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 PSLs, getting lost in corn mazes, or shopping ‘til the temps drop, these festivals are sure to make you fall in love with autumn.
Beasley’s Orchard Fall Festival | Saturday, Sept. 16-Tuesday, Oct. 31 | Various times | 2304 E. Main St., Danville | This multi-week festival has unique themes and offerings for each weekend, such as Dogs Days at the Maze and Halloweekend, with activities including apple cannons, corn mazes, and a straw mountain available every day.
Harvest Nights | Every Tuesday-Sunday from Friday, Sept. 29-Tuesday, Oct. 31 | Various times | The Garden at Newfields | Wander through thousands of glowing jack-o-lanterns and the spookily decorated Lilly House as you sip on hot drinks or munch on fall-flavored treats.
Headless Horseman Festival | Every Thurs.-Sun from Thurs., Oct. 5-Sun., Oct. 29 | Various times | Conner Prairie | Take the iconic haunted hayride to encounter the headless horseman, then decompress with spooky shows and storytelling, festive rides + games, and the monster museum.
Covered Bridge Festival | Friday, Oct. 13-Sunday, Oct. 22 | Various times | Parke County | Visit Indiana’s largest fall festival to discover the county’s 31 historic covered bridges + authentic arts and crafts, food, and beautiful fall foliage.
Autumntidings Fall Fest | Saturday, Oct. 21 | 1-6 p.m. | The Cradle at Monon 30, 1118 E. 30th St. | Celebrate the season with this second annual festival hosted by Ash & Elm Cider Co., featuring several other Indiana-based cideries, breweries, and distilleries.
77th Annual Historic Irvington Halloween Festival | Saturday, Oct. 21-Saturday, Oct. 28 | Various times | Irvington neighborhood | Visit this Halloween-loving town for several events like the Masquerade Ball, Spooky Organ Concert, Zombie Bike Ride, Vampire Run, and costume contests.
All American Horse Classic | Tuesday, Sept. 12-Saturday, Sept. 16 | Times vary | The Fall Creek Pavilion, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis | Free | Watch 600+ beautiful horses compete for over $400,000 in national championship awards.
Wednesday, Sept. 13
Wake Up Wednesday | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 9-11 a.m. | Monument Circle, downtown Indianapolis | Cost of purchase | Head over to SPARK on the Circle to start your hump day right with Tinker Coffee and Ohanalulu Donuts.
Thursday, Sept. 14
Southbank Theatre Company Presents Seeking Nietzsche | Thursday, Sept. 14-Sunday, Sept. 24 | Times vary | Shelton Auditorium at Butler Arts Center, 1000 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis | $30 | This play tells the triumphant tale of the man who helped shape the modern world: Friedrich Nietzsche.
Friday, Sept. 15
Camptown’s Glamp-Out 2.0 | Friday, Sept. 15 | 5:30-9 p.m. | The Heirloom, 230 W. McCarty St., Indianapolis | $140+ | Join Camptown for their annual dinner and silent auction, with proceeds funding purposeful outdoor adventures for Indianapolis youth.
AfroStylez Fashion Show: A Celebration of African Fashion | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7-10 p.m. | Indianapolis ArtsGarden, 110 W. Washington St., Indianapolis | $30-$50 | Experience contemporary African style as talented designers showcase collections inspired by the vibrant cultures of the African continent.
Saturday, Sept. 16
The Great Squirrel Stampede Fun Run | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. | Coxhall Gardens, 11677 Towne Rd., Carmel | $30-$75 | Enjoy a beautiful morning walking or running the garden paths, with proceeds benefiting the new Carmel Clay History Museum — strollers and friendly furry friends are welcome.
Hotel Tango’s 9th Anniversary Party | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | Hotel Tango Distillery, 702 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis | Free | You’re invited to celebrate Hotel Tango’s 9-year anniversary at the Fletcher Place tasting room with a new spirit release, live music (DJ Little Town), local food trucks, and prize giveaways.*
After suffering from reduced post-pandemic traffic, the City Market will close in 2024 for renovations. The city has secured $17 million in financing to redevelop the food hall into a “high-quality amenity that will serve the community.” Exact closing and reopening dates have yet to be announced. (IndyStar)
Prepare for takeoff — a new aviation-inspired café just opened in Greenwood. Head over to Runway 19 Coffee Co. for a full menu of caffeinated drinks and freshly baked goods that will have you taking flight.
Drivers on I-465 were greeted by a familiar sight yesterday morning — James Clark, who returned to the 56th Street overpass to wave an American flag in remembrance of those who died on 9/11. Clark has been honoring their memory with this annual tradition for 22 years.
Hear that? It’s the Fishers High School Tiger Marching Band, hitting your screens as part of the 2023 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This is the school’s first time participating in the iconic celebration — congrats on such a huge honor. (WISH)
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, starts this weekend, and many local organizations are hosting related events. Get a brief breakdown of what you need to know about this significant weekend for the Jewish faith. (IndyStar)
“They don’t know that the St. Elmo’s shrimp cocktail is HOT.” — Gretchen H.
“They don’t know what euchre is or how to play it. And they don’t end their sentences with a preposition.” — Jenni C.
“When you refer to ‘inside the beltway’, and they look at you with a puzzled expression on their face. When someone has to ask what day the Indy 500 is on. When they have heard of St. Elmo‘s, but they think it’s a nationwide chain, or they have never heard of their infamous shrimp cocktail.” — Debra G.
“They call athletic shoes anything but tennis shoes!” — Liz B.
“They won’t go to the State Fair or eat corn on the cob, homegrown tomatoes, or homegrown watermelon.” — Diane B.
Great work, local detectives. If you think of any other dead giveaways that someone is an Indy imposter, let us know.
As a self-proclaimed Hallowqueen, I’m booking up every one of my October weekends with all these awesome fall festivals. Next up will be planning my costume. If you have any unique costume ideas for pregnant women that aren’t just like “giant pumpkin woman,” help a girl out.