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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? Northwest Indiana's fall events provide family-fun and outdoor activities. Local farmers' markets continue through autumn and the u-pick orchards and pumpkin patches have special events and hands-on activities. Don't forget to check out the South Shore Brewery Trail and app to find the latest brewfests. Our calendar is constantly being updated, so check back often!

 

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Special Events

Beginner Bird Drawing & Painting Workshop

November 19, 2017

As part of the 2017 Arts in the Parks series, Indiana Dunes State Park visitors are invited to attend a series of Beginner Bird Drawing and Painting workshops with local bird artist, Kristina Knowski, at the Dunes State Park Nature Center. This 4-hour long workshop will feature hands-on help working from the park's own mounted specimens to draw, learn, and paint some of Indiana... More

Dunes Scavenger Hunt

November 19, 2017

Stop by the Nature Center any time for this fun game. Bring a camera or camera phone to "focus" on capturing images from our list. Prizes awarded! More

Fall Painting Party

November 20, 2017

Call the Taproom to reserve your spot! 219-627-4294 Reservations recommended and are no-refundable $25 includes wine glass, painting supplies, and step-by-step instructions from Nancy O’Neil at The Art Studio.Stop by for dinner and drinks before the party begins!The taproom is open 3pm-11pm. More

Blackout Wednesday

November 22, 2017

Craft beer, good food and fine wine. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT by: Tom & Alison. More

DOC'S Tap Blackout

November 22, 2017

Attention craft beer lovers! Join us on Black Wednesday for some of your favorite barrel aged beers! Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Founders Lizard of Koz, Backwoods Bastard, Upland BA Teddy Bear Kisses, Dogfish World Wide Vanilla Bean Stout, Revolution Straight Jacket and many, many more! More

Thanksgiving Turkey Walk and Native American Heritage Celebration

November 23, 2017

Join Friendship Botanic Gardens as they host a free celebration of Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month. Kids will have the chance to embark on a turkey count scavenger hunt throughout the gardens and nature trails – find every hidden paper turkey and win a special Thanksgiving prize! Then, enjoy the Native American Heritage Garden and get a firsthand look at Indige... More

Black Friday Opt-Outside Hike

November 24, 2017
  • Venue: West Beach
  • 376 North County Line Road
  • Gary, IN 46303
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Website

Instead of shopping on Black Friday, opt outside for a free, expert-led, family-friendly hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Friday, November 24, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at West Beach. Co-sponsored by Save the Dunes, the interactive hike will be led by regional experts in fields such as birding, botany, insects, geology, and ecology.  We will hike up to 3.5 miles based... More

High Dunes Hike

November 24, 2017

Put on your hiking shoes for this trek to the summit of the state's highest sand dune.  It's a great way to burn off some Thanksgiving meal calories! Meet the Naturalist at the Nature Center. More

Model Train Show

November 25, 2017 to November 26, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Lake County Fairgrounds
  • 889 S. Court St
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Sat 9:30am to 4pm and Sun 10am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-922-6083

The show will feature all gauges of model and toy trains, with featured brands including Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, HO and more. This is the fourth year the Thanksgiving Train Show has been hosted in the region. More than 1,000 attendees are expected to visit; purchase, learn and enjoy toy and model trains in 2017. Santa will be there both days from 12pm - 1pm.     More

Turkey Talk

November 25, 2017

Come and talk (not eat!) turkey at the Nature Center in this fun program where you can practice your turkey vocabulary! More

Turkey Trot Hike

November 25, 2017

Join a ranger on Saturday, November 25 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in search of wild turkey and other wildlife as you work off Thanksgiving dinner at the Calumet Dunes parking lot in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Hike along the ancient Calumet shoreline of Lake Michigan and through forested dunes and small blowouts.  Meet at the Calumet Dunes Trail parking lot located on 300E ... More

Winter Wetland Wander

November 25, 2017
  • Location: Nature Center
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, 46304
  • Times: From: 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
  • Phone: 219-926-1952
  • Website

Explore with a Naturalist the life in our wetland habitats on this short hike starting at the Nature Center. More

Pinhook Upland Trail Hike

November 26, 2017
  • Venue: Pinhook Bog
  • 920 North Wozniak Road
  • Michigan City , IN 46360
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Website

Join a ranger for a hike on Pinhook Bog’s often overlooked Upland Trail at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore from 1pm to 3pm. The hike showcases the bog’s watershed as you hike a ravine, cross a bridge over a secluded pond that feeds the bog, and through stands of towering trees.  Meet at the Pinhook Bog parking lot located at 920 North Wozniak Road in Michigan City. For mo... More

Thanksgiving for the Birds

November 26, 2017

Join the Naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding of the birds. More

On-Going Events

Fall Mansion Tours

October 03, 2017 to November 30, 2017 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Times: From: 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
  • Admission: $8/adults and $5/youth and senior
  • Phone: (219) 873-1520
  • Website | Email

Discover the legacy of the Barker family and Michigan City's freight car industry on a tour of the historic Barker Mansion. Take a guided tour of all three floors Tuesday through Saturday at 1 pm CST. Take a self-guided tour of all three floors on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm CST. More

Miller Woods Hike

November 05, 2017 to December 17, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Join a park ranger for a hike through the beautiful oak savanna of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Miller Woods each Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm. Hikes will vary in length depending on the interest and abilities of visitors. Meet at the Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellent. The Paul H. Douglas Center for En... More

Bingo at DOC'S Smokehouse

November 14, 2017 to November 28, 2017 (Every Tuesday)

Free bingo, with tons of prizes and giveaways. Food and drink specials all day! More

Trivia Night - Off Square Brewing

November 14, 2017 to November 28, 2017 (Every Tuesday)

Come eat, drink and play a free game of team trivia Tuesdays at Off Square Brewing!  The game is four rounds, four questions each round, a bonus question after the first 3 rounds, and our Final QQpardy Wager question after round 4. Teams are limited to 6 players each, but it is always free to play and the winning team wins a prize from the brewery!  Anyone is welcome, so feel... More

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