Outdoor Adventure Festival at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

September 26, 2018

Get outdoors at the Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival, which will take place October 5-7 throughout the Indiana Dunes. Packed with outdoor adventure opportunities, the festival, brought to you by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, will bring together nearly 60 activities in one weekend.

Centered at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, the festival features activities such as hiking, paddling, biking, geo-caching, photography, birding, yoga, and so much more. The festival has events for everyone including families, beginners, experts, and those with limited mobility.

The visitor center itself will have food trucks, presentations, gear clinics, and a marketplace. Activities at the visitor center will include hiking boot and backpacking clinics by REI, presentations by the Indiana Audubon Society, the Gabis Arboretum, Porter County Search and Rescue and many others, film screenings of local documentaries, regional photographers showcasing the dunes, and scientists discussing the incredible bio-diversity of the dunes region.

Another unique opportunity at the festival will be backpacking in the national lakeshore. With support from REI, there will be an overnight backpacking trip to Cowles Bog beach and back. Enjoy the sunset from your tent pitched on the beach along Lake Michigan! No experience required and equipment will be available to rent. There are still  a few spots open for this unique opportunity.

Many events have filled up, but there are still spaces available and they are adding new events to accommodate the demand for the festival.

You can find a full list of events and what is still available, right here. Please sign-up in advance!  

The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of Interstate 94. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at and our Facebook page at

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