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- Indiana Dunes
2016
Indiana
CALENDAR
Dunes
Beaches & Beyond OF EVENTS
Chesterton – Hooked on Art –
Live Street Art Festival
Saturday, Sept. 24
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Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
Open year round
RECURRING EVENTS
Running Races and Walking
Guided Hikes, Snowshoeing and
Kayaking Events
Friday, Jan. 1 – Saturday, Dec. 31
There are numerous running races
and walking events in and around
Indiana Dunes Country. For more
information, check out these
organizations’ event calendars:
Friday, Jan. 1 – Saturday, Dec. 31
Various organizations conduct
guided hikes that add an educational
element to outdoor enjoyment, and
there are also winter snowshoe hikes
and organized kayaking events.
Check out these organizations and
websites for more information:
Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton
219-926-1952
in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Various sites
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Shirley Heinze Land Trust
Various sites
219-242-8558
heinzetrust.org
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens
450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso
219-462-0025
taltree.org
Porter County Parks
and Recreation
Various sites
219-465-3586
portercountyparks.org
Calumet Striders
calstrider.org
T&H Timing
thtiming.com
Summer Camps
June – August
Weeklong summer camps
Dunes Learning Center
700 Howe Rd., Chesterton
219-395-9555
duneslearningcenter.org
Send your kids to camp at this 63acre campus located in the heart of
the Indiana Dunes and encircled by
scenic trails, historic sites and one of
the most diverse ecosystems in the
nation. Kids will discover the beaches,
prairies, dunes and woodlands of
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
while bog stomping, bug hunting, night
hiking, craft making and campfire
singing. Lodging is provided in
modern, climate-controlled cabins.
Northwest Indiana
Paddling Association
Various sites
nwipa.org
ASK
A LOCAL
Beth Rutherford of Beverly Shores says, “Go to the European Market
in Chesterton. Don’t miss the local stores – O’Gara & Wilson Antiquarian
Books and other shops. Get a coffee and sandwich at Red Cup.”
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RECURRING EVENTS
Farmers Markets
Saturday, May 7 – Saturday, Oct. 29
Every Saturday, May to October
Chesterton’s European Market
8am – 2pm
Downtown Chesterton
Third Street & Broadway, Chesterton
219-926-5513
chestertonseuropeanmarket.com
An outdoor family/artisanal market
held in historic downtown Chesterton
every Saturday from the beginning
of May through the end of October.
Free admission
Saturday, June 4 – Tuesday, Oct. 11
Every Tuesday and Saturday, June to
October
Valparaiso Market
Tue. 8am – 2pm; Sat. 8am – noon
Central Park Plaza—
Downtown Valparaiso
63 Lafayette St., Valparaiso
219-464-8332
valparaisoevents.com
Weekly outdoor farmer’s market
to shop for fresh local produce,
handmade products, plants and
flowers. Live musical entertainment.
Free admission
Sunday, June 5 – Sunday, Sept. 25
Every Sunday, June to September
Portage Community Market
11am – 3pm
Founders Square Park
6300 S. Founders’ Square, Portage
219-762-1675
inportageparks.com
Every Sunday from June to September
with over 30 vendors. Locally grown
produce, flowers, popcorn, honey,
bread, barbecue, handmade crafts.
Free admission
Farmers Markets
Enjoy fresh local produce, handmade products, flowers and
more at any of the farmers markets listed above.
Classic Car and Motorcyc
le Cruise-Ins
April – October, various loc
ations
Classic Car and Motorcycle
Cruise-Ins
Wednesday, April 6 – Wednesday, Oct. 26
Every Wednesday, April to October
Suzy’s Diner Cruise Night
4 – 8pm
Suzy’s Diner
407 S. Main St., Hebron
219-996-3463
facebook.com/suzys.diner.1
Enjoy cool cars, music and a
special discount at the diner.
Free admission
Wednesday, May 4 – Wednesday, Oct. 26
Every Wednesday, May to October
Best Bike Night on the Planet
5pm – midnight
Quaker Steak and Lube
6245 Ameriplex Dr., Portage
219-764-9464
quakersteakandlube.com
Food and drink specials, outdoor patio,
live music, different themes each week,
bikes and cars (weather permitting).
Saturday, May 28 – Saturday, Sept. 24
Last Saturday of each month, May to
September
Chesterton Cruise Night
5 – 9pm
Thomas Centennial Park
220 Broadway, Chesterton
219-926-1641
indianadunes.com/events
Cars of all kinds–vintage, sport,
and foreign. A night of family fun.
Free admission
Friday, June 3 – Friday, Aug. 26
Every Friday, June to August
South Point Cruise-In
6 – 9pm
Harley-Davidson of Valparaiso
1151 US Highway 30, Valparaiso
219-462-2223
hdvalpo.com
Live music featuring classic rock,
country, oldies and more, beer
garden, food, cars and bikes.
Free admission
Fridays during the summer (tentatively)
Portage Cruise-In
4 – 8pm
Founders Square Park
Central Avenue and PFC Adam Harting
Way/PFC Steven Sirko Way, Portage
219-762-1675
inportageparks.com/programscommunity-events
Check website for details. Park
tentatively planned to have farmers
market, classic car cruise-in and movie
night Fridays during the summer.
Tuesdays from April to August
Pav’s Summer Car Nites
(trucks and bikes, too)
5pm – close
Pav’s Restaurant
642 N. Main St., Hebron
219-996-7287
facebook.com/PavsHebron
A wide variety of rides, good food and
music can be found at this cruise-in.
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RECURRING EVENTS
Art and Wine (or Sweets)
Workshops
January – December
Palette & Cork
6 – 9:30pm
Artsmith Studio
325-1 S. Calumet Rd., Chesterton
219-405-0617
artsmithstudio.org
Come for an evening of painting,
wine, and relaxation. Cost includes
all painting supplies and one glass
of wine. Held on one Saturday each
month. Check their website for dates.
$40 per person
Various dates
Wine & Sign
6pm
Sandpaper
51 Jefferson St., Valparaiso
219-707-5333
sandpaperin.com
Grab your favorite beverage and
paint a wooden sign with a unique
message for your home.
$36 per person
January – December
Canvas Escapes
Various times and locations
facebook.com/Canvasescapes/events
Canvas Escapes offers people of
all skill levels the chance to create
their own painting in one session.
Some of the events serve wine, while
others serve cupcakes or coffee.
Prices vary depending on event.
Share your experience!
#3DuneChallenge
WWW.INDIANADUNES.COM/3DC
Miscellaneous
Friday, Jan. 1 – Saturday, Dec. 31
The 3 Dune Challenge
Every day that the Visitor
Center/park is open.
Do the challenge at:
Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton
Get stickers, shirts:
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 N. State Road 49, Porter
219-926-2255
indianadunes.com/3DC
Hike the three tallest sand dunes
at Indiana Dunes State Park. If
you conquer the challenge, go
to the Visitor Center for your free
commemorative sticker and to
purchase a T-shirt or hoodie.
There is a fee to enter Indiana
Dunes State Park
Indiana Dun
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Indiana Dunes Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Jan. 2–Saturday, Dec. 31
Saturday, Jan. 2 – Saturday, Dec. 31
Indiana Dunes Scavenger Hunt
Self guided, can be done any day
the Visitor Center/park is open.
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 N. State Road 49, Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Ready for an adventure? Then do the
Indiana Dunes Scavenger Hunt. Pick
up the form and map at the Indiana
Dunes Visitor Center. You’ll be guided
to nine great sites in the Indiana
Dunes National Lakeshore, where
you’ll hunt for answers to a series of
questions. Answer eight questions
and return to the Visitor Center or
Paul H. Douglas Center for a free
poster featuring the park site logos.
Free admission
Saturday, Jan. 2 – Saturday, Nov. 5
First Saturday of each month January
to November (Except March and July)
First Saturday Evenings
with the Stars
Times vary depending on the season
Kemil Parking Lot
27 N. East State Park Rd., Chesterton
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Weather permitting, see star clusters,
galaxies, nebula, planets, meteors,
and learn about constellation lore
from the darkest site in the Indiana
Dunes National Lakeshore.
Free admission
Saturday, Jan 2 – Saturday, Dec. 24
Every Saturday all year round
Yoga
9 – 10am
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
71 North 500 West, Valparaiso
219-462-0025
taltree.org
Yoga for all experience levels.
Class is customized to meet the
students’ needs. Students will
learn yoga positions to develop
flexibility, strength and balance.
Reservations are required.
$5 non-members; members
and seniors are free
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RECURRING EVENTS
Thursday, Jan. 7 – Thursday, Dec. 1
First Thursday of each month
Eat Up Wine Down
5 – 10pm
Downtown Valparaiso
219-464-8332
valparaisoevents.com
Enliven your senses and please your
palate with amazing specials from
downtown Valparaiso restaurants
the first Thursday of the month.
$5 specials
Friday, Jan. 15 – Friday, Dec. 16
Third Friday of each month
Music Heritage Series at the
National Lakeshore
7:30 – 9pm
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 N. State Road 49, Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Join in with the Save the Dunes
Council as they perform traditional
music associated with the sounds of
summer at Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore. Tune up your vocal
cords and gather for a sing-along.
