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Events

There is a multitude of things to see and do along the South Shore! The South Shore Calendar of Events will keep you informed about the latest concerts, casino events, special exhibits, holiday celebrations and much more.

Check out the latest activities at the fabulous local parks or at the Indiana Dunes. See what fun-filled festivals are happening in Crown PointWhitingHammondValparaiso or one of the other great South Shore communities. Find out what’s taking place at your favorite attraction, which concerts are going to be rocking the region or what’s coming up on the sports scene.

Don’t miss out on the amazing events happening along the South Shore!

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Special Events

Taltree Express

December 06, 2014 to December 20, 2014 (Every Saturday)

Get into the holiday spirit Saturdays in December with Christmas classic story time, visits with Santa and his elves, refreshments and the Taltree Railway Garden trains. Two sessions held each Saturday. Morning session is for children 3 to 5 years old. Afternoon session is for children 6 to 10 years old. Cost is $15 for a child and an adult. More

Marc Salem - Mind Over Munster

December 19, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)

People are still talking about his mesmerizing visit to Munster in 2013. How did he do that? More

Santa is Coming to Jak's Warehouse

December 19, 2014 to December 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: JAK's Warehouse
  • 221 Indianapolis Blvd
  • Schererville, IN 46375
  • Times: Fri 6pm to 8pm, Sat-Tues 3pm to 6pm
  • Phone: 219-322-5257
  • Website

Visit with Santa at Jak's Warehouse. More

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home: Mommy's Little Piggy Eating Contest

December 20, 2014
  • Venue: Indiana Welcome Center
  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: Registration starts at 10am
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 800-255-5253
  • Website

The infamous scene in "A Christmas Story" where Randy Parker eats his mashed potatoes like a "little piggy" will be recreated during this messy event.  See if you can eat the most mashed potatoes the fastest or just come to watch this mess unfold!  There are four age groups - 4-7, 8-12, 13-17 and 18 and over. Pre-register online. Please bring in ca... More

Holiday Farm Frenzy

December 20, 2014

Nothing says the holidays without a little shopping, some good food, twinkling lights and some family time, all while giving to a good cause. This year, Fair Oaks Farms has it all indoors. We feature Breakfast with Santa and Baking with Santa; a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Riley Children's Hospital. Enjoy an indoor craft show, kids' activities and a winter wond... More

Holiday Nature Crafts

December 20, 2014

Escape the shopping crowds and join us for a relaxing hour in the Nature Center. We'll have a special holiday themed nature craft to work on while watching the birds in the bird room. Bring the kids over! More

Winter Snakes Alive

December 20, 2014
  • Location: Nature Center Auditorium
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, Indiana 46304
  • Times: 10am
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-926-1390
  • Website

Learn about the resident snakes during this fascinating program in the Nature Center auditorium! We'll also explore how they're surviving the winter months. Great program, even if you're uncomfortable around these interesting reptiles. More

Yuletide Openhouse Along the Sidewalks of Downtown Lowell

December 20, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Lowell
  • Times: 11am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-696-6487
  • Website

Frosty, the Snowman, and Mr. Yuletide will be appearing along the sidewalks of the Historic Downtown shopping and dining district passing out candy canes.  Bring your cameras! Other festivities include sidewalk Christmas music, store sales, restaurant specials and complimentary refreshments. Merchants of the Downtown invite you to enjoy last minute shopping in... More

On-Going Events

Sage After Dark

Started October 24, 2014 (Every Friday)

Sage Restaurant presents "Sage After Dark": Acoustic music by local artists, fresh cocktails, and small plates Visit us at www.facebook.com/sagerestaurantchesterton. More

Comics & Code and It's Not Just Your Sunday Comic Strip

October 25, 2014 to January 10, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Comics & Code will explore the contemporary relationships between words and images through comic illustration, objects and animation. It's Not Just Your Sunday Comic Strip will feature original comic artwork from the private collection of Paul Pettigrew. More

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started November 01, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Douglas Center for Environmental Education - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • 7-85 N Lake St
  • Gary, IN 46403
  • Times: 1pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join a ranger for an Open House every Saturday afternoon at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Douglas Center. Explore the center and check out interactive exhibits, a video, and even a live animal room. You can also explore the Miller Woods Trail just outside the center. More

The Rocky Horror Picture Show in NWI!

