Family Fun: Check out these fall-time festivities in Hamilton, Boone counties

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By Desiree Williams

With fall right around the corner, it’s nearly time to pull out the long sweaters, visit pumpkin patches and even have a few scares. Here are a few family fun events to enjoy this season.

Patrons enjoy the Zionsville Lions Club Fall Festival VIP Carnival last year. The festival in Zionsville begins Sept. 9. (File photo)

Patrons enjoy the Zionsville Lions Club Fall Festival VIP Carnival last year. The festival in Zionsville begins Sept. 9. (File photo)

Zionsville Lions Club Fall Festival

The Zionsville Lions Club is bringing back the 1980s with its 63rd Fall Festival, a weekend full of activities that fundraise for Lions Park. There are carnival rides, a parade, local entertainment and other vendors. This year, coordinators will add a Bark for Life relay Sunday morning run by the American Cancer Society. Sept. 9-11 at varying times, Lions Park 115 S. Elm Street, Zionsville; $5 donation for parking. For more, visit zionsvillelions.com/events/fall-festival.

Monument Circle Oktoberfest

Head to the north half of Monument Circle to dig into traditional German and American cuisine. The Columbia Club presents this event that includes a beirgarten, a variety of German wines and a cigar bar. A portion of proceeds benefit the Indiana War Memorials and the Soldiers & Sailors Monument; 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 16, 1 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Free admission. For more, visit downtownindy.org/events/1136/monument-circle-oktoberfest.

Noblesville Brewfest

If you’re looking for a night away from the kids, come join the 2016 Noblesville Brewfest. Patrons can taste a wide variety of beers and wines accompanied by a silent auction, food and live music; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 24,  Forest Park, 701 Cicero Rd., Noblesville; admission $35 in advance, $45 day of. For more, visit forestparkpool.org/Brewfest.

Festival of the Turning Leaves

This three-day event includes a car and motorcycle show, a corn hole tournament, a parade and more. A new competition, CrossFit to Crush Cancer, will be added to the list of Saturday events; Sept. 23-25 at varying times; State Rd. 47, Thorntown. For more, visit thorntownfestival.org.

Fireside Tales in Westfield

Grab the family and head to the park for s’mores and stories. Fireside Tales is a fun family environment with a new theme and craft each night. Hear about farm animals, owl tales and rhymes and a few not too scary stories on the last night; 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 12, Oct. 26 Simon Moon Park, 2710 E. 171st Street, Westfield. Free admission. For more, visit enjoywestfieldevents.com/fireside-tales-2.

Pumpkin Harvest Festival

During the weekdays, come to the nursery to enjoy hayrides, mazes, a haunted house and more. The weekend offers a cob cannon to shoot corn, a slingshot and pedal cars to race around the track. Farm animals will be present, as well. Some events are free, others require tickets; Oct. 1-31 at varying times, Stonycreek Farm, 11366 State Rd. 38, Noblesville; $5 parking, $1 per ticket. For more, visit stonycreekfarm.net/pumpkinharvestfestival.htm.

Kids of all ages can enjoy finding a pumpkin at the Traders Point Creamery Oktoberfest. (File photo)

Kids of all ages can enjoy finding a pumpkin at the Traders Point Creamery Oktoberfest. (File photo)

Oktoberfest at Traders Point Creamery

Head out to the farm for the 10th annual festival with live music, a hog roast, a German Biergarten and wine tasting. Kids can enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo and other games and crafts. The event raises money for Traders Point Rural Historic District; 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 8, Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville; $8 in advance, $10 day. Children admitted free. For more, visit traderspointcreamery.com/events/Oktoberfest.

 

The Headless Horseman returns this year, Oct. 13-30. (File photo)

The Headless Horseman returns this year, Oct. 13-30. (File photo)

Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie

Dress up in your favorite costume and come experience Conner Scairie throughout October with witches, mad scientists and monsters. There are multiple nightly shows, games, crafts and a haunted hayride where you might see the headless horseman. Stop by the Apple Store to taste caramel apples, apple cider and other delicious treats; 6 p.m. to 9 pm. Oct. 13-16, Oct. 20-23, Oct. 27-30, Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. Thursday and Sunday, $10 in advance, $12 at the gate and free for Conner Prairie members. Friday and Saturday, $14 in advance, $16 at the gate and free for Plus Level-only members. For more, visit connerprairie.org/Things-To-Do/Events/Headless-Horseman.


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