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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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Special Events

Harvest Tyme Corn Maze

September 26, 2015 to October 25, 2015 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Location: Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch
  • 17904 Grant Street
  • Lowell, Indiana
  • Website

At Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch, we are humbled to recognize Lowell's own Hometown Hero, Officer Nicholas Schultz, by dedicating this year's corn maze design to his family and the families of all those lost in the line of duty. We are honored to donate 20% of the 2015 corn maze ticket sales to the Live-Love-Give, Nicholas Schultz Memorial Scholarship Fund. We invite all fi... More

The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein

October 09, 2015 to November 01, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Chicago Street Theatre
  • 154 W Chicago Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See Website for exact days and times
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

Don't miss the show so monstrously big that it needs two theatre companies to pull it off! Chicago Street Theatre is pleased to partner with Ensemble Theatre Company to bring audiences the all-new tap-dancing, show-stopping Broadway musical "Young Frankenstein." Based on the 1974 classic comedy, audiences will delight in an old favorite brought to new life! More


October 15, 2015 to October 18, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Towle Theater
  • 5205 Hohman Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Times: Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm
  • Website

Runaways is a collection of songs sung by troubled children. While the subject is primarily runaway children from broken homes, Runaways also comments on the larger world in which the children live. More

Police Appreciation Day

October 15, 2015
  • Location: Patrician Banquet Center
  • 410 E Us Highway 30
  • Schererville, IN 46375
  • Website | Email

Come one and come all! Police Appreciation Day is a gathering of our communities in support of the brave men and women who don the noble uniform and protect our streets. Head to Patrician Banquet Center in Schererville on October 15 for a night of live entertainment by Nicole Jamrose Band and The Original Hazard County Band, educational opportunities, a parade, refreshments... More

Fall Color Walk

October 16, 2015

Fall is the time of changing landscapes, cooler weather and pleasant walks outdoors. Our native trees, grasses and other plants display an array of diverse colors and textures at this time of year. Join us for a naturalist led walk along the trails to see for yourself the beauty in your own "backyard". More

Fall Harvest Festival

October 16, 2015 to October 17, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Begin the weekend on Friday, October 16 with trick-or-treating. Wear your spookiest or silliest costume and go door to door in Valparaiso's downtown to get some tasty treats from our restaurants and retailers. You can listen to live music, sit back, relax on a hayride, and take in the crisp autumn day downtown. Visit Central Park Plaza for treats and fun in the park. Free ha... More

Haunted Caboose Halloween Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

October 16, 2015 to October 17, 2015 (Recurring daily)

2nd Annual Ghoulishly Wicked Weekend - Halloween activities More

The Autumn Sky - Planetarium Showing

October 16, 2015 to October 24, 2015 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Clifford Pierce Middle School
  • 199 East 70th Avenue
  • Merrillville, Indiana
  • Phone: 219-650-5486
  • Website

The Merrillville Community Planetarium presents The Autumn Sky, a public program. The planetarium opens for seating 30 minutes before the show begins. No one will be admitted after the program starts. Fall is a great time to observe the night sky. Many bright stars and constellations are visible including the Summer Triangle, Pegasus the Winged Horse, and Andromeda the Chai... More

"ROCK"tober Fest

October 17, 2015
  • Location: St. Mary of the Lake Church
  • 6060 Miller Ave.
  • Gary, IN 46403
  • Times: 12pm to 10pm
  • Admission: $10.00
  • Phone: 219-712-1000
  • Email

St. Mary of the Lake will host an amazing music and fun fest featuring many bands,craft beer, local food trucks, local artists and artisans. Rain or Shine! Current line-up: -Nicole Jamrose with Mark Soljacich -Ken Kinsey & Gerry Hundt with Country Blues -The Unstoppables with Gray Asnby -Bolsega/Crabtree & The Region All Star Shufflers -Mark Rogers with the Scam... More

Fall Color on Indiana’s Greatest Hike

October 17, 2015

USA Today voted Trail 9 to the Beach House Blowout as Indiana's greatest hike. Check out the peak fall color on this amazing hike this morning. Meet at the Nature Center. We'll be out just over an hour. Bring your camera! More

Free public observing - Conway Public Observatory

October 17, 2015
  • Location: Conway Observatory
  • 191st and Chase
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: 9pm
  • Phone: 773-639-5491
  • Website

