Upcoming Events in Porter County
|Bark in the Park - 07/13/2013|
Enjoy a dog-friendly day in the park!
|Fall Festival Horse Show - 09/14/2013 - 09/15/2013|
Annual Fall Festival Horse Show.
|Lakeshore Kennel Club - 11/23/2013 - 11/24/2013|
Annual Lakeshore Kennel Club event. Lake Shore Kennel Club is the premiere AKC Member Kennel Club in Northwest Indiana.
|Summer Fling Horse Show - 06/01/2013 - 06/02/2013|
Everything for the horse enthusiast.
|VKC Dog Show - 10/23/2013 - 10/27/2013|
The Valparaiso Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the sport of purebred dogs.
Arts and Crafts
|Christmas Craft Show - 11/30/2013 - 12/01/2013|
This is the 30th annual Christmas Craft Show. We have over 70 vendors in two halls.
|Hebron Elementary Arts & Crafts Fair - 10/12/2013|
32nd Annual Hebron Elementary Arts & Crafts Fair features over 125 booth spaces at an indoor show.
|Holidaze Art' and Craft Show - 11/16/2013 - 11/17/2013|
160 art and craft vendors from 5 states selling thousands of beautiful items for your home.
|Kouts Christmas Open House - 12/07/2013 - 12/08/2013|
Homes, churches and business open their doors to sell handcrafted unique gifts.
|Open Art Studio with Acrylics - 03/21/2013 - 05/30/2013|
All skill levels are welcome to attend this weekly adult art class and create a project of their choice under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
|25th Annual Celebration of the Arts - 09/21/2013 - 09/22/2013|
Outdoor multi-media Art Fair. Established art fair in a wooded setting.
|55th Chesterton Art Fair - 08/03/2013 - 08/04/2013|
Chesterton Art Fair brings artists from 15 states to northwest Indiana.
|ARTour - 06/15/2013|
One day event in downtown Chesterton where artists are working either indoors or outdoors local businesses.
|Hooked on Art Festival-Live Street Art Festival - 09/28/2013|
Our live street art festival is a community-wide family event presenting a variety of artistic talent from across the region. Live street art, interactive family events, music, and shopping will be a few of the highlights.
|Hooked on Art Festival-Starry Night Dinner - 09/27/2013|
We kick off our Hooked on Art opening event with a special night of artistic, culinary, and musical talent.
|Best Bike Night on the Planet - 05/01/2013 - 10/30/2013|
Food and drink specials, outdoor patio, live music, different themes each week, bikes and cars.
|Chesterton Cruise Night - 05/25/2013 - 10/26/2013|
Cars of all kinds - vintage, sport, muscle and foreign. A night of true family fun!
|Corvette & Chevy Show - 08/10/2013 - 08/11/2013|
Annual exhibit for the auto enthusiast.
|South Point Cruise-In - 05/04/2013 - 09/27/2013|
Live music featuring classic rock, country, oldies and more, beer garden, food, cars and bikes.
|21st Annual Denim and Diamonds Gala - 06/28/2013|
The night will feature elegant hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, silent auction using "bid-by-text" technology, live music and dancing.
|67th Northwest Indiana Soap Box Derby - 06/22/2013|
American Legion Post 94 of Valparaiso is again hosting the Derby as a Non-Profit Organization.For local children between the ages of 7 & 17.
|Adult Summer Reading Program - 06/02/2013 - 06/29/2013|
Love to read? Join this adult summer reading program!
|Bookmarks at the Museum - 01/17/2013 - 11/21/2013|
Reviewing books monthly on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
|Central Park Plaza Market - 06/04/2013 - 10/29/2013|
Tuesdays and Saturdays; June 4 through October 29 (8am-2pm) Visit the market weekly to shop for fresh local produce, handmade products and beautiful plants and flowers. Live lunchtime entertainment on select Tuesdays throughout the summer.
|Chamber Network Night - 10/17/2013|
Networking evening for Chamber of Commerce members.
|Duneland Exchange Club's 10th Annual Frog Hunt - 06/01/2013|
Find any one of the 60 "pretend" frogs hidden along the park trails and share in cash prizes valued from $10 to $500.
|Get Outdoors Day Picnic - 06/08/2013|
Join Dunes Learning Center for a day of free outdoor family fun including trail hikes, river exploration, kayak demonstrations, camp crafts and lunch on the lawn.
|Hageman Library Family Films - 09/14/2013|
Second Saturday of the month, from September through May. Films are rated G or PG and are suitable for family viewing.
|Hebron Block Party - 10/05/2013|
Festival with live music, food, and games.
|Knitting Together - 01/06/2013 - 12/01/2013|
Area knitters are invited to gather in the Brown Mansion parlor for a cozy afternoon of knitting, conversation, and refreshments.
|Party in the Park - 08/17/2013|
Duneland's back-to-school celebration!
