Free and Fun-Filled October Activities in Indianapolis

Posted by:
Ross Clavano
October 06, 2023
10 minutes, 5 seconds

Indianapolis, Indiana, welcomes the vibrant colors and cool breezes of October with a plethora of free events and activities for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're a food enthusiast, an art lover, a nature enthusiast, or simply looking for family-friendly fun, there's something for you in and around the city. Let's explore the exciting lineup of free events happening this October.

  1. Hancock County Fairgrounds Farmers Market
  • Dates: Every Saturday in October | 7,14,21,28
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Hancock County Fairgrounds, 620 N. Apple Street, Greenfield, IN, 46140

Nestled in the heart of charming Hancock County, the Hancock County Fairgrounds Farmers Market is a year-round haven for food enthusiasts. In October, this market comes alive with vibrant flavors of locally sourced meats, fresh produce, delectable baked goods, and a delightful variety of artisanal products. It's a food lover's paradise that you can enjoy for free. 

  1. Lafayette Farmers Market
  • Dates: Every Saturday in October
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Location: 5th Street, Columbia to Ferry Street, Downtown Lafayette

The Lafayette Farmers Market offers the best of Indiana's outdoor markets. In October, immerse yourself in the freshest produce and a delightful browsing opportunity along historic 5th Street. On October 7, enjoy Kristen Rodrey's Indie Rock and the soulful tunes of The Band Sheeza. Mark your calendars for October 21 and 28 for more musical surprises. Convenient parking is available at the 5th Street Parking Garage, and both cash and credit are accepted. This outdoor market experience is free to all.

  1. McCloud Prairie Maze
  • Dates: Open daily until October 31, 2023
  • Time: Dawn to dusk
  • Location: McCloud Nature Park, 8518 Hughes Road, North Salem, IN

Step into the enchanting world of squirrels at the 2023 McCloud Prairie Maze, nestled within McCloud Nature Park. Admission is absolutely FREE! Watch these charming creatures chew on the unexpected, learn about different squirrel types, and even catch a glimpse of their UV glow. Don't miss the squirrel-themed maze, suitable for all ages. Remember to dress comfortably, bring water, and make it a memorable family outing.

  1. Noblesville Farmers Market
  • Dates: October 7, 14
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Federal Hill Commons, 175 Logan St., Noblesville, IN, 46060

The Noblesville Farmers Market promises a delightful experience for all visitors. Whether you're in search of locally sourced honey, farm-fresh meats, vibrant flowers, or handcrafted candles, you'll find it here. Visiting in October adds an extra layer of charm as you immerse yourself in the rich autumnal atmosphere while exploring these incredible offerings. It's a perfect way to enjoy a fall day, and it's entirely free 

  1. Summer Market with Broad Ripple Farmers Market
  • Dates: October 7, 14, 21
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (October 9:00 AM - 12:00 AM)
  • Location: 2615 E. 62nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Explore the vibrant Broad Ripple Farmers Market (BRFM), your local source for fresh, seasonal delights. In October, embrace the autumnal charm as you discover crisp apples, colorful pumpkins, and more. Your visit not only satisfies your senses but also supports future Market growth, thanks to the Broad Ripple Village Association (BRVA). This experience is free for all to enjoy.

  1. CommuniTEA Yoga + Meditation at Tea's Me Community Cafe
  • Dates: October 13, 20
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Unwind and find inner peace at Tea's Me Community Cafe in Tarkington Park with CommuniTEA Yoga + Meditation, hosted by Indy Community Yoga. This free yoga and meditation session welcomes all levels of experience, and it's a great way to start your day.

  1. Drag Story Hour: Halloween Edition at Indy Reads
  • Date: October 7
  • Time: 10:30 AM
  • Location: Indy Reads, 1066 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Join the enchanting Prince Brentlee for a special Drag Story Hour, launching the spooky season with style! This family-friendly event celebrates the beautiful gender fluidity of childhood through storytelling and imagination.

Admission is free, however, generous donations to support literacy, love, and acceptance are warmly welcomed!

  1. Fall Harvest Festival at W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park
  • Date: October 7
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Location: W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park, 4541 Gibbs Rd, Danville, IN, 46122

Step into the vibrant tapestry of autumn at the 2nd Annual Fall Harvest Festival at W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park! This festive celebration of the fall harvest season includes corn-shucking, harvest-themed games, and a variety of quintessential fall activities suitable for all ages.

  1. Free, Friendly Saturday Outdoor Yoga, Meditation, and Mindful Dialogue with Indy   

      Community Yoga

  • Dates: October 7, 14, 21
  • Time: 8:30 AM
  • Location: Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park - 100 Acres, 1850 W 38th St, Indianapolis, IN, 46228

Join Tony and the community every Saturday for a refreshing outdoor yoga session, serene meditation, and mindful dialogue under the trees. All levels of experience are welcome, and it's an excellent opportunity to connect with nature and others.

  1. Harvest Moon Festival with Town of Avon Indiana
  • Date: October 7
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: Avon Town Hall Park, 6570 E US Hwy 36, Avon, IN 46123

Join the Town Festival for fall fun at the Harvest Moon Festival! Enjoy a bonfire, arts and crafts, indulge in apple delights, and don't forget to register for wagon rides and pumpkin carving. It's a fantastic family-friendly event.

  1. Mindful Nature Walks with Indy Community Yoga
  • Dates: October 21
  • Time: Varies
  • Location: Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park - 100 Acres, 1850 W 38th St, Indianapolis, IN, 46228

Experience serene mindful nature walks every month at The 100 Acres park. Suitable for all ages and abilities, these walks require no prior experience and are a wonderful way to connect with nature.

  1. Pokemon League/Club at Hometown Comics and Games
  • Dates: October 7, 14, 21
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Location: Hometown Comics and Games, 1040 N State St., Greenfield, Indiana

Online game enthusiasts can partake in virtual fun every Saturday at Hometown Comics and Games. They host a Pokémon League from 12 pm to 2 pm and a Kill Team event from 1 pm to 3 pm. It's a great way to connect with fellow gamers.

  1. Monument Circle Art Fair
  • Date: Saturday, October 7, 2023
  • Location: Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Indianapolis, IN 46220

This enjoyable public gathering celebrates the talents of local artists and offers a family-friendly environment with an array of activities. The Monument Circle Art Fair is a single-day event that brings together art exhibitions, live music, delectable food, and more, all centered around the iconic Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis.

  1. Visit RE/MAX Advanced Realty Open Houses.
  • Date: Saturdays and Sundays
  •  Location: TBA - Check out our Social Media Pages to stay updated on our Open House Schedules.

While Indianapolis offers a plethora of free events and activities during October weekends, don't miss the opportunity to explore the local real estate market. Visit RE/MAX Advanced Realty Open Houses to discover a variety of homes available in the area. Whether you're actively looking for a new home or just curious about the local real estate scene, this can be an informative and enjoyable experience.

These are just a taste of the fantastic and free activities happening in Indianapolis throughout October. Whether you're interested in savoring local flavors, connecting with nature, exploring arts and culture, or enjoying a relaxing yoga session, there's an event or experience waiting for you. Embrace the spirit of October and indulge in these cost-free delights! 

Note: While we've made every effort to provide accurate information, please keep in mind that event details may change. To stay updated, be sure to visit the official websites of the respective events for the latest updates and any specific details. We recommend verifying all information directly from the event organizers to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.


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