Are you ready for more than your basic October? Fall in love with fall festivals and activities in Noble County! Explore apples, pumpkins, owls, lanterns, and MORE! October is here, and we’re giving you all the information you need to make the most of the locals’ favorite season!
Visitors and locals will find fantastic fall fun ahead of the holiday season and arrival of cold weather. With this guide, your October can be chocked full of autumn seasonal favorites, and you can create some brand new traditions. Our guide will get you started, but for even more to do, places to stay, eat, drink, and more, explore our website.
Kicking off the month is Noble County’s largest festival. The Apple Festival in Kendallville takes place at the Noble County Community Fairgrounds. 80,000 people are expected to venture to the festival and explore Historic Downtown Kendallville’s Vintage Market!
Apple Festival goers will be amazed by the array of apple-themed foods, live entertainment, primitive crafts area, and vendors of all things nostalgic and cozy. The Children’s Pioneer Craft Village and live demonstrations are some of the many reasons that large crowds visit this festival. (Festival planners ask that anyone who is not feeling well stay home. Guests will find ample hand-washing stations and are encouraged to wear masks due to the high probability of shoulder-to-shoulder crowds.) Festival hours are Saturday, October 1 from 9 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, October 2 from 9 AM to 5 PM. You do not want to miss this unique fall favorite!
When you’re ready to take a break from the crowds, visit the Vintage Mainstreet Market in Historic Downtown Kendallville, also taking place October 1-2. In conjunction with the Apple Festival, Main Street is transformed into a Vintage Market featuring food trucks, baked goods, home décor, candles, sweatshirts, scrapbooking items, metal art, upcycled furniture, free kids’ activities, and more! Be sure to stop in the many locally owned shops along Main Street, too!
Did Someone say PUMPKINS?
Noble County is where you will fun fall memories and new traditions, pumpkins included, of course! Roberts Farm in Wawaka offers a variety of fun family farm activities including a petting farm, corn maze, playground, and pick-your-own pumpkin patch and flowers. Enjoy farm fresh food including pumpkin doughnuts and apple slushies, and more!
Trowbridge Farm‘s Amazing Maze and Pumpkin Patch, located between Albion and Kendallville, offers 147 acres of family farm fun including a corn maze, haunted house, haunted corn maze, wagon rides, duck races, putt-putt golf, bounce house, rock wall, straw mountain, and so much more!
Families can pick out and purchase their Halloween pumpkins and fall decor and enjoy a visit to the barn to see the animals.
Since 1972, children and adults have been making a visit to Fashion Farm’s Pumpkin Fantasyland a tradition! 2022 marks their 50th Anniversary!
Pumpkin Fantasyland is open daily from 8 AM to 7 PM from October 1 to October 31. Local artist Sharon Cripe has been putting the faces of US Presidents on pumpkin “heads” since the very beginning! The Hall of Presidents is just one of the many unique pumpkin displays visitors will enjoy.
Other activities include hay wagon rides, a grass maze, a straw maze, a straw mound, the family activity center, and Fashion Farm Restaurant,
Countryscapes and the gift shop are also must-sees. Admission to Pumpkin Fantasyland is just $3 per person. For access to all the activities, purchase a “package” deal! Weekday Packages are available for $13 per person. Weekend Packages are just $15 per person. Or upgrade and opt for the Weekend Package + Super Mega Slide for just $20.00 per person (for eligible riders.)
Have you experienced OWL-OWEEN at Halloween?
Visit the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site on Saturday, October 15 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM for Owl-Oween!
Learn all about owls, bats, raccoons, snakes and other creatures of the night during this annual Halloween event. Find more treats than tricks in Rome City! Children are encouraged to attend in costume and enjoy treats at various stops along the way. Dress for cool weather and bring a flashlight to guide your way as the sun sets early in the fall.
Admission: $5 per person, just $3 for members. Register HERE.
At dusk on Friday, October 28, (about 6 pm), Historic Downtown Kendallville invites you to create some magic! Kendallville’s Lantern Parade is inspired by one in Atlanta, but with its own twist. Gather your posse and join us for a unique evening on Main Street and celebrate Halloween & the arts! Walk and be one with other zombies, witches, and dolls in stitches!
Line up for the parade starts at the Community Learning Center’s Riley Street parking lot at 5:00 PM. The parade will march a few blocks to downtown at dusk. Parade watchers are welcomed and encouraged to participate in costume and with lights and lanterns of their own. Observers can bring a chair and enjoy the sights and frights!
Food trucks and vendors will have glow lights and blacklight flashlights on sale in the Pocket Park across from City Hall. Local downtown shops will be open late.
Learn more and register your parade entry at www.kendallvillemainstreet.com/lantern-parade.
Following the Kendallville Lantern Parade on October 28, Visit Noble County is sponsoring a free Halloween Movie Night at the Historic Strand Theater, 221 S Main Street, in Kendallville.
The Strand will show the Halloween cult classic Beetlejuice at 8:00 PM. This free screening is for all ages and includes a special, free concession treat! For more information, look to the Strand website.
Noble County is your destination for a weekend or weeklong last hurrah before the holidays!
The memory-making doesn’t stop in October, though. Plan to rejuvenate and recharge this holiday season in Noble County! Watch for a November blog sharing “Five reason’s to be thankful for Noble”. Then, in December, our “Winter Wonderland guide to holiday fun” will be published. Stay tuned!