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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. Over 250 arts & crafts booths, 30 food booths, kids' games, the five-mile Popcorn Panic, and the nation's First Popcorn Parade are only the beginning of the excitement of this incredible festival.  The Valparaiso Popcorn Festi... More

Special Events

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
  • Location: Caboose Lake Campground
  • 3657 West US 24
  • Remington, IN 47977
  • Website

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

Deep River Grinders Vintage Base Ball

October 02, 2016
  • Location: Grinder Field at Deep River County Park
  • 9410 Old Lincoln Highway
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Times: 2pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-769-PARK
  • Website

Come watch the 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
  • Location: Caboose Lake Campground
  • 3657 West US 24
  • Remington, IN 47977
  • Phone: 219-261-3828
  • Website

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

Haunted Caboose Halloween Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

October 14, 2016 to October 15, 2016
  • Location: Caboose Lake Campground
  • 3657 West US 24
  • Remington, IN 47977
  • Phone: 219-261-3828
  • Website

3rd Annual Ghoulishly Wicked Weekend - Halloween activities More

Portage Brewfest

October 15, 2016
  • Location: Woodland Park
  • 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
  • Location: Caboose Lake Campground
  • 3657 West US 24
  • Remington, IN 47977
  • Phone: 219-261-3828
  • Website

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

Bison arriving in Newton County Winter 2016

November 01, 2016 to January 31, 2017
  • Location: Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area
  • 4320 W Toto Road
  • North Judson, IN 46366
  • Website

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

On-Going Events

Music Heritage Series

Started September 18, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 0th)

Every 3rd Friday of the month, join the Save the Tunes Council, a local group of musicians devoted to preserving and passing on traditional folk songs. More

Sunday Brunch

Started January 03, 2016 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Center for Visual and Performing Arts
  • 1040 Ridge Rd
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 11am to 2pm
  • Admission: $22.50 for adults; children 4-11, $11.50; under 4 years, $3.00. Price does not include gratuity.
  • Phone: 219-836-1930
  • Website

Every Sunday, the buffet table is brimming with delicious breakfast and luncheon dishes for the Center for Visual and Performing Arts' all-you-can-eat brunch. And, add to all of this: sparkling champagne, the ambiance of their elegant dining room, and the excellent service of their extremely attentive wait staff. Consider celebrating a special occasion during brunch - they can ... More

Town of Munster Farmers' Market

May 01, 2016 to September 25, 2016 (Every Sunday)
  • Location: 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 fresh produce, baked goods and more! More

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started May 07, 2016 (Every Saturday)

Enjoy hands-on family activities in the park's west end visitor center, especially the new Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is the tradition. Help feed the center's resident turtles or fish or join a ranger for a hike in Miller Woods. More

Secrets of a Soccer Mom Comedy

September 09, 2016 to September 25, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Three engaging women reluctantly take the field in a mothers vs. sons soccer game. They intend to let the children win, but as the game unfolds they become intent on scoring. The competition ignites a fierce desire to recapture their youthful good-humor, independence and sexiness, paving the way toward a better understanding of themselves, their families and changes they need t... More

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