summer festivals

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 !

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     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. Feel Good and the 80’s Babies;  Karoake with DJ;  High Noon Country Band, AND Keenan Baxter, Grammy Contender Jazz Composer.


 2022 Dates are in Red 2023 Dates are in Blue

• Michigan City Annual Food Truck Festival, May 28th and 29th, 2022  Click here

Live in the Ville, June snd – 3rd, 2023  Hammond, Indiana (Hessville – Kennedy Ave) Click here.
• Queen of All Saints Parish Festival, Cancelled (Click Here)
• Swale Music Fest –
Cancelled in 2022 click here

     DYER INDIANA:  Summerfest: June 9th – June 11th, 2023 over 800 acts, 1,000 performances, 12 stages, food, interactive activities, festival! Bike Parade: Wednesday June 7th 2023 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, part of Dyer Summerfest! 219-865-2505. FIREWORKS on Sunday!  
Celebrate Schererville, June 7th – June 11th 2023 Click here (Beer Garden, parade, Shows)

St. John Kid’s Parade, St. John, Sat., June 25th, 2022, Click Here
• Naturepalooza, Valparaiso, June 25, 2022 Rogers Lakewood Park. Click here for more
North Judson Mint Festival – June 18th – 19th 2022 Click Here 
Midsummer Celebration, TBD, 1-4pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore,
•  St. Demetrios Greek Food Fest, – June 24 & 25, 2023 11am – 8pm, Click here.

• St. Thomas More
Fun Days FestivalMunster, June 23- 26th, 2022 Get Full Entertainment Schedule: click here.
• Civil War Railroad Days, June 25th, 2022, LaPorte, (Hesston Steam Museum) click here.
• Rhythm & Soul Fest, June 17th 2023 East Chicago, click here

• Fireworks on the Lakefront, June 29th, 2022, Chesterton, Indiana click here.
• St. Iakovos Greek Fest,
Drive Thru only, Valparaiso See their facebook page
• Broad Street Blues and BBQ Festival, June 24th – 26th, 2022, Griffith, Indiana  For the Entire  Entertainment Schedule  Click Here.
• Valpo Blues And BBQ – Friday, June 23rd, 2023.  
• Valparaiso Art Festival, June 25th – 26th, 2023. click here

laporte indiana july 4th fireworks 2022 e1656516392135Click Here For List Of July 4th Fireworks! 

• Highland 4th of July Festival, Highland, July 1st – July 5, 2022  Click here
• Cedar Lake Summerfest , July 1st – July 4th, 2022 (Fireworks).
• Michigan City’s Big Parade, July 2nd,  2022 Click Here 
• Fireworks at Washington Park,  July 4th, 2022 Michigan City, Indiana.
• Red, Wine and Brew Festival, July 1st 2022, LaPorte, Indiana Click here for more.
•  St John Freedom Fest, July 3rd, 3pm – 10pm,  Click here
• Greek Fest, St. Constantine & Helen, Merrillville, Drive Thru Only, July 8th – 10th, 2022 Click here
• July 4th Festivals,   Click Here for More.

• St. John Festival, July 8th – 10th, 2022 click here
•  Taste of Crown Point, July 21st and 22nd 2023 Click here
•  Salsa in the Park, Sat. July 8th 2023, Click here
• LaPorte County Fair, July 8th – 15th, 2023 Click here
• Sand Sculpture Fest, Indiana Dunes, July 16th, 2022 Click here
• Portage Historical Festival: Portage, JULY 16th, 2022 Click here
• St George Greek Festival – July 14th – 17th, 2022 Schererville Click Here
•  Front Porch Music Festival –
July 17th, Valpo, Click Here Click here (for map).
•  Beyond the Beach Music Fest, July 16th, 2022 Michigan City, Click here
• Nativity Fest, Portage, Indiana, July 6th – 9th in 2023 Click here.
• Touch a Truck Munster, July 21st2023
• Turkeypalooza at Central Park
in Valparaiso, Fri. July 15th 2022 CLICK HERE
• Park Full of Art, Griffith, Indiana, July 16 – 17 2022 Click here
•  Region Eats Food Festival,
(Formerly The Grape Escape),Munster, July 16th, 2022 Click Here.
• Festival of the Lakes @ Wolf Lake, Hammond, July 11th – 16th, 2023 Click here.

