17 Things to do in Indianapolis this October

Heyyyoooo! In an effort to help us all get to know our community here Indianapolis a little better, I'm sharing a calendar guide with 17 fun (and some unexpected) things to do here in our city this month. This list includes both family friendly, adult-only events and even a little something for the puppers!

17 Things to do in Indianapolis this October from Kelli Sells Indy
17 Things to do in Indianapolis this October from Kelli Sells Indy

1.Harvest at Newfields

October 3-6, Fri/Sat11 am-9 pm, Sun 11 am- 5 pm

Join Newfields for the inaugural Harvest this October. Celebrate fifty acres of fall featuring endless pumpkins, an engaging hay maze, and vibrant fall foliage set within The Garden. Newfields is the perfect backdrop to celebrate timeless autumn traditions, just as the Lilly family did decades ago. The celebration will feature tastings from local and regional chefs and vendors, hands-on demonstrations and workshops, and a chance to interact with farmers, brewers, and distillers. Families can enjoy spectacular seasonal horticulture displays, pumpkin painting, art making activities, a designated play area. Tickets are $5/members or $20/public if you purchase your tickets online, on-site they are

$10/members $25/public. and Address: 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis

2.Infinitely Kusama, Pumpkin Exhibit at Newfields


The first mirror pumpkin room created since 1991 is coming to Newfields in Indianapolis. This exhibit is filled with acrylic yellow pumpkins covered in black polka dots: filling an entire gallery. Mirrors that line the room make it a unique experience for each visitor- and also a GREAT space for that perfect Instagram snap!


13.Urban Fêtes presents: SILENT PARTY INDY "Battle of the Sexes"

Friday October 4th, 10:00 pm

Silent Rave- you know, the parties you’ve been seeing all over social media where everyone is dancing, wearing headphones listening to music at a club- but the room is actually silent? (i.e. no music from the speakers- everyone dances to their own beat!) Coming to Indianapolis Friday October 4th at Epic Ultra Lounge. Tickets can be purchased on Event brite or at the door (limited).

Epic Ultra Lounge

3.Pup Parade and fall festival at Metazoa

Saturday October 5th, 11am-11pm

Live Music, Food Trucks, all the dogs and tasty brews!

Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indy-pet-parade-fall-festival-tickets-70065173821

4.The Original and Fabulous GermanFest

October 12 from 12-7pm

Discover your inner German and party at the Athenaeum. Enjoy Urban Flea with 100 vendors, Durstig Games, live Wiener Dog Races, OktoberFAST 5K run/walk, Strong Man Competition, ZwergenLand For Kids, German beer, German food by the Indianapolis Sangerchor. All proceeds from GermanFest benefit the maintenance and care of the Historic Athenaeum. Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 at the door, and $3 for kids. Address: The Athenaeum. 401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis

5. ArtsPark Fall Festival at the Indianapolis Art Center

Sat, Oct 19, 11 AM – 4 PM

It’s the ArtsPark Fall Festival at the Indianapolis Art Center, celebrate with crisp ciders, pumpkin decorating, their Annual Faculty Show Exhibition Series, and more! Experience all your favorite Fall activities with the entire family! If you want to kick up your art-making up a notch, enroll in one of the Make It Take Its to get a more in-depth 2-hour art adventure! Food and drink will be available for purchase. Admission is FREE, but there are a few activities that cost $1-5 throughout the festival. Address: 820 E 67th St, Indianapolis

6.Halloween Moonlight Egg Hunt at Broad Ripple Park

October 25 from 7-8:30 pm

Venture into the moonlight for a monster egg hunt at Broad Ripple Park for a howling good time! Costumed kids receive a special prize and registration is required. $10/child.

7.Zombie Bike Ride- YESSSS!

Friday October 25th

Join the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival and Indy Cycle Specialists as we promote health, wellness, and activity, and Halloween in a Zombie-themed community bike ride!

Put on your best zombie regalia, gather your family and friends, get on your bikes and ride to the Irvington Branch Indianapolis Public Library, 5625 E Washington St, on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. where you will be joined by other corpses whose purpose is to cycle into the dusk of a cool, October evening. ZOMBIESSSSS!

7.Boo Bash with Fishers Parks and Recreation

October 26 from 10 am-1 pm

One of our favorite events – the Fishers Parks and Recreation Boo Bash is a fun Halloween Village filled with local businesses, games, music, costume contests and candy, located right in the Nickel Plate Arts District in downtown Fishers. Best of all – it’s FREE.

