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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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Little Cousin Jasper Festival

September 05, 2014 to September 07, 2014 (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

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

September 06, 2014

Orville Redenbacher is the inspiration behind the celebration of one of America's favorite snacks! The 36th Annual Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages. Art and craft vendors, kids inflatable area, 5K Popcorn Panic, and the nation's first Popcorn Parade are only the beginning of the excitement of this incredible festival. Live... More

Remington Ride

September 13, 2014
  • Location: Remington Community Park
  • 16227-16489 630W
  • Remington, IN
  • Times: Full ride 8am to 4pm, Half ride 12pm to 4pm
  • Admission: $35 includes the half century ride, support, lunch and the stylish event T-shirt.
  • Website

Enjoy a scenic, half-century tour through the northwestern Indiana countryside. Serious cyclists, hobbyists and those just looking for active family fun are all welcome to participate. The approximately 50-mile Remington Ride begins at the Remington park and has interesting rest stops at a winery, an historic private college, and an award-winning agritourism attraction. ... More

Polish Heritage Festival

September 14, 2014

The 3rd annual Polish Heritage Festival includes a Polish/English Mass at 11am, festival 12pm - 5pm, Polish food, Polka band, Polish dancers, exhibits and demonstrations. More

16th Annual Sunflower Fair

September 20, 2014
  • Location: Downtown La Porte
  • Indiana and Jefferson
  • La Porte, IN 46350
  • Website

The Sunflower Fair in beautiful, historic downtown La Porte is one of the largest area festivals with more than 100 craft and nonprofit vendors, food, entertainment, rides and more. This unique fair celebrating everything fall and community, is brought to you by the Chamber and a volunteer committee of dedicated community members. More

Sandhill Crane Festival and Car Show

September 20, 2014
  • Downtown
  • Wheatfield, IN 46392
  • Times: Starts at 10am
  • Phone: 219-616-4732
  • Website

The festival's biggest draw is a car, motorcycle and tractor show with an awards ceremony. There will also be music, children's activities, food and craft vendors. More

Wanatah Scarecrow Festival

September 26, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Scarecrow Square
  • North Main Street between Cross and High Streets
  • Wanatah, IN 46390
  • Times: Friday 3pm to 10pm, Saturday 8am to 10pm and Sunday 8am to 5pm
  • Phone: 800-548-1417
  • Website | Email

Enjoy arts and crafts, rides for children, a pork chop dinner, fish fry and pancake breakfast, a parade, scarecrow sculpting, fun runs for children and adults, music and variety acts, a car show, community merchant drawings, bingo and more! More

35th Annual Fall Harvest Craft Festival

September 27, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (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

Hooked on Art - Live Street Art Festival

September 27, 2014
  • Location: Thomas Centennial Park
  • 109 Broadway
  • Chesterton, IN 46383
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-728-1638
  • Website | Email

Experience the Midwest in the Fall with a festival that celebrates live street art in progress. Watch participants complete a work of art, from start to finish, over the course of a day. Live art, music, and family-friendly activities are just a few of the highlights that will welcome you at the third annual Hooked on Art Festival. More

OktoberFest

September 27, 2014
  • Downtown
  • Rensselaer, IN
  • 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

Sold Out - Valpo Brewfest

September 27, 2014
  • Indiana Avenue and Lafayette Street
  • Valparaiso, Indiana 46385
  • Times: 1pm to 5pm
  • Phone: Ticket sales 888-695-0888
  • Website

Sample over 150 different styles of beers from America's best craft brewers and vote for your favorite Indiana craft beer as we award the coveted HOOSIER BREW award to the top vote recipient. Valpo BrewFest is a celebration of the great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it. Cheers to Ya! More

Haunted Railroad and Fall Festival

October 01, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

This family friendly event features the Haunted Railway Garden and fun weekend activities such as hayrides, sprout express rides and creepy crafts. More

Trail of Scarecrows

October 01, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Scarecrows created by families, community groups and school groups will be displayed throughout the arboretum. The general public will vote on the best scarecrow of the season. More

Westville Pumpkin Festival

October 03, 2014 to October 05, 2014 (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

Harvest Festival Fine Arts Fair

October 04, 2014 to October 05, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Woodland Park
  • 2100 Willowcreek Road
  • Portage, IN 46368
  • Phone: 219-762-1675
  • Website | Email

Juried fine arts show, wine and cheese tasting and live music. Wine tastings from Buck Creek, Butler, Easley and Madison County wineries. Cheese provided by Fair Oaks Farms and chocolate provided by Kims Specialty Chocolates. Free admission. More

Elvis Fantasy Fest

October 10, 2014 to October 12, 2014 (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 2014. Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist for 2013 Dean Z. will be headlining the weekend's big show. Former champions Ted Torres, Robert Washington and Tim E. will be joining for the weekend. Chicago's premiere Neil Diamond tribute artist, Denny Diamond, Dean Z will also be featured. The weekend will... More

Fall Harvest Festival

October 17, 2014

Fall is the perfect time to spend time in downtown Valparaiso. Wear your spookiest or silliest costume and go door-to-door in Valparaiso's downtown to get some tasty treats from their restaurants and retailers. Enjoy live music, hayrides, and a crisp autumn day downtown. More

Munster Ale Fest

October 18, 2014
  • Venue: Centennial Park
  • 1005 S. Centennial Drive
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: VIP 12pm to 5pm, General Admission 1pm to 5pm
  • Admission: See website for details
  • Phone: 219-836-6900
  • Website

The town of Munster welcomes you to a most - anticipated fall inaugural Ale Fest event. Bring your taste for great beer and spirit for fun as you can choose to sample from more than 100 local and nationwide craft brews. Explore the flavors of the newest craft breweries as they develop their ongoing craft for making delicious brews.  Munster Ale Fest will, of course,... More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started March 16, 2013 (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 August 16, 2013 (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

Town of Munster Farmers' Market

May 04, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (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

Play Dates

September 05, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Play Dates is a play all about love, falling in, falling out and everything in between. From the childhood innocence of your first everlasting crush, to the challenge of trying to keep the spark alive after ten years of marriage, to the tortuous single years in between when you think you'll never find anybody, Play Dates hilariously reminds us that love is never easy...and kind... More

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

September 11, 2014 to October 19, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Set in a madcap Madrid, Women on the verge of a Nervous Breakdown is based on Pedro Almodóvar's film of the same name. Lane and Yazbek, the team behind DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, took Almodóvar's tale and infused it with their own wry, comic style and an irresistible Spanish beat. Both touching and hilarious, it's a story about women and the men who pursue them with... More

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