Are you ready? This year's Morgan County Fall Foliage Festival is set to return to Downtown Martinsville on October 6-9. This fun fall festival has been an iconic Morgan County fall tradition for more than 60 years! You'll find just about everything you can ask for in a fall festival, and maybe even a few surprises! Don't worry - we've got all the details. Check the event schedule below for specific events.
This year's festival theme is "Celebrating 200 Years of Fall," in recognition of the County and City of Martinsville Bicentennial celebrations this year! This year's festival returns to the courthouse square after last year's temporary relocation due to the I-69 Finish Line construction project. The annual parade will return to its normal route as well. The parade will begin at Bell Intermediate Academy on Columbus Street, turn right onto 2nd Street, then left onto Washington Street. The parade continues on Washington Street to the downtown courthouse square. From there, the parade will proceed south on Jefferson Street, then left heading east on Columbus Street, right onto Home Avenue, then left onto Gray Street, ending at the Martinsville High School parking lot. As always, the parade steps off at 1 pm and is approximately two hours in length.
Here's what's on tap for this year's Fall Foliage Festival - the four day event kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 6 with Family Bargain Night featuring special pricing on ride tickets. There will be free entertainment each evening as well as the annual Art Show, Quilt Show and several off site events such as the RC Air Show, and Car Show.
Thursday, October 6
5 pm Carnival opens.
6-8 pm Customer Appreciation Night
6:30-9:30 pm Live Entertainment w/ DJ Jason Osborn
6:30-8:30 pm Art Show at the Art Sanctuary (190 N. Sycamore Street)
Friday, October 7
Noon-9 pm Art Show at the Art Sanctuary (190 N. Sycamore Street)
5 pm Carnival opens.
6-9:30 pm Live Music: Blue Eyes & Grey Skies Band w/ Rose O'Neal
Saturday, October 8
9 am - 2 pm Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show (John Wooden Middle School - Main Street)
Includes automotive swap meet, food truck and live entertainment.
11 am - 2 pm Kids' Activities: (Pre-registration form)
Bean Bag Toss, Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, Tricycle Race, Relay Race, Straw Search, Football Toss, Pedal Tractor Pull
Noon-3 pm Art Show at the Art Sanctuary (190 N. Sycamore Street)
1 pm Free Entertainment Begins
1 pm Carnival opens. (Kids' Day: One Ticket Rides from 1-5 pm)
6-10 pm Live Music: Tom Henson & the Main Street Band
Sunday, October 9
8 am 5K Run/Walk Registration/Packet Pickup at Bell Intermediate Academy (Register Online)
9 am Open Air Church Service at the Free Stage
9:30 am 5K Run/Walk begins (race travels the parade route)
Noon - 5 pm Carnival open
1 pm Fall Foliage Festival Parade (Leaves from Bell Intermediate Academy; Ends at Martinsville High School)