20 Things to Do This Fall in Indianapolis

As the leaves change, so does the city's charm. From pumpkin festivals to scenic hikes, embark on a memorable autumn journey in Indianapolis with these 20 handpicked activities.
Indy Maven Fall Bucket List copy over colorful leaves

  1. Explore the city’s haunted history on a guided ghost tour with Unseen Press through spooky sites and stories (various days and times, Sept. through Oct.).
  2. Find the perfect pumpkin for carving starting the last week of September at Anderson Orchard in Mooresville (Sept. through Oct.).
  3. Head to Tuttle Orchard for Caramel Apple Fest where you can snack on fall treats, wind through a corn maze, take tractor rides and build your own caramel apple (Sept. 9 and 16).
  4. Mary Shelly's Frankenstein posterKick-off Indiana Repertory Theatre’s season with the opening of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at Indiana Repertory Theatre (Sept. 20 through Oct. 14).
  5. Visit the Indianapolis Zoo for ZooBoo, which features Halloween-themed activities and more (Sept. 27-Oct. 31). 
  6. Admire fall foliage from a bird’s eye view during a peaceful hot air balloon ride with Midwest Balloon Rides.
  7. Wander through fog-filled forests filled with glowing jack-o-lanterns galore and more at Harvest Nights at Newfields (Sept. 30 through Oct. 30). 
  8. Revamp your fall wardrobe at the Style Swap at Maven Space, where you can bring something gently used or like-new and swap it for something new to them while enjoying food, drinks, and shopping with local vendors (Oct. 5).
  9. Drive to Brown County or Turkey Run State Parks for a peak-season fall foliage hike. If you want the most breathtaking views in Brown County, visit the Seven Vistas throughout the park.
  10. Catch a flick at Heartland Film Festival, which has been named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, and it’s right here in Indy (Oct. 5-15). 
  11. People at Newfields Harvest Nights 2022 looking at pumpkins
    Harvest Nights 2022 Model Shoot

    Enjoy a horseback riding adventure through scenic trails with Natural Valley Ranch.

  12. Immerse yourself in history at the Conner Prairie interactive outdoor museum, and don’t miss the Headless Horseman Festival (Oct. 5-29).
  13. Take a “Cemeterrarium” Class (Cemetery Themed Terrarium Building) at Alice’s Garden (Oct. 7th and 14th).
  14. Experience a once-in-a-nightmare chance to explore the town where Halloween villains live during their “offseason.” The classic villains—mad scientists, witches, zombies, werewolves and more—are back at Booville at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Guild’s 59th Annual Haunted House (Oct. 10-31). 
  15. Join the original ‘Brad Majors’ (Barry Bostwick) for a screening of the original unedited version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a live shadow cast and audience participation and more at Clowes Memorial Hall (Oct. 14).
  16. Take a haunted trail ride with The Farmers Curse at Driving Wind Farm and enjoy treats from the café, including s’mores, hot chocolate and cider (Oct. 20, 27, and 30).
  17. Women at Style Swap
    Style Swap

    Experience Día de Muertos/Day of the Dead at the Eiteljorg with partner, Arte Mexicano en Indiana and Nopal Cultural (Oct. 21).

  18. Learn about creepers, crawlers and even carnivorous plants at Garfield Park Conservatory’s Creatures of the Night event (Oct. 21). 
  19. Attend the spooktacular 77th Irvington Halloween Festival, featuring a costume parade, the popular street fair on Oct. 28 and more. (Oct. 21-28).
  20. Participate in the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon or cheer on runners as they pass iconic landmarks in the city (Oct. 28).

Leslie Baily is the CEO of Indy Maven and Maven Space.

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