Summer Festivals

Spend your Summer Weekends celebrating in Northwest Indiana. We guarantee there’s a Festival EVERY WEEKEND WITH TONS OF FAMILY FUN!  From Car Shows, ice cream socials to concerts and parades, these events will have you enjoying your summer weekend ! Let us not forget tons of Fireworks,  Art and Craft Fairs AND CRAFT BEER ! Folks might also like the live Concerts and full fledged Festivals honoring our Nation’s Birthday on July 4th or our Nation’s Workers on Labor Day that have four full days held in Lowell Indiana, Hesston Steam Museum, and Michigan City Indiana. We even have lots of HISTORICAL EVENTS TOO!  
• You’ll find RIDES like the Zipper, Gravitron, Flying saucer, Merry Go Round, Bumper Cars, Swinger, Tilt A Whirl, Mega Shot, Mighty Mac and more.
• You’ll find FOOD like Lebanese Foods, Elephant Ears, Pizza, Egg rolls, Cotton Candy, Corn Dogs, Funnel Cakes, roast beef, steakburgers, walking tacos, Chili Dogs, Ice Cream, Fried rice, pork sticks, roasted lamb, shish-ka-bob, Grecian chicken, Gyros and more.
• And ENTERTAINMENT like  Middle of the Road;  Dr. FeelGood and the 80’s Babies;  Karoake with DJ;  High Noon Country Band, AND Keenan Baxter, Grammy Contender Jazz Composer.

HERE’S A LIST OF
2018 SUMMER’S FESTIVALS AND EVENTS:

 

FIRST WEEKEND IN JULY:
• Cedar Lake Summerfest , July 4th – July 8th, 2018 (Fireworks)
• Lightening Bug Music Festival, Sunday, July 2nd, 2018,
Valparaiso
• Big Parade & Fireworks at Washington Park,  July 4th, 2018, 
Michigan City, Indiana
• Independence Day Festival, July 3rd, 2018 Hidden Lake park,
Merrillville, Indiana Click Here
• Red, Wine and Brew Festival, July 3rd, 2018,
LaPorte, Indiana   Click here for more
• Family 4th Fest, July 4th, 2018
Porter, Indiana   Click Here for More
SECOND WEEKEND IN JULY:
• Nativity Fest, Portage, Indiana, July 12th – 15th, 2018 Click here
• Sand Sculpture Fest, 
Indiana Dunes, Chesterton, July 14th, 2018
• Antique Power Steam Show, 
Crown Point, July 6th, 7th & 8th, 2018, click here
• Touch A Truck
, Sunset Hill County park, July 14th, 2018
• Livin It Up Festival, July 8th, 2018,
Valparaiso
• Native American Heritage Festival, July
8th, 2018,Michigan City, Indiana Click Here
• Greek Fest,
Merrillville, Indiana, July 13-15, 2018 Click here
• St. John Festival, July 12th – 15th 2018 click here
• LaPorte County Fair, July 8th – 14th, 2018 Get Full Entertainment Schedule on One Page!
• Venetian Nights,  July 7th, 2018 Hammond Marina, Hammond, Indiana, Click here
THIRD WEEKEND IN JULY:
• St. John the Evangelist Festival,
St. John, Indiana July 12th – July 16th 2018  Click here
• Valparaiso Food and Wine Festival,
Valparaiso, Indiana Advance Tickets Only This event is Not open to the public
• St. Elijah Serb Fest – Serb Fest,  Merrillville, Aug. 4th – 6th, 2018
• Park Full of Art, Griffith, Indiana, July 21 – 22 2018 www.aparkfullofart.com
• The Grape Escape, Munster, Indiana, July 21th, 2018 Click Here
FOURTH WEEKEND IN JULY:
• Festival of the Lakes @ Wolf Lake, Hammond, July 18-22, 2018 Click here
• Porter County Fair, July 19th – 28
th, 2018 Click Here for Full Schedule!

