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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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Valparaiso YMCA Style Show

September 23, 2021 - September 22, 2022

Join us for an evening of inspiration and fashion. Designer purses and more to raffle and great swag bags

Halloween at the Y

October 16, 2021 - October 15, 2022

Open to all ages, enjoy an evening of ghouls and goblins, fun and excitement, and family time

Family Nature Backpacks for Loan at National Park

June 12 - December 31, 2021

With so much e-learning taking place now, Indiana Dunes National Park is providing a way for families to keep in touch with nature. Nature…

Bozak Family Christmas Light Show

June 12, 2021 - January 2, 2022

A local holiday tradition, the Bozak Family Christmas Light Show is celebrating it's yearly spectacular holiday lights and music magic. Programmed…

Christmas Market

December 3, 2021 - December 2, 2022

Shop indoors for gifts for the season or treats for yourself at our unique and one of a kind market.

Grab a Backpack and Go!

June 12 - December 31, 2021

Don’t lose your family’s connection to nature during this pandemic. The Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education has prepared…

Bark Ranger Program at National Park

June 12 - December 31, 2021

Bring along your furry friend for a hike at most locations in the Indiana Dunes National Park. Learn the rules of being a Bark Ranger owner, answer a…

The 3 Dune Challenge

June 14 - December 31, 2021

Hike the three tallest sand dunes on the southern shore of Lake Michigan: Mt. Holden, Mt. Jackson and Mt. Tom. This is a self guided, signed…

4th Friday Open Mic Nights

June 18 - November 26, 2021

Singers, songwriters, musicians, poets, and more will delight the audience with original material and covers. Discover a new performer, hear an old…

Open MIC Night at Elements Wine Bar

June 16 - December 29, 2021

Open mic every WEDNESDAY at Elements Wine Bar in Valpo! Come on out, bring an instrument (and a mic if you got it if not well sanitize and provide…

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Four Seasons Landscaping Nursery

Fours Seasons Landscaping Nursery – Coupon

15% OFF native plants and monarch butterfly plants. Valid on regularly priced plants, shrubs, and trees only. Excellent quality trees, shrubs, and…

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WRF Nursery & Garden Center

WRF Nursery and Garden Center – Coupon

15% OFF native plants and monarch butterfly plants. Valid on regularly priced plants, shrubs, and trees only. Come discover all you can grow at WRF…

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Chesterton Feed & Garden Center

Chesterton Feed and Garden – Coupon

25% OFF Butterfly-Loving Plants. Save 25% on any 3 butterfly-Loving. 1 Gallon Perennials. (regular price, in-stock perennials only. While supplies…

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Lucky Leo's Resale

Lucky Leo’s Resale – Coupon

$5.00 OFF your purchase if $10.00 or more. A cute resale shop in Hebron. One of their main goals is to give back to the community in many different…

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