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Memorial Day Weekend in NWI

     There are lots of events and activities in Northwest Indiana for Memorial Weekend that are fun for the whole family with lots of free things to do. While here in Northwest Indiana you’ll also find lots of amusement parks and Family Friendly Fun centers with arcades, indoor play, laser tag, miniature golf, bowling, batting cages, splash pads, and waterparks! 

 Below are just a few Memorial Weekend Highlights Followed By The Daily Calendar below! 

* Wolf Lake Wetlands Festival – The Wetlands Wind & Water Festival begins at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 25th 2024 Their  second event of the Wetlands festival, a hike, begins at 2 p.m. at the entrance to the Mitigation Wetlands in Hammond. It lies at the far west end of 129th Street. Park bikes and cars near the entrance.
     Joe Kruczek, director of this year’s cleanup of the Wolf Lake Watershed, will lead the hike. It will be a tour of spring wildflowers, sedges, and shrubs and spring activity of water fowl and small animals.
     Hikers should wear long pants, sturdy shoes and long-sleeved shirts. On-line registration is required for both events. Consult AWLI’s website at    

* Memorial Day Parade, Crown Point, Monday, May 27, 2024 Joliet Street to Main Street, south to Wells Street, ending at Maplewood Cemetery, 555 S. Indiana Ave., Crown Point, IN. The Memorial Day Parade features city officials, members of the American Legion Post 20, the Crown Point High School Band and local Boy and Girl Scout troops. The parade ends at the Maplewood Cemetery. Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Maplewood Cemetery, 555 S. Indiana Ave.  Please join the American Legion Post 20, Mayor Peter Land, and Crown Point City Council Members as we honor all who have sacrificed for our freedom.  661-2271. A ceremony will follow at Maplewood Cemetery, (219) 663-3688.

* Memorial Day Ceremony, Portage, Monday, May 27, 2024 American Legion Post 260. Questions? Contact American Legion Post 260 Ceremonial Officer, 762-3541 or Rob Rodriguez- 364-6413 or email

* Gary Southshore Railcats Games:   Memorial Weekend  Monday, May 27, 2024   at 4pm  –  Meet the New 2023 Railcats Baseball Team – Fireworks on Friday Night.  Click here for more 

* Hesston Steam Museum, LaPorte Indiana,  Opening May 25th – 27th 2024! – Opening weekend, climb aboard all 3 of their steam powered railroads for a scenic ride through our woods. Historic steam locomotives will take you back to a bygone era. Also in operation will be the steam saw mill and electric light plant. Lots of big machines working hard to entertain and enlighten your family.  click here for more

* Memorial Day Service at Stoney Run County Park –     Remember and honor those who gave so much for our freedoms at the annual Memorial Day Service on Monday,  at 2:30 p.m. 2024. The program, conducted at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Stoney Run County Park, is presented by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee and hosted by the Lake County Parks. From families to scout & school groups, all are invited to join the many veterans and supporters who participate. Click here

* Michigan City Food Truck Festival  SATURDAY AND SUNDAY May 25th and 26th, 2024   A 2-day festival in Fedder’s Alley, celebrating culture and food. Hosted by Michigan City Parks and Recreation. Visit Families can visit Washington Park zoo, and spend time on the Lake Michigan beach as well. For more info call 219.873.1506. Enjoy games and tasting food from food trucks. For tickets. General admission is free to all participants. This includes access up to 20 Gourmet Food Trucks, live music, outdoor games and more  at regular stand prices.  Food is bought separately, with cash, from each food truck   click here for more
* Cobe Cup Car Cruise for Drivers and Spectators:     The excitement returns to Northwest Indiana thanks to the Regional Streeters Car Club. The historical Cobe Cup Car Cruise will be held in 2018 on Saturday May 25th, 2024 The course mocks the original historical race – going thru Crown Point, Lowell and Cedar Lake begins at the Lake county Fairgrounds in Lake County, Indiana. Click here for more

* Community Concert at Opera House, Monday, May 27th 2024 – REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 13th Annual City of Valparaiso Memorial Day Concert. The concert will be performed by the Valparaiso Community/University Concert Band and will last less than one hour. The performance will feature patriotic band music, audience sing-a-longs and historical narratives. Admission is free, but audience members are asked to bring non-perishable food items which will be donated to the Christian Food Pantry in Valparaiso. Click here for more

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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!


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. Click here for MORE!

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, and more. Click Here For MORE!

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 JeorsePark, just to name a few. CLICK HERE FOR HOURS, COSTS, LOCATIONS AND CONTACT INFO!


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Sherwood Paint Ball, LaPorte Indiana

      Sherwood Forest, the acclaimed land of heroes, castles, princesses, dragons, and Paint Ball.  Did you say Paint Ball?  YES!  Right here in Northwest Indiana, 3497 US-35, LaPorte, Indiana to be exact.  And owner Joe prides himself on stating, “I chose that name for the good things about competition.  It’s a great way to release tension wo harming someone.  Actually, it combines a lot of sport skills.”  Continue Reading . . . 

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Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.