Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall Indiana Festivals

Here’s the list of fall festivals in Indiana in 2016.  Try one or more of these events in September or October.  Be sure to check out the harvest festivals near your location once you are done with Oktoberfest in Indiana.  You won’t be disappointed with the celebration.

We hope you enjoyed last year’s list.  We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

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September 2016

Jackson County Watermelon Festival – Jackson County, IN – August 26-27, 2016
A parade, live music and great food to celebrate the melon harvest.

Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Festival – Aug 28 – Sept 5, 2016
A classic car show and festival held the week before Labor Day.

Griffith Rock ‘n Rail Street Festival – Sept 1-4, 2016

Steamboat Days – Jeffersonville, IN – Sept 2-4, 2016
An annual event started in 1973 as a fundraiser for the Howard Steamboat Museum now has a parade, live entertainment, art and food vendors.

Marshall County Blueberry Festival – Plymouth, IN – September 2-5, 2016
Over 100 food booths, more than 400 crafters and lots of entertainment and other activities.

Paragon Homecoming Festival – Sept 2-5, 2016
A festival for the whole family, since 1924, over Labor Day weekend.

Ligonier Marshmallow Festival – Sept 2-5, 2016

Little Italy Festival – Clinton, IN – Sept 2-5, 2016
Held every Labor Day weekend since 1966.

Mosey Down Main Street – Sept 3, 2016
Part of a series of street celebrations brought to you by the local artistic community.

Vernon Labor Day Festival – Sept 3-4, 2016

Fourth Street Festival – Bloomington, IN – September 3-4, 2016
There’s free admission to this event adjacent to Indiana University which was named one of the top 100 art fairs in the country by Art Fair Sourcebook.

Bloomington Garlic Festival – Bloomington, IN – September 3-4, 2016
Enjoy local dishes prepared with garlic as well as cooking competitions, kidzone, live music and other artists.

BikerFest – Sept 6-11, 2016
All bikers are welcome at the biggest party of 2016.

Roanoke Fall Festival – Roanoke, IN – September 8-10, 2016
Annual family-oriented event for more than 60 years with parade, amusement rides, free entertainment and fantastic food.

Grabill Country Fair – Sept 8-10, 2016
An annual event attracting 100,000 to this Amish community.

Tipton County Pork Festival – Sept 8-10, 2016
Come see, smell and taste ten tons of great pork!

Turkey Trot Festival – Montgomery, IN – September 8-11, 2016
Watch the turkey races!

Lanesville Heritage Weekend – Sept 8-11, 2016
See how our forefathers lived as farmers more than one hundred years ago in Southern Indiana.

Canaan Fall Festival and Pony Express Mail Run – September 9-10, 2016

Darlington Fish Fry and Festival – Darlington, Indiana – Sept 9-10, 2016

Mask-Fest – Indianapolis – Sept 9-11, 2016
Midwest’s premier monster art mask and makeup festival.

Little Cousin Jasper Festival – Sept 9-11, 2016
Three days of family fun and entertainment in Rensselaer.

Heartnut Festival – Nineveh, IN – Sept 9-11, 2016
31st annual event celebrating local heritage at Johnson County Park.

Kiwanis Club Hot Air Balloon Festival – Bloomington, IN – Sept 9-11, 2016
4th annual event.

Penrod Arts Fair – Indianapolis – Sept 10, 2016
One of the nation’s largest single day art fairs. 50th anniversary.

CANvitational – Indianapolis – September 10, 2016
The midwest’s largest canned craft beer festival with over 40 breweries from across America.

Scottish Festival – Columbus – September 10-11, 2016
A weekend of Scottish entertainment, competition, history and more.

Nappanee Apple Festival – Nappanee, Indiana – September 15-18, 2016
Savor a piece of pie from Indiana’s largest 7 foot baked apple pie.  A family-friendly event running for over 40 years that attracts 80,000 annually.

Indy Irish Fest – Sept 15-18, 2016
Middlebury Fall Festival – Middlebury, IN – September 16-17, 2016

Back to the Fifties Festival – Lebanon, IN – September 16-17, 2016
Celebrate the 1950s with classic car show, street dance, live music and children’s fun park.

