Riley Festival

Indiana's largest four day festival.

*Poetry  * Art  *Music

October 6-9, 2022

Theme:  "Little Orphant Annie"

About The Riley Festival

We invite you to come and enjoy one of the largest  craft festivals in the state of Indiana, with designated areas for food, commercial, flea market booths, and much more.  Over 460 exhibitors will be set up on the streets around the 100 year old courthouse.  Our event follows many years of traditions in celebrating the birth date of famed "Hoosier Poet" James Whitcomb Riley.  The Riley Festival begins every year on the first Thursday of October in beautiful downtown Greenfield Indiana.  Residents of Greenfield, Hancock County, and surrounding areas combine their talents and resources to honor the memory of Greenfield's native son.  Each year, one of Mr. Riley's poems is selected as the theme for that year's festival. The 2022 theme is "Little Orphant Annie".

The Greenfield Banking Company Entertainment Tent is a showcase for a wide variety of talent that runs Thursday thru Sunday during the festival.  The Parade Of Flowers, which has been taking place for well over 65 years, features Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation's elementary students marching downtown to place bouquets of flowers around Mr. Riley's Statue.  The statue was placed in front of the courthouse in 1918 and is the focal point of the Riley Festival.  Our regular parade will be on Saturday with over 75 units traveling from the high school through downtown to Riley Park.  

There are various contests you can enter, such as Photography, Home Arts & Quilt Show, and Little Miss & Mr Pageant.  All entry forms are available on our website.  

Shuttle Service

For your convenience, shuttle buses run from the Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds to the east entrance of the festival.  You can ride for a donation of $1.00.

2022 Riley Festival Hours

October 7         5:00pm-9:00pm

October 8-9      9:00am-9:00pm

October 10      11:00am-5:00pm       


Get in touch!


20 W. South Street

Greenfield, Indiana  46140


(317) 462-2141
email:   [email protected]


Oct 7         5:00pm-9:00pm
Oct 8-9      9:00am-9:00pm
Oct 10      11:00am-5:00pm