Fall in Indianapolis is like any other season in this area — busy. There are exciting things to do and with the changing seasons, there’s no lack of fun! Here are 100 things you can do with your family, free things to do this fall in the Indianapolis area.
Activities in Indy
☑️ Celebrate Fall with the JCC at their free festival. 10/4
☑️ Wander through the Indianapolis Art Museum for free on this special evening. 10/5
☑️ Tour the Riley house during Riley Days festival. 10/5 – 10/8
☑️ Free admission to the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. 10/5
☑️ Gallop over to the My Little Pony Party in Franklin. 10/5
☑️ Indianapolis Public Library 100th Birthday Celebration. 10/7
☑️ Learn something new at Celebrate Science Indiana. 10/7
☑️ Register your little Yogi for a free Yoga class in Carmel. 10/7
☑️ Make a fireman bank at your local Home Depot Kids Workshop. 10/7
☑️ Woofstock: Music & dogs in Fishers. 10/7
☑️ Watch soapbox derby cars and more race down Main Street in Westfield. 10/7
☑️ Family Game Night anyone? 10/11
☑️ This Spooky Science Night is going to be amazing! 10/13
☑️ The Morgan County Fall Foliage Festival is fun! 10/12-10/15
☑️ Don’t miss the Hendricks County Kids Fair. 10/14
☑️ Learn hidden secrets and about famous hoosiers on the Gravestone Secrets: A Cemetery Hunt for Kids. 10/14
☑️ Welcome fall at a free festival at Pride Park. 10/14
☑️ Get some treats and take a photo with the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck. 10/14
☑️ Free Story time with Elsa! 10/15
☑️ Compete in the Cupcake Wars! Supplies provided. 10/18
☑️ Create Perler Bead Masterpieces. 10/18
☑️ The annual morning show pumpkin drop is a blast! 10/19
☑️ Flashlight Tag and Halloween Egg Hunt anyone? 10/21
☑️ Family Friendly Zombie Walk in Broad Ripple. 10/21
☑️ Fall Colors Festival at McCloud Nature Park. 10/21
☑️ Science Fest day of fun at Indiana University. 10/21
☑️ Irvington Halloween Festival! 10/21-10/25
☑️See an Indiana Jim Reptile Show in Avon. 10/27
☑️Boo Bash is the place to be! 10/27
☑️ Dr. Who Fans will love this Doctober Festival. 10/28
☑️ Free Hallowellness Event in Danville. 10/28
☑️ Halloween Hike for age 10 and under. 10/31
☑️ Pack a picnic and enjoy a day of fall fun at the Holliday Park Fall Festival. 11/5
Free Indoor Activities in Indy
☑️ Enjoy the beauty at Hilltop Orchid Farm.
☑️ Visit a new museum — one of these free museums.
☑️ Step inside a nature center and learn and play.
☑️ Visit Mr. Muffins Trains to see an epic train collection.
☑️ Make something crafty at this weekly workshop.
☑️ Rock and Roll at a Bongo Boy Drum Circle.
☑️ Trade your old Halloween Costumes in for new ones at a swap.
☑️ Check out an indoor trunk or treat event.
☑️ Sell all of that Halloween Candy back (coming soon).
☑️ Climb 331 steps to the observation level of the Soldier and Sailors Monument (See schedule).
☑️ See the sights from the top of the City County Building.
☑️ Sundays, watch the feeding of the animals at the Earth Discovery Center.
☑️ Check out the monthly Minecraft Club at Hancock County Library.
☑️ See all of the Dr. Who paraphernalia at the only Dr. Who Museum in the world!
☑️ Create works of art at the library Encaustic art classes.
☑️ Monthly Robot Club is a great place to learn, build and program.
☑️ This monthly space program is out of this world for 6-12 year olds.
☑️ Teens are invited to this Young Actors Workshop.
☑️ Explore the new IKEA. Kids play free in the childcare area.
☑️ Free dinner and a movie every month in Beech Grove!
☑️ Every month, see the stars at Link Observatory Public Hours.
☑️ Ride the people mover tram at Riley Hospital.
Indy Area Story & Craft Times
☑️ Lakeshore Learning offers a free weekly craft.
☑️ Get crafty at Garfield Park Arts Center on Saturdays.
☑️ Build something fun at Home Depot on ___.
☑️ Enjoy a bonfire, story, craft and s’mores in Westfield. (10/11, 10/18 & 10/25)
☑️ Story time on the reservoir. (Fridays in October, Tuesdays in November)
☑️ Grab your baby or toddler and hit up one of these lapsit story times.
☑️ Build a catapult at a library near you during these special times.
☑️ Check out a short story time at Pottery Barn kids while you run errands at the mall.
☑️ Grades 1-6 will love Monday Madness story time and activities at the Carmel Library.
☑️ Sing and dance at Kids Day at Indy CD & Vinyl.
☑️ Play and make music with Mr. Daniel at Whole Foods every Tuesday morning.
☑️ Sing along at Wasson’s with lots of other kids. (10/25)
☑️ Get moving with free Weekly Zumba Kids Jr. Classes.
☑️ Kid’s Day last Sunday of the month at Indy CD and Vinyl.
☑️ Listen to a weekly story at Barnes & Noble.
☑️ Be amazed at this free magic show at a library near you.
☑️ On Wednesday morning, this Chick-fil-a offers a free craft time.
A fun weekly art time for grades 1 and up.
Free Outdoor Activities in Indy
☑️ Check out a free Second Nature, outdoor exploration backpack and go on an adventure.
☑️ Take a hike on one of these Indianapolis area trails.
☑️ Go fly a kite in Indy at one of these spots that are perfect for kite flying.
☑️ Set off on a bike ride on one of these bike routes.
☑️ Visit the Lavender Farm through October if the season is right.
☑️ Take a walk, explore and enjoy the view at Crown Hill Cemetery.
☑️ Explore an Art Park or Sculpture Garden in Indy.
☑️ Find your way through the McCloud Prairie Grass Maze.
☑️ Visit an Indiana State Park for free through the pass check out program at the library.
☑️ Go fishing.
☑️ Play in the tree-houses at Flat Fork Creek Park.
☑️ Go climb something at one of these fun places.
☑️ Explore the Sky Farm rooftop garden at Eskenazi Health.
☑️ Sunday morning Tailgate Parties on Georgia Street.
☑️ Take drive on one of our favorite routes to see the changing leaves.
☑️ Go on a nature scavenger hunt at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve.
☑️ Stroll along with these stroller friendly hikes.
☑️ Go Creek stomping during these final warm days.
☑️ Watch a local BMX bike race.
☑️ Find the best view of Indianapolis, or check out our favorite views.
☑️ Go on a scavenger hunt at the Canal.
☑️ Explore the Marion University Eco-Lab.
☑️ Picnic at your favorite park, or one of ours!
☑️ Tour an apple orchard.
☑️ See some pretty nice cars at Cars & Coffee.
☑️ Go Trunk or Treating at one of these events.
☑️ Kids are free for this weekly Eagle Creek guided hike.
☑️ Every Wednesday, jam at a free lunchtime concert in Fishers.
☑️ Rootbeer Float Saturday the 3rd Saturday of every month.
☑️ Explore Crown Hill Cemetery.
☑️ Feed and visit the animals at Natural Valley Ranch.