Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival

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The following information is from the 2023 event. Check back for information about the Indiana Dunes Outdoor Aventure Festival for 2024.

Celebrate the outdoors at the Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival. The festival starts on Friday, September 8th and continues through Sunday, September 17th. More than 100 events will take place during the festival at parks and preserves throughout Northwest Indiana. Events include hiking, paddling, biking, photography, yoga, birding, and many more events for visitors of all ages and activity levels. For the list of programs, times, and locations, and other information, visit the festival's website at Please note the time and starting location of each event. There is no charge for the festival and no pre-registration is required. The national park will not charge an entrance fee on Saturday and Sunday, September 16th and 17th. The state park will charge a daily per car entrance fee of $7 in-state / $12 out-of-state.

On Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, visit the national park’s Chellberg Farm for our Duneland Fall Festival celebration. This family-friendly event features musical groups, live entertainment, and demonstration booths showcasing skills that farmers would have used in the early 1900s. Wagon rides will be available for a suggested donation to the Friends of Indiana Dunes to help maintain the farm. Visit the farm’s resident cows, chickens, and turkeys while admiring the garden.

Check out Leon’s Obstacle Course Race that will take place on September 9th and 10th. There will be a 5K and 10K race over obstacles placed throughout the trails at West Beach in the Indiana Dunes National Park. The Leon’s American Race Series helps support U.S. military, veterans, injured veterans, first responders and law enforcement. Register for the race at

Come out and see why Northwest Indiana is such an amazing outdoor place!

Last updated: September 20, 2023

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1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


219 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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