October is a great time to visit Hendricks County, Indiana, because we have a month full of fall festivals, mazes, racing, basketball, guitars, cats, disc golf and more! Let's take a look at all of the fun things that you and your family can do here during the first full month of autumn!

Fall Festivals Hayride at Nehemiah Ranch

One of my favorite things about autumn is the long list of fall festivals that take place in Hendricks County.

Unique experiences and fun memories that last a lifetime abound at these October festivals in Plainfield, Danville, Avon, North Salem and Brownsburg. For the sake of brevity and because we've already written blogs about some of these, I will list each event and the date or dates they are held.

Click on each festival link for more specific details:

For more information about fall festivals in Hendricks County, click here.

Fall Mazes The McCloud Prairie Maze outside of North Salem celebrates the Brood X cicada. (Photo courtesy of Hendricks County Parks & Recreation)

We love mazes in Hendricks County, and we've got some that celebrate the Brood X cicada, Pokemon and the Indianapolis Colts.

I suggest you check 'em all out! They provide a challenge, lots of fun, fresh air and great exercise.

Our mazes include:

For more information about fall mazes in Hendricks County, click here.

Allgaier Performance Parts Fall Brawl Enjoy CRA racing at Lucas Oil Raceway this month (photo courtesy of CRA Racing)

The Champion Racing Association (CRA) comes to Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg on Oct. 9 for some Late Models racing in the Allgaier Performance Parts Fall Brawl.

The Fall Brawl has become a very popular stock car racing event in Central Indiana with each feature winner getting an event signature trophy that includes a pair of boxing gloves.

The Fall Brawl event was revamped for 2021 by Lucas Oil Raceway, moving to a one-day show on Saturday with evening feature racing under the lights.

For more information about the Fall Brawl, including how to secure tickets, click here.

Indiana Lyons Basketball Kendric Lee and the Indiana Lyons kick off their ABA preseason in October. (Photo by Antonio Toppin)

The Indiana Lyons -- Hendricks County's own American Basketball Association (ABA) team -- begin their preseason Oct. 2 and play every Saturday night for the first four weekends of the month.

Doors open each game day at 4 p.m., and tipoff is at 5 p.m. for each contest.

  • Oct. 2: vs. First Responders
  • Oct. 9: vs. Ohio Burning River Buckets
  • Oct. 16: vs. Midwest Falcons
  • Oct. 23: vs. Kind Soul Bobcats

The Lyons are based in Danville, Indiana, and play their home games in Bosstick Gym — affectionately known as the Lyons Den — at Danville Town Hall, 49 N. Wayne St. in Danville.

They pride themselves on providing a low-cost, high-octane, interactive family-friendly experience at their games.

They are the 2020-21 ABA North Central Region Champions and competed in the 2021 ABA Final Eight Tournament.

For more information, including their full preseason and regular season schedules and how to purchase tickets, click here.


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Fall Indiana Guitar Show & Music Gear ExpoIndiana Guitar Show & Music Gear Expo

The Indiana Guitar Show has become a popular annual event held at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex in Danville for area musicians to acquire, sell or trade vintage instruments.

The Fall Indiana Guitar Show will take place Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per person.

Bring your guitars and musical items for a fun day full of buying, selling and trading!

For more information, click here.

Indy Cat Show Indy Cat Show

Cat lovers, you'll want to head to the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex in Danville Oct. 23-24 for the triumphant return of the Indy Cat Show to Hendricks County!

See dozens of pedigreed and non-pedigreed cats compete for Best in Show! In addition to the conformation classes, there will be many vendors selling specialized hard-to-find items for your pet, as well as a fundraiser raffle for the Indy Cat Club.

In addition to the show, local adoptable cats will be on-site looking for their forever homes.

For more information, click here.

Introduction to Disc Golf Learn how to play disc golf at W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park in Avon on Oct. 23. (Photo by Brad Poreda)

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play disc golf but don't know much about the sport?

Then you need to attend an Introduction to Disc Golf on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. at W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park in Avon to learn about the game and try it for yourself.

Hosted by Hendricks County Parks & Recreation and the Hendricks County Disc Golf Club, participants will learn how to throw a disc, how to score, some basic strategies and more. Bring your own disc(s) if you want, or there will be plenty on hand to borrow from the disc library at the park.

Hands-on practice will include driving and putting. The event will conclude with a "ring of fire" competition with prizes!

This program is free to attend, but attendance is limited to 50 people, so registration is required by clicking here.