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 !
     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.


PLEASE NOTE: 2021 Dates are in Blue

• Food Truck Festival, May 29th and 30th, 2021  Click here

dyer summerfest 2021• Family Arts Festival, Munster, TBD
• Queen of All Saints Parish Festival, Cancelled (Click Here)
• Swale Music Fest –
Cancelled in 2021 click here

     DYER INDIANA:  Summerfest: June 10th – June 13th, 2021 over 800 acts, 1,000 performances, 12 stages, food, interactive activities, festival! Bike Parade: Wednesday June 9th 2021 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, part of Dyer Summerfest! 219-865-2505. FIREWORKS on Sunday!  Click here for Full Schedule.
Celebrate Schererville, June 9th – June 13th 2021 Click here (Beer Garden, parade, Shows)
Hobart Water Festival, TBD Click here.
• Rhythm & Soul Fest,
Cancelled 2021 East Chicago, click here
  St. Demetrios Greek Food Fest, – June 12 &13,
(Food Only) 2021 11am – 8pm, Click here.

St. John Kid’s Parade, St. John, Sat., June 26th, 2021, Click Here
• Naturepalooza, Valparaiso, June 26, 2021 Rogers Lakewood Park. Click here for more
North Judson Mint Festival – June 18th – 19th 2021 Click Here 
CorkScrew and Brew June 19th, 2021  Chesterton, Click here 
• Midsummer Celebration, TBD, 1-4pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore,
Portage Historical Festival: Portage, Cancelled, Click here

• St. Thomas More Fun Days Festival, 
Munster, Tentatively June 23- 26th, 2021  click here.
• Civil War Railroad Days, TBD, LaPorte, (Hesston Steam Museum) click here.

• Hobart JayceeFest,
TBD  click here
• Fireworks on the Lakefront, June 30th, 2021, Chesterton, Indiana click here.
• St. Iakovos Greek Fest,
Drive Thru only,  June 10th, & June 24th, Final Greek To Go Blowout – Friday, October 1st, 2021 Valparaiso click here.
• Highland 4th of July Festival, 
Highland, July 1st – July 5, 2021  Click here
• Broad Street Blues and BBQ Festival, June 25th – 27th, 2021, Griffith, Indiana  For the Entire  Entertainment Schedule  Click Here.
• Valparaiso Art Festival, June 26th – 27th, 2021 . click here
Live in the Ville, June 25th – 26th, 2021 
Hammond, Indiana (Hessville – Kennedy Ave) Click here.

• Cedar Lake Summerfest , July 2nd – July 5th, 2021(Fireworks).
• Michigan City’s Big Parade, July 3rd,  2021
• Fireworks at Washington Park,  July 4th, 2021 Michigan City, Indiana.
• Red, Wine and Brew Festival, July 2nd 2021, LaPorte, Indiana Click here for more.
• Greek Fest, St. Constantine & Helen, Merrillville, Drive Thru Only, July 9th – 11th, 2021 Click here
• Independence Day Festival
, Cancelled, Click Here.
• Family 4th Fest, Cancelled  Click Here for More.
• Lightening Bug Music Festival, Cancelled

• Sand Sculpture Fest, Indiana Dunes, July 17th, 2021 Click here
• Antique Power Steam Show, 
Crown Point, July 9th – 11th, 2021  click here.
• St George Greek Festival – July 15th – 18th, 2021 Schererville Click Here
• St. John Festival, July 8th – 12th, 2021 click here
• LaPorte County Fair, July 10th – 17th, 2021Get Full Entertainment Schedule on One Page!
• Venetian Nights, July 10th, 2021  Hammond Marina,  Click here.
• Touch A Truck, Sunset Hill County park, Cancelled  Click Here
• Livin It Up Festival,
Cancelled Valparaiso.
• Nativity Fest, Portage, Indiana, Cancelled in 2021Click here.

• Valparaiso Food and Wine Festival, July 24th, 2021  Advance Tickets Only This event is Not open to the public.  
•  Beyond the Beach Music Fest, July 17th, 2021 Michigan City, Click here
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• Park Full of Art,
Griffith, Indiana, July 18 – 19 2021 Click here
• The Grape Escape,
Munster, July 24th, 2021  Click Here.
• Festival of the Lakes @ Wolf Lake, Hammond, July 14th – 18th, 2021 Click here.
• St. Elijah Serb Fest – Serb Fest, 
Merrillville, July 23-25th  click here
•  Pierogi Festival –
Whiting, July 23rd – July 25th, 2021Click here.
• St. Sava Serbfest,
Merrillville, July 23rd – 25th, 2021Click here
• New Carlisle Hometown Days, July 23 – 25th, 2021  click here.

