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County Fair
Porter County Fair July 23-August 1, 2020 Fun fair to go for the special events and big name popular bands and acts that are in the Grandstand: Darci Lynne, Luke Combs, Newsboys, Sawyer Brown, Rodeo, Bull riding, Mud dragging, Demolition Derby, Truck and Tractor Pull, School Bus Derby, Tuff Truck Challenge, Dog show, Farm Animals in many barns, 4-H, Draft Horse Show, Fair Food, Carnival Rides and more! Go to portercountyfair.com for more info
Porter County Expo Center
215 East Division Road
Porter County Fair July 23-August 1, 2020 Fun fair to go for the special events and big name popular bands and acts that are in the Grandstand: Darci Lynne, Luke Combs, Newsboys, Sawyer Brown, Rodeo, Bull riding, Mud dragging, Demolition Derby, Truck and Tractor Pull, School Bus Derby, Tuff Truck Challenge, Dog show, Farm Animals in many barns, 4-H, Draft Horse Show, Fair Food, Carnival Rides and more! Go to portercountyfair.com for more info
August 7-16, 2020 Fun fair with all the rides and fair food you could ever want! Grandstand has Martin Xtreme racing, Demolition Derby, Monster Truck show, Rodeo, Truck and Tractor Pull, Mud Runners Mud Drags, Horse and Pony Show, Petting Zoo, Swine Racers, Safari Live Animals show, Bean Spitting Contest, Dairy show, Live Farm Animals, Livestock shows, and much more!
Lake County Fair
889 S Court St
August 7-16, 2020 Fun fair with all the rides and fair food you could ever want! Grandstand has Martin Xtreme racing, Demolition Derby, Monster Truck show, Rodeo, Truck and Tractor Pull, Mud Runners Mud Drags, Horse and Pony Show, Petting Zoo, Swine Racers, Safari Live Animals show, Bean Spitting Contest, Dairy show, Live Farm Animals, Livestock shows, and much more!
Festival
All types of festivals
Greek Fest July 18-21, 2019 Greek Food, rides, pastries, and more. Free admission. Park in designated areas.
Saint George Hellenic Orthodox Church
528 W 77th Ave
Greek Fest July 18-21, 2019 Greek Food, rides, pastries, and more. Free admission. Park in designated areas.
July 24-25-26, 2020. Taking place in Whiting, Indiana, Pierogi Fest® celebrates Eastern European food and culture with a wacky familial twist. Pierogi Fest® welcomes all to celebrate Eastern European heritage while poking a little fun at the same time. Lots of different kinds of pierogis. Polish Parade Friday evening. Be ready for lots of people. Contact info: pierogifest.net
Pierogi Fest
1417 119th St
July 24-25-26, 2020. Taking place in Whiting, Indiana, Pierogi Fest® celebrates Eastern European food and culture with a wacky familial twist. Pierogi Fest® welcomes all to celebrate Eastern European heritage while poking a little fun at the same time. Lots of different kinds of pierogis. Polish Parade Friday evening. Be ready for lots of people. Contact info: pierogifest.net
Popcorn Festival with lots of vendors! Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 Festival Day This long-standing community tradition will return in 2019 for its 41st year! The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages. Over 250 arts & crafts booths, 35 food booths, kids’ games, five-mile Popcorn Panic, two live music stages and the nation’s first Popcorn Parade are only the beginning of the excitement of this incredible festival. Booths Open at 7:00 a.m. Crafts, food, candles, clothing, etc Valpo Parks Popcorn Panic 5M Run Start, 7:30 a.m. Valpo Parks 5K Run/Walk Start, 7:45 a.m. Valpo Parks Lit’l Kernel Puff Race, 8:45 a.m. Popcorn Parade, 10:00 a.m. Beer Garden Open, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free Musical Entertainment at the Michigan Street Musical Stage and Festival Main Stage, noon to 6:30 p.m.
