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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

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

Crown Brewing Brewer's Dinner

October 05, 2017
  • Location: Asparagus
  • 7876 Broadway
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: Starting: 6:00 PM
  • Phone: (219) 663-4545
  • Website

Enjoy a 5 course meal with beer pairings and a commemorative glass led by Brewer Steve Mazylewski. Tickets will go on sale 8/18/2017 for $55 and are available at Crown Brewing and Asparagus Restaurant. More

Barker Blackout Tours

October 06, 2017 to October 27, 2017 (Every Friday)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Admission: $15/adults and $10/youth and senior
  • Phone: (219) 873-1520
  • Website | Email

Discover the untold, spooky side of Michigan City history. You'll be surrounded by darkness as you tour the mansion with a guide; there'll be tea lights to illuminate your path. During this eerie evening, we'll tell little-known stories of our city's creepy past and relate never-before told stories about the mansion. The 8pm tours are for families and 10pm tours are for adults ... More

Bulldog 6th Anniversary Party

October 06, 2017
  • Location: Bulldog Brewing Co.
  • 1409 119th Street
  • Whiting , IN
  • Times: From: 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM
  • Website

Join Bulldog Brewing Co. for their 6th Anniversary Party feat "1540" from 9pm-1am! Food & Drink Specials all day! More

Griffith's Oktoberfest

October 06, 2017 to October 08, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Griffith's 2017 Oktoberfest is set to take place again at Griffith's Central Park. Come on out for great German food, kid's zone, pumpkin patch, live authentic German music, and a family beer garden. More

Jordans and James Band live at Hunter's Brewing of Chesterton, Indiana

October 06, 2017
  • Location: Hunter's Brewing
  • 1533 S Calumet Road
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: Starting: 6:00 PM
  • Website

Jordans and James will once again be filling the room with music at the one and only Hunter's Brewing of Chesterton, Indiana!  More

Outdoor Adventure Festival

October 06, 2017 to October 08, 2017 (Recurring daily)

The inaugural festival will take place at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and several nearby locations. The greater dunes region is packed with outdoor adventure opportunities and the festival will bring together all these activities in one place. Centered at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, the festival will showcase the region’s natural and cultural significance through hi... More

10th Annual Fall Festival in Valparaiso

October 07, 2017 to October 08, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: WRF Nursery & Garden Center
  • 255 E 150 S
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Admission: Children under 2 are free! Children 10 and under $8. Ages 11 and up $10. Family 4-pack $36.
  • Phone: (219) 462-8733
  • Website | Email

October 7th and 8th WRF Nursery & Garden Center will open their pumpkin fields to the public for one weekend during their 10th Annual Fall Festival. Continue the tradition of old-fashioned family fun. Navigate through the interactive corn maze, and take a tractor-pulled hayride out to the pumpkin patch in search for the perfect pumpkin.Each all-inclusive wristband is good f... More


October 07, 2017 to October 08, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Beefing up the fest with a two-day weekend packed full of fall family fun, Fair Oaks Farms is bringing:  Trick-or-Treating CowtoberFest features safe trick-or-treating with our businesses and vendors from 10am-12pm CST. We encourage family-friendly costumes. The first 100 kids to the festival will receive a commemorative trick-or-treat bag provided by our sponsors.  Kids Acti... More

Fire Prevention Open House

October 07, 2017
  • Location: Hammond Fire Station #8
  • 6350 Parrish Avenue
  • Hammond, IN
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Join the Hammond Fire Department for their Annual Fire Prevention Open House at the “NEW” Fire Station # 8, 6350 Parrish Avenue. There will be lots of different activities for children including: Fire Station Tours – See the newly built Station #8 Jaws of Life Extrication Demonstration Raffle for Smoke Detectors Raffle for LCD Flat Screen HDTV Raffle for Gift Certificat... More

History on Tap

October 07, 2017

Have a fun filled evening of enjoying local brews and listening to local bands in the barn at Buckley Homestead. Pre-register today for a unforgettable evening for $20 at 219-769-7275. More

Whiskey Tasting at The Farmhouse Restaurant

October 11, 2017

Farm to table appetizers by The Farmhouse's own chef Jorge Sullon and hand crafted grain to glass spirits by West Fork Whiskey Company.  Paying respect to one of the best grain producing states in America their spirits are 100% Indiana from grain to glass. Three ordinary guys from Indianapolis, who sought to make extraordinary whiskey.   More

Fall Color Walk

October 13, 2017

Fall is full of wonderful changes from landscapes, cooler weather, and pleasant walks outdoors. Our native trees, grasses, and other plants display diverse colors and textures this time of year at Gibson Woods. Join a naturalist and take a walk along trails to see for yourself the beauty in your own backyard. Reservations Required: 219-844-3188 More

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