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Family-friendly Fall Break Activities Downtown

Stroll the leaf-covered sidewalks. Drink a hot cocoa from The South Bend Chocolate Company. Yep, it’s time again to throw on an extra layer and soak in the flavors of fall Downtown. I look forward to checking a few of these puppies off my fall to-do list!

Where the sidewalk ends…

Don’t let the cooler fall temperatures keep you from enjoying Downtown’s trails and scenic outdoor views. Pack some hot cocoa and set out to see the 46 for XLVI mural project in-the-works at several Downtown sites. Visit the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ website to map out your walk:

Live in the Past

“Such a dear little street it is, nestled away
From the noise of the city and heat of the day”   –James Whitcomb Riley,
Lockerbie Street”

Experience the oldest surviving neighborhood in Indianapolis, Lockerbie Square, and the life of Hoosier poet, James Whitcomb Riley, at the James Whitcomb Riley Home Downtown. My first visit to the museum was wayyy overdue – it was great to feel like a tourist and learn several new facts about your nearby surroundings while being a walkable distance from home. What better way to delight in the fall foliage than a stroll on the cobblestone streets of Lockerbie Square?

Day of the Dead

Honor the lives of the deceased and celebrate the continuation of life during the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event Oct. 29 at The Eiteljorg Museum. Add personal mementos and messages to the public altar (ofrenda), and make a small altar to take home:

Walk a few extra feet from The Eiteljorg to attend Indiana State Museum’s Día de los Muertos Festival: A Celebration of Remembrance Oct. 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors can join hands-on activities, make paper marigolds, drop in on demonstrations, discover the significance of the Monarch butterflies’ migration to this celebration, and more:

Harvest up a good time

What screams “fall” more than harvest!? Savor apple cider, pick out your favorite pumpkin to carve or browse the freshest fall produce and artisan foods at the final Original Farmers’ Market at Indianapolis City Market Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m:

For a complete list of family-friendly fall break and Halloween activities Downtown, visit

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Written by : As the Yelp Community Manager for Indy, Brittany uncovers fun and unique ways for locals to connect with the Circle City's cream of the crop businesses and events. The best part of her job? Working with Hoosiers who are bubbling over with pride for their community and passionate about discovering what makes their community unique.