10 Fun Things to Do this Weekend in Northwest Indiana: HannaFest, BeatlesFest, and Plenty More!


Each weekend we bring you 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana so you are never without something to do! This weekend features some great events, festivals, shows and fundraisers. Enjoy!

Share the Arts, Inspire a Friend!
The opening weekend reviews are in, and the Memorial Opera House Production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is A HIT! It continues this weekend and runs through Sunday, August 10th!

The Flanagin's 2014 Garage Sale!
On August 8 and 9 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. our lot at Flanagin's Bulk Mail Service will be filled with items that will be ready to sell. 100% of the proceeds generated from the garage sale will go to ValPLAYso in memory of Kelli Longacre. Hungry Inc. will be here with their big red truck from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. serving their normal fare as well as a special Kelli Taco (tacos were one of Kelli's favorites).

HannaFest Returns with Kids’ and Family-Friendly Activities
The little town of Hanna is making big plans to entertain both young and old at the annual community festival on August 8 and 9, called HannaFest. Hanna is located in southern La Porte County on highway 30 between Valparaiso and Plymouth. “We have been celebrating the history, culture, and people of our community for over 20 years now”, according to Jim Jessup, festival coordinator. “We love to show off our friendly little community, welcome our guests, and provide food, fun, and entertainment for everyone” he said.

2014 City by the Lake Tri to Benefit United Way of La Porte County
Explore the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan in the 5th Annual City by the Lake Triathlon! All proceeds from this event will go to benefit the programs and services of the United Way of La Porte County. Kid's Triathlon, Relay, and Duathlon: Friday, August 8, 2014 | Adult Triathlon, Relay and Duathlon: Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dinner and a Movie is Back from the Portage 16 IMAX and Firehouse Subs Portage!
Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy at the Portage 16 IMAX yet? If you haven't (or you have and want to see it again because it was that good), we have a great movie and meal deal for you! When you purchase your Guardians of the Galaxy ticket from the Portage 16 IMAX, bring your ticket stub from any showing to Firehouse Subs Portage and get a FREE medium sub with the purchase of any sub/medium drink/chip combo. You will also receive a concession coupon for your next visit to the Portage 16 IMAX!

Benefit Hog Roast for Robert Hawkins Jr.
In, 2009 Bob contracted a Steph A Flesh Eating Bacterial infection, Causing an aftermath of diseases to attacking his body. On August 9th a benefit will be held for him at Pepe's Mexican Restaurant in South Haven. Entertainment, door prizes, 50/50, tip boards, raffles and more!

Hometown Happenings: Walk a Mile in Her Heels
A challenging 1 mile walk in high heels through historic downtown Crown Point to support women who find themselves in challenging situations! Guys are encouraged to come out and wear heels as well! Of course, you can opt for COMFORTABLE shoes. It will just cost you a little bit more to do so! Prizes awarded for best heels!

City of Hammond to Host 2014 BeatlesFest on August 9th
BeatlesFest 2014 will take place on Saturday, August 9 from 3-11 p.m. in Downtown Hammond. Live music, a beer and margarita garden, food tents, merchant tents and a kids stage all make for a fun day for all ages. Musical acts include performances from BritBeat, Beatolution, The Crawpuppies, Nomad Planets, The Beatles Bluegrass Band, Rising Dawn, Rhythm Scholar and Paul Henry's Art Gallery Jam Band. http://www.nwindianalife.com/entertainment/tv-movies-music/43546-city-of-hammond-to-host-2014-beatlesfest-on-august-9th

Spread the Word for a Benefit Concert
This year we will have two of the hottest and most entertaining bands in the area including "New Groove" of H.Y.P.E. Productions Chicago, and "The Diggity", a jam band/new wave/reggae fusion ensemble which was also the headlining act last year. It is an all ages show that will also have a magic act performing twice throughout the evening for children of any age, as well as face painters for anyone that wants it. There will be food provided, as the "Hungry" food truck and the "Early Bird" vegan and vegetarian food trucks will be camped out on Lafayette Street to treat my guests. Who could forget to mention that Valpo Velvet, a resident of Lafayette Street events, will be stationed as well to serve a scoop or two to the August concertgoers. There will also be beer. LOTS of beer. I will be serving dozens of kegs of Coors Light, Miller Light, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, and Redd's apple ale to quench the thirst of the sun-soaked fans.

2014 Hooley Classic Car Auction Set for August 9th
The Hooley Classic Car Auction is coming to the Porter County Expo Center on Saturday, August 9th! The auction includes 100+ Classic Cars and Trucks, Automobilia, Golf Carts, Motorcycles, Boats, Trailers and Mobile Homes! The Auction begins on Saturday, August 9th. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. and the Auction starts at 9:15 a.m. You can view a list of cars (which is frequently updated) at this link: http://www.bartelandcompany.com/2014_Hooley_VALPO_CarLists.htm