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Looking for things to do in Indianapolis? Check our list of October festivals

Looking for things to do in Indianapolis? Well, never fear! October brings with it a diverse array of fun and festivals, whether you are into history, art, culture or just food and drink!

Watch for an upcoming blog that details fun Indianapolis Halloween events and activities for the young and old!

Pumpkins and mums make a lovely autumn focal point.

Fishers Renaissance Faire – Oct. 1-2

Picture it—more than 250 costumed characters, jousting knights, juggling, acrobats, swordplay and period music. (Sounds a little like “Game of Thrones.” But sorry, no dragons.) The 9th annual Fishers Renaissance Faire also features merchants, food vendors, and free kids’ games, as well as a sing-along at the end of the day. Those 21 and over are welcome to enjoy beer and mead at the fair’s tavern.

More info: fishersrenfaire.com

Riley Festival – Oct. 6-8

With one of the largest annual festivals in the state of Indiana, the proud residents of Greenfield celebrate the birth of their favorite son, Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley. Riley’s poem “Indiana” provides the theme for this year’s festivities. In addition to the Parade of Flowers, in which school children march through downtown Greenfield to place bouquets of flowers around Riley’s statue, enjoy entertainment, crafts, food, flea market booths and much more!

More info: rileyfestival.com

Oktoberfest on the Farm – Oct. 8

Dust off your lederhosen and head to the farm at Traders Point for food, music and fun for the whole family, including hayrides, a pumpkin patch, facepainting, and an artisan market. PolkaBoy and Airstream Betty provide live entertainment.

More info: traderspointcreamery.com

Monument Circle Art Fair – Oct. 8

With the stunning Soldiers and Sailors Monument as the backdrop, more than 80 regional artists situated around Monument Circle showcase and sell their work. Enjoy food truck fare and musical entertainment, too. Admission is free!

More info: monumentcircleart.com

GermanFest – Oct. 8

German-American Day is October 6, and the GermanFest at the Athenaeum provides the perfect way to celebrate! The day includes wiener dog races, a 5K/10K run and walk, a strong man/woman competition, an urban flea with 100 vendors, and plenty of fun activities for the kiddos. German beer and food round out the day! All proceeds benefit the maintenance and care of the Historic Athenaeum.

More info: athenaeumfoundation.org

Scottish Highland Games and Festival – Oct. 8

Don your plaid, gather your clan and venture to German Park to watch kilted amateur athletes take on feats of strength, including a hammer toss, caber toss and weight throw. Of course, no Scottish event would be complete without bagpipes—enjoy the marching bagpipers, as well as dancing, food and entertainment.

More info: indyscotgamesandfest.com

Hoosier Homecoming – Oct. 15

As Indiana’s Bicentennial year nears its close, join fellow Hoosiers to celebrate the past, present, and future of Indiana. The day includes the dedication of the Bicentennial Plaza at the Indiana Statehouse, the culmination of the Bicentennial Torch Relay as well as entertainment and exhibitions that highlight the diversity and rich history of Indiana. Watch for special appearances by Hoosiers of note as well!

More info: in.gov/ibc

Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair – Oct. 22

This year’s theme is “200 Years of My Indiana Home,” examining the lives and times of Hoosiers throughout the years and exploring the homes and neighborhoods in which they lived. Learn how to incorporate local history, architecture, house history, and maps and other land record resources into your family research.

More info: in.gov/library/events

Noblesville Beards & Brews – Oct. 29

To celebrate its growing and thriving community of artists, artisans and entrepreneurs, Noblesville presents its third annual festival centered on beards and beer—yes, beards and beer! Local breweries supply the brews, while contest participants will be awarded for longest, thickest, fullest and most creatively groomed beards.

More info: Hipstoric Noblesville

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