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• Valparaiso Food and Wine Festival, July 23 2022  Advance Tickets Only This event is Not open to the public.  
• Touch A Truck, Sunset Hill County park, July 23rd, 2022  Click Here
• St. Sava Serbfest, Merrillville, July 28th – 30th, 2023 Click here
Brewski Festival, July 22nd 2022 Click here (Exclusive Article Coming Soon
Porter County Fair, July 20th – 29Th, 2023 Click Here 
•  Colors of the World,
Munster Indiana, July 25th, 2022  Click Here

• Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana, July 28th – 30th, 2023 Click Here For More!
• Schererville Corn Roast,  Friday, July 29th., 2022 Click here 
St. Elijah Serb Fest –
Serb Fest,  Merrillville, July 29- 31st, 2022 click here
 Lakefest 3 Day Festival (NEW) July 29th – July 31st 2022  Click here
• New Carlisle Hometown Days, July 29 – 31st, 2022  click here.
• Porter County Fair, July 21st – 30Th, 2022 Click Here 

•  Hegewisch Fest, – August 6th,
Downtown Hegewisch Click Here
•  Laporte Air Fair, Aug 6th 2022 Click here

St. John Dyer Corn Roast – Aug 5th 2022 Click here
• St. Michael Family Fun Fest, Aug 5th and 6th, 2022 Click here
• Kiwanis Corn Roast, Valparaiso, August 6th, 2022  Click HERE
• Pints in the Park – Craft Beer Fest at Wicker Park, Highland, Aug 6, 2022
Click here
• Vet Fest in South Haven, Legion Post 502, Aug 6th & 7th, 2022  CLICK HERE
• Venetian Nights, August 6th 2022  Hammond Marina,  Click here.

• Taste of Michigan City, Indiana, Aug. 5th & 6th 2022 Click here
• Lake County Fair,  Crown Point Indiana, August 5th – 14th, 2022 CLICK HERE
Chesterton Art Fair, Chesterton, Indiana  August 6TH & 7TH, 2022, CLICK HERE .
• Leprechaun Hunt, LaPorte, Aug 7th, 2022 Click Here.
• Fusic Fest – East Chicago, Aug 4th, 5th, & 6th
 2023 Click Here

• Touch of Dutch in Demotte, Indiana,  August 12-13th  2022 CLICK HERE
• Hanna Fest, August 12th & 13th,  2022 Hanna Indiana, Click here.
• Beatles Fest X in Hammond, Cancelled Due To Construction!  2022 August 14th, CLICK HERE
• Prairie Magic Music Festival, Cancelled  Sunset Hill Park Click here.

• Kielbasa Fest, East Chicago, Aug 19th, 2023,  Click HERE
• Western Days,
Griffith, Now Carnival Rides Aug 18th – 21st , 2022,  CLICK HERE
• Lubeznik Art & Artisan Festival, Michigan City, Aug 20 – 21, 2022 Click here
Rockopelli Music Fest,
Griffith, Aug. 23rd – 24th, 2022 Click here
Hobart Lakefront Festival August, August 19th – 22nd, 2022 Click here

• Keilbasa Fest, East Chicago, Aug 27th, 2022, , Click HERE
• Annual Kouts Pork Fest, Aug. 26TH, 2023  Click Here for more!

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•  Valpo Car Show,
Sunday, Aug 28th, 2022 Click here
• Mill Pond Festival, Union Mills, Indiana
, AUG 27TH & 28TH, 2022  Click Here for MORE
Aukiki River Festival in Kouts, Aug 27th, 2022
 (Click here for more info)
Fox park Music Fest – LaPorte Aug 27th, 2022 Click HERE

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For Full Event List on Labor Day Weekend, Click HERE!
• Lowell Labor Day Festival,  SEPT 2nd – 4TH, 2022,  See Complete Schedule of Events HERE!
• Rock ’N’ Rail Street Festival,
Downtown Griffith, Indiana, Sept 1- 4th, 2022 Click here/.
• Hesston Steam & Power Show SEPT. 2nd – 5TH, 2022  in LaPorte, click here.
• Oktoberfest – Michigan City, (NEW) Sept. 2nd – 5th, 2022 Click here
• Blueberry Festival,  September 1st – 4th 2022,  Plymouth Indiana.
Taste of Duneland Cancelled
Lake Station Fall Festival, September 6 7th, Cancelled 

Lightening Bug Music Festival – Sept. 9th & 10th, 2022, Valpo Click here
•  Chellberg Farm Fun
(previously Apple Fest) at Outdoor Festival – Indiana Dunes, Sept. 10th & 11th, 2022
•  Bacon Fest, September 16th, 2023 Click Here
• Door Village Harvest Festival, Sept 10th & 11th, 2022 Click Here
•  Apple Fest at Garwood Orchards, Sept 10th and 11th, Click Here  
Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, Sept 10th, 2022
 7am – 6:30 pm, Click here.
Ike Fest. Sept  9th – 11th, 2022  
Food & Arts Festival, – Renamed Pop Up Art Experience, Crown Point. CLICK HERE
Portage, Indiana, Sept 16th, 11am- 7pm, 2023

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Upcoming Fall Festivals:
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For a Complete List of Fall Festivals, CLICK HERE!

