2022 Fall Weekend Guide

Looking for a weekend road trip getaway? Bring the family to Hendricks County and experience a variety of fall festivals, events and things to do. Use our Fall Weekend Guide to choose the perfect weekend for your visit.


 

October 7 - 9

Top Events

  • Heartland Apple Festival - If you missed it last weekend, this is the final weekend of this event at Beasley's Orchard in Danville. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a corn maze, apple cannons, live entertainment, children's activities, food and event vendors and so much more.
  • Fall Harvest Festival - Celebrate the fall harvest season with food, games and fun including a scarecrow contest and a chili cook-off at W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park.
  • Fall Harvest Days at Nehemiah Ranch - Free family event in Avon held the first three Saturdays in October. Hayrides, pumpkin patch, live music, food and more.

Top Things to Do

Downtown Danville Square
  • Mayberry Cafe - No visit to Danville would be complete without a visit to this Andy Griffith Show-inspired, destination restaurant.
  • Scarecrow Display - The scarecrows finally arrive on the square for their annual visit. This marks the first weekend they appear, but they remain up most of the month if a visit this particular weekend isn't feasible.
  • Hendricks County Historical Museum - Any weekend trip to Danville should include touring the museum, which served as the old sheriff's residence and county jail until the 1970s. Open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, it is well worth your time.

October 14 - 16

Top Events

  • Beasley's Dog Daze at the Maze -  Enjoy a weekend at Hendricks County's most popular fall attraction, Beasley's Orchard, with your dogs. Costume contests, pet adoption and more in addition to this Danville attraction's usual fall activities.
  • Fall Harvest Days at Nehemiah Ranch - This marks the final Saturday to enjoy this free family event in Avon. Hayrides, a pumpkin patch, live music, food and more provides the perfect setting for a fall celebration.

Top Things to Do

Fall Break Getaway
  • uPaint Pottery Studio - As you get ready for Halloween, uPaint in Plainfield has a variety of seasonal pottery that your family can paint, make memories and use to decorate your home.
  • McCloud Prairie Maze - If you haven't visited this unique fall maze yet at McCloud Nature Park in North Salem, you're running out of time. It's free, fun and different than traditional corn mazes.
  • Horseback Riding at Natural Valley Ranch - Another tradition that makes a trip to Hendricks County so much fun can be found just outside of Brownsburg on this beautiful ranch that bursts with color this time of year. Enjoy a guided horseback ride (no prior riding experience necessary) through the scenic woods at Natural Valley.
  • Hotels With Indoor Pools - When the kids still have energy to burn, having an indoor pool at your hotel will give you the perfect opportunity to relax poolside watching them swim and play. 

October 21 - 23

Top Events

  • Fall Colors Festival - A celebration of fall in one of Hendricks County's most beautiful places to see fall foliage. Visit McCloud Nature Park in North Salem and take in everything that makes fall great free of charge including numerous family activities and games.
  • Doctoberfest - This annual event celebrating all things Doctor Who is back! Activities include a costume competition, custom action figure contest, plus shop vendors to pick up the latest Doctor Who merchandise, enjoy games and win prizes.
  • Halloweekend at Beasley's Orchard - A costume contest and pumpkin-carving contest will be added to the orchard's usual fall activities.

Top Things to Do

Fall Color
  • The Tie Dye Lab - One of our favorite and most unique DIY studios can be found in Avon where you can bring your family and tie dye just about anything.
  • Fall Foliage at McCloud Nature Park - This tends to be the best weekend to see this North Salem park at its peak color. McCloud provides arguably the best fall foliage in our county, and it has even been recognized as one of the best statewide.

October 28 - 30

Top Events

Last Chance
  • Scarecrow Display - This year's scarecrows will disappear from the square in Danville after this weekend. It's your last chance if you haven't seen them, and you can also celebrate Halloween by coming in costume to attend Scares on the Square!
  • McCloud Prairie Maze - It's the last weekend for McCloud Nature Park's most popular fall attraction.
  • Hogan Farms - This family-owned farm featuring hayrides, a pumpkin patch and corn maze will close for the season after this weekend.