Heritage Days Festival – Frankton, IN – September 16-18, 2016
Celebrate the local community with great food, live entertainment, exciting activities, arts, crafts, parades and more.

Brookston Apple Popcorn Festival – Brookston, IN – September 17, 2016
Celebrate the local harvest with apples and popcorn. Free admission with tons of activities for kids and adults.

Johnny Appleseed Festival – Fort Wayne, IN – September 17-18, 2016
Five stages of free entertainment at this event celebrating the life and times of Johnny Appleseed, the pioneer credited with planting apple trees in large parts of six states.

Old Washington Street Festival – Muncie, IN – September 17-18, 2016

Persimmon Festival – Sept 17-24, 2016

Festival of Faiths – Indianapolis – Sept 18, 2016

Bluffton Free Street Fair – Bluffton, IN – September 20-24, 2016
A street fair with parade, live music entertainment and more.

James Dean Festival – Fairmount, Indiana – September 22-25, 2016
Fans of the actor descend on Fairmount to celebrate the life and work of one of the most enduring legacies in Hollywood, with attractions such as the Annual Museum Days and Annual James Dean Run.

Festival of the Turning Leaves – Thorntown, IN – Sept 23-25, 2016

Wanatah Scarecrow Festival – September 23-25, 2016
Enjoy scarecrow sculpting, arts/crafts, kids’ rides, parade, fun runs, car show and more!

Cory Apple Festival – Cory, IN – September 23-25, 2016
45th annual event

Indy Pagan Pride Day – Indianapolis – Sept 24, 2016
Noblesville Brewfest – Sept 24, 2016
New Albany IndieFest – Sept 24, 2016

Rocky Ripple Festival – Sept 24, 2016
Held annually on the last Saturday in September.

Madison Chautauqua Arts & Crafts Show – September 24-25, 2016
An outdoor juried fine art and craft show in the tree-lined streets of this National Landmark Historic District.

Carmel International Arts Festival – Carmel, IN – Sept 24-25, 2016
Over 130 juried artists exhibiting in watercolor, oil, 2D, jewelry, photography, 3D, wood, sculpture, pottery and more.

Atlanta New Earth Festival – Atlanta, IN – Sept 24-25, 2016
This small town draws crowds of 80,000 for the 600 vendors offering fine art, crafts, antiques, and food.

Dugger Coal Festival – Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2016
Celebrating the town’s coal mining heritage and the high school’s football homecoming.

October 2016

Apple Festival Of Kendallville – Kendallville, IN – October 1-2, 2016
A family-friendly community event at the Noble County Fairgrounds.

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Festival – West Lafayette, IN – October 1-2, 2016
A re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place at Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid – 1700s, on the banks of the Wabash River.

Hoosier Fall Fest – Knightstown, IN – October 1-2, 2016

Fishers Renaissance Faire – October 1-2, 2016
Experience the Golden Age of Queen Elizabeth I at The Fishers Renaissance Faire.

Harvest Homecoming – New Albany, IN – October 1-9, 2016
Began as a three-day pumpkin festival nearly 50 years ago, it’s now attended by hundreds of thousands and one of the Louisville area’s largest events.

Metamora Canal Days Festival – Metamora, IN – October 7-9, 2016

Syracuse Harvest Festival – Syracuse, IN – October 8, 2016

Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games – Indianapolis, IN – October 8, 2016

Buckley Fall Festival – Lowell – October 8-9, 2016

Covered Bridge Festival – Parke County – Oct 14-23, 2016
Visit the 31 covered bridges in Parke County, the Covered Bridge Capital of the World.

Circle City On Tap – Indianapolis, IN – October 15, 2016

Southern Indiana FiberArts Festival – Corydon, IN – October 17-18, 2016

Heartland Film Festival – Indianapolis, IN – October 20-30, 2016
Heartland showcases more than 130 movies from independent filmmakers over 10 days of red carpet premieres and events, parties and film screenings across Indianapolis.

