Fall means moderate temperatures, colorful leaves, kids in costumes, scary movies, and all sorts of fun stuff. Of course, that also means that people are celebrating the season in a number of ways. Here in Valparaiso, we have the Fall Harvest Festival. Coming up in mid-October, the festival is a family-friendly, free event with activities ranging from hayrides to a dog costume contest, if you’re the type to dress up your furry friend for Halloween.
In previous years the Fall Harvest Festival has only been a day long, but the event has become so popular it now spans two days of fall-themed activities. On Friday, October 14th from 4 to 6pm, as well as Saturday, October 15th from 11am until 2 pm, Downtown Valparaiso will be alive with fun activities. On Friday, dress up in your favorite costume and go around local restaurants and shops for a tasty treat and a hayride in Central Park Plaza. On Saturday, experience live music, a corn maze, face painting, and more, including the Pooh Parade.
The Fall Harvest Festival only comes around once a year and is a great way to interact with the community or just find something fun to do on the weekend. Whether you’re in costume or not, the festival is fun and entertaining for all. So let us know what you thought of the wonderful event!
We at Paul Sur Buick GMC love the Windy City. One of the things we treasure about Chicago is the variety of things to do and see. Even if you are on a budget, Chicago is a perfect place to explore. Here are some of our favorite things to do and see for free. Yes, you heard us correctly… free things to do in Chicago!
Promontory Point – There are many wonderful parks in the city, but one of our favorites is Promontory Point. This park offers an amazing view of downtown over the lake and is usually not as touristy as other parks.
Chicago Cultural Center – This stunningly beautiful venue hosts plenty of free events. Some of these may include music, dance, theater, lectures, and art exhibits. Just the building itself is worth a visit with its magnificent stained-glass domes.
Lincoln Park Zoo – This is one of the last free zoos in the United States. Founded in 1868, it is also one of the oldest zoos. With many fascinating animals, this is a place the whole family will enjoy visiting.
Garfield Park Conservatory – One of the nation’s premier conservatories! Tour the multi-faceted greenhouses and exhibition halls. There is a suggested donation, but it is not required.
This list represents a small portion of the free things to do around Chicago. We hope it encourages you to get out there and explore all that the Windy City has to offer!