Popcorn Factory
Popcorn Festival with lots of vendors! Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 Festival Day This long-standing community tradition will return in 2019 for its 41st year! The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages. Over 250 arts & crafts booths, 35 food booths, kids’ games, five-mile Popcorn Panic, two live music stages and the nation’s first Popcorn Parade are only the beginning of the excitement of this incredible festival. Booths Open at 7:00 a.m. Crafts, food, candles, clothing, etc Valpo Parks Popcorn Panic 5M Run Start, 7:30 a.m. Valpo Parks 5K Run/Walk Start, 7:45 a.m. Valpo Parks Lit’l Kernel Puff Race, 8:45 a.m. Popcorn Parade, 10:00 a.m. Beer Garden Open, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free Musical Entertainment at the Michigan Street Musical Stage and Festival Main Stage, noon to 6:30 p.m.
NWI Hot Air Balloon Fest Sunday, August 4, 2019 Sunset Hill Farm County Park 775 Meridian Rd. Valparaiso, IN 46385 The NWI Hot Air Balloon Fest begins at Noon and runs until 9:30 PM, with tethered rides beginning at 6:30 PM and glow balloons launching at 8:30 PM. There will be food trucks and food vendors, family friendly entertainment, artisan vendors live music, a beer and wine garden and more. This all day family friendly event will be somethihg you won’t want to miss.
Sunset Hill Farm County Park
775 Meridian Rd
NWI Hot Air Balloon Fest Sunday, August 4, 2019 Sunset Hill Farm County Park 775 Meridian Rd. Valparaiso, IN 46385 The NWI Hot Air Balloon Fest begins at Noon and runs until 9:30 PM, with tethered rides beginning at 6:30 PM and glow balloons launching at 8:30 PM. There will be food trucks and food vendors, family friendly entertainment, artisan vendors live music, a beer and wine garden and more. This all day family friendly event will be somethihg you won’t want to miss.
Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4- 7, 2020 Luscious blueberry treats, 15K run, crafts, parade, fireworks, free entertainment, classic car show, hot air balloons, carnival, and family activities. Free Admission! Centennial Park 1660 N Michigan Street Plymouth, IN 46563 Contact Information 888-936-5020 blueberryfestival.org
Marshall County Blueberry Festiv
233 E Jefferson St
Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4- 7, 2020 Luscious blueberry treats, 15K run, crafts, parade, fireworks, free entertainment, classic car show, hot air balloons, carnival, and family activities. Free Admission! Centennial Park 1660 N Michigan Street Plymouth, IN 46563 Contact Information 888-936-5020 blueberryfestival.org
Sat. July 4, 2020 4th of July Parade and Festival Founders Square Park, 6300 S. Founders Square, Portage, IN Parade is in the morning. Lots of candy thrown out, bottled water, popsicles, etc. From Visitindiana.com: About Portage 4th of July Festival & Parade. Enjoy the 4th of July at this exciting event featuring, live music and fireworks at dusk. Check the website for times.
N Founders Sq
Sat. July 4, 2020 4th of July Parade and Festival Founders Square Park, 6300 S. Founders Square, Portage, IN Parade is in the morning. Lots of candy thrown out, bottled water, popsicles, etc. From Visitindiana.com: About Portage 4th of July Festival & Parade. Enjoy the 4th of July at this exciting event featuring, live music and fireworks at dusk. Check the website for times.
NaivityFest Thurs-Sun July 9-12, 2020 Great Festival with great food, homemade pierogies, homemade tacos!! Four nights of homemade food, live music, carnival games, rides, pull tabs, and bingo, a big-money raffle, beer garden, and more. Check the website for times, www.nativityofoursavior.org/home, phone 219-762-4858
Nativity of Our Savior Catholic Church
2949 Willowcreek Rd
NaivityFest Thurs-Sun July 9-12, 2020 Great Festival with great food, homemade pierogies, homemade tacos!! Four nights of homemade food, live music, carnival games, rides, pull tabs, and bingo, a big-money raffle, beer garden, and more. Check the website for times, www.nativityofoursavior.org/home, phone 219-762-4858
Sightseeing
Beautiful area to take a walk, hike, picnic, hold a meeting, a class or a party.
