6 Indiana Festivals that celebrate family, friends, fun and delicious food!
Fall is one of the best times to visit us in Indiana! Get ready to jump in a pile of leaves, hay rides, bon fires, chili, pumpkin everything and football! The cool crisp air gently sweeping through and changing the colors of the leaves will draw you outside and into Indiana’s beautiful parks and festivals.
During the third weekend in September, the residents of Francesville, Indiana, gather together to celebrate life in “A Small Town with a Big Heart.” The celebration begins late afternoon on Friday and continues through Sunday afternoon. During this time, festival-goers can experience wholesome, family fun at very little cost.
The downtown streets are filled with a variety of arts, craft, and flea market treasures to enjoy and purchase. Special activities for both young and old alike consist of bands, concerts, a family “fun run,” a petting zoo, a bake contest/auction, various “street” demonstrations, a “harvest dance” for tweens and teens, a garden tractor pull, a corn-hole tournament and BINGO. In addition, to playing BINGO the old-fashion way, they also offer CHICKEN BINGO! Other free highlights include the parade on Saturday afternoon, the fireworks display at dusk on Saturday evening and a colossal car show on Sunday. There are also carnival rides and games (tickets required).
September 19th – 20th, 2015 – Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne
Trappers, Traders, Food Booths and Crafters! 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. Clothing, candies, soaps & satchels, see a wide variety of crafts and handmade goods. After a few hours of shopping, watching pioneer demonstrations, and playing children’s games, you’ll no doubt be ready to eat. You can watch as vendors make fresh caramel corn in giant cast iron kettles, or observe how old-fashioned chicken and dumplings are prepared and served. Apple dumplings, caramel apples, fried apples rolled in cinnamon sugar, apple pie, and plenty of cider!
October 1st – 3rd, 2015 – Fall Crafters Fair, Shipshewana Indiana
Shop the handiwork of artisans, quilters, carvers and painters as they display their talent in tents throughout the festival in the heart of Northern Indiana Amish Country. Shipshewana will be hosting a festival of crafters, entertainers, and musicians that has become an annual fall event. The festival will take place in and around the town, located in the heart of beautiful Northern Indiana Amish Country. The festival is set to start at 9am on October 1st and will continue to run all day on the 2nd and 3rd. The event is planned for families and individuals looking for something truly unique and different from normal weekend routines.
Visit Historic Fort Ouiatenon Park on the banks of the Wabash River for Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, a recreation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans that took place near this fur-trading outpost in the mid-1700s. Thousands of people gather to reenact the event creating a feast for your senses. Smell of the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, savor authentic food and more. It is held annually in early autumn on the banks of the Wabash River, four miles southwest of West Lafayette, Indiana near Purdue University on October 3rd – 4th, 2015.
October 9th – 18th, 2015 – Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, Rockville
Indiana’s largest festival brings together all communities in Parke County as they showcase the 31 historic covered bridges that have made this county the Covered Bridge Capital of the World. This countywide festival, Indiana’s largest festival, always starts on the 2nd Friday in October is nationally known as one of the largest. Enjoy visiting communities throughout the county with a wide array of shopping and a variety of food that is sure to please everyone. Antique stores and shops around the brick lined streets of Rockville also invite you stop by for a visit.
Continue a generations-spanning family tradition—or begin a new one—by visiting a fall festival. An Indiana fall festival is a celebration of family, friends and food. From unique foods to historic reenactments to classic cars and everything in between, there is a festival in Indiana everyone can enjoy. Here’s an additional list of festivals around Lafayette Indiana!
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September 4th – September 7th – Earl Park Fall Festival