NWI is full of enjoyable events this fall

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in Community News

Published on August 31, 2011 with No Comments


Thursday, Sept. 1, Hairbangers Ball Concert

Local Rock-n-Roll band Hairbangers Ball is throwing a concert at the Wicker Park Social Center, located at 2215 Ridge Road in Highland. The seven member band has been performing together for over ten years . Admission price is $5 a ticket and it is a 21 and over show, with the performance happening in rain or sunshine at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.hairbangersball.com or call 219-923-3830.

Thursday-Monday Sept. 1-5, Lowell Labor Day Festival

The city of Lowell is hosting a five-day Labor Day festival. Activities will include food vendors, a beer garden, kiddie parade on Sunday, live music, live entertainment, a fish fry on Friday, a Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament, a bicycle show, fireworks on Sunday and a parade on Monday. For more information, visit www.lowell.net or call 219-696-7794.

Friday-Monday Sept. 2-5, 55th Annual Hesston Steam & Power Show

The 54th Annual Hesston Steam & Power Show is back in LaPorte again this year with a variety of rides and experiences to offer. This festival includes three steam-powered railroads for visitors to ride, a steam operated sawmill and crane, food vendors and a Labor Day flea market. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. Train ride fares are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under. Friday is Senior Day with half-price specials. For more information, visit www.hesston.org or call 219-778-2783.

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 2-4, Griffith Annual Rock ‘N’ Rail Street Festival

Held in downtown Griffith on Broadstreet, the three-day festival offers a variety of tasty food, two stages of non-stop live music, a car show, beer garden, crafts and a children’s area with inflatable playhouses, games and many other kid friendly activities. For more information, visit www.griffith.in.gov or call 219-924-7500.

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 2-4, Lake Station September Fest

Lake Station’s Central Center Plaza, located off Central Avenue, will host the day festival featuring a bean bag tournament, food, games, fireworks and live music. Music acts include Shuddup & Drive, DJ Juan Rios, Mo Beat Blues, Acoustically Speaking and many others. For more information, visit www.lakestation.in.gov or call 219-962-2081.

Friday-Monday, Sept. 2-5, Labor Days Festival

Washington Park, in Michigan City, will play host to a four-day music and entertainment festival. Featuring three stages of music, food, arts and crafts, and amusement rides. Some of the headlining musical acts include Midwest Hype, Together, SL4 Band, Spellbound, Shuddup & Drive and many others. Admission is free. There are parking fees. For more information, visit www.mcsummerfest.org or call 219-874-3630.

Friday-Monday, Sept. 2-5, Marshall County Blueberry Festival

Indiana’s largest four-day festival is in Plymouth. Sample a variety of blueberry snacks and treats from more 100 food vendors. There will also be more than 300 arts and crafts vendors, three entertainment stages, an All Star Amusement Carnival, Little Mr. and Ms. Blueberry pageant, a horse show, several sporting events and a Sunday evening fireworks display, a parade, a 15K and 5K race as well as the Run in the Blueberry Stomp. For more information, visit www.blueberryfestival.org or call 574-936-5020.

Saturday, Sept. 3, Hammond Sing-a-Long Sound of Music

From 7-11 p.m. the Pavilion at Wolf Lake has an interactive event. Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on, dress up as their favorite costume character and sing along. Tickets cost $15 and are available from Ticketmaster. For more information, visit www.hammondmarina.com or call 219-659-7678.

Saturday, Sept. 3, Sohl Street Jacobs Square Festival

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sohl Street in Hammond will have a variety of events including food, face-painting, moon walk, games, a raffle craft vendors and police finger printing and picture IDs. The festival is located at the 5600 block of Sohl Street. For more information, call 219-931-6700.

Saturday, Sept. 3, Taste of Duneland

The fourth annual Taste of Duneland will feature many of the area’s cuisines from a variety of local vendors. There will also be a beer and wine garden featuring selections from Butler Winery. Live music will also be presented. For more information, call 219-926-6283 or visit www.dunebig.com.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 3-4, All Saints Parish Fest

Hammond’s All Saints Catholic Church has a one-day festival with live music all day, a taco dinner, games, raffles and a beer garden, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at 570 Sibley St. For more information, call 219-932-0204.

Sunday, Sept. 4, Whiting ‘America the Beautiful’ Concert

Starting at 7:30 p.m. in Lakefront Park, the Whiting Festival Orchestra will be performing. Admission is free. There is a parking fee of $5. Participants are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. Chair rentals will be available. For more information, call 219-659-0292 or visit www.whitingindiana.com.

