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September

HERO Half Marathon has been added to your travel planner!
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HERO Half Marathon

Date: Sunday, September 30 8:00 a.m. (CT)

Run on the most beautiful course in the Midwest. Great views of Lake Michigan, the Dunes and wetlands. A truly unique course when nature is at its fall peak.

October

Annual Elvis FANtasy Fest has been added to your travel planner!
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Annual Elvis FANtasy Fest

Dates: October 05 - October 07, 2018 Times vary by date (CT)

This festival honors the Elvis Presley legacy of giving by raising funds for Porter County Special Olympics. See top Elvis tribute artists for an EPE Ultimate Prequalifier contest.

Outdoor Adventure Festival has been added to your travel planner!
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Outdoor Adventure Festival

Dates: October 05 - October 07, 2018 All day (CT)

The festival showcases the region's natural and cultural significance through hiking, paddling, biking, and other activities such as geocaching, photography, birding, and orienteering. The festival...Read More

Saw-whet Owl Banding has been added to your travel planner!
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Saw-whet Owl Banding

Dates: October 11 - November 15, 2018 Check website for dates & times

Burn the midnight oil for the annual saw-whet owl banding. Visitors can learn about Indiana's smallest owl in this up-close and personal experience. Though special nights are scheduled, if conditions...Read More

Century of Progress Homes Tour has been added to your travel planner!
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Century of Progress Homes Tour

Dates: October 13 - October 14, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CT)

Explore five houses that were originally displayed in the 1933 Chicago World's Fair and are now located in the National Lakeshore. Tour the Cypress Log, Florida Tropical, Armco-Ferro, and...Read More

Second Saturday Night Stargazing has been added to your travel planner!
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Second Saturday Night Stargazing

Date: Saturday, October 13 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (CT)

Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society to get a closer look at the evening sky over Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Weather permitting, see star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, planets,...Read More

Haunted Hayride has been added to your travel planner!
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Haunted Hayride

Dates: October 18 - October 20, 2018 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. (CT)

A haunted Halloween event. Concessions will be available. NOT recommended for children ages 3 and under.

Burn's Harbor Trunk or Treat has been added to your travel planner!
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Burn's Harbor Trunk or Treat

Date: Friday, October 19 5:00 - 8:00 pm. (CT)

Burn's Harbor's Food Truck Square is proud to host their annual Trunk or Treat. 

Fall Harvest Festival has been added to your travel planner!
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Fall Harvest Festival

Dates: October 19 - October 20, 2018 Fri. 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.; Sat.11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (CT)

Get ready for two days of costumes, tricks, treats, spooks and more with the Fall Harvest Festival. Friday night fun: Dress up in your spookiest or silliest costume and go door-to-door all throughout...Read More

Annual NWI Storytelling Festival & Ghost Stories! has been added to your travel planner!
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Annual NWI Storytelling Festival & Ghost Stories!

Date: Saturday, October 20 10:30 - noon p.m. (CT)

The Nature Center Auditorium will come alive with a variety of stories told with puppets and props to enthrall children of all ages. Afterward, bring a blanket and enjoy a night of fright in an...Read More

Fall Friends of the Library Sale has been added to your travel planner!
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Fall Friends of the Library Sale

Dates: October 20 - October 21, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CT)

There will be thousands of books of all sorted and spread throughout a number of rooms and hallways on the second floor of the library. Prices for newer and special books will be individually marked....Read More

Trick or Treat the Downtown has been added to your travel planner!
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Trick or Treat the Downtown

Date: Friday, October 26 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. (CT)

Bring your costumed kiddos to downtown Chesterton & Porter for the annual Trick or Treat the Downtown event. Start your trick or treating off at the Duneland/Chesterton Chamber of Commerce for...Read More

"Howl"oween in the Dunes! has been added to your travel planner!
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"Howl"oween in the Dunes!

Date: Saturday, October 27 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. (CT)

Get spooked and thrilled this Halloween at Indiana Dunes State Park. The activities will take place throughout the weekend.

Scheduled Events:

Critter with Costumes - 10am

Creepy Campground...Read More

European Market's Pumpkin Palooza has been added to your travel planner!
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European Market's Pumpkin Palooza

Date: Saturday, October 27 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; 10:00 a.m. kids contest; 11:00 a.m. puppy contest (CT)

Enjoy trick-or-treating with the merchants, free pumpkin decorating and a costume contest for kids.

Historic Halloween Fun has been added to your travel planner!
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Historic Halloween Fun

Date: Saturday, October 27 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (CT)

Join some very spooky volunteers at the historic Chellberg Farm as they prepare for Halloween. Watch as cooks use a wood stove to prepare holiday treats and decorate the farmhouse the old-fashioned...Read More

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Indiana Dunes

Nature’s Masterpiece

Did you know the Indiana Dunes has a 15-mile coastline with sandy beaches, more than 70 miles of hiking trails and more than 350 species of birds? Explore the Indiana Dunes, then shake off the sand south of the dunes with great lodging, dining, shopping and attractions.