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Fall Harvest Festivals in Indianapolis and Environs: Colorful, Extravagant and Fun

Though hard economical times threaten to rear their ugly heads and have already arrived at the doorstep for some, Hoosiers from Indianapolis still manage to produce some wonderful celebrations. Fall harvest festivals in Indianapolis and its environs abound and it’s well worth the hassle of getting the family into the car to go be a part of at least one of them.

Along with other fairs and festivals in Indianapolis, such as the highly-touted 2010 Indy Jazz Fest, the popular Indy Irish Fest and the colorful Fiesta Indianapolis, lots of Fall festivals are offered up every year for the public’s enjoyment, and as a sort of ritual passage into the new season. Below you will find brief descriptions of some of the “harvest festivals” being mounted in and around the Circle City.

Fall Harvest Festivals in and Around Indianapolis

Art in the Park – Fishers
Saturday, Sept. 18, 9 am to 4 pm
Gather on the front lawn of the Town Hall in quaint, up-and-coming Fishers, Indiana for an outdoors art show that rings out the summer and rings in the Fall. Over 40 artists will display their work in downtown Fishers, and there will be a special area with activities set aside for Fishers and Indianapolis children, live music and lots of good food. One day only! Art in the Park webpage
Bands and Barbeque at the Heartland Resort – Greenfield
Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 am – 7 pm
Wine and beer in the garden and live bands all day for the big people, a kids’ zone, bounce houses and puppet shows for the little ones, and much more. Greenfield, Indiana is only about fifteen miles due east of Indianapolis. See more at the Rotary Club of Greenfield’s website.
Community Fall Festival at Southport United Methodist Church – Indianapolis
Saturday, Sept. 18, 3 pm to 7 pm
Good festival food, bounce houses, pony rides and much more. You and your kids can munch hotdogs and baked beans, listen to live music, enjoy crafts and games and have a shot at some great door prizes at this community church just south of Indy proper between Beech Grove and Greenwood, Indiana.
Country Fair at Conner Prairie – Fishers
Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, Sept. 19, 11 am to 5 pm
What was a Fall harvest country fair like back in the Pioneer prairie days? Immerse yourself in nostalgia and be amazed and entertained at the variety of things to do at Conner Prairie, a renowned, interactive living history family park.
Johnny Appleseed Festival – Fort Wayne
Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday, Sept. 19, 10 am to 5 pm
This Fall harvest celebration is held in Fort Wayne, Indiana, about 115 miles north of Indianapolis. It’s a wonderful opportunity to spend some time outdoors enjoying all kinds of crafts, entertainment, vendors booths, antiques and live entertainment. Johnny Appleseed Festival website
Persimmon Festival – Mitchell
Saturday, Sept. 18 through Saturday, Sept. 25
This Fall festival is in Mitchell, Indiana, about 100 miles south of Indianapolis near Bedford, Indiana. Choose the day that’s convenient for you, it lasts an entire week! Tons of activities, live music and carnival rides are planned. This is one of the big ones, and would make an excellent day trip from Indianapolis. See the Persimmon Festival website here
St. Lawrence Parish Fall Festival – Indianapolis
Friday, Sept. 17, 5 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, Sept. 18, 3 pm to 11 pm; Sunday, Sept. 19, 1 pm to 6 pm
Festival food and lots of music, games and rides are just some of the excellent reasons to attend this festival, put on by the active, public-oriented St. Lawrence Parish on 46th Street in northwest metropolitan Indianapolis, just across from Eagle Creek Elementary School.

This Fall season, rev up your celebratory Pioneer spirit a notch, gather up your tribe and go out to enjoy the Fall harvest festivals in Indianapolis and the grand, sweeping beauty that is Indiana.

Mike Woods