Some of you are out there cheering over the changes in our Indiana weather lately. I know who you are–stop it! I can almost see the pumpkins, bonfires, sweaters, and boots in your head! Although I am not ready for summer to be over, I am always a bit thrilled by the sheer variety (and number) of Indiana Festivals and Events each September. This weekend is no different.
I should also point out that weekDAYS frequently have things to do as well! You know how we Hoosiers like our festivals. Well, in more cases than you might expect, those activities and events are dragged out or begin early. It gives you a chance to surprise your family with some unexpected fun in your own backyard.
I’ve got a few festivals that have caught my eye this weekend as well. I need to narrow down my list somehow! It is just so hard. If you see me out and about at a festival near you, feel free to tap me on the shoulder and say, “Hey!” I may just have a prize for you. Quantities are limited so don’t be too bummed if I run out.
How about you? What kind of things do you have going on this weekend? As always, if I have missed your festival or event, from church chicken dinners to town-wide yard sales, to seasonal festivals or once a month events, please don’t hesitate to leave the festival information in the comments below. I will quickly get it added in to the large Indiana Festivals and Events calendar.
Fall Themed Fun with Indiana Festivals and Events
I can also tell that it must be almost autumn because some hilarious (and sometimes spooky) events are making an appearance here and there. Culbertson’s Mansion Coffin Race is probably one of the most hilarious! I would love to see that one! It is followed up with none other than a Zombie Fest. Fitting, don’t you think?
Indiana’s oldest festival, Versailles Pumpkin Show is nothing if not full of great family fun! There’s food, rides, craft booths, free entertainment, and plenty of food. Wait a minute, did I already say that? The parade begins on Saturday at 10:30 AM! Look for new Sunday hours this year, too.
22nd Annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival takes place September 24027 in downtown Bloomington. It’s basically a music extravaganza! There are things to do for all ages.
It’s that time again! Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio is back for Comedy Cabaret on Strings at the Melchior Marionette Studio in Nashville. Really, these puppet shows are an annual tradition for area folks. Visit and find out why! Look for shows at 1 PM and 3 PM.
Have classic car? Do travel! Visit Vevay for the River Car Show and Cruise In. Beginning on Friday, September 18, enjoy the cruise-in followed by a parade downtown. More than 150 trophies will be awarded–along with some really great prizes. Cap off the evening with fireworks.
Brookston folks don’t just choose one–they celebrate them both at the Apple-Popcorn Festival! More than 200 craft vendors make their way to this huge annual event. Apple bobbing, a fun run, and apple dessert eating contests are just the beginning.
Join in the festivities at Kunstfest, the German heritage celebration in New Harmony. Take the shuttles to avoid a lot of extra walking. Mark your calendars for both Saturday and Sunday.
Don’t settle for the mass-produced prints or tchotchkes that can be found anywhere. Instead, look for something one-of-a-kind and unique like at the open air 27th Annual Celebration of the Arts at the classy and cute-as-a-button Schoolhouse Shop.
Opa! Go Greek at the annual Greek Fest in Valparaiso. Music, drinks, and dancing all under one roof. How convenient! There’s a huge variety of Greek foods. What’s your favorite?
Mars! 50 Years of Exploration is an hour long chat about all things Mars at the Morgan County Public Library at 8 PM. Hop on the shuttle to the Link Observatory for a closer look at the red planet.
Sandhill Cranes are a natural part of the scenery in certain parts of Wheatfield this time of year. So, what better way to mark the event than with the annual >Sandhill Crane Festival and Car Show? There are plenty of vendors and children’s activities. The car show is huge–and reached more than 170 cars last year.
Some destinations celebrate their heritage, the change in seasons, or their founders. In Morgantown, however, they celebrate none of the above! Colonel Vawter Days pays tribute to a man that was truly ahead of his time. Car show, historic tours, vendor booths, and a new addition: Morgantown’s Got Talent! promises a full day of non-stop fun!
Since 1968, folks have gathered in the small town of Fountain City to play, laugh, and enjoy the festivities of Levi Coffin Days. His home was considered by many to be the Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad. The parade begins at 11 AM along US 27. Look for the sawdust dig for kids (and their moms!). It’s a cute idea. Bonus: there’s a great pizza place located downtown, too! Try the Triple B pizza. That’s good stuff.
Hook, line, and sinker, the Northwest Indiana Marine Aquarium Club is gearing up for Swag Fest, their second annual event. NWIMAC Frag Fest 2015 is where saltwater aquarium lovers can browse booth after booth in search of whatever aquarium do-dad or fish catches their eye. Find it September 20 in Portage.
Greensburg has been nicknamed “Tree City” for a reason! One look at the courthouse and you will quickly understand why. The Tree City Festival possesses a lip-sync contest! Is that not your style? There’s also a baking contest. Loads of vendors and plenty of family fun are waiting. The Herb Kohler Memorial Parade begins at 10 AM.
It’s another apple festival! The Nappanee Apple Festival boasts a 7 foot apple pie. They serve about 800 pieces of pie–that’s a slice of small town you probably shouldn’t miss. More than 90,000 people attended last year. This year will be even bigger! Don’t forget: it is NOT okay to sneak images of Amish folks.
Fun with Festivals
I am so excited for this weekend. After a look at this list, I am sure you are too! Just don’t forget that this isn’t ALL there is. Look at the Little Indiana Festivals and Events calendar (link above) for TONS of events across our great state. No matter which one you choose, you know it will include great food and friendly folks.
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