|Spring Book Sale - 10/18/2013 - 10/20/2013|
Semi-annual library book sale.
|Summer Concerts/Films - 06/07/2013 - 08/09/2013|
Enjoy a concert or film every Friday evening at Thomas Centennial Park, June 7 - August 9.
|Summer Outdoor Movies - 06/11/2013 - 07/30/2013|
Watch your favorite movies under the stars at Central Park Plaza. Movies start at dusk. Bring your lawn chair or blanket.
|Valparaiso Wine Festival - 06/15/2013|
Wine Lovers Unite! Enjoy unlimited tastings of over 80+ wines, live music and a summer day in the park!
|Acrylic Painting Lessons - 04/01/2013 - 11/04/2013|
All skill levels are welcome to attend this adult art class under the guidance of an experienced instructor on the first Monday of each month at the South Haven Public Library.
|Acrylic Painting Lessons in Hebron - 04/16/2013 - 11/19/2013|
All skill levels are welcome to attend this adult art class under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
|Century of Progress Homes Tours - 10/19/2013|
Join a National Park Service ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for a tour of five historic homes from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.
|Jewelry Making Demonstration - 06/30/2013|
Local jewelry designer Wendy Marciniak will demonstrate a variety of jewelry making techniques at the Beverly Shores Depot.
|Mad About Mysteries - 01/09/2013 - 11/16/2013|
Mad About Mysteries takes place at the Westchester Township History Museum.
|Northwest Indiana Storytelling Festival - 10/12/2013|
Visit Indiana Dunes State Park to watch some of Indiana’s best storytellers weave their magic!
|Perseid Meteor Stargaze - 08/10/2013|
Join us for this annual shooting star event at Indiana Dunes State Park which marks the peak of the Perseid Meteor.
|Popular Books - 01/07/2013 - 12/02/2013|
Please join us the first Monday of each month to discuss popular books.
|Sandhill Crane Field Trip - 11/09/2013|
Join the folks at Indiana Dunes State Park on their annual trip to see the massive migration of Sandhill Cranes at Jasper Pulaski FWA.
|Singing Sands Star Show - 06/15/2013|
Join us for this annual stargazing event complete with special telescopes and constellation talks on the beach at Indiana Dunes State Park.
|The Art of the South Shore Line - 05/03/2013 - 06/30/2013|
The Beverly Shores Historical Museum and Gallery opens its season with "The Art of the South Shore Line" featuring the iconic original South Shore posters.
Environment / Nature
|16th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest - 07/13/2013|
16th annual sand sculpting contest.
|Camp FUNset 2013 Summer Camps - 06/10/2013 - 08/02/2013|
Porter County Parks and Recreation announces registration for their 2013 Summer Camps.
|Dunes Glamping Weekend - 05/31/2013 - 06/02/2013|
Come celebrate the art of glamorous camping at Indiana Dunes State Park with special glamping events all weekend long.
|National Audubon Christmas Bird Count - 12/14/2013|
Join us at Indiana Dunes State Park for our annual all-day big event for serious birders.
|Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Offers Summer Camps - 06/17/2013 - 07/19/2013|
This summer Taltree will offer a series of summer camps specifically geared toward rising third through sixth-graders.
|Taltree Railway Garden - 04/01/2013 - 10/31/2013|
The Taltree Railway Garden is open from April 1 through October 31 from 8 am to 7 pm, with trains running from 10 am to 6:30 pm.
|Greek Festival - 09/20/2013 - 09/22/2013|
Enjoy food, music, and drinks while sampling a wide array of delicacies.
|BDM Auction - 11/02/2013|
Local auction event.
|Brauer Museum of Art - 01/02/2013 - 07/17/2013|
Located in the Center for the Arts on the Valparaiso University campus.
|Children's Days at the "Bull Moose" Railway Garden - 06/15/2013 - 06/16/2013|
Thomas and Friends visit the Bull Moose Railway Garden!
|First Friday Reception - 05/03/2013 - 10/04/2013|
The Beverly Shores Historical Museum and Gallery hosts a reception the first Friday of the month from May through October. Come and meet the local artists and artisans whose work is on display in our gallery and gift shop.
|Lake Michigan in a Dugout - 03/24/2013 - 06/02/2013|
Come meet Makeba - the log that became a boat. Now how does a log become boat?
|Porter County Antique Show - 10/01/2013 - 11/04/2013|
Annual antique show with available appraisals.
|Shipshewana On The Road - 12/14/2013 - 12/15/2013|
Shipshewana On the Road shows are two day sales where independent vendors offer their products or merchandise for sale to the general public.
|Tractor Pull - 09/01/2013|
Old-fashioned tractor pull. Come out and join the fun!
|Valpo Dolls Show - 09/08/2013|
For the doll enthusiast!
