The leaves are starting to change and the temperatures are finally dropping, which means fall is officially here! It’s no secret that autumn is my absolute favorite time of year. I would consider myself an expert on the subject, and there is definitely plenty of festive fall fun in Fishers! That’s why I’ve created this Fishers Fall Bucket List. Whether you are looking for a fall date idea or something fun to do for the whole family this list will have something for you on it.
The Apple Store at Conner Prairie
No, not that Apple Store. The Apple Store at Conner Prairie has real apples-and plenty of them! I remember hearing that a visit to the Apple Store was a fall-must-do as far back as elementary school. It is not fall until you’ve stopped in for a hand-dipped caramel apple, apple fritter, and a cider slushie.
They also offer a variety of other items to purchase in the store including candy and holiday decor, as well as taking special orders for gift baskets, gourmet dipped apples, and specialty items for work parties, birthdays, and other celebrations. You do not need tickets to Conner Prairie to shop at the store, and it does have its own entrance.
APPLE STORE HOURS:
Wednesdays through Sundays until October 31: Noon to 5 p.m.
During Headless Horseman evenings, the store will close at 5 p.m. and re-open from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m..
The Apple Store is the Conner Prairie Alliance’s primary fundraiser with proceeds supporting the mission and programs of Conner Prairie.
Photos courtesy of Conner Praire
While we are on the topic of Conner Prairie, there is no way I could put together a fall bucket list without Headless Horseman. This timeless classic has been around as long as I can remember (no really, I attended the event as a kid!), and it is always such a blast at any age!
Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie is so much more than just a hayride with a horseman that is missing a head. It is an entire fall festival complete with hayrides, corn mazes, spooky shows and storytelling, fortune telling, Monster Mini Golf, a live DJ, and more! There are also a variety of food and beverage options including elephant ears, root beer floats, pork tenderloin sandwiches, soft pretzels, popcorn, cotton candy, and more. You can also stop by their Sleepy Hollow Tavern for Sun King beer or cocktails if you are 21+.
Thursdays through Sundays, October 7 through 30, 2021
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Thursday – Sunday: $19
Friday – Saturday: $24
For more information and member pricing, visit: https://www.connerprairie.org/explore/things-to-do/headless-horseman/
Photos courtesy of Geist Coffee Company, The Well Coffeehouse, and Ohana Donuts & Ice Cream
Snag Some Seasonal Coffee at a Local Spot
Nothing screams fall quite like a pumpkin spice latte! Go for a local option, and try out one of these spots seasonal menu items:
Seasonal menu includes a Campfire Latte, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Mocha, Maple Macchiato, Autumn Cold Brew, and more.
Seasonal menu includes a house-made PSL with real pumpkin, cinnamon, maple cardamom and nutmeg, an Apple Cinnamon Latte, and more.
Seasonal menu includes Caramel Apple Peanut Donuts, Pumpkin Latte, Iced Pumpkin Latte, and a Pumpkin Frappe.
Fall Festival at Agripark
The Fishers AgriPark is a 33-acre urban farm that features public fields and gardens along with you-pick options for residents. They are hosting their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.! This family-friendly event will include a pumpkin patch, corn maze, scarecrow trail, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, apple grab, and more. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is required.
Learn more at http://www.playfishers.com/217/Fishers-AgriPark
Photos courtesy of Four Day Ray, Sun King Brewing, and Mashcraft Fishers
Enjoy a Fall Beer at a Local Brewery
It’s that time of year where all the local breweries tap their Oktoberfest beers and pumpkin ales. These are always some of my absolute favorites! Check out some of the spots below where you can find seasonal brews:
Four Day Ray: https://www.fourdayray.com/
Sun King Fishers: https://www.sunkingbrewing.com/fishers-small-batch/
Mashcraft Brewing: https://mashcraft.com/fishers/
Fall Farmers’ Market
Most people probably only think of the summertime when they hear “farmers’ market,” but Fishers has a pretty amazing online fall farmers’ market that runs from October 2 to December 17! The virtual Fishers Fall Farmers’ Market allows you to place your order each week during the ordering window (9 a.m. Saturdays through noon Wednesdays), and then you have it delivered directly to your front door!
For more information, visit: http://playfishers.com/farmersmarket
Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza
No October is complete without carving a pumpkin! Fishers is hosting its annual Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza on Tuesday, October 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. on the Central Green, directly in front of Fishers City Hall. Completed pumpkins will be part of a community display and pumpkin trail at Boo Bash on October 30!
For more information, visit: http://playfishers.com/552/Pumpkin-Carving-Extravaganza
Boo Bash is Fishers Parks’ annual Halloween celebration, and it is taking place on Saturday, October 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater. It features 50 local vendors offering trick-or-treating, a display of community-carved jack-o-lanterns, live music, food, games, and more!
For more information, visit: http://www.playfishers.com/174/Boo-Bash
Sierra Sieracki has been a Fishers resident for nearly 20 years and currently lives in the Geist area. She is a food, drink, and travel blogger and loves to travel and check out the best local spots. You can find her around Fishers checking out all the new breweries, bars, and restaurants that have opened in recent years with her husband and two dogs named Luke and Leia. She loved growing up here and going to school here, and she really enjoys watching how much it has grown into the city it is today. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and check out her website.