Southern Indiana is a wonderful place to visit or live in year round, but fall is one of the most magical times of the year. The leaves have turned, the cider is poured, and it’s time to spend the day out in the wonderful hills of Indiana. Southern Indiana fall festivals and other fun activities are happening nearly every weekend and we’ve gathered some of the best.
2017 Southern Indiana Fall Festivals to Experience This Weekend and Throughout the Fall
Below you’ll find an updated list of Fall Festivals that are happening in and around Southern Indiana in 2017. If you notice any omissions, please contact us and let us know. Also, be sure to check out the full Southern Indiana events calendar.
Lanesville Heritage Weekend
Sept 7-10, 2017
Lanesville Heritage Weekend celebrates over 40 years of heritage for the city of Lanesville with 3 days of family fun. The Lanesville Heritage Weekend festival includes tractor pulls, rides, a fiddler’s contest, a Princess and Queen pageant, live entertainment and more. Visit for a look at the “old days,” with demonstrations in log sawing, honey harvesting, apple butter making, and more. Free entertainment with multiple musical acts and over 200 vendors will pack the heritage festival this year. Parking is free and shuttles are offered at multiple lots.
Dale Fall Festival
Sept 7-10, 2017
Dale City Park
Dale City, Indiana
Dale welcomes fall with their annual southern Indiana fall festival with a parade, food, fun, rides, attractions and more. The event is the county’s largest street festival and is a family-friendly event for all.
Paoli Fall Festival
September 8-10, 2017
The historic town of Paoli hosts its annual fall festival, centering around a classic car show. The festival includes contests, food, and shopping in the town’s beautiful downtown area.
Riverbreeze Wine Tasting Festival
September (date unconfirmed)
30 W Riverside Dr.
The annual Riverbreeze Wine Tasting Festival showcases the wines from Southern Indiana, with more than 30 local wines for attendees to sample. The event takes place at Jeffersonville RiverBreeze stage, an outdoor performance venue on the Ohio River with breathtaking views of Louisville’s skyline and the River itself. Unlimited hors d’oeuvres and live music make this a must-attend.
Batesville Apple Festival
September 23-24, 2017
716 S Park Ave
Batesville, IN 47006
Batesville Indiana Kiwanis Club is back for its 28th consecutive apple festival, which includes arts, crafts, entertainment, vendors, games, and lots of apple desserts. The entertainment will be provided by the folk band Highland Reign.
September 23-30, 2017
The city of Mitchell hosts the Persimmon Festival, seven days and nights which pay tribute to the locally-grown persimmon fruit. This festival has been a major event of fall for Lawrence County for more than 70 years. Fun events include the persimmon pudding contest, a parade carnival rides, special fundraising dinners, and contests.
50th Annual Orange County Pumpkin Festival
September 27-October 1, 2017
French Lick Karting
8331 IN-56 #5
French Lick, IN 47432
French Lick plays host to the annual festival devoted to that fall favorite, the pumpkin. Enjoy a carnival, parade, food booths, shopping, a flea market, games, entertainment and more.
Nut Club Fall Festival
Oct 2-7, 2017
The Nut Club of Evansville, Indiana has been presenting an annual fall festival for over 90 years with a week’s worth of entertainment, rides, food vendors, talent competitions and more. Held on the West Side of Evansville, the street festival is a celebration of heritage and history for residents and visitors to the area.
Apples, Engines, and Hay
Oct 7, 2017
O’Bannon Woods State Park
7234 Old Forest Road
Corydon, IN 47112
Live like a pioneer for a day at Apples, Engines, and Hay at O’Bannon Woods State Park. The all-day festival features an 1850’s hay press demonstration, old-time apple butter cooking and other activities of pioneer life. Admission is the event is free, but the park gate entrance fee is $7 for Indiana residents and $9 for out-of-state attendees.
Odon Pumpkin Festival
Oct 14, 2017
Odon Business Association in Odon, Indiana Odon Pumpkin Festival features all things pumpkin, including pumpkin dishes, seed spitting contest, pie eating contest and more. A costume contest for adults and children, golf cart contest, vendor booths, and crafts will also be part of the event.
Oct 20-21, 2017
Zimmerman Art Glass Factory
300 E. Chestnut Street
Corydon, IN 47112
A little more unique than other southern Indiana fall festivals, Zimmerman Art Glass is renowned for their handmade glassware with 5 generations of glassblowers in Corydon, Indiana. The tradition is celebrated in the fall with an Oktoberfest-themed festival, Glasstoberfest. Attendees can enjoy German food, hear live music, and watch a demonstration of glass making up close. A beer garden, artists booths, and local wines add to the enjoyment of this Corydon family festival.
Hills of Harrison County Backroads Studio Tour
October 1-31, 2017
Harrison County, Indiana
Multiple locations – see map
Harrison County, Indiana is home to one-of-a-kind artwork and vendors that make up the wonderful charm of the area. Hills of Harrison County Backroads Studio Tour is a group dedicated to promoting the arts and artisans of the area by partnering with local studios. Throughout October, all of the participants’ studios will be open all day, and visitors are invited to stop in to see the treasures of Harrison County. A printable map and artist list are available online so you don’t miss a stop. Even if you’ve lived in Indiana for a while, you likely haven’t seen all Harrison County has to offer, so stop in this October among the fall-colored hills of the area.
Aurora Farmers Fair
Oct 4-7, 2017
Downtown Aurora, Indiana
One of the oldest fall festivals in Southern Indiana, the Aurora Farmers Fair is a multi-day affair with food, craft booths, rides, pie eating contests, parades, and more.