|We Are Porter County - 03/24/2013 - 02/08/2014|
"We Are Porter County" will highlight the formation of the county from its founding in 1836 to present day.
|Westchester Township History Museum Exhibits - 02/03/2013 - 12/07/2013|
Series of special exhibits.
|Winter Snow Show 2013 - 12/07/2013 - 12/08/2013|
Winter show featuring winter time outdoor activities and equipment.
|Kouts Porkfest - 08/24/2013|
The Kouts Porkfest is an annual arts, crafts, food and entertainment festival. Fun for the whole family!
|Portage Township SummerFest - 06/13/2013 - 06/16/2013|
Family-fun festival designed to appeal to all ages.
|Porter County Fair - 07/18/2013 - 07/27/2013|
Wide variety of carnival, food, livestock, and free entertainment.
|Chesterton's European Market - 05/04/2013 - 10/26/2013|
Chesterton’s European Market provides a strong tradition of quality shopping and live entertainment within a festive community experience.
|Farmers Market - 06/02/2013 - 09/29/2013|
Fresh vegetables, local honey, art, and food
Food / Beverage
|42nd Annual Blueberry Social - 07/10/2013|
You are cordially invited for social time of fellowship and yummy blueberries for your tummy.
|Chamber Chili Challenge & Homecoming Tailgate Party - 09/20/2013|
Duneland's Homecoming Tailgate Party!
|Devour Duneland - 01/08/2013 - 12/10/2013|
In love with food? No need to travel, folks. Duneland was built for foodies.
|Dishcrawl Tours Valpo - 05/29/2013|
National Start-up Dishcrawl's Brings Progressive Dining Event to Valparaiso
|Taste of Duneland - 08/31/2013|
Taste food from local eateries and non-profit groups in the Duneland area. Live music, beer & wine garden. Bounce houses for the kids.
|Valparaiso Brewfest - 09/28/2013|
Sample over 125 different styles of beers from America's best craft brewers.
|Aukiki River Festival - 08/24/2013 - 08/25/2013|
Hunting, fishing, trapping, dancing, festival celebrating the harvest and more!
|Fall Harvest Festival and Antique Farm Show - 09/27/2013 - 09/29/2013|
Farming from the 1900's to the 1960's with farm equipment demonstrations in a farm setting.
|History Comes Alive Weekend - 09/07/2013 - 09/08/2013|
Join us for special history-themed activities all weekend long!
|Portage Community Historical Festival - 06/22/2013|
Celebrating 25th anniversary of the historical society.
|"Howl"oween in the Dunes - 10/26/2013 - 10/27/2013|
Join us for a weekend of spooky fun at Indiana Dunes State Park.
|9/11 Tribute Concert - 09/11/2013|
The Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy is hosting a free concert on Sept. 11, 2012.
|Amhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction - 10/03/2013 - 10/31/2013|
Prepare to be frightened in this 23,000 square foot, all-indoor haunted house designed by two people who have a combined 20 years of experience in haunted houses and horror movies.
|Christmas Craft Show - 11/30/2014|
Over 74 craft vendors.
|Christmas Eve Shopping Stroll - 12/24/2013|
You say you have your shopping done? Great! Join the naturalists for our traditional Christmas Eve stroll through the dune forests.
|Fall Harvest Festival - 10/25/2013|
Wear your spookiest or silliest costume and go door-to-door in Valparaiso’s downtown to get some tasty treats.
|Family 4th Fest - 07/04/2013|
Family-friendly 4th of July Festival with games for the kids.
|Fireworks on the Lakefront - 07/02/2013 - 07/03/2013|
Porter County's largest Lakefront Fireworks Celebration.
|Harvest Festival - 10/05/2013 - 10/06/2013|
Fine art for sale. Wine, cheese & chocolate tasting. Live music.
|Haunted Hayride - 10/24/2013 - 10/26/2013|
Haunted hayride fun at Woodland park.
|Holly Days - 12/06/2013|
Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in downtown Valparaiso! Central Park Plaza comes alive with holiday musical performances on the Porter Health Amphitheater Stage. Michiana Ice Carvers prepare a Giant Ice Sculpture. The Holiday Village
|Mistletoe Market - 12/07/2013|
Chesterton’s European Market dresses up for the holidays!
|New Years Eve Party - 12/31/2013|
Celebrate the new year at this event!
|Santa's Holiday Forest - 11/22/2013 - 12/25/2013|
A real Christmas tree - a perfect gift for the whole family!
|Twilight Christmas Parade - 11/22/2013|
Duneland's Hometown Holiday Celebration
|Valparaiso Popcorn Festival - 09/07/2013|
Celebrating its 35th year, the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages.
|Valparaiso University Tree Lighting - 12/05/2013|
The fourth annual Tree Lighting at Valparaiso University.
|Valparaiso's 4th of July Blast - 07/04/2013|
Come on out to celebrate the 4th of July in Valparaiso style!
