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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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The ADA: 25 Years and Counting

August 24, 2015 to September 27, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Northwest Indiana's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, hosted at the Indiana Welcome Center, is sponsored by Everybody Counts and The Great Lakes ADA Center, with the South Shore Convention & Visitor Authority. The exhibit celebrates the passage of landmark civil rights legislation with: - The Freedom Bus of the National ADA ... More

Special Events

History of Popcorn Fest

September 03, 2015

Popcorn Fest is approaching! Stop by the Porter County Museum to learn about the origins of this unique Valparaiso event. Past Popcorn Fest organizers will tell their stories from the festival, while the Museum will showcase interesting Popcorn Fest memorabilia.  More

First Friday: Music by Peter Aglinskas

September 04, 2015

Guitarist Peter Aglinskas returns to First Fridays at LCA. Peter is the recipient of the Chicago Cultural Department's "Artists International" Award. He infuses his music with elements from the contemporary worlds of jazz, funk and rock, with technique firmly rooted in the classical music tradition. Enjoy Peter's sultry solo guitar stylings, along with light bites, ... More

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

Bellaboo's Labor-Day-Palooza

September 07, 2015

School's Out? We're Open! Join us at Bellaboo's for a Labor Day full of Play! We'll be celebrating the hard workers in our communities all day from 10am to 6pm... come join in the party! 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

ADA Exhibit - Saturday Events

September 12, 2015

Northwest Indiana's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, hosted at the Indiana Welcome Center, is sponsored by Everybody Counts and The Great Lakes ADA Center, with the South Shore Convention & Visitor Authority. 11 a.m. Criptaedo demonstration (black belt wheelchair user) 12:00 noon  Paws for a Cause assistive animal ... More

Apple Fest

September 12, 2015 to September 13, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Garwood Orchards
  • 5911 W 50 South
  • LaPorte, IN 46350
  • Phone: 219-362-4385
  • Website | Email

Garwood's Apple Fest has many things to offer including crafts, arts, jewelry, ornaments. The fest will also include a u pick farm, baked goods, live music and food. 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 Fest at the PoCo Muse

September 12, 2015

There is a mystery to solve at the Porter County Museum on Saturday, September 12! Younger visitors are invited to put on their detective hat, search for evidence, and find out who is responsible for stealing a valuable artifact from the PoCo Muse! As always, this event is free and open to the public. 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

Third Thursday: Yoga Session for Kids

September 17, 2015

Reese Ryzewski, author of The Yoga ABCs, will lead a yoga session for kids and their families. Participants will learn relaxation techniques they can use throughout the new school year. Ryzewski’s book is available for purchase in the Gallery Shop for $10. All guests will receive 10% off of Gallery Shop items during the event. More

ADA Exhibit - Saturday Events

September 19, 2015

Northwest Indiana's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, hosted at the Indiana Welcome Center, is sponsored by Everybody Counts and The Great Lakes ADA Center, with the South Shore Convention & Visitor Authority. 2 p.m. Announcement of photo contest winners                   ... 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

Frank Dudley Presentation

September 19, 2015

Join Gregg Hertzlieb, curator of Valparaiso University’s Brauer Museum, on Saturday, September 19 at 2p for a presentation on Frank Dudley, famous painter of the Indiana Dunes. Take a closer look at the Porter County Museum’s Dudley painting on display, and learn more about Dudley’s life and legacy.  More

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