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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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Special Events

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. 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

Polish Heritage Festival

September 14, 2014

3rd annual Polish Heritage Festival held at the International Friendship Gardens in Michigan City, IN. Polish/English Mass at 11am. Festival 12pm - 5pm. Polish food, Polka band, Polish dancers, exhibits and demonstrations. More

Sandhill Crane Festival and Car Show

September 20, 2014
  • Downtown
  • Wheatfield, IN 46392
  • Times: Starts at 10am
  • Phone: 219-616-4732
  • Website

The festival's biggest draw is a car, motorcycle and tractor show with an awards ceremony. There will also be music, children's activities, food and craft vendors. More

Wanatah Scarecrow Festival

September 26, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Scarecrow Square
  • North Main Street between Cross and High Streets
  • Wanatah, IN 46390
  • Times: Friday 3pm to 10pm, Saturday 8am to 10pm and Sunday 8am to 5pm
  • Phone: 800-548-1417
  • Website | Email

Enjoy arts and crafts, rides for children, a pork chop dinner, fish fry and pancake breakfast, a parade, scarecrow sculpting, fun runs for children and adults, music and variety acts, a car show, community merchant drawings, bingo and more! More

35th Annual Fall Harvest Craft Festival

September 27, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Griffith Central Park
  • 698 N. Broad Street
  • Griffith, IN 46319
  • Times: Sat 10am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-838-1025
  • Website | Email

Griffith Boy Scout Troop 264 is hosting this event for the 33rd year. The leaders, parents, and scouts organize and run the entire event. There is always a large variety of handmade items to choose from! A great lunch is also available! More

OktoberFest

September 27, 2014
  • Downtown
  • Rensselaer, IN
  • Times: 5pm to 10pm

Enjoy a German-style evening of fun! The food court features menus from local restaurants plus there will be beer, wine and live music. From 5pm to 7:30pm let the kids enjoy inflatables and a photo booth. More

Haunted railroad and fall Festival

October 01, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

This family friendly event features the Haunted Railway Garden and fun weekend activities such as hayrides, sprout express rides and creepy crafts. More

Trail of Scarecrows

October 01, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Scarecrows created by families, community groups and school groups will be displayed throughout the arboretum. The general public will vote on the best scarecrow of the season. More

Westville Pumpkin Festival

October 03, 2014 to October 05, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Prairie Meadow Park
  • US 421 & US 2
  • Westville, IN 46391
  • Phone: 219-879-8280

A celebration of the pumpkin harvest in a true Midwestern style family event. Come enjoy pumpkin pie along with food & craft booths, tractor pulls, parade, run/walk and live entertainment. More

Elvis Fantasy Fest

October 10, 2014 to October 13, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Woodland Park Community Building
  • 2100 Willowcreek Road
  • Portage, IN 46368
  • Times: See website for exact times
  • Phone: 888-406-5887
  • Website

Elvis Fantasy Festival Entertainment has another great year planned for 2014. Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist for 2013 Dean Z. will be headlining the weekend's big show. Former champions Ted Torres, Robert Washington and Tim E. will be joining for the weekend. Chicago's premiere Neil Diamond tribute artist, Denny Diamond, Dean Z will also be featured. The weekend will... More

Fall Harvest Festival

October 17, 2014

Fall is the perfect time to spend time in downtown Valparaiso. Wear your spookiest or silliest costume and go door-to-door in Valparaiso's downtown to get some tasty treats from their restaurants and retailers. Enjoy live music, hayrides, and a crisp autumn day downtown. More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started March 16, 2013 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Douglas Center for Environmental Education - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • 7-85 N Lake St
  • Gary, IN 46403
  • Times: 1pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join a ranger for an Open House every Saturday afternoon at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Douglas Center. Explore the center and check out interactive exhibits, a video, and even a live animal room. You can also explore the Miller Woods Trail just outside the center. More

Music Heritage Series

Started August 16, 2013 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday)

Every 3rd Friday of the month, join the Save the Tunes Council, a local group of musicians devoted to preserving and passing on traditional folk songs. More

Play Dates

September 05, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Play Dates is a play all about love, falling in, falling out and everything in between. From the childhood innocence of your first everlasting crush, to the challenge of trying to keep the spark alive after ten years of marriage, to the tortuous single years in between when you think you'll never find anybody, Play Dates hilariously reminds us that love is never easy...and kind... More

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

September 11, 2014 to October 19, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Set in a madcap Madrid, Women on the verge of a Nervous Breakdown is based on Pedro Almodóvar's film of the same name. Lane and Yazbek, the team behind DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, took Almodóvar's tale and infused it with their own wry, comic style and an irresistible Spanish beat. Both touching and hilarious, it's a story about women and the men who pursue them with... More

Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Buckley Homestead County Park

September 12, 2014 to September 20, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 20, 2014.  Buckley Homestead for two weekends, transforms into Tarrytown, NY also known as Sleepy Hollow. Come visit this interactive walking tour while in search for Ichabod Crane. Watch your step you might run into the Headless Horseman. More

The Prisoner of 2nd Ave

September 12, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Memorial Opera House
  • 104 Indiana Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm
  • Phone: 219-548-9137
  • Website

The story revolves around the escalating problems of a middle-aged couple living on Second Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City. Mel Edison, the main character, has just lost his job after many years and now has to cope with being unemployed at middle age. The action occurs during an intense summer heat wave and a prolonged garbage strike, which just exacer... More

Amhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction

October 03, 2014 to November 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • 228 South 500 West
  • Valparaiso, IN 46403
  • Times: See dates and schedule in description
  • Admission: $20
  • Website | Email

During October, open weekends Fridays and Saturday 7pm to 11pm and Sundays 7pm to 10pm. Also open Halloween night 7pm to 10pm. Enter this old abandoned hospital for the criminally insane through the mind of Dr. Amhurst and his mutilated nurses as you venture deep into pure horror. His experiments will leave you speechless! Children under 10 years old are not allowed on ... More

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

October 31, 2014 to November 16, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Memorial Opera House
  • 104 Indiana Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm
  • Phone: 219-548-9137
  • Website

In this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's last, unfinished novel, the audience gets to decide who murdered the mysterious orphan Edwin Drood, with the musical presented in the style of a Victorian music hall, with a master of ceremonies, a woman playing Drood and other conventions of the period. More

A Christmas Memory

November 13, 2014 to December 14, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Based on Truman Capote's touching memoir of his childhood, this new musical is set in a small Southern town in the 1930's. A CHRISTMAS MEMORY chronicles a young boy's friendship with his eccentric relatives, including his cousin and best friend, Sook. The misfits are inseparable as they launch kites, haunt speakeasies and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to Presiden... More

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