Beach Access may not be open as the beach has been washed out. Beautiful Pier for a nice walk or fishing. Many picnic tables near the main building. Concessions in the building. Closes 30 minutes after dusk.
Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk
1000 Riverwalk Dr
Beach Access may not be open as the beach has been washed out. Beautiful Pier for a nice walk or fishing. Many picnic tables near the main building. Concessions in the building. Closes 30 minutes after dusk.
Beach
Great place to spend the day at the beach! Food, restrooms, grills available. $7 per car to park for Indiana residents, $12 out of state. Lifeguards on duty.
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Indiana Dunes National Park
1215 Indiana 49
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Great place to spend the day at the beach! Food, restrooms, grills available. $7 per car to park for Indiana residents, $12 out of state. Lifeguards on duty.
Great beach that is part of the Dunes but a little easier to get to. In the summer get there at 8:00am to get the free parking spots before the lots are full. Bring your own food, drinks. No alcohol allowed.
Porter Beach
127th Street
Great beach that is part of the Dunes but a little easier to get to. In the summer get there at 8:00am to get the free parking spots before the lots are full. Bring your own food, drinks. No alcohol allowed.
There is a small cost to get in the park. It is a very nice beach in Michigan City.
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Washington Park Beach
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There is a small cost to get in the park. It is a very nice beach in Michigan City.
Attractions
Wonderful place to get out and just have some fun! Mini-golf, go-karts, Game Room, batting cages for baseball and softball, Lazer Maze, Lazer Tag, Giant slide, Real Alligator exhibit, food, alcoholic beverages, fun for kids and adults.
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Zao Island
1050 Horse Prairie Avenue
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Wonderful place to get out and just have some fun! Mini-golf, go-karts, Game Room, batting cages for baseball and softball, Lazer Maze, Lazer Tag, Giant slide, Real Alligator exhibit, food, alcoholic beverages, fun for kids and adults.
Great way to cool off and have fun at the same time!
Deep River Waterpark
9001 East Lincoln Highway
Great way to cool off and have fun at the same time!
Love to visit here every fall to get the apples, pumpkins, super yummy cinnamon donuts and pumpkin donuts, apple cider, popcorn, and much more! You can pick your own apples, try finding your way out of the Corn Maze, petting zoo, kids train ride, grab some food and shop in the barn. Don’t miss this every September-October
County Line Orchard
200 S County Line Rd
Love to visit here every fall to get the apples, pumpkins, super yummy cinnamon donuts and pumpkin donuts, apple cider, popcorn, and much more! You can pick your own apples, try finding your way out of the Corn Maze, petting zoo, kids train ride, grab some food and shop in the barn. Don’t miss this every September-October
Casino, shows, night life with live bands!
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Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa
777 Blue Chip Drive
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Casino, shows, night life with live bands!
Fantastic movie theatre with bar for 21 and over. Free drink refills and 54 cent popcorn refills. D-box and 3-D movies here plus the IMAX.
GQT Portage 16 IMAX + GDX
6550 US-6
Fantastic movie theatre with bar for 21 and over. Free drink refills and 54 cent popcorn refills. D-box and 3-D movies here plus the IMAX.
Near the Deep River Waterpark. Zip line and then cool off later! New place to the area.
Edge Adventures - Deep River
9001 E Lincoln Hwy
Near the Deep River Waterpark. Zip line and then cool off later! New place to the area.
Want to know the History of Portage? Here's the place to visit.
Countryside Park
5250 US-6
Want to know the History of Portage? Here's the place to visit.
Something fun the whole family or just 2 people can do for something different especially on a rain out day!
Paradox Escape Rooms
456 West Morthland Drive
Something fun the whole family or just 2 people can do for something different especially on a rain out day!
Spa
Massages, waxing, hair, manicures, pedicures, eyebrows, skincare
Beautiful spa, great service.
Serenity Salon & Spa
3075 Village Point
Beautiful spa, great service.
Jackie, the owner has great customer service.
Wellness & Retreats, Inc.
7895 Broadway
Jackie, the owner has great customer service.
Shopping
Large indoor shopping malls, outdoor malls, markets, single stores, etc.
