10 Fun Things To Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana: Tour de La Porte, Country Concert, and Night Bicycle Ride

By: Karin Woodside Last Updated: August 22, 2013


Each week we will be bringing you 10 fun things to do in Northwest Indiana over the weekend, so you are never without something to do! This weekend a fitness benefit, a country concert, a night bicycle ride, a wine tasting, a golf outing, a pet adoption day, an art exhibit, a preseason game, a family fun day, a triathlon, and more are all on tap for a fun weekend in Northwest Indiana!

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Each year, thousands of people both near and far gather to participate in TdL—the bike, run and walk event hosted by the La Porte Hospital Foundation to benefit local cancer patients. This event has blossomed into a two-day event including walking, competitive running and high-caliber cycling as well.

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Montgomery Gentry, one of the hottest-selling duos in country music, will perform in the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 8 pm. Known for their southern rock influence, Montgomery Gentry has landed on the Billboard charts more than 20 times, with number one hits.

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Win a new Trek 8.2 DS bicycle at the 3rd Valpo Night Ride! Saturday, August 24 is the 15-mile organized bicycle ride that takes cycling enthusiasts on a night ride in and around the City at their own safe pace. Organized by the Valpo Parks Department and the city’s Pathways Committee, the event offers fitness activity, food and fun.

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Spend an afternoon traveling through wine regions of several continents by sampling fine wines and at the same time support your local community orchestra! Also complimenting your travel experience will be a little shopping from the many fine items offered through silent auction. Jewelry, artwork, scarves and linens from China as well as wine and wine accessories will ensure another way to add your generous support to SSO.

Golf Outing to Raise $ for Creation of Honor Guard
The South Haven Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Golf Outing on Saturday, August 24th at Duck Creek Country Club to raise money for the creation of an Honor Guard. Monies raised will be used to purchase uniforms, flags, and required items for the Honor Guard.

MHS Adoption Day and Best Buddies Pet Food Drive
Join volunteers from Michiana Humane Society and Best Buddies Pet Pantry for a Pet Adoption Day and Pet Food Drive, on Saturday, August 24, at Brandt's Old Fashion Emporium. Adoptable animals will be on hand from 10 am to 1 pm. Come and meet your new best friend! Best Buddies Pet Pantry will hold a pet food drive from 9 am to 3 pm to help family pets in need in La Porte County.

15th Regional Illiana Artists Exhibition at Chesterton Art Center
The Illiana Artists are hosting the 15th Regional Juried Art Exhibition at the Chesterton Art Center. An Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, August 25 from 2-4 p.m. The Illiana Artists organization is based out of Munster, IN. The focus of the group is, "Artists Helping Artists". They are dedicated to expanding personal and community horizons through artist growth, exhibition and demonstration.

Celebrate the 1st Annual Bacon Fest
Meet us at the Water Tower in downtown Portage for the fatty, greasy goodness of bacon! Local restaurants and other vendors will be on hand, along with live music, inflatables, and family fun. Admission is free!

Historical Society Museum Hosting Family Fun Day
The next best thing to visiting the Washington Park Zoo is to visit the La Porte County Historical Society Museum on Saturday August 24th starting at 1P.M. That’s when the Zoo will be visiting La Porte! Outdoor activities include a petting zoo, face-painting, the Duck Game, Sidewalk Chalk and Hopscotch, a Hula-Hoop contest with prizes, and more! Inside the museum Fannie Mae will be having a chocolate dipping station and ice cream for sale, as well as showing a video on the History of Chocolate.

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This will be a “sprint” class triathlon – .33 mile lake swim, 12.5 mile bike, and 3.1 mile cross-country run. The swim and run take place at the base camp; the bike course winds through scenic Lake and Porter Counties. The triathlon, which features chip timing, includes male and female divisions for ages 12 and up, as well as team categories.

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