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Indiana Dunes Events

Every season at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the State Park is full of events. From Maple Sugar Time to tours of the old Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm to guided hikes, you'll find a variety of events going on at the Indiana Dunes.

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Special Events

Fall Colors Hike

October 21, 2017

Enjoy a ranger-led hike through the gorgeous maple trees in full fall colors at historic Chellberg Farm. The Chellberg/Bailly parking lot is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and Highway 12 in Porter, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the Events Calendar at the park website or contact the pa... More

NW Indiana Storytelling Festival

October 21, 2017
  • Location: Indiana Dunes Nature Center
  • 1600 N. 25 E.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: Starting: 10:00 AM
  • Admission: Programs are free. There is a park entry fee.
  • Phone: 219-926-1390
  • Website

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"Howl"oween in the Dunes

October 28, 2017

Join us for our annual fun weekend of spooks and thrills! Whether camping or just here for the day, we'll have lots of activities for all the ghouls and goblins, including special night hikes, spooky crafts, trick-or-treating, campsite decorating contest, and the return of saw-whet owl banding at the Nature Center. More

Halloween Fun at Indiana Dunes

October 28, 2017

Family friendly Halloween fun, games, and night hikes in Miller Woods. Wear costumes and learn about our nocturnal neighbors. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 . More

Bus Tour with a Ranger at National Lakeshore

November 12, 2017 (Select Dates)

Join a ranger on Sunday, October 29 and November 12 at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm for a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in one of the park's 15-passenger, wheelchair lift equipped buses. This is a great opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful fall colors while learning some interesting information about our national lakeshore. The tour is free, but rese... More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started October 07, 2017 (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

Nature Tots

Started October 11, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Wednesday)

Parents and toddlers are invited to participate in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's new Nature Tot's program at the Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Nature Tots, aged 2-4, will learn about nature through a ranger-led story time, crafts and outdoor play. Parents will enjoy meeting other parents and learning fun ideas for bringing nature into their child's life. Thi... More

Music Heritage Series

Started October 20, 2017 (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

Stargazing at Kemil Beach

October 21, 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

Miller Woods Hike

November 05, 2017 to December 17, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Join a park ranger for a hike through the beautiful oak savanna of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Miller Woods each Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm. Hikes will vary in length depending on the interest and abilities of visitors. Meet at the Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellent. The Paul H. Douglas Center for En... More

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