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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? Northwest Indiana's fall events provide family-fun and outdoor activities. Local farmers' markets continue through autumn and the u-pick orchards and pumpkin patches have special events and hands-on activities. Don't forget to check out the South Shore Brewery Trail and app to find the latest brewfests. Our calendar is constantly being updated, so check back often!


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Special Events

SOLD OUT - Legend of Sleepy Hollow

September 15, 2017 to September 23, 2017 (Every Friday, Saturday)

Buckley Homestead for two weekends, transforms into Tarrytown, NY also known as Sleepy Hollow. Come visit this interactive walking tour while in search for Ichabod Crane. Watch your step you might run into the Headless Horseman.   More

Alfresco Wine Dinner

September 21, 2017

If you're looking for a fun night out with your friends or significant other, one of the best places you can go is Lucrezia's Late Summer Alfresco Wine Dinner! Lucrezia's is hosting a fun-spirited wine dinner with a relaxed atmosphere. They will highlight six wines from Ferrari-Carano paired with an award winning five course dining experience. This is a great way to sample new... More

Brewing Science: Yeast

September 21, 2017

The final class in our four part Brewing Science series at Four Fathers is all about that wonderful microorganism the yeast cell. This class will focus on topics surrounding yeast cell structure, taxonomy, biology, and metabolism. We will spend a good deal of time discussing our favorite atypical brewing yeast Brettanomyces. As the saying goes, "brewers make wort, but yeast mak... More

Home School Days at Wood’s Historic Grist Mill

September 21, 2017

Not part of a homeschool group or your group is too small for a group reservation? Attend one of the park’s Homeschool Days to participate in hands-on educational program The Power of Water: Nature and History Tour with other homeschool families. Cost is $2 per person. Children 2 and under are free. Reservation is required. Payment is due on the day of visit. Call 219-947-1958 ... More

90's Party

September 22, 2017
  • Location: Dimensions School of Social Dance
  • 306 S. Calumet Rd.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Admission: $10 per person
  • Phone: (219) 250-2246
  • Website

Dude, this is going to be a totally awesome party! We're taking it back to the 90's for the evening, and it's going to be a blast from the past that you won't want to miss! We'll have a prize for the raddest costume, plus dancing to some sweet 90's tunes. This will also be a potluck party, so bring a dish to share! More

12th Annual Remote Controlled Air Show

September 23, 2017
  • Location: Jean Shepherd Community Center
  • 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive
  • Hammond, IN
  • Times: From: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Phone: (219) 554-0155

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation invite you to attend an indoor remote controlled air show and static display hosted by the Midwest RC Pilots. Come and watch or join in on the fun—this event is free for everyone! Concessions will be available for purchase. There will be a candy drop for kids.Call (219) 554-0155 for more information. More

38th Annual Fall Harvest Craft Festival

September 23, 2017 to September 24, 2017 (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: 219-670-8538
  • Website | Email

Join the boyscouts as they host the 38th annual Fall Harvest Craft Festival! Our scouts are excited to bring you a park full of artists and craftsmen for the weekend. All vendors carry 100% handmade quality products. The fall craft festival is a perfect event to start your Christmas shopping at or find a unique piece for yourself or your home! A full lunch menu will avaliable t... More

Catch & Release Fishing

September 23, 2017

Join Taltree for a special catch and release fishing day at our north pond. Families have caught numerous bluegill and even a rock bass! Bring your own equipment and remember to release your fish back into the pond please. Fishing is free with admission. More

The 6th Annual Hooked on Art-Live Street Art Festival

September 23, 2017

We welcome you to experience the Midwest in the Fall with a festival celebrating live street art in progress! Join us at Thomas Centennial Park in historic Downtown Chesterton, Indiana for the 6th Annual Hooked on Art-Live Street Art Festival! Watch live street artists use a variety of mediums to express their creativity; completing a work of art from start to finish over the c... More

