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74º | Mostly sunny | 10% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:28 a.m. | Sunset 7:49 p.m.

 
🍎 The apples (and pumpkins) of our eye
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Depending on when you visit Stuckey Farm, you may get the chance to pick your own sunflowers too. | INDYtoday team
Autumn is coming — which means all the farms, orchards, and pumpkin patches around Indy are opening their gates. Whether you’re looking to pick pumpkins, apples, or kids off the ground after a long day of fun, here are a few spots near Indy to satisfy all of your fall cravings.

Waterman’s Family Farm | Open daily through Tuesday, Oct. 31 | 9 a.m.-8 p.m. | 7010 E. Raymond St. | $12+ | Beyond the standard hayride and maze offerings, this farm is unique for its variety of games like duckpin bowling, football toss, and human hamster wheels.

Lark Ranch | Dates vary through Sunday, Oct. 29 | Various times | 1611 N. Meridian Rd., Greenfield | $15-$18 | After you’ve picked your pumpkins, you can easily spend a whole day at Lark Ranch, thanks to the surplus of fun activities like gem mining, pony rides, a rock wall, bungee trampolines, and the adult zipline.

Aerial shot of Lark Ranch farm

Lark Ranch has acres of activities + plenty of pumpkins.

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Photo via Lark Ranch

Piney Acres Farm | Dates vary from Saturday, Sept. 23 through Monday, Oct. 30 | Various times | 1115 E. 1000 N., Fortville | $10+ | Families will go corn nuts for this farm, featuring a massive kids zone and an amazing variety of pumpkins and gourds to take home. And after hours, the brave of heart can test their mettle as Piney Acres becomes the Scream Farm.

Beasley’s Orchard | Open daily through Tuesday, Oct. 31 | Various hours | 2304 E. Main St., Danville | $10-$14 | Take the hayride to pick your own apples and pumpkins then head back for the Barnyard Bonanza, corn maze, and apple cannons. Plan ahead: the orchard has fun themed weekends, such as Dog Days at the Maze and Halloweekend.
 
 
Events
 
Monday, Sept. 18
  • Southbank Theatre Company Presents Seeking Nietzsche | Monday, Sept. 18-Sunday, Sept. 24 | Times vary | Shelton Auditorium at Butler Arts Center, 1000 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis | $30 | This play tells the triumphant tale of the man who helped shape the modern world: Friedrich Nietzsche.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • Live Music Tuesdays @ Circle Centre Mall | Tuesday, Sept. 19-Tuesday, Dec. 26 | Times vary | Circle Centre Mall Dining Pavilion, 49 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis | Free | Wind down with colleagues + grab a bite to eat after work or bring the whole family for an evening of live local music.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • Leave No Trace | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6-7 p.m. | Carmel Clay Public Library, 425 E. Main St., Carmel | Free | Register to learn the principles of “Leave No Trace” to help you explore the outdoors sustainably.
Thursday, Sept. 21
  • Happy Fall Painting Class | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 6-8 p.m. | uPaint Pottery Studio, 3113 W. Smith Valley Rd., Ste. D, Greenwood | $39 | Join uPaint to design a beautiful platter that will go perfect with your fall decor.
Friday, Sept. 22
  • For the Love of Art | Friday, Sept. 22 | 6-10 p.m. | Indianapolis Arts Center, 820 E. 67th St., Indianapolis | $150+ | This benefit bash will include food from local caterers, Bier Brewery beer, specialty wine and cocktails, dancing, a live DJ, unique art activities, and silent auctions.
Saturday, Oct. 7
  • Indy Electric Vehicle Showcase | Saturday, Oct. 7 | 12-5 p.m. | The AMP at 16 Tech, 1220 Waterway Blvd, Indianapolis | Free | The Indianapolis Office of Sustainability and Knozone invites you to Indy’s premier event for getting up to speed on driving electric.*
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Conner Prairie’s iconic Headless Horseman Festival returns for another year
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Attendees are sure to encounter spooky sights at every turn. | Photo by Conner Prairie
Lovers of spooky season, rejoice. This October, the Headless Horseman Festival will return to Conner Prairie with something for everyone to enjoy.

Experience:
  • The Trail of Terror through the cornfield
  • Festive games and carnival rides
  • Attractions including the Sleepy Hollow Marionette Show + the Bizarre Bazaar mini-museum
  • Barrel train rides for little ones
  • And of course, the Haunted Hayride, terrorized by the Horseman himself
The festival will be ongoing every Thursday-Sunday for the month of October, starting Thursday, Oct. 5.
 
News Notes
 
Eat
  • The owner of Brockway Public House, Danny Boy Beer Works, and the GOAT is planning a new project at 904 W. Main St. in Carmel. The restaurant, called Boneyard Bar & Restaurant, will cater to adult crowds with an open air seating concept, fire pits, bocce and shuffleboard courts, and occasional live music. (IBJ)
Arts
  • More than $1 million in art was sold at the 18th annual Quest for the West Art Show and Sale, held last week at the Eiteljorg Museum. If you’re interested in getting a piece of the cowboy pie, artworks are still available for public purchase through Sunday, Oct. 8.
Active
  • Registration for the 2024 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is now open. More than 20,000 participants are expected to participate in “America’s Best Half Marathon,” happening Saturday, May 4. (WTHR)
Film
  • The Heartland International Film Festival released the full list of 120+ films to be shown during the event, which runs Thursday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 15. Get tickets popcorn optional. (WRTV)
Outdoors
  • Mark your lunar calendars — Indy will be treated to a partial solar eclipse for several hours of the afternoon on Saturday, Oct. 14. It will be the last annular solar eclipse visible from the contiguous US until 2039. (IndyStar)
Hoosier
  • Today’s a good day for some retail therapy — especially because Abercrombie & Fitch just launched its collaboration with Indy-based fashion influencer Kathleen Post. “This is seriously such a ‘pinch me’ moment... it’s a dream come true,” said Post. (WTHR)
Try This
  • Audiologists are raving about the latest generation of Horizon hearing aids. Why the excitement? They deliver unmatched speech clarity in an ultra-discreet design. The best part? hear.com offers a local, 45-day no-risk trial, so you can try before you buy. Secure your spot.*
Finance
  • How many credit cards are in your wallet? Make your answer “one.” The Ascent’s credit card experts personally signed up for this card because of its perfect mix of benefits: up to 5% cash back, a big bonus, no annual fee, the list goes on. Learn more.*
 
 
Sports
 
🏈 Big Ten blitz time
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Fowling started as a one-lane mashup of football and bowling while tailgating at the Indy 500 in 2001. | Photo by @wanderingwestfield
The Big Ten Football Championship has been played on Indy’s field since it began in 2011 — but with the addition of West Coast teams to the conference and Las Vegas’ bid announcement, it looks like the field to host the game from 2025-2028 may get pretty competitive.

Indiana Sports Corp. has submitted a bid to the Big Ten to keep the game in Indy, as well as play host for its 2025 and 2027 men’s and women’s basketball championships.

These events can have a big impact on our local economy. The football championship historically brings 65,000+ fans to the city and generates $25 million or more in revenue.

What can you do to help? Let’s flood social media with our excitement for keeping the game here — and commitment to making it the best it’s ever been — by using the hashtag #B1GInIndy.

The Big Ten is expected to announce their decision sometime this winter — we’ll let you know as soon as we get word.
 
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The Wrap
 
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Shea
From the editor
With the weather getting colder, two things are inevitably happening in my house: burning more candles and drinking more tea. Let me know if you have some go-to locally sourced blends — and if you need some new candles for fall, check out Indy-made Resolute Candles.
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