• Porter County Fair, July 22ND – 31ST
, 2021 Click Here for Full Schedule!
• St. George Greek Festival –
Schererville, July 15th – 18th, 2021 Click here for more
• Pierogi Fest
in Whiting, Indiana, July 24-26th, 2021 Click Here For More!
• La Porte Lakefest NEW! July 30th – August 1st, 2021, Click here for Full Schedule!
• Schererville Corn Roast,  Friday, July 30th., 2021 Click here 
 Lakefest 3 Day Festival (NEW) July 30th – August 1st Click here


St. John Corn Roast –
Aug 6th 2021 Click here
• St. Michael Family Fun Fest, Aug  Click here
• Kiwanis Corn Roast, Valparaiso, August 7th, 2021  Click HERE
• Vet Fest in South Haven, Legion Post 502, Aug 6th & 7th, 2021  CLICK HERE
• Taste of Michigan City, Indiana, Aug. 6th & 7th Click here
• Lake County Fair,  Crown Point Indiana, August 6th – 15th, 2021 CLICK HERE
Chesterton Art Fair, Chesterton, Indiana  August 7TH & 8TH, 2021, CLICK HERE .
Turkeypalooza at Central Park in Valparaiso, Fri. August 6th, 2021 CLICK HERE
• Leprechaun Hunt, LaPorte, Cancelled Click Here.
• Fusic Fest – East Chicago, Aug 6th – 8th,
Cancelled Click Here

• Touch of Dutch in Demotte, Indiana,  August 13th – 14th, 2021 CLICK HERE
• St. John Corn Roast, Friday, August 6th, 2021  Click here
• Beatles Fest X in Hammond,  August 14th, 2021 CLICK HERE
• Prairie Magic Music Festival, Aug 14th, 2021  
Sunset Hill Park Click here.
• Hanna Fest, August 6th, 7th & 8th, 2021 Hanna Indiana, Click here.
• Hobart Lakefront Festival August, August 19th – 22nd, 2021  Click here

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• Western Days,
Griffith, Now Carnival Rides Aug 19-22, 2021,  CLICK HERE
• Lubeznik Art & Artisan Festival, Michigan City, Aug 21 – 22nd, 2021 Click here
Rockopelli Music Fest,
Griffith, Aug. 14th – 15th, 2021 Click here
 Laporte Air Fair, Aug 9th – Aug 15th, 2021 Click here
• Pints in the Park – 
Craft Beer Fest at Wicker Park, Highland, Aug 21,2021 Click here
• Taste of Lake Central Food Truck Festiva
l,- Aug 21, 2021 Click here
Brewski Festival,
August 20th, 2021 Click here

• Annual Kouts Pork Fest, Aug. 28TH, 2021  Click Here for more!
Crown Point Corn Roast, Fri & Sat Aug 27 & 28th, 2021Click here for more.
• Saint Demetrios Greek Fest, Fri & Sat Aug 27 & 28th, 2021 Click here.
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•  Valpo Car Show,
Sunday, Aug 29th, 2021 Click here
• Kielbasa Fest, East Chicago, cancelled, Click HERE for more!
• Mill Pond Festival, Union Mills, Indiana,
Cancelled, Click Here for MORE
Aukiki River Festival in Kouts,
Cancelled (Click here for more info)

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For Full Event List on Labor Day Weekend, Click HERE!
• Rock ’N’ Rail Street Festival,
Downtown Griffith, Indiana, Sept 2 – 5th, 2021 Click here/.
• Blueberry Festival,  September 2n – 6th 2021,  Plymouth Indiana.
• Hesston Steam & Power Show SEPT. 3RD – 6TH, 2021  in LaPorte, click here.
• Lowell Labor Day Festival,  SEPT4TH – 6TH, 2021,  See Complete Schedule of Events HERE!
Crown Beer Fest, Rescheduled for September 4th 2021Click here
•  Michigan City Food Truck Festival, Sept 4th and 5th. 2021 Click here.
•  Watermelon Festival, Hobart Indiana, all 4 days! 2021, Click HERE
• Taste of Duneland Cancelled
Lake Station Fall Festival, September 6 7th, Cancelled 
•  Arts on The Ave., Hammond, Indiana, Cancelled click here for more
Door Village Harvest Festival, Sept 7th & 8th Cancelled, Click Here

Annual Doll and Bear Show, Cancelled,   Click Here

Apple Fest at Garwood Orchards, Sept 11th and 12th, Click Here
Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, Sept 11th, 2021
7am – 6:30 pm, Click here.
• BaconFest, Portage, Indiana, Sept 14th,
Cancelled, 11am- 7pm.
Napanee Apple Festival, Sept 16th – 19th, 2021
Food & Arts Festival, –
Renamed Pop Up Art Experience, Cancelled Crown Point. CLICK HERE

Upcoming Fall Festivals:
fall festivals in northwest indiana

For a Complete List of Fall Festivals, CLICK HERE!
• Dyer Fall Festival, September 28th, CLICK HERE 
Scarecrow fest, Wanatah, Indiana, Sept 27th – 29th, CLICK HERE
Garwood Apple Fest
Sept. 11th – 12th
Monarch Music Fest, Sept. 11th
Ike Fest. Sept 11th & 12th
Sunflower Festival, Sept. 18th
Hooked on Art Festival, Sept. 18th
Art Blitz, Sept. 18th
Indiana Dunes Apple Fest, Sept. 18th
World Cultural Fest, Sept. 18th
Portage Best Booze & Food Fest, Sept. 18th



july 4th events


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


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.

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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.