Great variety of shops from JCP to Victoria Secret and everything in between. Indoor 2 story mall.
Southlake Mall
2109 Southlake Mall
Great variety of shops from JCP to Victoria Secret and everything in between. Indoor 2 story mall.
Fantastic variety of stores. Outdoor shopping mall. Stop at the info center for a coupon book. Sidewalk sale every Memorial Day weekend (end of May) 4th of July weekend and Labor Day (beginning of September) weekend .
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Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets
601 Wabash Street
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Fantastic variety of stores. Outdoor shopping mall. Stop at the info center for a coupon book. Sidewalk sale every Memorial Day weekend (end of May) 4th of July weekend and Labor Day (beginning of September) weekend .
Shop here for some great selections on clothes and housewares especially when you have a coupon or when they have a “for every $50 spent get $10 Kohl’s cash”.
Kohl's Portage
6495 US-6
Shop here for some great selections on clothes and housewares especially when you have a coupon or when they have a “for every $50 spent get $10 Kohl’s cash”.
The best produce in any grocery store in the area. Many great sales, lovely selection of clothing, housewares, etc. This store is like an all-in-one store. You can get everything you need here. One-stop shopping.
Meijer
6050 US-6
The best produce in any grocery store in the area. Many great sales, lovely selection of clothing, housewares, etc. This store is like an all-in-one store. You can get everything you need here. One-stop shopping.
Health food store, essential oils, local
At Nature's Door
5830 U.S. 6
Health food store, essential oils, local
Groceries, garden center, home goods, pet supplies, inexpensive
Walmart Supercenter
Groceries, garden center, home goods, pet supplies, inexpensive
Huge store with much more than hardware. Rugs, snacks, food, appliances, gardening, toys, patio, building supplies, furniture, doors, paint, pet supplies, lighting, cleaning supplies, bed, bath, and much much more!
Menards
6220 U.S. 6
Huge store with much more than hardware. Rugs, snacks, food, appliances, gardening, toys, patio, building supplies, furniture, doors, paint, pet supplies, lighting, cleaning supplies, bed, bath, and much much more!
Huge sporting goods store. Clothing, snacks, fishing gear, hunting gear, sports gear, and much more!
Bass Pro Shops
6425 Daniel Burnham Drive
Huge sporting goods store. Clothing, snacks, fishing gear, hunting gear, sports gear, and much more!
U-pick strawberries in June or they pick for you! Fresh farm produce, garden center and bakery.
Johnson's Farm Produce
8960 East Ridge Road
U-pick strawberries in June or they pick for you! Fresh farm produce, garden center and bakery.
Lots of variety to choose from. Great place to shop for gifts. Candles, jewelry, ornaments, clothes, socks, candy, sports memorabilia, gifts of all kinds, cards, seasonal decor. Fun place to look and shop!
Hohman's Hallmark Shop
Lots of variety to choose from. Great place to shop for gifts. Candles, jewelry, ornaments, clothes, socks, candy, sports memorabilia, gifts of all kinds, cards, seasonal decor. Fun place to look and shop!
Join us at Chesterton’s European Market, 220 Broadway, Chesterton, Indiana, every Saturday from the beginning of May through the end of October in historic downtown Chesterton. From 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, visit us at Broadway and Third Street, next to Thomas Centennial Park. We’re located two miles south of the Indiana Dunes at Lake Michigan, and our Market is easily accessible from Interstate 94 to exit 26A or via the 80/90 Toll Road to exit 31. Our European Market provides a strong tradition of quality shopping, live entertainment and a festive community experience. Our artists, chefs, merchants and farmers travel to our Market from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors an extraordinary collection of products and services. Come visit us, and delight in our artisan breads and pastries, boutique creamery cheeses, ethnic foods, meats, spices, oils, rare books, clothing, accessories, jewelry and fresh-from-the-farm produce and flowers. Spend the day, and enjoy live performances from the best of Duneland’s professional musicians. Join us, and support our commitment to nurturing healthy, sustainable lifestyles within our Duneland community. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!
