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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

Lincoln Funeral Train Display

October 07, 2015 to October 11, 2015 (Recurring daily)

A replica of the train that carried President Abraham Lincoln's body across the United States more than 150 years ago will be at the Indiana Welcome Center. The train was created by the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train group to commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination and funeral. It is a near-exact replica of the historic train that carried P... More

Special Events

Rock 'N' Rail 5K / 1 mile fun run

September 05, 2015
  • Location: Griffith YMCA
  • 201 N Griffith Blvd
  • Griffith, Indiana 46319
  • Times: 12pm
  • Website

Both the 5K and new 1M routes will start and finish at the Griffith YMCA and travel down recently renovated Broad Street, through beautiful Central Park and tie into the Erie Lackawanna Recreational Trail. The race will kick off all of the fun and excitement of Griffith's Rock N Rail Festival. The area's best bands, great food vendors and all of the entertainment you can han... More

Summer Concert Series - Visions of Santana

September 10, 2015
  • Location: Wicker Park Social Center Gazebo or Hall
  • 2215 Ridge Road
  • Highland, IN 46322
  • Times: 7pm
  • Admission: $5. All tickets 21 and over.
  • Phone: 219-932-2530

Part of the Wicker Memorial Park Summer Concert Series, Visions of Santana are formerly known as Soundz of Santana, a tribute band to Carlos Santana and his music. Come see one of the hottest bands in Northwest Indiana. Food and drinks available for purchase. No coolers allowed. More

Little Cousin Jasper Festival

September 11, 2015 to September 13, 2015 (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. Entertainment includes: Saturday, September 12, 2015 Corey Cox Sunday, September 13, 2015 Jessie Brown   More

Dog Days of Summer

September 12, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Whiting
  • 119th st and Indianapoilis Blvd
  • Whiting, Indiana
  • Times: 10am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-659-0292
  • Website

A perfect day to show your dog how much you love him or her. Dog Days of Summer takes place Saturday, Sept. 12 in downtown Whiting from 10am to 3pm. Come enjoy an array of dog vendors including a chance to adopt a pet or two, a 'wet' kissing booth from a furry friend, micro chipping, nail clipping and more services. Today will be the last day to vote for the Dog Mayor for a Day... More

Fantasia & Friends

September 12, 2015

Back in 2004, a then-19-year-old Fantasia Barrino stepped onto the American Idol stage and won top honors. After wowing television audiences with her vocal talent, the North Carolina native released her debut album, "Free Yourself," which featured as its first single, "I Believe," a song that made her the first artist in Billboard history to debut at #1 on t... More

Hobart Car Show & Family Fun Day

September 12, 2015
  • Location: Festival Park
  • 111 East Old Ridge Road
  • Hobart, Indiana 46342
  • Times: 9am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-942-5774
  • Website | Email

Please join us at our first Car Show and Family Fun Day! Award will be given for Best in Show, Best in Class, Mayor's Choice Award and Chamber President's Choice. There will be boat races down by the Clock Tower, food, live music and a bags tournament. More

Popcorn Panic

September 12, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Valparaiso
  • Indiana Avenue and Lafayette Street
  • Valparaiso, Indiana 46385
  • Times: 7:30am
  • Website

This is the 37th running of the Popcorn Panic Race. The continued goal is to make this the best event in which you've ever participated. You can expect some long straight runs, turns and a few hills. The course is monitored to prevent vehicle obstruction during the race.  The course map is posted race day. Live musicians perform at various areas along the course. Computeri... More

Grandparents Day at the Zoo

September 13, 2015
  • Location: Washington Park Zoo
  • 115 Lakeshore Drive
  • Michigan City, Indiana 46360
  • Times: 10am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-873-1510
  • Website

Spend a special day making memories that will last a lifetime. The WPZoo is offering free admission for all grandparents on Grandparents Day with a paid child admission. More

Australia's Thunder from Down Under

September 19, 2015

Don't miss the perfect girls night outback - Australia's Thunder From Down Under. More

Hammond Hops Fest and 10K Beer Run

September 19, 2015
  • Location: The PAV
  • 2324 Calumet Avenue
  • Hammond, Indiana 46320
  • Times: 12pm to 4pm
  • Website

Save the date!  More information to come! More

Music on the Lawn

September 19, 2015

Remington Ride is a multi-level cycling event to raise money for renovations in Remington's downtown.  Carpenter Creek is a SAG stop along the ride, and play host to the after-ride festivities. We also have music on the lawn during the ride. Come by, listen to tunes and enjoy a day outside! More

Remington Ride

September 19, 2015
  • Location: Remington Community Park
  • 16227-16489 630W
  • Remington, IN
  • Times: Full ride 8am to 4pm, Half ride 12pm to 4pm
  • Website

The Remington Ride is a full selection of rides that all begin at the Remington, Indiana park. Interesting rest stops are featured in most of the routes, such as at the Carpenter Creek Cellars winery, the historic St. Josephs private college, and the award-winning agritourism attraction Fair Oaks Farms. Do the entire trip, a half-trip or whatever you prefer. Either way, ... More

Winfield Township Community-Fest

September 19, 2015
  • Location: Winfield Township/Town Building
  • 10645 Randolph St
  • Winfield,, IN 46307
  • Times: 5k begins 7am, Market 10 am, Parade 11 am
  • Admission: Free - cost for 5k 20$ - 25$ at gate
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Enjoy the Small Town Community Fest in Winfield, IN with a day a Town Festival! The day starts with a 5k run to benefit the John B. Curley Memorial Park, then the fun begins with a market, food vendors, beer tent (run by the local fire department) a corn hole tournament, kids games, and Music! All of this centered around a town parade! More

Deep River Grinders Vintage Base Ball

September 20, 2015

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

Wanatah Scarecrow Festival

September 25, 2015 to September 27, 2015 (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

36th Annual Fall Harvest Craft Festival

September 26, 2015 to September 27, 2015 (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: 219-670-8538
  • Website | Email

Griffith Boy Scout Troop 264 is hosting this event for the 36th 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

Harvest Thyme Corn Maze

September 26, 2015 to October 31, 2015 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Location: Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch
  • 17904 Grant Street
  • Lowell, Indiana
  • Website

Hometown Heroes weekend is September 26th & 27th. Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch will be donating 20% of corn maze ticket sales for the whole 2015 season to the Live-Love-Give, Nicholas Schultz Memorial Scholarship Fund. Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch, is a family owned and operated farm, providing a fun experience that includes activities for all ages. From pick your own pu... More

Hooked On Art Live Street Art Festival

September 26, 2015
  • Location: Thomas Centennial Park
  • 109 Broadway
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: None
  • Phone: 219-728-1638
  • Website | Email

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 kid... More


September 26, 2015
  • Location: Jasper County Courthouse Square
  • 115 W Washington Street
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Times: 5pm to 10pm
  • Admission: $5 donation requested. Kids 10 and under are free.

Come 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. More

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