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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.
☑️ Wander through the Indianapolis Art Museum for free on the first Thursday.
☑️ Jam with the Fam at this Community Drum Circle.
☑️ See a free movie at the theater this weekend.
☑️ Celebrate Science at a giant festival dedicated to SCIENCE! This event is typically in person, but this year everyone is attending virtually on October 3rd.
☑️ See the stars at the observatory.
☑️ Swap your old costume for a new one!
☑️ Fall Colors Festival at McCloud Nature Park.
☑️ Science Fest day of fun at Indiana University is a free festival. Typically, this even takes place in person, but in 2020, this event is virtual on October 24th.
☑️ Irvington Halloween Festival!
☑️ Doctoberfest is a Doctor Who-Centric Fall Festival.
☑️ Boo Bash is the place to be!
☑️ Cars & Coffee is a free event for car enthusiasts.
☑️ Celebrate Fall at Boo & Brew.
Free Indoor Activities in Indy/ Free Things to do Inside
☑️ Enjoy the beauty at Hilltop Orchid Farm.
☑️ Visit a new museum — one of these free museums.
☑️ Kids have a ton of fun at the Brookville Road indoor play space.
☑️ Step inside a nature center and learn and play.
☑️ Visit Mr. Muffins Trains to see an epic train collection.
☑️ Rock and Roll at a Bongo Boy Drum Circle.
☑️ Check out an indoor trunk or treat event (coming soon).
☑️ Sell all of that Halloween Candy back (coming soon).
☑️ The Well Community Indoor Playground is a fun place for many ages.
☑️ 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.
☑️ See all of the Dr. Who paraphernalia at the only Dr. Who Museum in the world!
☑️ The Treehouse Indoor Play Place in Plainfield is so much fun!
☑️ 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.
☑️ Grab your baby or toddler and hit up one of these lapsit story times.
☑️ Check out a short story time at Pottery Barn kids while you run errands at the mall.
☑️ Sing and dance at Kids Day at Indy CD & Vinyl.
☑️ Play and make music with Mr. Daniel at some of these places.
☑️ Barnes & Noble has fun themed events and story times.
☑️ Attend Free Craft Friday at ToodleyDoo Toys.
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.
☑️ Climb something at one of these fun places.
☑️ Explore the Sky Farm rooftop garden at Eskenazi Health.
☑️ 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.
☑️ Rootbeer Float Saturday the 3rd Saturday of every month.
☑️ Feed and visit the animals at Natural Valley Ranch.
☑️ Visit McClure’s Orchard for free.
☑️ Grab a water bottle fill at Flowing Well Park.
☑️ Stroll through the 100 Acres at Newfields.
☑️ Find a new favorite park to play at