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It’s time to get outdoors and enjoy some family fun with these September festivals held all around the state.

The month of September started out with a whole lot of heat, didn’t it? And with that, just as much humidity. This kind of weather keeps us at Action Air on our toes, as our technicians have been busy servicing air conditioning units and repairing broken ones in order to keep our customers cool.

And while we work hard to make sure our customers are comfortable indoors, we also know that as temperatures start to cool down – and hopefully that will be soon – there are plenty of fun things to do outdoors during this time of year. Whether it’s close to home or a car ride away, here are our top ten picks for fall family fun:

Grabill Country Fair, Sept. 10-12

This annual festival is rich with history, and attracts 100,000 visitors each year. Grabill is a quaint town of about 1,000 people, just north of Fort Wayne, nestled in the heart of a large Amish community. The country fair highlights the area’s Amish heritage, and features crafts, children’s games, music, entertainment, food, a Saturday morning parade, exhibitors and more. Find out more about this free event here.

About Dale Fall Festival, Sept. 10-12

Enjoy the county’s largest street festival in Santa Claus, Ind., with live entertainment, food booths, rides, competitions, and the annual Dale Fall Festival parade. For more information and the festival and surrounding events, visit here. 

Little Cousin Jasper Festival, Sept. 11-13

This annual three-day festival has been part of the community since 1974, and celebrates the history, people and culture of Rensselaer. For an event schedule, which includes activities for all ages, visit the festival here.

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, Sept. 12

Celebrating its 37th year and named the “Best Festival of the Region,” the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival offers family-fun activities for all ages. Enjoy live music on two stages, a kids play place with games and inflatables, and more than 200 arts and craft booths. Find festival details here.

Nappanee Apple Festival, Sept. 17-20

In this historic community the 40th annual event features a 7 ft. apple pie, more apple delights, over 150 craft vendors, 30 food booths and two free entertainment stages. Visitors can also enjoy carnival rides, exhibits, contests, a parade and more. Find out more here.

Back to the Fifties Festival, Sept. 18-19 

This nostalgic festival in downtown Lebanon features entertainment, food and activities for all ages. You’ll also enjoy: a car and bicycle show; art show; arts and crafts; street dance; 5k run; and free shuttle. No pets. Service animals welcome. Find out more here.

St. George Festival, Sept. 18-19

This festival is held at “the church on the hill under the gold dome” in Fishers, and celebrates food, music and the cultural roots from the Holy Land and the Middle East. With activities for all ages, visitors can enjoy ethnic cuisine, live music, a zip-line, dancing, silent auction and a children’s carnival. Church tours are also available, and guides will be on hand to explain the building’s Byzantine architecture and iconography painted by a team of Greek iconographers. Find out more here.

20th Annual Indy Irish Fest, Sept. 18-20

This celebration will feature four stages of music, dance, cultural demonstrations and talks. Visitors can watch border collies herd sheep and run a Kilted Mile (or just watch). Children’s area with games, crafts and contests. You can also enjoy over 20 Irish market vendors, hurling demonstrations and hands-on activities, along with lots of food and drink. Check out a full list of activities and events here.

Festival of the Turning Leaves, Sept. 25-27

This three-day festival in Thornton is always the last full weekend in September. Scheduled activities include: craft and food vendors; a parade; unique children’s area; museum tours; a street fair; live music; motorcycle show and corn hole tournament. You can also run or walk in the Hope on the Trail 5K-10K. For more information, visit here.

Of course, there are plenty of other wonderful events going on around the state this month. You can find your perfect destination on the Visit Indiana here. And as always, we are here to help you with any of your furnace and air conditioning needs. Give us a call if you have any questions at (317) 585-8981.