As summer winds down and school starts back up, everyone needs some entertainment on a Friday or Saturday night, something to get you through the week and excited about your weekend. And what’s better than any one of the many fall festivals that will feature in Montgomery County this fall? Not much, it seems. Here’s the list.
First up, kicking off fall festival season for a now incredible 79 years is the Ladoga Lions Club Annual Fish Fry. A staple of Montgomery County summers, the Fish Fry will run from now through Saturday at Ladoga Park. The fish fry will run from 5 – 10 p.m. each day. This year’s fish fry will see swinging gyms, bouncy houses, inflatable mazes, antique cars, and live music from Desperate Measures, The Cornerstone Band, and always popular Steve Trent & Small Town.
Ladoga isn’t the only town with a fish fry this fall, though. On the weekend of Sept. 6-7, Darlington has its annual fish fry. The event will take place at the Darlington Community Center and the festival runs each day from 7 to 10 p.m. Likewise, Waynetown’s fish fry is set for the weekend of Sept. 19-21. The festival, which is being held at Tremaine Park, will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.
Of course when it comes to food, it’s hard to beat the TASTE of Montgomery County! The annual fund-raiser for the Gen. Lew Wallace Study and Museum is set this year for Aug. 24 from noon to 10 p.m. There’s delicious food and great music. Tickets are $ for adults, $3 for students and children 6 and under are free.
For those with more musical with a more music leaning, the Music Matters Festival will be held Friday through Sunday at the Darlington Conservation Club. Gates open at 3 p.m. on Friday, with music starting at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the music begins at 2 p.m.
If you fancy yourself a sports person, then the Finish Line Festival Community Day is what you’re looking for. Held on Aug. 23, the festival will give attendees the opportunity to have a pizza party with motocross pros, tour the pits, or try things like the Indiana Zipline Tour’s indoor rock wall. The event will be held at the Ironman Raceway. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the event ends at 8 p.m.
While it may be quite a ways off, the Crawfordsville Oktoberfest is still something to look forward to. Held on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Backstreet Brewing Company, Oktoberfest will have a wide range of attractions, including a cornhole tournament, select brews, and live music.
Outside of Montgomery County, there are still more than enough festivals to go to. The Feast of the Hunter’s Moon is a festival dedicated to reenacting the annual meeting of French settlers and American Indians during the mid-1700s. Held on the weekend of Oct. 5-6, the Feast will take place at Fort Ouiatenon near West Lafayette. Likewise, the Parke County Covered Bridge festival, held on the lawn of the Parke County Courthouse, will celebrate the historic covered bridges that dot Parke County (31 to be precise). The festival lasts 10 days, from Oct. 11-20. If you find yourself in the mood for something that stirs the soul, Art on the Wabash is a juried art festival being held on the banks of the Wabash River in scenic Tapawingo Park in West Lafayette. No matter what festival you’re looking for, there’s sure to be one out there for you.