Spend your Fall Weekends with the family for a weekend getaway in Northwest Indiana. We guarantee there’s a Festival EVERY WEEKEND WITH TONS OF FAMILY FUN! From Car Shows,Food Truck Festivals 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!
Discover Northwest Indiana’s Fun Things To DO Including Indoor Fun, Lake Michigan Beaches, Biking, Local Splash Pads, Miniature Golf, Local Festivals, Parks and Recreation and Indiana Dunes.
**** * If You Are Visiting Northwest Indiana you might be interested in our Sunday Brunch, Local Farmer’s Markets,Summer Festivals, Fall Festivals, July 4th Weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, Labor day Weekend, local Steakhouses, and local Dining.
• Nappanee Apple Festival, Sept. 16th – 19th, 2021
Last WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER:
• Pioneer Days, Sept 25th & 26th, 2021 Laporte Indiana Click here.
• Griffith Fall Harvest Craft Festival, Sept 25th, 2021 click here.
• Fall Harvest Festival & Antique Equipment, Sept 24th & 26th, 2021 Valparaiso Indiana Click here.
• Fall Family Fest, September 26th 2020, Dyer IN Click here (NEW!).
• Scarecrow Festival, Sept 24th – 26th 2021 Click Here.
• Valpo BrewFest, Sept 25th, 2021, USUALLY SOLD OUT Valparaiso, not open to the public
• St. John Oktoberfest, September 24th – 26th, 2021 click here
FIRST WEEKEND IN OCTOBER:
• Compassion Marketplace, Online Auction only, Sept. 25th – 28, 2020 Cedar Lake, click here.
• Westville Pumpkin Festival, Oct 2nd – 3rd , 2021 Changed Activities, click here.
• Monster Dash & Pumpkins, Oct. 5th 2020, Munster , Changed to a Trunk Or Treat Driver Thru
• Pumpkins, Witches and Hayrides, Oct. 5th 2020, Munster, Changed to a Trunk Or Treat Driver Thru
• Fall Fest at Windy Ridge Farms, Valparaiso – Oct. 5th – 6th, 2019 Click here.
• Oktoberfest: Crown Point, Oct. 3rd 2020 click here.
• Portage Harvest Festival, Oct. 3rd, 2020, Click here.
• Haunting in Hammond, Fri. Oct. 3rd, 2020 changed to Hunting Off Hohman
(Costume Contest, Garage Sales, Sidewalk Sales) Click here
• Festival of the Trails, Sat. Oct. 5th Downtown Highland, Click here.
• Barktoberfest, Sat. Oct. 5th, Lowell, Indiana (rain Date Oct. 7th)Click Here.
• Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival –
• Griffith Oktoberfest – October 1-3rd, 2021
SECOND WEEKEND IN OCTOBER:
• Hebron Elementary Arts & Crafts Fair, Oct. 12th, 2020 Hebron, Click here
• Buckley Homestead Fall Festival – October 9th & 10, 2021 Lowell Click here
• Elvis Fantasy Fest, Portage, Indiana, Oct. 8th – 10th, 2021 Click Here.
• Pints in the Park, Porter’s Perfect Pint – October 2 2021, Porter Click Here.
• Wickedly Whiting, Sat. Oct. 11th, Whiting Indiana, Click here.
• Rockville Covered Bridge Festival, Oct. 8 – 17, 2021.
THIRD WEEKEND IN OCTOBER:
• Valpo Fall Harvest Fest, Trick or Treat Downtown, Valparaiso Indiana, October 16, 2021 Click here .
• Munster Ale Fest, Sat. Oct. 12th, 2020, Munster, Indiana.
LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2020:
• Arts on The Ave., Hammond, Indiana, Aug 31st, 2020 click here for more
• Rock ’N’ Rail Street Festival, Downtown Griffith, Indiana, Sept 2-5 , 2021 Click Here.
• Blueberry Festival, Aug 30 – Sept 2, 2020, Plymouth Indiana.
• Hesston Steam & Power Show, Aug 31 – Sept 2, 2020 in LaPorte, Indiana, click here.
• Lowell Labor Day Festival, Aug. 29th– Sept 2, 2020 HERE!
• Taste of Duneland Downtown Chesterton, Aug 31, 2020.
• Childhood Cancer Awareness, Walk, (NICK) Valparaiso, IN.
FIRST WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER
• A September Christmas Festival, Portage Indiana, Sept. 7th, 2020 Click here
• Door Village Harvest Festival, Sept 7th & 8th 2020 click here for more.
• Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, Sept 7th, 7am – 6:30 pm, 2020.
• Lake Station Fall Festival, Sept. 6th, 7th and 8th, 2020 Click here.
• Doll and Bear Show, Sunday, Sept. 8th 2020 : Click Here
THIRD WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER:
• BaconFest, Sept. 14th, 2020, Portage, Indiana.
• Mariachi Festival, Mexican Independence Day, September 15th, 2020, East Chicago.
• German-Fest, Sat. Sept. 15th, 2020, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Portage, click here.
• World Cultural Festival, Sept. 15th, 2020, Valparaiso, click here .
• Polish Heritage Festival, Friendship Botanic Gardens, Sept. 12th, CANCELLED 2020, Click here.
FOURTH WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER :
• Portage Brewfest, September 21, 2020Click here.
• Hooked on Art, Sept. 21st, 2020 Chesterton, Indiana Click here for more.
• Sunflower Festival, Sept. 18th, 2021 LaPorte, Indiana Click Here.
• Sandhill Crane Festival on Wheatfield, Indiana September 21st, 2020, Click here for more.
• Indiana Dunes Apples Festival, Sept. 21st – 22nd, 2020Click Here
• Art Blizt at the Art Barn – Sept 21 – 22nd, Click HERE
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!
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.
Zao Island, Inman’s 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, and more. Click here for more!
Find Out More info On the Following Places:
Lake County: Gary Indiana, Hammond Indiana,East Chicago, Schererville Indiana,Dyer Indiana, Merrillville Indiana,Crown Point Indiana,Whiting Indiana, Highland Indiana, Hebron Indiana and Griffith Indiana.
In Porter County we cover Valparaiso Indiana, Chesterton Indiana, Portage Indiana and Kouts Indiana.
In La Porte County we cover Michigan City Indiana, La Porte Indiana, Westville Indiana and Wanatah Indiana andIndiana Dunes
Local Indoor Fun Facilities
Local Amusement Parks
East Chicago Marina
Hidden Lake Park, Merrillville
Albanese Candy Factory – Hobart/Merrillville
Tips For Keeping Your Family Safe on Vacation
Visit The Indiana Dunes
Mascot Hall of Fame – Whiting
Lake Michigan Beaches
Friendship Botanic Gardens – Michigan City
Blueberry Picking In Northwest Indiana
Visit A Farmers Market – with Artisan Foods and Hand-Made Art
Visit Mount Baldy – Indiana Dunes
Washington Park Zoo – Michigan City
Buckley Homestead – Lowell
Hesston Steam Museum – LaPorte