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Hamilton County Happenings - Oct. 26

Oct 26, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, celebrate Halloween in Hamilton County with events the whole family will enjoy. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

Spooky Family FunSpooky Family Fun
Oct. 26 - Oct. 29
Around Hamilton County, Indiana

Halloween is here! To celebrate, check out Westfield Fireside Tales, Little Haunt on the Prairie, Family Halloween Party, Pumpkin Fest, Fall Festival/Wicked Walk and so much more.

Nickel Plate Arts
Nickel Plate Arts Exhibits
Oct. 26 - Nov. 1
Nickel Plate Arts | Noblesville, Indiana

Wrap up Halloween by checking out Heroes and Horrors, then return to experience the Day of the Dead celebrations on Nov. 1.

Carmel Theatre
Carmel Theatre Productions
Oct. 26 - Nov. 5
Carmel, Indiana

Celebrate Shakespeare’s greatest works at the Bard Fest in Studio 15 Theatre. Get in the spooky spirit at Young Frankenstein at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre.

Headless HorsemanHeadless Horseman Final Weekend
Oct. 27 - Oct. 30
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Take a trip to Conner Scairie before the Headless Horseman runs off. Enjoy one final caramel apple of the season at the Apple Store while you’re there.

Brew Festivals Brew Festivals
Oct. 28 - Oct. 30
Around Hamilton County, Indiana

Cheers to beers! Raise a glass to All Saints’ Day at Danny Boy Beer Works, Beards and Brews and Boo ’N Brew.

Ghost WalksGhost Walks
Oct. 28 - Oct. 31
Around Hamilton County, Indiana

Learn the ghost folklore and speak with spirits at the Nefarious Noblesville Ghost Walk Oct. 28 and the Westfield Ghost Walks Oct. 28 and Oct. 31.

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Know before you go: Headless Horseman

Oct 25, 2016 by Lindsay Parker Williams

An annual tradition for many families, Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie is full of spook-tacular fun. If this is your first time attending, we’ve got tips and tricks to help make sure that the only surprises you have are the kind that go “boo”!

Headless Horseman

Who should come:
This is a fall event that the whole family will enjoy, from young children to teenagers. There’s something for everyone, from those who love fall treats like caramel apples or apple cider slushies to those who want to be spooked on the scarecrow trail or hayride. Scare-free hayrides are perfect for young families, ages 3 and up. Those with a braver heart can attend the spookier version of the hayride later in the evening. Teens especially will love the Scary-o-kee tent as they sing along to haunted favorites or visit the mystic to have their fortune told.

What to bring:
Plan to dress for the weather. The event takes place outside so you’ll need layers to help keep warm as the sun goes down. If you buy your tickets ahead of time, make sure you have those and a little extra spending money in case you want to grab a yummy caramel apple from the Apple Store. Families are welcome to dress in costume as well.

When to arrive:
You can begin lining up at 5 p.m. and staff will direct to you to the first come, first serve free parking. Gates are open from 6-9 p.m. and scare-free hayrides begin at 6:15 p.m. and run until 7:30 p.m. After dark, a more thrilling version is available for those looking for a bigger scare. Some activities may last until 10 p.m. It is highly recommended that you arrive early to get in line. Feel free to bring snacks or purchase treats from the Apple Store to munch on while you wait. Note that you can select your hayride time upon entrance, but you must still line up in your time queue inside. Want to skip the lines? Upgrade your membership for Express Passes to avoid the lines!

What you’ll see:
Take a stroll down the spooky scarecrow trail, meet some friendly ghouls who are running for mayor of Conner Scairie, or check out the games, marionette show and feast on fall treats at the Apple Store. Of course, you can’t miss the hayride and a visit from the Headless Horseman himself.

Accessibility info:
A lot of the event areas are dimly lit, on uneven terrain and involve walking but many things should be accessible for wheelchairs. For those with sensory sensitivity, there also may be some flashing light, glow sticks, etc. as well.

Did you know...
•    This is the 33rd year for Headless Horseman?
•    Many of the props are made in-house at Conner Prairie and preparation begins in July?
•    There are 15 Headless Horseman riders and 11 are female?
•    They use close to 200 hay bales for the event?

For more information about tickets and available dates, visit Conner Prairie’s website. Hurry, with just a few dates left, there’s not much time left to experience this unique event, right here in Hamilton County! Tag us on social media using @VisitHamiltonCo and #VisitHC.

Tales from the trail: A guide to the Monon

Oct 20, 2016 by Katie Utken

If the fall weather has you itching to go outside and enjoy the cool air and admire the fall foliage, take your outdoor adventure to the Monon Trail. This paved path is a favorite of walkers, joggers, bikers, roller bladers and furry friends alike. Lace up your shoes, because we’re taking you for a virtual spin of hotspots to hit when you’re exploring.

