Fall has only just begun and already the festival list is bulging. It is the perfect time of year to call a few friends up and plan a weekend out in the beautiful weather. We are only days away from peak fall foliage and pumpkins are aplenty, so grab some cider and chart a new Autumn adventure.It’s a time for holiday reruns, persimmon pudding, squash carving, and celebrations of beer (Oktoberfest). All magical topics of the year can be found in the fall and we have some of the many local and nearby stops to get you started!
Pumpkinworks– From Friday through Monday this farm, also know as “The Maze Place”, is open to the public. Just outside of Terre Haute, on the Illinois side of the state line this family spot is open from September 23rd to October 31st this year. Reserve your own bonfire and get ready for the corn maze and hay mazes.
Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular– Oct. 13th to Nov. 6th Iroquois Park in Louisville will be illuminated with 5,000 beautifully carved pumpkins along a 1/4 mile walking trail. For the last 26 years this spooky art show hasn’t disappointed. Themes and music will change and play throughout the displays with proceeds benefiting the Louisville Parks Foundation.
Culver Fall Fest– This “family friendly block party” kicks off on Oct. 7th in Culver and runs all weekend. Featuring a history hay ride and live music from 6-8pm. You can find relaxation at the beer and wine garden with fire pits stoked for sharing the warmth. Kicked off with a family friendly block party on Friday night and the Moonlight Paddle on Saturday, we can’t wait to check out all the community has to offer up. S’more kits and art exhibitions in Heritage Park also highlight the weekend, not to mention a chili cook-off!
Riley Festival (Greenfield) – Welcome to one of the “largest craft festivals” in the state in celebration of the beautiful season upon us and Mr. James Whitcomb Riley himself. Every year since 1911, the first weekend in October has signaled the start of this historical festival. Enjoy the living history camp, photography, art, Riley home tour, and even zip lining. Whether you are coming for the Parade of Flowers or the Riley 5k/10k Run and Walk, they will all be here to enjoy. The theme this fall will be James Whitcomb Riley’s poem “Indiana” and the over 450 exhibitors will be bringing in fall October 6th-9th.
Navy Bean Fall Festival (Rising Sun)- If you are looking for something a little different, give Rising Sun’s Navy Bean Festival a go, located along the Ohio River October 7th and 8th. Complete with rides, games, and food for all, this festival has a few bonus events you may not find elsewhere. Endless steaming bowls of Navy bean soup and homemade cornbread are a staple and the “Seaplane Spash-In” is a show all its own. Similar to a car show for seaplanes, this event and the parade of “anything you can pull, ride, or drive” is sure to keep everyone entertained.
Get out into the crisp fall air and make some new Autumn memories. Let us know which seasonal stop is your favorite this year!