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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 or find all things pumpkin at the Covered Bridge Festival in Crown Point.  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

Dia de Muertos Mania

October 27, 2014 to November 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Special Happy Halloween Dia de Los Muertos Preparation Celebration 10:30 & 3:30 - “The Festival of Bones” by: Luis San Vincente 11:00 - Marigold (Cempazuchitl) Paper Flower Creations 12, 2:30 & 4:30 - Bellaboo Bakers: Candied Pumpkin 1:30 - Dia de Muertos Mania More

Tour of Terror

October 29, 2014 to November 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Nike Missile Base C-47
  • 563 West 600 North
  • Hobart, Indiana 46342
  • Times: See website for exact times and Dates
  • Phone: 219-947-7733
  • Website

Take a unique and terrifying tour of one of our country's greatest historic landmarks. Nike Missile Base C-47 in Hobart, Ind. has a history unlike any other place in America and ALL of the urban legends are true! Suicides, underground tunnels, torture rooms and souls of lost warriors still exist here. In October 2014, the US Military will guide patrons through a tour of this hi... More

6th Annual Halloween Party at It's Vegas Baby

October 31, 2014

Featuring entertainment by P.S. DUMP YOUR BOYFRIEND Registration from 5:00pm - 11:00pm Costume Contest from 11:30pm - 1:30am 1st Round Judging from 11:30pm - Midnight Final Round Judging from 1:00am - 1:30am Judging done by audience applause More

Falling Into Dance

October 31, 2014 to November 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Morton High School Auditorium
  • 6915 Grand Ave.
  • Hammond, Indiana 46323
  • Times: See website for exact times
  • Admission: $9 for adults and $7 for students/seniors
  • Phone: 219-989-7316 ext. 1866
  • Website

The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts (at Morton High School) will open its fifth dance performance season with the fall dance concert "Falling Into Dance." This show features Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts dance majors. Also featured will be the HAPA Dance Ensemble. The production is choreographed by HAPA dance faculty member Kathleen Dominiak Trea... More

Halloween at Bar Louie

October 31, 2014

Festivities include a costume contest, Dj all night and open mic. More


October 31, 2014
  • Location: Embers Venue
  • 230 W Washington St
  • Rensselaer, Indiana 47978
  • Times: 8pm
  • Website

Join Embers Halloween night for the social event of the evening. DJ Chad Wynn will be spinning beats and a costume contest with cash prizes. More

Trunk or Treat Rensselaer

October 31, 2014

Join the City of Rensselaer for trunk or treat. Decorate the trunk of a vehicle for Halloween and dress in your favorite costume. Trick or treaters will then parade by. More

"Shrek" the Musical

November 01, 2014 to November 16, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Location: Marian Memorial Auditorium
  • 1849 Lincoln Avenue
  • Whiting, Indiana
  • Times: Sat at 8:15pm and Sunday 3pm
  • Phone: 219-473-7555

Join the Marian Theatre Guild in presenting "Shrek" the Musical. More

Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner & Party

November 01, 2014
  • Venue: WaterBird Banquet Center
  • 526 Indian Boundary Road
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: Doors Open at 6pm
  • Admission: Single Ticket -$60, Goup of 4 - $220, Group of 8 - $400
  • Phone: 219-928-1514
  • Website | Email

The WaterBird Lakeside Banquet Center presents a Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner with a Halloween themed after party. The Murder Mystery Co. will be acting out this exciting and energetic experience for the evening. Dress in your scariest Halloween outfit, or simply wear a mask as the theme is a Murder at the Masquerade! The Murder Mystery Co. describes this show as follows: T... More

Porter County Antique Show

November 01, 2014 to November 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Porter County Expo Center
  • 215 Division Dr
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: Adults $4 and Children 12 and under free
  • Phone: 219-241-3328
  • Website | Email

This expansive antique show features wares from a variety of vendors and one free appraisal comes with paid admission. More

Taltree 10K

November 01, 2014

The family-friendly 6.2-mile trail run is for serious and not-so-serious racers.   More

Alice Cooper

November 02, 2014

Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. He brings his dark, horror-themed theatrics to his Hammond concert. With a schedule that includes six months e... More

