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Carmel Symphony Orchestra

Carmel Symphony Orchestra

If you are already planning a weekend getaway to Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns or want to take a last minute Indiana vacation, here are 8 Great Things to do in Hamilton County, Indiana this weekend:

1.  Discover your inner rock star during the Kings of Leon concert at Verizon Wireless in Noblesville  – Friday, September 25.

2.  Listen to beautiful music as Micheal Feinstein joins the Carmel Symphony Orchestra for a one-night only performance – Friday, September 25.

3. Play putt putt at Ben & Ari’s or ride the 1859 Balloon Voyage at Conner Prairie (both in Fishers) and see the 8 Great Towns staffers there! – Friday, September 25.

4.  Visit the Museum Of Miniature Houses in Carmel to celebrate the 5th Annual Smithsonian Museum Day. Before you go, be sure to download a Museum Day Pass at smithsonian.com – if you do, you will be given free admission – Saturday, September 26.

5. Unwind while watching a Movie in the Park at West Park in Carmel – Saturday, September 26.

6. Experience “National Take a Child Outside Weekend” at Conner Prairie – Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, September 27. UPDATE: Conner Prairie is also honoring the Smithsonian Pass mentioned above – Take advantage of this great deal!

7.  Visit the small town of Atlanta for the 36th Annual Atlanta Earth Festival (and ride the EarthFest Train there!) – Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, September 27.

8.  The Carmel International Arts Festival is back! Attend this free event that showcases talented artists of all kinds – Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, September 27.

*Visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above and other weekend fun ideas!


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Enter to Win a Fall Getaway Giveaway to Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns!

To celebrate fall, we are having an online contest giving away fall getaways so that you can experience the fun that Hamilton County, Indiana has to offer.  The packages listed below will be given away September 16 – October 9. Packages vary but include 1-night accommodations, a dining gift card and tickets to attractions and/or upcoming festivals.  To win, visit the following link: 8GreatTowns.com and fill out the form, winners are drawn at random (drawing dates are also listed below)!  Good luck and enjoy your Indiana getaway!

Getaway Packages

Arts & Entertainment

Giveaway drawn on September 16


•  Old Town Carmel Bed & Breakfast

•  Carmel International Arts Festival

•  Delicious dining gift cards and other Hamilton County treats

Package based on two adults.

History Comes Alive

Giveaway drawn on September 18, 23, 25


•  Overnight at a Hamilton County hotel

•  Tickets to Fishers Renaissance Faire and Conner Prairie

•  Delicious dining gift cards

Package based on family of four.

Hamilton County Family Fun

Giveaway drawn on October 2


•  Overnight at SpringHill Suites Fishers

•  Tickets to Conner Prairie, an interactive history park

•  Delicious dining gift cards

Package based on family of four.

Hoosier Park Package

Giveaway drawn on October 9


•  VIP experience at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino

•  Plus an overnight at Hotel Indigo

Package based on two adults.

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Saturday, September 12th officially kicked off “Carmel Arts Month” in the Carmel Arts & Design District.  The first event of this month long celebration was “Artomobilia,” which showcased the deep roots that Indiana has with the artful evolution of the automobile.

I had the pleasure of going to this unique event with a close friend.  The weather was just beautiful with lots of sun and light breeze.  As we wandered around, we discovered over 140 cars on display.  We were fascinated with the oldest car – a 1905 Brush Roundabout in mint condition! Some of the other cool cars were a 2008 Lotus Exige S240, an old Cadillac covered in pennies, sleek Lamborghinis and, of course, iconic race cars!  The Penny Car was quite the sight to see- with the sun shining off the pennies it almost looked like a car covered in small mosaic tiles.

My favorite cars were the ones from the late 50’s to late 60’s.  My friend and I were taken back in time as we remembered cruising around in our parents cars and only putting $1.00 worth of gas for a Friday or Saturday night on the town. I certainly enjoyed taking that walk down memory lane!

It was a beautiful afternoon to take in the sights and enjoy some fine food and drinks.  Take a Saturday afternoon this month to appreciate one of the upcoming arts events in the District; a Gallery Walk on the 19th or the Carmel International Arts Festival on the 26th-27th.

Photo from carmelartomobilia.com

Photo from carmelartomobilia.com

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Pumpkins from the Stonycreek Farm Pumpkin Festival

Fall in Hamilton County, Indiana is ushered in with the leaves changing to bright colors, crisp air and weekends filled with train rides, haunted hayrides, tasty treats and of course festivals and fairs.  Below is a guide to some of the festivals this season, pick just one or come to them all – you surely won’t be disappointed!

Enjoy your 8 Great Towns weekend escape…

The Apple Store at Conner Prairie September 1- November 1 – Conner Prairie’s 18th annual Apple Store is filled with fresh, hand-dipped caramel covered apples, cider slushies, apple butter, candy and seasonal home decorations.  Take the treat with you or if you can’t wait relax outside on one of the picnic tables – I can’t think of a better way to enjoy a fall afternoon…

23rd Annual Tour of Historic Homes September 12 Enjoy a September stroll through the storied structures & residences of Noblesville.

Art in the Park September 19 – Visit the Municipal Center of Fishers where musicians, dancers and other performers will entertain you while you browse and shop through the one of a kind jewelry, pottery, paintings and more on display.

Art in the Park - Photo from FishersArtCouncil.org

Art in the Park - Photo from FishersArtCouncil.org

Country Fair September 19-20 – Country Fair is all about celebrating Indiana’s Farm Heritage!  The 1886 Agricultural Fair has been re-created so that visitors can see a bearded lady, have their fortune read and play a historic game of base ball.

