Fall festival season is in full swing in Indiana, and there’s still plenty of time to get outdoors and enjoy the fun. Whether you’re in the mood for music, movies, pumpkins or scary thrills, there’s something for everyone. Take a look at some of our top picks.
And remember, it won’t be long until you and your family will be spending most of your time indoors. In fact, weather forecasters are predicting a colder (and snowier) 2016-17 season. So if you haven’t scheduled a checkup for your home heating system, do it now – before you really need it!
Fall Festivals in Indiana
Rosenvolk German Medieval Festival
Oct. 14-16, Ferdinand
Come join in on the 2nd Annual Rosenvolk German Medieval Festival. This festival will feature more than 20 acts of music and amusement, including theatre in the mud, which everyone should see. There will be jousting games led by the four-time National Champion and host of the History Channel’s Show “Full Metal Jousting,”
Parke County Covered Bridge Festival
Oct. 14-23, Rockville
This countywide festival is Indiana’s largest. You can enjoy shopping, entertainment, food, tents and the streets around the Rockville courthouse filled with crafters and vendors for your shopping delight. And don’t forget about the covered bridges! Visit participating communities, bridges and additional celebrations. Find details here.
Heartland Film Festival
Oct. 20-30, Indianapolis
The Heartland Film Festival is an independent film showcase that comes to Indianapolis every autumn. This annual celebration offers audiences an array of cinematic works from the United States and all over the world. The festival provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the art of filmmaking with parties, receptions and a variety of other special events.
Historic Irvington Halloween Festival
Oct. 22-29, Indianapolis
The Historic Irvington Halloween Festival is a week-long seasonal celebration with lots of different activities. The festival, which invites guests to come in costume, includes many Halloween-themed activities including scary movies, ghost tours and a haunted puppet show. There is also a five-mile run, bike riding, roller derby and more. Other entertainment includes live music and a variety of vendors.
Haunted Railroad & Fall Festival
Through Oct. 31, Valparaiso
The Haunted Railway Garden and Fall Festival is Halloween fun, with an award-winning living garden, and a garden-scale railroad with 3,000 feet of track all decks out for the season. Don’t forget to check out the Trail of Scarecrows!
Stoneycreek Farm Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Through Oct. 31, Noblesville
This trip to Stoneycreek Farm offers a multitude of kid-friendly activities, including rubber ducky races, hoop-house maze, pedal cars, farm animals and a massive straw pile. Activities differ slightly from weekend to weekday.
Waterman’s Family Farm Fall Harvest Festival
Through Oct. 31, Indianapolis and Greenwood
The Waterman’s Family Farm Fall Harvest Festival, held in two separate locations, is a celebration of the fall season. This free event features a pumpkin slingshot, cornfield maze, pumpkin-pie-eating contest, pumpkin-carving demonstration, and live music. The festival also offers an array of educational demonstrations including robotic and dog obedience displays.