Fall Festivals in Indianapolis
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Fall Festivals in Indy

Football tailgates. Sweater weather. Apple orchards and pumpkin-spiced everything. There's plenty to celebrate as the leaves begin to change in Indy! Read on for our guide to Indy's finest fall festivals:


CANvitational

CANvitational

September 9

On Saturday, September 9, Indy will be celebrating all that is canned beer. Take a stroll down Georgia Street while listening to live music and sipping one of the many canned beer options available at CANvitational. From local breweries and flavors to canned drinks not usually available in Indiana, this Sun King-sponsored event will be a brew festival fit for all beer lovers.


Penrod Arts Fair

Penrod Arts Fair

September 9

The Indianapolis Museum of Art will host more than 300 artists, an Indiana Craft Beer Garden, and six stages of entertainment. Be sure to bring the kids, Penrod has an extensive children’s area and free admission for those 10 and under.


Indy Tenderloin Week

Indy Tenderloin Week

September 11-17

It doesn't get more Hoosier than a week dedicated to the tenderloin. Check out participating restaurants for specials on this Indiana favorite. 
Indy Irish Fest

Indy Irish Fest

September 14-17

The Indy Irish Festival is a celebration of Irish heritage, offering traditional music, dance, cultural activities, and family fun. Come celebrate 20 years of this fall festival staple. Insider trip: Enjoy free admission on Thursday, September 14.


Indy Jazz Fest

Indy Jazz Fest

September 14-23

This annual celebration represents Indy’s long history of jazz with 10 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!


Indianapolis Wine Festival

Indianapolis Wine Festival

September 15-16

Sample nearly 200 wines from around the world and learn about new and exciting varieties from the experts in a relaxed festival setting. 

Festival of Machines

Festival of Machines

September 16-17

Indiana has a rich history of designing, building, and innovating transportation. Join Conner Prairie for a weekend celebration as you brush shoulders with whips both old and new, from a 1927 Cadillac Duel Cowl Phaeton (one of two in existence today) to a stretched two-seater Dallara IndyCar. Kids will enjoy a tractor parade, pedal car courses, and Soap Box Derby cars. Entrance to the festival is included with general paid admission.


Join nearly 175,000 spectators at one of America’s top football weekend celebrations, complete with a parade, pep rally, and concert. Be on the lookout for appearances by renowned celebrities such as Jerry Rice, Kelly Rowland, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Soulfood's Boris Kodjoe, and Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist Yolanda Adams.


Fountain Square Music Fest

Fountain Square Music Fest

October 6-7

The two-day music festival will feature groundbreaking artists and local cuisine in historic Fountain Square. With a new, re-imagined format, the 2017 Fountain Square Music Festival (FSMF) will allow artists and audiences to converge, thanks to immersive visual art experiences.
Traders Point

Taste German brews as well as Sun King brews in the Beer Garden, pitch in a few bucks for hayrides and pony rides, and even watch some cow milking to see what goes in to making the delicious Traders Point Creamery chocolate milk. Come hungry, there will also be a whole hog roast and tons of additional farm fare for some really good eating. 


GermanFest

Annual Original and Fabulous GermanFest and Beer Games

October 7

What better place to celebrate German heritage than at Indy’s historic Athenaeum? This October, grab your lederhosen and discover your inner German at the 8th 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.


Heartland Film Festival

Heartland Film Festival

October 12-22

Every October, the Heartland Film Festival brings more than 100 visiting independent filmmakers from all over the world to Indy. Heartland showcases more than 270 screenings that do more than just entertain with 10 days of red carpet premieres and events across Indianapolis. 


For more than 71 years, visitors have been flocking to Irvington, just five miles east of downtown Indianapolis, to celebrate Halloween in this “haunted” historic neighborhood. This family-friendly, week-long festival includes an array of events, from a puppet show and costume party to movie nights and spooky stories!


Spirt and Place

Spirit & Place Festival

November 3-12

The 22nd annual Spirit & Place Festival celebrates collaboration among arts, humanities, and religion. This year’s theme is “Power” and will explore the dynamic passages of peoples, places, and ideas through a nine-day festival of original performances, hands-on workshops, and thoughtful discussions.


LGBT Film Festival

LGBT Film Festival

November 10-12

The 17th annual Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival is host to a mixture of comedies, adventure documentaries, and movie shorts that represent the range of people in the LGBT community. The festival operates as a fundraiser for the Indiana Youth Group, an organization founded in 1987 and dedicated to providing safety and resources to LGBT youth. The Indianapolis Museum of Art will be hosting this weekend-long event.

 


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