Longtime Southern Indiana tradition, Harvest Homecoming, is back for 2021 and will be taking over downtown New Albany when the festival celebrates its 53rd year.
Touted as the 5th highest attended festival in Indiana, this annual fall rite of passage in SoIN is underway Oct. 2-10. The Roaring Twenties is this year’s theme.
From musical entertainment and eclectic food and craft booths to a parade, children’s activities and more, we’ve rounded up a handful of can’t-miss events for you to enjoy an authentic Harvest Homecoming experience.
When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2
Where: Orange Bleachers (East 8th and East Spring streets)
Details: Get in the spirit during the official kick-off of the 2021 Harvest Homecoming at this event, which features music and special guests. (Pro tip: The Orange Bleachers also offer prime viewing for the Harvest Homecoming Parade).
Harvest Homecoming Parade
When: 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2
Where: Parade route is along Vincennes, Spring and Bank streets
Details: Experience over-the-top floats, vintage cars and loud bands. The parade kicks off at New Albany High School, marches down Vincennes Street, then takes a right on Spring Street and ends on Bank Street.
Food & Craft Booth Days
- Noon to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7
- 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, Oct. 8 & 9
- Noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10
Where: downtown New Albany
Details: Check out a variety of vendor booths featuring arts and crafts and food, including favorites like chicken and dumplings, pumpkin ice cream, donuts and roasted corn.
Live Entertainment on the Samtec Cares Family Stage
When: Various times Thursday, Oct. 7 through Sunday, Oct. 10
Where: East Market and State streets
Details: Enjoy performances by area groups.
Bourbon on the River
When: 5-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7
Details: Sample tastings from Indiana and Kentucky distilleries and wineries and enjoy snacks from on-site food trucks. Admission also includes a complimentary souvenir glass and Harvest Homecoming pin.
NEW THIS YEAR! Friday Movie Night
When: dusk (around 7:30 p.m.) Friday, Oct. 8
Where: New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater
Details: In place of music at the Riverfront Amphitheater, a Free Family Movie Night will be held. “Hocus Pocus” will be shown, along with one other movie (TBD). Bottled water and popcorn will be available. Chairs and blankets are welcome.
Because Harvest Homecoming is an outside event, Festival organizers say there are few restrictions. However, they encourage everyone to wear a mask if that makes them feel comfortable. Also, socially distancing is always encouraged. Due to COVID, several events were canceled for the 2021 festival, including the baking contest, beer tent, Senior Bingo, The Luncheon, and Pumpkin Chunkin. Organizers say they plan to bring those events back in 2022.