Fall Festivals in Indianapolis

Sweater weather, apple orchards, and pumpkin-spiced everything. There are plenty of ways to safely celebrate this year as the leaves begin to change in Indy. Read on for our guide to Indy's finest fall festivals.


Sportscar Together Fest

September 10 - 12 | Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Sign welcoming people to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Read's "Indianapolis Motor Speedway: The Racing Capital of the World."Join Porsche at the world-renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) for Sportscar Together Fest, a spectacular three-day festival celebrating car culture, on-track race action, and interactive experiences highlighting the breadth of the brand. This event is engineered for families with a dedicated Fan Zone and infield activities appealing to all ages. 


Oktoberfest

September 9 - 11 | German American Klub of Indianapolis

A table holding a collection of steins

Like Munich, only closer! The 47th annual event features entertainment from Polkamotion, Jay Fox and the Jammin' Germans, and more. Shopping, games, and of course, Bier und Brezeln for all.


Mass Ave Crit

September 10 | Mass Ave Cultural District

Three photos side by side. 1st shows two bikers smiling at the camera. 2nd shows two bikers biking along the road. 3rd shows a small girl biking with a pink helmutThe 12th annual Mass Ave Crit is one of the longest-running urban bike races in the Midwest. The Mass Ave Crit offers a high-energy urban race in Indy's vibrant cultural district, featuring the best bars and restaurants Indianapolis has to offer! Swing by the newly completed mural of Marshall "Major" Taylor, the first Black world champion in cycling, while you ride! 


St. Joan of Arc French Market

September 11 | St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

Small plates with French pastries. Pies, macarons, and cakes.

One of Indy's major neighborhood festivals with live entertainment, artisan booths, raffles, a children's area, mass in French (5:30 pm), tours of the historic church, children's games, and an array of French and American cuisine to celebrate the feast day of St. Joan of Arc.


Penrod Arts Fair

September 11 | Newfields

A group of people shopping at the Penrod Arts Fair. The Lilly House, a white house on Newfield's campus, is in the background. Newfields will host more than 300 artists, an Indiana Craft Beer Garden, and four stages of entertainment. Be sure to bring the kids, as Penrod has an extensive children’s area and free admission for those 10 and under. This is a rain-or-shine event.


Holler On The Square

September 12 - 19 | HI-FI and HI-FI Annex

Get excited for a week of shows from some of Indy's hottest bands. MOKB Presents Holler On The Square, an eight-day music festival taking place in the heart of the Circle City's most happening neighborhood. Performers include Watchhouse, Tank and the Bangas, Deer Tick, Mike and the Moonpies, and more. 


Indy Jazz Fest

September 15 - 19 | Various Locations

A man playing the saxophone at ChatterboxThis annual celebration represents Indy’s long history of jazz with 5 days of live music provided by international, local, and student talents. With more than 50 bands all around town, there's plenty of great food and entertainment for the whole family! 


Global Fest

September 18 | 4550 Central Avenue

A band playing guitars, drums, and singing to a crowd of peopleGlobal Fest is an annual festival celebrating cultures and communities with food, art, music, and play. Bring the family and partake in the free global scavenger hunt. Or dine at food trucks serving Japanese, Belgian, Brazilian, Venezualian, and many more tastes.


Indy Irish Fest

September 24 - 25 | Garfield Park Gardens & Conservatory

Four girls dancing in Irish Costumes. Sign behind them reads "Irish Fest"The Indy Irish Festival is a celebration of Irish heritage, offering traditional music, dance, cultural activities, and family fun. Come celebrate the 25th annual fall festival staple at the fest's new location, Garfield Park. 


Circle City Classic Celebration

September 25 | Lucas Oil Stadium

Five marching band members playing instruments at Lucas Oil StadiumJoin thousands of spectators at one of America’s top football weekend celebrations, complete with a parade, pep rally, and concert. Kentucky State University will face Benedict College in this annual tradition at Lucas Oil Stadium.


Chicken & Beer Festival

September 25 | The Pavilion at Pan Am

Logo that reads "Chicken & Beer Festival"Local foodie group Eat Here Indy teamed up with their favorite local restaurants, chefs, and brewers for a one-day festival that is sure to be remembered. Expect great music, good food, a hot wing eating contest, and fun activities for you and your crew.


Monument Circle Art Fair

October 2 | Monument Circle

A group of people shopping at tents along Monument Circle in downtown IndyThis free, family-friendly public event will take place at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis. Regional artists will showcase their work and food trucks will be available.


Harvest at Newfields

October 2 - 31 | Newfields

Families will enjoy spectacular seasonal horticulture displays, pumpkin painting, art making activities, a designated play area, and a family-friendly film on the Lilly Allee. At night, the Newfields campus transforms into a spooky (not scary) haunted trail with thousands of ghoulish, glowing pumpkins. 


Heartland International Film Festival

October 7 - 17 | Various Locations

Two people standing in front of cameras and microphones, being interviewed on the red carpet for Heartland INternational Film FestivalThe Heartland International Film Festival has expanded to a brand-new shorts fest. Indiana’s largest and longest-running film festival will celebrate its 30th year in October across Indianapolis.


Annual Original and Fabulous GermanFest and Beer Games

October 9 | Athenaeum Theatre

A crowd of people watching two dogs race down a pathWhat better place to celebrate German heritage than at Indy’s historic Athenaeum? This October, grab your lederhosen and discover your inner German at the 10th Annual Original and Fabulous GermanFest, featuring wiener dog races, ZwergenLand for families, and an abundance of German cuisine, singing, and dancing in the Rathskeller’s Biergarten. All proceeds from this event benefit the maintenance and care of the historic Athenaeum.


Spirit & Place Festival

November 4 - 14 | Various Locations

The city skylineThe 26th annual Spirit & Place Festival celebrates collaboration among arts, humanities, and religion. This year's theme is "Change," and audiences will be able to explore new and intriguing ideas using the theme. 


CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, and Kids Run

November 6 | All Around Indy

Runners running along Meridian Street, Soldiers & Sailors Monument in the backgroundNow one of the 15 largest marathons in the US, the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is the ideal fall marathon for everyone from the first-time marathon runner to elite athletes. Starting and finishing at the Indiana State Capitol, the course highlights landmarks and historical neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis. 


 

 

 

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