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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

Night Hike

October 01, 2014 to October 15, 2014 (Every Wednesday)

Take a hike through nature at night. Glow sticks and flashlights are encouraged.  Guests should wear comfortable shoes and dress for fall nighttime weather. More

Judas Priest

October 03, 2014

There are few heavy metal bands that have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest has during their nearly 40-year career. Their presence and influence remains at an all-time high as evidenced by 2008's 'Nostradamus' being the highest charting album of their career, a 2010 Grammy Award win for 'Best Metal Performance,' being a VH1 Rock Honors recipient, and playing to cap... 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

Fall Color Stroll

October 04, 2014

Fall Color Stroll. Explore the peaking fall color this morning and other sights along the way. Meet at the Nature Center for an easy, 45-minute stroll through the sassafras woodlands and button bush swamp in search of all things fall. More

Albert's 11th Annual Auction for MS

October 05, 2014

Don't miss Albert's 10th Annual Auction for MS, taking place at the Indiana Welcome Center. There will be an incredible selection of items to bid on this year, and delicious treats from Jalapeno's and refreshments courtesy of Lithographic Communications. Preview starts at noon, auction starts at 1. More

Feed the Birds

October 05, 2014

Join the naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding of the birds. Get great close-up views of chickadees, cardinals and woodpeckers! Great fun for all! More

Nature Center Critter Time

October 05, 2014

Round up the little ones and join us for a fun hour of chow. We'll be feeding our Nature Center snakes, turtles, salamanders and frogs. Watch them eat, or help feed them too. Meet in the Nature Center Auditorium. More

Mascot Hall of Fame Kickoff Event

October 08, 2014

The City of Whiting is excited to announce a Media Conference for the signing of a Ceremonial Memorandum of Understanding between the parties of the City of Whiting and Raymond Entertainment Group for the National Mascot Hall of Fame. The National Mascot Hall of Fame has the potential of bringing a world-class entertainment venue to the City of Whiting, Indiana. The 25,000 ... More

Almost, Maine

October 09, 2014 to October 12, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Morton High School
  • 6915 Grand Ave.
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: Thursday, Friday & Saturday - 7 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $7.00 Adults - $5.00 Students/Seniors
  • Phone: 219-381-4881
  • Website | Email

The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts at Morton High School opens its 2014-2015 season with a romantic comedy about the trials and tribulations of love in a time of frostbite. "Almost, Maine,"written by John Cariani, is a surprisingly contagious series of charming anecdotes about love that will prove to be a crowd-pleaser. On a cold, clear, moonless night... More

Campground Crafts

October 10, 2014

Join the naturalist at the campground shelter (by site 113)for some make-it, take-it crafts before our storytelling weekend begins. 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

NAS: Illmatic 20 Year Anniversary Concert

October 10, 2014

Nas returns to Chicagoland to perform his legendary album, Illmatic, in its entirety. Ever since 17-year-old Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones appeared on Main Source's 1991 classic "Live at the Barbeque," hip-hop would be irrevocably changed. Nas. Gifted poet. Confessor. Agitator. Metaphor master. Street's disciple. Political firebrand. Tongue-twisting genius. More

Black Holes: Journey to the Unkown

October 11, 2014
  • Venue: Challenger Learning Center
  • On the Campus of Purdue University Calumet
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: 3pm and 4:30pm
  • Admission: See website for admission rates
  • Phone: 219-989-3250
  • Website

Come for Black Holes: Journeys to the Unknown Show. Stay for the Fright Light Halloween Theme Laser Show, spooky musical selections include songs from artists Michael Jackson, Weird Al Yankovic, Oingo Boingo, and Alice Cooper and more. More

Buckley Homestead Fall Festival

October 11, 2014 to October 12, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Family fun, great food, wonderful entertainment and traditional arts and crafts! Along the trail to the pioneer cabin reenactors portray military, civilians and artisans of various time periods. Take a taste of cornbread, hot from the wood-burning stove, then purchase Deep River stone ground cornmeal to take home and bake your own. What a great way to spend the day. Take... More

Matt Lovasko HOMIE Disc Golf

October 11, 2014 to October 12, 2014 (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

Mommy's Haven Bike Run

October 11, 2014
  • Location: Calumet Harley Davidson
  • 10350 Calumet Ave
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 10am to 3pm
  • Admission: $25 single/$35 double rider
  • Phone: 219-746-2669
  • Website | Email

Come out and ride for a great cause. Mommy's Haven is a maternity home that houses pregnant women in need. Meal ticket is included in the fee. The ride will end at the Lake County Fairgrounds where there will be tons of family entertainment for children and adults: DJ, food, car show, hot air balloon rides, hayrides, horse rides, bounce houses, princess characters, games, vendo... More

Monster Dash 5 K Run/Walk

October 11, 2014

This new 5K walk/run begins on Calumet Avenue and takes your through Munster neighborhoods and back to Centennial Park. All ages welcome.  1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards for each category. Stick around for a family event right after the dash called Pumpkins, Witches and Hayrides, Oh My!  Call (219) 836-PARK for more information. More

Porter's Perfect Pint Festival

October 11, 2014
  • Location: Hawthorne Park
  • 500 Ackerman Drive
  • Porter, IN 46304
  • Times: 1pm to 5pm
  • Admission: $15-$50
  • 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. VIP Tickets - $50, General Admission - $35, DD Tickets - $15. More

Pumpkins, Witches & Hayrides, Oh My!

October 11, 2014

Pick a pumpkin, go on a hayride, pet zoo animals, have your face painted, jump in our bounce houses.  Free trick-or-treating, games and costume contest.  They also have a Monster Dash that morning starting at 8am.  Call (219) 836-PARK for more information.  More

Spooky Science

October 11, 2014
  • Venue: Challenger Learning Center
  • On the Campus of Purdue University Calumet
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: 2pm
  • Admission: $10 per adult and $8 for children
  • Phone: 219-989-3250
  • Website

Puking pumpkins, dry ice and and screaming ghosts Fun fall family-friendly activities appropriate for ages 5 and up! Price includes both our feature planetarium presentation and laser show! More

Gladys Knight

October 12, 2014

The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last 50 years have matched her unassailable artistry. This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in pop, gospel, R&B and adult contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. More

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