Home & Gardens
|Taltree Childrens Adventure Garden - 04/01/2013 - 10/27/2013|
Taltree’s Children’s Adventure Garden will open rain or shine on April 1.
|A View from the Bridge - 05/24/2013 - 06/08/2013|
A classic modern drama sure of itself every step of the way.
|American English Concert - 08/09/2013|
American English has been dubbed the best Beatle tribute story of our time.
|Elvis FANtasy Fest - 10/11/2013 - 10/13/2013|
Elvis weekend with tribute artist contest. Dance, Elvis memorabilia and special guest who knew or worked with Elvis.
|Harbor Lights - 06/01/2013|
Five seasoned entertainers with unique performance histories ten years ago to bring you Harbor Lights.came together
|Little Women - 11/29/2013 - 12/13/2013|
Based on Louisa May Alcott's own family experiences (and novel).
|Lucky Stiff - 09/06/2013 - 09/15/2013|
Lucky stiff is a zany, off beat,and very funny murder mystery farce.
|Lunchtime Cabaret Series - 02/13/2013 - 12/11/2013|
This popular afternoon series continues!
|Marrakesh Express Concert - 08/30/2013|
Back by popular demand on Friday, August 30, Taltree will host Marrakesh Express.
|Our Town - 10/04/2013 - 10/13/2013|
Thornton Wilder's classic about the people of Grover's Corners is a perfect return to small town values.
|Portage 2013 Summer Music in the Park Concert Series - 06/04/2013 - 08/27/2013|
Through collaboration between Portage Parks & Recreation, Portage Chamber of Commerce and Portage Live Entertainment, a thirteen-concert series of Summer Music in the Park will be presented each Tuesday night June 4 through August 27, 2013.
|Porter County Unplugged - 09/21/2013|
Porter County Unplugged open mic competition. Benefit for Mental Health America of Porter County.
|The Comedy of Errors - 07/12/2013 - 07/27/2013|
Chicago Street Theatre will once again present FREE park performances for families young and old to enjoy together.
|The Importance of Being Earnest - 08/15/2013 - 08/18/2013|
The Importance of Being Earnest will make you laugh and warm your heart, all while showing the necessity of honest living.
|The Neverly Brothers Concert - 07/26/2013|
Fasten your seat belts for a guided musical tour through rock ‘n’ roll history!
|To Kill a Mockingbird - 05/31/2013 - 06/16/2013|
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee.
|WINDIANA - 11/21/2013|
Windiana is a professional-level concert band, based in northwest Indiana.
Sporting Events Participant
|2013 AAU Youth District State Track & Field Championship - 06/15/2013 - 06/24/2013|
Annual Track & Field championship event.
|Lit'l Kernel Puff - 09/07/2013|
Lit'l Kernel Puff....Kids, start your engines!
|Lorie's Lakeside Century - 09/14/2013|
28, 38, 62 or 100 mile bike ride on beautiful Lake Michigan that benefits the programs and services of the VNA of Porter County.
|Northwest Indiana Junior Golf Association - 07/23/2013 - 07/26/2013|
Each year the NIJGA serves approximately 250 kids in junior golf through a series of rules seminars, clinics and tournaments.
|Popcorn Panic - 09/07/2013|
The Popcorn Panic is a five-mile run and five-kilometer (3.2 miles) walk.
|Run Club - 03/20/2013 - 05/30/2013|
This free year round club is led by experienced trail runners. The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to 9 a.m. at Sunset Hill Farm and generally runs about five miles.
|Valpo Night Ride - 08/24/2013|
Returning in 2013, the award-winning Valpo Night Ride!
|Valpo Triathlon - 07/13/2013|
Annual Valparaiso Triathlon!
|Womens Walk Club - 03/21/2013 - 09/05/2013|
Join group leader Jenna Martin, R.N., for a walk along the trails at Sunset Hill Farm. This free program will take place every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8 to 9 a.m.
Sporting Events Spectator
|Elite Baseball Tournaments - 06/13/2013 - 07/22/2013|
Elite Baseball Tournaments hosts youth and High School based travel tournaments around the Midwest.
|Hoosier Fight Club - 06/01/2013 - 06/02/2013|
Come and see the Fight Club exhibition!
|Hoosier Fight Club - 11/09/2013|
Come and see the Fight Club exhibition!
|Valpo Fest - 05/26/2013|
Huge Motorcycle Show, Swap Meet, Live Music, Door Prizes, Trophies, Dash Plaques, Giant Food-Fest, and Beer Garden!
|Gun and Knife Show - 09/28/2013 - 09/29/2013|
Children 12 and under FREE with adult.
|Watch & Clock Convention - 08/02/2013 - 08/03/2013|
Annual convention of watch & clock enthusiasts.