If there is any city or town along the South Shore that knows how to host festivals and events, it's Valparaiso. Not only do they have fun and unique events during the summer, they have them all year! Here are just a few things they have planned this season. Be sure to check out their page here for information on events year-round.

Summer Jam Music and Food Festival

This year will mark the inaugural Summer Jam Music and Food Festival July 27. Beginning at 2pm at Central Park Plaza, enjoy food from participating downtown restaurants including Bistro 157, Bon Femme Café, Don Quijote, Margaritas, Silver Spoon and Pikk's Tavern as well as a beer tent. At 3pm, live bands will begin to entertain you from either the lawn or the reserved section ($10 for general admission lawn, or $30 for reserved, seating provided). Josh Holmes will start, followed by M and R Rush with Blue Oyster Cult headlining!

Summer Rhapsody Musical Festival

Bring a blanket, some chairs and a picnic to enjoy this free summer concert series at Central Park Plaza! With dates scheduled from June through August, there are many opportunities to kick back and relax while you enjoy the summer and music!

Outdoor Movies

Going to the movies has long been a favorite activity for people of all ages. While the traditional movie theater will always be enjoyable, warm summer weather opens the opportunity to enjoy films outdoors. Tuesdays through July 30, catch a family favorite at Central Park Plaza beginning at dusk. Make sure to bring a blanket or some chairs and snacks to enjoy while you relax outdoors.


Other events continue through the summer including Eat Up, Wine Down and the Central Park Plaza Market. As part of Eat Up, Wine Down, the first Thursday of the month, participants enjoy select downtown Valparaiso restaurants' most popular drinks and dishes for only $5 per selection. At Central Park Plaza Market now through October 29 on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8am to 2pm, purchase fresh locally grown produce, handmade products, plants and flowers!

While you're enjoying the different festivals and events in downtown Valparaiso, be sure to take pictures to enter the South Shore CVA's Summer Fun Along the South Shore photo contest. The first place winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card! Click here for contest details.

Contributing Editor: Stacina Stagner
Former communications coordinator with the South Shore CVA.