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Top 10 don’t miss fall events in Indianapolis

We know, we know. It’s hard to believe that fall is right around the corner. But we’re already looking ahead to some of the best fall family fun that Indianapolis has to offer.

Here are the top 10 fall events in Indianapolis you’ll want on your calendar!



1. Caramel Apple Festival at Tuttle Orchards

September 7th & 14th  from 9 am-7 pm

Join Tuttle Orchards for the kickoff of their fall activities. Build your own caramel apples, enjoy the Kids’ Farm Play Area, take a turn through the corn maze, or watch the Little Red Wagon Mini Parade. There is a separate charge for some activities and food items but admission is FREE.  Address: 5717 N 300 W, Greenfield

2. Conner Prairie’s Festival of Machines

September 14-15, 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

This fun festival celebrates Indiana’s rich history with the transportation industry. The festival’s cornerstone exhibit will be a 20-plus car display, enhanced by vintage aircraft, antique steam engines and tractors, race cars, and more.  In honor of this year’s theme, Cars of the ’50s and ’60s, guests are invited to come dressed in their favorite ’50s and ’60s attire. Those who do might even get a prize. So put on your poodle skirt, grease up your ducktail and join us for a weekend that’s sure to rev you up! Address: 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers

Conner Prairie's Festival of Machines
Conner Prairie’s Festival of Machines

3. Harvest at Newfields

October 3-6, Fri/Sat11 am-9 pm, Sun 11 am- 5 pm

Join Newfields for the inaugural Harvest this October. Celebrate fifty acres of fall featuring endless pumpkins, an engaging hay maze, and vibrant fall foliage set within The Garden. Newfields is the perfect backdrop to celebrate timeless autumn traditions, just as the Lilly family did decades ago. The celebration will feature tastings from local and regional chefs and vendors, hands-on demonstrations and workshops, and a chance to interact with farmers, brewers, and distillers. Families can enjoy spectacular seasonal horticulture displays, pumpkin painting, art making activities, a designated play area. Tickets are $5/members or $20/public if you purchase your tickets online, on-site they are $10/members $25/public. and Address: 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis

4. The Original and Fabulous GermanFest

October 12 from 12-7pm

Discover your inner German and party at the Athenaeum, for the Athenaeum. Enjoy Urban Flea with 100 vendors, Durstig Games, live Wiener Dog Races, OktoberFAST 5K run/walk, Strong Man Competition, ZwergenLand For Kids, German beer, German food by the Indianapolis Sangerchor. All proceeds from GermanFest benefit the maintenance and care of the Historic Athenaeum.  Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 at the door, and $3 for kids. Address: The Athenaeum. 401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis

5. ArtsPark Fall Festival at the Indianapolis Art Center

It’s the ArtsPark Fall Festival at the Indianapolis Art Center, celebrate with crisp ciders, pumpkin decorating, their Annual Faculty Show Exhibition Series, and more! Experience all your favorite Fall activities with the entire family!  If you want to kick up your art-making up a notch, enroll in one of the Make It Take Its to get a more in-depth 2-hour art adventure! Food and drink will be available for purchase. Admission is FREE, but there are a few activities that cost $1-5 throughout the festival. Address: 820 E 67th St, Indianapolis

ArtsPark Fall Festival at the Indianapolis Art Center

6. Boo Bash with Fishers Parks and Recreation

October 26 from 10 am-1 pm

One of our favorite events – the Fishers Parks and Recreation Boo Bash is a fun Halloween Village filled with local businesses, games, music, costume contests and candy, located right in the Nickel Plate Arts District in downtown Fishers. Best of all – it’s FREE.

LOOKING FOR MORE FUN ACTIVITIES? Discover them on the Indy’s Child Calendar of Events!

7. Historic Irvington Halloween Festival

October 29-26

This annual festival and its associated events are designed to bring commerce to local business and sponsors and provide fun for the children of Irvington and Indianapolis. The celebration now includes a week of events including a 5-mile run, music, Halloween-themed movies, storytelling, ghost tours, live theater, masquerade ball, a haunted puppet show and dozens of other events.

8. Halloween Moonlight Egg Hunt at Broad Ripple Park

October 25 from 7-8:30 pm

Venture into the moonlight for a monster egg hunt at Broad Ripple Park for a howling good time! Costumed kids receive a special prize and registration is required. $10/child.

9. Dia de los Muertos at the Eiteljorg

October 26, 10 am- 8 pm

The Eiteljorg will offer FREE admission to experience Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with partner, Nopal Cultural Center, a multicultural arts organization that seeks to enhance Latino-American arts in Indianapolis and surrounding cities. See traditional papel picado, the cut paper decorations hung for Hispanic celebrations and get ideas for your own memorial by seeing the elements on the community ofrenda (offering place). Watch performances, meet artists in residence, explore artwork and a variety of altars, browse the marketplace and create art. FREE. Address: 500 W Washington St, Indianapolis

10. ZooBoo at the Indianapolis Zoo

October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27  from 2:00- 7:00 pm *open until 9 pm on Friday and Saturdays

Fall is the best time to visit the zoo!  Enjoy animal chats throughout the celebration with even the elephant herd will getting into the Halloween spirit with the pumpkin-gut splattering fun of the Elephant Pumpkin Smash! Stroll through Spooktacular Square for Pumpkin Bowling and goulish, goofy dancing to our DJ Monster Music!  The Spider Fun area can be found in Flights of Fancy,  for wild activities! And, be sure to wander through Plains to different treat stations along the ZooBoo Trail presented by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.  Make sure to dress up and bring a bag to store some goodies. Address: 1200 West Washington St. Indianapolis. 

ZooBoo at the Indianapolis Zoo
ZooBoo at the Indianapolis Zoo


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