September / October / November

May 30-Oct. 1 - Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail

Throughout Elkhart County visit more than a million vibrant blooms burst into color in 18 gigantic gardens and 21 hand-painted supersized murals in six welcoming communities along the Heritage Trail.

There is no admission charge.

For more information call 574-262-8161 or visit www.amishcountry.org/things-to-do/quilt-gardens/

Sep. 20-22 = Francesville Fall Festival

For more information call 219-869-1229 or visit www.francesvillefallfestival.com

Sep. 20-22 = Falloween Fest

Join in at John Glenn High School for carnival rides, parades, free entertainment, concerts, tractor pulls, car show, fireworks, great food, craft vendors and garage sales.

No admission charge.

For more information call 574-586-3195 or visit http://www.falloweenfest.com/

Sep. 21 = Sandhill Crane Festival & Car Show

Car show, arts and crafts, food, kids' activities and more!

No admission charge.

For more information call 219-956-2220 or visit www.wheatfieldchamber.org

Sep. 21-22 = Trail of Courage Living History Festival

Pre-1840 Period event commemorating the time period before Potawatomi Indians were removed from the area in 1838 on the Trail of Death.

There is an admission charge.

For more information call 574-223-4436 or visit https://www.fultoncountyhistory.org/trail-of-courage

Sep. 27-29 = Kewanna Fall Festival

Free continuous entertainment. Free circus, free carnival rides daily, free festival food for kids under 16, 5K run, garden tractor pull, peddle tractor pull, Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular, mushball tournament, horse pulls. Parade Sat. at 1pm. Food, arts and crafts vendors.

No admission charge.

For more information call 574-653-2055 or visit them on Facebook.

Sep. 27-29 = St. John Oktoberfest

The whole family can celebrate German heritage with great food and desserts, live entertainment, a Biergarten and lots of fun activities for the kids.

No admission charge.

For more information call 219-682-8917 or visit www.stjohnoktoberfest.com

Sep. 27-29 = Wanatah Scarecrow Festival

Free entertainment, craft and food vendors. Sat. 5K run, 3K walk, kids race, parade, tractor show. Sun. car show. Family fun. Great small town festival.

No admission charge.

For more information call 219-733-2786 or visit www.scarecrowfest.org

Sep. 28 = St. Peter Germanfest

Authentic German food, beer, music, contests, raffles, market and family fun. Come celebrate our German heritage. Prost!

There is an admission charge.

For more information call 219-381-1138 or visit www.stpetergermanfest.com

Sep. 28-29 = Fall Harvest Craft Festival

40th Annual. Wide selection of quality handmade crafts. Tasty lunch menu. Great place to start Christmas shopping. Join us for a fun fall weekend.

No admission charge.

For more information call 219-670-8538 or visit them on Facebook.

Oct. 3-5 = Shipshewana Fall Crafters Fair

Annual fall festival of crafters, demonstrators and musicians. A tribute to the crafting and old-fashioned culture of the surrounding countryside. Quilters, carvers, painters, potters and more. Demonstrations and entertainment.

No admission charge.

For more information call 866-631-9675 or visit www.FallCraftersFair.com

October 4-6 = Westville Pumpkin Festival

Annual celebration of pumpkin harvest. Pumpkin baked goods, crafts, food, tractor pull, parade, 5K. Pumpkinpalooza tent, live entertainment, adult beverages, kids’ games.

No admission charge.

For more information call 219-879-8280 or visit www.westvillepumpkinfestival.com or visit them on Facebook.

Oct. 4-Dec. 14 = Shipshewana Across the Road

Open Fridays and Saturdays, 9am-4pm.

Features 80 booths in a heated indoor building with vendors offering unique gifts, local crafts and a variety of other goods. Stock up on holiday gifts!

No admission charge.

For more information call 260-768-4129 or visit www.shipshewanatradingplace.com/events/fall-indoor-market

Oct. 12 = Wickedly Whiting

It's about to get wicked in Whiting!

Join us for the fourth annual Wickedly Whiting Festival on October 12th! The festival runs from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. and includes food vendors with many fall comfort foods, a beer garden with live bands and many specialty brews, and a family stage offering a reptile show, magician, story time, costume contests and more!

Scare addicts can shop the Market of the Living Dead. Breakfast with a monster begins at 9:00 a.m. at Winey Beach Café (call 219.659.1466 for reservations). This is the only event of its kind in the Region, celebrating everything Halloween! It’s about to get wicked in Whiting.

For more information call 219-659-0292 or visit https://www.wickedlywhiting.com

Oct. 26 = Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show

Featuring 100+ vendors selling gifts, vintage items, home decor, crafts, clothing, accessories, beauty products, jewelry, baked goods, signs, and more from 9am-3pm.

There is an admission charge.

For more information call 260-768-4129 or visit https://shipshewanatradingplace.com/events/shipchic-craft-and-vintage-show

Nov. 9-Dec. 31 = Christmas in Shipshewana

Christmas season kicks off with the Light Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Other holiday events: “Shipshewana's Lights of Joy” drive-thru light display, Chocolate Day, Kids Day and Santa Visit.

No admission charge.

For more information call 866-631-9675 or visit https://www.shipshewana.com/businesses/festivals

Nov. 10-Dec. 31 = "A Christmas Story" Comes Home

Indiana Welcome Center. Share with your family, scenes from the the holiday movie classic, "A Christmas Story." Enjoy special events, contests and photos with Santa. Take your picture with "Flick" on our flagpole and browse our official "A Christmas Story" merchandise in our gift shop.

No admission charge.

For more information call 219-989-7979 or visit https://www.southshorecva.com/achristmasstory.

Nov. 14-16, 21-24; Nov. 29-Dec. 1; Dec. 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29 = Shipshewana's Lights of Joy

Drive-thru light experience featuring more than two million LED lights displayed in a mile-long symphony of various light scenes this holiday season. Closed Nov. 17 and Thanksgiving.

  • Thursdays and Sundays = 6-9pm, $15/car.
  • Fridays and Saturdays = 6-10pm $20/car.
  • Group Pricing (buses, motorcoach) : Call for Pricing (888.447.4725)
  • Season Pass (5 Visits) : $50

For more information call 260-768-4129 or visit https://www.shipshewanalightsofjoy.com/

Nov. 30 = Goshen Small Business Saturday

Downtown stores welcome holiday shoppers. With exclusive deals, extended hours and family-friendly activities, holiday shopping has never been as easy or as fun!

No admission charge.

For more information call 574-312-9922.