More About Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival

​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. There are events for visitors of all ages and activity levels including hiking, paddling, biking, photography, yoga, birding, and many more for visitors of all ages and activity levels. For the list of programs, times, and locations, visit the Schedule page here Click for Details and note the time and starting location of each event.

There is no charge for the festival and no pre-registration is required for most events. The national park will not charge an entrance fee on Saturday and Sunday, September 16th and 17th, but will charge a per car entrance fee on other days of the festival. 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 Click for Details.

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

Date & Time

September 6, 2024

Additional Dates

This event also occurs on:
09/07/2024, 09/08/2024, 09/09/2024, 09/10/2024 and 5 other dates

Contact Info

Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

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