Free admission
Saturday, Jan. 16 – Saturday, Dec. 17
Third Saturday of each month
Saturdays @ PoCo Muse
1 – 4pm
Porter County Museum
153 S. Franklin St., Valparaiso
219-465-3595
pocomuse.org
On the third Saturday of each month,
the museum will feature a story that
is given a special emphasis. These
are often exhibit openings, highlights
of future exhibit topics, or developed
community projects and partnerships.
Free admission
Thursday, Jan. 21 – Thursday, April 14
Check website for specific schedule
Thursday Night Noir!
7pm
Brauer Museum of Art,
Valparaiso University
1709 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso
219-464-5365
valpo.edu/artmuseum
Spend an evening in the shadowy
world of noir, with hard-boiled
detectives and femme fatales,
and capers gone haywire. Each
film screening will be followed
with a presentation/discussion.
Free admission
Valparaiso — Saturdays @ PoCo Muse
Third Saturday of each month
ay Garden
Taltree Railw
Valparaiso—
ril to October
Every day, Ap
Saturday, Feb. 27 – Saturday, Dec. 17
Every Saturday
Wine and Cheese Tasting
2 – 4pm
Good to Go by Lucrezia
54 W. Lincolnway, Valparaiso
219-286-7668
goodtogobylucrezia.com
Join Good to Go by Lucrezia for
their free wine and cheese tasting.
Stay after for a casual dinner and
flights of wine or craft beers.
Free admission
Saturday, May 7 – Saturday, Sept. 24
Every Saturday, May to September
Illiana Railway Garden
Outdoor Layout
10am – 4pm
Samuelson Garden Center
295 N. State Road 2, Valparaiso
219-996-6859
illianaroad.com
The outdoor layout is open Saturdays,
weather permitting, and has special
events throughout the season.
Free admission
Friday, April 1 – Monday, Oct. 31
Every day, April to October
Taltree Railway Garden
8am – 7pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso
219-462-0025
taltree.org
Featuring dwarf plants and model
steam engine trains, the exhibit
showcases the impact steam engine
trains had on early 19th century
U.S. railroads. Check the website
for special events like the Haunted
Railroad and Holiday Express.
$10 adult (13 to 54); $8 senior (55+);
$5 child (5 to 12); free (4 and under)
Saturday, May 14 – Saturday Oct. 1
Saturdays, May 14, June 18, July 23,
Aug. 20 and Oct. 1
In a Pickle or a Jam
1 – 4pm
Chellberg Farmhouse Kitchen
618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Too many beets, berries, cukes,
squash or tomatoes? Join the
creative Chellberg farm cooks
to learn how to preserve a
garden bounty for future use.
Free admission
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RECURRING EVENTS
June – September
Mount Baldy Guided Hikes
5 – 6:30pm
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 N. State Road 49, Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
While Mount Baldy remains closed
to unrestricted public access, you
can join a ranger for a special guided
hike to the dune’s summit and learn
about the scientific research into
the mysterious holes that started
appearing in June of 2013. Check their
website for dates and times for this 1.5hour program. Reservations required.
Free admission
Friday, May 13 – Friday, Oct. 14
Every Second Friday, May to October
Depot Friday
5 – 7pm
Beverly Shores Historical
Museum & Gallery
525 Broadway, Beverly Shores
219-250-2290
A reception featuring the latest
special exhibit in the museum.
Free admission
Tuesday, June 28 – Tuesday, Aug. 2
Every Tuesday, June to August
Summer Outdoor Movies
At dusk
Central Park Plaza—
Downtown Valparaiso
63 Lafayette St., Valparaiso
219-464-8332
valparaisoevents.com
Watch your favorite movies under
the beautiful night sky in Central
Park Plaza. Bring lawn chairs or
a blanket. Classic movies will be
shown on June 30 and August 4.
Free admission
Friday, July 1 – Sunday, Sept. 25
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
July to September
Beverly Shores Then and Now
11am – 3pm
Beverly Shores Historical
Museum & Gallery
525 Broadway, Beverly Shores
219-250-2290
Learn about the history of Beverly
Shores, which began as a planned
resort community in 1927. The exhibit
will include town landmarks and the
former Beverly Shores School.
Free admission
Beverly Sh
ores Then
and Now
Friday, Satu
rday, and S
unday
July to Sep
tember
Chesterton – Dunes Learning Center
Winter Open House
Saturday, Jan. 9
JANUARY
Friday, Jan. 8 – Sunday, April 3
New exhibits at Brauer
Museum of Art
Tue., Thu. and Fri. 10am – 5pm;
Wed. 10am – 8:30pm;
Sat. and Sun. noon – 5pm
Brauer Museum of Art,
Valparaiso University
1709 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso
219-464-5365
valpo.edu/artmuseum
The new exhibits include Carlos Lopez,
who is known for his landscape,
portraits, still life, and mural paintings;
a retrospective of Betty LaDuke’s
compelling paintings; a Michael
Miller acrylic on wood collection;
and new works by Neil Goodman,
whose work is intimately linked to
the Midwest industrial landscape.
Free admission
Saturday, Jan. 9
Winter Open House
11am – 3pm
Dunes Learning Center
700 Howe Rd., Chesterton
219-395-9555
duneslearningcenter.org
Visit Dunes Learning Center for an
afternoon of outdoor fun, plus an
indoor “campfire” featuring live music,
cookies, cocoa and a popcorn bar. This
event is free, but you need to
RSVP via the website.
Free admission
Saturday, Jan. 16
9th Annual Dunes
Geocache Adventure
11am
Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton
219-926-1390
in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm
All you need is a GPS unit and a
warm jacket. Winter visitors can enjoy
cross-country skiing, camping, hiking,
snowshoeing, birding, a full service
Nature Center, and geocaching.
There is a fee to enter Indiana
Dunes State Park
Sunday, Jan. 17
NWI Bridal Expo
Noon – 4pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
574-234-1061
louiestuxshop.com/bridalexpo
Louie’s Tux Shop hosts the 2016
Northwest Indiana Bridal Expo. Door
prizes, fashion runways and more than
120 booths featuring the top wedding
specialists in Northwest Indiana.
Free admission
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The Chicago Street Theatre is celebrating its 61st season of producing firstclass live theatre in Valparaiso. Visit chicagostreet.org for more information.
Saturday, Jan. 23
13th Annual Garden Show
8am – 4pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-465-3555
pcgarden.info
The Porter County Master Gardeners
Association sponsors the 13th
Annual Garden Show. There will be
free seeds and free door prizes.
$10; children under 12 free
Saturday, Jan. 23
Beers in the Barn
6:30 – 10pm
County Line Orchard
200 S. County Line Rd., Hobart
219-947-4477
countylineorchard.com
Taste of beers around the region.
Call for ticket prices
Friday, Jan. 29 – Saturday, Feb. 13
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Fri. and Sat. 8pm; Sun. 2:30pm
Chicago Street Theatre
154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso
219-464-1636
chicagostreet.org
On a lonely road on the island of
Inishmore, someone killed an Irish
Liberation Army enforcer’s cat. He
loved this cat more than life itself,
and someone is going to pay. Take
a chance on some cutting-edge
theatre by experiencing McDonagh’s
darkest, funniest, most absurd
play. For mature audiences.
$20 adults; $17 seniors
(62+) and students
Saturday, Jan. 30
The Y Bash
6:30pm – midnight
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-462-4185
valpoymca.org/special-events
Enjoy a night of good food, music and
dancing while helping donate money to
those in need. The evening will consist
of hors d’ oeuvres, raffle tickets, an
auction and great band entertainment.
$60 per person
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DON’T FORGET THE RECURRING EVENTS ON PAGES 2–10
FEBRUARY
Thursday, Feb. 11
South County Love Your
Neighbor Cook-Off
9:30am – 1pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-309-5090
birkyfarms.com
Come and sample each team’s best
version of pork shoulder. There
is also a barbecue rib, barbecue
sauce and a coleslaw competition.
Proceeds benefit local schools,
firefighters and families in need.
Friday, Feb. 19 – Sunday, March 6
The Wizard of Oz
Fri. and Sat 8pm; Sun. 2pm
Memorial Opera House
104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso
219-548-9137
memorialoperahouse.com
The classic story we all know and
love comes to life onstage.
$21 adults; $18 seniors
(59+) and students
Saturday, Feb., 20 – Sunday, Feb., 21
Gun & Knife Show
Sat. 8am – 5pm; Sun. 9am – 3pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-942-4512
valpogunshow.com
The largest show in Northern
Indiana with 350 tables.
$6, children 12 and under
free with adult
Friday, Feb. 26
You Can’t Get There
From Here Anymore
ASK
A LOCAL
7:30 – 9pm
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 N. State Rd. 49
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
was established in 1966, having been
carved out of land not previously
owned by the federal government.
Join retired ranger Darryl Blink for
this historic look into the early days
and development of the lakeshore.
