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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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Signature Event

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

September 09, 2017

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 long-standing community tradition returns for its 39th year. More than 250 arts & crafts booths, 35 food booths, kids' games, the five-mile Popcorn Panic, and the nation's First Popcorn Parade are only the beginning of t... More

Special Events

Lowell's Labor Day Festival

August 31, 2017 to September 04, 2017 (Recurring daily)

The annual staple continues starting on Thursday as the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary kicks off the weekend with the Garage Sale on Thursday & Friday. Then on Friday afternoon the festival will open up with the Annual Fish Fry from 4:30pm to 7:30pm... featuring Lowell's own Darren Zancan and the Darren Zancan Band.Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day will bring some much neede... More

Portage Brewfest

September 09, 2017
  • Location: Founders' Square Park
  • 6300 Founders Square
  • Portage, IN 46368
  • Times: From: 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • Admission: $40
  • Phone: (219) 762-9622
  • Website | Email

Celebrate the region’s booming craft beer industry at this outdoor tasting event featuring local, regional, and national craft brews and wines. This event will be held in the city's Founders' Square Park and takes advantage of the new amphitheater where Chad Clifford will play great tunes while guests sample over 65+ varieties of beer. The brewfest ends at 8pm, but the party co... More

Hobart's Brews & Blues

September 16, 2017
  • Location: City of Hobart
  • 111 E Old Ridge Road
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Times: 3pm
  • Phone: (219) 942-2987
  • Website | Email

This is a BrewFest Event Fundraiser that welcomes local breweries and beyond to our beautiful Festival Park on the Lake in Hobart.  **GENERAL ADMISSION CONCERT TICKET begins at 3pm.  This ticket grants entry to enjoy the 2 bands performing and access to a craft beer garden open for purchase.   **UNLIMITED SAMPLING TICKET begins at 3pm with several breweries serving Unlimited Sa... More

The Music of Chicago with Brass Transit

September 16, 2017

Celebrating the music of one of the world’s most successful pop/rock groups, Brass Transit has been dazzling audiences with their flawless performances and spectacular attention to every detail of the Chicago songbook. Performing hits like Saturday in the Park, 25 or 6 to 4, If You Leave Me Now, and You’re the Inspiration, Brass Transit goes beyond just imitating the songs, the... More

The 6th Annual Hooked on Art-Live Street Art Festival

September 23, 2017

We welcome you to experience the Midwest in the Fall with a festival celebrating live street art in progress!Join us at Thomas Centennial Park in historic Downtown Chesterton, Indiana for the 6th Annual Hooked on Art-Live Street Art Festival! Watch live street artists use a variety of mediums to express their creativity; completing a work of art from start to finish over the co... More

Deep River Grinders Vintage Baseball

September 24, 2017

The Deep River Grinders vintage baseball team invites you to their upcoming match on Sunday, September 24th at 2 p.m. Played by 1858 rules complete with traditional uniforms, Grinders’ games provide a fun look at how baseball was played when it first started out (back when it was still two words!). Bring the whole family out for the free match to enjoy some old-fashioned baseba... More

Rensselaer OktoberFest

September 30, 2017
  • Location: Jasper County Courthouse Square
  • 115 W Washington Street
  • Rensselaer, IN
  • Times: 5pm to 10pm
  • Website

Main Street Rensselaer invites you to 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. $5 donation requested. Kids 10 and under are free. Proceeds from OktoberFest are used to further enhance downtown Renssela... More

Valpo Brewfest

September 30, 2017
  • Location: Central Park Plaza
  • 68 Lafayette St
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 1pm to 4:30pm (12pm entry for VIP)
  • Phone: 219-464-8332
  • Website | Email

Join Valparaiso for the 8th annual Valpo Brewfest! This annual event is a celebration of great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it. Sample over 200 different styles of beers from America's best craft brewers. Vote for your favorite Indiana craft beer as we award the coveted Hoosier Brew Award to the top voted. Your Valpo Brewfest tickets not only get you access to grea... More

Deep River Grinders Vintage Baseball - October 1st

October 01, 2017

The Deep River Grinders vintage baseball team invites you to their upcoming match on Sunday, October 1st at 2 p.m. Played by 1858 rules complete with traditional uniforms, Grinders’ games provide a fun look at how baseball was played when it first started out (back when it was still two words!). Bring the whole family out for the free match to enjoy some old-fashioned baseball.... More

