Celebrating the season


A guide to the local Fall festival season

Fall means one thing in Indiana: festival season.Indianapolis’ north side is in no short supply of its own. Over the next two months, five events will celebrate the changing of the seasons, each in their own unique way:

Grand Junction Funktion – Westfield

What originally began as a homemade derby car race between local business owners and school organizations has grown into a full-fledged fall festival. From 2-8 p.m. on Sept. 29,South Union Street in Westfield will be transformed into a gravity-powered race track surrounded by live music and food.

Last year’s event saw a number of unique derby car designs: a Batmobile created by Westfield High School seniors, a three-wheeled recycle bin created by Westfield Public Works and even a blue-and-white Westfield police cruiser complete with flashing lights.

39th Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival – Noblesville

While most festivals last only for a weekend, Stonycreek Farm’s Pumpkin Harvest Festival begins Sept. 29 and runs through Halloween. Activities include everything from grinding your own wheat to a kid-friendly haunted house, and even a “cob cannon” capable of firing ears of corn.

To commemorate the festival’s 40th anniversary, any person turning 40 during the months of September and October are invited to ride the farm’s zip line for free.

13th Annual Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival – Noblesville

Centered on Hamilton County’s only remaining historic covered bridge, the Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival features local arts and crafts, live music and food. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 6. It’s a great opportunity to get a bite to eat and stroll Noblesville’s scenic Potter’s Bridge Park.

Oktoberfest @ Saxony – Fishers

Fishers Oktoberfest is a large, daylong event running from noon until 10 p.m. on Sept. 22. The focus of the event, like most Oktoberfest celebrations, is undoubtedly the local food and beer. According to Fishers Freedom Festival Executive Director Jennifer Kehl, the event is expected to see as many as 3,000 attendees over the course of the day.

Oktoberfest celebrations are typically thought of as adult events due to their focus on beer, but this year’s Fishers Oktoberfest is hoping to create a more family-friendly experience with a number of free games for children and parents from noon to 6 p.m., as well as a focus on local arts and craft vendors.

15th Annual Carmel International Arts Festival – Carmel

With over 125 local artists participating in this year’s event, the Carmel International Arts Festival promises to be one of the best community art festivals in the. Running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 22 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 23 along Main Street in Carmel, the two-day event is absolutely jam packed with local artists, musicians and food. The festival will also feature a juried art competition as one of the weekend’s main events. With 30 different music and stage performers currently scheduled, entertainment is as just as much a star of the Carmel International Arts Festival as the art. Some notable acts include American Indian rock ‘n’ roll group Thunderhand Joe and the Medicine Show, professional magician C.R. Ryan and this year’s Carmelfest Has Talent winners.

For a full listing of dates, locations, activities and entertainment for all of the upcoming fall festivals, please see the Festival Calendar.