Free admission
Friday, Feb. 26 – Sunday, March 13
An Enemy of the People
Thu., Fri. and Sat. 8pm; Sun. 3pm
4th Street Theater
125 N. Fourth St., Chesterton
219-926-7875
4thstreetncca.org
A small Norwegian town wins
wealth through its medicinal spring
waters, but a doctor discovers
the waters are poisoned and is
shocked to find himself an enemy.
General admission $18; call
for more information
Saturday,Feb. 27
A Patchwork of History
Passed Down
2 – 3pm
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 N. State Rd. 49
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Peggy Whitlow continues the
tradition of sharing her family heritage
through quilt making, a tradition
started by her great grandmother,
a former slave. Family quilt’s dating
from the 1800s will be on display.
Free admission
Rafi Wilkinson of Beverly Shores says, “Hike trail 9 in the state
park in the winter to see the shelf ice, and don’t forget to find
out about free programs at the state and national parks.”
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DON’T FORGET THE RECURRING EVENTS ON PG. 2 – 10
MARCH
Saturday, March 5 – Sunday, March 13
Maple Sugar Time
10am – 4pm
Chellberg Farm
618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter
219-395-1622
nps.gov/indu
Warm up with an early taste of spring.
The historic Chellberg Farm will be
bustling with the activities of maple
sugaring on the weekends of March
5 and 6 and March 12 and 13.
Free admission
Friday, March 4 – Sunday, March 13
Nancy Drew: Girl Detective
2:30pm and 7pm shows,
depending on day
Chicago Street Theatre
154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso
219-464-1636
chicagostreet.org
Audiences young and youngat-heart will love this all-new
mystery featuring the world’s most
famous teenage sleuth based on
the best-selling book series.
$12 adults; $10 seniors
(62+) and students
Saturday, March 5 – Sunday, March 6
Treasures of the Past–Antique
& Collectibles Show
Sat. 9am – 4pm; Sun. 10am – 4pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-462-6267
Antique and collectibles show.
One free appraisal with paid
admission (no weapons).
$4 admission
Sunday, March 6
R-Rides Swap Meet
9am – 1pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-759-3488
rrides.com
Northern Indiana Cruisers Motor
Club is a non-profit organization
for the enjoyment of car
restoration and preservation.
$5 admission
The Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso hosts a variety of shows
year round. Visit memorialoperahouse.com for more information.
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Wednesday, March 9
Lunchtime Cabaret Series —
Broadway our Way — The Greats
of the Great White Way
1 – 3pm
Memorial Opera House
104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso
219-548-9137
memorialoperahouse.com
The American musical theatre
has given us unforgettable tunes,
fond memories, and great fun.
Come celebrate songs that are
both poignant and over-the-top.
$13 adults; $11 seniors (59+)
and students (with valid ID)
Friday, March 11 – Sunday, March 13
Home Show
Fri. 9am – 5pm; Sat. 9am – 6pm;
Sun 10am – 5pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-464-2944
hbanwi.com/events/homeand-lifestyle-shows
The Home and Lifestyle Show offers
home improvement, remodeling and
home purchasing ideas as well as
ideas to enhance your lifestyle in
many ways. This is your opportunity to
meet service and product providers.
$7 admission
Saturday, March
19 – Sunday, March 20
Shipshewana On The Road
Comes to Valparaiso
Sat. 9am – 6 pm; Sun. 10am – 5 pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
269-979-8888
shipshewanaontheroad.com
Shipshewana On the Road
shows are two-day sales where
independent vendors offer their
products or merchandise for
sale to the general public.
$4 admission
Monday, March 28 – Saturday, April 2
31st Annual Valparaiso
University Jazz Festival
Times vary by date/event
Valparaiso University — Most
events at Harre Union
1509 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso
219-464-5415 or 877-698-8849
valpo.edu/union/events
Enjoy nationally-renowned
entertainers and local performers
in a weeklong tribute to jazz.
Ticket prices vary per event
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Saturday, April 2 – Sunday, April 3
Quilt Show
Sat. 9am – 5pm; Sun. 10am – 4pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-462-4276
There will be more than 250 quilts
and quilted items made by the guild
members, as well as a display of
antique quilts and coverlets and a
collection of antique string quilts.
$5 admission
Friday, April 8 – Saturday, April 23
Orson’s Shadow
Fri. and Sat. 8pm; Sun. 2:30pm
Chicago Street Theatre
154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso
219-464-1636
chicagostreet.org
An ingenious tale of two Hollywood
giants—Laurence Olivier and
Orson Welles—at a time when their
moments in the spotlight had faded.
Absurdity and titanic personalities
collide in this witty depiction of life,
genius and the drama of theatre.
$20 adults; $17 seniors
(62+) and students
Saturday, April 9
Annual Native Plant Sale
8am – noon
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 N. State Road 49, Porter
219-628-4954
friendofindianadunes.org
Herald the return of spring with
more than 100 Northwest Indiana
native plant species and informed
gardening consultants available
to answer all questions.
Free admission
Saturday, April 9
Beatles in the Barn
6:30 – 10:30pm
County Line Orchard
200 S. County Line Rd., Hobart
219-947-4477
countylineorchard.com
A night of music dedicated
to the Beatles.
Call for tickets
Wednesday, April 13 – Sunday, May 8
New exhibits at Brauer
Museum of Art
Tue., Thu. and Fri. 10am – 5 pm; Wed.
10am – 8:30pm; Sat. and Sun.
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noon – 5pm
Brauer Museum of Art,
Valparaiso University
1709 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso
219-464-5365
valpo.edu/artmuseum
The new exhibits include the
impressionist paintings of Kartik
Trivedi; sacred places and
objects, curated by George Pati;
and Valparaiso University faculty
and student exhibitions.
Free admission
Saturday, April 16
Empty Bowl Project
11am – 1:30pm
Portage High School West cafeteria
6450 US Highway 6, Portage
219-764-6279
emptybowls.net
Empty Bowls Projects is celebrating its
25th year. Guests are served a simple
meal of soup and bread, and are then
invited to keep the handmade bowl as a
reminder of hunger in the world. Empty
Bowl events have been held throughout
the world to combat hunger. Donations
benefit the Portage Food Pantry.
Tickets $5 & $10
Saturday, April 16
David Larson—Fifty Years of
Photographing the Indiana Dunes
5:30 – 7pm
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 N. State Road 49, Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Join photographer David Larson,
who has been shooting the Indiana
Dunes for over 50 years, for a
presentation of his finest works and
the stories behind them. The evening
will also feature a reception hosted
by the Dunes Learning Center.
Free admission
Saturday, April 16
NWI Earth Day Celebration
9am – 5pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-465-3815
itmeanstheworld.org
This regional tradition connects
attendees with environmental
organizations, exhibitors, and
vendors that will engage them in
fun and entertaining ways about
how to live greener and become
more environmentally conscious.
Free admission
Valparaiso – NWI Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 16
Pictured: decorated rain barrels
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Saturday, April 23
Spring Wine Tasting at
Old World Market
11am – 3pm
Old World Market
76 S. Washington St., Valparaiso
219-476-0700
facebook.com/owmvalpo
Old World Market’s wine tasting will
feature some of their favorite wines
of the season. In addition, their
fantastic specialty foods, including
cheese, charcuterie, and more will be
available to sample inside the store.
Free admission
Saturday, April 23
Spring Gigantic Indoor Garage sale
Early bird 7:30 – 8:30am; general
admission 9am – 3pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-464-0133
Lines of early bird shoppers can’t
wait to get through the doors and
get their hands on the best items.
$5 early bird/$2 general admission
Sunday, April 24
Spring Jewelry & Craft Show
10am – 5pm
Woodland Park
2100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage
219-464-5454
ci.portage.in.us
Just in time for Mother’s Day,
enjoy shopping featuring jewelry,
custom gifts and more.
Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 15
The Odd Couple
Fri. and Sat. 8pm; Sun. 2pm
Memorial Opera House
104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso
219-548-9137
memorialoperahouse.com
It’s said that opposites attract, and
there are no two men further opposite
then Felix Unger and Oscar Madison.
$21 adults; $18 seniors
(59+) and students.
Saturday, April 30
18th Annual Be Kind To Animals
10am – 4pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-464-0133
porterco.org
There will be more than 50 booths
featuring veterinarians and animal
hospitals, rescues, animal behavior
training, pet photographers, pet
supply stores, food vendors and even
couture for cats. This is an animal
friendly event for leashed pets.
Free admission
Valparaiso – Spring Wine Tasting
at Old World Market
Saturday, April 23
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Tuesday, May 5
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Thursday, May 5 – Sunday, May 8
Indiana Dunes Birding Festival
6am – 8pm
Indiana Dunes National and State Parks
1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton
219-926-1390
indunesbirdingfestival.com
Join in four days of fantastic birding
at Indiana’s number one birding
attraction. Celebrate the amazing
spring migration on Lake Michigan’s
southern shore with field trips,
presentations, live bird programs,
young birder activities and more.
Free admission
Friday, May 6
Valpo Beer Rally
7pm – 10pm
Butterfield Pavilion, Fairgrounds Park
1207 Fairlane Dr., Valparaiso
219-464-8332
valparaisoevents.com
Showcasing samples from some
of the finest local brewers, a
home brewer demonstration,
food, live music, and more.
