Apple festivals Indiana Apple Festivals in 2023

Update for 2023:

It looks like most festivals are returning, aside from those that were killed off by the lockdowns of the past 2 years. That took a heavy toll on their finances. I am checking with them day by day, if you have an update for an, please tell me via the Feedback form.

Looking for a apple festival in Indiana in 2023? (just scroll down the page)There is no other listing as complete and current as this list, just updated! All the apple festivals in Indiana we can find are listed on this page! If you love strawberries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm always looking for more apple festivals! Please write me, if you know of any to add!  I update the dates as soon as the festivals publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's own website. 

Always click on the links to the festival to confirm this year's dates; weather and other conditions could cause a change at the last minute. They may change or cancel at the last minute. . If they don't have a website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.

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2023 Apple Festivals in Indiana - Where, When and More to Find an Apple Festival Near You!


Apples typically ripen from July (yes, some early varieties start then, especially in southern areas) through early November.  Most apple varieties ripen in Spetember and October and this is when most apple festivals are held.  Unlike strawberries, which grow almost anywhere, apples are grown commercially in half as many states. They do not grow well in very warm climates, like Florida, and along the Gulf coast, etc. Apples require a certain number of hours of cold (below 40 F) in order to produce fruit. So most commercial apple production and apple festivals are north of Interstate 20 (I-20).

There are two general types of apple festivals 1) community festivals, usually organized by a church, school, local Chamber of commerce or a town and 2). Apple festival held at and by a farm. They are different in what they offer, and community festivals tend to be less expensive so they are grouped separately. (of course not all states and areas have both.)
Following the festival listings are links to our easy to follow directions about making apple jam, freezing apples, apple pies and much more.

Community Apple Festivals

Allen County (Fort Wayne)

  • Cory Apple Festival - The Cory Apple Festival is at the end of September every year.
    Cory, IN. You can buy apples by the bushel there and they have flea markets and craft stands. This festival is a huge hit and people come from miles around to go. They have a little bit of everything. .
    Comments from a visitor on August 09, 2008:
    "I love the festival and I know several other people that enjoy it too. The town, Cory, is small town living at its finest. And it kicks off the festival season here in western Indiana where we have the Covered Bridge Festivals as well. "
  • Johnny Appleseed Festival - mid-September,  Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (September 17, 2022 and September 18, 2022)
    Johnny Appleseed Park - Archer Park, Fort Wayne, IN 46805.
    FARMER'S MARKET: Here you will find fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers & don't forget apple cider! Also a huge assortment of dried flowers and plants. You will also find delicious bread, muffin, cookie, dip & sauce mixes you can take home and make fresh yourself.
    FOOD BOOTHS: After a few hours of shopping, watching pioneer demonstrations, and playing children's games, you will no doubt be ready to eat. Fortunately, the Johnny Appleseed Festival offers you plenty of options!
    CRAFT BOOTHS: Though out the festival grounds you will find an assortment of crafters. The items are handmade from materials available in the wilderness areas where Johnny wandered sowing his apple seeds. Wood, Cloth, Glass and metal come together in the array of finely crafted gifts for the willing buyer.
    ANTIQUES & PRIMITIVES: The Antique and Primitives area is located between the Festival Stage and the Trappers & Traders near the Johnny Appleseed Gravesite. More than 25 juried vendors offer a variety of antiques and primitives.
    DEMONSTRATORS: As I have traveled near and far, I have seen many wondrous things. I have heard beautiful music, tasted food that was like nothing I have ever tasted before, yet watching people create the things they need for everyday living or to sell or trade is the most interesting.
    CHILDREN'S AREA: Ya know, I've been playing so hard with the kids down in the children's area I plum forgot to tell you all about it. Well, why I collect my thoughts and take a break, let me at least remind you about all the fun games there are to do here, including a really fun straw maze.

Elkhart County

  • Nappanee Apple Festival - September 16, 2021 to September 19, 2021
    Nappanee, IN. Phone: 574-773-7812 and 574-773-7810. Fax: 574-773-4691. Email: Apples galore! Classic Car cruise ins, apple peeling contest, an apple bake-off, and antique fire truck show are just a few of the traditional events that make this festival great! Dozens of craft exhibitors, parade  with bands, brightly colored floats and of course the Apple Festival Queen! There is no admission charge. Crates of the fresh fruit dotting the downtown sidewalks. Food booths run by the Rotary to the sororities. From fritters to cobbler and Dutch apple pie, you will find no short lines, but plenty of time to catch up on the fall gossip. Sweet cider is the drink of the day and the apple butter boiling in the copper kettle can be taken home, if you're the patient type.

