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2013 Fall Festival Guide: Best Bet Festivals across Indiana

08/20/2013
Photos courtesy our Festive Festivals board on Pinterest
Fall offers those in the Hoosier state a wide assortment of football, colored leaves, cool breezes and great festivals! Finding and remembering which festival is where and when may be confusing. We’ve made it easier and compiled a list of great fall festivals in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Greater Lafayette! Spend some time traveling across the state this season and soaking up the splendor of our great state.

IndyFringe Theatre Festival
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Date: August 15-25
Price: $10 for Adults, $8 for Students and $5 for children under 12
Mark your calendars for the 9th annual Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival, a big, bold and bodacious celebration of alternative theatre and performance arts! Stop by for 68 shows over 10 days featuring comedy, cabaret, dance, drama, improv, magic, opera, puppets, storytelling, vaudeville and every other form of provocative pageantry. We do have a venue listing for the Fringe building if you can weave that in somehow.

WARMfest
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Date: August 31-September 2
Price: $90 3-day general admission, $40 single day general admission
A major new festival known as The White River Arts & Music Festival (WARMfest) will have its inaugural three-day event on Labor Day weekend at Broad Ripple Park. Live music will be featured throughout the entire run of the event on five stages and will include a mix of national, regional, and local talent. The initial lineup booked by MOKB Presents includes Big Head Todd and The Monsters, Michael Franti & Spearhead, JJ Grey & Mofro, G. Love & Special Sauce, Mayer Hawthorne, Delta Spirit, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Red Wanting Blue, Kopecky Family Band and many more.
 
4th Street Festival of the Arts
Location: Bloomington, IN
Date: August 31 - September 1
Price: Free
The 4th Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts is held this Labor Day weekend in Bloomington. This annual event began in 1976 and has been a Bloomington tradition ever since. It started as a way for area artists and crafts people to showcase their talents. The festival takes place between Fourth Street and Grant Street in downtown Bloomington and features a wide variety of fine arts and crafts, performance art, live musical entertainment and loads of booths to browse.

Indy Jazz Fest
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Date: September 12- September 21
Price: Varies by concert and location, $7-$150
Indy's annual celebration, representing the best of international, local and student jazz entertainment for seven days of fun! Now in its fourteenth season, Indy Jazz Fest is a great celebration of jazz, food and fun for the whole family. Tickets are sold for each event plus there are a couple special packages. This year’s Festival will feature headliners Allen Toussaint, Ramsey Lewis, Eddie Palmieri, Diane Schuur, Ravi Coltrane, Jeff Coffin, Aaron Diehl and Four80East.
 
Starry Night Festival
Location: West Lafayette, IN
Date: September 21
Price: Free
Starry Night is an annual street festival that features live music, artists, and hands on creative projects. The event also seeks to expose the public to the cause of literacy through information and involvement with a local initiative called Read To Succeed. We would love to see you (and a hundred of your friends) there!
 
20th Annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival
Location: Bloomington, IN
Date: September 25-29
Price: Varies by day, $10-$39
Established in 1994, The Lotus Education and Arts Foundation (LEAF) is a not-for-profit organization based in Bloomington, Indiana. LEAF presents the annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in the fall. The Lotus festival features music from around the world, live performances and event workshops with festival artists. There’s even a Saturday Night Lotus Parade with the Jefferson St. Parade Band, Mr. Taylor & His Dirty Dixie Band, the Hudsucker Posse, Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls and more.

Heartland Film Festival
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Date: October 17-26
Price: $9 single tickets online or phone, $11 single tickets at theater, $90 10-Packs
Featuring independent, international short and feature length films. Indianapolis will once again play host to filmmakers from around the world during the 21st annual Heartland Film Festival. The renowned Festival offers moviegoers a rare glimpse at independent, international short and feature length films--plus a host of special events for film enthusiasts of all ages. It's your chance to see inspired films you can't see anywhere else and to meet the filmmakers that made them. You'll see films that do more than entertain--they bring out the best in the human spirit.

Whichever festival you choose, remember that as long as you’re surrounded by friends, you can’t go wrong! Share your fall festival stories and photos with us on Facebook or Twitter!
 
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