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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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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

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

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

September 06, 2014

Orville Redenbacher is the inspiration behind the celebration of one of America's favorite snacks! The 36th Annual Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages. Art and craft vendors, kids inflatable area, 5K Popcorn Panic, and the nation's first Popcorn Parade are only the beginning of the excitement of this incredible festival. Live... 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

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

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

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

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

CAS Public Star Gazing

September 27, 2014
  • Location: Conway Observatory at Buckley Homestead
  • Times: 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
  • Phone: 773-639-5491
  • Website | Email

The volunteers of the Calumet Astronomical Society invite the public to explore the wonders of the universe when they present their popular free public programs. Facilities, including access to the big telescope, are wheelchair accessible. Volunteers guide visitors in the use of telescopes and astronomical binoculars as they observe the majesty of the skies. Star charts, clu... More

Hooked on Art - Live Street Art Festival

September 27, 2014
  • Location: Thomas Centennial Park
  • 109 Broadway
  • Chesterton, IN 46383
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-728-1638
  • Website | Email

Experience the Midwest in the Fall with a festival that celebrates live street art in progress. Watch participants complete a work of art, from start to finish, over the course of a day. Live art, music, and family-friendly activities are just a few of the highlights that will welcome you at the third annual Hooked on Art Festival. More


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. More

Sold Out - Valpo Brewfest

September 27, 2014
  • Indiana Avenue and Lafayette Street
  • Valparaiso, Indiana 46385
  • Times: 1pm to 5pm
  • Phone: Ticket sales 888-695-0888
  • Website

Sample over 150 different styles of beers from America's best craft brewers and vote for your favorite Indiana craft beer as we award the coveted HOOSIER BREW award to the top vote recipient. Valpo BrewFest is a celebration of the great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it. Cheers to Ya! More

CSRI Wheelchair Accessible Hayride

September 28, 2014
  • Venue: Oak Ridge Prairie
  • 301 S. Colfax Street
  • Griffith, IN 46319
  • Times: 2pm to 4:30pm
  • Admission: $3
  • Phone: 219-769-7275
  • Email

Our specially designed handicap accessible hay wagon is ready to take you on a fall adventure! Crafts, music, games and treat bags will round out the afternoon fun. Each ride is approximately 20 minutes long.  The hay wagon can accommodate 2 guests in wheelchairs with an additional 15 guests per ride. The last ride departs at 4 p.m., or when all in attendance have had a ... More

Autumn Harvest Celebration

October 01, 2014 to October 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch is a family owned and operated farm providing a fun experience that includes activities for all ages. From pick-your-own pumpkins to autumn-time hayrides, we provide a taste of the farm that you just can’t get anywhere else! My-Size Mini-Maze, Chalkboard Pumpkins, Giant Hay Pile Search, Pumpkin Decorating and Scarecrow Stuffing.  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

Harvest Festival Fine Arts Fair

October 04, 2014 to October 05, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Woodland Park
  • 2100 Willowcreek Road
  • Portage, IN 46368
  • Phone: 219-762-1675
  • Website | Email

Juried fine arts show, wine and cheese tasting and live music. Wine tastings from Buck Creek, Butler, Easley and Madison County wineries. Cheese provided by Fair Oaks Farms and chocolate provided by Kims Specialty Chocolates. Free admission. More

Science Sundays at Gibson Woods

October 05, 2014 to February 01, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Sunday)

Drop in for a fun and impromptu demonstration, experiment, craft, activity or game about science in nature. Lesson topics will vary with the amount of participants. Fun for the family! More

Elvis Fantasy Fest

October 10, 2014 to October 12, 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

Boozfest 2014

October 17, 2014
  • Venue: Radisson Hotel Star Plaza
  • 800 East 81st Avenue
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: 8pm to 11pm, V.I.P. early entry at 7pm
  • Admission: V.I.P. $75 and General Admission $45
  • Phone: 219-942-5774
  • Website | Email

Tickets Include Unlimited Beer, Wine & Liquor Samplings, Commemorative Beer Glass, Goodie Bag with Opener,  Lanyard with Glass Holder. More

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