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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

Calumet Heritage Area Hike

November 18, 2017

Enjoy an exciting and informative hike at one of the most historically and ecologically interesting spots in our region. This hike, led by Mario Longoni of the Field Museum, will start at the Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education and lead us through portions of Marquette Park Gary and Miller Woods.  We will learn about the industrial history and the diverse communi... More

Dunes Tellabration

November 18, 2017

Guilds and storytelling enthusiasts all around the globe will share their storytelling talents in concerts held in cities and towns to celebrate the art of storytelling. Locally, the Dunes Tellabration brings together each area’s most celebrated storytellers, to delight, captivate, and mesmerize audiences with their tales.  10am Storytelling Workshop. Join members of the NWI S... More

La Pour Brew & Wine Fest 2017

November 18, 2017
  • Location: La Porte Civic Auditorium
  • 1001 Ridge Street
  • La Porte, IN 46350
  • Phone: 219-575-0918
  • Website

End of the season craft beer festival celebrating many local and national breweries with great food, beer and music. More

Leonid Meteor Shower

November 18, 2017
  • Venue: Lake County Parks
  • 19100 Chase St
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: From: 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 769-7275
  • Website | Email

On November 18th the Calumet Astronomy will be hosting at event going from 8-10pm to watch the Leonid Meteor Shower. This evening will be the peak of the shower and we are looking forward to searching the skies for breathtaking sights. More

Momma's Boy: The Play

November 18, 2017

What happens when a mother holds on to her son too long? That’s precisely what we learn as this all star cast including Robin Givens, Johnny Gil, Nephew Tommy from the Steve Harvey morning show, Jackée Harry, Shirley Murdock, Robin Givens, Dawn Robinson and more unite to tell the story of a how a man is forced to change the life of a “Momma’s Boy” and turn him into a grown man.... More

Painting with Kids at White Rhino

November 18, 2017

Bring the family for another "ONLY AT WHITE RHINO" event. Painting with Kids. The wonderful instructor is hosting another great class at White Rhino. More

On-Going Events

Fall Mansion Tours

October 03, 2017 to November 30, 2017 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Times: From: 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
  • Admission: $8/adults and $5/youth and senior
  • Phone: (219) 873-1520
  • Website | Email

Discover the legacy of the Barker family and Michigan City's freight car industry on a tour of the historic Barker Mansion. Take a guided tour of all three floors Tuesday through Saturday at 1 pm CST. Take a self-guided tour of all three floors on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm CST. More

Family Nature Walks

November 18, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday)

Get the entire family outdoors and witness the changing seasons unfold. There is always something new to observe and appreciate in nature. A Naturalist will lead you though the trails of the nature preserve and point out fascinating flora and fauna. Free event - sign up at 219-844-3188. More

Stargazing at Kemil Beach

November 18, 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

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