The 10 Best Fall Festivals in Indiana! By
When fall arrives, all you want to do is soak up the perfect, crisp weather, go apple picking, and bundle up. One of the very best activities to enjoy during the autumn season, though, is the abundant festivals. Indiana is home to some truly unique and exciting fall events. Here are just 10 of our favorites!
One of the biggest festivals in Indiana is the Shipshewana Fall Crafters Fair! Held in downtown Shipshewana in the heart of beautiful Amish country, the fair features crafters from different areas of Indiana as well as outside the state. It’s a tribute to crafting and the culture. There will be crafters, demonstrations, including Threshing, and gospel music. The Fall Crafters Fair is a chance to experience Amish culture and Amish country at its finest in Indiana.
Another one of Indiana’s largest fall festivals is the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival in Rockville, Indiana. The festival itself is held in eight cities throughout southern Indiana: Bellmore, Mansfield, Rosedale, Bloomingdale, Mecca, Tangier, Bridgeton, and Montezuma. Visitors will see a variety of different activities, crafters, vendors and more as they tour each of the covered bridges.
Step back in time this fall with the Indiana Renaissance Faire at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana! There are costumed characters, jousting, good old fashion juggling, sword fights, and so much more! There are over 70 artisans and merchants, food vendors and free games for the kids. This is a great event for adults and kids. Be sure to stop by and say, “Hail and well met!”
Held on the fourth weekend in September, the New Earth Festival in Atlanta, Indiana, has been a favorite of Hoosiers since 1974, the year of the first festival. With over 600 vendors featuring fine arts, crafts, antiques, food and more, the New Earth Festival is Atlanta’s most popular attraction. There are also a variety of bands and musicians that will be featured, and range from worship to bluegrass, country, rock, and more!
Looking for good pork and fun activities for the whole family? Come to the annual Tipton County Pork Festival in Tipton, Indiana. There is live music and entertainment, a wide variety of pork food vendors featuring traditional festival food to international delights. The festival also features an arts and crafts marketplace, as well as an art show.
Come to southern Bloomington, Indiana, this year for the annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival and hear music from around the world, and experience art from over 20 countries (Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Denmark, India, and so many more!) The Lotus World Music and Arts Festival was established in 1994, and is part of the non-profit Lotus Education and Arts Foundation. Their mission is to create opportunities for people to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of culture through music and art.
Come join the wonderful people of Nappanee, Indiana, for their annual apple festival. Home to Indiana’s largest seven-foot, fresh out of the oven, apple pie, the Nappanee Apple Festival has two stages for entertainment, carnival rides, a parade with military fly-over, the Miss Apple Blossom scholarship pageant, and so many more fun, family friendly activities to partake in! As you walk downtown, you will find plenty of your favorite fresh apple products such as apple fritters, apple dumplings, applesauce, and apple bread!
Who doesn’t love the fifties? The cars, the infamous poodle skirts, the music! Come to Lebanon this year and step back in time to 1950! There will be live entertainment, a street dance, and the biggest hit of the festival: Tribute to Elvis! For the kids, there will be inflatable bounce houses, a petting zoo, D.A.R.E. officers, firetrucks, and games!
Come to the Morgan County Fall Foliage Festival this year and help them celebrate 58 years of fun, and the state’s longest parade! Take part in the festival’s annual chili cook-off and bring your chili game! Are you a poet? Take a chance and enter the festival’s poetry contest? Do you like photography? Enter the photography contest and show everyone your best work! The most special event of the festival is the Golden Wedding. Couples who married in 1967, the year of the first festival, will be given a small maple leaf golden plaque to celebrate!
Another great festival for families to enjoy is annual Oktoberfest! Located throughout Indiana, visitors can find a variety of activities, live entertainment, crafts, games, food, and more. Head over to Seymour, Indiana and participate in the 5K run/walk, and learn the polka and infamous chicken dance! Drive over to Richmond, Indiana and experience locally-made beers, brats, and crafts! Be sure to check out Indianapolis’s GermanFest for delicious German food, beer, the strong man competition, and the 5K Lederhosen run/walk!