Fall Indiana Festivals

Find an Indiana fall festival to attend in 2022. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2022 has things to do across Indiana including activities in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Bloomington and Evansville. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.

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We're gearing up for another year of awesome events! Check back closer to fall to see what we've found so far.

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2022 Festivals

Scottish Festival - Columbus, IN - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2022
A weekend of Scottish entertainment, competition, history and more.

Albion Harvest Fest - Albion, IN - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2022
Crafters’ booths, traders’ row, antique tool exhibits, barnyard pull, clowns, live music and more at the Noble County Saddle Club.

49th Annual Terre Haute German Oberlandler Club Oktoberfest - Terre Haute, IN - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2022
This year’s fest will be held at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds on Fri, Sep 16th and Sat, Sep 17th from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, rain or shine. It will feature authentic German food, a biergarten with an assortment of German and domestic beers for adults 21 and over, and plenty of fun for the entire family including face painting for the kids and a traditional pitcher holding contest. Three bands will provide live music from 2:00 – 10:00 PM each day. The 12-member Kalles Blech Buaba brass band from Gosheim, Germany will kick off the music from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Followed by Jay Fox and the Jammin Germans, and the Streamliners who will play sets from 5:00 – 10:00 PM. There will be plenty of FREE onsite parking at the fairgrounds. Admission is just $1.00, with free admission for kids age 12 and under.  

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for every event 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!

Indiana Renaissance Faire - Noblesville, IN -
Canceled for 2021. Normally: Experience the Golden Age of Queen Elizabeth I at The Fishers Renaissance Faire. Enjoy costumed characters, jousting, music, comedy, juggling, acrobats, knighting ceremonies, sword play, kids games and more!

Rooftop Oktoberfest - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 15, 2018

India Day - Indianapolis, IN - Aug 18, 2019
Cultural activities, food vendors and more

Red White and Brew Fest - Indianapolis, IN - Aug 24, 2019
Come out, sample some tasty beverages from local breweries, cideries and distilleries, and listen to some great music plus learn all about some great organizations in the Indianapolis area that help veterans. 21+ event

Steamboat Nights - Jeffersonville, IN - Aug 30 to Aug 31, 2019
An annual event started in 1973 as a fundraiser for the Howard Steamboat Museum now has a parade, live entertainment, art and food vendors.

Bloomington Garlic Festival - Bloomington, IN - Aug 31 to Sep 1, 2019
Enjoy local dishes prepared with garlic as well as cooking competitions, kidzone, live music and other artists.

Books, Bourbon and Bluegrass - Jeffersonville, IN - Sep 7, 2019
Fundraiser for the library

Fishers Oktoberfest - Fishers, IN - Sep 21, 2019
Live music, arts and crafts, kids games and German food. Beer garden is open from noon to 10 PM for ages 21+ with Warsteiner and Leinenkugel on tap. Domestic and import beers are $4-5. Live music begins at noon and includes Polkamotion, Big Daddy Caddy and My Yellow Rickshaw. Food menu includes a variety of German and American items including bratwurst, knautwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, funnel cake and elephant ears. Free admission. Location: Witten Park, 131st and Olio Road, Fishers IN

The Rathskeller Oktoberfest - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 27, 2019
Live music by Polkaboy as part of their Oktoberfest celebration. Location: 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indianapolis Chinese Festival - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 28, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Held during September, the month of the Chinese Moon Festival, the second largest Chinese festival and a celebration of the harvest with family and friends. A collaboration between several Chinese organizations, visitors can expect dragon and lion dancers, tai chi and martial arts demonstrations, dancers, singers, musicians, games, moon cakes, food, kids activities and more.

Lucha Libro Festival - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 28, 2019
Join the La Sardina Gallery for a family-friendly day of Luche Libre (Mexican wrestling)! The entire community is invited for exciting Lucha Libre performances, a Lucha Libre-themed art exhibition, games, film screening, a community market with local artists and vendors, and art activities for all

White River Festival and Dragon Boat Races - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 28, 2019
The White River Festival is a celebration of the White River, its tributaries and the surrounding 16 county watershed. The purpose of the festival is to raise awareness of the role this natural asset plays: a place of beauty and inspiration, critical drinking water source, habitat for many species of wildlife, and an economic driver for industry and development. The White River Dragon Boat Race is an opportunity to raise funds for the White River Alliance and enjoy a safe, fun, community-wide competition on this one-of-a-kind resource in Indianapolis.