Thursday-Sunday Sept. 9-11 Valparaiso Kiwanis Balloon Fest

The annual Kiwanis Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Porter County Fairgrounds. More than 20 hot air balloons are expected to lift into the air. There will also be tethered balloon rides, the Balloon Fest Night Glow, food vendors, live music and face painting. Admission is $10 per car. For more information, call 219-241-1031 or visit www.valpokiwanis.org.

Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 9-11, Hobart Clocktower Model Boat Race

The Indianapolis Model Boat Race Club will send more than 300 model boats, many capable of more than 70 mph, racing through Lake George competing for the Clocktower Trophy. More than 80 boaters from around the country and the world will be featured. For more information, or visit www.city.hobart.in.us.

Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 9-11, Highland Midwest Zest Fest

Presented by the Highland Chamber of Commerce, the Midwest Zest Fest offers a variety of lip puckering fun. Attractions include the Lemon King and Queen vote and crowning ceremony, live music battle of the bands, a 5K race, food vendors, rides, games, arts and crafts, a beer garden with karaoke contest, pie-eating contest and a parade. For more information, call 219-923-3666 or visit www.midwestzestfest.com .

Saturday, Sept. 10, Dyer Hometown Celebration

The town of Dyer’s free one day event from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Located in the Jewel parking lot off Route 30 and Calumet Avenue, a variety of entertainment activities are being offered including a one-mile sprint, car show, food vendors, VFW beer garden, a grill contest, band and DJ. For more information, call 219-865-6108 or visit www.townofdyer.com.

Saturday, Sept. 10, History of the Woodlands Hike

Part of a 12-part series examining the plant and animal ecosystem at Taltree Aboretum and Garden in Valparaiso, this hike will explore the woodlands surrounding Heron Pond by following the Owl Trail. Participants will learn now to identify trees by their bark, leaves and fruit. The trees being identified will include oak, hickory, aspen, hawthorn, cottonwood, black cherry and other. The hike will last from 10 a.m. to noon and will begin at the Hitz Family Rose Garden. For more information, call 219-462-0025 or visit www.taltree.org.

Saturday, Sept. 10, Hammond Hometown Hero Run/Walk

Show support for hometown military personnel or war heroes by participating in this fundraising event organized by the Hammond Fire and Police departments. Early registration costs $15 and $20 the day of the event. For more information, call 219-659-7678 or visit www.hammondmarina.com./

Saturday, Sept. 10, Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

The 33rd annual Popcorn Festival Valparaiso offers family activities. It features more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, 30 food vendors, children’s games, the five-mil e Popcorn Panic Race and the Popcorn Parade. The festivities start at 7 a.m. with the Popcorn Panic and end at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 219-462-8332 or visit www.valparaisoevents.com.

Saturday, Sept. 10, Walk for Lupus Now

The Lake County Fairgrounds will have the Walk for Lupus Now, a fundraising event to help those living with Lupus. Refreshments will be available, as well as clown entertainment, face-painting, photography, vendors, an auction and prizes will be awarded as well. Registration is at 9 a.m.; the event begins at 10 a.m. For more information, call 800-948-8806 or visit www.lupusindiana.org.

Friday-Sunday Sept. 16-18, Hoosier Nationals BMX Race

Portage will host for a weekend of professional BMX racing. Riders from all over the US and Canada will compete at Imagination Glen for national standings in different categories featuring racers from the age of five to more than 60 years old. For more information, visit www.steelwheelsbmx.com.

Friday-Sunday Sept. 16-18, Wizard of Oz Festival

Celebrating its 30th inChesterton, the world-famous Wizard of Oz Festival has a wide variety of family fun activities. Activities such as the Oz Parade, Dorothy Look-a-Like Contest, the Oz 5K race, a Brunch with the Munchkins, a celebration of Dorothy’s birthday, and many more. The festival is in downtown Chesterton. It is free. For more information, call 219-926-6283, or visit www.ozfestivalchesterton.com.

Saturday-Sunday Sept. 17-18, Duneland Heritage Days

Chellberg Farm and the Bailly Homestead host the festival celebrating Duneland heritage. Including music, live demonstrations of crafts and culture, traditional food and many other activities, this festival is both educational and fun. For more information, call 219-926-7561 ext. 3 or visit www.nps.gov/indu or.

Saturday Sept. 24, Valpo Brewfest

The Central Park Plaza in downtown Valparaiso is hosting a celebration of craft beers from 1 p.m. (noon for VIPs) to 5 p.m. There will be more than 125 different brews from 41 breweries to be sampled as well as food vendors, live music and a vote for the top beer. For more information, call 219-464-8332 or visit www.valpobrewfest.com.

