As the leaves begin to change and a crisp breeze fills the air, it’s time to celebrate a vibrant fall in Greenfield. From community-centered festivals to picturesque pumpkin patches, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during this enchanting time of year. Whether you’re a local resident or planning a visit, here are some must-do fall activities to add to your calendar:

RILEY DAYS FESTIVAL 

Experience one of Indiana’s largest craft festivals, the Riley Days Festival, held in honor of “Hoosier Poet” James Whitcomb Riley. From October 5 to 8, downtown Greenfield comes alive with festivities. Explore the rich cultural heritage of the area through poetry readings, art exhibitions, and musical performances that pay homage to Riley’s legacy. This year’s theme is “Nine Little Goblins.”

TUTTLE ORCHARDS 

Tuttle Orchards offers a delightful blend of fall activities for the entire family. Wander through a picturesque pumpkin patch, navigate a challenging corn maze, observe bees making their honey, and indulge in hayrides that capture the essence of the season. If you’re visiting earlier in the season, seize the opportunity to pick flowers from their blooming You-Cut Flower Patch, open from August 25 until frost. Kids can explore Tractor Town Adventure Farm. Don’t forget to pick up gourmet goodies at the year-round Farm Store.

PINEY ACRES FARM 

Venture to Piney Acres Farm, a 73-acre haven of fall fun just outside of Greenfield. Fall hours are September 23-October 30, Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday Noon-6 p.m. Enjoy hayrides, corn mazes, gem mining, barnyard animal encounters, and a host of other activities that cater to visitors of all ages. Delight in the farm’s autumnal decorations and treats, and visit the Farm Store to take home décor of your own. If you’re feeling brave, embark on the haunted trails at Piney Acres Scream Farm for a bone-chilling experience, open Fridays and Saturdays only October 7th-30th from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. For some extra fall fun, attend Piney Acres Farm’s Harvest Vendor Fest. 

LARK RANCH 

Experience the thrill of fall at Lark Ranch, a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Engage in exhilarating activities such as zip lines, apple cannons, go-karts, slide mountain, bungee trampolines, and much more. For a calmer experience, explore the corn maze, pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, ride the train, interact with farm animals, and immerse yourself in the festive ambiance. Plan ahead by purchasing tickets online and secure your spot for a day of excitement.

JACK-O-LANTERN FESTIVAL AT THE JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY BOYHOOD HOME

Step into a world of glowing enchantment at the Jack-o-Lantern Festival held at the Riley Boyhood Home. This beloved annual event, running from October 22nd to Halloween night, showcases intricately carved pumpkins that illuminate the darkness. Bring your own carved pumpkin to the Riley home on the 22nd between 12pm-5pm to compete in the pumpkin contest!

FARMERS MARKET AT THE FAIRGROUNDS

Embrace the changing seasons at the Hancock County Farmers Market. From fresh produce to artisanal goods, this market continues to thrive through the fall months. Browse through a delightful array of local fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and more. Take advantage of the opportunity to support local vendors and savor the flavors of the region.

CREATIVE EXPLORATION WITH HANCOCK COUNTY ARTS 

Fuel your creativity with Hancock County Arts. Participate in workshops, exhibitions, and events that celebrate artistic expression. Check out pastel art at the Chalk Fest Interactive Display on September 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m at the Hancock County Arts Gallery. Upcoming workshops include mixed media, wire drawing, and painting. There’s a wealth of opportunities to immerse yourself in the world of art and culture.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: CAMPING IN HANCOCK COUNTY 

For those seeking outdoor escapes, S&H Campground and Heartland Campground offer a range of camping options. From hiking and fishing to enjoying on-site activities like miniature golf and swimming, these campgrounds provide an ideal setting to connect with nature and make lasting memories. 

This fall, Greenfield and its surrounding areas invite you to bask in the magic of the season. Whether you’re exploring illuminated pumpkins, indulging in autumnal treats, or embracing outdoor adventures, the possibilities are endless. Mark your calendar and create cherished memories against the backdrop of Greenfield’s charming fall landscape.