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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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“The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood" By Mary Lynn Dobson

September 06, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: 4th Street Theater
  • 125 N Fourth St
  • Chesterton, Indiana
  • Times: See website for exact times
  • Phone: 219-926-7875
  • Website

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Monty Python met up with Mel Brooks to tell their version of Robin Hood? Well...um...poor Sherwood Forest would never be the same again. SYNOPSIS - It sure is hard to be humble when you're a swashbuckling, egocentric super-hero. But our gallant guy-in-green tries his best as he swaggers through "The Somewhat True Tale of Robi... More

SOLD OUT - Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Buckley Homestead County Park

September 12, 2014 to September 20, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)

Buckley Homestead for two weekends, transforms into Tarrytown, NY also known as Sleepy Hollow. Come visit this interactive walking tour while in search for Ichabod Crane. Watch your step you might run into the Headless Horseman. More

Sayers, Hornung and Lattner

September 19, 2014
  • Venue: Bridges' Scoreboard
  • 121 N Griffith Blvd
  • Griffith, IN 46319
  • Times: 5pm to 8pm
  • Admission: $75 in Advance, $80 at the Door
  • Phone: 219-924-2206
  • Website | Email

NFL Hall of Famers Gale Sayers and Paul Hornung along with 1953 Heisman Trophy Johnny Lattner will be signing autographs.  Tickets are limited and numbered.  Each ticket includes one autograph from each legend on any items you bring for them to sign. Only one ticket per person.  Items will be available for purchase.   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

Annual Celebration of the Arts

September 20, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Schoolhouse Shop
  • 278 East CR 1500 North
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 10am to 5pm Saturday and 11am to 5pm Sunday
  • Phone: 219-926-2136
  • Website | Email

Over 30 artists are featured in this art show. The event is held at the Schoolhouse shop grounds in the heart of Furnessville and Indiana Dunes. More

International Demolition Derby Year End Fall Bash

September 20, 2014
  • Location: La Porte County Fairgrounds
  • 2581 W. State Road 2
  • La Porte, IN 46350
  • Times: 3pm
  • Admission: $10.00 all seats kids 5 and under free
  • Phone: 219-363-8896
  • Website | Email

International Demolition Derby Year End Fall Bash Gates open at 10:00 A.M. Race starts at 3:00 P.M. More

Nature Crafts

September 20, 2014

It’s a make-it, take-it program! Meet the naturalist at the Nature Center for a special nature project to remember your weekend visit. Bring the kids before you pack up and head home! More

Sassafras Saunter

September 20, 2014

Check out the early fall colors this morning on this short stroll from the Nature Center. We'll explore the different colors being produced now, and the conditions that will bring the blaze of color in a few weeks. More

Thunder from Down Under

September 20, 2014

Thunder from Down Under storms into The Venue Saturday, September 20 for two shows at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. More

A Cacti Crawl

September 21, 2014

Find your way to the beach pavilion for a fun look at the real native cacti of the dunes... the prickly pear! We'll search them out and look at what makes them so special. Hopefully, a few will be in fruit too! Total time about one hour. More

Feed the Birds

September 21, 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

Hospice Hustle 2014

September 21, 2014

Hospice of the Calumet Area has opened online registrations for its 10th annual Hospice Hustle cycling event. Participants can choose to ride a 25, 62, or 100-mile course through rural southern Lake County, Indiana. Registration is $30 in advance and $35 day-of event. All proceeds help provide care for hospice patients. More

Space Race 5K Run/Walk

September 21, 2014

Inspiring. Exploring. Learning. That's what a Challenger Learning Center is all about. Join the Challenger Learning center in sponsoring its mission in this 5K Run/Walk.  Tour space simulators & see laser light shows! Awards given for Top Overall, Masters and Age Group winners as well as First 5K finishers. More

David Spade

September 26, 2014

Nominated in 1999 for an Emmy Award for his memorable role as Dennis Finch, the wise-cracking, power-hungry assistant on "Just Shoot Me," David Spade became a household favorite during his five-year stint as a cast member of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." The comedian was also nominated for a Golden Globe in 2000 and an American Comedy Award in 1999 for his wo... 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

Cedar Lake Hometown Fest

September 27, 2014
  • Location: Cedar Lake Town Complex
  • 7408 Constitution Ave.
  • Cedar Lake, IN
  • Times: 10am to 6pm
  • Phone: 219-794-4122
  • Website | Email

Come out for all kinds of fun when the town complex transforms into 18 acres of activities. featuring: Moon Walk Corn Box Petting Zoo Hay Rides Pumpkin Bowling   Bring a non-perishable food item for "The Project Love Food Bank" and receive an entry form to win a $25 gift card.    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

Insects Alive

September 27, 2014

Fly to the Wilson Shelter tonight for a fascinating discovery of the fall insects around us! We'll be joined by Purdue researchers who will have special sheets and lighting out in search of our great biodiversity. Come on out! More

OktoberFest

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

OktoberFest 2014

September 27, 2014
  • Location: Downtown
  • Times: 5pm to 10pm
  • Website

Mainstreet Rensselaer will once again host OktoberFest on September 27, 2014 from 5:00pm (CDT) to 10:00pm (CDT). A festive night of German and American cuisine from local eateries will be available. Adult beverages of many kinds will be available at the MainStreet OktoberFest special adult garden. They will feature live entertainment on the Historic Downtown Rensselaer Courthou... More

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