Cruise Night and Car Show

September 24, 2017

Calling owners of all types - custom, antique, classic, muscle, modern, import, future, flying, floating... anything goes. Awards and Prizes - $5.00 gift card to the first 40 registered car owners, 10 Sponsors Choice awards, and special gift card to Participants Choice Winner. Free event for participants and spectators. Hosted by Thunderoads Roads Productions. More

Dark Ground Comedy

September 24, 2017
  • Location: Dark Ground Cafe
  • 301 Center St
  • Hobart, IN 46405
  • Admission: $5
  • Phone: (219) 613-4585
  • Website | Email

Dark Ground Cafe/Games Inn presents Dark Ground Comedy with King David Lane, Aaron Clark, Feature James Fisher Jr. and headliner Elaine Phillips. More

Robert Rolfe Feddersen Live at Fair Oaks Farmhouse Restaurant

September 28, 2017
  • Location: The Farmhouse Restaurant
  • 754 N 600 E
  • Fair Oaks , IN
  • Times: From: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Website

Join RRF for a great night of original music and delicious food and drink at Fair Oaks Farms Farmhouse Restaurant. All ages. No cover.   Special Guest: Bartender Simon Barrios will be behind the bar serving up his creative cocktails. You don't want to miss it! More

2017 Griffith Barktoberfest Mutt Strut

September 30, 2017

Join New Oberpfalz Brewing and Grindhouse Cafe for a hilarious day of dogs in costumes, canine trick or treating, and a leisurely walk around downtown Griffith. Registration begins September 1 in person at Grindhouse Cafe and New Oberpfalz or online. Cost is $20 per dog (bring as many people as you want) and you receive a commemorative soft-sided dog bowl for future expeditions... More

HOMIE Disc Golf

September 30, 2017 to October 01, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Join us for a disc golf event unlike any other on September 30th and October 1st 2017. It's our 16th year and the 4th year this event has been awarded the PDGA A-Tier status. This year's Memorial will feature 2 full days and 3 rounds of disc golf for Professional Player. The event will host a maximum of 288 players on a combined layout of the 5 Lemon Lake's World Championship D... More

Singing Sands Star Show

September 30, 2017

Join us for our annual event. Meet local astronomers from the Calumet Astronomical Society for a night of star gazing. Special telescopes will be set up to aid periodic constellation talks. Bring a blanket and join us on the main beach, near the pavilion. Activities going on through 11pm. Optimal star gazing is after 8pm. More

SOLD OUT - Valpo Brewfest

September 30, 2017
  • Location: Central Park Plaza
  • 68 Lafayette St
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 1pm to 4:30pm (12pm entry for VIP)
  • Phone: 219-464-8332
  • Website | Email

Join Valparaiso for the 8th annual Valpo Brewfest! This annual event is a celebration of great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it. Sample over 200 different styles of beers from America's best craft brewers. Vote for your favorite Indiana craft beer as we award the coveted Hoosier Brew Award to the top voted. Your Valpo Brewfest tickets not only get you access to grea... More

Deep River Grinders Vintage Baseball - October 1st

October 01, 2017

The Deep River Grinders vintage baseball team invites you to their upcoming match on Sunday, October 1st at 2 p.m. Played by 1858 rules complete with traditional uniforms, Grinders’ games provide a fun look at how baseball was played when it first started out (back when it was still two words!). Bring the whole family out for the free match to enjoy some old-fashioned baseball.... More

Hero Half Marathon and 10K

October 01, 2017

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

Zombie Zip Lines and Haunted Treetop Trails

October 01, 2017 to October 31, 2017 (Recurring daily)

For the month of October Edge Adventures NW Indiana, Deep River Aerial Adventure Park will be transformed into a Halloween experience unlike any other in the Chicago/Northwest Indiana region.  Spooky lights, scary sounds and creepy decor will add some family-friendly Halloween flair to the already thrilling adventure park experience.  The Haunted Treetop Trails will have partic... More

Brewery Tour With Brewmaster Steve

October 02, 2017
  • Location: Crown Brewing
  • 211 S East Street
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Website

Led by our Brewmaster, Steve Mazylewski, quarterly. Learn about the brewing process from start to finish. Samples at the end and a commemorative glass to take home. More

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