September Guide to Family Events in Indianapolis

September is here which means Fall is right around the corner! With the hustle and bustle of school, now is the time to take advantage of the family fun that can be had in and around the city. We have rounded up some of our favorite events here in Indianapolis and in surrounding areas.

 

September 2  

Indy Labor Fest – Downtown Indianapolis – Georgia Street  11:00am – 6:00 pm

Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis will transform into Indy LaborFest, a free-admission street festival featuring live music, food, beverages and a kid’s zone. Last year, more than 20,000 people attended this premier Labor Day weekend event. Indy LaborFest is a collaboration between the Central Indiana AFL-CIO and iheart media.

Cost: FREE     Website

September 2  

Touch a Truck – Greenwood – Greenwood Parks and Recreation  9:00am – 12:00 pm

Come out with your littles and let them get up close to all their favorite vehicles! From fire and safety to construction and street fleets! It’s a day of giant fun! All located in the Parks Maiintenance lot at Smith Valley and Meridian/Madison.

Cost: $2-$3     Website

September 8 

Family Campout – Avon – Hendricks Regional Health YMCA  7:00pm – 8:00am

Set up begins at 7pm. We will have a campfire, s’mores, games, and an outdoor movie. You just need to supply your own tent! Registration is $15/family, and pre-registration is highly recommended, so register at Member Services today!

Cost: $15 a family     Website

September 8 

Chalk Fest – Downtown Greenfield – Courtyard Plaza  3:00pm – 6:00pm

Showoff your sidewalk chalk skills for a chance to win prizes (based on age group). Beginners are welcome, especially kids, who can also enjoy face painting, a bounce house, food and music.

Cost: $5 for a 3×3 square     Website

September 8 

Movies on the Hill: The Secret Life of Pets – Avon – Avon Town Hall  8:45pm – 11:00pm

Bring your family, chairs, and blankets to this FREE outdoor movie night and set up on the hill below the shelters! The movie will be screened in the east parking lot at Avon Town Hall.

Cost: FREE   Website

September 8 

Kidz Bop “Best Time Ever” Tour 2017 – Indianapolis – Old National Centre  7:00pm – 9:30pm

In the U.S., KIDZ BOP is the No. 1 music brand for kids, featuring today’s biggest hits “sung by kids for kids. The group makes a stop on their tour at the Old National Centre.

Cost: Tickets start at $29.50     Website

September 8 -10

Zionsville Fall Festival – Zionsville – Lion’s Park 

Enjoy this annual Zionsville Lions Club fundraiser, which kicks off with a carnival on Friday night. Saturday brings a parade on Main Street at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Yo! Ho! Ho! And a Park Full of Fun!“ and the festival will feature music and entertainment, carnival rides, food, boucne house and arts and crafts vendors.

Cost: FREE with $5 Parking     Website

September 9 

Puppy POOLooza – Greenwood – Freedom Springs  1:00pm – 4:00pm

When the water park closes for the humans, it opens for the dogs! For one afternoon, bring your doggies out for a fun day at the water park! Free Admission, Donations will be accepted in monetary or supplies to go to the Humane Society of Johnson County!!

Cost: FREE   Website

September 9

Penrod Arts Fair – Indianapolis – Indianapolis Museum of Art Grounds  9:00am-5:00pm

This year’s Penrod Arts Fair on the grounds of the IMA will feature more than 300 artists, plus 6 entertainment stages and dozens of other vendors, plus a children’s area.

Cost: $15 Advance, $20 Day Of    Website

September 9

St. Joan of Arc French Market Festival – Indianapolis – 12:00pm-10:00pm

One of the cities best cultural festivals will bring out delicious food , live music, artisans and special children’s activities. Add in French foods such escargot and beef bourguignon, Mass in French at 5:30 p.m. and historic church tours , and it’s definitely worth the time to bring the kids for the free cultural experience!

Cost: FREE    Website

September 10

Shelby County Arts Fest – Tour d’ Art – Shelbyville – Blue River Memorial Park/ Forest Hills Cemetery  – 12:00pm-10:00pm

Celebrate the arts with events for children and adults to experience the arts through exhibits, crafts, storytelling and concerts. Fee for some classes.

Cost: FREE    Website

September 14-17

Indy Irish Fest – Indianapolis – Military Park  – 5:30pm-10:30pm

Annual Irish festival showcasing music, dance, sports, shopping, sheep herding, food, drink and more!

Cost: $12 Advance, $15 at Gate and Kids 5-13 $7    Website

September 15

Monument Circle Oktoberfest – Indianapolis – Monument Circle  – 4:00pm-11:00pm

The north half of Monument Circle will go German to usher in the fall season! Presented by the Columbia Club, the event features both German and American fare. The food court and biergarten opens at 4:00pm, and Polkaboy will be rocking the monument with live music starting at 7:00pm. 