$40 admission/ $15 designated driver
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Wednesday, May 11
Lunchtime Cabaret Series — Hot
Cole: The Music of Cole Porter
1 – 3pm
Memorial Opera House
104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso
219-548-9137
memorialoperahouse.com
You are invited to experience the
magnificent wordplay, the sinuous
melodies and clever arrangements
of Cole Porter, a master songwriter.
$13 adults; $11 seniors (59+)
and students (with valid ID)
Friday, May 13 – Sunday, June 5
The Who’s Tommy
Thu., Fri. and Sat. 8pm; Sun. 3pm
4th Street Theater
125 N. Fourth St., Chesterton
219-926-7875
4thstreetncca.org
Based on the iconic 1969 rock
concept album, The Who’s Tommy
is an exhilarating story of hope,
healing and the human spirit.
General admission $18; call
for more information
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Tuesday, May 17 – Sunday, Aug. 7
New exhibits at Brauer
Museum of Art
Tue., Thu. and Fri. 10am – 5pm;
Wed. 10am – 8:30pm; Sat.
and Sun. noon – 5pm
Brauer Museum of Art,
Valparaiso University
1709 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso
219-464-5365
valpo.edu/artmuseum
The new exhibits include a gallery
containing works by area artists,
an exhibit of new acquisitions,
and images of the dunes from the
museum’s permanent collection.
Free admission
Thursday, May 19
Taste of Valparaiso
5:30 – 8:30pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-477-4851
trikappavalpo.org/taste-of-valparaiso
Valparaiso’s Tri Kappa sponsors
the annual Taste of Valparaiso.
$30 in advance; $40 at the door
Friday, May 20 – Saturday, June 4
Saturday, May 21
From Logs to Lustrons — 150 years
of Architecture in the Dunes
Times to be determined
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 N. State Road 49, Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Park rangers will guide you on a tour
of 150 years of architecture in the
dunes, from log construction of the
early 1800s, to steel construction of
the 1950s, to the mid-century modern
architecture of the 1960’s. The tour
will begin with a presentation at the
Visitor Center, after which you’ll board
one of the park’s new vans to visit
the sites. Reservations are required.
Free admission
Saturday, May 21
Spring Out to Sunset Festival
Noon – 4pm
Sunset Hill Farm County Park
775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
219-465-3586
portercountyparks.org
A day filled with family-friendly activities
like flying kites, wagon rides, obstacle
course, music, food, scavenger hunt,
face painting and much more.
$5 per car
Wash, Dry, Fold
Thu., Fri. and Sat. 8pm; Sun. 2:30pm
Chicago Street Theatre
154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso
219-464-1636
chicagostreet.org
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$20 adults; $17 seniors
(62+) and students
Valpo Car Show & Swap Meet
Sunday, May 22
Saturday, May 21
2nd Annual Home Brew Competition
Noon
Sunset Hill Farm County Park
775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
219-465-3586
portercountyparks.org
Calling all home brewers. The second
annual Home Brew Competition is
part of the Spring Out to Sunset
Festival. Participants will have
their beer sampled and receive
feedback from brewing experts, with
champions named in each category.
Sunday, May 22
Valpo Car Show & Swap Meet
9am – 2pm
Porter County Expo Center
& Fairgrounds
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-464-9918
valpofreecarshows.com
Car show and swap meet with
more than 50 awards and door
prizes, a DJ and food booths.
$5 admission
Friday, May 27
Photographing the Dunes — A
Workshop by David Larson
7 – 8:30pm
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 N. State Road 49, Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Learn how to take great photographs of
the Indiana Dunes. Join photographer
David Larson, who has been shooting
the dunes for over 50 years, for a
free workshop that will help even
experienced photographers get better
pictures of the Indiana Dunes.
Free admission
Sunday, May 29
Valpo-Fest Motorcycle/
Car Show & Swap Meet
9am – 4pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
800-800-6034
valpo-fest.com
Buy/sell/trade cars, bikes, parts,
leather, trophy awards, bike rodeo,
food, beer and live bands.
$10 for early birds starting at 7
am; $5 online; $8 at the gate;
children under 12 free
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JUNE
Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 5
Dunes Glamping Weekend
& Vintage Camper Rally
Call for times
Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton
219-926-1390
in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm
Celebrating glamorous camping
(glamping) with displays,
walks and activities.
There is a fee to enter Indiana
Dunes State Park
Saturday, June 4 – Sunday, June 5
Before Joseph Bailly: Life of the
early settlers in Northern Indiana
10am – 4pm
Bailly Homestead
618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
This special event is a celebration
of life in Northwest Indiana from
1730 to 1830. Demonstrations will
interpret the life of early settlers of
northern Indiana’s wild frontier.
Free admission
Chesterton – Get Outdoors Day at the
Dunes Learning Center
Saturday, June 11
Saturday, June 4 – Sunday, June 5
Summer Fling Family Open
Horse Show Weekend
8am
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-762-4883
asaadarabianhorseassociation.org
The ASAAD Arabian Horse
Association works to promote
the Arabian horse and to educate
themselves and the public about
these wonderful and exciting horses.
The theme for the shows this year
is Ride for Animal Rescue.
Free admission
Saturday, June 11
Get Outdoors Day
11am – 3pm
Dunes Learning Center
700 Howe Rd., Chesterton
219-395-9555
duneslearningcenter.org/events
Get outdoors and enjoy an exciting
day of free family fun in the
national park. Trail hikes, camp
crafts and lunch on the lawn are
just a few of the free activities
planned for Get Outdoors Day.
Free admission
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Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 12
Indiana Prepare to Survive Expo
9am – 4pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
920-573-5903
naturalamerica.net
Everything you will need and want
to know to be prepared for natural
or man-made disasters, pandemics
and other emergency issues that
could affect our daily lives in the
Midwest. This family-friendly
event is meant for everyone.
Free admission
Saturday, June 18
Summer Wine Tasting at
Old World Market
11am – 3pm
Old World Market
76 S. Washington St., Valparaiso
219-476-0700
facebook.com/owmvalpo
Old World Market’s wine tasting will
feature some of their favorite wines
of the season. In addition, their
fantastic specialty foods, including
cheese, charcuterie, and more will be
available to sample inside the store.
Free admission
Friday,
June 24 – Sunday, June 26
2015 Big Bass Bash
Launch Site: Portage Public Marina
Festival Site: Bass Pro Shop—Portage
1200 Marina Way, Portage
6425 Daniel Burnham Dr., Portage
219-455-2428
lakemichiganbigbassbash.com
Join the fourth annual Portage Open,
a fundraising fishing tournament
for the Warriors First Foundation.
Enjoy family-friendly activities,
live entertainment, food vendors,
kids activities and much more.
Per boat entry fee
Saturday, June 25
70th NWI Soap Box Derby
8am – 5pm
Downtown Valparaiso
Lincolnway between Garfield
& Morgan, Valparaiso
219-464-0445
facebook.com/NWINSoapBoxDerby
Racers ages 7-20 compete in three
divisions: stock, super stock and
masters. There is a super kids
division for special needs children.
All local winners in each category go
on to compete in the international
race in July at Akron, Ohio.
Free admission for spectators
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Sunday, July 3
Saturday, June 25
Midsummer Celebration
1 – 4pm
Chellberg Farm
618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Solstice program and Swedish
cultural traditions at Chellberg Farm.
Free admission
Saturday, June 25
Picnic en Blanc
6 – 9pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso
219-462-0025
taltree.org
Join Taltree for an elegant outdoor
event. This event is a whimsical
affair of food and entertainment.
Guests can bring a picnic dinner
or choose to purchase dinner with
their ticket. Taltree provides party
favors, a variety of desserts and the
entertainment. Dress in white from
head-to-toe. Make it fancy, make it
sassy, make it crazy, make it you.
Call for ticket prices
Saturday, June 25
Portage Community Historical
Summer Festival
10am – 5pm
Countryside Park and
Alton Goin Museum
5250 US Highway 6, Portage
219-762-8349
inpchs.com
Crafters, games for kids, hayrides,
watermelon eating contest, museum
tours, fishing derby, silent auction,
historical tours and much more.
Free admission
Saturday, June 25
Summer Solstice Evening Concert
7:30 – 8:30pm
Chellberg Farm
618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Enjoy the end of the longest day of the
year with an early evening concert. Be
sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs.
In case of rain, the concert will be
moved to the Indiana Dunes Visitor
Center, 1215 N. State Road 49, Porter.
Free admission
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JULY
Sunday, July 3
Lightning Bug Music Festival
1 – 7pm
Sunset Hill Farm County Park
775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
219-246-0068
lightningbugmusicfestival.com
Enjoy great music, local food trucks
and craft beer. Kids can also tiedye T-shirts and build kites.
$36 admission
Monday, July 4
Family 4th Fest
9 am – 11pm
Hawthorne Park
500 Ackerman Dr., Porter
219-728-1741
dunebig.com
Family fun on the 4th of July. Parade
9am at Yost Elementary School and
ends in the park. Free games and
activities for kids. Lions Club pancake
breakfast 7 – 11 am, Turtle Derby 11am
(for details, see Chesterton Lions
website), bounce houses, music,
beer garden. Fireworks at dusk.