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Chesterton’s European Market
220 Broadway
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Join us at Chesterton’s European Market, 220 Broadway, Chesterton, Indiana, every Saturday from the beginning of May through the end of October in historic downtown Chesterton. From 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, visit us at Broadway and Third Street, next to Thomas Centennial Park. We’re located two miles south of the Indiana Dunes at Lake Michigan, and our Market is easily accessible from Interstate 94 to exit 26A or via the 80/90 Toll Road to exit 31. Our European Market provides a strong tradition of quality shopping, live entertainment and a festive community experience. Our artists, chefs, merchants and farmers travel to our Market from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors an extraordinary collection of products and services. Come visit us, and delight in our artisan breads and pastries, boutique creamery cheeses, ethnic foods, meats, spices, oils, rare books, clothing, accessories, jewelry and fresh-from-the-farm produce and flowers. Spend the day, and enjoy live performances from the best of Duneland’s professional musicians. Join us, and support our commitment to nurturing healthy, sustainable lifestyles within our Duneland community. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!
March 21-22. 2020 Shipshewana on the Road, Porter County Expo Center 215 E. Division Rd. Valparaiso, IN, where they bring it all to you! Check out the Facebook page. Gift, Food and Craft Show is a weekend of fun where you'll find anything and everything under the sun! Looking for something fun to do this weekend? How about a day of shopping for the most unique trinkets and treasures under the sun? For the past two decades, Shipshewana On The Road Gift, Food and Craft Show has brought the most interesting, most innovative, most creative and just plain awesome products to our customers. You'll find thousands of unique items that you may not find anywhere else! Come and join us! You'll be glad you did! Children 12 and under are FREE and all others are $5.00.Tons and tons of displays of you name it! If you want to go there.... Very inexpensive way to shop and this huge tourist attraction flea market! Days/­Hours Open: Tues 8am‑4pm, Wed 8am‑4pm, Thu Closed, Fri Closed, Sat Closed, Sun Closed, Mon Closed, Tues 8am‑4pm, Wed 8am‑4pm, Thu Closed, Fri 3pm‑8pm, Sat 8am‑2pm, Sun Closed, Mon Closed, Tues 8am‑4pm, Wed 8am‑4pm, Thu Closed, Fri Closed, Sat Closed, Sun Closed, Mon Closed, Tues 8am‑4pm, Wed 8am‑4pm Ad­mission: none ... Join to read moreMidwest's Largest Outdoor Flea Market with 700 open‑air vendor spaces situated on 40 acres. Open May through September every Tuesday and Wednesday including additional days for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day
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Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market
345 South Van Buren Street
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March 21-22. 2020 Shipshewana on the Road, Porter County Expo Center 215 E. Division Rd. Valparaiso, IN, where they bring it all to you! Check out the Facebook page. Gift, Food and Craft Show is a weekend of fun where you'll find anything and everything under the sun! Looking for something fun to do this weekend? How about a day of shopping for the most unique trinkets and treasures under the sun? For the past two decades, Shipshewana On The Road Gift, Food and Craft Show has brought the most interesting, most innovative, most creative and just plain awesome products to our customers. You'll find thousands of unique items that you may not find anywhere else! Come and join us! You'll be glad you did! Children 12 and under are FREE and all others are $5.00.Tons and tons of displays of you name it! If you want to go there.... Very inexpensive way to shop and this huge tourist attraction flea market! Days/­Hours Open: Tues 8am‑4pm, Wed 8am‑4pm, Thu Closed, Fri Closed, Sat Closed, Sun Closed, Mon Closed, Tues 8am‑4pm, Wed 8am‑4pm, Thu Closed, Fri 3pm‑8pm, Sat 8am‑2pm, Sun Closed, Mon Closed, Tues 8am‑4pm, Wed 8am‑4pm, Thu Closed, Fri Closed, Sat Closed, Sun Closed, Mon Closed, Tues 8am‑4pm, Wed 8am‑4pm Ad­mission: none ... Join to read moreMidwest's Largest Outdoor Flea Market with 700 open‑air vendor spaces situated on 40 acres. Open May through September every Tuesday and Wednesday including additional days for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day