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As the days get shorter and the air becomes crisper, the South Shore offers much to do to enjoy fall… more




Fall Events

Are you a fan of popcorn, pumpkins or a good scare? If so, fall is the time of year for you to visit the South Shore! September is full of festivals; watch the parade at Popcorn Festival in Valparaiso.  Browse a community yard sale, check out a car show or let the kids enjoy the games, crafts and activities at Bizarre Bazaar in Hammond. Cheer on the model boats at the Clocktower Model Boat Race in Hobart or celebrate your love of beer at the Valpo Brewfest.

If you prefer something a little spookier, visit Buckley Homestead in Lowell mid-September for the Legend of Sleepy Hollow or dare to tour one of the haunted houses or haunted trails in the area throughout October.


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Special Events

Stewardship Days

October 24, 2015 to April 23, 2016 (Recurring monthly on the 4th Saturday)

Join the national park staff and help cut brush and remove invasive plants to help restore a very rare oak savanna habitat in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. this program will be held every 4th Saturday of the month and it will begin at 9:00 am and last for 3 hours. More

Birding with Ken Brock at National Lakeshore

November 07, 2015 to November 28, 2015 (Every Saturday)

Join birding expert Ken Brock on Saturday mornings in November between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. Brock, author of "The Birds of Indiana Dunes" will be located at the Portage Lakefront pavilion in search of migratory waterfowl and other birds. If it is not a good day for birding along the lakefront, ... More

Junie B. Jones the Musical

November 20, 2015 to December 06, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Chicago Street Theatre
  • 154 W Chicago Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See Website for exact dates and times
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

This holiday season, "Junie B. Jones" returns to the Chicag Street Theatre stage in an all new musical! Barbara Parks' cherished childrens book character is full of remarkable wit, humor and sass. Give your family an early holiday gift by enjoying "Junie B. Jones" together. Order tickets early-last time this first grader was at CST, tickets sold-out faster t... More

Annual Turkey Walk at Friendship Gardens & Native American Heritage Day

November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving is about traditions and a local favorite is the Turkey Walk at Friendship Gardens. Donations of canned or packaged food or cat/dog food will be gathered for those in need. More

Thanksgiving at The WaterBird

November 26, 2015
  • Venue: WaterBird Banquet Center
  • 526 Indian Boundary Road
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: Taking reservations from 12pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Adults: $19.95, Kids (4 - 11): $11.95, Children (3 & Under): FREE
  • Phone: 219-928-1514
  • Website | Email

Join The WaterBird Lakeside Banquet Center for a Thanksgiving Buffet. Enjoy a worry free holiday by letting us do the cooking and more importantly, the dishes! Enjoy a plentiful Thanksgiving spread including: - Roast Turkey - Roast Honey Ham - Buttermilk Mashed Potato & Gravy - Roasted Carrots - Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing - Cranberry Sauce - Salad Bar with A... More

100 Years of Indiana State Parks

November 27, 2015

Join us in the Nature Center auditorium for this 50-minute documentary that captures 100 years of the Indiana State Parks. It was produced in 2009 by PBS and shows great scenes from your favorite parks. Come check it out! More

18th Annual Christmas Walk

November 27, 2015 to November 28, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Downtown Lowell, Indiana
  • Commercial Avenue
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: 10am to 4pm
  • Phone: 219-306-0945
  • Website | Email

Join Lowell's Downtown Businesses in celebrating the kickoff to the Holiday Shopping Season with our 18th Annual Christmas Walk. Decorated in a common theme of "Snowflakes and Fairies," participating shops will be offering in-store specials and refreshments. Diana Lynn Photography will be taking family and individual portraits from 11am to 2pm on both Friday and Satur... More

Holiday Crafts

November 27, 2015

Escape the shopping crowds and join us for a relaxing hour in the Nature Center. We'll have a special holiday-themed nature craft to work on while watching the birds in the bird room. More

