Can it be any more beautiful outside? Let’s hope the weather holds because this weekend (and all next week), there are so many fabulous Indiana festivals and events in store! As we begin a new season, that brings with it so many opportunities for fun. Corn mazes are opening up, festivals are in full swing, and those fundraising chicken dinners aren’t too far behind.
There are heaps of events and festivals going on this week around the state. I’m providing a bit of a teaser below, but you should know that there are so many more to be discovered (and enjoyed). You can get started with a visit to the Little Indiana Festivals and Events Calendar.
It’s easy to read and easy to use. If you have a festival or event that is missing from my calendar listing, please don’t hesitate to leave it in the comments section below. I will be sure to add it for you. Yes, it’s free. Just a simple way to connect Hoosiers to neat things right in their own backyard.
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Indiana Festivals and Events
Did you catch my massive James Dean post here on Little Indiana? Go read that (or at least browse the images of the old Fairmount High School and other Dean landmarks), then come back to this article, and make plans to head to Fairmont yourself for the Remembering James Dean Festival and Car Show. Held every year, it is packed with activities like a James Dean look-alike contest, free Dean film showings (one of his three films are shown each day of the three day festival), and a 1950s dance contest. It’s cool, man.
Sip and relax at the annual Harvest Wine Festival. Held September 26 at Oliver Creekbed Winery, take tours of the vineyard and enjoy the range of food trucks. It’s a family friendly event to remember.
Please leave Fido at home for this one. The Bluffton Free Street Fair is a hugely anticipated community event! Food, games, vendors, live entertainment, and an Idol contest get the whole town involved. Service animals, of course, are always welcome.
Scarecrows galore! It’s the Wanatah Scarecrow Festival now in its 21st year. Occurring September 25, 26, and 27, there’s a car show, parade, and scheduled activities of all kind to compose one full weekend of family fun!
There’s a few Oktoberfests out there this weekend. Look for the Richmond Oktoberfest at the historic depot, the Fishers Oktoberfest, and the Rensselaer Oktoberfest downtown on the bricks. Check the links for the dates and times. Don’t you just love when you have choices?
Liberty Park sets the scene for the 26th Annual Kiwanis Apple Festival. There will be plenty of entertainment to keep you and yours busy! Food, crafts, and games are waiting September 26 and 27. I’m guessing there will probably be apples involved in there too, somehow.
And the rockets red glare! There is a Saturday night artillery fire during the Civil War reenactments of Angola Civil War Days. There’s even a Civil War dance and interactive historical events (and characters). What a great way to teach kids a bit about the Civil War in a way that makes it memorable.
The Clayshire Castle Medieval Faire is based around the War of the Roses. Minstrels entertain, vendors hawk, and mini tours of the property are scheduled throughout the whole day. There’s even a catapult and a bit of combat!
They are Hooked on Art! Watch artists actually complete an entire work of art during this unique live street art festival. Music and activities offer up a family friendly event that’s anything but run of the mill. Inspire your own little Picasso at this Chesterton event.
LaPorte County Parks holds their 24th Annual Pioneer Days! Creek Ridge County Park has plenty of 1800s adventure for kids of all ages. Smell the mouthwatering meals simmering over an open fire. Ramble along in a covered wagon. Buy interesting items from historically clad vendors. It is all in a day’s fun at this educational yet entertaining event. Sneaky education, I love it.
I love when events take place around the downtown square. At Madison Old Court Days, they do just that! Booths of all kinds set up shop around the square. Look for plenty of fun and things to do.
Covington is such a great town. Make the trip this weekend for the Covington Apple Fest on September 26. While there, do yourself a favor, and try the peanut butter pie at Snoddy’s Mill. Oh my word. Yes, that’s another article on its way! There’s a vehicle show, 100 vendors, and live entertainment situated around the incredible Fountain County Courthouse. I wish you could take a peek inside of their own your own but, you know, government hours and all. Yeah, I should probably share that one soon, too!
Northwest Indiana’s largest craft beer festival begins this weekend at the Central Park Plaza! Valpo BrewFest contains more than 200 kinds of beer. That should keep you busy for awhile. Use common sense, don’t drink and drive, and see what new or unique local libations you can discover.
Sales, sales, sales! That’s the word of the day at the Warm Glow Fall Festival. Look for special sales on their products inside and enjoy the craft vendors, petting zoo, and bounce houses outside.
You will want to wear comfortable shoes for this one! The Atlanta New Earth Festival draws in more than 600 vendors! Yes, that should read 600. Mind-blowing, don’t you think? Beginning in 1974, crowds come in by the tens of thousands. Join them for fine art, antiques, crafts, and so much more.
Vroom vroom! Downtown Jonesboro will once again host the Jonesboro River Rally, an annual motorcycle show on Main Street. Trick riders and a drill team are just two of the ways you’ll be entertained. Add in burnout contests and a poker run add more excitement! Browse bikes and shop a slew of vendors on September 26 and 27.
Forty states and even Canadian provinces are represented at the big Gas City event! It’s the Ducktail Run Rod and Custom Cars Show! I’m told this huge annual show brings in not only thousands of cars, but that there’s even swap meets and live entertainment.
Rain or shine, there’s plenty to do and see. Make it a point to do something different each weekend for an Indiana adventure all your own. Memories, made.
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