Greene County

Harrison County

  • Woodbine Indiana Applefest - Last Saturday of September Every Year
    P.O. Box 274, Woodbine, IA 51579. Email: From pies to pastries to slushies' to carameled, the last Saturday of every September is dedicated to a festival of everything APPLE! Located in Woodbine, IA, along the historic Lincoln Highway, Applefest has drawn crowds of nearly 13,000 people!  Along with our apples, we host one of Iowa's largest car shows, which has attracted over 350 makes and models from as early as the Model T Ford! We put on a craft show and also support flea market and local business vendors... It's a great time to start your holiday shopping! If food is your passion, we offer a wide variety of delicious cuisine, sure to fit any taste!  After the day is done, be sure to check out the entertainment at the beer garden located at 5th and Walker Streets. This event is sponsored by Tommy Gate and Good Fellows, and is a great way to relax after an eventful day! We hope to see you this coming September! Click here for a link to our Facebook page.

Noble County

  • Apple Festival of Kendallville - First full weekend in October, Saturdfay from 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm
    902 Dowling Street, Kendallville, Indiana 46755. Email: A large children's area with games, activities, crafts and rides. A primitive traders village, demonstration buildings, a Civil War encampment and entertainment on 3 stages have all been added over the years. Today the festival budget is over $80,000, and the festival hosts some 70,000 visitors each year. Nearly one hundred crafters sell their wares at the festival and antique dealers fill the Merchant's Building.

Owen County

  • Spencer Indiana Apple Butter Festival  - mid September - last held in 2019; there is NOTHING current on the internet about it this year.  COVID lockdowns claim another festival.
    Spencer, Indiana. Held on the Square. There are a lot of craft booths and contests and a parade on Sunday at 1 pm.

Farm Apple Festivals

In addition to community and church festivals, some private farms have their own apple festivals.  See each farm for this year's dates (they often do not announce them until the end of May). They usually have PYO apples then, too.  Also, scroll down to see the links to recipes, freezing, canning and jam making directions at the bottom of the page.

  • Anderson Orchard - September 25, 2021 and September26, 2021 - Rain or Shine
    369 East Greencastle Road, Mooresville, IN 46158. Phone: 317-831-4181. Fax: 317-831-4850. Email: Directions: We are located 2 miles west of Mooresville on Main Street. Approximately one mile west of town, Main Street turns into Greencastle Road, immediately after White Lick Road. click here for a map and directions.
    Orchard, Concessions & Food: 8am until 8pm or dark whichever comes first
    Crafter: 9 am to 5 pm
    Join us for:
    Picked and U-Pick Apples (Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Jonathan, and many other favorites)
    Visit our Pumpkin Patch
    80+ Crafters
    Grilled Sandwiches and Hot Dogs, plus an assortment of sides and drinks
    Concession Stand is open
    Straw Pile
    Picnic Areas
    Homemade Apple Cobbler with Ice Cream
    Homemade Breads Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. Anderson Orchard Facebook page. Apple Festival and Craft Fair: September. Visit our Apple Varieties page for availability of your favorite apples. Also chestnuts, plums, pumpkins, raspberries, and prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, school tours
    Comments from a visitor on May 04, 2010: "Pick your own apples, berries, etc. Have annual fall festival with craft tent, etc. Large "barn" with gift shop, restrooms, concessions, etc"
  • Stumler Orchard and Restaurant's annual AppleFest.  - early October weekend - Saturday, from 10 am to 8 pm. and Sunday, October 3, from 10 am to 6 p.m
    Galena, IN.. This is the 22nd year for the event. There will be fun for all with arts and crafts, flea market, demonstrations, pony rides, petting zoo and family games. There will be a kiddie tractor pull with registration both days at 1 p.m. with the pull being held at 1:30 pm There will also be pumpkin painting, hayrides to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, or pumpkins available in all shapes and sizes. "Ol Hess" the magical clown will be on the grounds both days from 11 am to 4 p.m. making balloon animals and doing his magical tricks. Antique gas engines and tractors will have a "Show & Swap Meet" both days. Plenty of food will be available outside under the tent, including barbecue, country fries, fish, brats, chili and bean soup, cornbread, chicken and dumplings and much more. Inside the restaurant there will be fried chicken and roast pork dinners. Also available will be apple dumplings, pumpkin pie and fried apple pies. Caramel apples, as well as plenty of plain apples, will be available for purchase at the farm market. Riverside Cloggers will perform on Saturday at 1 pm, along with other dance groups. Rainbow Dance Group will perform on Sunday at 2 p.m. There will be live music both days as well. Directions to Stumlers: Take I-64 west to Exit 119, go to Galena and turn right onto Navilleton Road. Follow Stumler Orchard and Restaurant's red and white signs.

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