Cost: FREE    Website

September 15-16

Back to the Fifties Festival – Lebanon – Boone County Fair Grounds  

Step back in time and relive the 50s with classic cars, antique bicycles, oldies music and more. In addition to children’s activities, there will be food, shipping and other entertainment.

Cost: FREE with $5 Parking    Website

September 16

Indy Jazz Fest: Kirk Whalum – Indianapolis – Madame Walker Theatre Center  8:00pm-9:30pm 

As part of the Indy Jazz Fest. Grammy-award winner Kirk Whalum’s music is described as “soulful,” “passionate,” and “stirring.” Whalum is a certified smooth jazz star as well as an in-demand session player for top artists like Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones, and Whitney Houston. His saxophone skills are showcased on the mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.”

Cost: $45 and up    Website

September 16

Fiesta Indianapolis – Indianapolis – American Legion Mall  12:00pm-10:00pm 

Enjoy a full day of music, dancing, food, children’s activities, a health and wellness fair, and community service booths.

Cost: FREE    Website

September 16

Kids Resale Shoppe – Indianapolis – Westside Church of Nazarene  9:00am-2:00pm 

Kids Resale Shoppe is a community-wide resale of gently used children’s clothing, toys, baby equipment and maternity clothing. The goal of the Kids Resale Shoppe is to help families by providing clothing in good condition at a reasonable cost.

Cost: FREE    Website

September 16

Zany Zoo – Indianapolis – Central Indianapolis Public Library  11:00am-12:00pm 

Preschoolers join Express Kids for an imaginary train ride with animals, along with marching, singing and more. They can enjoy marching, matching, singing and sign language. Call 317-275-4222 to register.

Cost: FREE    Website

September 16-17

Festival of Machines – Fishers – Conner Prairie  10:00am-2:00pm 

A celebration of all things transportation — from vintage cars to steam engines and helicopters, any kid or adult can enjoy getting hands-on with new and old machines big and small.

Cost: Admission into Conner Prairie    Website

September 16-17

Blue River Valley Pioneer Fair – Shelbyville – Shelby County Fairgrounds  10:00am-5:00pm 

Turn off the TV and turn back time for this living history festival, taking place in a village during the time period from 1822-1865. Enjoy costumed participants, music, magic, food, crafters animals and more.

Cost: FREE with Membership    Website

September 22 

Movies on the Hill: Star Wars Rouge One – Avon – Avon Town Hall  8:45pm – 11:00pm

Bring your family, chairs, and blankets to this FREE outdoor movie night and set up on the hill below the shelters! The movie will be screened in the east parking lot at Avon Town Hall.

Cost: FREE   Website

September 22-23

Fishers Oktoberfest at Saxony – Fishers – Witten Park  5:30pm-10:30pm

Besides enjoying German food and beer while dancing to polka music, the entire family can sample fair food, shop the arts and crafts vendors, and enjoy music, kids games and a German outfit contest.

Cost: FREE     Website

September 23

Indianapolis Chinese Festival – Indianapolis – IUPUI Wood Plaza  12:00pm-5:30pm

This festival is held during the month of Chinese Moon Festival, which is the second largest Chinese festival after Chinese New Year. The Moon festival in China is a celebration of the harvest with family and friends.

Cost: FREE     Website

September 22-30

Hamilton Harvest Fest – Noblesville – Hamilton Town Center

Hamilton Town Center is hosting the Burton Brothers Carnival from September 22 to 30, and on the 30th will have a big fall party, fondly dubbed the “Hamilton Harvest Fest.” It will have games, bounce houses, pumpkin carving demonstrations, crafts and more.

Cost: FREE Admission    Website

September 23-24

Carmel International Arts Festival – Carmel – Arts & Design District   10:00am-6:00pm

More than 130 artists will exhibit and sell their work in this annual outdoor event, which also features live music and food vendors. Inspire your tiniest artists with a visit to the world’s tiniest art museum, which features student art, and a visit to the “Young at Art” kid’s section.

Cost: FREE Admission    Website

September 23-24

Atlanta New Earth Festival – Atlanta – 105 East Main Street   9:00am-5:00pm

More than 600 vendors will show up for one of Hamilton County’s largest and oldest festivals. These booths will be selling everything from clothing and jewelry to antiques and home decor. Beyond shopping, enjoy the farmers market, kids’ zone, food and live entertainment.

Cost: FREE Admission    Website

September 30

Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival – Noblesville – Potter’s Bridge   9:00am-5:00pm

Visit Hamilton County’s only covered bridge and enjoy the scenic White River views along with live music, arts & crafts vendors, food and a kids zone.

Cost: FREE Admission    Website

September 30

Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival – Noblesville – Potter’s Bridge   11:00am-3:00pm

Visit Hamilton County’s only covered bridge and enjoy the scenic White River views along with live music, arts & crafts vendors, food and a kids zone.

Cost: FREE Admission    Website

 

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