Top Things to Do

Fall Friends Getaway
  • Avon Haunted Bridge - Pass under this legendary bridge in Avon to find out if the local stories are true.
  • Breweries - Celebrate the weekend before Halloween by sampling seasonal brews at our 2 local breweries - Brew Link Brewing and Nigh Brewpub, both in Plainfield.
  • Red Curb Improv Comedy Theatre - Laugh the night away at this improv club in Avon that hosts weekend shows where the hilarious performers make up their act on the spot oftentimes based on audience suggestions.

Past Weekends

Miss an event you really wanted to attend? No worries! Most events and activities happen every fall season - many times during the same weekend. Make sure to check back next year for an updated list!

9/9-9/11     9/16-9/18     9/23-9/25      9/30-10/2    


September 9 - 11

Top Events

  • Blues in the 'Burg - Just as the name would suggest, this two-day event on Friday and Saturday in Brownsburg features the sweet sounds of blues music from award-winning acts from around the country as well as food, a beer and wine garden and kids activities.
  • Indiana Guitar Show & Music Gear Expo - This two-day show remains the single largest musical event to occur in Indiana every year and features about 80 dealers from across the country.
  • Danville Tri Kappa Presents Fair On the Square - This massive two-day event in Danville includes more than 100 vendor booths selling home decor items, handmade creations and even produce.
  • Puppy Pool Party at Splash Island - This annual party at Splash Island in Plainfield is truly for the dogs that love the water.

Top Things to Do

Discover Parks
  • McCloud Prairie Maze - One of the top options for outdoor fun, McCloud Nature Park, also will debut a new attraction for the season this weekend -- a fish-inspired prairie maze.
  • Top Trails - The best way to experience the natural beauty of Hendricks County is to grab some hiking shoes and explore.
  • Parks & Gardens - This short window between summer and fall traditionally provides the best weather to experience our parks and gardens.

September 16 - 18

Top Events

  • Medieval Festival - Enjoy a free community event for the entire family as you go back in time to watch and even participate in equestrian games, archery, a ship building contest and more along with enjoying a pig roast. Dressing for the event in period costume is encouraged.
  • Quaker Day Festival - Come help the Plainfield community celebrate its heritage during this long-time event that features a parade, food and craft vendors, a car show and more.

Top Things to Do

An Apple a Day
  • Beasley's Orchard - October remains without a doubt the busiest month for Beasley's Orchard, so if you want to avoid the crowds visit this weekend before the rush begins. You can still enjoy all the wonderful aspects of this fall family attraction including u-pick apples, their Barnyard Bonanza Family Activity Area and more.

September 23 - 25

Top Events

  • Alpaca Farm Open House - Explore this family-owned farm in Brownsburg for this free event and learn more about the gentle alpaca that call it home.
  • Beasley's Hometown Heroes - Support active military, police, firefighters and paramedics during this fun weekend at Beasley's Orchard in Danville.
  • Bowwow Bash - This fun event for dogs and their owners includes temporary dog parks, splash areas, contests, food, entertainment and more.

Top Things to Do

Kickoff to Fall

September 30 - October 2

Top Events

  • Heartland Apple Festival - The biggest event of the season kicks off at Beasley's Orchard in Danville with tons of family fun including live entertainment, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, apple cannons, food and craft vendors and tons of children's activities.
  • Harvest Moon Festival - Spread out over three properties in Avon, this first-time event offers numerous activities such as pony rides, pumpkin painting, wagon rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses and numerous vendors.
  • Hendricks County International Festival - This free event for the entire family celebrates various cultures throughout the world through food, live dance and music performances, interactive booths and more.

Top Things to Do

Farm Fresh Weekend
  • Hogan Farms - Located in Brownsburg, this family-owned farm is open for the season featuring hayrides, a pumpkin patch and corn maze.
  • Beasley's Orchard - This family-owned apple orchard ramps up its fall activities featuring a corn maze, children's activities and hayrides to the pumpkin patch.