Dugger Coal Festival - Dugger, IN - Oct 3, 2019
Celebrating the town’s coal mining heritage and the high school’s football homecoming.

Hat City On Tap Craft Beer Festival - Indianapolis, IN - Oct 12, 2019
The Hat City On Tap Craft Beer Festival is returning to the Danbury Arena this October 12th from 4-8pm or upgrade to VIP from 3pm-8PM. Sample over 120 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries! DD tickets are $10 at the door, day of, for 21+ and will not sell out

Indy International Festival - Indianapolis, IN - Oct 12, 2019
Held at the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and features the opportunity to travel the world in just a few steps! Different cultures are represented with colorful displays, traditional dress, music, dance, and food!

Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games - Indianapolis, IN - Oct 12, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Celtic music, face painting, royal court, Celtic dance, highland athletics, whisky tasting and more.

CANvitational - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 2, 2019
The midwest’s largest canned craft beer festival with over 40 breweries from across America.

CASA Holiday Festival - Warsaw, IN - Nov 8, 2019

Light Up Jeffersonville - Jeffersonville, IN - Nov 30, 2019
Annual tree lighting and parade at Warder Park

Beanblossom Bikerfest - Beanblossom, IN - Sep 8 to Sep 12, 2020
21+ event. Camping, music, food, bike show, and more, held at Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground.

Heartnut Festival - Nineveh, IN - Sep 12, 2020
Annual event celebrating local heritage at Johnson County Park, featuring craft vendors, wine & beer, food vendors, music, carnival rides, RC planes in Tracee Field, petting zoo, music, and more.

Mask-Fest - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
Midwest’s premier monster art mask and makeup festival.

Hoosier Fall Fest - Knightstown, IN - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020

Indy Pagan Pride Day - Indianapolis, IN - Oct 3, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Rituals, workshops, dancing, drumming, art, food, action and more! Admission is canned or dry food/toiletries for the Damien Center or cat food or litter for Indy Feral. Now held at Marion County Fairgrounds.

North Manchester Eel River Arts Festival - N Manchester, IN - Oct 3, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Farmer’s market, art, music, family fun and kid’s crafts

Southern Indiana Fiber Arts Festival - Corydon, IN - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Vendors, food, workshops all for you to attend and enjoy.

Sugar Skull Shake Shake Cultural Festival - Jeffersonville, IN - Oct 24, 2020
Held every other year. The Sugar Skull Shake, Shake is a one day festival that brings to the community the understanding and tradition of El Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, which in many parts of Mexico and South America is a time to honor and celebrate deceased loved ones.

Mosey Down Main Street - Lafayette, IN - May 8 to Sep 4, 2021
Part of a series of street celebrations brought to you by the local artistic community, running throughout the summer. Check the event website for dates and other details!

Darlington Fish Fry and Festival - Darlington, IN - Jul 30 to Jul 31, 2021

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival - Auburn, IN - Aug 28 to Sep 4, 2021
A classic car show, historic tour, parade and festival held the week before Labor Day.

Marshall County Blueberry Festival - Plymouth, IN - Sep 2 to Sep 6, 2021
Over 100 food booths, more than 400 crafters and lots of entertainment and other activities.

Griffith Rock n Rail Street Festival - Griffith, IN - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2021
The Rock N Rail Fest is a 4-day music festival taking place over Labor Day weekend. It features over 25 bands and over 30 food vendors. There are two stages – main stage and bar stage. The entire festival is fenced in, making it a family-friendly beer garden featuring four beer stations. Kid’s activities include bounce houses, train barrel rides, princess day, superhero day, face painting, and much more!

Ligonier Marshmallow Festival - Ligonier, IN - Sep 3 to Sep 6, 2021
This annual festival includes lots of family-friendly fun, entertainment, activities, rides, food and more. The name celebrates one of the major products, marshmallows, produced in the area. Enjoy bake-offs, parade, pizza eating concerts and more!

Paragon Homecoming Festival - Paragon, IN - Sep 3 to Sep 5, 2021
A festival for the whole family, since 1924, over Labor Day weekend.