Midwest Training & Ice Black Friday Hockey Camp

November 27, 2015

Bring in your hockey players age 14 and up for a Black Friday Hockey Camp from 8am to 4pm. They will learn Power Skating and Rapid Shoot. They will also have Off Ice Skills Training during Open Gym, Small Area Games Battle Drills and Dryland Training. This is a great way for the players to perfect their skills while mom and dad get their shopping done! The cost for the camp is ... More

Midwest Training & Ice Center Black Friday Gymnastics Clinics

November 27, 2015

Bring the kids to Midwest Training and Ice Center for Black Friday Gymnastics Clinics so you can shop 'til you drop! Each clinic is $25. The Back Handspring Clinic (9-11AM) is designed for beginner level tumblers wishing to learn a back handspring. This clinic will cover the basics leading up to and including back handsprings. The Tuck/Fulls Clinic (11AM-1PM) is d... More

Midwest Training & Ice Center Black Friday Open Gym

November 27, 2015

This open gym is designed for children ages 6 and up. This is a great opportunity for children to burn off some of that holiday energy. The cost is $10. More

Puma Thanksgiving Classic

November 27, 2015 to November 28, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Saint Joseph’s College will host its inaugural basketball classic on Nov 27 and 28 at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer in Indiana. More

Dump the Stuffing Hike

November 28, 2015

Strap on your hiking boots and join guest naturalist Cookie Ferguson for a trot up to Mt. Tom and back. Work off that Thanksgiving Day belly! Meet at the Nature Center. More

Model Train Show

November 28, 2015 to November 29, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Lake County Fairgrounds
  • 889 S. Court St
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Sat 10am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-922-6083

The show will feature all gauges of model and toy trains, with featured brands including Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, HO and more. This is the second year the Thanksgiving Train Show has been hosted in the region. More than 1,000 attendees are expected to visit; purchase, learn and enjoy toy and model trains in 2015. Exhibitors will come from Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, I... More

Pink Floyd Tribute by "Echoes of Pompeii"

November 28, 2015

Enjoy the annual event Pink Floyd Tribute by "Echoes of Pompeii." This Pink Floyd tribute band is made up of regular hard-working members of society who come together on stage to perform the best music, from the best band rock and roll has produced in the past 50 year. More

100 Years of Indiana State Parks

November 29, 2015

Join us in the Nature Center auditorium for this 50-minute documentary that captures 100 years of the Indiana State Parks. It was produced in 2009 by PBS and shows great scenes from your favorite parks. Come check it out! More

Feed the Birds

November 29, 2015

Join the Naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding of our birds. Get great close up views of chickadees, cardinals and woodpeckers! Great fun for all! More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started June 06, 2015 (Every Saturday)

Enjoy hands-on family activities in the park's west end visitor center, especially the new Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is the tradition. Help feed the center's resident turtles or fish or join a ranger for a hike in Miller Woods. More

Bernard Williams, Edra Soto and Chris Silva's exhibitions at Lubeznik Center for the Arts

October 03, 2015 to January 09, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Join the Lubeznik Center For the Arts exhibitions Bernard Williams, Edra Soto, and Chris Silva. Edra Soto: Tropicalamerican features a series of flags and chairs that are made by applying traditional crafting techniques to untraditional formats. Bernard Williams: Hard Driving features installations that frame American culture in relation to the automobile, unequal com... More

November Tour Times

November 01, 2015 to December 05, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington St.
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 1pm
  • Phone: 219-873-1520
  • Website

Tours will be offered every Tuesday- Saturday at 1pm. The Mansion will be closed November 11th in honor of Veteran's Day and will again be closed November 26th- December 5th for final Christmas preparations. More

Photography Exhibit

November 06, 2015 to November 29, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Southern Shores Art Association
  • 724 Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, Indiana 46360
  • Website

Annual Camera Club Exhibit showing fine art photography. A judge will select a winner for the Paul Dunne award. More

After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness

November 26, 2015 to November 28, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Enjoy extraordinary savings as the stores open early on Thanksgiving and into Midnight Madness. Thurs 6pm12am; Fri 12am-10pm. More

A Christmas Carol, The Musical

November 27, 2015 to December 13, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

To wrap up the year, we offer a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens's most well-known story. The story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this lavish and thrilling musical. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three... More

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