OK, we know it’s been quite warm lately, but believe it or not, sweater and bonfire weather will soon be upon us, which means the best time in Indy is coming! Here are our four favorite things about fall in Indianapolis, as well as some events and destinations you won’t want to miss!
1. The festivals
GermanFest—Oct. 14, 2017
Discover your inner German! The day includes wiener dog races, a 5K/10K run/walk, a strong man/woman competition, an urban flea with 100 vendors, and plenty of fun activities for the kiddos. German beer and food round out the day!
More info: athenaeumfoundation.org
Riley Festival—Oct. 5-8, 2017
Perhaps the most Hoosier of Indiana festivals, the Riley Festival celebrates the birth of Greenfield’s favorite son, Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley. In addition to the Parade of Flowers, in which school children march through downtown Greenfield to place bouquets of flowers around Riley’s statue, enjoy entertainment, crafts, food, flea market booths and much more!
More info: rileyfestival.com
Fountain Square Music Fest—Oct. 6-7, 2017
Celebrate music and art at this two-day festival in historic Fountain Square. Check out a series of concerts in Fountain Square venues, enjoy local cuisine and experience the work of groundbreaking artists. A new format this year promises “an immersive visual art experience” that will bring artists and audiences together.
More info: www.fountainsquaremusicfest.org/
Heartland Film Festival—Oct. 12-22, 2017
With more than 270 screenings this year, get inspired with films that showcase the best of the human spirit. Highlights include a special screening of the Roger Ebert documentary “Life Itself”, and lifetime achievement awards for director Rob Reiner and producer Alan Ladd, Jr. Now in its 26th year, the Heartland Film Festival is widely regarded for its rich slate of independent films, filmmaker support, cash prizes, Academy Award qualification status, and Hoosier hospitality.
More info: www.heartlandfilm.org
2. The leaves
Experts are predicting that fall color will peak in early October this year, so don’t wait too long for your leaf-peeping expedition. Of course, you can take in the beauty in your own neighborhood, but if you want more of a show head to the quintessential fall destination, Brown County State Park, or one of Indiana’s state forests, such as Yellowwood or Morgan-Monroe.
3. Pumpkin patches and apple orchards
When the weather turns a bit crisp, what better way to spend a sunny fall Saturday than to throw on a cozy flannel shirt and head to a pumpkin patch or apple orchard? Here are a few of our area favorites:
Dull’s Tree Farm, Thorntown
Every Saturday and Sunday in October, Dull’s pulls out all the stops. In addition to the pumpkin patch, check out the corn maze, face painting, giant slide, pumpkin cannon, duck races, and much more!
More info: dullstreefarm.com
Stuckey Farm, Sheridan
Pick your own apples, shop for fresh produce at the country market and watch cider get pressed. Specially themed weekends through Oct. 22 also include a variety of fun activities for the whole family. Make a full day of it!
More info: stuckeyfarm.com
Tuttle Orchards, Greenfield
Cut a bouquet of sunflowers and pick your own apples and pumpkins! Kids can also view the farm animals, watch bees make honey, take a tractor or hayride and solve the corn maze! We love apple cider slushies from the sweet shop!
More info: indianapolisorchard.com
4. Halloween fun
Whether you’re looking for adults-only or family-friendly fun, Indy has plenty of festivites to choose from. Here are a few that we’re looking forward to.
Historic Irvington Halloween Festival—Oct. 21-28
Irvington’s Halloween festivities, dating back to the 1920s, have long been a tradition within this tight-knit east-side community. Join in this year, and enjoy a week’s worth of Halloween fun, which includes the traditional costume parade, a large street fair, Halloween-themed movies, ghost tours, a masquerade ball, a haunted puppet show, a variety of contests, and much, much more.
More information: irvingtonhalloween.com
Broad Ripple Zombie Walk—Oct. 21
Now in its 12th year, the Broad Ripple Zombie Walk has become Indiana’s largest family-friendly Zombie themed flash mob. The fake blood flows as the undead swarm Broad Ripple for a series of events to benefit Gleaners Food Bank. The goal this year to collect at least 5,000 pounds of donated canned goods!
More information: facebook.com
Halloween ZooBoo—Oct. 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29
Dress the kids as their favorite wild animal and head to the Indianapolis Zoo for ZooBoo! With mild temperatures, it’s a great time of year to see the animals, who are ready to get into the Halloween spirit! You won’t want to miss the pumpkin-gut splattering fun of the Elephant Pumpkin Smash. The kids will love gathering treats along the ZooBoo trail, bowling with pumpkins and dancing to the DJ’s spooky music!
More information: indianapoliszoo.com
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)—Oct. 28, 2017
Learn more about this Mexican tradition of praying for and remembering loved ones who have died with FREE admission to the Eiteljorg. Watch performances, create art, shop at the Mercado (marketplace), enjoy a Catrina parade and so much more.
More information: eiteljorg.org
What’s your favorite thing about fall in Indianapolis? Tell us in the comments!