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The official start to the best season (fall, obviously) is Sept. 22—which feels a long way off since Indianapolis thermometers are reading 95 degrees as of this writing.

Still, Indy Parks and Recreation has optimistically begun sign-ups for all its fall programs. Park staff will host more than 180 programs through December that will focus on fitness, nature, arts, aquatics and much more.

Several popular programs of the past will return to in-person meetings this year, including, karaoke at Thatcher Park, chess club at Brookside Park and gingerbread house making at Broad Ripple Park.

Some other upcoming events include:

  • The Critter Chat at Garfield Park Conservatory. It will take place on Aug. 28 and invites the public to come to hang out at Blake’s Garden with some of the resident animals. 
  • fitness bootcamp with a personal trainer at Krannert Park. It’s a four-day-a-week commitment running Aug. 31-Sept. 3.
  • Painting in the Park at Broad Ripple Park. According to the Indy Parks website, “This is a brand new program where participants get to paint while enjoying the natural beauty of the park.” It happens Sept. 1, and the $25 fee includes everything you need. 

Indy Parks oversees 212 parks, 153 miles of trails, and more than 11,000 acres of green space. For more information on Indy Parks programs, visit or contact the customer service number at (317) 327-PARK. 

Still sweating, stuck in summer? Here are some other Indy-area fall events you might contemplate:

  • Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie, every Thursday through Sunday in October.
  • Zoo Boo at the Indianapolis Zoo, Oct. 7-Nov. 1.
  • Irvington Halloween Festival, Oct. 24-31.
  • Young Explorers Pumpkin Party at the Indiana State Museum, Oct. 9.

Claire Castillo is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.