Historic Irvington Halloween Festival – Irvington, IN – October 21-29, 2016
Tons of Halloween fun including pumpkin carving contest, masquerade ball, zombie bike ride, costume party and street fair.

November 2016

Light Up Jeffersonville – Jeffersonville, IN – Nov 26, 2016

Future Events – 2017

If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!

September 2015:

Earl Park Fall Festival – Earl Park, IN – September 4-7, 2015

Roann Covered Bridge Festival – September 10-13, 2015
Pendleton Fall Festival – Pendleton, IN – September 11-12, 2015
Zionsville Lions Club Fall Festival – Zionsville, IN – September 11-13, 2015
Paoli Fall Festival – Paoli, IN – September 11-13, 2015
White River Festival – Sept 11-27, 2015
Indianapolis Chinese Festival – Sept 12, 2015
Hoosier Hops & Harvest – Nashville, IN – September 12, 2015

Versailles Pumpkin Show – Versailles, IN – September 23-27, 2015
Albion Harvest Fest – Albion, IN – September 19-20, 2015

Stone’s Trace Pioneer Festival – Ligonier, IN – September 12-13, 2015
Popcorn Festival – Valparaiso, IN – September 12, 2015
Kunstfest – New Harmony – Sept 19-20, 2015

North Manchester Harvest Festival – North Manchester, IN – September 26, 2015 
Lanthier Winery Harvest Celebration – Madison, IN – September 26-27, 2015
Sullivan County Rotary Corn Festival – Sullivan County, IN – September 16-20, 2015

Quafftoberfest – Bloomington, IN – September 2015

October 2015:

Franklin Fall Festival – Franklin, IN – October 3, 2015.
Located in downtown Franklin, Saturday, October 3rd, 8am-10:30pm.

Evansville Nut Club Fall Festival – October 5-10, 2015
One of the largest street festivals in the U.S., attracting more than 200,000.

Elvis FANtasy Festival – Portage, IN – October 2-4, 2015
Bloomfield Apple Festival – Bloomfield, IN -October 2-4, 2015
Friendship Music Festival – Friendship, IN – October 3-4, 2015

Mariachi & Tequila Festival – Hammond, IN – October 3, 2015

Sleepy Hollow Fall Celebration – October 10, 2015

Indiana Dunes Fall Harvest Festival – Valparaiso, IN – October 16-17, 2015

Odon Pumpkin Festival – Odon, IN – October 17, 2015
Large event featuring contests, games, food, vendors and music

November 2015:

Indy International Festival – Nov 5-7, 2015
Spirit & Place Festival – Indianapolis, IN – Nov 6-15, 2015
Holiday House Craft and Gift Show – Bloomington, IN – Nov 20-21, 2015
CASA Holiday Fest – Warsaw, IN – Nov 14, 2015

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30 COMMENTS

  1. Decatur’s Callithumpian Parade and festival aren’t on the list. The parade is always the last Monday in October. Its origin dates back to the 1910s.

  2. The Evansville Fall Festival is the second largest street fair in the U.S. and is held annually the second full week of October. This year, it will be Oct 4-10. Please update your list. Thanks!

      • We’re still a small team of just 2 people trying to track these events around the country – so we know we have a bunch that we’re missing. Thanks for alerting me to it – looks very cool!

  3. The West Side Nut Club Fall Festival in Evansville, IN is missing from your October list of dates! It is held annually during the first full week of October and is celebrating it’s 94th year this year. Rides, food booths, talent contests, and a parade…with all of the food booths supporting non-profit organizations! http://www.nutclubfallfestival.com/

  4. Forgot one. It’s huge.
    43rd Annual Seymour Oktoberfest 2015
    October 1st – 3rd 11am – 11pm
    Seymour, Indiana 47274

  5. Beech Grove Fall Festival
    Main Street Beech Grove Indiana
    Wed, Sept 16th-19th 2015
    
    Wed: Rides / Games, Food, Booths
    Thurs: Rides / Games, Food, Booths
    Fri: Rides / Games, Food, Booths
    Sat: Themed Parade at noon
    followed by Rides / Games, Food, And
    more booths than earlier in the week!
    Saturday only CRAFT FAIR!!