   

LAST WEEKEND IN JULY:
• New Carlisle Hometown Days, July 27th – 29th, 2018   click here
• Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana, July 27-29, 2018    Click Here For More!
• 5th Annual Taste of La Porte, Indiana, July 29th, 2018

FIRST WEEKEND IN AUGUST:
• St. Michael Family Fun Fest, Aug 3 – 4 th 2018 Click here
• Dyer HomeTown Festival, August
  2018 (Click HERE)
• Kiwanis Corn Roast, Valparaiso, August 4th, 2018 Click HERE
• Vet Fest in South Haven, Indiana, August 3th and 4th, 2018
• Taste of Michigan City, Indiana, August 5th and 6th, 2018
• Lake County Fair,  Crown Point Indiana, August 3th – 12th, 2018 CLICK HERE
Chesterton Art Fair, Chesterton, Indiana August 4th – 5th, 2018 CLICK HERE
Turkeypalooza at Central Park in Valparaiso, Indiana, August 5th, 2018
• Leprechaun Hunt, LaPorte, Indiana, Sunday, August 5th, 2018 Click Here
SECOND WEEKEND IN AUGUST:
• Touch of Dutch in Demotte, Indiana, August 10th – 11th, 2018
• St. John Corn Roast, Saturday, August 10th, 2018 Click here
• Beatles Fest XI in Hammond, Indiana, August 12th, 2017
• Prairie Magic Music Festival, Aug 12th, 2017
Sunset Hill Park Click here
• Hanna Fest, August 12th, 2017, Hanna Indiana, Click here
• Hobart Lakefront Festival August 16th, 2018 Click here for entertainment schedule

THIRD WEEKEND IN AUGUST:
• Bacchus and Beer Fest – August 18th 2018
Friendship Botanic Gardens, Michigan City, Click here
• Western Days,
Griffith, IN August 17th – 20th, 2017  click here
• Lubeznik Art & Artisan Festival, Michigan City, Aug 18th – 29th 2018
• Lakefront Art Festival in Hobart, Indiana, August 17th – 20th, 2017
• Pints in the Park – Craft Beer Fest at Wicker Park, Highland, Indiana, June 30th, 2018
Lubeznik Art & Artisan Festival, Michigan City, IN, August 19th and 20th, 2017
FOURTH AND LAST WEEKEND IN AUGUST:
Arts on The Ave., Hammond, Indiana, Aug. 26th, 2017 click here for more
• Annual Kouts Pork Fest, Aug. 26TH, 2017
• Mill Pond Festival, Union Mills, Indiana, August 25th – 26th, 2018 Click Here for MORE
• Aukiki River Festival in Kouts, Indiana August 25th – 26th 2018 (Click here for more info)
FIRST WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER:
• Rock ’N’ Rail Street Festival, Downtown Griffith, Indiana, Aug 31 – Sept 3, 2017
http://inpanoramanow.com/events/rock-n-rail-street-festival/

• Blueberry Festival, Plymouth Indiana
• Hesston Steam & Power Show in LaPorte, Indiana, click here
• Lowell Labor Day Festival, (Fireworks)
    See Complete Schedule of Events HERE!

• Taste of Duneland in Downtown Chesterton, August 2nd, 2017,
• Ship & Shore Blues Festival Michigan City,
• Childhood Cancer Awareness, Walk, (NICK) Valparaiso, IN
SECOND WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER:
• Door Village Harvest Festival, Sept 9th & 10th 2017
Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, Sept 8th, 7am – 6:30 pm, 2018

• Doll and Bear Show: http://inpanoramanow.com/valparaiso-doll-and-bear-show/
THIRD WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER:
• BaconFest, Portage, Indiana, Sept 15th 2018, 11am- 7pm
• Fox Art & Music Festival, Lake Station, Indiana
Scarecrow fest, Wanatah, Indiana, Sept 21 – 23rd, 2018
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PAST EVENTS:
• Food Truck Festival, May 26th and 27th, 2018 Click here

FIRST WEEKEND IN JUNE:
Highland Annual Car Cruise, June 2nd, 2018 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dyer Summer Fest June 7th – June 10th, 2018 Click Here
• Family Arts Festival, June 10th, 
Munster, 2018
• Crown Point Corn Roast, June 8th – 9th, 2018 Click here for more
• Saint Demetrios GreekFest, June 8th – 10th, 2018 Click here
• Live in the Ville, June 1 – 2nd 2018 Hammond, Indiana (Hessville – Kennedy Ave) Click here
• Queen of All Saints Parish Festival, Michigan City, June 7th – 10th, 2018

    (For Complete Entertainment Schedule Click Here !!!)

