Looking for things to do in Evansville this fall? You’ve picked the perfect spot for something as simple as strolling through neighborhoods to catch the changing leaves or going all-out-for-fall with a weekend getaway during our most-famous festival. Here are three reasons to visit Evansville this season.
There isn’t a more clear sign that autumn has arrived than the bright bursts of colors that tint the treetops in assorted shades of red, orange, and yellow. Since fall also brings amiable temperatures for enjoying the great outdoors, there are a few places you should head to take in the spectacular show.
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve
The largest old-growth urban forest in the United States is in the heart of the city and it offers some of the best views of fall foliage in Evansville. But what makes it truly special is the nearly 5 miles of trails you can walk throughout the nature preserve.
You’ll pass under canopies created by the trees and over bridges scattered with fallen leaves. It will be hard to believe you’re on our city’s bustling east side and not in one of our country’s most famed national forests.
Is the west side the best side for taking in the fall foliage? Fans of Burdette Park would answer yes, and you probably would too after spending the day taking in the 180-acres of scenic rolling hills.
But why just stay for the day? Wind down with an overnight getaway at one of the park’s chalets or full hook up sites for RVs. Some adventurers even choose to pitch a tent and camp overnight, enjoying the spectacular views from sunrise to sunset.
The only thing better than picking the perfect jack o’ lantern to sit proudly on your porch is all the fun you can have at the pumpkin patch. Visit one of our three u-pick pumpkin patches from September - October for tons of family fun.
You’ll find a lot more than gourds at Goebel Farms. The third-generation family farm is a top fall destination in Evansville.
Your first stop should be the 100-year-old barn to take a trip down the slide or test your strength on the rope swing. Then, head to the elaborate corn maze with unexpected twists and turns from beginning to end. Don’t forget to feed the goats and alpacas at the petting zoo!
You can either pick out your favorite pumpkins at the Goebel Farms market or hop on a hayride and pluck one straight from the vine. There are so many varieties to choose from - you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for here.
Mayse Farm Market
For more family fun on the farm, head to Mayse Farm Market. It’s more than a pumpkin patch - there are so many things to do here you many never want to leave!
Don’t be afraid to get a little corny. There’s a 5-acre corn maze, 20-foot corn field slide, and a corn stalk tunnel. Try your hand at the pumpkin slingshot, zipline on granny’s clothesline, or test your luck at tons of other fun yard games that are included with general admission.
You can choose to take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch and pick your own right from the field. But Mayse Farm also has a huge market space with plenty of pre-picked pumpkins as well as fresh produce grown on-site. Seasonally, they sell sweet corn, apples, broccoli, cabbage, squash, and much more.
Engelbrecht’s Orchard is well-known around these parts for their delicious apples and juicy peaches. But they’re also an old favorite for u-pick pumpkins.
Spend a day on the farm with the family. Kids will love strolling through the rows and rows of plump pumpkins that come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re lucky, you can grab some of their other seasonal fruits as a delicious snack to enjoy after all that hard work.
Spooks and Haunts
We can’t talk about fall without mentioning all the spectacularly spooky things that happen in October. From the famous Grey Lady to good ol’ fashion homegrown mysteries, check out these hair-raising haunts at your own risk.
The Grey Lady at Willard Library
Since 1937, numerous accounts of paranormal activity has been reported at Indiana’s oldest library. Most of it is attributed to the Grey Lady, who got her name when a custodian stumbled upon a ghost wearing grey shoes and a grey veil.
Over the last 82 years, librarians and patrons alike have reported smelling perfume, finding books and furniture moved, feeling cold bursts of air, and sensations of touch. Willard Library even has a live Ghost Cam that has caught the shadowy figure a few times.
Every October, hundreds of people tour the library in hopes of a paranormal encounter. Check their schedule for upcoming Grey Lady ghost tours.
Haunted Historic Evansville
Experience Downtown Evansville and Haynie’s Corner like you never have before. The last weekend in October, Haunted Historic Evansville offers guided walking tours of our most historic (and haunted) neighborhoods.
Walk in the moonlight through Riverside Historic District while listening to 19th and 20th century tales from prominent historical residents. On this tour, you’ll see the old mansions in a new way while learning about the history, mysteries, and even tragedies that enshroud them.
If debauchery and mischief is more your speed, hop on the Haynie’s Corner tour to be immersed in the 1800’s lifestyle in this nook of town. The secrets and tales of miscreants and mystery are brought to life in a frenzy of flashbacks.
Fall Events in Evansville
Looking for other ways to enjoy the changing season? Evansville has many fall events worth exploring. From girls night out to family friendly fun, here’s what’s coming up.
Downtown Evansville Fall Wine Walk
Taste your way through Downtown Evansville at the annual Fall Wine Walk. Enjoy wine, live music, tarot card readings, and more on Friday, September 27.
West Side Nut Club Fall Festival
Voted the top fall attraction in Indiana, the Fall Festival has been an Evansville tradition for almost 100 years. This week-long celebration hosts over 130 food booths with some of the most insane menu items (hello, brain sandwich!), carnival games, live entertainment, and much more. Check it out October 7-12.
Noco Makers Market
Shop over 40 local makers on Sunday, October 13 in Downtown Evansville. This kid and dog-friendly eventfeatures a pumpkin patch, s’mores station, yard games, and more.
Wandering Owl Twilight Tasting
Spend the evening under the sunset sampling local food, beer, and wine. Wesselman Woods hosts its annual tasting event on October 19 in its new Nature PlayScape.
Boo at the Zoo
Enjoy Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden’s annual event for family Halloween fun. The event runs October 19-21 and 26-28 and features trick or treating, costume contest, animal encounters, and more.
Every year, Angel Mounds State Historic Site hosts a spooktacular event. On October 19, enjoy haunted trails, hayrides, games and crafts for all ages.
Hadi Shrine Circus
Jugglers, acrobats, and clowns - oh my! The Hadi Shrine Circus is a longstanding tradition in the Evansville area. Showtimes start Thanksgiving day.
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