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    Chesterton Hooked on Art Live Street Art FestivalSaturday, Sept. 24

  • Portage 24th Annual Elvis FANtasy FestGenerally the fi rst weekend in October

    Portage Community

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    Saturday, June 25

    Portage Spring Jewelry & Craft ShowSunday, April 24

    Portage Lakefront and RiverwalkOpen year round

  • RECURRING EVENTSGuided Hikes, Snowshoeing and Kayaking Events

    Friday, Jan. 1 Saturday, Dec. 31Various organizations conduct guided hikes that add an educational element to outdoor enjoyment, and there are also winter snowshoe hikes and organized kayaking events. Check out these organizations and websites for more information:

    Indiana Dunes State Park1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton219-926-1952in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm

    Indiana Dunes National LakeshoreVarious sites219-395-1882nps.gov/indu

    Shirley Heinze Land TrustVarious sites219-242-8558heinzetrust.org

    Taltree Arboretum and Gardens450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso219-462-0025taltree.org

    Porter County Parks and RecreationVarious sites219-465-3586portercountyparks.org

    Northwest Indiana Paddling AssociationVarious sitesnwipa.org

    Running Races and Walking

    Friday, Jan. 1 Saturday, Dec. 31There are numerous running races and walking events in and around Indiana Dunes Country. For more information, check out these organizations event calendars:

    Calumet Striders calstrider.org

    T&H Timingthtiming.com

    Summer Camps

    June AugustWeeklong summer campsDunes Learning Center700 Howe Rd., Chesterton219-395-9555duneslearningcenter.orgSend your kids to camp at this 63-acre campus located in the heart of the Indiana Dunes and encircled by scenic trails, historic sites and one of the most diverse ecosystems in the nation. Kids will discover the beaches, prairies, dunes and woodlands of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore while bog stomping, bug hunting, night hiking, craft making and campfi re singing. Lodging is provided in modern, climate-controlled cabins.


    Beth Rutherford of Beverly Shores says, Go to the European Market in Chesterton. Dont miss the local stores OGara & Wilson Antiquarian Books and other shops. Get a coff ee and sandwich at Red Cup.


  • Farmers MarketsEnjoy fresh local produce, handmade products, fl owers and more at any of the farmers markets listed above.

    Farmers Markets

    Saturday, May 7 Saturday, Oct. 29Every Saturday, May to OctoberChestertons European Market8am 2pmDowntown ChestertonThird Street & Broadway, Chesterton219-926-5513chestertonseuropeanmarket.comAn outdoor family/artisanal market held in historic downtown Chesterton every Saturday from the beginning of May through the end of October.Free admission

    Saturday, June 4 Tuesday, Oct. 11Every Tuesday and Saturday, June to OctoberValparaiso MarketTue. 8am 2pm; Sat. 8am noonCentral Park PlazaDowntown Valparaiso

    63 Lafayette St., Valparaiso219-464-8332valparaisoevents.comWeekly outdoor farmers market to shop for fresh local produce, handmade products, plants and fl owers. Live musical entertainment. Free admission

    Sunday, June 5 Sunday, Sept. 25Every Sunday, June to SeptemberPortage Community Market11am 3pmFounders Square Park6300 S. Founders Square, Portage219-762-1675inportageparks.comEvery Sunday from June to September with over 30 vendors. Locally grown produce, fl owers, popcorn, honey, bread, barbecue, handmade crafts.Free admission


  • Farmers MarketsEnjoy fresh local produce, handmade products, fl owers and more at any of the farmers markets listed above.

    Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruise-Ins

    Wednesday, April 6 Wednesday, Oct. 26Every Wednesday, April to OctoberSuzys Diner Cruise Night4 8pmSuzys Diner407 S. Main St., Hebron219-996-3463facebook.com/suzys.diner.1Enjoy cool cars, music and a special discount at the diner.Free admission

    Wednesday, May 4 Wednesday, Oct. 26Every Wednesday, May to OctoberBest Bike Night on the Planet5pm midnightQuaker Steak and Lube6245 Ameriplex Dr., Portage219-764-9464quakersteakandlube.comFood and drink specials, outdoor patio, live music, diff erent themes each week, bikes and cars (weather permitting).

    Saturday, May 28 Saturday, Sept. 24Last Saturday of each month, May to SeptemberChesterton Cruise Night5 9pmThomas Centennial Park220 Broadway, Chesterton219-926-1641indianadunes.com/eventsCars of all kindsvintage, sport, and foreign. A night of family fun.Free admission

    Friday, June 3 Friday, Aug. 26Every Friday, June to AugustSouth Point Cruise-In6 9pmHarley-Davidson of Valparaiso1151 US Highway 30, Valparaiso219-462-2223hdvalpo.comLive music featuring classic rock, country, oldies and more, beer garden, food, cars and bikes. Free admission

    Fridays during the summer (tentatively)Portage Cruise-In4 8pmFounders Square ParkCentral Avenue and PFC Adam Harting Way/PFC Steven Sirko Way, Portage219-762-1675inportageparks.com/programs-community-eventsCheck website for details. Park tentatively planned to have farmers market, classic car cruise-in and movie night Fridays during the summer.

