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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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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.   More

Remington Ride and 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

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: 219-838-1025
  • Website | Email

Griffith Boy Scout Troop 264 is hosting this event for the 33rd 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

Rensselaer OktoberFest

September 26, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Rensselaer
  • Times: 5pm to 10pm

Enjoy a German-style evening of fun! The food court features menus from local restaurants plus there will be beer, wine and live music. More

Free public observing - Conway Public Observatory

September 27, 2015
  • Location: Conway Observatory
  • 191st and Chase
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: 7pm to 11pm
  • 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

Elvis Fantasy Fest

October 02, 2015 to October 04, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Woodland Park Community Building
  • 2100 Willowcreek Road
  • Portage, IN 46368
  • Times: See website for exact times
  • Phone: 888-406-5887
  • Website

Elvis Fantasy Festival Entertainment has another great year planned for 2015.    More

Harvest Weekend at Caboose Lake

October 02, 2015 to October 03, 2015 (Recurring daily)

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

Westville Pumpkin Festival

October 02, 2015 to October 04, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Prairie Meadow Park
  • US 421 & US 2
  • Westville, IN 46391
  • Phone: 219-879-8280

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

Spook-Tack-u-Lure Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

October 09, 2015 to October 10, 2015 (Recurring daily)

2nd Annual Spook-Tack-u-Lure Weekend - Halloween activities More

HOMIE Disc Golf

October 10, 2015 to October 11, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Lemon Lake
  • 6322 W. 133rd Ave
  • Crown Point, IN 46307

Tournament play will begin on Saturday and conclude on Sunday. Expect to play all day long. 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

Ghoulishly Wicked Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

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

2nd Annual Ghoulishly Wicked Weekend - Halloween activities 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

Hero Half Marathon and 10K

October 18, 2015

Experience the Indiana Dunes like you never have before. This race will take you through the most beautiful course in the Midwest with some of the most impressive landscape you will ever see. This journey begins on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, taking you along the Dunes, through wetlands, and ending on a grand tour of the serene Calumet Trail to compete in this one-of-a-kind... More

Customer Appreciation Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

October 23, 2015 to October 24, 2015 (Recurring daily)

2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Weekend - Appreciating you! Camping discounts, chili dinner, drawings and winterizing services available on Oct 25. More

“Moonlight Cabaret and Cabernet” Season Preview for 2016

October 24, 2015

2016 is just around the corner! We certainly hope that you've enjoyed our 2015 season! We certainly are looking forward to the great things we have in store for 2016, and hope that you will continue to join us! This evening will be a chance to catch all the offerings for 2016 in one place and to purchase your season tickets for yourself and your loved ones. As a way of saying &... More

Free public observing - Conway Public Observatory

November 14, 2015
  • Location: Conway Observatory
  • 191st and Chase
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: 6pm to 8:30pm
  • 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

14th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree

November 21, 2015
  • Location: Kahler Middle School
  • 600 Joliet St.
  • Dyer, IN 46311
  • Times: 10am to 3pm
  • Admission: free
  • Phone: 219-865-2505
  • Email

Dyer Parks & Recreation is having their 14th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree. Please call: 219-865-2505 for more information. More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started November 01, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Douglas Center for Environmental Education - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • 7-85 N Lake St
  • Gary, IN 46403
  • Times: 1pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join a ranger for an Open House every Saturday afternoon at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Douglas Center. Explore the center and check out interactive exhibits, a video, and even a live animal room. You can also explore the Miller Woods Trail just outside the center. More

Music Heritage Series

Started November 21, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday)

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

Planetarium and Laser Shows

February 14, 2015 to November 14, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Saturday)
  • Location: Challenger Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet
  • 2300 173rd St.
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: See description below
  • Admission: Cost is per show: $10 adults, $8 children (14 and under)
  • Phone: 219-989-3250
  • Website | Email

Planetarium and Laser Shows run the second Saturday of every month beginning at 3pm. Each session includes a night sky viewing tutorial, feature planetarium presentation and laser show, all for one price! The experience is guaranteed to be educational and entertaining! More

Town of Munster Farmers' Market

May 03, 2015 to September 27, 2015 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Centennial Park
  • 1005 S. Centennial Dr.
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-836-7275
  • Website

The Town of Munster invites you to come out for fresh produce, baked goods and more! More

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