Stonycreek Farm Pumpkin Harvest Festival September 26-October 31 It is a local tradition to kick off fall at Stonycreek Farm!  Hayrides, a pumpkin patch, farm animals and beautiful fall colors will greet you when you arrive at the Pumpkin Harvest.

Carmel International Arts Festival September 26-27This free event offers artists exhibiting in watercolor, oil, 2D, 3D, jewelry, photography, wood, sculpture, pottery and more.  The art is then coupled with tempting food vendors, outstanding restaurants and local shops within the Arts and Design District.

Carmel International Arts Festival

Carmel International Arts Festival

Atlanta New Earth Festival (take the Earthfest train!) September 26-27 Visit the small town of Atlanta for the 36th Annual New Earth Festival.  Over 80,000 people come for the fine arts, food and crafts.  Start the day at Forest Park in Noblesville, where you can hop aboard the Earthfest train to make the journey to Atlanta.

10th Annual Potter’s Bridge Festival October 3 More than 40 arts & crafts booths plus a climbing wall, food, live music and kid’s activities will be featured at this free, fun annual event!

Fishers Renaissance Faire October 3-4 Held on the grounds of historic Conner Prairie, the 5th Annual Fishers Renfaire offers visitors the opportunity to experience: jousting, archery, sword fighting, period music, Shakespeare vignettes, pirates, Queen Elizabeth’s court, demonstrations of period craftsman, falconry, parades, AND provides for a unique food and shopping experience. There is also a dedicated children’s game area and much, much more!

Princess - Rich

Fishers Renaissance Faire

Sheridan Harvest Moon Festival October 3-4 This weekend long event kicks off with a classic car show and is non stop entertainment of food, music, arts and a “Pumpkin Chuck” contest.

Autumnfest October 10 This free fall celebration is held in the quaint downtown of Arcadia.  Join in for a festival of arts, crafts, food, pumpkin decorating, antiques, collectibles and more!

Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie October 16-18, 21-25, 28-30 Hop on a haunted hayride tour of Conner Prairie, but be on the lookout for ghosts as they warn you about the Headless Horseman….  Stick around for ghost stories, campfires and music.


Headless Horseman

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Apple Store

When I say Apple Store, I am not talking about computers, I am talking about delicious, hand-dipped caramel covered apples from the annual Conner Prairie Apple Store.  See, the reason why I am so excited about this store is that when I think of fall in Indiana, a few things come to mind.  I think of leaves changing from deep green to bright orange, yellow and red.  I think of cozy sweaters and coffee on Saturday mornings.  I think of sitting around a fire, chatting with friends.  AND I always think of visiting the Conner Prairie Apple Store, I remember leaving with a cider slushie, a bag of popcorn, a few caramel apples (some sprinkled with nuts, some without) and various other fall delights (like those flavored stick candies, what is the technical name of those treats?).

This fall tradition opened on September 1 and, lucky for me, I was excited to take my son for his 1st visit.  I arrived at Conner Prairie around 4 p.m. and met up with a friend and her son.  We loaded the boys into a wagon I brought from home and pulled them along right along with us.  It was the end of opening day, but the store was still filled with shoppers eager for their first caramel apple of the season.  By the time we sat down at the picnic table the boys were going crazy, so we gave them little nibbles of apple and BIG sips of the slushies.  They loved it!

The Apple Store is open September 1 – November 1, Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  This is a must do for visitors, residents and people simply driving through town!

Contact info: 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers. 800-966-1836. ConnerPrairie.org





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If your family is in need of an Indiana weekend getaway, look no further than Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns.

Day 1 begins at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, where your family will be transported back in time.  You will be guided through history with the aide of Interpreters as your family visits a pioneer village, a working farm and a Lenape Indian camp.  See a Headless Horseman, exhibits, rare animal breeds and theatre performances.  Ride 350 feet into the air on the 1859 Balloon Voyage.  Don’t leave without eating a hand dipped caramel apple at the Apple Store – and don’t deprive yourself of the sweet, tasty cider slushy…

The 1859 Balloon Voyage ready for take off! Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/connerprairie/

The 1859 Balloon Voyage ready for take off! Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/connerprairie/

Once the day is done at Conner Prairie and you are ready for a good, affordable dinner, stop by Alexander’s on the Square in Noblesville.  Alexander’s is a local family friendly restaurant with great food, delicious ice cream and it won’t hurt your wallet.  Drive back to the hotel (need ideas on lodging in Hamilton County?  Click here: Where to stay) and get plenty of rest – because your weekend is not over!

Start the next day with breakfast at Bub’s Café (try the Cinnamon Croissant French Toast, wow).  As a family, take a walk or a bike ride under the trees of the Monon Trail (bikes can be rented down the road from Bub’s Café at Carmel Cyclery).


Biking the Monon

Once the group is ready for lunch, drive straight to Big Hoffa’s Barbeque in Westfield.  The food is amazing and prices range from $4.50 to about $10.00 (you can also split a larger combo meal between the whole family).  After the feast is complete, drive a few minutes east to Forest Park in Noblesville.  Settled into the park setting is the Indiana Transportation Museum – where you can tour trains or take a train ride.  This fall, you’ll want to hop aboard the Pumpkin Train.  The train takes you through the countryside of Hamilton County and let’s you off at a local farm so that you can search for the perfect pumpkin.

The Pumpkin Train

The Pumpkin Train

In the late afternoon, the train will bring you back to Forest Park to depart.  Grab dinner on the Historic Square before you head back to the hotel to call it a night!

For a detailed, printable map of these activities, visit: http://8greattowns.com/content/view/39/78/

Enjoy your fall Indiana family vacation!

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