THROUGH OCT 26 Chesterton’s European Market, 8am-2pm, 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.
THROUGH OCT 27 70th Annual Salon Show, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. Up to $10,000 of cash awards is on the line during this 70th annual exhibition. This juried exhibition accepts original art in all fine art media—painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber, glass, digital, mixed media, ceramics, video, multimedia and jewelry.
THROUGH FEB 8 We are Porter County, Porter County Museum of History, 153 Franklin St, Valparaiso. 219.465.3595. This interactive and engaging exhibit highlights the formation of the county from its founding in 1836 to present day and visitors can learn about the transformation of the county from frontier to modern landscape.
OCT 15 Laugh for the Health of It! 7-8pm, Lake County Public Library Merrillville Branch, 1919 W 81st Ave, Merrillville. 888.303.0180. lcplin.org. Led by a certified laughter yoga instructor, this unique exercise routine encourages unconditional laughter, without jokes or comedy, to oxygenate the body, reduce stress and improve mood. No mats needed.
OCT 15 Women’s Fair, 2-7pm, Blue Chip Stardust Event Center, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 800.235.6204 ext. 2415. iuhealth.org. This 12th annual event celebrating women features quality vendors, demonstrations, exhibits with health information, screenings and giveaways.
OCT 17 Night Hike, 7:30pm, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree.org. Glow sticks and flashlights are encouraged during this 45-minute hike through nature at night. Guests should wear comfortable shoes and dress for fall nighttime weather.
OCT 19 Under the Harvest Moon, 6-10pm, Dunes Learning Center’s Cowles Lodge, 700 Howe Rd, Chesterton. 219.395.9555. duneslearningcenter.org. This unique night of tastes and tales features Chef Tom Boldt’s four-course harvest menu complemented by beverage pairings and an entertaining and informative presentation by author and educator, Dr. Ken Schoon.
OCT 20, NOV 3 In the Dome Fall Fair, noon-6pm, The Dome and CP Family Fun Center, 1301 Merrillville Rd, Crown Point. 219.663.3663. cpdome.com. Up to 60 Northwest Indiana vendors and crafters display their talents, wares and products during this free indoor event. The Crown Point Fire Department and Police Department performs demos of CPR and search and rescue.
OCT 24 Blood Pressure Screening, 10am-noon, Lake County Public Library Munster Branch, 8701 Calumet Ave, Munster. 219.836.8450. lcplin.org. Free blood pressure screenings provided by a representative from Hospice of the Calumet Area. No appointments or registration needed.
OCT 26 Fall Colors Hike at Indiana Dunes, 1-2:30pm, Kemil Beach, E State Park Boundary Rd, Beverly Shores. southshorecva.com. A ranger leads this crisp, fall hike. Hikers can enjoy the variety of fall colors on display on the Dune Ridge Trail.
OCT 26-27 Harbor Lights, 7:30pm Sat, 2:30pm Sun, Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. Back by popular demand, Harbor Lights takes audiences back to the birth of early rock ‘n’ roll with the fantastic sound of doo wop. The group’s stirring harmonies and unique arrangements make this a can’t-miss performance.
NOV 1-FEB 9 Citizen ★ Soldier ★ Citizen, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. Contemporary works by military combat veterans will be on display at this exhibition honors those who have fought for freedom and those fighting to reintegrate into society after their war experiences.
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 9-10 Fall Antiques & Collectibles Show, 10am-4pm, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.663.1800. crossroadschamber.org. A variety of antiques and unique collectibles fill the Industrial Building at the Lake County Fairgrounds, while arts and crafts are located in the 4-H Building during this two-day festival.
NOV 16-17 Holidaze Art and Craft Show, 10am-5pm, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso. 219.464.9918. The holiday shopping seasons begins early with this art and craft show set to feature 150 art and craft vendors from 5 states selling thousands of beautiful items.