Earl Park Fall Festival - Earl Park, IN - Sep 3 to Sep 6, 2021
Since 1972, this festival has brought the community together with free family entertainment like a truck & tractor pull, car show, tournaments, mud volleyball, plus craft and flea market, Bluegrass music, tons of food, and more!

Chelsea Jubilee - Madison, IN - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2021
Indiana’s oldest continuous festival features home tours, music events, garden tours, holiday events, arts & crafts shows, 5K, car show, food and wine tastings and more

Vernon Festival of the Arts - Vernon, IN - Sep 4, 2021
Live music, food, art, children’s activities, and more. Formerly the Vernon Labor Day Festival, this festival is shifting to connecting the community with artists and craftspeople while ensuring fun for the whole family.

Indy LaborFest - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 4, 2021
Free admission to this street festival featuring music, food, beverages and a kid’s zone

Fourth Street Festival - Bloomington, IN - Sep 4 to Sep 5, 2021
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.

Metamora Music Festival - Metamora, IN - Sep 4 to Sep 5, 2021
Two day celebration of traditional American music along the Whitewater Canal, Sat & Sun of Labor Day weekend in Metamora, IN

German Park Oktoberfest - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2021
The German American Club and Edelweiss Restaurant host this Oktoberfest. Live music and entertainment. Members of any German organization get in free if they show their membership card at the gate. Pets, except for service animals, are not allowed. Location: 8600 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis

Tipton County Pork Festival - Tipton, IN - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2021
Come see, smell and taste ten tons of great pork!

Roann Covered Bridge Festival - Roann, IN - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2021
Celebrate the heritage of the Roann Covered Bridge with this four day festival featuring free family entertainment like an antique tractor pull, a parade, mud volleyball, live music and more!

Roanoke Fall Festival - Roanoke, IN - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2021
Annual family-oriented event for more than 60 years with parade, amusement rides, free entertainment and fantastic food.

Grabill Country Fair - Grabill, IN - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2021
An annual event attracting 100,000 to this Amish community to celebrate 130 craft booths featuring wood, needle crafts, and more! Demonstrations of spinning wheels, cornhusk dolls, and other crafts are available, and children’s activities abound, with contests such as nail driving, cross-cut sawing, and apple pie baking are available. Several music genres can be enjoyed, as can delicious county fare

Lanesville Heritage Weekend - Lanesville, IN - Sep 9 to Sep 12, 2021
See how our forefathers lived as farmers more than one hundred years ago in Southern Indiana. Crafts and food booths, live music, midway and helicopter rides, parade, truck & tractor pulls, contests and more!

Turkey Trot Festival - Montgomery, IN - Sep 9 to Sep 12, 2021
Watch the turkey races!

Little Cousin Jasper Festival - Rensselaer, IN - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
Three days of family fun and entertainment in Rensselaer.

Canaan Fall Festival and Pony Express Mail Run - Canaan, IN - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2021
Enjoy a Pony Express mail run between Canaan and Madison, plus food, live entertainment, kid’s games, exhibits, arts & crafts and more! Free admission

Middlebury Fall Festival - Middlebury, IN - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2021
Local artisans and crafters, homemade foods and a baking contest, farmers market, sausage and gravy breakfast, pork chop dinner, antique tractors, live entertainment, cornhole tourney, and fireworks too!

Kiwanis Club Hot Air Balloon Festival - Bloomington, IN - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
Hot air balloon

Zionsville Lions Fall Festival - Zionsville, IN - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
Parade, live entertainment, carnival, food court, commercial spaces, arts and crafts, kids corner and more.

Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – Indianapolis - Fortville, IN - Sep 11, 2021
Going virtual for 2020! Normally: CF Cycle for Life is a fully-supported ride with different route options. From breakfast to the cycle post party, you can enjoy fully stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, bike mechanics for bicycle maintenance and repair, ride marshals to cheer you along the way and plenty of support vehicles to help you complete the ride. This unique event empowers participants to take action and demonstrate their fight in finding a cure for cystic fibrosis in a tangible, emotional and powerful way.

Penrod Arts Fair - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 11, 2021
One of the nation’s largest single day art fairs, one of the biggest fundraisers for the Penrod Society. Held at Newfields campus. Since 1967.

St. Boniface Germanfest - Lafayette, IN - Sep 11, 2021
Food, live music, dancing and fun.

