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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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Little Cousin Jasper Festival

September 11, 2015 to September 13, 2015 (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. Entertainment includes: Saturday, September 12, 2015 Corey Cox Sunday, September 13, 2015 Jessie Brown   More

Grandparents Day at the Zoo

September 13, 2015
  • Location: Washington Park Zoo
  • 115 Lakeshore Drive
  • Michigan City, Indiana 46360
  • Times: 10am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-873-1510
  • Website

Spend a special day making memories that will last a lifetime. The WPZoo is offering free admission for all grandparents on Grandparents Day with a paid child admission. More

Australia's Thunder from Down Under

September 19, 2015

Don't miss the perfect girls night outback - Australia's Thunder From Down Under. More

Remington Ride and Music on the Lawn

September 19, 2015

Remington Ride is a multi-level cycling event to raise money for renovations in Remington's downtown.  Carpenter Creek is a SAG stop along the ride, and play host to the after-ride festivities. We also have music on the lawn during the ride. Come by, listen to tunes and enjoy a day outside! More

36th Annual Fall Harvest Craft Festival

September 26, 2015 to September 27, 2015 (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

Hooked On Art Live Street Art Festival

September 26, 2015
  • Location: Thomas Centennial Park
  • 109 Broadway
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: None
  • Phone: 219-728-1638
  • Website | Email

Experience the Midwest in the fall with the festival that celebrates live street art in progress! Join us as participants complete a work of art from start to finish, over the course of one day. Enjoy live music featuring local and national musicians; shop the many arts and crafts vendor booths to find original art work or a hand-crafted treasure; and see the fun shared by kid... More

OktoberFest

September 26, 2015
  • Location: Jasper County Courthouse Square
  • 115 W Washington Street
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Times: 5pm to 10pm
  • Admission: $5 donation requested. Kids 10 and under are free.

Come enjoy a festive night of German and American cuisine from local eateries, try wines from our local winery and sample seasonal beer at our beer garden. Enjoy live entertainment on the historic downtown Rensselaer square. More

Rensselaer OktoberFest

September 26, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Rensselaer
  • 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

Valpo Brewfest

September 26, 2015
  • Location: Central Park Plaza
  • Indiana Avenue and Lafayette Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 1pm to 5pm (12pm to 1pm VIP)
  • Phone: 219-464-8332
  • Website | Email

Sample over 200 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 great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it. Cheers to Ya!     More

Free public observing - Conway Public Observatory

September 27, 2015
  • Location: Conway Observatory
  • 191st and Chase
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: 7pm to 11pm
  • Phone: 773-639-5491
  • Website

The volunteers of the Calumet Astronomical Society invite the public to explore the wonders of the universe when they present their popular family-friendly 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. ... More

Elvis Fantasy Fest

October 02, 2015 to October 04, 2015 (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 2015.    More

Harvest Weekend at Caboose Lake

October 02, 2015 to October 03, 2015 (Recurring daily)

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

Westville Pumpkin Festival

October 02, 2015 to October 04, 2015 (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

Ron White

October 09, 2015

Don't miss Ron White: Nutcracker Tour at Horseshoe Hammond. More

Spook-Tack-u-Lure Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

October 09, 2015 to October 10, 2015 (Recurring daily)

2nd Annual Spook-Tack-u-Lure Weekend - Halloween activities More

HOMIE Disc Golf

October 10, 2015 to October 11, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Lemon Lake
  • 6322 W. 133rd Ave
  • Crown Point, IN 46307

Tournament play will begin on Saturday and conclude on Sunday. Expect to play all day long. More

Porter's Perfect Pint Festival

October 10, 2015
  • 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 35 regional and national craft brewers. More

Russell Peters: Almost Famous World Tour

October 10, 2015

Don't miss Russell Peters: Almost Famous World Tour at The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond. More

Fall Harvest Festival

October 16, 2015 to October 17, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Begin the weekend on Friday, October 16 with trick-or-treating. Wear your spookiest or silliest costume and go door to door in Valparaiso's downtown to get some tasty treats from our restaurants and retailers. You can listen to live music, sit back, relax on a hayride, and take in the crisp autumn day downtown. Visit Central Park Plaza for treats and fun in the park. Free ha... More

Ghoulishly Wicked Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

October 16, 2015 to October 17, 2015 (Recurring daily)

2nd Annual Ghoulishly Wicked Weekend - Halloween activities More

Free public observing - Conway Public Observatory

October 17, 2015
  • Location: Conway Observatory
  • 191st and Chase
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: 9pm
  • Phone: 773-639-5491
  • Website

The volunteers of the Calumet Astronomical Society invite the public to explore the wonders of the universe when they present their popular family-friendly 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. ... More

Hero Half Marathon and 10K

October 18, 2015

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

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