SECOND WEEKEND IN JUNE:
Celebrate Schererville, June 14th – 17th, 2018
  
Click here for Full Schedule of events ( Beer Garden, parade, Shows)
 Food & Arts Festival, June 15th – 16th, 2018 Downtown Crown Point, click here
• Father’s Day Cinderella Ball Sat. June 16, 2018, Valparaiso Click here
Hobart Water Festival, Hobart, Indiana, June 16th, 2018, Click here
• Crown Point Beer Fest, June 16th 2018, Click Here
• Rhythm & Soul Fest, June 16th, 2018
with Carl Weathsby! East Chicago, click here
• Super Hero Saturday, June 16th, 2018 Whiting
THIRD WEEKEND IN JUNE:
• Midsummer Celebration, June 23th, 2018, 1-4pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Chesterton, Indiana
• Portage Historical Festival: Portage, Indiana June 23rd, 2018 Click here
• St. John Kid’s Parade, St. John, Indiana
• Naturepalooza, Valparaiso, June 23rd, 2018, Rogers Lakewood Park
FOURTH WEEKEND IN JUNE:
• St. Thomas More Fun Days Festival, 
Munster, Indiana June 20-24, 2018 click here
• Gospel Fest,
Crown Point, Indiana, June 24th, 2018
• Civil War Railroad Days, June 24th & 25th, 2018
LaPorte, Indiana (Hesston) click here
LAST WEEKEND IN JUNE:
• Hobart JayceeFest, June 28th – July 3rd, 2018 click here
• Drum & Bugle Corps Show,
Michigan City, Indiana, June 24th 2018 click here
 • Fireworks on the Lakefront, July 2nd, 2018
Chesterton, Indiana  click here
• Greek Fest, June 29th – July 1st, 2018
Valparaiso click here
• Highland 4th of July Festival, 
Highland, June 30 – July 4 Twilight Parade July 3 2018 click here
• Broad Street Blues and BBQ Festival, June 29th – July 1st, Griffith, Indiana 2018
For the Entire Entertainment Schedule  Click Here
                            SEE ALL JULY 4th Events on ONE PAGE CLICK HERE!

 

ATTENTION PARENTS:
      Northwest Indiana is home to many Family Fun Amusement Parks and Family Entertainment Centers with lots of things to do with kids that make the perfect getaway for the weekend! Most of these venues have indoor arcades. You’ll want to visit Deep River Waterpark in the middle of Northwest Indiana, Inman’s Recreation Center in Valparaiso, Zao Island Amusement Center in Valparaiso, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Fun Park (Schererville); Jaks Warehouse (Indoor Theme Park – Highland); Washington Park Zoo (Michigan City); Barker Mansion Museum (Michigan City) and the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore Parks!   Just to name a few! Every City has a Splash Pad or Public Pool too!
FUN FILLED BOUNCE HOUSES:
      If your kids like bounce house, you’ll find Five FunFlatealbes locations throughout Northwest Indiana that provide unique, year-round, soft inflatable playgrounds where the whole family can have continuous FUN Jumping, Bouncing, Climbing, Snaking.
INDOOR FUN:
     
Zao Island, Inmans’ Recreation Center, Jaks Warehouse, Sky Zone, and Crown Point Fun Center, and Zig E’s Funland. All of these centers have arcade games, family games, fun food, Click here for MORE Info!
SPLASH PADS:
     
Wolf Lake Aquatic Play Center, Wicker Park Memorial Splash Pad, Oasis Splash Pad, Central Park Plaza Splash Pad, Heron Lake Splash Pad, Hub Municipal Pool, Founders Square Splash Pad, Splash Pad at Jeorse Park, just to name a few. CLICK HERE FOR MORE!

 

Sue Baxter

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