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival - Valparaiso, IN - Sep 11, 2021
Art and craft booths, food, 5k, kids activities, parade, live entertainment, and more

Upland Oktoberfest – Bloomington - Bloomington, IN - Sep 11, 2021
You can expect a German based food menu with plenty of Bavarian-inspired dishes, traditional live music, and plenty of beer to be flowing. And what’s Oktoberfest without an authentic Lager in a beer stein?

Sullivan Rotary Corn Festival - Sullivan, IN - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2021
A nightly free concert, plus carnival rides, corn feed, chalk drawings, parade, vendor stands, turtle derby and more.

Indy Jazz Fest - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 16 to Sep 19, 2021
Now celebrating more than 20 years as a mainstay in the Indianapolis arts and culture scene, the annual Indy Jazz Fest returns with a lineup celebrating the legacy of jazz, modern masters and the discovery of new jazz stars.

Nappanee Apple Festival - Nappanee, IN - Sep 16 to Sep 19, 2021
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.

Beanblossom Blues Fest - Morgantown, IN - Sep 17 to Sep 25, 2021
Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground plays host to this annual music festival

Monument Circle Oktoberfest - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 17, 2021
Annual Indianapolis Oktoberfest hosted by the Columbia Club with German & American food, live music and biergarten. Portion of proceeds goes to local organizations. Admission is free and open to the public.

Back to the Fifties Festival - Lebanon, IN - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2021
Celebrate the 1950s with classic car show, street dance, live music and children’s fun park.

Heritage Days Festival - Frankton, IN - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
Celebrate the local community with great food, live entertainment, exciting activities, arts, crafts, parades and more.

Kunstfest - New Harmony, IN - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
A German festival and artisan fair, with German food, music, crafts, and more. Over 200 vendors and 10,000 attendees will make this an event to remember.

Persimmon Festival - Mitchell, IN - Sep 18 to Sep 25, 2021
Entertainment and food, antique tractor show, arts and crafts, car and motorcycle shows, candlelight tour, community yard sale, Persimmon run and of course, lots of persimmons in pudding and novelty dessert, plus more!

Old Washington Street Festival - Muncie, IN - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
Come enjoy the architectural, cultural, and social heritage of Muncie’s Emily Kimbrough Historic District and the surrounding neighborhood from Gas Boom Era (1880-1910). There will be artist and craft vendors, musical entertainment, antiques, old-fashioned hand-drawn fire pumper, demonstrations of period crafts and more!

Brookston Apple Popcorn Festival - Brookston, IN - Sep 18, 2021
Celebrate the local harvest with apples and popcorn. Free admission with tons of activities for kids and adults.

Johnny Appleseed Festival-CANCELED Due to Covid - Fort Wayne, IN - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
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. 5k, handmade craft booths, food, period demonstrations, and see how pioneers used to live. Check the event website for free parking areas near the event.

Hispanic Cultural Awareness Day - Madison, IN - Sep 18, 2021
Cultural appreciation of Hispanic traditions with food, dance, and music at Broadway Fountain

Bluffton Free Street Fair - Bluffton, IN - Sep 21 to Sep 25, 2021
A street fair with parade, live music entertainment and more.

Versailles Pumpkin Show - Versailles, IN - Sep 22 to Sep 26, 2021
Annual event that began in 1899 and celebrated prize pumpkins, and has grown to include various contests, parades, commercial carnival rides, a dance, Punkin Chunkin’, an annual art show, and more

James Dean Festival - Fairmount, IN - Sep 23 to Sep 26, 2021
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.

Wanatah Scarecrow Festival - Wanatah, IN - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Enjoy scarecrow sculpting, arts/crafts, kids’ rides, parade, fun runs, car show and more! Bring a nonperishable food item to the info booth for a giveaway ticket!

Indy Irish Fest - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2021
Celebrate with all things Irish – multiple cultural and community charitable organizations benefit

Bremen Oktoberfest - Bremen, IN - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2021
Live music, food and beer, and more. Held at Sunnyside Park due to construction in 2020

St. John Oktoberfest - St. John, IN - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Annual Indiana Oktoberfest from St. John the Evangelist Parish. Music, bier garden with HB and Miller, wine, German food, and kids activities such as pumpkin decorating and moon bounce. They have featured live music running all three days.

Ramencon - South Bend, IN - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Ramencon is an anime convention in South Bend Indiana. Ramencon was built by anime fans for anime fans.

