It’s that time of year in Indianapolis when the leaves start falling, the sun goes down earlier and pumpkin spices, lattee and recipes are everywhere. I really love the Spring and Summer months, but Fall has something about it that reminds me of being outside as a kid and enjoying the last few months of the year before the cold front enters.

There are a lot of activities that you can engage in as a family or as an adult in the Indianapolis area. This year marks a special historical event in Indiana, our bicentennial. On December 11, 2016 we will celebrate 200 years as a state. There are many events around the city celebrating this and many other events for the season change.

Here are a list of a few for you to enjoy:

This weekend there are two events going on that are fun for everyone.

St. George Festival

September 16 – 18
St. George Orthodox Church
10748 E. 116th St.
Fishers, IN

Great food, music and crafts are all a part of the festival full of faith and good times for the family. There is also a children’s carnival and silent auction as well.

21st Annual Indy Irish Fest

September 16 – 18
Military Park in Downtown Indianapolis
601 W New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

There will be 4 stages of music, dance and demonstrations. Celtic rock bands, Irish step dancers and many others will perform to ensure some great live entertainment. There will be a children’s area that has games and contests to keep them busy, while the adults can enjoy beer and vendors.

Hispanic Heritage Fiesta

September 18

Indianapolis Zoo
1200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222

This event takes place at the zoo and is free to zoo members. There will be Latin-inspired food, a piñata every hour and an animal scavenger hunt that the children will enjoy. Learn more about the cultures of Latin American, while walking around the zoo and visiting with the animals.

Here are a list of future events around the Indianapolis area to enjoy this fall.

Hendricks County Bicentennial Torch Relay

September 23
Various locations Hendricks County

The torch will be passed through a variety of locations including Avon, Danville and Plainfield. Starting at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, there will be a variety of festivities to celebrate our bicentennial. There will be a ceremony held at the Hendricks County Courthouse Square.

Rocky Ripple Festival 

September 24
Hohlt Park
840 W 53rd St

Come see talented musicians and artists at this free event in Broad Ripple. There will be a variety of groups performing and art for sale. Enjoy the food vendors, along with some beer and wine.

Carmel International Arts Festival

September 24 – September 25
Carmel Arts and Design District

Check out a two-day event with 135 juried artists who focus on watercolor, 2D, 3D, photography, jewelry, pottery, wood, sculpture and much more. Celebrate their 7th year with food vendors and live entertainment for all and the event is free.

Conner Prairie

September – October
13400 Allisonville Rd
Fishers, IN 46038

Come out to Conner Prairie to pick apples or pumpkins starting in October. There are always beautiful nature walks and events for the kids to enjoy such as the headless horseman and pumpkin parade.

Stonycreek Farm Pumpkin Harvest Festival

October 1 – 31
11366 State Rd 38 East
Noblesville, IN

This family-friendly festivity runs through October. There are plenty of activities for the children, with pedal cars and farm animals. Each day there are different options for the children to take part in. This is an event everyone can enjoy and pick up a pumpkin along the way.

While there are so many other events going on in the Indianapolis area, these are just a few that hit a few different areas and ages. I hope you and your family enjoy.