Farm to Fork Dinner at 54 Main Bistro

November 02, 2014
  • Venue: 54 Main Bistro
  • 54 Main St.
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Times: 5pm to 8pm
  • Admission: $100 per person
  • Phone: 219-947-2817
  • Website

Green Sense Farms is excited to work with Bistro 54 and Strack & Van Til to host an amazing night. The event will benefit the Food Pantry of Northwest Indiana. More

Jail Break 5K

November 02, 2014
  • Location: Historic Jail Crown Point
  • 226 S Main St
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Registration and Check-in 6:30am until 7:15am. Race starts at 7:30am.
  • Phone: 219-775-1981
  • Website | Email

The Jail Break 5K Run and Walk will be Benefiting the continuous restoration of the Old Sheriff's House and Jail, this run will take you through the scenic streets of Crown Point Indiana. Starting and finishing at the historic jail, participants will have an opportunity to tour the jail as your registration includes a free tour pass for you on race day. More

Farm to Table

November 08, 2014

Farm to Table is an amazing night of fantastic food, celebrating all of what Northwest Indiana farmers, chefs and artisans have to offer through their local food and drinks. Included is: Appetizer Bar Beer/ Wine/ Spirit Tasting Chef / Restaurant Tasting Dessert Bar More

Mariachi and Tequila Festival

November 08, 2014

The third Annual Mariachi & Tequila Festival features three floors of live mariachi and free tequila tastings, as well as ballet folkloric dancing. Enjoy performances by Mexico's legendary voices Diana Elisa Negrete, Rafael Jorge Negrete, Gabriel Solis, María Elena Leal and Juan Valentín. There will be an official tribute to Jose Alfredo Jimenez with a special... More

Veteran's Recongition Service

November 08, 2014
  • Location: Stoney Run
  • 142nd and Union Street
  • Leroy, IN
  • Times: 10:30am
  • Phone: 219-769-7275
  • Email

Join the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee as they remember and honor those who served and recognize those who are protecting us still today. Everyone is welcome. This is a wonderful opportunity for families, school groups, and homeschool groups to participate in a patriotic recognition of our veterans.   More

Last Comic Standing

November 09, 2014

Season 8 of "Last Comic Standing" premiered May 22 on NBC, with new host JB Smoove. The Emmy-nominated laugh-fest returns with an all new group of the world's funniest comics. Watch the new series this summer on NBC, then see the finalists perform live as the "Last Comic Standing" Live Tour appears the Star Plaza Theatre. For mature audiences.  ... More

CAS Public Star Gazing

November 15, 2014

The volunteers of the Calumet Astronomical Society invite the public to explore the wonders of the universe when they present their popular 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. Star charts, clu... More

Hospice Artisans Holiday Boutique

November 15, 2014
  • Location: Cloister in the Woods (at St. Paul Church)
  • 1101 Park St.
  • Munster, IN 6321
  • Times: 9:30am to 4pm
  • Admission: free
  • Phone: 219-922-2732
  • Email

Jump start your holiday shopping with an enticing array of quality handcrafted merchandise at the Friends of Hospice second annual Hospice Artisans' Holiday Gift Boutique. Shoppers will find unique paper goods, fine hand knit accessories, polymer clay and beaded jewelry, fabric bags, children's toys, as well as, an incredible selection of artisan designed greeting cards and ... More

The Other 3 Tenors

November 15, 2014
  • Location: La Porte Civic Auditorium
  • 1001 Ridge Street
  • La Porte, Indiana 46350
  • Times: Doors open at 6:30pm, concert is at 7:30pm
  • Phone: 219-362-9020
  • Website

A powerhouse of voices, the Other 3 Tenors, a trio of Warren Moulton, Franco Mortorana and Simon Kyung Lee join LCSO as part of their "Around the World Tour". More

The Band Perry

November 16, 2014

Since releasing their self-titled debut album, The Band Perry have ascended to dizzying heights. With a new album tailor-made for arena shows, the group brings their energetic style of country music to this Hammond concert. Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers Neil and Reid, the band has notched a string of hit singles, including the quadruple-pl... More

Hunt and Gather Market

November 20, 2014 to November 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)

An amazing event featuring local artisans and shopkeepers selling beautiful and unique items including art, jewelry, furniture, antiques, salvaged treasures and more. Music, food and drinks will be available.   More

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