Cory Apple Festival - Cory, IN - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Proceeds from parking and meals in the Firehouse benefit the Cory Volunteer Fire Department and the local community

Festival of the Turning Leaves - Thorntown, IN - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Over the last full weekend in September, visitors from all over come to enjoy a variety of activities, entertainers, craft and food vendors, a parade, a children’s area, museum tours, and much, much more

Noblesville Brewfest - Noblesville, IN - Sep 25, 2021
21+ event – beer tasting, live band, silent auction, and commemorative sampling glass for all. Designated drivers admitted at no charge – so don’t drink and drive!

Rocky Ripple Festival - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 25, 2021
Held annually on the last Saturday in September, this festival focuses on the arts – over 70 artists, live entertainment, beer and wine, food vendors, and more

Madison Chautauqua Arts & Crafts Show - Madison, IN - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2021
An outdoor juried fine art and craft show in the tree-lined streets of this National Landmark Historic District.

Atlanta New Earth Festival - Atlanta, IN - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2021
This small town draws crowds of 80,000 for the 600 vendors offering fine art, crafts, antiques, and food.

Richmond Oktoberfest - Richmond, IN - Sep 25, 2021
Annual Oktoberfest includes locally made beer, brats, games, live music, trike race and crafts. This is a huge street fair with lots of local crafts and artisans. The beer garden features brews by the New Boswell Brewing Company. Do not miss Ullery’s Ice Cream.

Oktoberfest & Porsche Festival - Winona Lake, IN - Sep 25, 2021
An afternoon of celebrating Germany’’s oldest seasonal celebration. A car show will kick off the event, taking place along the canal. Fall festival activities will follow and continue into the afternoon. At 5:00, be sure to head to The Garden for a beer, live music and German style foods.

Herron Morton Place Oktoberfest - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 25, 2021
Annual event from 3-9 PM. Will have food trucks, restaurant vendors, live music and beer. Located at historic Herron-Morton Place Park in downtown Indianapolis. Kids are welcome (those under 12 are free) and dogs are allowed! Event proceeds benefit the park.

Carmel International Arts Festival - Carmel, IN - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2021
Over 130 juried artists exhibiting in watercolor, oil, 2D, jewelry, photography, 3D, wood, sculpture, pottery and more.

Rensselaer Oktoberfest - Rensselaer, IN - Sep 25, 2021
Come enjoy a festive night of German and American cuisine from local eateries, try wines from our local winery and sample seasonal beer at our beer garden. Enjoy live entertainment on the Historic Downtown Rensselaer square. $5 donation requested. Kids 10 and under are free. Hours are 5-10pm. Location is Jasper County Courthouse Square, 115 W Washington Street

Festival of Faiths - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 26, 2021
Going virtual for 2021 as well. Normally: The Center for Interfaith Cooperation presents the annual Indy Festival of Faiths at Veterans Memorial Plaza and the Indiana War Memorial in downtown Indy. This one-day celebration of religious diversity features a drumming circle, procession of faiths, sacred art, kids activities, youth forums and more. More than a hundred congregations and community groups will display how they live the Festival’s theme: “Embracing Diversity.” It’’s a unique chance to learn about religious traditions you may never have heard of. Children can spend the afternoon exploring the Play Zone, learning about how kids around the world have fun. On the Sacred Arts Stage, see and hear performances of Indian dance, music by undocumented youth, and a choir of homeless persons. Enjoy food from around the world.

Fiesta de la Familia: A Celebration of Latino Cultures - Indianapolis, IN - Sep 26, 2021
Families and children will enjoy special music, art and culture including mariachi, Latin rock, metal art, worrydolls, paper flowers and more! Held at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, which is open with FREE admission all day for this event, so you can check out the other exhibits as well!

Mac and Cheese Fest - Michigan City, IN - Sep 26, 2021
Local breweries and wine, live music, plus sampling of 15 mac and cheese vendors, all on the waterfront!