Monon Trail

There are plenty of access points where you can park and get on the Monon Trail. Bring your bike, roller blades or walking shoes – whichever mode of transportation you prefer! Need to borrow a bike? Use the Zagster bike share, with stations located at Main Street, Clay Terrace and more. Simply download the app, sign out your bike and away you go!

If you’re traveling north from 96th Street, you’ll loop by the Monon Community Center. Children will enjoy exploring the brand-new West Commons Playground and Splash Pad. For a photo op, head down the sidewalk to the lagoon and boardwalk to connect with nature.

Monon Trail

Near Carmel City Hall, you’ll find one of Carmel’s hidden gems – the Kawachinagano Japanese Gardens. This tranquil spot is tucked away from the hustle and bustle with lily pads, Japanese architecture and more. Benches and a shelter make for a great picnic pit stop.

Getting hungry? There are plenty of dining options in Carmel City Center, like Matt the Miller’s, divvy and Eggshell Bistro. Take your taste palette to the Caribbean at Jamaican Reggae Grill, just north of the Palladium. Grab some jerk chicken and a brew from Union Brewing Company next door and sip and savor on the shared patio.

Monon Trail

Carmel is a premier shopping destination with galleries and local shops in the Carmel Arts and Design District and retailers in Clay Terrace. Both are easily accessible from the Monon Trail – just make sure you can fit your purchases in your bike basket!

Finish off your excursion at the gorgeous tree canopy found in Westfield between 151st and 156th Street. Stop and enjoy the photo op of the ravine leading to wetlands. From there, you can take your journey north to Westfield to finish off the day!

Where will your trail traversing take you? Tag us on social using #VisitHC and @VisitHamiltonCo.

Hamilton County Happenings - Oct. 19

Oct 19, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, the Halloween spirit is in full swing with spooky fun for all ages. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

Fall Farm Markets Fall Farm Markets
Oct. 19 - Oct. 31
Around Hamilton County, Indiana

’Tis the season for pumpkin patches and apple orchards. Get your fall fix at Spencer Farm, Stuckey Farm Market, Russell Farms or Stonycreek Farm.

Bard Fest Bard Fest
Oct. 19 - Oct. 30
Studio 15 Theatre | Carmel, Indiana

Celebrate great theatre at this Shakespeare festival, presenting three of the Bard’s productions in rotation.

Headless Horseman Headless Horseman
Oct. 20-23
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Bring the family to Conner Scairie, a haunted land inhabited by fun-loving ghouls. Stop by the Apple Store and grab a caramel apple or cider slushie to enjoy on your hayride.

Spooky Fun Spooky Fun
Oct. 21-22
Around Hamilton County

Get in the Halloween spirit with this ghoulish fun in Hamilton County! Events include Westfield Historic Underground Railroad Ghost Walk, Heroes and Horrors at Nickel Plate Arts, Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Evening and
Murder at the Deadwood Saloon.

Fishers Halloween Fishers Halloween Festivities
Oct. 21-25
Fishers, Indiana

Celebrate the month of “Octoboo” with Boo Bash, Halloween Stories and Mystery at the Park, all in the city of Fishers.

Young Frankenstein Young Frankenstein
Oct. 21 - Nov. 5
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre | Carmel, Indiana

Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s Transylvania estate and finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors.

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Fall 'Treetop Adventures

It's crunch time: book your fall getaway now

Oct 18, 2016 by Katie Utken


A fun fall family getaway is closer than you think in Hamilton County, Indiana. Did you know that 50 percent of the United States population can reach us within a day’s drive? It’s true!

Three all-new treetop adventures make Hamilton County a “tree”mendous destination for autumn. Here, you can explore the four-story Treetop Outpost at Conner Prairie (which has been spookified for the annual Headless Horseman festival), zip line through the trees at Koteewi Aerial Adventure Treetop Trails at Strawtown Koteewi Park and explore treehouses hidden in the woods at Flat Fork Creek Park. Climb to new heights and see fall foliage like you’ve never seen it before!

Adventure is waiting, so what are you waiting for? To sweeten the deal, many area hotels are offering special fall rates just for you and your family. Book now to save and create lasting memories!

Hamilton County Happenings - Oct. 12

Oct 12, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, join us as we welcome the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay to Hamilton County and more. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!


Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay
Oct. 13
Throughout Hamilton County, Indiana

Don’t miss this historic day as the torch passes through Hamilton County! Cheer on our torchbearers along the route and join us at five celebration stations to celebrate the bicentennial.

 Museum of Miniatures

Hidden Treasure of the Museum
Oct. 12 - Dec. 31
Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections | Carmel, Indiana

Enjoy dollhouses and settings from the museum's permanent collections that have rarely or never before been on display in the museum's 23-year history.