Started November 01, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: The Art Theatre
  • 230 Main Street
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Times: 11:30pm to 2:30am
  • Admission: Other
  • Phone: 219-942-1670
  • Website | Email

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy horror film adapted from the popular musical stage play scripted and composed by Richard O'Brien. The film is a tribute to the science fiction and "B" horror movies of the late 1940's through the early 1970s. Still in limited release 37 years after its premiere, it has the longest-running theatrical release in fi... More

Kid's Rule at National Lakeshore Visitor Center

Started November 02, 2014 (Every Sunday)

Join a ranger from 1 to 3 p.m. in the visitor center's activity room for a Sunday afternoon of kid's activities, puppet shows, stories, and fun. Your children will learn a little more about your neighborhood national park. All children must be accompanied by an adult. More

After School Play at Bellaboo's! What a Deal!

November 03, 2014 to September 07, 2015 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Come out for Bellaboo's After School Play-- a great deal for the whole family! Starting September 8th Bellaboo's will be open daily from 10-6, and is offering an excellent after school discount. Come out to play Monday-Friday from 3:30-6 and receive $2 off every admission! Discount available only on weekdays after 3:30, and cannot be combined with any other offers. More

Indoor Market at Good to Go by Lucrezia

November 08, 2014 to May 30, 2015 (Every Saturday)

They have new items coming in every week. The Cheese Chicks are mongering cheese every Saturday for Sampling Saturday! Wines are on sale, too. They can order any wines available through their Indiana Distributors. Bit of Swiss Breads are available while quantities last. Froehlich's products are arriving as well. Gift baskets, EVOO and Balsamic Gift Sets can be shipped ev... More

The Complete Frida Kahlo: Her Paintings. Her Life. Her Story.

November 16, 2014 to January 25, 2015 (Recurring daily)

South Shore Arts is proud to bring you this inspirational, cultural, and historic exhibition based on the life and work of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, arguably the most important female artist of the 20th century and an emblem of Latina pride. Organized by Global Entertainment Properties, Los Angeles, California, over 100 hand-painted, licensed recreations of Kahlo's ... More

The Gallery Shop Holiday Artisan Market

November 16, 2014 to January 03, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Shop for handmade, finely crafted items perfect for holiday gift giving. A spectacular display of gift-giving possibilities, including offerings from some of the Midwest's finest craftspeople, put the art into holiday shopping at this annual showcase. Shop early for the best selection! Funds will benefit LCA's Education Outreach! More

Music Heritage Series

Started November 21, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday)

Every 3rd Friday of the month, join the Save the Tunes Council, a local group of musicians devoted to preserving and passing on traditional folk songs. More

Open Gym at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Started November 21, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)

Join Midwest Training and Ice Center for open gym, ages 6 and up.   More

Open Skate at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Started November 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Midwest Training and Ice Center
  • 10600 White Oak Avenue
  • Dyer, Indiana 46311
  • Times: Monday through Friday 11am to 12:30pm, Saturday 10pm t0 11pm and Sunday 2pm to 3:30pm
  • Phone: 219-558-8811
  • Website

Join Midwest Training and Ice Center for open skate.  Hours vary, see website for details. More

A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 28, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Chicago Street Theater
  • 154 W Chicago St
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See Description for exact days and times
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

CST is proud to continue its tradition of the Family Holiday Show with this new stage adaptation. Experience the Peanuts characters everyone knows and loves brought to life on stage. Featuring the song, "Christmas Time is Here," and the music of Vince Guaraldi, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is the perfect way to ring in the holidays. More

Christmas Fest at Hensler Nursery

November 28, 2014 to December 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Hensler Nursery
  • 5715 North 750 East
  • Hamlet, Indiana 46532
  • Phone: 574-867-4192
  • Website

Hensler's is your destination for the perfect Christmas tree. Cut your own tree and enjoy a wonderful selection of handmade wreaths and greenery items. More

Holiday Decorations at Inn at Aberdeen

November 28, 2014 to December 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Each year of their 20-year history has brought on a new display of trees (up to 20) and decorations to celebrate the holidays at the Inn at Aberdeen, all done by the owner's wife, Linda. More

Teibel's Holiday Display

November 28, 2014 to January 04, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Teibel's
  • 1775 US Highway 41
  • Schererville, IN 46375

For more than 50 years, Teibel's has been decorating both outside and inside for the holidays. The main pieces in the lobby are from the 1970s. Indoor decorations include trains and snowmen. On the outside, 20 30-foot trees are decorated with thousands of lights. This year will include new LED lights that mimic falling snow. More

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