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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

Stargazing at Kemil Beach

February 01, 2017 to November 01, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 1st)
  • 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

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

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

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started December 10, 2016 (Every Saturday)

Enjoy hands-on family activities in the park's west end visitor center, especially the new Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is the tradition. Help feed the center's resident turtles or fish or join a ranger for a hike in Miller Woods. More

Music Heritage Series

Started December 16, 2016 (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

Sunday Brunch

Started January 01, 2017 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Center for Visual and Performing Arts
  • 1040 Ridge Rd
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: Seating between 11am to 2pm
  • Admission: $23 for adults; children 4-11, $11.50; under 4 years, $3.00. Price does not include gratuity.
  • Phone: (219) 836-1930
  • Website

Every Sunday, the buffet table is brimming with delicious breakfast and luncheon dishes for the Center for Visual and Performing Arts' all-you-can-eat brunch. And, add to all of this: sparkling champagne, the ambiance of their elegant dining room, and the excellent service of their extremely attentive wait staff. Consider celebrating a special occasion during brunch - they can ... 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)

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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