Tourism Review

The busy, hot days of summer are coming to an end, but autumn in La Porte County is filled with festivals and celebrations that will be enjoyed by young and old alike. Plan to attend one or all of these festivals during the beautiful fall weather in Northwest Indiana.

Labor Dayz Festival is four days of fun, food and music. There will be entertainment for the entire family when you help celebrate the 14th Annual Labor Dayz in Michigan City's Washington Park from Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7. This lakefront festival features two stages of live entertainment. There will be ethnic food along with ribs, elephant ears, hot dogs, brats, funnel cakes and ice cream from a bevy of food vendors. Hours of Labor Dayz are 5-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Additional up-to-date information will be available on the Internet at

The Door Village Harvest Festival is celebrated from Sept. 12-13. Highlights of this festival include an antique car and tractor show, historical wagon tours, living cemetery tour, Civil War encampment, 1832 pioneer settlers camp, Indian camp, wood carving, quilting, pioneer children's activities, arts and crafts, bake show and entertainment.

Also from Sept. 12-13, don't miss Garwood Orchard Apple Festival, where you can enjoy arts and crafts, live music, horse and tractor drawn wagon rides and u-pick apples and pumpkins.

The 17th Annual Sunflower Fair is Saturday, Sept. 19th. There will be food vendors, craft booths, entertainment, a Sunflower contest, a library book sale, kiddie rides starting at 8 a.m. in beautiful, historic downtown La Porte.

For additional information on this popular day-long festival, visit

The three-day Wanatah Scarecrow Festival (US Hwys. 421 and 30) kicks off Friday, Sept. 25, with a pork chop dinner and ends three days later on Sept. 27 with a scarecrow sculpting contest. In between, there are dozens of events that include arts & crafts, contests, entertainment, car show, fun run and food galore. Detailed information on the Scarecrow Festival may be obtained by logging on to

Step into the past at La Porte County Parks 24th Annual Pioneer Days from Sept. 26-27, which will be celebrated at Creek Ridge County Park. Experience wagon rides, outdoor cooking, crafts and food. Visit with historically clad vendors and try activities that are both fun and educational. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Oct. 2-4 are the dates for the annual Westville Pumpkin Festival. The festival attracts thousands of children and adults who partake in three days of music, good food and just plain fun. This is an all day festival located at Prairie Meadow Park at the intersection of US Hwy 421 and US Hwy 6 in Westville.

From Labor Dayz to apples to sunflowers to scarecrows and pumpkins, La Porte County lives up as a place for great festivals and events.

For more information on these festivals and events and to see a complete list of activities, please visit our website at

La Porte County CVB Community Relations Manager Jane Daley can be contacted at 872-5055 or

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