48 Hours in Festival Country this Fall

Posted by: Shelby Morse on October 2, 2023

With beautiful views, charming downtowns and fall fun happening every weekend, there's no better time to explore Festival Country Indiana, located just south of Indianapolis. This itinerary is set so you can book a stay in Franklin and easily drive to each attraction from there. If you're planning a 48-hour visit, here's a curated itinerary to make the most of your time.

Day 1: Friday evening

5 p.m. - Dinner in Franklin

Start your Festival Country adventure with dinner in downtown Franklin. Head to The Willard for its award-winning tenderloin, or try Richard's Brick Oven Pizza for hand-tossed pizzas. Both restaurants offer great outdoor dining. Savor the local flavors and get ready for an exciting weekend. 

Choose your adventure:

7 p.m. – Mini bowling at 10 Pins Franklin

After dinner, head to 10 Pins for some friendly competition. It's a great way to unwind and have fun with friends or family. They also have an arcade and bar.


7 p.m. Movie at The Historic Artcraft Theatre

This iconic 1920s-era theatre plays classic films from a variety of decades and serves locally-grown popcorn. It's no wonder why it was named best theater in Indiana.

(Optional) 9:30 p.m. - Drinks at Old Towne Beer Hall & Growler Company 

Wrap up your first day with a visit to Old Towne Beer Hall, where you can enjoy a variety of craft beers in a laid-back setting. Their iPourIt system allows you to pour your own drinks from a selection of 40 beers from across the world, 10 cocktails and five wines.

Day 2: Saturday

9 a.m. - Breakfast at Main & Madison

Fuel up for the day ahead with breakfast at Main & Madison Market Café. Their menu offers handmade drinks, flavorful pastries, gourmet sandwiches and more.

10 a.m. – Shopping in downtown Franklin

Explore the local shops in charming downtown Franklin. You'll find unique gifts, antiques, clothing, home décor and more. Some local favorites include Madison Street Salvage, Wild Geese Bookshop and Toodleydoo Toys.

1 p.m. - Lunch in Franklin

Satisfy your midday hunger with lunch in downtown Franklin. We recommend Blue Cactus Tacos & Tequila Bar, Greek's Pizzeria or Court St. Café. Find restaurants here.

2:30 p.m. - Kelsay Farms

For the next stop, head up to Whiteland for a taste of the farm life at Kelsay Farms. This family-owned farm transforms into an autumn oasis come fall. Explore their legendary seven-acre corn maze, pick a pumpkin, climb on the hay bale mountain, meet friendly farm animals and more.

5:30 p.m. - Dinner in Greenwood

Now that you’ve worked up a hunger, drive to Greenwood to indulge in a delicious dinner. If you’re looking for something more casual, we recommend Oaken Barrel Brewing Company, where you can pair your meal with their exceptional craft beers. Another great casual option is the award-winning Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza. If you’re in the mood for finer dining, visit Revery or Vino Villa for chef-driven menus and elegant drinks.

7 p.m. - Axe Throwing at Hoosier Brewing Company

For a unique and thrilling experience, try your hand at axe throwing at Hoosier Brewing Company. Alternatively, check if there's a concert at the amphitheater and enjoy some live music. Fall concerts begin at 6 p.m.

(Optional) 9:30 p.m. – Ice cream

If you’re looking for a sweet treat to round out the day, we recommend Ritter’s Frozen Custard or Mrs. Curl.

Day 3: Sunday

9:30 a.m. - Breakfast

For Sunday breakfast, there are plenty of great options. Head over to Bargersville to enjoy handmade pastries at Cellar's Market or a classic breakfast spread at Flap Jacks. If you'd rather stay in Franklin, visit 1823 Bakehouse. Their menu is gluten-free and delicious. When you're done, head town to Trafalgar for the next adventure.

11 a.m. – The Apple Works

Embrace the fall spirit with a visit to The Apple Works where you can find delicious apples and apple treats (think apple dumplings, slushies and cider donuts) and enjoy their pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm playground, petting zoo and more.

1:30 p.m. - Scenic drive and lunch in Franklin

On your way to Franklin, take the scenic fall drive to see vibrant fall colors and beautiful views. Once you arrive in Franklin, grab a leisurely lunch.

Choose your final adventure:

3 p.m. - Dollie’s Farm

Wrap up your visit to Festival Country with a visit to Dollie’s Farm. Explore the pumpkin patch, take fall photos, visit the farm store and enjoy the serene surroundings before heading back home.


3 p.m. – Mallow Run Winery

Sample local wines (like their best seller, Rhubarb) and enjoy picturesque views at Mallow Run Winery. They often host weekend events like live music at their amphitheater.

5 p.m. - Wrap up the day and head home

After a full weekend of fun, it's time to drive home. 

Corn mazes, pumpkin patches and beautiful views make Festival Country Indiana the perfect fall destination. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, culinary delights or charming downtowns, you'll find it here.

Festival Country is also home to more than 1,000 festivals and events, so before you book your stay, check our event calendar and add a fall festival to your itinerary. Click here to see the full list of events. Find great hotels here