Westfield Fireside Tales

Westfield Fireside Tales
Oct. 12
Simon Moon Park | Westfield, Indiana

Join us around the campfire for a theme, story and craft. This week’s theme: “Who are Owls?”

 Headless Horseman

Headless Horseman
Oct. 13-16
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Bring the entire family to Conner Scairie, a haunted land inhabited by fun-loving ghouls during the annual Headless Horseman fall festival at Conner Prairie.


Noblesville Festivities
Oct. 15
Noblesville, Indiana

Join Noblesville Main Street for a chili cook-off at the final farmers market of the season. Stop by Nickel Plate Arts’ spooky Heroes and Horrors exhibit just a few blocks away.


2016 Songbook Celebration Gala
Oct. 15
The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts | Carmel, Indiana

Join us for a glamorous evening of celebration as we induct Hoagy Carmichael into the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame, with cocktails, dinner and live auction.

 Stuckey Farm Market

Cider Fest and Flash Light Night in the Corn Maze
Oct. 15-16
Stuckey Farm Market | Sheridan, Indiana

Celebrate the seasonal drink and test your corn maze navigations skills in the dark.


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Don’t “leaf” your camera at home this fall

Oct 11, 2016 by Luis Ruvalcaba

According to the all-knowing internet, the weekend of Oct. 14-16 will be the peak time for leaf peeping in Hamilton County. Since it’s upon us, I thought I’d give you a quick list of the most photogenic and beautiful spots to see in the area while you still have time to get out and see the gorgeous fall colors!

Flowing Well Park

In Carmel, head out to Flowing Well Park where you can see not only fall foliage but follow a nice trail to the creek to skip rocks with the children, since I'm sure you taught them how this summer, right? Take advantage of the clear water’s reflection to capture a truly gorgeous shot of the falling foliage! 

Conner Prairie Balloon Voyage

If you call Fishers home, you can pay a visit to Conner Prairie to grab a photo from the top of the 1859 Balloon Voyage. You’re not likely to get a photo with more color and more square footage anywhere else in the county! Take the children along the nature trails and the Treetop Outpost to get even more great shots. As a bonus, Conner Prairie has a covered bridge on-site so you can snap a great family photo.  

Potter's Bridge

For my Noblesville neighbors, we get the benefit of another great landmark. Potter’s Bridge Park boasts not only a nice reflection in the water below, but a bigger and even more picturesque covered bridge! This is a great scenic location for family holiday card pictures.

 While you're in my hometown, head over to Strawtown Koteewi Park to see some beautiful fall colors and nice nature walks. Not content with craning your neck up for the perfect shot? Climb to new heights at the Koteewi Aerial Adventure Treetop Trails – just know that you take your phone up at your own risk!

Cool Creek Park

Last, but certainly not least, check out Cool Creek Park in Westfield that has 4 miles of trails to wander while taking in the autumn season. Bring a lunch and a playground ball for the children and take advantage of the picnic structures and the softball fields for midfall game of kickball. Invite me. I love kickball.

With this handy guide, you’re all set to take the best fall photos of all your Instagram friends! Be sure to share with us @VisitHamiltonCo and #VisitHC.

Pumpkin Flavors Abound in Hamilton County

Oct 06, 2016 by Lindsay Parker Williams

If the crisp air and colorful leaves are making you crave all things pumpkin, check out some of the best of fall’s favorite flavor in Hamilton County. With something for everyone, you can rest assured that these places have your autumn spice cravings covered!

 Stuckey Farm Market

If you’re searching for pumpkin in its purest form, you can’t go wrong with a stop at Stuckey Farm Market in Sheridan. The Harvest Festival is ongoing each weekend in October, but a special Pumpkin Fest Oct. 23 and 24 is just the place to celebrate your love of everything pumpkin as you pick up one or two fresh from the patch. 

Apple Butter

Next, stop by Conner Prairie’s Apple Store for some rich and creamy pumpkin butter. A jar of this will ensure you have fall on your table all season long. Of course, no trip to the Apple Store would be complete without one of their fresh dipped caramel apples. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed! 

Lisa's Pie Shop

If you’re a traditionalist and only like your pumpkin in the form of a fresh round pie, make sure to check out Wilson’s Farm Market in Arcadia and Lisa’s Pie Shop in Atlanta for fresh homemade pumpkin pies. Both also carry a wide variety of other delicious flavors, but make sure to call ahead if your heart is set on an orange pie plate of perfection. 

Rosie's Place

For a sweet treat, you can’t beat Rosie’s Place on the  Noblesville Square.  The endless selection of pumpkin treats at the bakery counter includes your choice of pumpkin scones, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bars and the oh-so-delicious pumpkin gooey butter cookies. Don’t skip the weekend-only pumpkin doughnuts, either. They put all the flavors of fall into one perfectly round treat! 

