In INFUSED, a weekly column, Elizabeth J. Musgrave connects spirits, wine, and beer with culinary and creative arts.
Easing from the blistering summer into a colorful autumn creates a longing for festivals in the Midwest. And Indiana fall festivals are plentiful in quantity and diversity. In the Indianapolis area there are many to help keep festival needs satisfied with pumpkins, music and cultural celebrations. Here are my 10 Indianapolis Festivals You Don't Want to Miss: Autumn 2012.
1) Indianapolis Greek Fest
What: 39th annual event celebrating Greek heritage and culture with authentic food, wine, beer and entertainment, including dance and music.
When: Sept. 7-8, 2012<
Where: Carmel, IN
2) Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games & Festival
What: 3rd annual celebration of Scottish heritage with clans ceremonial presentation to Mary, Queen of Scots, 50 world-class amateur-athletes participating in Celtic games including haggis toss, sheath and hammer throw, Scotch tasting, authentic food, beer, scotch, historic re-enactors, pipe bands, bagpipers, roving entertainers and children's activities.
2012 Theme: The return of Mary, Queen of Scots, to her beloved Scotland. Time period: 1560s
When: Oct. 13, 2012
Where: German Park, Indianapolis
3) Irvington Halloween Festival
What: Historic neighborhood festival celebrating the charming community with more than 120 vendors, entertainment, fun, children's activities and a costume parade
When: Oct. 27, 2012
Where: Historic Irvington neighborhood, Indianapolis
4) Fishers Renaissance Faire
What: 8th annual event showcasing the era of Queen Elizabeth I with more than 250 costumed characters, armed combat, jousting, period music and dancing, Shakespeare vignettes, knighting ceremonies, more than 70 artisans and merchants, food vendors, beer and mead.
2012 Theme: 20th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth I's coronation Time period: 1579
When: Oct. 6-7, 2012
Where: Fishers, IN
5) Penrod Arts Fair
What: 46th annual holding of more than 300 artists, 6 entertainment stages, 50 arts-related, non profit groups, extensive children's area, Indiana Craft Beer Garden
When: Sept. 8, 2012
Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art grounds
6) Heartland Film Festival
What: 21st annual event honoring uplifting independent, international films and film-related activities bringing together film professionals and enthusiasts for viewing of films, workshops and award ceremony.
When: Oct. 18-27, 2012
Where: Various locations throughout Indianapolis
7) Indy Jazz Fest
What: 14th annual event highlighting top quality international, regional and local jazz musicians and singers covers week-long schedule of events including various locations throughout Indianapolis and a diversity of jazz styles.
When: Sept. 10-16, 2012
Where: Various locations, including Indiana Landmarks Center, The Cabaret at The Columbia Club, The Jazz Club, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis, with the two-day outdoor grand finale at Opti Park at the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple.
8) Feast of the Hunter's Moon
What: 45th annual recreation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans at a fur trading outpost in the mid 1700s.
When: Sept. 22-23, 2012
Where: Historic Fort Ouiatenon Park, West Lafayette, IN
9) Covered Bridge Festival
What: 55th annual largest state festival showcases covered bridges, entertainment, and locally crafted items and food.
When: Oct. 12-21, 2012
Where: Various locations throughout Parke County; headquartered in Rockville, IN
10) Indy Irish Fest
What: 17th annual celebration of Irish heritage and culture, including kilted mile run, hurling, Celtic music, entertainment, food, beer, Celtic dogs activities, children's activities and sheep herding.
When: Sept. 13-16, 2012
Where: Military Park, Indianapolis
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Read Infused, at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, in M and Retired Living magazines and several Indianapolis area newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.