Goshen First Fridays: Savor Summer Showcase

It may be the first day of September, but don’t let go of summer just yet. Goshen First Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. September 1 calls us to “savor summer” downtown with music and dance, fun activities for kids, and food and shopping specials. Hooray summer!

Quilt Gardens

Keep the summer vibe going by visiting the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail. These 15 gardens are super-sized and free for everyone to see through September 15. Fill out your Quilt Gardens Passport and win cool swag.

‘The Home Game’

Baseball, family and faith take center stage in the drama “The Home Game” with near-daily performances through October 28 at the Blue Gate Theatre, 105 E. Middlebury St., Shipshewana. Get ready for the World Series with a new fall classic as a son must choose between following his dream of a baseball career with his father’s wishes to remain faithful to his Amish family and heritage.

The Mill Farmer's Market

Your Saturday is not complete without the fresh produce, baked goods and hand-crafted treasures at The Mill Farmer’s Market, 402 E. Warren St., Middlebury. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through the end of September. Be sure to check out The Mill and The Mustard Seed Marketplace inside while you’re at it!

Middlebury Fall Festival

Get ready for a fabulous fall with the family-friendly Middlebury Fall Festival. On September 8 and 9 at Memorial Park and other locations in Middlebury. Live bluegrass and gospel bands, local art, games, and a drive-in movie and fireworks make for family fun for all.

Arts on the Millrace

Celebrate the talented artisans of the Elkhart County area at Arts on the Millrace from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. September 9. This 10th annual juried event features artists set up along the Millrace Canal starting at Powerhouse Park. Come for the art; stay for the music, food and drink, and kid-friendly activities.

47th Annual Nappanee Apple Festival

From Indiana’s largest apple pie to the parade, apple treats of all kinds, carnival rides, and craft vendors, the Nappanee Apple Festival takes over downtown Nappanee for four days September 14-17. It’s a can’t-miss signature event in Elkhart County!


Curbside Concerts: Rica Obsesion, Los Ortega, Grupo Renacer
The Elkhart Public Library closes out the fall session of its popular Curbside Concerts series from 7 to 11:45 p.m. September 15 with performances by Rica Obsesion, Grupo Renacer and Los Ortega. The free concerts take place from the roof of the downtown branch, 300 S. Second St., Elkhart, overlooking its rear parking lot.

Goshen Hispanic Heritage Festival
Everyone is welcome in downtown Goshen from 1 to 11 p.m. September 16 for the third annual Goshen Hispanic Heritage Festival. Join this celebration of the diversity of the community and contributions of the Hispanic and Latino community to the U.S. Expect a wide variety of food vendors, bands, and dance performances.

Bristol Corndog Festival
What better way to celebrate Bristol’s place as the Corndog Capital of the World? The festival is from noon to 9 p.m. September 23 at Congdon Park, 400 N. Division St., Bristol. Enjoy some (or a lot!) corndogs but also the incredible array of family entertainment, games and contests, and live music.

Michiana Pottery Tour
Elkhart County is the place to be September 23-24 for anyone who appreciates pottery and clay art. The Michiana Pottery Tour takes you to 10 locations where artisans of all styles will be displaying their unique works, all ready for you to take home.

Elkhart ArtWalk: ‘Won't You Be My Neighbor’
The monthly arts festival brings artists, community organizations and live music together in downtown Elkhart from 5 to 8 p.m. September 28. The monthly theme celebrates what it means to be a good neighbor. 

Jazz at Janus Motorcycles
Ever wondered what it’s like to ride a Janus motorcycle? Your chance to check out the hand-crafted machines comes September 29. The monthly event offers opportunities to tour Janus Motorcycles’ shop, take a test ride, and hang out to enjoy wine, refreshments and jazz music.