Don't worry, the Headless Horseman Festival isn't too spooky and is appropriate for all ages. | Photo by Conner Prairie
Don’t sweat the fall stuff. Whether you love sipping on a PSL (or apple cider slushie) or watching the leaves change color, we’ve got you covered with seven fall festivals to add to your bucket list this season.
🍁 Franklin Fall Vintage Fest | Sat., Oct. 1 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Downtown Franklin | Celebrate all things fall while shopping outdoor vendors + the great vintage shops you love in Downtown Franklin.
🍁 Headless Horseman Festival | Every Thurs.-Sun from Thurs., Oct. 6-Sun., Oct. 30 | Various times | Conner Prairie | Take the iconic haunted hayride + encounter the headless horseman, plus explore the haunted maze, catch spooky shows and storytelling, enjoy festive rides and games, and check out the monster museum.
🍁 Fishers Agripark Fall Festival | Wed., Oct. 12-Sat., Oct. 15 | 4-7 p.m. + 6-9 p.m. | 11171 Florida Rd., Fishers | Explore the Scarecrow Trail and Corn Maze and enjoy fall activities like pumpkin carving, carnival games, crafts, and campfires with s’mores.
🍁 Covered Bridge Festival | Fri., Oct. 14-Sun., Oct. 23 | Various times | Parke County | Known as Indiana’s largest fall festival, see the county’s 31 historic covered bridges + enjoy authentic arts and crafts, food, and beautiful fall foliage.
🍁 Locally Made: Indy’s Fall Fest | Sat., Oct. 15 | 12-5 p.m. | Indianapolis Art Center | ARTSPARK will come alive with art, activities, and food, featuring artwork, wares, and artisanal goods from 25 local and regional artists with one-of-a-kind work.
🍁 Autumntidings Fall Fest | Sat., Oct. 22 | 12-4 p.m. | The Cradle at Monon 30, 1118 E. 30th St. | Celebrate the season with this inaugural festival hosted by Ash & Elm Cider Co. featuring several other Indiana-based cideries, breweries, and distilleries.
🍁 76th Annual Historic Irvington Halloween Festival | Sat., Oct. 22-Sat., Oct. 29 | Various times | Irvington neighborhood | Visit this Halloween town for several events like the Halloween Ball, a Night of Spirits and Fright Seeing, Zombie Bike Ride, Vampire Run, and costume contests.
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Pumpkin Spice Pottery Painting Class | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 6-8 p.m. | uPaint Pottery Studio, Multiple locations | $29 | Grab a friend and join this fun instructor-led class to paint a plate that will jazz up your fall decor. 🖌️
Indy Night Market | Fri., Sept. 23-Sat., Sept. 24 | 4-10 p.m. | Indianapolis City Market | Cost of purchase | Check out this food, arts + culture festival that brings to life Indy’s food scene, including farmers, restaurants, chefs, and food entrepreneurs in the heart of downtown. 🌃
Pints and Paddles | Fri., Sept. 23 | 5-8 p.m. | Stephens Park, 605 Stephen Dr., Brownsburg | Free | Enjoy time on the courts while socializing with fellow pickleball lovers. 🏓
26th Annual Indy Irish Fest | Sat., Sept. 24 | 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. | Garfield Park | $5+ | Join this family-friendly celebration showcasing music, dance, arts, culture, language, and history. ☘️
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At INDYtoday, we love everything about fall. Almost everything — cozy sweaters are great, but we could do without the inevitable spike in allergies. (And no, it’s not just you — allergies are much worse these days.)
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$7 million. That’s about how much money it’ll cost to repair the crumbling steps leading to the Soldiers & Sailors Monument on the Circle. The project is expected to take just under two years to complete + the museum inside of the memorial is closed until at least 2024. 🚧 (WISH)
A new Total Wine & More location is opening in Carmel on Wed., Sept. 28 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that will include local music, beer, and wine tastings. The liquor store has one other location in Indy + recently opened up a location in Greenwood. 🍷 (Indianapolis Monthly)
Nearly three years after Carmel Clay Library’s main location closed for renovations, it’s planning a grand reopening of the space on Sat., Oct 1. The $40 million revamp is bringing more community gathering space, a Java House coffee shop, digital media lab, expanded teen area, and a new parking garage with a skybridge. 📚 (IndyStar)
Have you seen the new mural outside of Baby’s?It’s part of the burger + shake joint’s remodel. The restaurant located at 2147 N. Talbott St. is temporarily closed for about the next two weeks. Keep an eye on its social media for the reopening date. 🍔
Butler University received a $908,000 grant, which it plans to use to create Butler BOOST — a youth camp program to get kids ready for college and their futures. So far, three different camps have been announced + Butler expects it will take about three years to get the camps up and running. 🎒(WISH)
The Indianapolis-based Horizon League announced it will continue playing men’s + women’s basketball championships at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum through 2026. The Horizon League is an 11-school collegiate athletic conference in NCAA Division I that includes IUPUI and Purdue University. 🏀 (IBJ)
Kick off spooky season with an Addams Family–themed pop-up inside Scarlet Lane Brewing Company at 4601 N. College Ave. Expect to have a bone-chilling time while snacking on Fester’s Fingertraps stuffed jalapeños, Morticia’s Garden of Torment mixed greens, or We Dance the Mamushka beer-marinated chicken. 💀 (Indianapolis Monthly)
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Walking around Irvington in the fall is an experience, with homes decked out in cobwebs and skulls. The neighborhood is infamous for its house decorating, costume contests + other Halloween festivities.
Are you in spooky spirits yet? We want to see your Halloween decor. Tag us in your photos on Instagram + use the hashtag #SpookyINDYtoday. The best submission will be in for a trick-or-treat.
Today’s issue was written by Nicole.
Editor’s pick: Here’s another fall activity to add to your bucket list. The Children’s Museum’s Haunted House: Game Night Fright opens on Wed., Oct. 12 and runs through Sun., Oct. 30. You’ll make your way through a maze of giant game pieces + navigate through the Delusional Dominos to battle the Wretched Rooks. Get tickets. ♟️
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