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October 1-6, 2018
97th Annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festival
Evansville, Indiana
This is a week-long gala with over 130 food booths sponsored by non-profit groups, free entertainment, carnival, talent competition, and a huge parade. The event attracts over 200,000 people to the West Side and is the 2nd largest street festival in the U.S.  Attendance: 200,000.

October 5-6, 2018  Ertel Cellars Winery 12th Annual Festival
Batesville, Indiana
Wine Tasting, Food, Live Music and Children Activities.

October 5-7, 2018  Annual Bloomfield Apple Festival
Bloomfield, Indiana
This is one of the best small town fall festivals in Southern Indiana, it features carnival rides, food and merchandise vendors, live music, various contests (such as a baking contest, baby contest, pedal tractor contest), a quilt auction, art exhibit, 5k Run, wiffle ball tournament, live demonstrations, and more.  A great time for all ages.  The Apple Festival is held in the town park, and is always on the first weekend in October.

October 6, 2018  North Manchester Harvest Festival
North Manchester, Indiana
Food vendors, craft vendors, horse-drawn wagon rides, cow-milking contest, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, farmers' market, mum sale, pony rides and hayrides.

October 6, 2018  Chili Cook-Off - Winchester, Indiana
Historic Farmland, USA  fundraiser,,Annual Chili Cook-Off.   Chili Competition starts at 8:00am, when the cooking begins; judging at 11:00am; and chili is ready for the public to eat at 11:00am also!   The fun day also includes our Farmland Famous PIE auction, starting at 12:30pm!  And that’s not all!  We also have an Apple Bake-Off and Mac & Cheese Extravaganza Competition!   Cash prizes and trophies will be given!

October 6-7, 2018  Annual Apple Festival of Kendallville
Kendallville, Indiana
Music, food, puppets, storytelling, dancers, Apple Baking Contest, Apple Toss, Ladies Skillet Throw, demonstrations, craft booths, and "all things apple". A great family event.


October 6-7, 2018
51st Annual Feast of the Hunters' Moon
West Lafayette, Indiana
Reenactment of life during the 18th century--French, British & Native American trading post, crafts, demonstrations, live music and over 50 different foods adapted from original recipes.

October 12-13, 2018
Ethnic Expo - Columbus, Indiana
Festivities are held outdoors. Two stages for entertainment and several tents for dining. The festival has authentic ethnic food booths, cultural exhibits, live performances of international music and dancing, a ethnic bazaar, parade, special entertainment for children.   Attendance: 35,000.

October 12-13, 2018  Rising Sun Navy Bean Fall Festival
Rising Sun, Indiana
Held on the downtown riverfront, with rides, crafts, queen pageant, music, and homemade bean soup & cornbread.

October 12-21, 2018  Parke County Covered Bridge Festival
Parke County, Indiana
This countywide festival, Indiana's largest festival, is nationally known as one of the largest. Enjoy visiting communities throughout the county with a wide array of shopping and a variety of food that is sure to please everyone.  Headquartered on the courthouse lawn in Rockville, Indiana, since 1957. Free entertainment is scheduled on the south side of the courthouse throughout each day.  A few examples of food related events: Montezuma is home to the "Hog Roast" with many activities scheduled daily. Tangier Community serves that "world famous" buried beef that is a delicacy of the festival.  Bloomingdale, a Quaker Community, prepares Homemade Apple Butter at the Friends Church.  Please check website for complete details.

October 15-19, 2018 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

October 19-20, 2018  Fall Harvest Festival - Valparaiso, Indiana
Fall is the perfect time to spend time in downtown Valparaiso. Check out the “spooktacular” events planned for this special day!  Wear your spookiest or silliest costume and go door-to-door in Valparaiso’s downtown to get some tasty treats from our restaurants and retailers.  Visit Central Park Plaza for treats and fun in the park. Free Hayrides provided by the Valparaiso Parks Department!

October 20, 2018  Sorghum Festival - Marengo, Indiana
This annual fall event showcases the outstanding work of Indiana local artists and craftsmen. Live demonstrations, food booths, and lots of entertainment are also included. And don't forget that delicious homemade sorghum. 3rd Saturday in October.


October 24-27, 2018
91st Annual National FFA Convention & Expo
Indianapolis, Indiana
National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America).  Each year, nearly 55,000 FFA members and guests gather to learn about careers in the agriculture industry, compete for scholarships, volunteer in the community and shape the future of the National FFA Organization.   Attendance: 55,000.

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October 1, 2016
Corn Maze Beer Fest
Columbus, Indiana
The Corn Maze Beer Fest is held by 450 North Brewing Co in Columbus, Indiana. It exactly what you think it is… they will be building an enormous 4.3 acre maze in the corn field that’s adjacent to their beautiful brewery and winery. They will be setting up breweries throughout the maze as festival attendees work their way through the maze, to the middle, where there will be even more breweries, food, live music, etc.

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October 10-11, 2015  Indiana Gourd Society Fall Festival
Crown Point, Indiana
Free admission, open to public.  Vendors, IGS Gourd store, Gourd Seeds, Demonstrations, mini craft and dried gourd competition, music, kids booth, Auction.

October 16, 2015  Big Red Beer Fest - Bloomington, Indiana
Bloomington's longest running Beer Festival!

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October 4-7, 2012  10th Annual Popcorn Festival Of Clay County
Brazil, Indiana
We regret to inform you that the Popcorn Festival has dissolved as of July 2013 due to complications beyond our control.  We want to thank everyone for visiting our website and coming to our festival for the last 10 years.  We thank all of our valuable volunteers who have made the festival a success during that time.

October 13, 2012  Chateau Thomas Winery's First Annual Hog Roast
Plainfield, Indiana
Listen to live music while you enjoy the wonderful smells of our slow roasted pig or grilled chicken w/all the sides.  Bring along a friend and enter our first ever Cornhole Tournament.  Sit and sip one of our delightful wines while enjoying a fall evening with family and friends.

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October 2, 2010  Jazz, Wine and Arts Festival - Evansville, Indiana



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