Hero Half Marathon and 10K

October 01, 2017

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

Griffith's Oktoberfest

October 06, 2017 to October 08, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Griffith's 2017 Oktoberfest is set to take place again at Griffith's Central Park. Come on out for great German food, kid's zone, pumpkin patch, live authentic German music, and a family beer garden. More

Pumpkins, Witches & Hayrides

October 07, 2017

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

Fall Festival

October 14, 2017 to October 15, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Enjoy food and old fashion fun for all at the Fall Festival at Buckley Homestead. Watch cowboys fighting off the bad guys, pan for gold, and do much more at this two day event. You could even get a Sarsaparilla float to cool off! More

HOMIE Disc Golf

October 14, 2017 to October 15, 2017 (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

Munster Ale Fest

October 14, 2017

The town of Munster welcomes you to a most anticipated fall event. Bring your taste for great beer and spirit for fun as you can choose to sample from more than 100 local and nationwide craft brews. Explore the flavors of the newest craft breweries as they develop their ongoing craft for making delicious brews. Munster Ale Fest will, of course, have some of the finest local foo... More

Fall Harvest Festival

October 20, 2017 to October 21, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Valparaiso Events
  • 150 W. Lincolnway Suite 1006
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See Description for Details
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 464-8332
  • Website | Email

Friday, October 20; 4-6pmSaturday, October 21; 11am-2pmGet ready for two days of costumes, tricks, treats, spooks and more with the Fall Harvest Festival! Friday night fun from 4-6pm: Dress up in your spookiest or silliest costume and go door-to-door all throughout Downtown Valparaiso to get some tasty treats from various restaurants, retailers, and other organizations. Visit C... More

Purduettes

October 21, 2017

After many years of hosting the Purdue Varsity Glee Club as one TATC’s premiere annual events, 2017 begins a new chapter with Purdue Musical Organization, adding two performances of the Purduettes! Founded in 1942, the Purduettes have been serenading audiences worldwide with 50 to 60 ensemble members each year. The Purduettes are directed by Jeff Valier and provide energetic an... More

The Mikado

October 27, 2017

Featuring Alisa Jordheim, soprano; Justin Berkowitz, tenor; Michael Orlinsky, baritone; other guest vocalists, and the Symphony Chorus. Visit Victorian England, by way of Japan, in Gilbert & Sullivan’s hilarious, and most popular, opera. Crazy laws, haughty noblemen, young love and a secret prince all mix together in this comic tale of love and honor meant to poke fun at E... More

Haunted Trails and Ghost Stories

October 28, 2017
  • Venue: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • 2055 East US Highway 12
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 3pm to 6pm CDT
  • Admission: Check www.friendshipgardens.org for admission prices
  • Phone: 219 878 9885
  • Website | Email

Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a spooktacular evening of family fun. Kids are invited to wear their Halloween costumes for a night of family-friendly scares set in the winding nature trails of Friendship Botanic Gardens at dusk.  Visitors will have the chance to experience the gardens when bathed in the glow of the “Trail of Lights” -- A new illuminated pathway of lamppo... More

Looking for Tranquility

October 28, 2017
  • Location: Calumet Astronomy Center
  • 19100 Chase St
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: From: 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 769-7275
  • Website | Email

Saturday October 28th at the Calumet Astronomy there will be an even where we have telescopes and be searching the skies for Tranquility, which is part of the internal space station. The event will be from 7-9pm. More

Leonid Meteor Shower

November 18, 2017
  • Venue: Lake County Parks
  • 19100 Chase St
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: From: 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 769-7275
  • Website | Email

On November 18th the Calumet Astronomy will be hosting at event going from 8-10pm to watch the Leonid Meteor Shower. This evening will be the peak of the shower and we are looking forward to searching the skies for breathtaking sights. 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

On-Going Events

Chesterton's European Market

June 17, 2017 to October 28, 2017 (Every Saturday)

The European Market provides a strong tradition of quality shopping, live entertainment and a festive community experience. The artists, chefs, merchants and farmers travel from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors an extraordinary collection of products and services. More

Town of Munster Farmers' Market

June 18, 2017 to October 08, 2017 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Centennial Park
  • 1005 S. Centennial Dr.
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 8am to 2pm
  • Phone: 219-836-7275
  • Website

The Town of Munster invites you to come out for produce, plants, home-made jams and jellies, baked goods, cheese, food vendors, drinks, local crafts and artwork, jewelry, clothing, bath and beauty products, direct sales businesses and more. Live music every other Sunday starting May 14. More

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