When and where to find festivals in Michiana this September

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By: Danielle Waldron
dwaldron@flavor574.com

If you plan our your schedule, you could hit a few outdoor festivals in Michiana within the next couple of weeks, and what a beautiful time of year to do it! 

As crisp autumn air sets in, it’s a great time to get outside and enjoy the bounty of harvest season and the change in the air. 

There’s an outdoor festival for you and your family this month, no matter what you’re into. 

MARSHALL COUNTY BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL 

Blueberry picking season is over, but the celebration of Indiana and Michigan’s blueberry bounty is not. Try blueberry ice cream, blueberry pies and be sure to save room for those beloved blueberry doughnuts

When: Sept. 4-7
5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (some events start earlier), 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday

Where: Centennial Park, 1660 N. Michigan St., Plymouth

Cost: Admission to the festival is free, you just pay for parking and food.

BREW LA LA 

Support Symphony of the Lakes at this inaugural fundraiser with live music, beer and local food. 

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5

Where: Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts, 2515 E. Center St., Warsaw

Cost: $12 for adults, $5 for ages 13 to 20 and free for children under 12. Admission does not cover the cost of food. 

SOUTH SIDE FAMILY FUN FEST

Join Elkhart’s Southside Inc. for an afternoon of food and outdoor fun over Labor Day weekend. There’ll also be a barbecue cook-off; volunteers are still needed to help grill 500 pounds of rib tips.

When: 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 

Where: Roosevelt Park, 229 S. Second St., Elkhart 

Cost: Admission is free, you just pay for food. 

MISHAWAKA HERITAGE FESTIVAL 

Six area restaurants are teaming up to celebrate the rich culture of the Princess City. There’ll also be a 5K run/walk, live music and more. 

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7

Where: Central Park, 295 E. Mishawaka Ave., Mishawaka 

Cost: It’s free to get into the festival, you just pay for food. 

RUSSIAN FESTIVAL

Experience a taste of Russian culture with food, music, dancing and tours of the beautiful Russian Orthodox church. 

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12

Where: Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Church, 61355 C.R. 21, Goshen

Cost: Free to attend, pay for food and souvenirs

HARVEST FESTIVAL 

Take a short day trip up to Michigan for wine tastings, a picnic and live blues music at Lemon Creek Winery’s annual Harvest Festival.

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12

Where: Lemon Creek Winery, 533 E. Lemon Creek Road, Berrien Springs, Mich.

Cost: General admission is $10 per person for those 21 and older, free for those under 21 as long as accompanied by family. 

POTAWATOMI ZOO BREW

Help support your local zoo while enjoying an evening among the wildlife, sampling the best of our region’s craft beer, spirits and food. 

When: 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12

Where: Potawatomi Zoo, 500 S. Greenlawn Ave., South Bend

Cost: $40 general admission, $60 VIP, $35 for zoo members

MAD ANTHONY OKTOBEERFEST 

More than 40 breweries are expected to descend on Fort Wayne for the brewing festival. Homebrewed submissions will also be available for tasting, and food trucks will be on hand for snacks. 

When: 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 

Where: Headwaters Park West, 333 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne 

Cost: Tickets are $30 and are available online

NAPPANEE APPLE FESTIVAL 

A 600-pound apple pie, carnival rides and a parade are just a few of the festivities during Nappanee’s annual festival. 

When: Sept. 17-20 

Where: Downtown Nappanee 

Cost: It’s free to go to the festival, but bring cash for food and other attractions. 

Know of another festival? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list! 

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