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Fall Festivals in Columbus, IN


Welcome to Columbus, Indiana, a surprising community that is known around the world for its collection of work by renowned architects and landscape architects. Columbus is a great destination for a getaway. Below is a list of five can’t-miss fall festivals happening in Columbus this year. Have you ever been to any of these Columbus-area Fall Festivals?


Men in skirts. See some very manly men compete in the Midwest Highland Games Championship, a sanctioned competition. Take in all things Scottish, including highland dancers, clan tents, sheep dogs, European cars, bagpipers, reenactors, children’s activities, Scottish country dancing, merchandise and food. Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds. For more information, visit


How the chrome sparkles! Check out the classic cars, trucks, hot rods and motorcycles on display beginning at 3 p.m.  Downtown starts to rock at 7 p.m. with the classic croonings of Rick and the Allnighters. Don’t miss the Sock Hop in the Green River Banquet Hall above Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum, also starting at 7 p.m. Downtown Columbus, along Washington Street. Sponsored by 104.9 The River and Zaharakos. Learn more.

Columbus-0909IronPourColumbus gets glowing! Watch as artists create masterpieces before your very eyes. As it gets darker, excitement builds as the team of artists pour the liquid metal into prepared molds. The artwork, the live music and the party atmosphere are all red hot! Get the details.

Columbus-0909HopeHeritage A place called Hope.  Hope Heritage Days is an authentic, small-town festival, with crafts, live music, delicious foods, demonstrations, fireworks and a hometown parade. Located in the heart of downtown Hope, just 12 miles east of Columbus. Download details on PDF here.

Columbus-0909EthnicExpoWithDrummerTravel the world without spending a dime. Free admission to a lively festival, rich with sites, sounds and smells from all over the world. Enjoy ethnic food from diverse cultures, discover goods from around the world, and view free, live performances on multiple stages both days, featuring Celtic, African, Caribbean, Scottish, Chinese, and other styles of music and dance. Downtown Columbus at 2nd and Washington Streets. View a printable schedule (PDF).

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