November has finally arrived in Northwest Indiana, and the first weekend of the month is packed full of fun events for the whole family! From plays, to stargazing, delicious treats, and more, there’s sure to be something for everyone happening in the Region this upcoming weekend.
Take a look at our list of 10 Fun Things To Do in Northwest Indiana and be sure to add some to your calendar!
Enjoy the arts with Merrillville High School’s production of “1984”
Merrillville High School’s Thespian Troupe will be performing its fall production of “1984” on November 3, 4, and 5 at 7 p.m. and November 6 at 2 p.m. in the Reinhart Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the show, with discounts being offered to students and seniors. All proceeds from concessions go towards scholarships for seniors planning to study theatre in college. Learn more here.
Stargaze with Purdue University Northwest astronomers at the Gabis Arboretum
Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is hosting a stargazing party on November 4 beginning at 7 p.m. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see the moon and stars with PNW’s astronomers. Interested parties must register online to attend the event, and the event will be confirmed on 11/4 at 4 p.m. Learn more here.
Jam out with Chris Botti at the Four Winds Casino Silver Creek Event Center
Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti will be performing at the Silver Creek Event Center on November 4 at 9 p.m. Join him and the staff of the Four Winds Casino for a night of music expanding beyond the limits of any single genre. Learn more here.
See the Sandhill Cranes with Indiana Audubon at Jasper-Pulaski’s observation tower
Join the Indiana Audubon Society November 5 at 4 p.m. to observe Sandhill Cranes from the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area’s observation tower. Binoculars and spotting scopes will be available to the general public. Learn more here.
Try creating the classic 007 martini with Wise Guys
This month, Wise Guys’ Rick Green is teaching customers how to make James Bond’s classic martini. Whether you’re looking to impress your friends at the next Bond watch party or bonding with your family over the holidays, Wise Guys will give you the tools you need to leave them shaken (not stirred). Learn more here.
Make a child’s holiday wish come true with Allegius Credit Union’s Toys for Tots drive
The season of giving is officially among us! Get into the holiday spirit by supporting the Toys for Tots program at Allegius Credit Union. To participate, simply bring a toy to any of the credit union’s branches to make a child’s holiday season one they’ll never forget. Learn more here.
Enjoy a classic fall meal at Harley-Davidson of Michigan City’s 23rd annual Chili Cook Off
Nothing is better on a crisp fall day than a bike ride and some tasty, delicious chili! Be sure to grab some at Harley-Davidson of Michigan City’s 23rd annual Chili Cook Off on Saturday, November 5. The fun starts with sign ups for the bike ride at 9 a.m. and then lunch to follow after the ride has finished at 11! A raffle will also be held for a chance to win a guitar signed by Jesse James Dupree of Jackyl. Learn more here.
Cheer on Jenny Craig-Brown and the GreatNews.Life team at the Spartan Sprint 5K
GreatNews.Life’s very own Jenny Craig-Brown is participating in her ninth Spartan race this weekend, and it’s sure to be a blast! The fun starts bright and early at 7:45 a.m. EST on Sunday, November 6 at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds, so be sure to head out to support Craig-Brown and her awesome team. Learn more here.
Support local veterans throughout Northwest Indiana at Veteran’s Day events
With Veteran’s Day right around the corner, now’s the perfect time to celebrate the veterans in the Region! Both the City of Hammond and Lake County Parks will be hosting two separate Veteran’s Day events on Saturday, November 5, with Hammond’s parade starting at 10 a.m., and Lake County Parks’ program starting at 10:30 a.m. in Hebron. Learn more about Hammond’s event here; and learn more about Lake County Park’s event here.
Shop til you drop at the South Shore Arts’ Ladies Night Out
Grab your shopping bags and head over to Munster on Thursday, November 3 for the South Shore Arts’ Ladies Night Out event! Happening from 4-7 p.m., this event will let you start in on your holiday shopping early with selections of gifts and hand-made items from a variety of local artists. Learn more here.