Through Oct 26, Chesterton’s European Market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Broadway & 3rd St, Chesterton. 219.926.5513. dunelandchamber.com. Artists, chefs, merchants and farmers from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois offer an array of products and services—artisan breads and pastries, boutique creamery cheeses, ethnic foods, meats, spices, oils, rare books, clothing, accessories, jewelry and fresh-from-the-farm produce and flowers—at this market. The day also features food vendors and live performances.
Oct 5-6 Harvest Festival, 10am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun, Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.762.1675. portage-in.com. In celebration of the harvest, this festival features wine, cheese and chocolate tasting; fine art for sale; live music and more.
Oct 12-13 Buckley Homestead Fall Festival, 10am-6pm, Buckley Homestead County Park, 3606 Belshaw Rd, Lowell. 219.769.7275. southshorecva.com. Visitors to this annual festival will be transported back in time as reenactors portraying military, civilians and artisans of various time periods line the trails of the living history farm. The weekend features fun for the whole family, great food, wonderful entertainment and traditional arts and crafts.
Nov 2-3 Porter County Antique Show, 9am-5pm, Porter County Expo Center, 215 Division Dr, Valparaiso. 219.241.3328. portercountyantiqueshow.com. This expansive antique show features wares from a variety of vendors and one free appraisal comes with paid admission.
Nov 23 Hammond Holiday Kick-off Celebration—A Tribute to A Christmas Story, 10am-4pm, Homan, Sibley & Fayette, Hammond. 219.512.4298. downtownhammond.org. This fun-filled event for the whole family is based on the holiday classic, A Christmas Story and features movie-themed contests like Shoot Your Eye Out and The Parker Family Look-A-Like. Additional activities include crafts and games for kids, horse drawn carriage rides, an arts/crafts and food vendors.
Chicago Street Theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. Now in its 58th season of bringing live theatrical entertainment to the greater Northwest Indiana region, the CST presents a variety of plays and musicals each season, in addition to regularly scheduled theater classes for both adults and children.
Footlight Players, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. This community theater group has been entertaining audiences in Michigan City for more than 50 years with its productions of dramas, comedies and musicals.
Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 866.711.7463. horseshoehammond.com. World-class gambling and top-name entertainment combine to create an unprecedented experience at this 350,000-square-foot casino. The Venue, the casino’s 90,000-square-foot entertainment facility, hosts some of the hottest Chicagoland entertainment. Oct. 4: Original Latin Kings of Comedy. Oct. 5: Moody Blues;
LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, performances in LaPorte and Michigan City, 614 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.362.9020. lcso.net. This exciting orchestra offers a variety of concerts throughout the season, including classical, pops, chamber, children’s and family.
The Memorial Opera House, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. mohlive.com. This renovated, 364-seat building—with red, white and blue stained-glass windows—was built as a living memorial to the Civil War veterans of Porter County. Built in 1893, the theater has a rich history as a venue for musical and dramatic performances.
Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. starplazatheatre.com. With 3,400 seats arranged in two intimate seating levels, the theater consistently hosts premier performers year-round. With its convenient location in the heart of Northwest Indiana’s shopping and dining district and its proximity to the adjoining Radisson Hotel, the Star Plaza offers a total entertainment package to area theatergoers. Oct. 5: Dennis Miller
The Theatre at the Center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. This theater, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, has the distinction of being the only professional equity theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest. Sept. 12 to Oct. 20: "Godspell"
Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. To honor its mission of nurturing and celebrating local talent in the arts, the Towle Community Theater presents exhibitions, theatrical productions and musical performances in the heart of downtown Hammond.
Ongoing Randolph Street Market, 10am-5pm, last full weekend of every month except Dec, Plumbers Hall, 1340 W Washington St, Chicago. 312.666.1200. chicagoantiquemarket.com. This European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market features 200 select purveyors of high quality, amazingly priced “finds”—including furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles and more.
Broadway in Chicago, various venues, Chicago. 800.775.2000. broadwayinchicago.com. A joint venture between the two largest commercial theater producers and owner/operators in the U.S., Broadway in Chicago offers the finest of professional stage productions in multiple theaters, all residing in Chicago’s lively Loop. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W Monroe St., Through Oct 6: "The Book of Mormon." Broadway Playhouse, 175 E Chestnut; Through Oct. 6: "Evita," Oriental Theatre.