10 Fun Things To Do in Northern Indiana this weekend, July 11 – July 14

10 Fun Things To Do in Northern Indiana this weekend, July 11 – July 14

The weather is looking beautiful this weekend in Northern Indiana, so it’s time to get outside and party! Whether you’re prepping for Festival of the Lakes, looking for concerts to jam out to, or hoping to catch some time with your family and friends, there’s plenty to do this weekend.

Take a look at our list of 10 Fun Things To Do in Northern Indiana and be sure to add some to your calendar!

Get jazzy with Dawn Burns Groove at Groovin’ in the Gardens

This Thursday, Wellfield Botanic Gardens is transforming into a jazz wonderland when Dawn Burns Groove takes the stage as part of the 8th annual Groovin’ in the Gardens summer concert series! Bring a chair or blanket, enjoy some food from Navarre Catering, and relax as you enjoy all the gardens have to offer. Tickets available at the door. Learn more here.

Kick off the Festival of the Lakes at Hammond’s Launch Party

The City of Hammond is kicking off the Festival of the Lakes this Thursday with a launch party from 5 to 8 p.m. Get a taste of what the festival holds with refreshments at 18th Street Brewery and live music from DJ Dalé. Food, music, and beer are sure to make the night a ton of fun! Admission is free. Learn more here.

Rock out with two legendary bands at Four Winds New Buffalo

Two legendary rock bands – Dokken and Jack Russell’s Great White – are coming to Four Winds Casinos’ New Buffalo location this Friday for a face-melting night of music! Taking the stage at 9 p.m. EDT, fans of either band are in for a treat as hits old and new are brought to life. Learn more here.

Show your support for local veterans at Harley-Davidson’s Impact Rides

Harley-Davidson of Valparaiso is partnering with Operation Charlie Bravo and Kelly Law to bring you the ultimate veterans event. With food and beer from Leroy’s Hot Stuff, live music from the Head Honchos, and a scheduled ride beginning at 10:30, this Saturday’s event is the first of many throughout the summer. Learn more here.

Catch a movie at Founders Square Park

This Friday, the City of Portage’s Market on the Square is coming, and you’re going to want to be there! Shop local artisans and chefs as you take in the new additions to Founders Square Park, and enjoy a family movie once the sun sets. This week, settle in to watch “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.” Learn more here.

Learn to handle your small business with at Urban League of NWI’s Ironworkz series

Urban League of Northwest Indiana wants small businesses to succeed. That’s why it’s bringing the Ironworkz series of events to the community on Saturdays this summer! This Saturday’s topic will be “Innovate & Iterate” and will take place at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Meet your heroes at Lubeznik’s latest gallery

Lubeznik Center for the Arts’ latest gallery is bringing your favorite heroes to life! Come out this weekend to check out “KAPOW! Mighty Mythos,” an exhibition featuring a curated selection of original artwork, toys, comics, and more from the Silver and Bronze Age of Comics. Plus, join the gallery curator this Saturday to learn more about how items were selected for display. Learn more here.

Explore Buckley Homestead under the moonlight

Experience Lake County Parks’ Buckley Homestead after dark at Buckley at Night this Thursday! Enjoy a guided tour of the homestead to discover what farm life is like after the sun goes down. See the farm like you’ve never seen it before! Learn more here.

Enjoy the 178th LaPorte County Fair before it’s gone

The LaPorte County Fair, Indiana’s longest-running fair, is closing this Sunday! Help end the fair season with the 4-H auction at the fairgrounds, walk through the vendor buildings, and enjoy the rides one last time this year! Learn more here.

Race to the lake for Michigan City’s AquaX Grand Prix

The City of Michigan City is hosting the 2024 AquaX Grand Prix this weekend in Washington Park! Kicking off on Thursday, the grand prix brings the best of the best in jet ski racing to your backyard. Cheer on your favorite racer while enjoying live music, a beer garden, and more. Learn more here.