October Events in Indianapolis

October Events in Indianapolis

Hairbanger’s Ball
When: October 10, 2020
Where: HI-FI Annex, Murphy Building

HI-FI Annex is a temporary open-air venue located in the back parking lot of the Murphy Arts Center. The main entrance to the venue is located on St. Patrick Street closest to the church. HI-FI Annex is an all-ages venue for most events. Limited picnic table seating is available. Lawn chairs permitted in designated areas. Advance tickets can be purchased online or at HI-FI Box office. On the day of the show, tickets will be available at the HI-FI Annex Box Office on St. Patrick Street.

Harvest at Newfields - Beer Fest
When: October 10-11
Where: Newfields at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Harvest at Newfields is back with a month-long celebration and a brand-new spooky experience, Harvest Nights. This new nightly ticketed event features thousands of endless glowing pumpkins along a never-before-seen path at Newfields. The spooky (not scary) outdoor walking experience guides guests around twists and turns of the enchanted forest, an eerie ghost train and a grand finale at Mischief Manor on the Lilly Allee. Ghosts and friends alike can enjoy festive fall beverages and light snacks as they wander amongst glowing jack-o-lanterns.

During the day, guests are invited to explore the magnificently decked out garden with thousands of Indiana-grown pumpkins blanketing the campus at Harvest Days. Enjoy a cornucopia of dynamic horticulture displays in the crisp fall air. Weekends will bring special activations from many of Newfields’ most beloved partners. October at Newfields will be filled with Instagram-worthy moments, art making activities for our littlest guests, world travels via a beer passport, visits from local vendors and much more!

October Make-It Take-Its
When: October 2-30, 2020
Where: Indianapolis Art Center

Join the Indianapolis Art Center for a casual evening of guided two-hour classes taught by talented Art Center instructors. Come together wit ha community of makers and enjoy creating without pressure to master a medium or commit to an entire semester of classes. October Make-It Take-It classes will include a Dichroic Glass Pendant, Encaustic Painting, Glass Pumpkins, Sparks Fly! Welding, Acrylic Pour Painting, Intro to Glassblowing, Painting on iPads, Photograph Your Dog, Clay Creatures, and so much more! A great way to spend quality time with your family or with 

Historic Irvington Halloween Festival
When: October 2-31, 2020
Where: Historic Irvington Neighborhood

For more than 70 years, the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival has brought together thousands of residents, dozens of neighborhood organizations, and countless Eastside businesses in a fun-filled celebration of our heritage and community. The festival and its associated events are designed to bring awareness to the community, to bring commerce to local business and sponsors, and to provide fun for the children of Irvington and Indianapolis. Events throughout the month will include Ghost Tours, a Spooky Organ Concert, Art & Silent Auction, a Slightly Haunted Puppet Studio, a Night of Spirits, a Zombie Bike Ride, a Halloween Street Fair, Beer Garden, and more!

Savor the International Marketplace
When: October 11-25

Savor the International Marketplace (Sunday, Oct. 11 - Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020) allows you to enjoy special meal deals from 25 participating restaurants. During this two-week foodie extravaganza, you can savor authentic fare from countries such as China, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Yemen and more without having to leave Indianapolis.

To take advantage of these special deals, feast your eyes on the list of participating restaurants below, all offering 10% off regular-priced food purchases and simply mention Savor the International Marketplace when ordering. Make plans with family and friends and Savor the International Marketplace! No coupons or handouts are necessary.

Conner Prairie Pop-Up Drive-In
When: October 12-14
Where: Conner Prairie, 12400 Allisonville Rd

Take in a movie in the safety and comfort of your own car at either the Tibbs Drive-In Theatre or the Conner Prairie Pop-Up Drive-In.

DIY Cocktails & Candle Pouring with Penn & Beech
When: October 14, 5:30-7:30
Where: Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery

Your ticket includes: 

  • One Hotel Tango cocktail
  • Two slices of Hotel Tango Pizza
  • Full scent-blending and candle-making instruction by local candle makers Penn & Beech Candle Co.
  • Your own 11oz candle to take home (PLEASE NOTE: Candles will take a total of 90min to cure)

Three sessions with 16 seats per session are available, so reserve your ticket soon!

Session 1: 5:30pm-6:00pm Session 2: 6:10pm-6:40pm Session 3: 6:50pm-7:20pm

Arts Market on the Circle
When: October 15 @ 4:00pm
Where: Soldier’s & Sailors Monument/Monument Circle

Downtown Indy, Inc. and the Arts Council of Indianapolis will present the Downtown Arts Market on the Circle. Twenty+ artists and crafters will offer unique creations including handmade masks, jewelry, home decor, paintings, ceramics, artisan soaps and body-care products, clothing, pumpkins and more.

Indy Cultural Trail Fall Clean Up

When: October 17 @ 9:00am
Where: Indianapolis Cultural Trail, (Virginia Ave corridor, Mass Ave corridor, Indiana Ave corridor, Market East corridor)

How does Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. maintain all 8 miles of the Trail, 25,000 square feet of stormwater planters, 5 acres of urban gardens, 50 Pacers Bikeshare Stations, 500 bikes, and 12 pieces of our Public Art Collection? We rely on the 3,000+ volunteers we host annually.  Their time spent with us ensures the Cultural Trail is a beautifully maintained and vibrant community asset connecting people and places in downtown Indianapolis. Our volunteers are a vital part of the work that we do.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts
When: October 18 @ 1:00pm
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium

Día de Muertos Celebration
When: October 28-November 2
Where: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art

Indianapolis Original Farmers’ Market
When: October 7-28 @ 9:30am
Where: Southeast Quadrant of Monument Circle

Perfectly situated in the heart of the Midwest, Indianapolis is ripe with farmers offering outstanding produce, dairy products, meats, and more! Through the Original Farmers' Market, we bring them straight to you at the Indianapolis City Market. From fruits and vegetables and meats and cheeses, to baked goods and unique spices and herbs, you can find in-season, fresh foods that have been selected at their peak. As you fill your basket with good-tasting, healthy foods, you'll support the local growers dedicated to providing you with the freshest foods available.