I hope you had a chance to get out last weekend. I have to keep reminding myself that, before I know it, the weather is going to turn sour, and we will return to heavy sweaters, boots, and winter coats. Yuck. In the meantime, I have been soaking up every last bit of sun that I can!
What’s in store this week? Oh, you know, pumpkin themed festivals, a free family festival, a large bluegrass music festival, a dog walk, and even an RV camper rally. Good stuff, right? You bet’cha! That’s the way we roll around here. In case you missed it last week, I rolled out the WORLD’S BIGGEST guide to Indiana haunted houses. Oh, yeah. It is action-packed and waiting for you! I even whipped up a handy printable checklist so you can easily keep track of where you have been–and where you still need to visit! But like with any special trip, please call ahead to make sure that the Indiana haunted house is open on the day you plan to visit. I have included their contact information and social media links to help make that easy for you.
Remember, the festivals listed below are NOT the only festivals and events going on over the course of the next week. Nope! These are just a little preview of what is to come. There are many more listed on the Little Indiana Festivals and Events Calendar. Of course, if I left something off the large calendar listing, please let me know! I am only one person–and there are SO many things happening in Indiana at any given time. Hoosiers are fun like that.
If I did leave something off the calendar, won’t you please nicely let me know in the comments below? I will add it as soon as I get the chance. I’d hate for others to miss out on a bit of unexpected fun!
Indiana Festivals and Events (or Hello, Fall!)
You probably remember the Friendship Music Festival by its former name, the Versailles State Park Bluegrass Festival. Either way, it still features a foot-tappin’ two days of regional bluegrass favorites. Lounge by the banks of Laughery Creek, enjoying the food, fun, and friendly atmosphere.
Harvest Homecoming got its start as a humble three day pumpkin festival. Since then, the Albany festival has grown to include a whopping week long list of scheduled events! Join the kick-off parade at noon on October 3. Festivals runs through October 11.
It’s the 5th Annual Fall Country Antique Show winds along the back roads of Wheatfield, DeMotte, and Kersey. Look for linens, primitives, and craft items. Some sites feature multiple vendors. It will be a great way to catch the changing of the leaves and snag a few great bargains! Plan ahead for those Christmas gifts.
Run for the Animals on Sunday, October 4. It’s a timed 5K race or walk with a twist: there’s even a one mile dog walk along the Clear Creek Trail. After the race, it’s time for Barktoberfest, a free event for dogs and their humans.
Corydon holds the Apple, Hay, and Engines Day at O’Bannon Woods State Park. Head to Hickory Hollow Nature Center and see the blacksmith at work. Did I mention there’s apple butter, too?
Music and handmade crafts will storm Shipshewana for the Fall Crafter’s Fair. This unique event promises an unbeatable family experience. Chainsaw carvers, quilters, cloggers, and painters are a few of the genres represented. Don’t miss the fun this Friday and Saturday.
It’s just not an Indiana festival unless there are tractor pulls! There’s that and a three on three tourney, car show, run/walk race, and plenty of food and crafts at the Westville Pumpkin Festival. Just don’t forget the pumpkin pie.
Have camper? Will travel! Make your way to the first annual South Harrison Park Vintage Camper Rally. Laconia, Indiana is holding a four day rally. There is an open house scheduled for one of the days.
Families turn out in droves for Beasley’s Heartland Apple Festival. Live music fills the air as youngsters race to the seven acre corn maze, the the kid’s activity zone with inflatables, and the hayride that takes folks over to the pumpkin patch. Apple cider is a must–they make some of the best!
The scents of Bavarian food will fill the air. Multiple bands will play. Local brews will pour. Folks will don their lederhosen–and the whole city might just turn out! It’s Main Street Marion’s First Friday Oktoberfest. Family friendly, there’s no better way to celebrate the season.
Get that classic car out there! Art on the Vine is a relaxing Sunday event at Whyte Horse Winery. Great classic cars of all kinds park around the vineyard. Enjoy the atmosphere, shop for art, and take your shot at a trophy awarded at day’s end.
Hear a bit of history from the folks who made it. Sorta. Tales from the Departed features actors re-enacting the lives of the folks at rest in Earlham Cemetery. It’s a whole new way to get into history. Find out your community roots at this Richmond event.
Oooh! It’s another festival that wraps its way around the courthouse square. In this case, its sweet little Danville and the Scarecrow Festival! Bonus: it’s a free family festival! Kids will love pumpkin bowling, the face painting, pumpkins to decorate, and (my favorite), a good old-fashioned sack race! There’s non-stop fun October 3–and it’s free! Yay!
Get ‘er Done
What can I say? That’s a lot of ground to cover. There’s really a bit of everything this time around, don’t you agree? It’s always so hard to make up my mind. So, what have you decided to do this weekend? Which one will you visit? Please, let us know in the comments below.
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