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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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Signature Event

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

September 10, 2016

Named the "Best Festival of the Region" by The Times readers, the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages. This year's featured artist is Matthew Sweet. Also performing will be The Muddsharks, Planetary Blues, Digital Hair and The Crawpuppies. More than 250 arts & crafts booths, 30 food booths, kids' games, the five-mile Popcorn Pa... More

11th Annual DHC Bizarre Bazaar

September 17, 2016
  • Location: Harrison Park
  • Waltham Street and Hohman Avenue
  • Hammond, IN
  • Times: 10am to 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-512-4298
  • Website

Admission is free. Attractions include bands, vendors, children's games and art activities and a car show. Join the unexpected, outrageous, and whimsically bizarre extravaganza that offers something for everyone! More

Special Events

200 Years Along the South Shore

August 29, 2016 to October 02, 2016 (Recurring daily)

The South Shore CVA has partnered with a number of historical societies to tell the stories of the people, industries and history of northwest Indiana. Photographs, artifacts, clothing, war and sports memorabilia, farm equipment and more will be on display. More

Alfresco BBQ Dinner

September 01, 2016
  • Venue: Lucrezia ® Ristorante
  • 302 S. Main Street
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Admission: $60/person, Wine Club Members $50/person (tax & gratuity not included)
  • Phone: (219) 313-8854
  • Website

THE MENU Opening wine: Incognito white blend  1st course: Tomato and burrata salad, bacon, pine nuts with roasted shallot vinaigrette, Wine: Chardonnay  2nd course: BBQ pork sliders with pickled red onion and red cabbage slaw, Wine: Inkblot Cabernet Grand  3rd course: Grilled prawns with risotto and bordelaise sauce, Wine: Incognito Red Blend  4th course: Half grilled chick... More

First Friday features guitarist Peter Aglinskas

September 02, 2016

Back by popular demand! Recipient of the Chicago Cultural Department’s "Artists International" Award, Peter Aglinskas infuses his music with elements from the contemporary worlds of jazz, funk and rock, with technique firmly rooted in the classical music tradition. Enjoy Peter’s sultry solo guitar stylings while you peruse the galleries. Free admission & cash bar. More

100th Anniversary of State Parks

September 03, 2016

If you haven’t seen this PBS special, come check it out! Explore 100 years of state park history, from the first state park to what’s being done now in this 45-mintue documentary in the Nature Center Auditorium.  More

Barnyard Jams at County Line Orchard

September 03, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

Enjoy some barnyard fun at the orchard with live entertainment! See website for dates and times. More

Owl Prowl

September 03, 2016

Swoop to the Nature Center for this hour jaunt in the darkening forest. We’ll seek out the owls, bats, flying squirrels, and other nocturnal wildlife. Children under 12, please bring an adult.  More

Shipwreck Stories

September 03, 2016

Set anchor at the Nature Center for this interactive program looking at our special shipwrecks and stories on Lake Michigan. Great program for the history buffs. More

Bat Chat

September 04, 2016

Get batty with the naturalist this evening! Meet outside the Nature Center for a fun look at the bats of the Indiana Dunes. Afterwards we’ll take a short walkabout looking for them and play some echolocation trickery on them. It’s a great family activity.  More

Get Lost

September 04, 2016

Don’t’ get lost in the woods! Learn how to use a compass during this 30 min. hands-on activity outside the Nature Center.  More

Journey to Ecology Cove

September 04, 2016

Strap on your hiking boots for a moderate jaunt up to the highest sand dune in Indiana. Meet at the Campground Shelter (by site 116) and enjoy an easier climb up and descend the stairs into "ecology cove" where our fox family has been seen most recently. The total time is about one hour. More

Feed the Birds

September 05, 2016

Trek to Mt Tom this morning, then enjoy the long run down towards the beach. We’ll then take Trail 7 back. Meet at Campground Shelter, by site 113.  More

September Monthly Dinner

September 08, 2016
  • Venue: Pikk's Tavern
  • 62 W. Lincolnway
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 6:30pm
  • Admission: $35 per person
  • Phone: 219-476-7455
  • Website

You will feel right at home in the comfortable and casual atmosphere of Pikk's Tavern in Valparaiso as you enjoy excellent food and drinks.  More

Little Cousin Jasper Festival

September 09, 2016 to September 11, 2016 (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

100th Anniversary of State Parks

September 10, 2016

If you haven’t seen this PBS special, come check it out! Explore 100 years of state park history, from the first state park to what’s being done now in this 45-mintue documentary in the Nature Center Auditorium.  More

Apple Fest at Garwood Orchard

September 10, 2016 to September 11, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Garwood Orchards
  • 5911 W 50 South
  • LaPorte, IN 46350
  • Times: 10am to 6pm
  • Phone: 219-362-4385
  • Website | Email

Garwood's Apple Fest has many things to offer including crafts, arts, jewelry, ornaments. The fest will also include a u pick farm, baked goods, live music and food. More

Beaver Trading Hike

September 10, 2016

Meet the naturalist at the Campground Shelter for a trek through the dunes, and a meeting with the early French fur traders that inhabited this area nearly 200 years ago! Bring your beaver pelt, or borrow one of ours! More

Fur Trader Encampment

September 10, 2016 to September 11, 2016 (Recurring daily)

History Comes Alive Weekend! Join us for special activities all weekend! Be sure to visit the Ouiatenon Brigade on the beach east of the pavilion at the Indiana Dunes State Park as they re-enact the early French fur traders of the area. More

Shipwreck Stories

September 10, 2016

Set anchor at the Nature Center for this interactive program looking at our special shipwrecks and stories on Lake Michigan. Great program for the history buffs. More

Teacher Appreciation Day at County Line Orchard

September 10, 2016

Teachers will recieve a free all access pass with a school ID.   More

Beaver Trading Hike

September 11, 2016

Meet the naturalist at the Campground Shelter for a trek through the dunes, and a meeting with the early French fur traders that inhabited this area nearly 200 years ago! Bring your beaver pelt, or borrow one of ours! More

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