Garwood Apple Fest,  September 10th and 11th, 2022 Click HERE
Ike Fest. Sept  9th – 11th, 2022
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Popcorn Festival Sept. 10th, 2022 CLICK HERE
• Door Village Fest, Sept. 10th
Sunflower Festival, Sept.  17th, 2022
Art Blitz, Sept. 17th & 18th,  2022
Vino al Fresco Sept 17th, 2022 (NEW) 
Bark In The Park Munster, Sept. 17th, 2022
World Cultural Fest,
Sept.  18th, 2022

• Dyer Fall Festival, September  CLICK HERE
Scarecrow Fest, Wanatah, Sept 27th – 29th, 2022 CLICK HERE
Oct. 1st, 2022
Westville Pumpkin Fest,
Oct. 1st. 2022
Monarch Music Fest, Sat. Sept 16, 2023
Indiana Dunes Apple Fest, Sept.  (Believed to be cancelled)
Portage Best Booze & Food Fest, (cancelled)


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amusement parks attractions entertainment centers indiana dunes 1  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.
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     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!
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     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!
     A local quiet but majestic attraction is Mount Baldy, just off U.S. 12 in Michigan City, named for the lack of plant life on its dunes. For you history buffs, just east of Mount Baldy is the former site of the famed Hoosier Slide, the once 194-foot sand dune and tourist attraction whose sand was used for the making of glass and steel by local industries CONTINUE READING . . . . 

Blast Camp Paintball, (Hobart) Sherwood Forest Paintball (LaPorte), and Team Combat Paintball (Merrivillville) (ages 13 up).  
Inman’s Recreation, Zao Island, Zig E’s,  Cedar Creek Family Golf Center and more! ( Click HERE) for more

LaPorte County Fair,  July 10th; – 17th; St George Greek Festival –  July 15th; – 18th; Fiesta Italiana, July 15 -17; Park Full of Art, – (Griffith;) July 17th; & 18th;Festival of th;e Lakes – July 14th; – 18th; Beyond th;e Beach – July 17th;Serbfest – July 17th; – 18th;,Pierogi Festival- July 23-25th; Rock th;e Park – July 24th;, LaPorte; Grape Escape – July 24,  Schererville Corn Roast – Friday, July 30th;,   LaPorte Lakefest – July 30 – Aug 1st; St John Corn Roast – Aug. 7th;Kiwanis Corn Roast – Aug. 7th; Old Car Show – July 17th;, Laporte; Sand Sculpture Contest – July 17th; Porter County Fair – July 22nd – July 31st; New Carlisle Hometown Days – July 23 – 25; Trojan Fest – July 31; Turkeypalooza, – Friday, August 6th; Valpo Corn Roast – Saturday, August 7th; Taste of Michigan City – August 6th; and 7th; Hanna Fest – August 6th;, 7th; and 8th;Chesterton Art Fair- August 7th; & 8th; St. Michael Fun Fest – Raffle Only Online Aug 7th; Leprechaun Hunt – Cancelled Aug 1st; Touch of Dutch – Aug. 13th; – 14th; Rockopelli Music Fest – August 14th; – 15th; Hobart Lakefront Festival – Aug. 19 – 22; Western Days (Carnival ONLY) – Griffith; – Aug 19 -22; Lake Central Food Truck Festival, Aug. 21st; Lubeznik Art Festival – Aug. 21st – 22nd; Kouts Porkfest – Aug. 28th; Valparaiso Car Show & Swap Meet – Aug. 29th; Mill Pond Festival – Cancelled; Rock N Rail Fest – Sept. 2 – 5th; Hesston Steam Show – Sept 3 – 6th; Lowell Labor Day Fest – Sept 4 – 6th; Crown Beer Fest – Sept. 4th; Ike Fest – Sept. 11th; Popcorn Fest – Sept 11th; Monarch Music Fest – Sept. 11th; Garwood Apple Fest – Sept 11th; & 12th; Family Fun Fest – Cedar Lake – Sept 12th; Door Village – Cancelled; Sunflower Fest – Sept. 18th; Country A Fair – Schererville, Sept 18th; Hooked on Art, Chesterton, Sept 18th; Art Blizt, Art Barn, Sept 18th; St. John Oktoberfest – Sept. 24 – 26th; Scarecrow Festival, Wanatah -Sept. 24 – 26th; Valpo Brewfest – SOLD OUT – Sept. 25th;Harvest Fest, Portage Oct. 2nd; Barktoberfest, Lowell – Oct. 2nd; Pumpkin Festival, Westville – Oct. 2nd


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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.

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Sue Baxter

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.