Grand Junction Brewing Co.

And finally, if you’re in the mood for something a little more grown up, how about a glass of Pumpkin Ale? Grand Junction Brewing Co. in Westfield just released this year’s Straight Outta Da Patch – Pumpkin Ale.  Available by the pint or growler, this is the perfect fall brew. 

Did we miss your favorite pumpkin treat? Let us know how you like to eat your pumpkin by tagging us on social media using @VisitHamiltonCo and #VisitHC.

Hamilton County Happenings - Oct. 5

Oct 05, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, celebrate First Friday in Noblesville, commemorate the bicentennial with a special performance at the Palladium and more. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

First Friday

First Friday Festivities
Oct. 7
Downtown Noblesville | Noblesville, Indiana

Join Noblesville Main Street from 5-8 p.m. for Fall Fest and the annual Soup Cook-Off competition, then head over to Nickel Plate Arts for the ALL-IN block party


 Ghost Walk

Ghost Walks
Oct. 7 - 8
Various locations | Hamilton County, Indiana

Learn about Hamilton County’s haunted past at the Westfield Historic Underground Railroad Ghost Walk at Asa Bales Park on Oct. 7 and the Nefarious Noblesville Ghost Walk in Historic Noblesville Square on Oct. 8.

 Night Climb

Night Climb at Koteewi Aerial Adventure Treetop Trails
Oct. 7 - 8
Strawtown Koteewi Park | Noblesville, Indiana

Experience the Treetop Trails in the dark. Edge Adventure Parks provide all the needed equipment, including headlamps.


 Gallery Walk

IU Health North Hospital Gallery Walk
Oct. 8
Carmel Arts & Design District | Carmel, Indiana

Wine and dine at one of the District restaurants, browse new and exciting exhibits and explore the unique things the District has to offer.

 Murder Mystery

Murder of a Millionaire: Murder Dinner Mystery
Oct. 8
Blackhawk Winery and Vineyard | Sheridan, Indiana

Explore the mystery of who murdered Rick Rochester. Costumes circa 1920 are encouraged! Ticket includes five-course Italian dinner.


 Bicentennial of Statehood

Bicentennial of Statehood
Oct. 9
The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts | Carmel, Indiana

The Indiana Wind Symphony celebrates the bicentennial of Indiana statehood by performing music with Indiana connections, including Indiana composer James Beckel’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated “The Glass Bead Game.”



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Halloween Haunts and Frightening Fun

Oct 04, 2016 by Katie Utken

First, you notice candy corn makes its annual appearance at the grocery store. Then, you purchase your favorite candies – but in fun size. And finally, Hocus Pocus is on television every night. These clues can only mean one thing: Halloween is right around the corner! Whether you live for the frights or you’re a bit of a scaredy cat, there is spooky (and not so spooky) fun for everyone in Hamilton County!

Spooky spirits
Did you know Hamilton County has a haunted past? It’s true! Unseenpress tours tell these tales on the popular ghost walks. Choose from the Westfield Historic Underground Railroad Ghost Walk or the Nefarious Noblesville Ghost Walk. Want to check it out for yourself? Enter to win tickets below! 

Trick or treat
What’s Halloween without wearing a costume and collecting candy in your plastic pumpkin bucket? Luckily, you don’t have to wait until Oct. 31 to start stockpiling on sweets. Boo ‘N Brew at Clay Terrace, Boo Bash and Little Haunt on the Prairie all offer families a safe place to trick or treat and enjoy ghoulish fall fun. 

Festival fun
Pumpkins, hayrides and scarecrows, oh my! If you’d rather just celebrate the fall season and go pumpkin picking, there’s a patch for you. Check out Stonycreek Farm’s 44th Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival, Pumpkin Harvest at Spencer Farm and Stuckey Farm Harvest Festival: 2016 Cider Fest and Flash Light Nights in the Corn Maze. Crazy for corn mazes? Don’t miss Marilyn’s Crazy Corn Maze in Noblesville. In the northern communities, get your exercise at the Wicked Walk and Fall Festival in Cicero. 

Not so spooky
For the littlest ones who can’t say “boo” quite yet, there are still celebrations to get them in the spirit! Toddlers will love arts and crafts time at Trick or Sweet Fishers, Prairie Tykes Halloween Party, Two Times the Fun – Lil’ Punkins, Halloween Stories and more. 

The spookiest of them all
The Headless Horseman makes his annual appearance at Conner Prairie. Who is this headless haunt? What does he want? Hop aboard the hayride for a classic fall spook. Stop by the Apple Store before your hayride time to take a caramel apple on the journey! 

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For even more spooky fun, check out our events calendar. Tag us in your Halloween adventures on social media with @VisitHamiltonCo and #VisitHC. Have a spook-tacular October!

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