4 Fun Fall Events in Indy

October 5th, 2017 by

Downtown Indianapolis | EastgateBecause it’s a central Midwestern state, fall and harvest time are always a big deal in Indiana. And since it’s the state’s capital and a center for sports and all kinds of special events, you can be sure there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season of falling leaves in Indianapolis.


In Indianapolis, Oktoberfest is pronounced “GermanFest.” On the second Saturday of October, you can stop by the Athenaeum starting at noon to celebrate Indiana’s German heritage. The festival offers everything from German food and beers to a 5k run and wiener dog races, and they have special events for kids and a flea market that regularly includes over 100 vendors. The proceeds of GermanFest go toward maintaining the Athenaeum, a National Historic Landmark in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.

Irvington Halloween Festival

For over 70 years, the Indianapolis neighborhood of Irvington has spent the last full week of October celebrating its long heritage and haunted legends with the Irvington Halloween Festival. Although it started small, the festival has become a huge event with plenty of things to do every year. Show up the night the festival begins to take part in a charity masquerade ball, or attend a spooky organ concert on Sunday evening. Irvington ghost tours run throughout September and October, and the Black Acre Brewing Company hosts all kinds of Halloween-themed entertainers during the week.

Heartland Film Festival

For 11 days through the middle of October, the Heartland Film Festival takes over three theaters to show over 250 independent films made in Indiana and the Midwest and internationally. Along with seeing the films themselves, you can also meet with many of the filmmakers whose works you will only be able to see by attending the festival.

Volunteer judges have screened every film that makes it into the festival, so you can be sure you’re seeing only the best of the best when you attend the festival. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the Truly Moving Picture Award winners.

Fountain Square Pinball Classic

For a fall event unlike any other, La Margarita Fountain Square hosts the Fountain Square Pinball Classic every year on the first Saturday of November. Collectors from around the area bring their best machines to the event so that the pinball wizards of Indianapolis can find out which one is the best. After half an hour of practice and a qualifying round, the best compete in the A and B brackets until only the winners are left. And if you’d rather watch than compete, you can still play a little pinball during the free play that starts when the tournament ends.

All kinds of events fill Indianapolis streets and venues throughout the fall, and you’re sure to find something that interests you. With Halloween events that fill a whole week, film festivals that take up a third of a month, Oktoberfest events with a lot more to do than drink, and unique competitions that can tide you over between football games, Indianapolis in the fall is a great place to spend your time.

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