Seymour Oktoberfest - Seymour, IN - Sep 29 to Oct 2, 2021
This festival has been happening for more than 40 years. Bier Garten, carnival and flea market at First Methodist Church. There are a number of contests over the weekend, including the 5K walk/run, baking contest, horseshoe tournament, cornhole tournament, prince & princess, window & booth decorating, baby contest, polka & chicken dance, talent contest, brat eating and coloring contest. When the weather cooperates, there is also a hot air balloon race. Three stages of free entertainment nightly, including bluegrass festival, dancers, cloggers and German band. There are also carnival rides, arts & crafts, pumpkin painting, dumpster decorating, sand art booth and cake walk for kids in the One Kids Square. Admission is free. Pets are not allowed. Location: 2nd and Walnut, Seymour

Carmel Octoberfest - Carmel, IN - Oct 1, 2021
An annual event celebrating fall. Festival is free to the public and open to all age ranges. There will also be food, drink and biergarten of course.

Bloomfield Apple Festival - Bloomfield, IN - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
Head to Bloomfield town park for an annual fall festival with carnival rides, food, merchandise vendors, live music, different contests, 5K, art, live demonstrations and more!

Metamora Canal Days Festival - Metamora, IN - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
For over 50 years, Metamora has been enjoying Canal Days, with vendor booths all over town with treasures and bargains.

The Holy Name Oktoberfest - Beech Grove, IN - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
A two day community event hosted by Holy Name Parish of Beech Grove that is attended by more than 1,000 people. Authentic German food, biergarten, live music and kids zone with games. The festival raises funds to support the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.

Apple Festival Of Kendallville - Kendallville, IN - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
A family-friendly community event at the Noble County Fairgrounds. Since 1985

Harvest Homecoming - New Albany, IN - Oct 2 to Oct 10, 2021
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.

Franklin Fall Vintage Festival - Franklin, IN - Oct 2, 2021
1 mile dance, street fair with kids zone and entertainment, food vendors, fish fry, baking contest, parade, dachsund derby, and fireworks

IHM Oktoberfest - Indianapolis, IN - Oct 2, 2021
Live music, beer, and more

West Side Nut Club Fall Festival - Evansville, IN - Oct 3 to Oct 9, 2021
One of the largest street festivals in the U.S., attracting more than 200,000.

Heartland International Film Festival - Indianapolis, IN - Oct 7 to Oct 17, 2021
Since the inaugural Festival in 1992, Heartland has grown from a four-day event with less than 20 films to an 11-day celebration featuring more than 100 independent films, 200 visiting filmmakers and 300 film screenings.

Heartland Film Festival - Indianapolis, IN - Oct 7 to Oct 17, 2021
Heartland showcases more than 130 movies from independent filmmakers over 10 days of red carpet premieres and events, parties and film screenings across Indianapolis.

Wickedly Whiting - Whiting, IN - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2021
The region’s only All-Halloween festival, with a freak show circus, spooky vendors, fall food vendors, beer garden, family stage, comics vendors village, and more.

Covered Bridge Festival - Rockville, IN - Oct 8 to Oct 17, 2021
Visit the 31 covered bridges in Parke County, the Covered Bridge Capital of the World.

Germanfest - Indianapolis, IN - Oct 9, 2021
Annual celebration of German-American Day. German food, beer, strong man competition, 5k Lederhosen Run/Walk, Wiener Dog Races. ZwergenLand for Kids ($2) has play area, arts & crafts, bounce house, fishing pond, face painting and other activities. Two stages of entertainment, beer games for teams of five members 21+ includes contests such as beer stein holding, cow toss, stein relay and grape stompede. Proceeds benefit Historic Athenaeum. Location: 401 E. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Festival - West Lafayette, IN - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
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.

Syracuse Harvest Festival - Syracuse, IN - Oct 9, 2021
10:00AM-2:00PM at Lakeside Park. This family friendly event is hosted alongside the final date of the Artisans & Farmers Market and will feature several fall themed activities including hay rides, pumpkin decorating, petting zoo, pony rides, games, antique tractors, live music, food vendors and more

Buckley Fall Festival - Lowell, IN - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
Family fun, great food, entertainment, arts & crafts and more! Along the way, pioneer cabin reenactors portray military, civilians, and artisans of various time periods, taking you back in history!

Bristow Car Show - Bristow, IN - Oct 10, 2021
Antique, classic car and truck show with live entertainment and food. Free admission.

Historic Irvington Halloween Festival - Indianapolis, IN - Oct 26 to Oct 30, 2021
Tons of Halloween fun including pumpkin carving contest, masquerade ball, zombie bike ride, costume party and street fair. Runners can enjoy a 5 mile Vampire run, 3 mile walk, or kids dash. Also features art shows, exhibit on ghouls, seances, organ concert, puppet show, movie nights, coffin race, ghost tour and more!

