Fall Festivals AND EVENTS

Events for the Whole Family This Fall

Step into everything Conner Prairie has to offer this fall. From the spectacular beauty of our sunflower field to spooky nights with the legendary Headless Horseman, our fall festivals and events are a great way to celebrate the season. Take a stroll across our grounds and explore our newest outdoor Smithsonian-affiliated exhibit Habitat and inspire curiosity through seasonal events dedicated to art, culture, and education. There is something for everyone.

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Jupiter Flights Balloon Festival

 SEPTEMBER 6 - 8, 2024

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Come celebrate a weekend of innovation and experience the colorful glow of Indiana's largest hot air balloon festival.

Check out all of the engaging family-fun activities across three days that will explore the innovation of flight!

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Headless Horseman Festival

October 3 - 27, 2024, every Thursday-Sunday

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The Headless Horseman rides again at Conner Prairie’s annual Halloween festival. Join us for an evening of ghoulish delights that the whole family can enjoy. Activities include the Headless Horseman marionette show, the Trail of Terror, spooky storytelling, Halloween games, the haunted hayride, and more!

Scarecrow Contest

2023 Registration is closed

Think you can create an award-winning scarecrow? Enter our scarecrow contest! Whether you like your scarecrows spooky and scary or cute and creative, we want to see the best scarecrow you can make!

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Corn Maze

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The 22,160-foot maze features three unique adventure paths to appeal to guests of all ages:

  • Long Maze: Test your wits in our family-friendly puzzle maze. This maze may take up to an hour or more to complete. The long maze is closed during nighttime Headless Horseman events.
  • Kids' Maze: Bring the little ones along on our shorter kids' maze. This maze may take up to 30 minutes to complete.
  • Trail of Terror: Brave the spooky the trail after dark – inspired by ghost stories and legends of the region.

Be sure to ride the 1859 Balloon Voyage for a birdseye view.

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Upcoming Programs & Events

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Open Now

A new way to experience the world around you at Conner Prairie! Our newest outdoor Smithsonian experience allows you to see what habitats a tree fosters after it has fallen and the ways in which mushrooms hold together the ground we walk on. Habitat showcases the unique habitat throughout the gardens and landscapes of Conner Prairie.

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