It’s fall festival time!

Where did the summer go?  As a Realtor, my business is so busy, especially during the summer months, I am surprised to realize it’s almost Labor Day and another summer has passed us by…and my friends will tell you it’s just because I’m getting old, I turn 50 on Sunday!

Make the most of your fall and visit a few of these great events:

• Greekfest: An event featuring live music and dancing, authentic food and pastries, Greek wine and craft brews. 4 to 10 p.m. Aug. 22; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 23; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 3500 W. 106th St., Carmel. Cost: Free.  New this year is a cafeteria-type line will be featured for one-stop shopping at all the food booths, and craft beers will be offered from Quaff On!, Oaken Barrel, and Sun King.

• Zionsville Fall Festival: This festival kicks off with a carnival and includes a pet pavilion, beer garden with live music and a car show. Sept. 6-7, Lions Club Park, 115 S. Elm St., Zionsville. Info: Free.

• Heartnut Festival: A festival named after Heartnut trees planted in Johnson County Park, Nineveh. Includes food, music and a historic encampment. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.,Sept. 6; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7. Info:, (812) 526-6809. Free.

• Penrod Arts Fair: In its 48th year, Penrod features five entertainment stages, hundreds of artists and food and beverages. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 6, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road. Info: Cost: $15 advance; $20 at the gate.

• St. Joan of Arc French Market Festival: A festival of entertainment and food featuring beignets, quiche, Provencal chicken and other delicacies. Noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 6, St. Joan of Arc Church, 4217 Central Ave. Info: Free.

• Back to the Fifties Festival: A community festival featuring a street dance, children’s activities and a car show. 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 12; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13, downtown Lebanon. Info: Free.

• Indy Irish Fest: A celebration of all things Irish including food and entertainment. 4:30 to 11 p.m. Sept. 12; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 13; 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14. Military Park, 601 W. New York St. Info: Cost: Adults (advance) $10 per day (gate price) $15 per day; students (5-13) and military, $5 per day; children (4 and younger), free.

• Festival of Machines: A festival celebrating the history of automobile manufacturing and sports. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13-14, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 13400 Allisonville Road. Info: Admission: Free to members. Non-members: Adults, $15; seniors, $14; youth 2 to 12, $10.

• Fair on the Square in Danville: An annual event sponsored by Tri Kappa Sorority featuring food and crafts.10 a.m. to 6 pm. Sept. 13; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14, Courthouse Square. Info: Free.

• Jazz Festival: Three jazz bands and food come to Main Street, 2 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14, 12th and Main Streets, Speedway. Info: Free.

• Plainfield Quaker Day Festival: A carnival to raise funds toward construction of a handicapped accessible playground. Sept. 19-21, 105 S. East St., Plainfield. Free.

• Fiesta Indianapolis: A cultural event featuring arts and entertainment celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month.Noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 20, American Legion Mall, 700 N. Pennsylvania St. Info: (317) 890-3292. Free.

• Harvest Moon Festival: A carnival, classic car show and 5K run walk, 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18-20; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21,Biddle Memorial Park, 610 E. 10th St, Sheridan. Info: Free.

• Speedway Spectacular: A chili cook off, pumpkin and face painting and hayrides are part of this event, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 20, Leonard Park, 1450 N. Lynhurst Drive, Speedway. Info: Free.

• CANvitational: A canned craft beer festival with music and food trucks. 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 20, Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza, Downtown. Info: Cost: $60 in advance and $75 day of event.

• Festival of the Turning Leaves: A street fair celebrating 40 years with a parade, food court and car show,noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 26; 8 a.m.-midnight Sept. 27; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28. Main Street, Thorntown. Info: Free.

• Brewfest: A 21-and-older event featuring beer sampling. 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27. Forest Park, 701 Cicero Road, Noblesville. Info: Cost: $25 in advance (tickets can be purchased from Vintage Spirits, Runners Forum or Forest Park Pool), $30 at the door.

• Carmel International Arts Festival, an event featuring more than 130 juried artists. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28, Carmel Arts & Design District, at the corner of Main Street and Rangeline Road, Carmel. Free.

• End of Summer Festival: A chance to end summer with canoeing, crafts, gaga ball, and horseback riding. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14, Happy Hollow Camp, 3049 Happy Hallow Road, Nashville. Info: (317) 638-3849. Cost: $25 a person, ages four to 17, $10, three and younger, free.