  6. Morgantown Colonel Vawter a Day September 19. Car show, art show, kids zone, BBQ pork chops, BBQ chicken, fire dept fish fry, live music, arts and crafts booths, antiques and much more!!

  7. Hamilton County’s longest running and largest festival, The Atlanta New Earth Festival, is September 26th and 27th. This year is the 42nd annual…with over 600 vendors and live entertainment.

  8. Taste of Diversity is September 26th at Garfield Park. They have diverse food trucks from all around the city, they will have local bands, carnival games, raffles with awesome prizes and much more! This event is going to be huge!

  9. Fall festivals in Morgan County, Indiana that did not make your list:

    Paragon Homecoming Festival – Paragon, IN – Labor Day Weekend
    Monrovia Festival – Monrovia, IN – September 11-13
    Colonel Vawter Day – Morgantown, IN – September 19
    Fall Harvest Days – Eminence, IN – September 19
    Fall Harvest Celebration – Hunter’s Honey Farm, Martinsville IN – September 19
    Chili Cook-off & Chalk Art Contest – Martinsville, IN – September 26
    Apple Festival & Craft Fair – Anderson Orchard, Mooresville, IN – September 26-27

    Morgan County Fall Foliage Festival – Martinsville, IN – Oct. 8-11
    Fiber & Heritage Festival – Martinsville, IN – Oct. 10

    • Sorry! There was an announcement that the balloon festival in Indiana was not going to happen this year. Internal confusion followed here due to working on too many events at the same time. Thanks for letting us know – It’s been removed.

  10. 13th Annual Soup Stew Chili & Brew Festival on Madison Indiana’s Main Street will take place October 10 (always the 2nd Saturday in October). SSCB features 40 food vendors, shopping, activities and inflatables for both kids and adults, beer and wine gardens, live music, and more! Free admission!

  11. 11th Annual Greendell Fall Festival runs from September 26th to October 31st! Open EVERYDAY in October, Monday through Saturday 8am to 5pm and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. Includes hayrides, a 3 acre pumpkin patch and 4 acre (Inside Out) themed corn maze! 749 West State Road 42 Mooresville, IN 46158 – groups of 10 or more receive discount pricing!

  12. […] From unique foods to historic reenactments to classic cars and everything in between, there is a festival in Indiana everyone can enjoy. Continue a generations-spanning family tradition—or begin a new one—by visiting a fall festival. An Indiana fall festival is a celebration of family, friends and food. Main streets become gathering spaces as the alluring aromas of signature foods fill the air and families and neighbors gather to celebrate and reminisce.   Here’s an additional list of festivals around Lafayette Indiana! […]

  13. 4th Saturday in September each year.

    This year is Saturday, September 26th, 2015. More information and booth space forms can be found on the Facebook page link that I provided. The page is public to everyone – even those who do not have their own Facebook page.

    We have booth spaces, food vendors, bands playing throughout the day, parade at 2:00 pm, etc.

  14. Mississinewa 1812 Oct. 9-11
    6000 N 300W, La Fontaine, Indiana 46940
    8 bucks to get in 6 bucks in advance
    Lots of good food and old school memorabilia.
    Vendors are all cosplayers dressed and acting the parts of people from the period.
    Multiple battle reinactments with guns and cannons.
    Dress up for the part for fun!

  15. The 69th annual Persimmon Festival is being held in Mitchell, Indiana from September 19-26. It is full week long event spanning 3 blocks of Main Street and a few block of side streets. The Festival kicks off at the Spring Mill State Park where the employees and volunteers bring the 18th century village to life on the 19th. On the main thoroughfare, starting Monday, there are carnival rides, lots of food vendors, and nightly entertainment! Saturday, the 26th, is the parade filled with floats, marching bands, antique and vintage cars, horses, etc… http://persimmonfestival.org/?page_id=2#.VfMY1nTD_qA check out the website!

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