Top Picks – October 1

GREENFIELD — New at the Riley Festival this year is a 220-foot zipline that runs the length of the kids’ fun zone at the corner of North and State streets. Rides cost $5 each.

Hours for the zipline are 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

GREENFIELD — The Thornwood Nature Preserve is offering an opportunity for families to experience primitive family camping in a natural setting from 5 p.m. Oct. 10 to 1 p.m. Oct. 11. Under the guidance of a park naturalist, families can set up a tent, sit around a campfire, take part in a nature program, see different types of trees and explore the property.

The Thornwood Nature Preserve is located at Morristown Pike and Steel Ford Road. The cost is $15 per family. Participants should expect rugged conditions, to haul in their own water and to carry out trash. No pets, generators or alcohol is permitted. Visit for more information and to register.

FISHERS — The 11th annual Fishers Renaissance Faire takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Klipsch Music Center, 146th Street and Olio Road.

The fair is an opportunity to dress up in your medieval best and enjoy food, crafts and entertainment from the dark ages including jousting, a magic show, a medieval cooking show, comedy and music performances. Tickets are $5 for children and $12 for adults. Visit for more information.

INDIANAPOLIS — The annual Indianapolis Blacklight Run begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis. The Blacklight Run is an event conducted in cities across the U.S. Participants walk or run a three-mile course in a white shirt and are sprinkled with glo-powder throughout the run.

The $50 registration fee covers a commemorative t-shirt, a glow-in-the-dark Blacklight Run tattoo, a race bib, a Blacklight Run glow-pack at the end of the race and admission to the after-party. Visit for a video of last year’s event and more information about the 2015 run.