts, crafts, and food booths, watch your little ones play in the KidZone, or simply take in the natural beauty of Noblesville’s most scenic park on the White River Greenway Trail.
Date: Saturday, September 30, 11 am-3 pm
Location: Potters Bridge Park, Noblesville
Harvest Festival returns to Stuckey Farm, with fun for the whole family. Each weekend of the festival features a new theme, so you can return again and again. A basic ticket includes free parking, wagon rides throughout the farm, and Adventure Acres, which has a 60-foot slide, pedal cars, a barrel train, kid’s size games and maze, and much more. Special weekend events include:
Back to School Ice Cream Social, Sept. 16-17
Family Days, Sept. 23-24
James Whitcomb Riley Days, Sept. 30-Oct.1
College Days, Oct. 7-8
Cider Festival Days, Oct. 14-15
Pumpkin Fest Weekend, Oct. 21-22
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, mid-September to October
Location: 19975 Hamilton Boone Rd, Sheridan