Fun Activities to Do in Muncie this Fall


By: Sammi Coppedge, Marketing Assistant

Apple orchards, pumpkin carving, Halloween masks, oh my! Each time September rolls around, people across the country alike prepare for some of the most cherished seasonal events. However, with those events oftentimes comes hefty price tags. Fear not, however, because we have compiled a list of all the ways to have fun this fall in Muncie, without breaking the bank!

Date Night

If you and your significant other are looking for a way to have some romantic alone time this fall, there are a few inexpensive ways to do so in the area.

Tonne Winery: On September 24, 2015 from 5:30-8:30pm, Tonne Winery will be hosting their annual “Wine & Music” night. Food, desserts, and wine will be available for purchase, and make sure to check out Tonne Winery’s signature drink, wine slushies. The cost of cover is $2. For relatively cheap, you can get a romantic getaway for the night enjoying great wine and great music.

Minnetrista Gardens: Minnetrista offers a little bit of everything, but one great way for couples to enjoy this venue on a budget is to visit the gardens. The 40-acre gardens are completely free of charge and offer a variety of different themed gardens. These gardens offer a hidden oasis and a great opportunity for a romantic walk or picnic. With the fall leaves changing colors, this is the perfect time to take advantage of this opportunity.

Family Fun

Whether you have one child, or four, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Muncie this fall. When it comes to families, it is important to stay within budget. Here are a few great ways to not break the bank, without compromising the fun.

Muncie Children’s Museum Halloween Extravaganza: On October 24, 2015 from 10am-4pm, the Muncie Children’s Museum will be hosting their annual Halloween Extravaganza. Children are encouraged to dress in their best costumes and participate in trick-or-treating from 11am-3pm. There will be three opportunities for the trick-or-treaters to visit decorated stations and get candy. There will also be a costume parade, pumpkin painting, pumpkin smashing, and more. The cost of this event is free for members and $6 for non-members.

Apple and Pumpkin Orchards: There are several apple and pumpkin orchards in the Muncie area, all offering unique experiences and lots of opportunities for fun for the whole family.

Jacob Family Orchard: Jacob Family Orchard, located in Muncie, is a great opportunity for those on a tight budget. While many of the activities cost, the admission is free. Activities at the orchard include hay rides, inflatables, pumpkin picking, and more. Jacob Family Orchard is also known for their cinnamon donuts and apple cider slushies. Pumpkins are available starting September 10. Don’t miss out on this fun family activity!

One Fun Farm: Located in Farmville, Ind., One Fun Farm is open from September 26 until October 31. Like Jacob Family Orchard, admission is free. All activities are priced individually. Activities include zip lining, a kiddie corral, a pumpkin patch, and hay rides.

Other orchards: Besides Jacob’s and One Fun Farm, there are a few other orchard farm opportunities. Whitetail Tree Farm and Landess are both great orchards in the Muncie area. Whitetail offers traditional orchard activities like pumpkins, corn mazes, and bonfires, and also a unique bed and breakfast. Landess Farms, located in Daleville and Anderson, offers fresh produce in conjunction with traditional pumpkin patch activities.

Indoor Activities

For those days where weather isn’t quite as nice, there are still plenty of things to do indoors in Muncie. These are great opportunities for rainy days, or for those who don’t enjoy the outdoors as much.

Muncie Civic Theatre: From October 16-November 1, the theatre will be putting on a production of “Into the Woods”. The Civic Theatre is known for quality shows in a historic building. Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for students and children. This musical has been performed on Broadway, many stages across the country, and most recently, as the hit motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. This is a great fall and Halloween themed musical, you don’t want to miss it!

Ball State David Owsley Museum of Art: The Ball State Museum of Art brings collections from all around the world right here to Muncie. This is also a great opportunity for those on a tight budget who would simply like to browse the variety of art the Museum has on display. For the most part, the museum is free, with the exception of certain collections that are only viewable by paying a fee.

Emens Auditorium: On November 19, Flashdance the Musical will be performing at Emens Auditorium on Ball State’s campus. This Broadway musical will be traveling across the country in honor of the 30th anniversary of the show. Prices depend on seating, but start around $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 18 and under, and free for students.