If you loved Winterlights at Newfields, you won't want to miss Harvest Presented by JP Morgan Chase & Co., a new, four-day celebration of fall. Instead of lights, though, the campus will be decorated with more than 5,000 pumpkins - from blue pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns to an elaborate pumpkin river and "covered bridge". (And yes, there will be pumpkin beer).
From October 3 through 6, Harvest will bring together your favorite Midwestern traditions on 50 beautiful acres. Here are seven things to know before you go:
Watch award winning local and regional chefs - from Abbi Merriss of Bluebeard to Allan Benton, aka "Tennessee's Bacon God" - create special fall dishes on a demo stage. Taste the flavors at each presentation and get insider tips and tricks. Visit vendor booths hosted by Central Indiana restaurants, farmers, and food artisans. Check here for an updated list of participants.
Toast to an "Indiana Oktoberfest" in the Beer Garden. Fill your mini beer stein with samples of seasonal brews, and visit the home-brewing tent to learn about the latest DIY techniques, equipment, and ingredients. Stroll The Garden with a cider, glass of wine, or cocktail in hand.
Music & a movie
Enjoy live music and cultural performances Thursday evening through Sunday evening. Bring a blanket or chair and watch a film on the lawn at sundown on Saturday.
Turn the kids loose in the hay maze. There will also be a petting zoo, and hands-on activities such as pumpkin painting and leaf printing.
Vendors will sell hand-crafted food and gift items like kettle corn and scented candles.
Get inspiration for your own fall décor from stunning displays in The Garden and inside the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and talk to Newfields' horticulture experts.
Be among the first to step into All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, an Infinity Mirror Room by famed Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. Think: Polkadot pumpkins, on endless repeat, in a small gallery of mirrors. It's Indy's most Instagrammable moment of the year - and you'll only have 45 seconds to get your shot.