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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

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

On-Going Events

Regional Impressions & Reflections

August 21, 2017 to September 24, 2017 (Recurring daily)

The Area Artists Association of Lubeznik Center for the Arts, is pleased to have the honor to exhibit at the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall in the Indiana Welcome Center. The show, Regional Impressions & Reflections, displays the diverse media, styles, approaches and insights used by our artist members to convey aspects of environments, both physical and psychological.   More

Fall Mansion Tours

September 05, 2017 to November 30, 2017 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • 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


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

Family Fun at Scheeringa Farms

September 16, 2017 to October 21, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Scheeringa Farms and Produce
  • 9436 Cline Ave
  • Highland, IN 46322
  • Phone: 219-838-6369
  • Website

Looking for a family-friendly outing? Bring everyone to Scheeringa’s and have some good old-fashioned fun on the farm. We’ve got interactive activities, events and attractions to entertain the kids and to bring out the kid in you. Take a tour of the farm, pet our animals and enjoy some delicious treats. Make it the perfect family day at Scheeringa Farms.   See website for ful... More

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