Fall Festival Overview

The Johnny Appleseed Festival serves as a good kick-off for fall and its festivities. With pumpkins, apples and various other harvests and its subsequent products (like pies!), there really isn’t anything to dislike about the season… Except the knowledge that winter is coming…But, here are some upcoming events we can all look forward to.

Salomon Farm Fall Harvest Festival, Oct. 3-4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Saturday’s event has a tractor parade, cow milking, butter making and a farmer’s market. Live animals, oat and wheat thrashing, food and concessions, hay rides, and many other things are featured on both days. The farm is located at 817 W Dupont Rd.

Wild Zoo Halloween, Oct. 17-19, 23-26, 31, noon-5 p.m.: The event offers adventure, family fun, and tasty treats that are just right for the little ones. Admission + trick or treating is $9 for all ages. For more information, visit the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo website.

Pumpkin Zone, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Botanical Conservatory: A variety of pumpkin-related questions will be subjects of various experiments like: Do pumpkins float? and how many seeds do they have? Games will be set up (like pumpkin putt-putt) and kids can color their own pumpkin to take home. Regular conservatory admission applies, but covers the cost of the event.

Camp Red Cedar Fall Festival, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: The second annual festival includes hay rides, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest, seasonal shopping, pony rides and more. Admission is free to the public with some of the activities serving as fundraisers. Visit Camp Red Cedar’s website for more information. The Camp is located at 3900 Hursh Road.

Fort Wayne Halloween Pet Parade, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Franke Park Pavilion 1: Pet owners are invited to dress up themselves and their pets for the Franke Park event. There will be a contest for best dressed. An entry fee of $20 includes judging, a chance to win a prize, food and a custom color framed picture. For registration information call 260-432-5031 or visit the Pet Parade website.

Fright Night, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. – midnight, Downtown: The biggest and best Halloween-themed day of them all!  The Embassy, Conservatory, History Center, Science Central, Library, Community Center, Museum of Art, Parkview Field…and pretty much everywhere downtown will have activities for the family. For a complete rundown of activities, visit the Fright Night website.

If you know of any other festivals, please tell us in the comments!

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Aubree Reichel

Author: Aubree Reichel

I run, I write, I read. Came to Fort Wayne in 2009 for college from living overseas and found a home. Lover of food and cozy coffeeshops.

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