Who's ready to race into an action-packed weekend in #NWI? Check out our full weekend guide.
Beachside with a Ranger
Stop by and learn about our park’s preservation story. We’ll highlight some of the challenges the region faced in the past as well as the largest threats that confront us today.
Meet at the West Beach Contact Station, near the picnic benches, on the northern corner of the parking lot, which can be seen on the left as you enter into the beach walkway. West Beach is located at 376 North County Line Road in Portage.
For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Park, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park's website at www.nps.gov/indu.
NATURE RETREAT DAY
Retreat into nature for the day! Join a small group of others who are stepping into a day of peaceful creativity and mindfulness. Activities involve outdoor yoga, eco-dye artwork and a forest bathing walk. The day will be rich and restful for all participants. A boxed lunch will be provided. Comfortable shoes and a refillable water bottle are recommended. Location: Celebration Rose Pavilion and Hike.
LIT’L KERNEL PUFF RACE
The Most Fun Your Kid Will Have All Year!
Kids can join the Popcorn Festival fun with this unique kid-friendly race in Downtown Valparaiso. Kids run 100 - 300 yard events; distance varies by age group. Everyone receives a t-shirt and participation ribbon. SPACE IS LIMITED so be sure to register early!
BOLT FOR THE HEART FAMILY 5K RUN/WALK
The LCSO is partnering with Bolt for the Heart, a Carmel based non-profit organization, Franciscan Health and the Play for Jake Foundation, for a Family 5K Run/Walk. The event will be Sunday, September 8th, at 9AM, in Washington Park. The event will assist by raising awareness of heart disease and equip EVERY police vehicle in La Porte County with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Library are holding a First Friday book sale in the library outdoor plaza. In the event of bad weather, the sale will be inside the library. Donations of materials are welcome! Please call 219-873-3049 to arrange book pickup.
GRANDPARENTS DAY AT THE ZOO
Spend a special day making memories that will last a lifetime. The Washington Park Zoo will offer free admission for all grandparents with a paid child admission.
RACE TO THE RESCUE
Join the City of Hammond and Hammond Port Authority as we honor our first responders at the Fourth Annual Race to the Rescue on September 8, 2019. Participants can choose from a 9K run, 5K run/walk, and cycling road race. Spend the morning at The Pavilion at Wolf Lake in support of those who protect us.
NATIONAL TEDDY BEAR DAY CELEBRATION!
Come celebrate National Teddy Bear Day at the Mascot Hall of Fame! Beginning Friday September 6th and lasting until the 9th, with the Purchase of a Build-A-Bear® you can win a prize!
RIDE THE REGION 2019
On Saturday, September 7th, motorcycle riders from all over the Region will ride 80 miles throughout the streets of Northwest Indiana to raise awareness and funds for individuals facing hunger. The Ride will begin and end at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, 6490 Broadway, Merrillville, with kickstands up at 10am, followed by an end rally celebration.
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK AT BLUE CHIP CASINO
Fall into fun in September at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, Northwest Indiana’s premier entertainment destination, with the September 5 opening of the new FanDuel Sportsbook, Progressive Payout, dining and spa specials and much more.