• Pioneer Fair: A re-creation of an 1822-1865 pioneer village.10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20, noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 21, Shelby County Fairgrounds, 500 Frank St., Shelbyville. Info: (317) 392-4634. Cost: $3 at the gate, over age six. Free parking.

• Stonycreek Farm Pumpkin Harvest Festival: A celebration of the season with hayrides to the pumpkin patch. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27-Oct. 31, Stonycreek Farm Nursery & Landscaping, 11366 State Road 38 East Noblesville., (317) 773-3344. Cost: Parking $5.

• Fishers Oktoberfest at Saxony: An art and music festival featuring German food and beer. Noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 27. Witten Park, 13578 E. 131st St. and Olio Road, Fishers. Info: Free.

• Fall Harvest Festival: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch and a petting zoo are part of this event. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 27-Oct. 31. Waterman’s Family Farm. Two locations: 7010 E. Raymond St. features straw mountain climb and maze; 1100 N. Ind. 37, Greenwood features a bounce house and activities for younger children. Free.

• Holy Name Oktoberfest: The church’s main fund raising event with lively entertainment including the Flying Toasters and Polkaboy. 5 p.m. to midnight Oct. 3-4, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 89 N. 17th Ave., Beech Grove., (317) 784-5454. Free.

• Scottish Highland Games and Festival: This event features nearly 50 amateur athletes competing in highland heavy athletic events including the caber toss. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 11, German Park, 8600 S. Meridian St. Cost: Adults (13 and up), $15, children (five to 12), $5. Family packages area available for $35 (two adults and up to three children five to 12 years).

• Pumpkinfest at Country Market: Hayrides, farm animals, face painting and a moo train are part of this fun festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, every weekend in October. *To celebrate the 15th anniversary, the festival will also be open Sept. 27-28 and Nov. 1-2, 795 S. US Hwy 421, Zionsville., Cost: Adults, $10, ages three to 15, $9, under two, free.

• Riley Festival: An annual event celebrating the birthplace of poet James Whitcomb Riley. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 3-4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5. Downtown Greenfield. Info: Free.

• Heartland Apple Festival at Beasley’s Orchard: Live entertainment, hayrides to the pumpkin patch and a kid’s zone are part of the event. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4-5 and Oct. 11-12. 2304 East Main St., Danville. Info: (317) 745-4876. Cost: $5 per a carload.

• Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival: An event celebrating the last original covered bridge in Hamilton County.11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4, Potter’s Bridge Park, 19401 Allisonville, Rd., Noblesville. Info: (317) 770-4407. Free.

• Franklin Fall Festival: A community festival with food, crafts and free concerts. 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 4, downtown Franklin. Info: Free.

• Fishers Renaissance Faire: Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this faire is all about Medieval merriment. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4-5, 13578 E. 131st St. Fishers. Info: Cost: Ages 13 and up, $12, ages five to 12, $5, four and under, free.

• Fall Foliage Festival: A festival featuring a carnival, quilt show, car show, artisan market and Mayor’s breakfast, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 9, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Parade at 1 p.m., Oct. 12. Downtown Square, Martinsville. Free.

• Headless Horseman: A seasonal event when the grounds are transformed to “Conner Scairie.” 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10-12, Oct. 16-19, Oct. 23-26, Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers. Info: Cost: Thursdays and Sundays – $10 presale, $12 at the gate, free to members. Friday and Saturday $14 pre-sale, $16 at the gate. Pre-sale tickets are available at Mainstreet Marsh and O’Malia’s locations.

• Traders Point Creamery Oktoberfest: The grounds and barns come alive with seasonal food and entertainment, noon to 7 p.m.Oct. 11, Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Road, Zionsville. Info: (317) 733-1700. Cost: $8 pre-sale and $10 at the gate. Children under 10 are free.

• Germanfest: A family-friendly event celebrating all things German. noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 11, Atheneum Ratskeller Biergarten, 401 E. Michigan St. Cost; Adutls $8 in Advance, $10 at the door; children 1-12, $2.  This year The Athenaeum is partnering with the Pickled Peddler, beer bikes. Discounts will be offered to festival participants.

So which ones will you visit?

Vicki Reedfall festival pics



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