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10 Fun Things to Do this Weekend in Northwest Indiana: September 29 - October 1, 2017


October is here! Finish off September with these great events around Northwest Indiana! From fall fun fests to family get-togethers, there's something for everyone! 

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Westville Pumpkin Festival - Friday-Sunday, Westville
Join us for a celebration of the pumpkin harvest in a true Midwestern-style family event. Come enjoy pumpkin pie along with food and craft booths, tractor pulls, a parade, run/walk event and live entertainment.

St. Paul Catholic School Oktoberfest - Friday, Valparaiso
Saint Paul Catholic School is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration September 29, 2017. We'll have Hay Rides, Bounce Houses, a Beer Garden, Live Music, Food Trucks, and a very special community Art Project from Connected Paint! Food and Activity Tickets available at: https://stpaulvalpo.ejoinme.org/Oktober

Family Friendly Fundraiser at Zao Island - Friday, Valparaiso
Zao Island is hosting a Family Friendly Fundraiser to raise money for cancer treatment for Jeremy Carnahan. There will be 50/50 raffle, items for raffles, a silent auction, several craft tables as well as vendors that will all be donating a portion of the proceeds including Scentsy, Paparazzi Jewelry and more.

Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Fun Fest - Saturday, La Porte
Family Advocates invites you to join us for our 5th annual Superhero Fun Fest and 5K run/walk. Come spend the day with us and enjoy the fun while supporting a wonderful cause. Family Advocates is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for children who have been abused or neglected. After the races our judges will determine the best super heroes in attendance. We will have best kid, best team and best family. All the winners will be added to our Super hero traveling trophy and get an individual prize. Throughout the day families can come play at the Family Fun Zone which will include carnival games, face painting, bounce house, balloon animals and more!

4th Annual UMW Arts & Crafts Show - Saturday, La Porte
The First United Methodist Church in LaPorte is pleased to announce this year's show will be held at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds at 2581 W. State Rd. 2 in LaPorte. Show time is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CDT). Visitors can browse over 80 vendor booths located inside two modern, temperature controlled buildings. The artists and crafters come from Illinois, Indiana and Michigan and specialize in making quality, handcrafted items. Among the many unique crafts, you will find decorated items for inside the home as well as garden ornamentation, original artwork, photography, pottery, wooden sculptures, fabric baskets, sun catchers, lighted glass blocks, crocheted and knitted accessories for adults, children and pets; candles, jewelry, purses and totes, floral arrangements, sports oriented items and a whole lot mo

NWI Food Truck Fest Fall Pop Up Fest - Saturday, Burns Harbor
NWI Food Truck Fest is bringing a pop up version of the NWI Food Truck Fest to the Burns Harbor Food Truck Square in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. Come celebrate with us and enjoy a day filled with food and fun! This fun filled day includes: Over 10 of the most popular food trucks to choose from, including NWI's most popular food trucks

Shirley Heinze Land Trust / Lakeshore PAWS Hike with Hounds- Saturday, Valparaiso
Shirley Heinze Land Trust is hosting an afternoon of dog-friendly hikes and nature crafts with some special guests. Lakeshore PAWS will have adoptable dogs at this event and Dr. Annie Van Proyen, from Ark of the Dunes Animal Hospital in Chesterton, will give a talk on keeping your dog healthy while hiking. You are welcome to bring your own friendly dog or meet some of the adoptable dogs! There will be a craft to complete with your dog and you will be able to get a picture taken at the photo booth.

Nativity Cosmic Bingo - Saturday, Portage
Nativity Bingo Hall will be hosting Cosmic Bingo on September 30th, under the blacklights. $40 per seat and that includes the first setup. Alcohol will be available for purchase. early bird will start at 7pm. Tickets are available for purchase in the Church office Monday-Thursday 8am-3pm or Monday night at the Bingo Office 4pm-10pm.

Albert's 14th Annual MS Auction - Sunday, Hammond
Albert's big fundraiser every year is their M.S. Auction, held at the Indiana Welcome Center. This year's auction will take place on Saturday, October 1st from 12pm-6pm At this, event community members and business owners donate anything that they can to the auction to raise money for M.S. research. Albert's is currently seeking donations and baskets to be auctioned off to support research on M.S. If you have any questions or inquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

One Portage Fall Fling Charity Cruise-in - Sunday, Portage
Come out and join us for one last fling before putting the toys away for the winter! Yes there will be trophies! There will also be music, food, raffle baskets and vendors.Car/Truck/Bike Cruise-in is hosted by Our Community Inc. in order to raise funds for the Christmas Box. Participants can pre-register at www.oneportage.com/FallFling Food and direct sales vendors can register on-line at www.oneportage.com/FallFling


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