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Fall Activities
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 popcornpumpkins or a good scare? The South Shore's events continue through the cooler weather and provide family-fun and outdoor activities. Local farmer's markets continue through fall, U-pick orchards and pumpkin patches have special events and hands-on activities. Look to our South Shore Brewery Trail and App to find the latest seasonal events and brewfests. Our calendar is constantly being updated, so check back often.



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Special Events

200 Years Along the South Shore

August 29, 2016 to October 02, 2016 (Recurring daily)

The South Shore CVA has partnered with a number of historical societies to tell the stories of the people, industries and history of northwest Indiana. Photographs, artifacts, clothing, war and sports memorabilia, farm equipment and more will be on display. More

40th Annual Fall Harvest Festival

September 23, 2016 to September 25, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Join the Northern Indiana Historical Power Association for their 40th annual Fall Festival and Antique Power Show.  Come out and see the Steam Traction Engines, Buzz Saw and Saw Mill, Parade of Power, Antique Cars, Trucks and Tractors, Threshing and Baling, Dynamometer, Sorghum cooking, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Petting Zoo and Flea Market.   More

37th Annual Fall Harvest Craft Festival

September 24, 2016 to September 25, 2016 (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: 219-670-8538
  • Website | Email

Griffith Boy Scout Troop 264 has been hosting this popular event for the past 37 years. It is entirely organized and run by the leaders, parents, and scouts of the troop. We always have a large variety of beautiful handmade crafts to choose from. There is also a tasty lunch menu of steamed corn and potatoes and pulled pork sandwiches to name a few. With the arrival of Fall, thi... More

Harvest Tyme Corn Maze

September 24, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Location: Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch
  • 17904 Grant Street
  • Lowell,
  • Website

Harvest Tyme is excited to offer the largest family corn maze in South Lake County. This year’s maze design celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Great Pumpkin! Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts Gang? We are excited to be the only farm in Northwest Indiana to be able to partner with Peanuts Worldwide in this monumental celebration. How perfect is it th... More

Hometown Heroes Weekend

September 24, 2016 to September 25, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch
  • 17904 Grant Street
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Website

Complementary fun pass for any fireman, police officer, EMS, active or retired military personnel and one of their guests w/ ID. More

Dune Critters

September 25, 2016

Visit the Nature Center to learn more about our amazing diversity of dune mammals. From coyotes to raccoons, we’ll discuss it all in this interactive 45 minutes at the Nature Center.  More

Feed the Birds

September 25, 2016

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

Calumet National Heritage Area & Your Community

September 28, 2016

What is a Calumet National Heritage Area designation, and what could it do for the region? Join representatives from the Calumet Heritage Partnership and The Field Museum on September 28 at 6:30p for an overview of the process to create a heritage area for the bi-state Calumet Region, followed by a discussion of how the designation can help to address the region's goals and pri... More

Battle of the Saxes starring David Sanborn & Mindi Abair

September 30, 2016

Don't miss the Battle of the Saxes starring David Sanborn & Mindi Abair on Friday, September 30th at the Venue inside Horseshoe Casino! Two of music's greatest living saxophonists will play together for one night only! More

Harvest Weekend at Caboose Lake

September 30, 2016 to October 01, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Candy Corn Ghost (oops, guess!), pumpkin carving contest for adults & children, scavenger hunt....Bwahahahaha! Two night minimum More

Westville Pumpkin Festival

September 30, 2016 to October 02, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Prairie Meadow Park
  • US 421 & US 2
  • Westville, IN 46391
  • Phone: 219-879-8280
  • Website

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

Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch - Grandparents Weekend

October 01, 2016 to October 02, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch
  • 17904 Grant Street
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Website

Complementary fun pass for one grandparent with the purchase of a fun pass at full price for their grandchild. More

In a Pickle or a Jam

October 01, 2016

Join the creative Chellberg Farm cooks and learn how to preserve the "vegetable garden's bounty" for future use. More

Iroquois River Float Trip

October 01, 2016
  • Location: Iroquois River
  • Times: Starting: 10:30 AM
  • Website

The float trip will be approximately 5-6 hours long and will go from George Ade to the Newton County Fairgrounds. Float is approximately 15 river miles and will take 4-6 hours. Be sure to pack a lunch, snacks, and beverages!   Reserve online by visiting or call the Jasper County SWCD office at 219-866-8008 x 123. More

Porter's Perfect Pint Festival

October 01, 2016
  • Location: Hawthorne Park
  • 500 Ackerman Drive
  • Porter, IN 46304
  • Times: 1pm to 5pm
  • Website

Please join Pat's Liquors for the Porter's Perfect Pint Beer Festival! The event will go on rain or shine under a big tent in Porter's Hawthorne Park. Sample beer/cider from over 50 regional and national craft brewers. More

Deep River Grinders Vintage Base Ball

October 02, 2016

Come watch The Deep River Grinders play a vintage base ball game with original rules from 1858. More

Hero Half Marathon and 10K

October 02, 2016

Experience the Indiana Dunes like you never have before. This race will take you through the most beautiful course in the Midwest with some of the most impressive landscape you will ever see. This journey begins on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, taking you along the Dunes, through wetlands, and ending on a grand tour of the serene Calumet Trail to compete in this one-of-a-kind... More

Orak Shrine Circus

October 06, 2016 to October 09, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Carden International Circus proudly present the 2016 Orak Shrine Circus at the Hammond Civic Center, 5825 S. Sohl Ave., beginningThursday, Oct. 6th through Sunday, Oct. 9th. Come and see the elephants, tigers, lions, monkeys, dogs, aerialists, jugglers and much, much more! Four big days … seven big shows!! Thursday, Oct 6 - 6:30pm Friday, Oct... More

Big Pumpkin Halloween Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

October 07, 2016 to October 08, 2016 (Recurring daily)

3rd Annual Spook-Tack-u-Lure Weekend - Halloween activities More

Elvis Fantasy Fest

October 07, 2016 to October 09, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Woodland Park Community Building
  • 2100 Willowcreek Road
  • Portage, IN 46368
  • Times: See website for exact times
  • Phone: (317) 844-7354
  • Website

Elvis Fantasy Festival Entertainment has another great year planned for 2016.    More

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