Fall in Indiana means lots of festivals and while the weather turns cooler, the festival scene heats up. This month there are many great street festivals in the city and surrounding communities. These festivals draw in large crowds and are some of the most popular of the year!
The entire month of October is the Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Stony Creek Farms in Noblesville. Take a trip to the farm for a haunted house, farm animals, the pumpkin train, straw maze, zipline, good food, wagon rides, a trip to the pumpkin patch, pony rides, and more.
Where: Stony Creek Farms, 11366 State Road 38 East, Noblesville
When: September 28 - October 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; daily
The Riley festival is one of the state's largest festivals. It spans 10 city blocks and includes hundreds of booths. Expect live entertainment, good food, arts and crafts, parade, and more.
Where: Downtown Greenfield
When: October 3-6; Thursday 5-9 p.m., Friday/Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Saxony, 13000 Olio Road, Fishers
When: October 5-6; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days
The Covered Bridge Festival is Indiana's largest festival, starting on the second Friday in October. The festival is county-wide and attracts visitors from across the country. Each community in the county hosts flea markets, yard sales, and crafts during the festival. The event is headquartered on the Rockville courthouse lawn, with vendors surrounding the courthouse and adjoining streets. Shopping is open there from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. In addition to shopping, there is live entertainment throughout the day.
Where: Parke County communities(county-wide)
When: October 11-20
Enjoy German music, German dancing, German food, German beer, raffle, a yodeling contest, wiener dog races, 5K Lederhosen Run/Walk, competitive beer games, and a Bavarian stone lifting contest. The large children's area will include activities such as a fishing pond,pea pond, can toss game, face painting, Berlin wall of paintings, mice race, giant buzzer, bounce house and arts and craft. The children's area is just $2 per child for the entire day. Adult tickets are $10 at the gate. Advance Germanfest tickets can be purchased online for $8 for adult. Kids 12 and under are free.
Where: Athenaeum, 401 East Michigan Street,Indianapolis
When: October 12; noon
Finally! A festival for chocolate lovers! Immerse yourself in all things chocolate at this sweet event! Your admission ticket will allow you to sample delicious desserts from some of Indianapolis' finest chocolatiers, bakers, and restaurants. Extra treats will be available for purchase. Relax with a pint from Sun King Brewing Co. while experiencing Arts for Learning teaching artists in action in the new children’s activity area with live music, storytellers, dance, hands-on visual art, and more! Tickets are $15 for adults, $ for children 5 - 15, children 4 and under are free. Family 4-packs 2 adults, 2 children) are $35. All proceeds for the event go to Arts for Learning.
Where: Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis
When: October 12; 12 - 4 p.m.
The Heartland Film Festival is one of Indy's top annual events and honors independent filmmakers whose films celebrate the human journey. During the 10-day event, 129 films will be shown throughout Indianapolis at various theaters. Single film tickets are $9 in advance (when purchased on the website) or $11 at the theater. Specially discounted ticket bundles are also available at Marsh.
Where: Various theaters
When: October 17 - 26
There's just something magical about hot air balloons and this festival celebrates the majesty and art of flying hot air balloons. Balloons over Killbuck is the Indiana State Championship for hot air balloons. Enjoy balloon rides, kids activities, helicopter rides, plane rides, car show, vendors, and more! Admission is $3 per person each day.
Where: Anderson Airport, 282 Airport Road, Anderson
When: October 25-27; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. each day.