Spirit and Place Festival - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 4 to Nov 14, 2021
Over 35 events in over 30 venues across the city, including art exhibitions, dance performances, family events, lectures and more! The festival aims to open minds, touch hearts, and build bridges to help citizens move forward in new ways, both individually and collectively

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 6, 2021
The CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is one of the 15 largest marathons in the US and typically sells out. The marathon, half marathon, and 5K courses were designed to wind through historical Indianapolis neighborhoods, past some of the most notable monuments and landmarks including the Indiana State Capitol building, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and the Indiana War Memorial.

Festival of Trees at Indiana Historical Society - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 12 to Jan 8, 2022
This year’s extravaganza will feature a winter wonderland of 75 elaborately decorated trees representing individuals, families and organizations from around Indiana. Each guest will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree. Visitors can also take part in scavenger hunts for The Elf on the Shelf throughout the building — watch IHS’s social media channels for hints on its locations!

Christmas Nights of Lights at the Indiana State Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 12 to Jan 2, 2022
Come see over 1 million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your car stereo. Pack your vehicle full of friends and family to enjoy the show and begin a new Christmas tradition with us.

Magic of Lights - Noblesville, IN - Nov 19 to Jan 2, 2022

Christmas at the Zoo - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 20 to Dec 30, 2021
Dating back to 1967, the Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the nation to hold a holiday lights event. Year after year, Christmas at the Zoo continues to grow.

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 20 to Jan 17, 2022
Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is a G-scale model train wonderland containing nine working model trains that wind through a stunning miniature landscape. The exhibit features miniature versions of local treasures of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle, Union Station and Lucas Oil Stadium. The trains then head through the national parks of the American West, passing legendary sites, including grand railway lodges, Northwest Coast Native villages, and wonders both natural and human-made—Mt. Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Old Faithful, San Francisco, the Las Vegas Strip, Hoover Dam and much more.

Jolly Days Winter Wonderland at the Children’s Museum - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 20 to Jan 2, 2022
From the arrival of Santa, Gingerbread Houses, and a North Pole PJ Party to Countdown to Noon and all things in between, the museum’s calendar is a Nice List full of indoor holiday events

Winterlights - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 22 to Jan 2, 2022
Experience the wonder of over a million and a half lights glittering in The Garden this holiday season at Winterlights presented by Bank of America. Just over the river and through the woods Winterlights transforms Newfields into a winter wonderland.

Thanksgiving Eve at Howl at the Moon Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 24, 2021
Turkey is good, but booze is better! Celebrate the long holiday weekend with some live music, dancing and drinks, with featured drinks, games, dancing and a great night out!

Gobble Til You Wobble at the Indianapolis Zoo - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 25, 2021
Virtual for 2021. Fifth annual Gobble Til You Wobble 1 Mile, 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2! Lace up those running shoes and get wobbling! They’re donating at least 20% of each registration to Feeding America, which is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, working to connect people with food and end hunger.

Drumstick Dash - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 25, 2021
4.6 mile “Full Gobbler,” and 2.75 mile “Mini Gobbler.” 100% of the proceeds helps Wheeler Mission serve those experiencing homelessness in the community.

Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble - Pendleton, IN - Nov 25, 2021
The 5K course will start at the Pendleton YMCA and continue into downtown Pendleton. All registration proceeds benefit the YMCA of Madison County’s Annual Campaign, which provides scholarships to kids and families in need. The Gobble Wobble is the perfect way to kick start your family’s Thanksgiving Day activities!

Turkey Day 5k - Greenfield, IN - Nov 25, 2021
The course starts and finishes in front of the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Building. The route includes a run through historic downtown as well as along the beautiful Pennsy Trail. Walkers, you have up to 90 minutes to complete the 5K. Costumes welcome and encouraged

Celebration Crossing - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 26 to Jan 2, 2022
Indiana State Museum. Santa arrives via helicopter on opening day. Hop on the Snowfall Express, the must-ride experience of the holiday season, to discover a forest populated by charming, whimsical characters celebrating the coming winter and the first snowfall. Many favorites are back this year, including visits with Santa, activities in Santa’s Front Yard, the 92 County Tree, Santa’s Holiday Breakfasts, Winter Wonderland Workshops, the Reindeer Barn and more.

