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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

Zhong Qiu Fest

September 14, 2016 to October 16, 2016 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Location: Genesis Convention Center
  • 1 Genesis Center PLaza
  • Gary , IN 46402
  • Times: Check website for days and times
  • Website

Zhong Qiu (chu) Fest, or Mid-Autumn Fest, promises to be an amazingly entertaining spectacle starring the melodic sounds, graceful movements and zestful colors of the east! A smattering of sounds from the west will also be featured in this lively production! Together, as east meets west, the event promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience that you will carry with you for years ... More

Legend of Sleepy Hollow

September 16, 2016 to September 24, 2016 (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

Hammond Hops Fest and Beer Run Wolf Lake

September 17, 2016

It's back! Mark your calendars for the return of the Second Annual Hammond Hops Fest and 10K Beer Run. More

Sandhill Crane Festival and Car Show

September 17, 2016
  • Downtown
  • Wheatfield, IN 46392
  • Times: Starts at 10am
  • Phone: 219-956-2220
  • Website

The Wheatfield Chamber of Commerce's annual Sandhill Crane Festival and Car Show will take over downtown Wheatfield.   More

Hooked On Art Live Street Art Festival

September 24, 2016
  • Location: Thomas Centennial Park
  • 109 Broadway
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: None
  • Phone: 219-728-1638
  • Website

Experience the Midwest in the fall with the festival that celebrates live street art in progress! Join us as participants complete a work of art from start to finish, over the course of one day. Enjoy live music featuring local and national musicians; shop the many arts and crafts vendor booths to find original art work or a hand-crafted treasure; and see the fun shared by kids... More

Rensselaer OktoberFest

September 24, 2016
  • 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 24, 2016
  • 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

Sample over 175 different styles of beers from America’s best craft brewers and vote for your favorite Indiana craft beer as we award the coveted HOOSIER BREW award to the top vote recipient. Valpo BrewFest is a celebration of great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it. Cheers to Ya!     More

Harvest Weekend at Caboose Lake

September 30, 2016 to October 01, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Candy Corn Ghost (oops, guess!), pumpkin carving contest for adults & children, scavenger hunt....Bwahahahaha! Two night minimum More

Westville Pumpkin Festival

September 30, 2016 to October 02, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Prairie Meadow Park
  • US 421 & US 2
  • Westville, IN 46391
  • Phone: 219-879-8280
  • Website

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

Crown Point Oktoberfest

October 01, 2016
  • South Main St
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 1pm to 9pm
  • Phone: 219-662-3290
  • Website

There will be food, festivities and fun for all ages with a pie eating contest, chili cook-off, live music, bean bag tournament and much much more. To pre-register for these events contact our Parks Department at 661-2271. More

In a Pickle or a Jam

October 01, 2016

Join the creative Chellberg Farm cooks and learn how to preserve the "vegetable garden's bounty" for future use. More

Deep River Grinders Vintage Base Ball

October 02, 2016

Come watch The Deep River Grinders play a vintage base ball game with original rules from 1858. More

Big Pumpkin Halloween Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

October 07, 2016 to October 08, 2016 (Recurring daily)

3rd Annual Spook-Tack-u-Lure Weekend - Halloween activities More

Jack and the Beanstalk

October 08, 2016
  • Venue: Theatre at the Center
  • 1040 Ridge Road
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 10am and 12pm
  • Admission: Children $7.50, Adults $9.50
  • Phone: (219) 836-3255
  • Website

Join Jack on a crazy adventure that starts with five magic beans. Watch the Beanstalk grow on stage! You’ll meet Jack’s dancing and Spanish speaking cow Carmelita, the goose that lays golden eggs, a beautiful singing harp, a silly giant and his wacky wife. Don’t worry, there’s nothing scary in this musical adaption. Expect lots of fun for everyone and audience participation. More

Impractical Jokers

October 10, 2016

The Tenderloins, a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members – Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano – are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers. Now in its 5th season, Impractical Jokers follows The Tenderloins as they coerce one another into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras. With ea... More

Haunted Caboose Halloween Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

October 14, 2016 to October 15, 2016 (Recurring daily)

3rd Annual Ghoulishly Wicked Weekend - Halloween activities More

Peppa Pig Live!

October 14, 2016

Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles! More

Hesston Ghost Train

October 15, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Hesston Steam Museum
  • 1201 East 1000 North
  • LaPorte, IN 46350
  • Times: 12pm to 5pm
  • Admission: Adults $5, Children 12 and under $3
  • Phone: 219-778-2783
  • Website

Spooky fun for your young ones and the kid in you! More

Portage Brewfest

October 15, 2016
  • Venue: City of Portage
  • 2100 Willowcreek Rd.
  • Portage, IN 46368
  • Admission: $40 General Admission; $70 VIP; $10 Designated Driver; ages 21+
  • Phone: (219) 762-9622
  • Website | Email

Sample over 65 brews at the third annual Portage Brewfest where the lines are short, the tunes are sweet, and the laughter is loud.  There's no better way to taste new microbrews and popular favorites in one afternoon with friends.  Forget about the weather at this spacious indoor event that donates every single penny earned to the Portage Township YMCA.  A silent auction, 50/5... More

Customer Appreciation Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

October 21, 2016 to October 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

3rd Annual Customer Appreciation Weekend - Appreciating you! Camping discounts, chili dinner, drawings and winterizing services available on Oct 25. More

Festival of Praise Tour

October 22, 2016

For the third consecutive year, Grammy, Stellar, Dove, BET and NAACP Image Award-winning Gospel mega-star Fred Hammond returns to the road with the Festival of Praise 2016 Tour, the star-studded national event he founded several years ago. The tour makes a stop at the Star Plaza Theatre on October 22, and will reach over 50 major cities across the country, running through Decem... More

Bison arriving in Newton County Winter 2016

November 01, 2016 to January 31, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Bison will once again be in Northwest Indiana, helping to manage an dmaintain the prarie restorations of Kankakee Sands. Come to see the bison and learn about the wonders of the prairies and oak savanna of Kankakee Sands. More

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