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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

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

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

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

Ghoulishly Wicked Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

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

2nd Annual Ghoulishly Wicked Weekend - Halloween activities 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

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

"Perfect Wedding"

September 11, 2015 to September 27, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

An appalling situation - a bridegroom wakes on his wedding morning in his own bridal suite, with his bride-to-be about to arrive any moment, and finds a strange girl in bed beside him. What's more, an extremely attractive girl whom, in the depths of his post stag-night hangover, he can't remotely remember even having been introduced to. Worse - during the ensuing panic to get t... More

"Monty Python’s Spamalot"

September 18, 2015 to October 18, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Inspired by the hilarious British comedy troupe Monty Python, this musical spoof of King Arthur and his band of raunchy and silly knights has been a hit on Broadway and in theatres across the country. They call it "lovingly ripped off from their film ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail'." Will they find the Holy Grail and how many limbs will be lost along the way? More

"The Addams Family, The Musical"

October 02, 2015 to October 18, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

"They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky...." We welcome America's most lovable creeps into the Opera House just in time for Halloween. Join Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester and Grandmama Addams for a night of squeaks, screams, and squeals---and a howling good time for the whole family. "The Addams Family" features an original s... More

"A Christmas Carol, The Musical"

November 27, 2015 to December 13, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

To wrap up the year, we offer a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens's most well-known story. The story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this lavish and thrilling musical. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three... More

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