Fall is where the fun is in Elkhart County. The weather may be slightly cooler but it’s still a great time of year to get outside and enjoy safe activities. Just remember to stay safe - wear your masks when it’s crowded and you’re around other people, wash your hands, and keep socially distanced from others.  

From corn mazes to apple picking and everything in between, this should keep the family busy till every last leaf falls. 

Bring on the family fun 

The Barns at Nappanee Home of Amish Acres (Saturdays & Sundays September 26 – October 31)  

Enjoy a day on the farm with guided historic house tours and wagon rides to the pumpkin patch where kids can pick out a free pumpkin. Enjoy a fire-roasted marshmallow (or three!), cider-making and apple butter making demonstrations before heading into the Sugar Cream Cabin for a sweet treat. Then end your day with a delicious dinner at Lasalle Farm & Table.  

From Nappanee it’s a short drive to Wakarusa where they display a one-of-a-kind Pumpkin Tree right at the center of town at Waterford and Elkhart streets. This amazing creation towers over the intersection at 17 feet tall. Once it goes up, everyone knows what to do – take plenty of pictures! #INElkhartCo 


Trick or Treating won’t look quite the same this year if it happens so why not make a stop at the Wakarusa Dime Store to stock up on candy. The kids (and the kid in you) will thank you for it.  

Get your taste of fall 

That crisp crunch of biting into an apple — now that’s a true sound of fall. Throw in a good corn maze and some pumpkins and that’s a perfect fall day for us. 

  • Kercher’s Sunrise Orchard, 19498 C.R. 38, Goshen, kerchersorchard.com: Family-owned for five generations, Kercher’s is a must-stop for its dozen varieties of apples. Pick a bushel or two yourself or buy from the well-stocked market. Be sure to check their website for updates on when each variety of apple will be harvested. 

  • Miller Orchard, 501 W. Randolph St., Nappanee: While you’re picking up a fresh basket of apples, don’t forget a jug of apple cider. There are fall flavors galore at Miller Orchard. 

  • Knollbrook Farm, 15463 C.R. 46, Goshen, www.knollbrookfarm.com: A 12-acre corn maze with 5 miles worth of pathways is fun for the whole family. Add some twists with signposts, codes and trivia questions and you have a memorable fall afternoon. Try out some fun pumpkin activities or rent a space for your own bonfire. Open starting Sept. 18. You can also pick up some pumpkins and gourds here or at Kercher’s. 

Fun in any season 

There’s even more to do this season, from theater to concerts to shopping: 

  • “Into the Woods” at The Barns at Nappanee from Sept. 17, 2020, to Oct. 17, 2020. Let Stephen Sondheim’s classic put you in a fall mood. 

  • Get delight and frights from Bug Month at Elkhart County Parks. Through Oct. 2, 2020. 

  • The Sound of Music at the Lerner Theatre. Oct. 8 – Oct. 11 & Oct. 15 – 18, 2020.  

  • For live entertainment at its finest, check out the schedule at The Blue Gate Performing Arts Center in Shipshewana.  

  • From the fingers of these amazing quilters, straight to your eyes when you visit College Mennonite Church in Goshen. Through Nov. 15, 2020. 

  • For music, what a choice you have with the Crystal Valley Concert Series in Middlebury, every other Sunday afternoon, or the Heart Beat of the City Music Festival on Oct. 3, 2020, at three locations in Elkhart. 

  • Shoppers’ heaven! The Shipshewana Flea Market will remain open Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Oct. 14, 2020.