All Things Fall Just South of Indy

Posted by: Shelby Miles on September 3, 2021

Fall is in the air and we’re ready for all the festivities this season brings. To help everyone get in the fall spirit, we hit the town and found the best fall flavors, festivities, shopping and more.

Fall Flavors

The first step in getting in the fall spirit is treating your taste buds to some seasonal flavors. Of course there’s pumpkin spice, but these cafés have gone beyond the PSL to create new fall flavors.

Legacy Nutrition can create almost any flavor to fit your palette. In honor of fall, they created flavors such as pumpkin cookie, pumpkin spice latte, caramel pumpkin cheesecake and brown sugar cinnamon. These can be made into coffee-based drinks or protein smoothies.

Another spot for unique drinks and flavors is the Local Grind. This local drink shop offers hundreds of flavor combinations with new ones being released frequently.

You can grab a pumpkin cold foam latte and seasonal (gluten free!) baked goods at 1823 Bakehouse.

Another local favorite, Main & Madison Market Café, is crafting brown sugar cinnamon lattes and butterscotch lattes.

You'll find unique macarons at Norma Jean's Pastries in Franklin. Their fall menu includes flavors like apple bourbon, butterbeer, pumpkin spice, caramel apple, carrot cake and more.

In Franklin and Greenwood, Coffeehouse Five creates decadent white chocolate butterscotch blondies and can craft maple caramella drinks to your liking.

Also in Greenwood, Strange Brew is known for creating out-of-the-box flavors. This season, they have a pistachio latte, a kettle corn latte, a frozen apple orchard drink and a caramel corn latte.

Not a coffee drinker? Hoosier Cupboard, Candy, Snacks & Ice Cream has pumpkin pie ice cream and a collection of spooky candies. 

Check out our full list of cafés here.

Fall Festivities

There’s nothing like strolling through the apple orchard or picking your own pumpkin in the brisk fall air. Add these events and attractions to your calendar this season.

Apple Works has the quintessential fall experience. With delicious apples, pumpkin picking, apple treats like apple dumplings and donuts, a petting zoo and outdoor activities, it covers all the bases. They also feature live music every weekend from September 4 through October 31.

The Franklin Fall Festival is a favorite for visitors and locals alike. This annual event takes place in downtown Franklin and features live music and entertainment, food vendors, a parade, fireworks and more. It will be on September 25 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Dollie’s Farm is a U-pick flower farm in Franklin that often hosts fall festivities throughout the season. Their pumpkin patch and corn maze offer the perfect spot for a fall photo opportunity and you can find other attractions like goat yoga and food trucks there on select weekends.

Starting in October, scarecrows of all varieties will pop up around Festival Country. The event is called Scarecrow Madness, where businesses and locals display their creative scarecrows as a fundraiser for Johnson County Senior Services. Follow their scarecrow map to find them all.

Kelsay Farms kicks off their season on October 1 and will be open every weekend in October. Attractions include a corn maze, barn filled will corn kernels, hayrides and a straw bale mountain.

Fall Harvest Festival at Waterman’s Family Farm is another classic fall experience with hayrides, a straw bale playground, miniature train rides, farm animals, a pumpkin patch and more. The farm is open from October 1 through 31.

On October 2, Jenkins Farm Market Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch will open in Franklin. The farm includes a corn maze scavenger hunt, pumpkins, hayrides and a fall market every Saturday and Sunday.

Fall Vintage Fest, an event featuring dozens of vintage and handmade vendors, will be in downtown Franklin on October 2. This is the perfect place to get festive home décor or kick start your holiday shopping.

Mallow Run weekends continue into fall. On October 8 through 10, they’ll host Harvest Festival with music, wine and fall food. Blue River Band, Indy Annies and Living Proof will be performing.

Halloween festivals including Halloween Town in Franklin and Monster Mash in Greenwood will be going on the weekend of October 22-24 and Trunk or Treat Halloween Festival in Edinburgh will be on October 31.

From October 16-17, the Hoosier Fall Festival will be at the Johnson County Fairgrounds featuring amusement park rides, live entertainment, kids activities, an exotic petting zoo and vendors.

Click these links to learn about other great events happening this season like Rock the Clock, Hops & Vines and Daily Journal Street Party.

Fall Décor

The next step to celebrating fall is bringing the colors and scents of fall indoors. Vintage and home stores throughout Festival Country are switching seasons and stocking up with cozy candles, blankets, crafted pumpkins, signs, and more. Check out Vintage Whimsy, Brick & Mortar, Farm Girl Mercantile, Pump House Antiques, Take Root Country Store, Simple Abundance and our many other antique and locally owned shops to find all things fall.

Fall Fashion

There’s a chill in the air and local boutiques are ready to outfit your fall wardrobe with fun additions like distressed flannels, versatile layers, sweaters and more. Check out some of our favorites like Brick Street Boutique, BYTAVI, Dottie Couture, Jade Stone, Sassy Ginger and Brianne’s Boutique