Free admission
Wednesday, July 5
Fireworks on the Lakefront
Activities 6pm; Fireworks at dusk
Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton
219-926-5513
dunelandchamber.org
Family-friendly event features
fresh food merchants, a live rock
concert and fireworks. Bus transfers
will be available between Yost
Elementary School and Chesterton
Intermediate School to Porter
Beach from 5 to 7:30pm. The last
transfer after the fireworks will
leave Porter Beach at 11pm.
Parking at Indiana Dunes State Park
There is a fee to enter the park
Thursday, July 8 – Sunday, July 10
51st Annual Nativity Fest
Call for times
Nativity of Our Savior Parish
2949 Willowcreek Rd., Portage
219-762-4858
nativityofoursavior.org
Four nights of homemade food,
live music, carnival games, rides,
bingo, beer garden and more.
Free admission
Indiana Dunes State Park –
Fireworks on the Lakefront
Wednesday, July 5
Indiana Dunes State Park –
19th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest
Saturday, July 9
Friday, July 8 – Saturday, July
Shakespeare in the Park —
The Tempest
8pm
Central Park Plaza — Downtown
Valparaiso
63 Lafayette St., Valparaiso
219-464-1636
chicagostreet.org
For the 5th annual Shakespeare
at Central Park Plaza, CST brings
audiences all new magic with
Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Filled with spectacle and the
supernatural, it is Shakespeare’s
late masterpiece of forgiveness,
generosity, and enlightenment.
Free admission or VIP
reserved for $15 to $50
Saturday, July 9
19th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest
9am – 1pm
Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton
219-926-1390
in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm
Watch the sand come alive with
dragons, monsters, and fairy tale
characters. Participate with friends
and family, or watch others’ creations.
There is a fee to enter Indiana
Dunes State Park
Saturday, July 9
Old Fashioned Toys and Games
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Chellberg Farm
618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Enjoy some good oldfashioned fun at the farm.
Free admission
Saturday, July 9
Summer Gigantic Indoor
Garage Sale
Early bird 7:30 – 8:30am; general
admission 9am – 3pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-464-0133
Lines of early bird shoppers can’t
wait to get through the doors and
get their hands on the best items.
$5 early bird/$2 general admission
Thursdays, July 14, 21, 28
Summer Rhapsody Music Festival
At dusk
Central Park Plaza
63 Lafayette St., Valparaiso
219-464-8332
valparaisoevents.com
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From classical to jazz, Summer
Rhapsody Music Festival is a feast of
the sounds and senses for music lovers
of all ages. Bring a picnic, blanket,
and chairs and relax in the park with
this free outdoor concert series.
Free admission
Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 31
Grease
Fri. Sat. 8pm; Sun. 2pm
Memorial Opera House
104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso
219-548-9137
memorialoperahouse.com
It’s time to dust off your leather
jackets, pull on your bobby socks
and take a trip to a simpler time as
bad boy Danny and girl next door
Sandy fall in love all over again.
$21 adults; $18 seniors (59+)
and students (with valid ID)
Friday, July 15 – Saturday, July 23
The Tempest
Thu., Fri. and Sat. 8pm; Sun. 2:30pm
Chicago Street Theatre
154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso
219-464-1636
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Saturday, July 16
chicagostreet.org
CST brings audiences all new
magic with Shakespeare’s The
Tempest. Filled with spectacle and
the supernatural, it is Shakespeare’s
late masterpiece of forgiveness,
generosity, and enlightenment.
$20 adults; $17 seniors
(62+) and students
Saturday, July 16
Bark in the Park
9am – 3pm
Thomas Centennial Park
220 Broadway, Chesterton
219-617-1742
dunebig.com
Start your day with the 5K run or
a 1-mile stroll (6 am registration at
Duneland Resale). Visit more than 35
booths featuring local shelters and
rescues, pet services, pet merchandise
and treats. There will be training
and obedience demonstrations,
as well as fun contests.
Free admission
Porter County Fair
July 21 – 30
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Saturday, July 16
PoCo Muse Block Party
Noon – 4pm
Porter County Museum
153 S. Franklin St., Valparaiso
219-465-3595
pocomuse.org
Join friends and neighbors for a
cookout on the front lawn of the
Porter County Museum. Food,
drink, fun, and museum exhibits.
Free admission
Saturday, July 16
Valparaiso Wine Festival
4 – 7pm
Central Park Plaza —
Downtown Valparaiso
68 Lafayette St., Valparaiso
219-464-8332
valparaisoevents.com
Sip and sample more than 80
different wines from local, regional,
and national vintners. Enjoy live
music. Food available for purchase.
$45 general admission/$60 VIP/$15 DD
Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 30
Porter County Fair
Commercial buildings open at
noon; rides open at 1pm
Porter County Expo Center
& Fairgrounds
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-462-0321
portercountyfair.com
Fun for all. Grandstand, free
entertainment, animals, exhibits,
rides, food and much more.
Free entry before noon; otherwise
$6.00 admission; children under 10 free
End of July/first weekend in August
Wings of Freedom Tour 2016
Check website for times
Porter County Regional Airport
4207 Murvihill Rd., Valparaiso
collingsfoundation.org/events/
category/wings-of-freedom-tour
Four of the most famous World War II
bomber and fighter aircraft will be flying
in for a visit. The B-17 Flying Fortress,
B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and P-51
Mustang will be available for tours and
rides. Food and beverages available for
purchase. Also view a classic car show.
$12 adults; $6 children;
WWII veterans are free
Valparaiso – Summer Rhapsody Music Festival
Thursdays, Aug. 4 & 8
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Chesterton Art Fair
Saturday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Aug. 7
AUGUST
Wednesday, Aug. 3
Lunchtime Cabaret Series —
Women in Motown
1 – 3pm
Memorial Opera House
104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso
219-548-9137
memorialoperahouse.com
An afternoon with the women
who played a pivotal role in
shaping Motown’s collective
yet multifaceted identity.
$13 adults; $11 seniors (59+)
and students (with valid ID)
Thursdays, Aug. 4 & 8
Summer Rhapsody Music Festival
At dusk
Central Park Plaza —
Downtown Valparaiso
63 Lafayette St., Valparaiso
219-464-8332
valparaisoevents.com
From classical to jazz, Summer
Rhapsody Music Festival is a feast
of the sounds and senses for music
lovers of all ages. Bring a picnic,
blanket, and chairs and relax in the
park with this outdoor concert series.
Free admission
Saturday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Aug. 7
Chesterton Art Fair
10am – 5pm
Hawthorne Park
500 Ackerman Dr., Chesterton
219-926-4711
chestertonart.com/
ChestertonArtFair.html
A two-day fine art fair with more
than 90 artists exhibiting artwork in
a multitude of mediums–painting,
drawing, photography, jewelry,
sculpture, weaving, glass and pottery.
$5 per person
Saturday, Aug. 6
Old Fashioned Toys and Games
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Chellberg Farm
618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Enjoy some good oldfashioned fun at the farm.
Free admission
Saturday, Aug. 6
Watch & Clock Show
9am – 1pm
Porter County Expo Center
& Fairgrounds
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-630-323-7984
awco.org
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Find tables of old clocks and watches
for sale. People can bring an old
clock or watch for an opportunity
to speak with watch and clock
experts to learn about its history.
$10 admission
Friday, Aug. 12 – Saturday, Aug. 13
GLOW: Art after Dark
8 – 10:30pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso
219-462-0025
taltree.org
Glow-in-the-dark art exhibits
and performances, stargazing,
a nocturnal nature education
program, and children’s activities.
$10 adult (13 to 54); $8 senior (55+);
$5 child (5 to 12); free (4 & under)
Friday, Aug. 12
Perseid Meteor Shower
8 – 10pm
West Beach
376 N. County Line Rd., Gary, IN (Gary
address, but property is in Portage, IN)
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Join a ranger for a spectacular evening
light show courtesy of this
annual meteor shower.
Free admission
Friday, Aug. 12
S’more Fun Day
Call for times
Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton
219-926-1390
in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm
Help celebrate National S’mores
Day. Start by learning a little about
the history of this delicious treat.
Then have a full smorgasbord
of different s’mores variations as
well as marshmallow games for
everyone to try. Kids under 12,
please bring a parent. The activities
take place at the Wilson Shelter.
There is a fee to enter Indiana
Dunes State Park
Saturday, Aug. 13
Perseid Stargaze and
Snoring on the Sand!
8:30pm
Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton
219-926-1390
in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm
Annual shooting star event that
marks the peak of the Perseid
Meteor Shower. It’s also the only
night of the year that you can
stargaze and sleep on the beach.
There is a fee to enter Indiana
Dunes State Park
Saturday, Aug. 20
Bacon Fest
10am
Portage
219-232-9757
baconfestportage.com
Wonderful, delicious bacon is
celebrated and eaten in foods
and desserts at this festival.
