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Upcoming Festivals And Events

In the Indiana Dunes, the fun outlives the swim season. Experience small-town charm at Hike under a full moon. Listen to a rockin’ musical line-up. Eat until your heart’s content. Live like a local all year round with our collection of seasonal, annual, and once-in-a-blue-moon events and festivals.

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Mission Escape

August 6 - December 31, 2022

You will be tasked with tackling logical problems and puzzles. You will put out little physical effort and your wit and observation will be the key…

Gabis Arboretum Railway Garden Train

August 6 - September 30, 2022

Featuring dwarf plants and model steam engine trains, the exhibit showcases the impact steam engine trains had on early 19th century US railroads.…

Chesterton Centennial

August 6 - December 28, 2022

The Museum presents an exhibit about one of the most significant events to take place in our community, the Chesterton Centennial. Original…

Chesterton’s European Market

August 6 - October 29, 2022

An outdoor family/artisanal market is held in historic downtown Chesterton every Saturday from the beginning of May through the end of October. The…

Birds of Paradise – Scavenger Hunt

August 6 - December 31, 2022

Up and down Lincolnway families could be seen carefully looking at the tops of stop signs, around street corners, even behind trash cans. They were…

Live Music at Anderson’s Winery

August 6 - August 28, 2022

Enjoy Anderson's with good music, good friends, and good wine. Every Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Scheduled entertainment: July…

Progressions in Fabrics

August 6 - September 19, 2022

This group exhibition features ceramic and fabric art made by Kathy Zentz, Jon Miller, Michaelene Crow, and Vickie Cook. 

Acrylic Painting at Sunset Hill with Angie

August 6 - December 3, 2022

This program will allow students to hone their acrylic painting skills while working through a project with Angie Haverstock, our instructor. Perfect…

Meet the Animals – Sunset Hill Farm

August 6 - October 7, 2022

One of our most popular programs. Come meet our farm animals and their caregivers. Our animals include sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, and bunnies.…

Valparaiso Outdoor Market

August 6 - October 29, 2022

Come to the Valparaiso Market weekly to shop for fresh local produce, handmade products, and beautiful plants and flowers. The fresh produce will…

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Tales from the Dunes

The Indiana Dunes Blog

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 latest and greatest tales from the dunes.

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Bed & Breakfasts

Feel like family with intimate accommodations that range from nature-inspired retreats in the woods to award-winning romantic getaways surrounded by gardens.

Hotels & Inns

A convenient stay located near downtown? What about a country retreat heaped in Old World charm? Or a place you can bring your four-legged friend? Your unique getaway deserves a distinct accommodation.

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