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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 or find all things pumpkin at the Covered Bridge Festival in Crown Point.  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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September 04, 2014

In a career spanning five decades, Journey is blazing hotter than ever with the lineup of Neal Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals), Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Arnel Pineda (lead vocals). The band has reached heights that likely no other artist can hit these days, wit... More

Little Cousin Jasper Festival

September 05, 2014 to September 07, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Jasper County Courthouse Square
  • 115 West Washington Street
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Phone: 219-866-5001
  • Website

An annual three day festival emphasizing the history, people and culture of Rensselaer. This festival has been part of the community since 1974 and includes activities for young and old. Little Cousin Jasper Festival is proud to present to you straight from Nashville, Tenn. MEAGAN TAYLOR & JASON COLEMAN with special Guest Ben Hall Megan is the great-niece of Chet A... More

Look for Migrating Songbirds on Fall Hike

September 05, 2014

In the fall, many migrating songbirds have a completely new look as their plumage changes for the winter. It can be challenging to figure out who is who. Join a Lake County Parks naturalist for a walk through the trails at Gibson Woods to learn a few tips on identifying these long-distance travelers as they make their way south for the winter. More

“The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood" By Mary Lynn Dobson

September 06, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: 4th Street Theater
  • 125 N Fourth St
  • Chesterton, Indiana
  • Times: See website for exact times
  • Phone: 219-926-7875
  • Website

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Monty Python met up with Mel Brooks to tell their version of Robin Hood? Sherwood Forest would never be the same again. SYNOPSIS - It sure is hard to be humble when you're a swashbuckling, egocentric super-hero. But our gallant guy-in-green tries his best as he swaggers through "The Somewhat True Tale of Robi... More

Fur Trader Encampment

September 06, 2014 to September 07, 2014 (Recurring daily)

History Comes Alive Weekend! Join us for special activities all weekend! Be sure to visit the Ouiatenon Brigade on the beach east of the pavilion at the Indiana Dunes State Park as they re-enact the early French fur traders of the area. More

Marching Mustang Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show

September 06, 2014
  • Location: Munster High School
  • 8808 Columbia Avenue
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 8am to 3pm
  • Admission: Free to guests viewing vehicles. $25 for vehicle entries
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The Munster High School Bands will be holding their inaugural Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show September 6th. Rain date September 7th. Registered cars will be judged and trophies awarded to the top 25 scoring cars and trucks. Special awards will include best in show, best paint, best interior, best engine and a special Marching Mustang award for best Mustang. Separate trophies ... More

Popcorn Panic

September 06, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Valparaiso
  • Indiana Avenue and Lafayette Street
  • Valparaiso, Indiana 46385
  • Times: 7:30am
  • Website

The Valparaiso parks department is proud to announce that the 2014 Popcorn Panic is included in the Calumet Striders Gold Cup Races! The race is a five-mile run and five-kilometer (3.2 miles) walk. This annual race offers a challenging course and a scenic tour of Valparaiso. You're invited to race as an individual or as a team - sign up with your family, co-workers or school. More

2nd Annual Fall Fling Vendor Show

September 07, 2014
  • Location: Patrician Banquet Center
  • 410 E. US 30
  • Schererville, IN 46375
  • Times: 10am to 3pm
  • Admission: $2 donation
  • Phone: 219-741-0435
  • Website | Email

2nd Annual Fall Fling Vendor & Craft Show Benefiting: The Munster Junior Women's Club Children's Charities Sunday 60-upscale vendors, crafters and direct-sellers Free gift bags to the first 100 shoppers Entertainment Concessions Raffle Baskets Admission: $2 donation Vendors include: Advocare - Ashley O'Connor Aida's Kitchen a La Criolla, LLC - Aida McA... More

Dunes History Hike

September 07, 2014

Meet the naturalist at the Campground Shelter for a trek through the dunes, and a meeting with the early French fur traders that inhabited this area nearly 200 years ago! More