The volunteers of the Calumet Astronomical Society invite the public to explore the wonders of the universe when they present their popular family-friendly free public programs. Facilities, including access to the big telescope, are wheelchair accessible. Volunteers guide visitors in the use of telescopes and astronomical binoculars as they observe the majesty of the skies. ... More

Hesston Ghost Train

October 17, 2015 to November 01, 2015 (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

Take a terror-ific ride through the haunted woods aboard the Flying Dutchman Railroad. This is a trip that you won't soon forget as your train is haunted by many ghoulish creatures. Watch out for the Mad Lumber-Jack that haunts these woods! The Ghost Train is frightening fun for everyone! (Appropriate for small children.) More

How About them Apples

October 17, 2015

Nothing says fall like apple pie and apple cider! Join Matt outside the Nature Center as we quiz you on your apple knowledge, all the while we're making a hot apple dish over the campfire! Free tastes abound! More

Sold Out - Century of Progress tour

October 17, 2015

Join a National Park Service ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for a tour of five historic homes from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Each tour includes an inside look at the Cypress Log House, House of Tomorrow, Florida House, Armco- Ferro House, and the Rostone House. Reservations are $20 per person and every person on the to... More

Sweetest Day Deal

October 17, 2015
  • Location: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46361
  • Times: 1pm to 2pm
  • Website

Bring your sweetie for the 1pm mansion tour on Sweetest Day and receive a buy-one-get-one free admission when you give 'em a smooch at check- in! More

A Witch Hunt

October 18, 2015
  • Venue: Indiana Dunes State Park
  • 1600 N. 25 E.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 10am
  • Admission: Event is free after paying park entrance fee
  • Phone: 219-926-1390
  • Website

Meet at the Nature Center for a 45-minute stroll in search of the last woodland flower of the year... the witch hazel! We'll also explore the other sights and sounds of fall. Join us! More

Bartlett's Spring Brewery Bus Tour

October 18, 2015

Who is ready for another Bus Tour? We hope to see our regulars and some new faces as we head on over to the South Bend/Mishawaka area. There are lots of new breweries popping over there and we've got a list of some great ones. Right now it's Bare Hands in Granger, Evil Czech in Mishawaka and Crooked Ewe and SB Brew Werks in South Bend! Lunch will once again be served at Bart... More

Fall Fest - International Friendship Gardens

October 18, 2015

Fall Fun, Crafts, Music, Trail Walks and Food. Great Family Activity! More

Saw-whet Owl Banding Night

October 18, 2015
  • Venue: Indiana Dunes State Park
  • 1600 N. 25 E.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 7pm
  • Admission: Event is free after paying park entrance fee
  • Phone: 219-926-1390
  • Website

Join us at the Nature Center for a look at our special sawwhet owl banding project. Tonight we officially kick off our 7th season. If conditions are right, we'll have up close views of this amazing owl. Bundle up and join us! More

Scales and Tales

October 18, 2015

Check out what our resident reptiles and amphibians are doing as the the wild ones prepare for winter outside. See our snakes, turtles, and frogs up close in this interactive 45 minutes at the Nature Center. Great family program! More

Wine and Wire

October 21, 2015
  • Venue: Shady Creek Winery
  • 2030 Tryon Rd
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: Pendants: 2pm to 4pm and Rings: 6pm to 8pm
  • Phone: 219-874-9463
  • Website

Join Beach Bum Jewels and Shady Creek Winery for a fun, beach glass wire wrapping class. More

Jacob's Ladder Murder Mystery Fundraiser

October 22, 2015

WaterBird Banquet Center Welcomes The Jacob's Ladder Pediatric Rehab Center for their Fall Fundraiser. Their Murder Mystery Extravaganza is helping to raise funds to support their mission of giving hope to families of special children. Currently, over 600 children and families throughout Porter, Lake, and LaPorte Counties depend on them weekly to provide their much needed the... More


October 23, 2015
  • Location: The Auditorium at Bethel Church
  • 10202 Broadway
  • Crown Point, Indiana
  • Times: 6:15pm pre-concert Talk, 7:30pm Concert
  • Phone: 219-836-0525 ext 200
  • Website

Celebrate the genius of one of history's most prolific and influential music makers. This interactive concert will combine works spanning Mozart's all-too-short career with still images and clips from the Academy Award winning film Amadeus. Guest singers join the Symphony Chorus for Mozart's final work, the Requiem. The Symphony's own Pat Lee, Cynthia Fudala, and Kara Bershad w... More

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