It’s fall, y’all! (Are you tired of hearing that yet? I’m not). A week ago, we were all sweating in the heat of 1,000 suns in our last stretch of summer. Now, everywhere you look, it’s fall colors, pumpkins, hayrides, sweaters, and chilly weather. While the seasons may change, our county doesn’t slow down. We easily switch gears from summer events to fall events! And the change is refreshing. I love being out and about with seasonal-related activities all around me (except when I see Christmas stuff up at the stores...it’s just too soon for that!).
There are family-friendly events, indoor events, outdoor events, quiet gatherings, bigger (and louder) parties, and stuff not even related to fall. Pick your perfect plan and enjoy everything Hendricks County has to offer as Indiana shows off one of its best-looking seasons.
Here We Grow Again is hosting their fall/winter sale! Admission is free, and cash and credit is accepted. Shop over 75,000 kid-related items at fractions of the cost. This event will take place from October 3 to October 5 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and October 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex (1900 E. Main St., Danville).
Come enjoy your choice of thirteen of Indianapolis’s food trucks on Friday, October 5 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at Chateau Thomas Wintery, 6291 Cambridge Way in Plainfield! This event is free to the public. There will be food, entertainment, and activities for kids.
Come to the very last First Friday cruise-in of the year on Friday, October 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. on the Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Danville! This is a FREE cruise-in open to all makes and models of antique, classic, muscle, and vintage automobiles. Catch them all before they are put away for winter!
Come and conquer this ½ mile hike that takes you and your family (of all ages) through the body of a huge grasshopper camouflaged in McCloud’s tallgrass prairie! Dress for the weather and wear comfortable close-toed shoes. The maze is open daily at McCloud Nature Park, 8518 Hughes Rd. in North Salem during park hours, which is 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. This grasshopper will hop away at dusk on October 31 so catch him while you can!
Join Painted Lady Canvas at the Chateau Thomas Wintery (6291 Cambridge Way, Plainfield) for an adult paint night while sampling wine on the veranda (and if that’s not fancy and cultured, I don’t know what is!). You will be painting at 14x18 canvas by following step-by-step instructions to create your masterpiece. This event takes place Friday, October 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the food vendors and live music outside! Registration is required, and this event is for ages 21+ (bring your ID). Event admission includes: complimentary voucher to sample 5 wines, a 14x18 stretched canvas, acrylic paint, and brushes. Cost is $35. Register here.
Beasley’s Heartland Apple Festival is one of the cornerstones of fall in Hendricks County! The festival will take place Saturday, October 6 and Sunday October 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Beasley’s Orchard, 2304 E. Main St., Danville. This festival offers hayrides to the 15-acre U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, an 8-acre corn maze, and the Barnyard Bonanza Family Activity Area. There will also be live music and entertainment, an arts & crafts vendor marketplace, face painting, Ken’s Balloon Magic, puppets, food, and wine tastings by local Indiana wineries. Cost to get in is $5.
Fall Harvest Days will take place Saturday, October 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Nehemiah Ranch, 1420 N. CR 600 E. in Avon. Bring your whole family to enjoy this free event offering hayrides, a pumpkin patch, fire pit, hotdogs, smores, and hot chocolate. A waiver of liability must be signed on arrival, and donations will be accepted (recommended donation is $5 per person or $25 per carload).
This unique, annual event is a great way to celebrate fall in Hendricks County. Stroll the Courthouse Square in Danville to see various dramatic scarecrow displays put together by creative folks in our county. They’ll disappear before Halloween so come see them while you can! They’ll be on the square daily until October 28.
Join local Officers in this police-themed event as they run the course in full uniform and gear (which adds an extra thirty pounds!). Bring your family and watch the race, which will begin at the famous NHRA dragster starting line and travel the 2.5-mile road course and the .68 mile oval. All proceeds go to The Friends of the Reserve Division, which is a police support group that funds local philanthropic acts such as assistance for local families, the homeless, and those in need of food and shelter. The race will take place Saturday, October 6, at 7:30 a.m. at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. To register, click here.
Bring your friends to a fun night of trivia, refreshments, and painting at uPaint Pottery Studio, 1820 E. Main Street in Plainfield, on Saturday, October 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. The price is $8 plus your choice of pottery. There will be Friends-themed options available, including Central Park mugs and Friends frames. Reserve your spot here.
Come enjoy this free, pet-friendly event on the patio of Claddaugh Irish Pub, 2539 Perry Crossing in Plainfield, on Saturday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 pm.! Check out vendor booths, products demonstrations, a pet costume contest, and more.
A mechanical bull riding competition is the main attraction for this unique non-profit fundraiser! This event benefits the Hendricks County Media Education Foundation dba WYRZ FM as well as every non-profit that chooses to participate. A “rider” is chosen by each non-profit to ride on their behalf. Every organization involved is guaranteed to walk away with money. Come cheer on riders and listen to the live melodies of the Mississippi Raglips & the Riverdogs. Beer, wine, and food will be available for purchase. This event will take place on Saturday, October 6, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex (1900 E. Main St., Danville). Early bird pricing is $20 and door tickets are $30. Click here to register.
McCloud Nature Park is allowing male Cub/Boy Scouts, Trail Life USA Members, and male Navigators (and their chaperones) a unique opportunity to pitch their tents and spend the night at McCloud Nature Park. Several campsites, each with its own campfire, will be available, and scouts are welcome to participate in naturalist-led activities. Bring food to cook for dinner, and the park will provide the s’mores and a continental breakfast. Cost is $20 per scout and $7 per chaperone and will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. To secure your spot, click here.
You have plenty of options! Make the most of fall in Indiana by enjoying all our county has to offer!