Visit Michigan City LaPorte proudly hosts many festivals and events that celebrate local culture and talent. Some of the largest festivals in the region, including WinterFest, Hesston Steam & Power Show and Westville Pumpkin Festival, happen right here in LaPorte County. Check out craft fairs, parades, concerts, exhibits and theatre performances all year long. Here are a few fall favorites just around the corner.
Door Village Harvest Festival
Scipio Township Park, LaPorte Travel back to the pioneer era and experience LaPorte County’s heritage first hand. Take a ride on the historical horse and wagon tour, or stroll along the living cemetery tour. Meet villagers, soldiers and Indians in the Civil War, 1832 Pioneer Settler and Indian camp. Skills such as wood carving, quilting and blacksmithing were important for the pioneers. Watch demonstrations, enjoy children’s activities and listen to music. Bring a piece of the festival home from the arts and craft booths, or country bake shop. Chow down on the pancake breakfast, then fill-up on the ham and beans, pork chop or chicken and noodles dinners.
Sat. 7:30am-5pm; Sun. 9am-4pm
$3 admission fee.
Contact: John Winter,
Garwood Apple FestGarwood Apple Fest
Garwood Orchards, LaPorte Breathe in the first cool fall breeze and bite into a crisp apple. Fall family fun is the name game at this festival. Hop on the horse and tractor drawn wagons to ride into the orchard. Nibble on burgers from the grille, sorbetto from the gelato bar and a deep-fried donut from the bakery. Browse arts, crafts and ornamentals while soaking in lighthearted live music. The farm market offers preserves, honey, dressing, popcorn and more in addition to the freshly-picked, seasonal produce. Little ones can also take a ride on a pony.
Contact: Garwood Family,
LaPorte Sunflower Fair
Michigan Ave., LaPorte The downtown fair draws one of the biggest crowds in the county. Sunflowers are infused into nearly every aspect of the day, from the art gallery to the plant contests. Over 100 craft vendors and nonprofits join together to bring hustle and bustle to downtown. Smell the tantalizing rib cook-off, get the heart pumping at the 5K run and fun walk, scout out the car show and mosey along the art walk. The day culminates with the sunflower contest. Growers compete for the tallest sunflower, most blooms on a stalk and largest seed head.
Contact: Thaddeus Cutler,
Wanatah Scarecrow Festival
Scarecrow Square, Wanatah Meet a few of the friendly scarecrows are scattered around town. Residents and community members go all out to win the scarecrow decorating contest. Kids can get in on the action by building their own scarecrow that they can take home or taking a whirl on the rides. Enjoy arts and crafts, a pork chop dinner, fish fry and pancake breakfast, a parade, fun runs, music and variety acts, a car show, community merchant drawings, bingo and more!
Contact: Kelli Scurlock,
Creek Ridge County Park, Michigan City Historically clad reenactors bring the 1800s back to life. Let your creative side loose with make-and-takes, such as punched tin, candles, beaded necklaces, ceramics and yarn dolls. Taste pioneer staples like pie cooked over the fire, apple butter, cracklins, kettle corn and ham and beans. Watch pioneer life unfold with the quilting, wood working, fur, pewter casting and trader demonstrations.
$2 adults; $1 children/seniors
Additional charge for some activities and rides
Contact: LaPorte County Park,
Westville Pumpkin Festival
Sep. 29-Oct. 1
Prairie Meadow Park, Westville There’s nothing quite like a Midwestern-style family harvest. Pick your own pumpkin, then fill up during the pumpkin eating contest or compete in the pumpkin decorating contest. Enjoy pumpkin baked goods during the pumpkin bake off, along with food and craft booths, tractor pulls, a parade, run/walk event and live entertainment.
Flame & Flair Uptown Halloween Festival
Uptown Arts District, Franklin St from 4th-10th Sts, Michigan City Enjoy the Uptown Arts District Halloween event like no other! Brought to you by the Michigan City Mainstreet Association & their local business members. Enjoy trick or treating and a Spooktacular thriller dance along with fire dancers adding a special flair to this one-of-a-kind evening for all!
Contact: Michigan City Mainstreet Association