Saturday Sept. 24, Valpo Fest

The 23rd annual Valpo Fest is will be at the Porter County Expo Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A motorcycle and car show, it will also feature live music, a motorcycle stunt show, food vendors and a beer garden. For more information, call 1-800-800-6034 or visit www.valpo-fest.com.

Saturday-Sunday Sept. 24-25, Dunes Cat Fanciers ACFA Championship Cat Show

The American Cat Fanciers Association is having a championship cat show at Woodland Park’s Grand Oak Hall in Portage. Cats of every breed will be showcasing themselves while being judged. There is also a cat costume contest and cat look-alike contest. For more information, visit www.acfacat.com or call 219-762-4159.


Saturday Oct. 8, Crown Point Oktoberfest

Crown Point’s annual Oktoberfest is a German- and autumn-themed event featuring live music, fresh food, a chili cook-off, pumpkin pie eating contest, face painting, a hayride around the Crown Point square, a double-elimination beanbag tournament and a beer garden sponsored by Crown Brewing. Children who dress up in costume get a free munchkin pumpkin. For more information, call 219-662-3290 or visit ww.crownpoint.in.gov.

Saturday-Sunday Oct. 8-9, Portage Harvest Festival

A Fine arts show, the first Harvest Festival is hosted by the Portage Parks Department at Woodland Park. The juried show is displaying art three Portage artists and those from surrounding states. It will also include wine tasting from four Indiana wineries and live music. For more information, call 219-762-1675 or visit www.ci.portage.in.us/parks.

Friday-Sunday Oct. 14-16, Elvis FANtasy Fest

The 19th annual Elvis FANtasy Fest is at Portage’s Woodland Park Community Center. Come celebrate the King of rock-n-roll while simultaneously helping raise money for the Portage Special Olympics program and its athletes. There will be food, concert performances, an Elvis Presley look-a-like contest and much more. For more information, call 317-844-7354 or visit www.elvisfantasyfest.com.

Sunday, Oct. 16, Live Flamenco Show

Live from Restaurane don Quijote in Valparaiso, patrons can experience the authentic and romantic feelings of Spain right here in Indiana while dining. Featuring authentic Spanish cuisine and, on this day, two live showings of Flamenco dancers. The Flamenco performances are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; reservations are required. There is a $15 cover charge. For more information, call 219-462-7976.

Friday, Oct. 21, Music Heritage Series

From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the third Friday of each month the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center hosts its Music Heritage Series. This free program allows visitors to listen to the music of local musicians as they help sustain the local culture by performing historic songs. For more information, call 219-395-1882 or visit www.nps.gov/indu.

Friday, Oct. 21, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra is performing a variety of concerts throughout the fall and winter. Presenting the Russian classic, “Prokoviev 5 & Peter and the Wolf,” Crown Point’s Auditorium at Bethel Church will host the event starting at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-concert lecture at 6:30. For more information, call 219-836-0525 or visit www.nisorchestra.org.

Saturday, Oct. 22, Boo at the Zoo

A pre-Halloween event hosted by Michigan City’s Washington Park Zoo, Boo at the Zoo is an opportunity for visitors to dress up in their most frightening, outrageous or pretty costume and come out for a day with the animals. A straw maze, craft activities, hayrides and trick-or-treating are just part of the fun. For more information, call 219-873-1510 or visit www.michigancityparks.com.

Friday, Oct. 28, Fall Harvest Valparaiso Downtown Trick or Treat

Presented by the Valparaiso Parks Department, the Downtown Trick or Treat will give children and their parents an opportunity to dress up in their spookiest or silliest costumes for an afternoon of fun-filled revelry. From 4-8 p.m. participants can go door-to-door to downtown’s restaurants and retailers and there will be a free hayride offered as well. For more information, call 219-462-5144 or visit www.valpoparks.org.

Sunday, Oct. 30, Fall Color Walk

A ranger-led educational hike through the Dunes National Lakeshore Park. This hike will allow participants to take in the colors of the autumn foliage as the forest prepares for winter. People will also learn educational information regarding this process. For more information, call 219-926-7651 or visit www.nps.gov/indu.

Saturday, Oct. 8 Northwest Indiana Storytelling Festival

At Dunes State Park, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Throughout the park. Special ghost stories after dark. Dunes State Park charges an entry fee. Call 219-926-1390 for details.

Saturday and Sunday Oct. 29-30 “Howl”oween

At Indiana Dunes state Park, 10 a.m-8 p.m.. Throughout the Park. Dunes State Park charges an entry fee. Call 219-926-1390 for details.

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