Host of Angels - Madison, IN - Nov 26 to Dec 31, 2021
Lanthier Winery. Splendid gathering of traditional holiday angels, celestial creatures and cherubs

Circle of Lights - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 26, 2021
Monument Circle. Indy tradition for 50+ years. Join thousands of spectators at Monument Circle downtown for this holiday lighting spectacular event, presented by IBEW.

Festival of Trees at Lanthier Winery - Madison, IN - Nov 26 to Dec 31, 2021
Over 100 decorated trees highlight the holiday season.

A Merry Prairie Holiday - Fishers, IN - Nov 26 to Nov 22, 2021
A 3D projection mapping holiday show will blanket the William Conner House with “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.” A sock skating rink, the Reynolds lights and lessons about holidays around the world are among more activities.

A Beef & Boards Christmas - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 26 to Dec 23, 2021
“A Beef & Boards Christmas,” treats guests to an array of all their holiday favorites. With a beat boxing, rapping Santa Claus and a Rudolph that actually flies onto the stage, guests are treated to something special each night throughout the holiday season.

Santa’s Holiday Breakfast - Indianapolis, IN - Nov 28 to Dec 19, 2021
Enjoy a delicious and festive buffet breakfast with Santa amidst the holiday splendor of Celebration Crossing featuring holiday music, decorations and Santa’s helpers in the Great Hall. After breakfast, visit Santa in his house, explore Santa’s Front Yard and Reindeer Barn and take a ride on the Snowfall Express

Holiday Sounds - Indianapolis, IN - Dec 1 to Dec 17, 2021
Indiana State Museum. Delight in the sounds of the season from school and community choirs, bands, ensembles, and soloists as they perform holiday music daily in the museum’s Great Hall.

AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration - Indianapolis, IN - Dec 3 to Dec 23, 2021
Your favorite holiday music will once again be brought to life with Broadway-style showstoppers, the famous tap-dancing Santas, and more.

A Christmas Carol at Beef and Boards - Indianapolis, IN - Dec 3 to Dec 31, 2021
From the pages of Dickens comes this delightful musical adaptation of the holiday classic with traditional carols. Experience the transformation of the miserly Scrooge into someone who understands the true meaning of kindness and love, accomplished with the help of three spirits from the past, present, and future.

Peewinkle’s Christmas Puppet Show - Indianapolis., IN - Dec 4, 2021
50 min puppet show at Arts for Lawrence inside the Theater at the Fort. This fun filled, high spirited, holiday entertainment is a perfect event for the whole family. Mozart and Ludmilla, the ritzy rodents, will host this variety show of holiday marionettes, music and audience participation.

Find other fun things to do in Indiana:
Oktoberfest in Indiana
Indiana Corn Mazes
Indiana Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Indiana
Pumpkin Patches in Indiana

33 thoughts on “Fall Indiana Festivals

  1. Kelly E says:

    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. Jamie Englert says:

    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!

    • Kris says:

      I’m glad someone else said this, because I was wondering how they could leave the biggest one off the list.

      • Mr. Funtober says:

        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. D. Daubs says:

    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. Angela O. says:

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

  5. Beth Jeffries says:

    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. JoEllen Rowe says:

    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. Robyn says:

    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. Emily H. says:

    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. Visit Morgan County says:

    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

    • Mr. Funtober says:

      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. Lindsay says:

    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. Suni Steward says:

    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!

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  13. Ashlee Swango says:

    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. Michael Strawer says:

    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. Leslie Wade says:

    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!

  16. Ashley says:

    The 14th Annual Soup Stew Chili & Brew Festival on Madison Indiana’s Main Street will take place October 8th this year (always the 2nd Saturday in October). SSCB features eight blocks full with 40 food vendors, shopping, activities and inflatables for both kids and adults, beer and wine gardens, live music, and more! Free admission!

  17. kenny says:

    Sheridan Indiana “Harvest Moon Festivale” is not on the list but it is not worth going to so dont waste your time! and sheridan cops will arrest you if you are from out of town!

  18. Brent says:

    How about feast of the hunter moon!! I believe this is the 5oth year. And it will be sept 30 to oct 1st. Really big outdoors in Lafayette Indiana.


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