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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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Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

September 09, 2017

Named the "Best Festival of the Region" by The Times readers, the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages.  This long-standing community tradition returns for its 39th year. More than 250 arts & crafts booths, 35 food booths, kids' games, the five-mile Popcorn Panic, and the nation's First Popcorn Parade are only the beginning of t... More

10th Annual DHC Bizarre Bazaar

September 16, 2017
  • Location: Harrison Park
  • Waltham Street and Hohman Avenue
  • Hammond, IN
  • Times: 10am to 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-512-4298
  • Website

Admission is free. Attractions include bands, vendors, children's games and art activities and a car show. Join the unexpected, outrageous, and whimsically bizarre extravaganza that offers something for everyone!     More

Special Events

Hobart's Brews & Blues

September 16, 2017
  • Location: City of Hobart
  • 111 E Old Ridge Road
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Times: 2pm to 9pm
  • Phone: (219) 942-2987
  • Email

Join Hobart Events September 16, for an evening of the region's best craft brews while enjoying soulful sounds.. 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 co... More

Rensselaer OktoberFest

September 30, 2017
  • Location: Jasper County Courthouse Square
  • 115 W Washington Street
  • Rensselaer, IN
  • Times: 5pm to 10pm
  • Website

Main Street Rensselaer invites you to enjoy a festive night of German and American cuisine from local eateries, try wines from our local winery and sample seasonal beer at our beer garden. Enjoy live entertainment on the Historic Downtown Rensselaer square. $5 donation requested. Kids 10 and under are free. Proceeds from OktoberFest are used to further enhance downtown Renssela... More

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

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

Pumpkins, Witches & Hayrides

October 07, 2017

Pick a pumpkin, go on a hayride, pet zoo animals, have your face painted, jump in our bounce houses.  Free trick-or-treating, games and costume contest.  They also have a Monster Dash that morning starting at 8am.  Call (219) 836-PARK for more information.  More

HOMIE Disc Golf

October 14, 2017 to October 15, 2017 (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

Munster Ale Fest

October 14, 2017

The town of Munster welcomes you to a most anticipated fall 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, have some of the finest local foo... More

Fall Harvest Festival

October 20, 2017 to October 21, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Valparaiso Events
  • 150 W. Lincolnway Suite 1006
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See Description for Details
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 464-8332
  • Website | Email

Friday, October 20; 4-6pmSaturday, October 21; 11am-2pmGet ready for two days of costumes, tricks, treats, spooks and more with the Fall Harvest Festival! Friday night fun from 4-6pm: Dress up in your spookiest or silliest costume and go door-to-door all throughout Downtown Valparaiso to get some tasty treats from various restaurants, retailers, and other organizations. Visit C... More

Purduettes

October 21, 2017

After many years of hosting the Purdue Varsity Glee Club as one TATC’s premiere annual events, 2017 begins a new chapter with Purdue Musical Organization, adding two performances of the Purduettes! Founded in 1942, the Purduettes have been serenading audiences worldwide with 50 to 60 ensemble members each year. The Purduettes are directed by Jeff Valier and provide energetic an... More

Haunted Trails and Ghost Stories

October 28, 2017
  • Venue: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • 2055 East US Highway 12
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 3pm to 6pm CDT
  • Admission: Check www.friendshipgardens.org for admission prices
  • Phone: 219 878 9885
  • Website | Email

Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a spooktacular evening of family fun. Kids are invited to wear their Halloween costumes for a night of family-friendly scares set in the winding nature trails of Friendship Botanic Gardens at dusk.  Visitors will have the chance to experience the gardens when bathed in the glow of the “Trail of Lights” -- A new illuminated pathway of lamppo... More

Thanksgiving Turkey Walk and Native American Heritage Celebration

November 23, 2017

Join Friendship Botanic Gardens as they host a free celebration of Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month. Kids will have the chance to embark on a turkey count scavenger hunt throughout the gardens and nature trails – find every hidden paper turkey and win a special Thanksgiving prize! Then, enjoy the Native American Heritage Garden and get a firsthand look at Indige... More

On-Going Events

Stargazing at Kemil Beach

August 19, 2017 to December 16, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday)
  • Venue: Kemil Beach
  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Times: Check Website for times
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society to get a closer look at the evening sky over Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Weather permitting, see star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, planets, meteors, and learn about constellation lore from the darkest site in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Held on the third Saturday of every month from Jan. to Dec. (except March and ... More

Hypnosis

September 08, 2017 to September 24, 2017 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Towle Theater
  • 5205 Hohman Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Times: Thur - Sat 8pm and Sun 2pm
  • Website

Presented in arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.   Directed by Mark Baer A mesmerizing thriller with plenty of twists and a liberal dash of comedy ... The Great Gordo, an alcoholic stage hypnotist in the twilight of his career, randomly chooses Alan Briggs as his next stooge.  Briggs, a mild-mannered policeman, is a good sport, the audience laughs, and everyone goes home.  F... More

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

September 14, 2017 to October 15, 2017 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score, this musical telling of Mark Twain’s treasured tale features songs and music by Roger Miller, who created such hits as “King of the Road” and “Dang Me.” Led by melodies of country, bluegrass and gospel, join the humorous and harrowing river journey of Huck and his friend Jim as they meet up with con-... More

You Can't Take it With You

September 15, 2017 to October 01, 2017 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Memorial Opera House
  • 104 Indiana Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
  • Phone: (219) 548-9137
  • Website

At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony... More

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