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September 27-October 1, 2023
Versailles Pumpkin Show
Versailles, Indiana


October 1-7, 2023
102nd 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 6-7, 2023 - Ertel Cellars Winery 16th Annual Festival
Batesville, Indiana
Wine Tasting, Food, Live Music and Children Activities.

October 6-8, 2023  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 7, 2023  Manchester Alive Harvest Fest & BBQ Cookoff
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 7, 2023  6th Annual Corn Maze Beer Fest - Columbus, Indiana
A one-of-a-kind beer festival that will feature 80+ of the best breweries from around the country scattered inside an 11-acre corn maze. Find the breweries and receive unlimited beer samples all day long. Enjoy some live music and tasty food from local food trucks.

October 7-8, 2023  Annual Apple Festival of Kendallville
Kendallville, Indiana
Noble County Fair Grounds.  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 7-8, 2023  56th 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 13-14, 2023  Ethnic Expo - Columbus, Indiana
A weekend of events celebrating cultures that come together in Columbus, Indiana to create a vibrant, welcoming community. Ethnic Expo is one of the largest and most beloved local festivals.  It will take place surrounding Columbus City Hall, located at 123 Washington Street.

October 13-22, 2023 - 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 14, 2023  Valparaiso 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 18-20, 2023  HFTP Annual Convention - Indianapolis, Indiana
Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals.  Join hospitality controllers and industry experts for two full days of club and hotel specific education, designed to help you solve professional challenges and maximize the potential of your workplace.

October 21, 2023  Sorghum Festival - Marengo, Indiana
Crawford County Fairgrounds.  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.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
events waiting for new dates

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!

Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

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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