Things to Do in Indianapolis in October

Races, Runs, and Crawls in Naptown

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Indianapolis has many festive autumn and Halloween-themed events in October, but if you're looking for other things to do, fear not. You'll also find air races, 5K runs, and pub crawls. Check out this events calendar for Indy's top activities in October. 

01 of 08

Red Bull Air Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Red Bull Air Race World Championship
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4790 W 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46222, USA
+1 317-492-8500

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway does not just host automobile races. In October, the historic home of motorsports spends a weekend hosting exciting aerial races. After plane races of more than 250 mph, you’ll see the first-place pilot crowned as world champion. You can also visit the hangar, enjoy world-class foods and beverages, and see how the pilots prepare for races. Children 15 and younger get in free with a paid adult admission.

02 of 08

RUN(317) at Fountain Square

Fountain Square

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Honor the businesses and charities in the Fountain Square cultural district by participating in this 5K run or walk. Called Run(317), which stands for "3.17" miles the distance in miles of the run/walk. After the event, those 21 and older can enjoy complimentary craft brews, live music, and food trucks at the fun post-race party. Proceeds from the food trucks will go to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

03 of 08

RIP Reception and Ghost Stories at Crown Hill Cemetery

Crown Hill National Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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700 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
+1 317-925-3800

Come to Crown Hill Cemetery for some bone-chilling ghost stories—if you dare. Before the ghost stories start, meet at the beautiful and historic Waiting Station building and talk with the storytellers. Complimentary drinks and food will be provided at this ticketed event.

04 of 08

Scottish Highland Games & Festival at German Park

8600 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46217-5098, USA
+1 317-885-0283

You do not have to be Scottish to attend this entertaining annual event at German Park. At this charity event, you will learn about Scottish traditions, history, and culture. Live music and dancing are also featured. The festival’s highlight is the caber toss and other competitive highland sports like the hammer throw, stone throw, and more.

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05 of 08

Indianapolis Halloween Bar Crawl

Nightlife on Meridian street in the Entertainment District
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At this 21 and older event, Indianapolis bars in various locations in the city will host a two-night pub crawl. Your ticket includes food or drink gift cards, cheap drink specials, and no cover at the bars. Those dressed for Halloween can participate in a costume contest with a $1,000 grand prize. Transportation between bars is not included. A portion of the proceeds goes to local charities.

06 of 08

GermanFest at Athenaeum

The Athenaeum, in Indianapolis, Indiana

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401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
+1 317-655-2755

Celebrate all things German at Athenaeum, Indianapolis’ center of German heritage. Featured at this family-friendly event are the wiener dog races, the OktoberFAST 5K run/walk, and kids’ play area. You won’t want to miss the competitive Durstig games and Strong Man competition. Of course, you can also enjoy German food, beer, dancing, and live music. Make sure to wear your lederhosen if you have them.

Proceeds go toward the care of the Athenaeum, a former German clubhouse and gymnasium built in Germanic style in 1983. The building was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1973.

07 of 08

Cars and Coffee at Gateway Classic Cars

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4400 West 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268-2912, USA
+1 317-688-1100

If you’re a car connoisseur, you won’t want to miss Cars and Coffee at Gateway Classic Cars of Indianapolis. This hassle-free event happens the last Saturday of every month. Drive your prized classic car—or just come to admire them—at the showroom for a morning of free coffee and donuts. Talk to other car aficionados and classic car owners, and check out Gateway’s latest arrivals.

08 of 08

Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium

UCLA defensive lineman Matt Dickerson (DL30) during the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium

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500 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46225, USA
+1 317-262-8600

See the NFL Indianapolis Colts football team in action at Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Stadium. This top-notch facility opened in 2008 and features a retractable roof over a seven-level facility that seats 63,000 fans.

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