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Celebrate Fall at an Indiana Festival

All about food, fun and family

Throughout Indiana communities have traditions to celebrate fall. Check out some of the best below and follow the links to start your own family traditions. Find more festivals in the Festival Trip Planner search.

Fall Crafters Fair, Shipshewana
Oct. 3-5 – Shop the handiwork of artisans, quilters, carvers and painters. Enjoy the amazing abilities of cloggers and musicians. Check out live demonstrations and browse the quaint stores.
Feast of the Hunters' Moon, West Lafayette
Oct. 5-6 – Visit Historic Fort Ouiatenon Park on the banks of the Wabash River as thousands of participants reenact the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans in the 1700s. Sample period food, enjoy period entertainment and shop the trading post.
Holiday World Halloween Weekends, Santa Claus
Holiday World's Halloween Weekends offers not-so-scary family-friendly fun with a picturesque setting on colorful autumn weekends. There is something for everyone with a fun treat-or-treat trail for youngsters and world class roller coaster riding in the dark when the sun goes down. If you like to take it slow, Happy Halloween Weekends will feature hay rides and two corn mazes along with face painting, planned children’s activities and seasonal treats.
Johnny Appleseed Festival, Fort Wayne
Each fall, the people of Fort Wayne invite visitors to celebrate the pioneer spirit of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. The festival is enjoyable for the entire family, complete with a children's exploration area. Search for Johnny Appleseed himself as children learn about his legend.
Kewanna Fall Festival, Kewanna
Sept. 27-29 – Enjoy a circus, food, craft booths, flea market, parade, pro wrestling, flying disc dogs, rides and live musical entertainment.
Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, Madison
Sept. 28-29 – Known as Indiana’s premier outdoor juried fine arts and crafts show, this festival promises a pleasant weekend along the Ohio River. Enjoy live performances and ethnic food as you admire paintings, drawings, sculpture, weaving and other art.
Mississinewa 1812, Marion
Feel the fall air as you explore British and American military camps. Experience daily life by taking a tour of the British field, or witness ongoing demonstrations such as field drills, artillery firings, musket and rifle drills, battlefield medicine and surgery and reenactments.
Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, Rockville
Oct. 11-20 – Indiana’s largest festival brings together all communities in Parke County as they showcase 31 historic covered bridges, as well as arts and craftspeople, food vendors and musicians.
Persimmon Festival, Mitchell
Sept. 21-28 – Persimmon pudding is a southern Indiana tradition celebrated at this weeklong festival. See whose recipe wins the contest. Enjoy carnival rides, live music, arts and crafts, parade, antique car and farm equipment shows, and a candlelight tour.
Pioneer Days, Terre Haute
Turn to Terre Haute to get your fill of fall festival fun. Pioneer Days features an active gristmill and plenty of heritage exhibits. It showcases old-fashioned crafters, local artists and "village folk" stepping back in time. The village recreates pioneer activities, crafts and cultural lifestyles. Other activities include hands-on children's activities, civil war re-enactors and a traders flea market.
Pumpkin Fantasyland, Ligonier
Fashion Farm in Ligonier converts to a whimsical and quirky place to feature pumpkin creations for the month of October. Pumpkins, squash and gourds are used to create well-known characters, stories and historical events. Fall is in full effect at the Pumpkin Fantasyland festival. Take in every minute of it.
Riley Festival, Greenfield
Oct. 3-6 – Celebrate the birthday of the “Hoosier Poet,” James Whitcomb Riley, in his proud birthplace. Each year’s festival has one of his poems as the theme, and this year’s is “The Bear Story.” Two parades as well as fine art, photography and quilt shows.
Seymour Oktoberfest, Seymour
This festival offers something for everyone, all with free admission. Food plays a leading role in this festival. Booths line the city streets, each laden with rich treats in true Oktoberfest tradition. Festival patrons are also encouraged to shop for collectibles, crafts, fine arts and one-of-a-kind items at the large flea markets.
West Side Nut Club Fall Festival, Evansville
Oct. 7-Oct. 12 – The main attraction of this weeklong festival is the food, from standards like corndogs to more exotic choices like alligator stew, chocolate-covered grasshoppers and brain sandwiches. Live music, parades and a midway to round out the fun.