Family-Friendly Fall Events

If you’re looking for family-friendly fall events, this list can help you plan your itinerary!

Fall Events Calendar

From local festivals to live entertainment to spook-tacular Halloween activities… here are the events to add to your fall itinerary.


Performances at Lincoln Amphitheatre – The stage lights up with live music from Rumours: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac on September 3, American Roots on September 11, and Who’s Who: A Tribute to The Who on September 24.

Live Music at Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery – Saturdays in September (and October!) are for live music and local sips!

Kids World at Holiday World – Saturdays and Sundays through September 18 at Holiday World are even more fun. Check out magic shows, jugglers, stilt walkers, interactive fun zones, and so much more!

Dale Fall Festival – The county’s largest street festival offers carnival rides, live entertainment, and more family fun, September 8 – 10!

Grandview Open Disc Golf Scramble – Play at your own pace for fun prizes at Grandview Park, September 8 – 11.

Third Thursday at Matilda’s Event Barn – Head to Matilda’s Event Barn for the final Third Thursday event of the year for food trucks, music, vendors, and fun.

Chrisney Fall Fest – The annual fall festival is fun for the whole family, with rides, kids’ games, food, parade, and more, September 15 – 17.

Halloween Weekends at Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph – Have a spooktacular stay on weekends, September 16 through October 30. Lots of Halloween fun, including costume and decorating contests, movie nights, and more.

On the Hill 5K – Runners and walkers will line up for the popular race at Saint Meinrad Archabbey on September 17.

National Public Lands Day – Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial invites guests to the park for planned volunteer activities on September 17.

Honest Abe Trail Run – Sign up for a scenic race through the woods at Lincoln State Park on September 17.

St. Meinrad Rocks Fest – St. Meinrad Park comes to life on September 23 and 24 for two days of music, vendors, food, and fun.

Grandview Fall Festival – The popular local festival will mark its 76th year on September 24 with games, entertainment, vendors, and food.

Pups & Pints 5K Run/Walk – Calling all runners and walkers—two- and four-legged—for a 5K sponsored by River City Brew Works and benefiting Stir-N-Up Hope on September 24.

Happy Halloween Weekends at Holiday World – Fall-themed extras throughout the park—including Halloween shows, corn mazes, and more—kick off on Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 24.

Spencer County Fair – Carnival rides, pageants, a demolition derby, food… enjoy it all September 28 through October 1!


Pioneer Day at Colonel Jones Home – Learn how the pioneers lived with hands-on activities and family fun, including tomahawk throwing, spinning demonstrations, pioneer toys, and more on October 1.

St. Francis of Assisi Octoberfest – On October 1, head to the St. Nicholas Church Pavilion for a day of food, fun, and fellowship!

Family + Wine Festival at Beloved Farms – Spend a day at the farm with the family enjoying wine tastings, kids’ activities, and more on October 1.

Performances at Lincoln Amphitheatre – The season comes to a close with Midnight Rider: A Tribute to the Allman Brothers on October 1 and Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio on October 9.

Happy Halloween Weekends at Holiday World – Fall fun weekends continue at Holiday World through October 30.

Fall in Love with the Farm at Beloved Farms – Head to the farm for fun, family-friendly fall activities, Saturdays and Sundays throughout October.

Fall Family Fun Festivities at Lakeview Orchards – Take a hay ride, find your way through straw and corn mazes, paint pumpkins, and more, Saturdays and Sundays in October.

Pumpkin Patch Express Train Ride – All aboard for a fun fall train ride to a pumpkin patch Saturdays and Sundays in October.

Kids Days at Pumpkins and More Farm Market – Paint pumpkins, go on hayrides, and try the “Pumpkin Smasher,” Sundays all month long!

Monte Cassino Pilgrimages at Saint Meinrad Archabbey – Every Sunday in October, gather for a pilgrimage to the shrine, including opening and closing hymns, short sermon, rosary procession, and Litany of the Blessed Virgin.

Mt. Zion AppleFest – October 8 and 9 celebrate the 41st annual Applefest with arts and crafts vendors, food, and Indiana’s largest apple pie!

Fall Fun Fest and Friends Fall Frolic – Lincoln State Park is the place to be for fall-themed kids’ activities—Saturdays beginning October 8.

Harvest Party at Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery – Bring the family for complimentary wine samples, free food, tours, and live music on October 22.

All Hallows’ Eve at Santa Claus Museum & Village – Gather in the historic Santa Claus Church on October 22 to hear a not-too-scary rendition of Washington Irving’s classic ghost story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Haunted Barn at Pumpkins and More Farm Market – Scare up a good time with a visit to the Haunted Barn on October 22 and 23.

Fall Heritage Day at Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum – Step back in time on October 29 to experience costumed interpreters, demonstrators, kids’ activities, music, food, and more.

Craft Show at Pumpkins and More Farm Market – Find gifts, crafts, and more when a wide variety of vendors set up shop on October 29.

Halloween Bash at Beloved Farms – Enjoy some not-so-scary fun for the whole family on October 29.

Yellig Park Trick-or-Treat Trail – Load up your pumpkins with candy while you enjoy kids’ activities, costume contests, and more on October 30..

More Fun Coming Up on the Calendar

Keep an eye on the Events Page to see what’s happening right now and what’s coming up for Christmas!

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