    Tuesdays from April to AugustPavs Summer Car Nites (trucks and bikes, too)5pm closePavs Restaurant642 N. Main St., Hebron219-996-7287facebook.com/PavsHebronA wide variety of rides, good food and music can be found at this cruise-in.

    Classic Car and Motorcycle

    Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruise-Ins April October, various locations


  • Art and Wine (or Sweets) Workshops

    January DecemberPalette & Cork6 9:30pmArtsmith Studio325-1 S. Calumet Rd., Chesterton219-405-0617artsmithstudio.orgCome for an evening of painting, wine, and relaxation. Cost includes all painting supplies and one glass of wine. Held on one Saturday each month. Check their website for dates.$40 per person

    Various datesWine & Sign6pmSandpaper51 Jeff erson St., Valparaiso219-707-5333sandpaperin.comGrab your favorite beverage and paint a wooden sign with a unique message for your home.$36 per person

    January DecemberCanvas EscapesVarious times and locationsfacebook.com/Canvasescapes/eventsCanvas Escapes off ers people of all skill levels the chance to create their own painting in one session. Some of the events serve wine, while others serve cupcakes or coff ee.Prices vary depending on event.


    Friday, Jan. 1 Saturday, Dec. 31The 3 Dune ChallengeEvery day that the Visitor Center/park is open.Do the challenge at:Indiana Dunes State Park1600 N. 25 East, ChestertonGet stickers, shirts: Indiana Dunes Visitor Center1215 N. State Road 49, Porter219-926-2255indianadunes.com/3DCHike the three tallest sand dunes at Indiana Dunes State Park. If you conquer the challenge, go to the Visitor Center for your free commemorative sticker and to purchase a T-shirt or hoodie.There is a fee to enter Indiana Dunes State Park

    others serve cupcakes or coff ee.Prices vary depending on event.


    Indiana Dunes State Park 3 Dune ChallengeAll Year Round

    Share your experience!#3DuneChallenge



  • Saturday, Jan. 2 Saturday, Dec. 31Indiana Dunes Scavenger HuntSelf guided, can be done any day the Visitor Center/park is open.Indiana Dunes Visitor Center1215 N. State Road 49, Porter219-395-1882nps.gov/induReady for an adventure? Then do the Indiana Dunes Scavenger Hunt. Pick up the form and map at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. Youll be guided to nine great sites in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, where youll hunt for answers to a series of questions. Answer eight questions and return to the Visitor Center or Paul H. Douglas Center for a free poster featuring the park site logos.Free admission

    Saturday, Jan. 2 Saturday, Nov. 5First Saturday of each month January to November (Except March and July)First Saturday Evenings with the StarsTimes vary depending on the seasonKemil Parking Lot27 N. East State Park Rd., Chesterton219-395-1882

    nps.gov/induWeather permitting, see star clusters, galaxies, nebula, planets, meteors, and learn about constellation lore from the darkest site in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.Free admission

    Saturday, Jan 2 Saturday, Dec. 24Every Saturday all year roundYoga9 10amTaltree Arboretum & Gardens71 North 500 West, Valparaiso219-462-0025taltree.orgYoga for all experience levels. Class is customized to meet the students needs. Students will learn yoga positions to develop fl exibility, strength and balance. Reservations are required.$5 non-members; members and seniors are free

    Saturday, Jan. 2 Saturday, Dec. 31Indiana Dunes Scavenger HuntSelf guided, can be done any day the Visitor Center/park is open.Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

    nps.gov/induWeather permitting, see star clusters,

    Indiana Dunes Scavenger HuntSaturday, Jan. 2Saturday, Dec. 31


  • Thursday, Jan. 7 Thursday, Dec. 1First Thursday of each monthEat Up Wine Down5 10pmDowntown Valparaiso219-464-8332valparaisoevents.comEnliven your senses and please your palate with amazing specials from downtown Valparaiso restaurants the fi rst Thursday of the month.$5 specials

    Friday, Jan. 15 Friday, Dec. 16Third Friday of each monthMusic Heritage Series at theNational Lakeshore7:30 9pmIndiana Dunes Visitor Center1215 N. State Road 49, Porter219-395-1882nps.gov/induJoin in with the Save the Dunes Council as they perform traditional music associated with the sounds of summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Tune up your vocal cords and gather


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