Free admission
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Sunday, Aug. 21
Valpo Car Show & Swap Meet
9am – 2pm
Porter County Expo Center
& Fairgrounds
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-464-9918
valpofreecarshows.com
Swap meet and car show with more
than 50 awards and door prizes, DJ
and plenty of great food booths.
$5 admission
Friday, Aug. 26
You Can’t Get There
From Here Anymore
7:30– 9pm
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 N. State Rd. 49, Chesterton
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
was established in 1966, having been
carved out of land not previously
owned by the federal government.
Join retired ranger Darryl Blink for
this historic look into the early days
and development of the lakeshore.
Free admission
Friday, Aug. 26 – Sunday, Sept. 4
An Evening of Original
Ten-Minute Plays
Fri. and Sat. 8pm; Sun. 3pm
4th Street Theater
125 N. Fourth St., Chesterton
219-926-7875
4thstreetncca.org
A small Norwegian town wins
wealth through its medicinal spring
waters, but a doctor discovers
the waters are poisoned and is
shocked to find himself an enemy.
General admission $18; call
for more information
Saturday, Aug. 27 – Sunday, Aug. 28
Aukiki River Festival
Sat. 9am – 4pm; Sun. 10am – 4pm
Collier Lodge
1097 Baums Bridge Rd., Kouts
219-766-2302
kankakeevalleyhistoricalsociety.org
Experience life as it was from the
mid 1700s to the 1930s. Interact
with more than 35 encampments,
see blanket traders and Collier’s
General Store. Historical musical
entertainment, period-themed
food, kids crafts and more.
$3 suggested donation;
children under 12 free
Saturday, Aug. 27
Centennial Concert for
the National Parks
7pm
West Beach
376 N. County Line Road,
Gary, IN (Gary address, but
property is in Portage, IN)
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the
national parks with a free concert by
the Northwest Indiana Symphony. Join
us to help kick off a second century
of stewardship for America’s national
parks. Bring folding chairs for seating.
Free admission
Saturday, Aug. 27
Kouts Pork Fest
8am – 5pm
Downtown Kouts
Main Street, Kouts
219-766-0720
koutsevents.com
The day starts at 8 am with the
Country Classic walk/run. Parade
kicks off at 10:30am and comes right
down Main Street. The streets are
filled with food vendors, arts and
crafts, live entertainment, pork burger
eating contest, double elimination
corn hole tournament, and a guessthe-weight-of-a-pig contest.
Free admission
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Hobart – County Line Orchard
September and October
SEPTEMBER
September and October
County Line Orchard
8am – 6pm
County Line Orchard
200 S. County Line Rd., Hobart
219-947-4477
countylineorchard.com
Gather your family and spend a day at
County Line Orchard. Featuring more
than 30 varieties of u-pick apples, a
pumpkin patch, caramel apples, cider,
kettle corn, pies and fudge. Enjoy the
barnyard jams, tractor rides, a kids
farm petting zoo, two corn mazes (see
website for dates and times), hayrides
and campfires.
Saturday, Sept. 3
Taste of Duneland
11am – 11pm
Thomas Centennial Park
220 Broadway, Chesterton
219-728-1741
dunebig.com
Taste food from local eateries and nonprofit groups in the Duneland area.
Live music, beer and wine garden,
and bounce houses for the kids.
Free admission
Sunday, Sept. 4
Tractor Pull
7pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-531-8934
indianadunes.com/events
Old-fashioned tractor pull.
$13 adults; $6 children 5-12;
children 4 & under free; pit
passes available for $20
Saturday, Sept. 10
Valparaiso Popcorn Festival
7am – 6:30pm
Downtown Valparaiso
Lincolnway, Valparaiso
219-464-8332
valparaisoevents.com
Named the “Best Festival of the
Region” by The Times readers,
the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival
continues to offer family-fun activities
for all ages. Enjoy live music on two
stages, kids play place with games
and inflatables and more than 200
arts & crafts booths. Also, visit
valparaisoparks.org for information
about the Lit’l Kernel Puff Run for
ages 2-9 at 8:45am or the Popcorn
Panic 5K and 5-mile run at 7:30am
(fees apply for the run/walk events).
Free admission
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9/11 Tribute Concert
6 – 7:30pm
Chesterton Amphitheater in Coffee
Creek Watershed Preserve
2401 Village Point, Chesterton
219-926-1842
coffeecreekwc.org
A free 9/11 tribute concert featuring
the Valparaiso Community/
University Concert Band.
Free admission
Sunday, Sept. 11
Doll & Bear Show
9am – 3pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-476-7384 (after 4pm)
valpodolls.weebly.com/doll-show.html
Show dealers will be selling
antique, vintage, modern and
collectible dolls and teddy bears.
$6 admission, $5 with coupon
Friday, Sept. 16 – Sunday, Sept. 18
Greek Fest
Fri. 4 – 11pm, Sat. 11am – 11
pm, Sun. noon – 6pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-462-4052
saintiakovos.org
Enjoy food, music and drinks while
sampling a wide array of delicacies,
including kabobs, lamb, chicken,
and homemade Greek desserts.
Price of food
Friday, Sept. 16 – Sunday, Oct. 2
Into The Woods
Fri. and Sat. 8pm; Sun. 2pm
Memorial Opera House
104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso
219-548-9137
memorialoperahouse.com
The Brothers Grimm hit the stage
with an epic fairytale about wishes,
family and the choices we make.
$21 adults; $18 seniors (59+)
and students (with valid ID)
Saturday, Sept. 17 – Sunday, Sept. 18
28th Annual Celebration of the Arts
Sat. 10am – 5pm; Sun. 11am – 4pm
Schoolhouse Shop
278 E. 1500 North, Chesterton
219-926-1551
schoolhouseshop.com
A two-day multimedia outdoor art fair.
Free admission
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Saturday, Sept. 17 – Sunday, Sept. 18
Apples, Apples, Apples
11am – 4pm
Chellberg Farm
618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Enjoy apple cooking and preserving
demonstrations, traditional music,
crafts and activities. Try your hand at
an old-fashioned apple cider press
before enjoying a free sample.
Free admission
Liberty Bible Church
824 N. Calumet Ave., Chesterton
219-462-5195
lorieslakesidecentury.org
Lorie’s Lakeside Century offers a
variety of bicycling routes for both
novice and seasoned riders: 25 miles,
38 miles, 63 miles, 80 miles and a
100-mile century to New Buffalo, MI.
Included in your ride are four SAG
stops with refreshments along the way
and a hot lunch upon your return.
Call for fees
Saturday, Sept. 17
Folk, Blues, & Brews
6 – 9:30pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso
219-462-0025
taltree.org
Spend the evening enjoying
excellent bands and beers.
Call for ticket prices
Saturday, Sept. 17
South County BBQ CookOff & Pie Baking Contest
3 – 6pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-462-4052
birkyfarms.com
Come and sample various teams’
best version of pork shoulder. There
is also a barbecue rib, barbecue
sauce and a coleslaw competition.
Proceeds benefit local schools, fire
departments and families in need.
$10 adults; $5 children
Saturday, Sept. 17
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Saturday, Sept. 17
World Cultural Festival
Noon – 5pm
Central Park Plaza
63 Lafayette St., Valparaiso
valpovic.org
The World Cultural Festival is a
celebration of food, dance and music
from around the world. Families
are encouraged to bring chairs
and blankets to enjoy the evening
and dress in cultural clothes.
Free admission
Wednesday, Sept. 21
Lunchtime Cabaret Series — Country
at the Grand Ole Opera House
1 – 3pm
Memorial Opera House
104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso
219-548-9137
memorialoperahouse.com
Spend an afternoon at the
Opera House as they map out
the story of country music.
$13 adults; $11 seniors (59+)
and students (with valid ID)
Saturday, Sept. 17 – Sunday, Sept. 18
ASAAD Fall Festival Open
Horse Show Weekend
8am
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-762-4883
asaadarabianhorseassociation.org
The ASAAD Arabian Horse
Association works to promote
the Arabian horse and to educate
themselves and the public about
these wonderful and exciting horses.
The theme for the shows this year
is Ride for Animal Rescue.
Free admission
Friday, Sept. 23 – Sunday, Sept. 25
Fall Harvest Festival &
Antique Equipment Show
9am – 5pm
Sunset Hill Farm County Park
775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
219-309-0417
nihpa.org
Farming demonstrations include
steam engines, shingle mill, saw
mill, field cooking, parade of power,
flea market, antique cars, trucks
on Sunday and much more.
$5 admission
uiptment Show
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Friday, Sept. 23 – Su
Chesterton – Hooked on Art – Live Street Art Festival
Saturday, Sept. 24
Saturday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 25
2016 Dunes Blowout: A Festival
of Performance and Ecology
Call for times
West Beach
376 N. County Line Road,
Gary, IN (Gary address, but
property is in Portage, IN)
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
The Dunes Blowout is inspired by the
historic Pageant of 1917 that began
the movement to protect the Indiana
Dunes as a national park. The event will
include actors, dancers, and musicians,
and will celebrate the connection
between landscape, imagination,
and performance. The event will
honor the 50-year anniversary of the
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore,
centennial of the National Park
Service, and bicentennial of Indiana.