8. Historic Irvington Halloween Festival

October 26-29

This annual festival and its associated events are designed to bring commerce to local business and sponsors and provide fun for the children of Irvington and Indianapolis. The celebration now includes a week of events including a 5-mile run, music, Halloween-themed movies, storytelling, ghost tours, live theater, masquerade ball, a haunted puppet show and dozens of other events.

For more info, visit: https://www.irvingtonhalloween.com/ Tip: Tons of individual events are listed at this link so be sure to check it out!

10.Dia de los Muertos at the Eiteljorg

October 26, 10 am- 8 pm

The Eiteljorg will offer FREE admission to experience Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with partner, Nopal Cultural Center, a multicultural arts organization that seeks to enhance Latino-American arts in Indianapolis and surrounding cities. See traditional papel picado, the cut paper decorations hung for Hispanic celebrations and get ideas for your own memorial by seeing the elements on the community ofrenda (offering place). Watch performances, meet artists in residence, explore artwork and a variety of altars, browse the marketplace and create art. FREE. Address: 500 W Washington St, Indianapolis

11. ZooBoo at the Indianapolis Zoo

October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27 from 2:00- 7:00 pm *open until 9 pm on Friday and Saturdays

Fall is the best time to visit the zoo! Enjoy animal chats throughout the celebration with even the elephant herd will getting into the Halloween spirit with the pumpkin-gut splattering fun of the Elephant Pumpkin Smash! Stroll through Spooktacular Square for Pumpkin Bowling and goulish, goofy dancing to our DJ Monster Music! The Spider Fun area can be found in Flights of Fancy, for wild activities! And, be sure to wander through Plains to different treat stations along the ZooBoo Trail presented by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. Make sure to dress up and bring a bag to store some goodies. Address: 1200 West Washington St. Indianapolis.

12.Here Come The Mummies at The Vogue Theatre – Indianapolis

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 9:00 PM -

Friday, October 25, 2019, 1:00 AM

No one knows who the mummies are, but they’ve been delivering their brand of terrifying Funk from beyond the grave since the year 2000AD. A GHOULISH good time! (These guys perform in full mommy costumes. . .or are they costumes? MUAH HA HA!)

Doors at 8:00 PM (tickets available on Eventbrite)

14. BRICS on the Monon, Fall Flavors

(All month)

Come in and enjoy something sweet by our fireplace this fall! From hot drinks to apple cider floats to pumpkin pie ice cream – BRICS has all of your favorite autumn flavors. And don’t forget to stop by our annual Cider Press Event in October! Here, you can enjoy a day full of fun games, pumpkin carving, tasty treats and interactive activities perfect for the whole family. Stay updated on this event by following us on social media! Address: 901 E. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220

15. Carmel Market District’s Carnifall – a Fall Funfest

Saturday, October 26th from noon – 4 p.m., central Indiana families are invited to Carmel Market District to take part in an afternoon of fall fun. Children dressed in costumes are invited to parade through the store to “trick or treat” and receive a bag stuffed full of Halloween treats. Guests will enjoy a DJ, face painters, family games, seasonal food samplings, cupcake walk, cookie decorating, and more. No registration is needed to attend. The event is open to all area residents!

Address: 11505 N. Illinois St., Carmel, IN 46032

16.Party at the Indianapolis Halloween Bar Crawl

October 26 and 27th

At this 21 and older event, dozens of Indianapolis bars in various locations in the city will host a two-night pub crawl on October 26 and 27, 2019, that includes live bands, DJs, dance parties, and costume contests. There are various ticket options which include food or beverage gift cards, cheap drink specials, and no cover charge at the venues. Those dressed for Halloween can participate in a costume contest with a $1,000 grand prize. A portion of the proceeds goes to local charities. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/v1-2019-indianapolis-halloween-bar-crawl-saturday-tickets-52170630761

17. Spooky Cookie Decorating class

Sunday 27th, 2-4pm

Local baker extraordinaire Hailie Reeves of @bopbakingco is teaming up with @mrs.coffeescakes to bring you all a special Halloween themed cookie class on 10/27! Spots will fill up quickly- sign up at the l ink below!


Cheers to October boys and ghouls! As always, please keep me in mind if you hear of anyone looking to sell or buy a home here in Indianapolis!

Kelli Bastin,REALTOR, Kelli Sells Indy

kellibastin@kw.com @kellisellsindy

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