Valparaiso Popcorn Festival
7am-6:30pm, downtown Valparaiso, valparaisoevents.com
The 40th annual celebration of all things popcorn, including vendors, the five-mile Popcorn Panic, the nation’s first Popcorn Parade and family-fun activities. Plus, musical headliners Soul Asylum.
SEPT 13-OCT 14
Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster, theatreatthecenter.com
A musical adaptation of the 1990 Academy Award-winning film.
SEPT 14-15, 21-22
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
performance times vary, Buckley Homestead County Park, 3606 Belshaw Rd, Lowell, lakecountyparks.com
Tour the homestead in search of Ichabod Crane as the excitement of classic literature comes to life.
Amber Waves Brewfest
Jasper County Fairgrounds, 2671 W Clark St, Rensselaer, amberwavesbrewfest.com
A festival celebrating craft beer, wine, food trucks and live music. Sample some of the region’s award winning wines and craft beer.
11am, Founders Square Park, 6300 Founders Square, Portage, baconfestportage.com
Food from local restaurant owners with special menus centered around bacon. Also, live music, games and—new this year—donut eating and kiss the pig contests.
DHC Arts on the Ave
11am-7pm, Sibley Blvd and Hohman Ave, downtown Hammond, facebook.com/downtownhammondcouncil
Vendors, art demonstrations and activities, live music, a beer and wine garden, Art Cycle Contest and more fill the streets at this fourth annual celebration of the arts.
8am-4pm, Michigan Ave, downtown LaPorte, sunflowerfair.com
One of the largest area festivals featuring 100 craft and nonprofit vendors, a rib cook-off, a 5K run and fun walk, a sunflower contest, an art walk, scarecrow building, rides, food and more.
11am-5pm, Art Barn, 695 N 400 E, Valparaiso, artbarnschool.org
Explore, create and relax through textile art, clay, watercolor, paper crafts and more. See artists at work, hike the trails and enjoy food, live music, face painting and live puppeteers.
Hooked on Art Live Street Art Festival
9am-4pm, Thomas Centennial Park, Chesterton, hookedonartfestival.com
Interactive art activities, live music and street artists, chalk artists, food and more.
Portage Brewfest & Taco Test
4-7pm brewfest, 5-8pm taco test, 8-10pm concert, 6300 Founders Square, Portage, portagebrewfest.com
Unlimited craft beer tasting and a chance to sample tacos and vote on a favorite. A concert by Too White Crew and a beer and wine garden follow.
Oktoberfest at Locavore Farm
County Line Rd, Grant Park, Illinois, locavorefarm.com
Fresh food, local beers, live music , pumpkin patch, make-and-take activities and a bonfire with s’mores to end the evening.
Westville Pumpkin Festival
A true Midwestern-style family event, complete with pumpkin pie, food and craft booths, tractor pulls, a parade, a run/walk event and live entertainment.
Homewood Fall Fest
Martin Ave, Homewood, homesweethomewood.com
Live entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, games, craft vendors, pumpkin patch, and cuisine by local eateries.
Central Park, Griffith, griffith.in.gov
German food, a pumpkin patch, live authentic German music, a wide variety of German beers and wines, and a kid’s zone.
Fair Oaks Farm, 856 N 600 E, Fair Oaks, fofarms.com/cowtoberfest
This two-day, free festival has activities for kids, family-friendly trick-or-treating, famous pumpkin carvers, a spooky dance competition, food and live music.
Highland Festival of the Trail
11am-3pm, Jewett St, between Kennedy Ave & 4th St, Highland, facebook.com/highlandmainstreet
Local art vendors, a farmers market and local food trucks and performers.
Munster Ale Fest
1-4:30pm, Centennial Park, Munster, munsteralefest.com
Craft beers and hard ciders from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and beyond, plus food and live music.
Haunting in Hammond
Downtown Hammond, downtownhammond.org
Trunk or treat, Little Shop of Halloween Horrors featuring vintage Halloween items, and entertainment by legendary performer Svengoolie.