Free admission
Saturday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 25
Gun & Knife Show
Sat. 8am – 5pm; Sun. 9am – 3pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-465-5863
valpogunshow.com
The largest show in Northern
Indiana with 350 tables.
$6, children 12 and under
free with adult
Saturday, Sept. 24
Hooked on Art — Live
Street Art Festival
9am – 4pm
Thomas Centennial Park
220 Broadway, Chesterton
219-728-1638
hookedonartfestival.com
Experience fall in the Midwest with
a festival that celebrates live street
art in progress. Join as participants
complete a work of art, from start to
finish, over the course of a day. Live
art, music and family-friendly activities
are just a few of the highlights.
Free admission
Saturday, Sept. 24
National Public Lands Day
9am – 2pm
Bailly Homestead and
Chellberg Farm parking lot
618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Your neighborhood national park
needs your help. Join others in projects
around the park, like improving
trails, painting buildings and more
on the largest hands-on volunteer
day on America’s public lands.
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Saturday, Sept. 24
Saturday, Sept. 24
Valpo Brewfest
1 – 5pm
Central Park Plaza —
Downtown Valparaiso
63 Lafayette St., Valparaiso
219-464-8332
valpobrewfest.com
The Valpo Brewfest is a celebration
of the great craft beers and cool
people that enjoy them. Sample more
than 125 different styles of beers
from America’s best craft brewers.
Admission includes an event pint
glass and unlimited samples.
Check website for cost
Saturday, Sept. 24
Valpo-Fest Motorcycle/
Car Show & Swap Meet
10am – 4pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
800-800-6034
valpo-fest.com
Buy/sell/trade cars, bikes, parts,
leather, trophy awards, bike rodeo,
food, beer and live bands.
$10 for early birds (starting at 7am);
general admission $8 at the gate or
$5 online; children under 12 free
OCTOBER
Saturday, Oct. 1 – Monday, Oct. 31
Amhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction
Thur. & Sun. 7pm – 10pm,
Fri. & Sat. 7pm – 11pm
228 S. 500 West, Valparaiso
888-813-4571
amhurstasylum.com
Venture through a world of fright and
madness as Dr. Amhurst’s experiments
run free in the insane asylum.
$20 admission
Saturday, Oct. 1 – Monday, Oct. 31
Haunted Hills Hospital
Fri. & Sat., 7 – 11pm
6112 Old Porter Rd., Porter
219-241-9498
hauntedhillshospital.com
This was the place where the most
psychotic prisoners were sent to rot
and die, and it is now home to all
types of dangerous characters.
$8 admission; $13 fast track
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Saturday, Oct. 1 – Monday, Oct. 31
Haunted Railroad & Fall Festival
Call for times
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso
219-462-0025
taltree.org
This family-friendly event kicks off with
a haunted railway garden of skeletons,
ghosts, spiders, and haunted houses.
Special activities on the weekends.
$10 adult (13 to 54); $8 senior (55+);
$5 child (5 to 12); free (4 & under)
Saturday, Oct. 1
Fall Wine Tasting at
Old World Market
11am – 3pm
Old World Market
76 S. Washington St., Valparaiso
219-476-0700
facebook.com/owmvalpo
Old World Market’s wine tasting will
feature some of their favorite wines
of the season. In addition, their
fantastic specialty foods, including
cheese, charcuterie, and more will be
available to sample inside the store.
Free admission
Saturday, Oct. 1
National Lakeshore History Hunt
1 – 5pm
Bailly Homestead and
Chellberg Farm parking lot
618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
The Westchester Township History
Museum will host its 5th annual History
Hunt in the Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore. Clues in this Amazing
Race-style event will send participants
throughout the National Lakeshore to
solve puzzles and complete challenges
to get to each historic location. A treat
awaits those who complete the hunt.
Free admission
Generally the first weekend in October
24th Annual Elvis FANtasy Fest
Call for times
Check website for address, Portage
888-406-5885
elvisfantasyfest.com
This festival honors the Elvis Presley
legacy of giving by raising funds for
Porter County Special Olympics.
See website for costs
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Thursday, Oct. 6
Chefs Around the Table
6 – 10pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-771-3168
empowerpc.org
This unique fundraiser will feature
100 chefs from around Porter County
preparing their favorite dishes. This
lighthearted gala will also include
a competition for the “Top Chef”
award. All proceeds go to Empower
Porter County to reduce substance
abuse in our communities.
$50 per person
Saturday, Oct. 8
Hebron Elementary
Arts & Crafts Fair
9am – 3pm
Hebron Elementary School
307 S. Main St., Hebron
219-996-4771
hebronartsandcrafts.weebly.com
Featuring more than 125 exhibits,
displays of handmade items
and freshly-baked goods, plus
much more. Lunch available.
Free admission
Saturday, Oct. 8
Porter’s Perfect Pint
12 – 5pm
Hawthorne Park
500 Ackerman Dr., Porter
219-926-6211
patsliquors.com
Join in the annual beer tasting and
silent auction fundraiser. Enjoy a
commemorative pint glass, door
prizes, and samples from about 40
regional and national craft brewers,
a silent auction, craft booths,
food vendors and live music.
$35 general admission/ $50
VIP/ $15 designated driver
Saturday, Oct. 8
The Great Lakes — A Concert
by Lee Murdock
7pm
Indiana Dunes Visitor
Center Auditorium
1215 N. State Road 49, Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Celebrate our region’s most precious
national source — the Great Lakes —
with a concert by singer/song writer
Lee Murdock. Broadly acknowledged
as the premier interpreter of songs and
tales about the Great Lakes, Murdock’s
work is an anthem to the people who
live, work, and play along the lakes.
Free admission
Friday, Oct. 14 – Saturday, Oct. 15
Fall Harvest Festival
4 – 6pm Friday; 9am – noon Saturday
Central Park Plaza —
Downtown Valparaiso
63 Lafayette St., Valparaiso
219-464-8332
valparaisoevents.com
Fall is the perfect time to spend time
in downtown Valparaiso. Wear your
spookiest or silliest costume and go
door to door in downtown Valparaiso.
Free admission
Saturday, Oct. 15 – Sunday, Oct. 16
Arts & Craft Show
Sat. 9am – 4pm; Sun. 10am – 4pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
847-301-8543
stepbysteppromotions.com/Shows
Everything is hand made by exhibitors
here in the United States. There will
be more than 170 exhibit booths.
$3 admission
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Indiana Dunes Visitor Center – Century of Progress Homes Tours
Saturday, Oct. 15
Saturday, Oct. 15
Century of Progress Homes Tours
8am – 4pm
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 N. State Road 49, Porter
574-232-4534
dunesnationalpark.org
Explore five houses that were originally
displayed in the 1933 Chicago
World’s Fair. Tours begin and end
at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
and include a two-hour rangerguided tour and shuttle bus. Make
your reservation online starting
on Sept. 14th at 8 am (CDT).
$20 per person (tickets must
be purchased in advance)
Saturday, Oct. 22
OAKtoberfest
2 – 5pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso
219-462-0025
taltree.org
Adult-only event celebrating oak-aged
brews and hard ciders. Guests will
learn about the oaks, taste great brew
and food pairings and vote for the top
pairings to be featured at the next fest.
$45 brew tickets; $20
designated driver ticket.
Sunday, Oct. 23
Valpo Half Marathon
8:30am
United Way of Porter County
951 Eastport Centre Dr., Valparaiso
219-464-3583
valpohalf.org
This half marathon features moisturewicking long sleeve race shirts for
runners registered before Oct. 6, water
stations and a flat course, plus a postrace festival with music and food.
Visit website for costs and registration
Monday, Oct. 24
Trunk or Treat for Special
Needs Children
5:30pm
Chasing Dreams
352 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso
219-759-4000
chasingdreams.org
Special needs children and their
families will have the opportunity to
safely trick or treat in their costumes
while walking from car trunk to car
trunk. Children will enjoy all of the
decorated car trunks, candy and fun.
Free admission
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Saturday, Oct. 29
Friday, Oct. 28
Trick or Treat the Downtown
4 – 6pm
Downtown Chesterton and Porter
219-926-5513
dunelandchamber.org
Bring your costumed kids to downtown
Chesterton and Porter for the annual
Trick or Treat the Downtown event.
Trick or treaters should look for orange
posters in the windows of participating
storefronts and restaurants.
Free admission
Saturday, Oct. 29
European Market’s Pumpkin Palooza
8am – 2pm
Downtown Chesterton
Third and Broadway, Chesterton
219-926-5513
dunelandchamber.org
Enjoy trick or treating with the
merchants, free pumpkin decorating
and a costume contest for kids at
10am and for puppies at 11am
Free admission
Saturday, Oct. 29
Historic Halloween Fun
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Chellberg Farm
618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Join some “tricky” volunteers as they
prepare the farmhouse for the holiday.
Free admission
Saturday, Oct. 29 – Sunday, Oct. 30
“Howl”oween in the Dunes!
4 – 9pm
Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton
219-926-1390
in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm
Get spooked and thrilled this
Halloween at Indiana Dunes State
Park. The activities will take place
throughout the weekend.