Golf with Grandpa and Grandma

September 07, 2014

Grandchildren of all ages can treat grandfathers and grandmothers to a free game of miniature golf at Cedar Creek on Grandparents Day, Sunday, Sept. 7. Give your grandparents the best gift of all - a day with you! They get to play for free and you get to spend quality time with them. After your fun outing, treat them to a bite to eat at the snack bar.  More

History Crafts

September 07, 2014

Finish off your weekend with a fun history-related craft at the Nature Center. Come by for an easy make-it, take-it project. More

Painting Party

September 10, 2014

Paint and enjoy a night out with your friends under the instruction of artist Dana Toader! We will offer a full menu and there will be a break halfway through allowing you to enjoy your food. Everyone will walk away with a 16x20 canvas of a painting. More

Beach Glass Jewelry Workshop

September 13, 2014

Register for one of two special workshops that will allow users tolearn the art of wire-wrapping and make your own beach glass or stone jewelery during this 1.5 hour session.   More

Fall Birding

September 13, 2014

Join the Indiana Dunes State Park for a morning of fall migrant birding. They will explore the back dune sites known for finding migrant warblers, thrushes, and more. Total time an hour or just a little more. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. Meet at the campground gate. More

Remington Ride

September 13, 2014
  • Location: Remington Community Park
  • 16227-16489 630W
  • Remington, IN
  • Times: Full ride 8am to 4pm, Half ride 12pm to 4pm
  • Admission: $35 includes the half century ride, support, lunch and the stylish event T-shirt.
  • Website

Enjoy a scenic, half-century tour through the northwestern Indiana countryside. Serious cyclists, hobbyists and those just looking for active family fun are all welcome to participate. The approximately 50-mile Remington Ride begins at the Remington park and has interesting rest stops at a winery, an historic private college, and an award-winning agritourism attraction. ... More

Early Fall Colors

September 14, 2014

Check out the early fall colors this afternoon on this easy stroll from the Nature Center. We'll explore the different colors being produced now, and the conditions that will bring the blaze of color in a few weeks. More

Kegs and Eggs

September 14, 2014
  • Venue: Hunter's Brewing
  • 1535 S. Calumet Rd.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 10:30am to 2pm
  • Admission: $35
  • Phone: 219-728-6729
  • Website

Come join Hungry Inc. and Hunter's Brewery for Kegs & Eggs Brunch. Hungry Inc. will be presenting a special brunch menu featuring dishes made with Hunter's Brewing beers. Brunch Menu: Fresh fruit Salad with Steel Town Girl saison dressing Quiches (vegetarian choice available) Cheesy hash brown casserole (vegetarian) Beer-braised brisket hash Breads/muffins Ti... More

Polish Heritage Festival

September 14, 2014

The 3rd annual Polish Heritage Festival includes a Polish/English Mass at 11am, festival 12pm - 5pm, Polish food, Polka band, Polish dancers, exhibits and demonstrations. More

Trek to the Paw Paw Patch

September 14, 2014

Join Kaitlin for a hike down Trail 2 to visit the many Paw Paw patches in the park. We'll be on search for some "Indiana bananas" before coming back. Meet at the Wilson Shelter for this hour jaunt. More

Sayers, Hornung and Lattner

September 19, 2014
  • Venue: Bridges' Scoreboard
  • 121 N Griffith Blvd
  • Griffith, IN 46319
  • Times: 5pm to 8pm
  • Admission: $75 in Advance, $80 at the Door
  • Phone: 219-924-2206
  • Website | Email

NFL Hall of Famers Gale Sayers and Paul Hornung along with 1953 Heisman Trophy Johnny Lattner will be signing autographs.  Tickets are limited and numbered.  Each ticket includes one autograph from each legend on any items you bring for them to sign. Only one ticket per person.  Items will be available for purchase.   More

16th Annual Sunflower Fair

September 20, 2014
  • Location: Downtown La Porte
  • Indiana and Jefferson
  • La Porte, IN 46350
  • Website

The Sunflower Fair in beautiful, historic downtown La Porte is one of the largest area festivals with more than 100 craft and nonprofit vendors, food, entertainment, rides and more. This unique fair celebrating everything fall and community, is brought to you by the Chamber and a volunteer committee of dedicated community members. More

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