There is a fee to enter Indiana
Dunes State Park
NOVEMBER
November (dates to be determined
Into the Woods
Thu.,Fri. and Sat. 8pm; Sun. 3pm
4th Street Theater
125 N. Fourth St., Chesterton
219-926-7875
4thstreetncca.org
Everyone’s favorite storybook
characters are brought together for
this modern classic. The story follows
a baker and his wife who wish to
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have a child; Cinderella who wishes
to attend the king’s festival; and Jack
who wishes his cow would give milk.
General admission $18; call
for more information
Saturday, Nov. 5
50th Anniversary Party
All day
Call for locations
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Party like it’s 1966 to help celebrate
50 years of Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore. Join us to honor those
who fought so hard to create this
national park and then help us to look
forward to even greater possibilities
for these dunes we all love so much.
Free admission
Saturday, Nov. 5 – Sunday, Nov. 6
Interwoven Expressions
9am – 5pm
Sand Creek Country Club
1001 Sand Creek Dr., Chesterton
219-938-1941
interwovenexpressions.com
Exquisite creations from hands that
weave, dye, knit, felt, stitch, and
design contemporary and traditional
fashions, home decor and holiday gifts.
Everything original and hand made.
Free admission
Saturday, Nov. 5
Taltree 10K
9am
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso
219-462-0025
taltree.org
Take in the beautiful fall foliage on
this 6.2-mile run/walk through the
arboretum. Run is for experienced
and novice runners and walkers.
Check website for costs
Saturday, Nov. 12
Fall Gigantic Indoor Garage Sale
Early bird 7:30am – 8:30am;
general admission 9am – 3pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-464-0133
Lines of early bird shoppers can’t
wait to get through the doors and
get their hands on the best items.
$5 early bird/$2 general admission
Wednesday, Nov. 16
Lunchtime Cabaret Series — 1940s
Radio: A Trip Down Memory Lane
1 – 3pm
Memorial Opera House
104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso
219-548-9137
memorialoperahouse.com
Strike up the band for an afternoon
of favorite songs from the 1940s.
As a special thank you, admission
to this cabaret is free for US
veterans and troops (with ID).
$13 adults; $11 seniors (59+), military
and students (with valid ID)
Saturday, Nov. 19 – Sunday, Nov. 20
Holidaze Arts & Crafts Show
Sat. 10am – 5pm, Sun. 10am – 4pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-464-9918
holidazecraftshow.vpweb.com
The holiday shopping season begins
early with this show set to feature 180
arts and crafts vendors from 5 states
selling thousands of beautiful items.
$2 admission
Saturday, Nov. 19
Winter Lights Night Festival
3 – 8pm
Sunset Hill Farm County Park
775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
219-465-3586
portercountyparks.org
Don’t miss Northwest Indiana’s
top holiday light display and
festival. There will be pictures
with Santa, music, crafts, cookie
decorating, fireworks and more.
$5 per car
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Friday, Nov. 25 – Sunday, Dec. 11
Meet Me in St. Louis
Fri. & Sat. 8pm; Sun. 2pm
Memorial Opera House
104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso
219-548-9137
memorialoperahouse.com
Meet Me in St. Louis will take the
audience members on a musical
journey back to the early 1900s, on
the brink of the 1904 World’s Fair.
$21 adults; $18 seniors
(59+) and students
Friday, Nov. 25 – Sunday, Dec. 25
Santa’s Holiday Forest
8am – 7pm
Santa’s Holiday Forest
95 E. 700 North, Valparaiso
219-462-1068
santasholidayforest.info
A real Christmas tree–a perfect
gift for the whole family.
Free admission
Saturday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 27
Christmas Craft Show
9am – 3pm
Woodland Park
2100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage
219-762-1675
inportageparks.com
Two halls with more than 70
vendors, exhibiting homemade and
craft items. Santa will be there on
Sunday. Handicap accessible.
Free admission
ASK
A LOCAL
Fred Untch of
Chesterton
says, “Do your
Christmas shopping
early at Kouts
Christmas Open House. Residents
open up their homes to sell homemade
crafts, gifts and candy.”
Saturday, Nov. 26
Hometown Holiday Celebration &
Twilight Christmas Parade
All Day Event
Thomas Centennial Park
220 Broadway, Chesterton
219-926-5513
dunelandchamber.org
Get into the holiday spirit and
become a part of a unique Chesterton
tradition. Celebrate Small Business
Saturday in Duneland with an allday hometown celebration. The
Twilight Christmas Parade will
begin at 5:30pm, ending with Santa
Claus arriving on a fire truck. Local
businesses stay open late, and hot
chocolate along with other traditional
holiday sweets will be available.
Free admission
Friday, Nov. 25 – Tuesday, Jan. 3
Sunset Hill Farm — Holiday
Lights Drive Through
5 – 9pm
Sunset Hill Farm County Park
775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso
219-465-3586
portercountyparks.org
Drive through Northwest Indiana’s
top holiday light display.
Free admission (donations
gladly accepted)
Valparaiso – Sunset Hill Farm —
Holiday Lights Drive Through
Friday, Nov. 25 – Tuesday, Jan. 3
DECEMBER
Friday, Dec. 2
Holly Days
5 – 7pm
Downtown Valparaiso
219-464-8332
valparaisoevents.com
Stroll along the lit-up streets of
downtown to enjoy carolers singing
holiday music, a live Nativity,
and free train rides around the
courthouse square. Stop in at your
favorite restaurants and retailers
to take part in their Holly Days
specials and get great ideas.
Free admission
Friday, Dec. 2 – Saturday, Dec. 3
Valparaiso University
Christmas Concert
Fri. 7pm; Sat. 5pm
Chapel of the Resurrection
1600 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso
219-464-5093
valpo.edu/music/performances
A tradition on campus for over 80
years, the Valparaiso University
Christmas Concert celebrates
the holiday season in the
Chapel of the Resurrection.
See website for ticket prices
Saturday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 4
Christmas on the Farm
Sat. 11am – 4pm; Sun 1 – 4pm
Countryside Park and Alton Goin Museum
5250 US Highway 6, Portage
219-762-8349
inpchs.com
The museum will be decorated
for the holidays and there will
be Father Christmas, Christmas
music, and Christmas crafts for
the kids, cookies, and punch.
Free admission
Saturday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 4
Kouts Annual Christmas
Open House
8am – 5pm
Town-wide, Kouts
219-766-3791
koutsevents.com
Home, churches and businesses
open their doors to sell
handcrafted unique gifts.
Free admission
Saturday, Dec. 3
Mistletoe Market
9am – 3pm
Westchester Intermediate School
1050 S. Fifth St., Chesterton
219-926-5513
chestertonseuropeanmarket.com
This extraordinary shopping experience
has become a beloved holiday tradition
for the European Market community.
Many favorite market merchants, artists
and chefs come together during this
special event to give you the perfect
opportunity to gather your favorite
market goodies for holiday gifting.
Free admission
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Saturday, Dec. 3 – Saturday, Dec. 17
Taltree Holiday Express
Noon – 3pm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso
219-462-0025
taltree.org
Get into the holiday spirit with a
classic Christmas story time. Enjoy
cookies, cocoa, story and craft time.
Hang out with Santa and see the
Railway Garden’s train in action. Held
on Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 and 17.
Call for prices
Saturday, Dec. 10
Holiday Traditions in the Dunes
Noon – 3pm
Bailly Homestead, Chellberg Farm,
Douglas Center & Visitor Center
US Highway 20 and Mineral
Springs Rd., Porter
219-395-1882
nps.gov/indu
Enjoy live holiday music and dance and
tour two historic homes all decked out
in their holiday finest. Kids can make
their own holiday decorations and even
get a free taste of some traditional
holiday treats. You don’t even have
to get chilled thanks to a free shuttle
bus that runs between Chellberg
Farm and the Bailly Homestead.
Free admission
Saturday, Dec. 10 – Sunday, Dec. 11
Shipshewana On The Road
Comes to Valparaiso
Sat. 9am – 6pm; Sun. 10am – 5pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
269-979-8888
shipshewanaontheroad.com
Shipshewana On the Road
shows are two-day sales where
independent vendors offer their
products or merchandise for
sale to the general public.
$4 admission
Wednesday, Dec. 14
Lunchtime Cabaret Series —
Have Yourselves a Merry Little
Christmas at the Opera House
1 – 3pm
Memorial Opera House
104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso
219-548-9137
memorialoperahouse.com
Sharing favorite Christmas memories,
this musical Christmas card is offered
to the patrons of the Memorial Opera
House just in time for the holidays.
$13 adults; $11 seniors (59+)
and students (with valid ID)
Saturday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve Shopping Stroll
6pm
Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton
219-926-1390
in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm
Join the naturalists for their
traditional Christmas Eve stroll
through the dune forests.
There is a fee to enter Indiana
Dunes State Park
Saturday, Dec. 31
New Years Eve Party
6:30pm – 12:30am
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso
219-464-0133
porterco.org
Celebrate the New Year
with a big bash.
$65 per person
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