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There are 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

Harvest Tyme Corn Maze

September 24, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Location: Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch
  • 17904 Grant Street
  • Lowell,
  • Website

Harvest Tyme is excited to offer the largest family corn maze in South Lake County. This year’s maze design celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Great Pumpkin! Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts Gang? We are excited to be the only farm in Northwest Indiana to be able to partner with Peanuts Worldwide in this monumental celebration. How perfect is it th... More

Barker Blackout Tour

October 14, 2016 to October 29, 2016 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Admission: $15/adult, $10/youth
  • Phone: 2198731520
  • Website | Email

Discover the untold, spooky side of Michigan City history. You’ll be surrounded by darkness as you tour the mansion with a guide; there’ll be glow-in-the-dark markers to light your way. During this eerie evening, we’ll tell little-known stories of our city’s creepy past and relate never-before told stories about the mansion. The 8 pm tours are for families and 10 pm tours are f... More

Haunted Hayrides

October 20, 2016 to October 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Woodland Park
  • 2100 Willowcreek
  • Portage, IN 46368
  • Times: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Website

Take a 20 minute ride around Woodland Park and prepare to be scared! Great fun for the entire family! Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  More

American English

October 21, 2016 to October 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments, and special effects, American English magically creates a Beatles Tribute that transforms the audience to feel like they are at an original Beatles show. Friday, October 21st, 20167:30pm*Revolver and Beatles Hits*Cash Bar Available Saturday, October 22nd, 20167:30pm*Sgt. Pepper's ... More

Customer Appreciation Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

October 21, 2016 to October 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

3rd Annual Customer Appreciation Weekend - Appreciating you! Camping discounts, chili dinner, drawings and winterizing services available on Oct 25. More


October 22, 2016

Enjoy this year's newest Original Oil and Acrylic Paintings created by Meredith B. Hammons. More

Beaver Business Walk

October 22, 2016

Take a fresh air morning jaunt along Dunes Creek this morning. We’ll meet at the Campground Gate and take a peek at this special habitat and the special animal that lives here.  More

Boo at the Zoo

October 22, 2016
  • Location: Washington Park Zoo
  • 115 Lakeshore Dr.
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Phone: 219-873-1510
  • Website

Join us for the best Halloween event in town! Scared that you don't have any plans for Halloween this year? Fly your broomstick on down to the Washington Park Zoo on Saturday, October 22nd and spend a kid-friendly, merry, and not so scary afternoon with the animals. Young goblins, ghosts, princesses and zooperheros will experience child-friendly trick or treating from local b... More

Festival of Praise Tour

October 22, 2016

For the third consecutive year, Grammy, Stellar, Dove, BET and NAACP Image Award-winning Gospel mega-star Fred Hammond returns to the road with the Festival of Praise 2016 Tour, the star-studded national event he founded several years ago. The tour makes a stop at the Star Plaza Theatre on October 22, and will reach over 50 major cities across the country, running through Decem... More

Halloween Costume Party

October 22, 2016

New Release: Pumpkin LagerLive Entertainment: Elephant Rescue BandTicket Raffle! Costume Contest!Hourdurves & Treats!Tickets NOW Available in Taproom!Pre Sale $15 or Day of $20 More

Hessville Zombie Crawl

October 22, 2016
  • Location: Beginning at Pioneer Tap
  • 6826 Kennedy Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: Starting: 5:00 PM
  • Website

With so many zombies rising from the dead this year to attend the Hessville Zombie Crawl, we are going to have two starting points. Pioneer tap will be one starting point and Chuck and Irene's will be the second starting point. The zombie crawl starts at 5 PM and procession leaves out at 6 PM from the first bars. If you would like to be in the costume contest there will be a $5... More

Lake Village Fall Festival feat Jason Michael Carroll & Lewis Brice

October 22, 2016
  • Location: Lake Township Fire House
  • 9728 North 300 West
  • Lake Village, IN
  • Times: 3pm to 11:30pm
  • Admission: $15-$25
  • Website

Shaun Kelly Productions and The Lake Township Fire Dept welcome Jason Michael Carroll, Lewis Brice, Stephen Neal, High Noon, and Nickel and Dime featuring The Bucketman Mike Summers on Oct 22 on the grounds of The Lake Township Fire Dept. More

Union Street Cemetery Tour

October 22, 2016
  • Location: Union Street Cemetery
  • Union Street Cemetery
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 465-3595
  • Website | Email

Join Kevin Pazour, Executive Director of the Porter County Museum, for a free tour of Union Street Cemetery--originally known as Old City Cemetery. Union Street Cemetery, the oldest in Valparaiso, is the final resting place of over fifty Civil War veterans from Porter County, as well as many of Porter County's notable founding residents. Learn more about the early history of Va... More

Witching Hour at White Ripple Gallery & Co.

October 22, 2016

We invite all as we pierce the veil between the living and the dead.  Come partake in the 3rd year anniversary of White Ripple Gallery & Co. with the Witching Hour Art Exhibition & Market!  Come see the finest display of dark arts and all things spooky & mysterious. Cash bar, $5 photo booth, psychic card reader, appetizers, music and haunted hallways.   More

On-Going Events

Railway Garden

May 01, 2016 to October 31, 2016 (Recurring daily)

The Railway Garden is an outdoor G (Garden)-scale model train garden that tells the amazing story of America’s steam engine history and its impact on the United States. The garden landscape features mountains, canyons and prairies and is home to a large collection of miniature conifers.  More

St. John Farmers' Market

May 01, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (Every Sunday)
  • Location: Community Hospital Outpatient Centre Parking Lot
  • 9660 Wicker Ave
  • St. John, IN
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-365-6043
  • Website

Fresh produce, prepared foods, jams/jellies, perennial and annual flowers, fresh fruit, honey, baked goods, herbs and more. More

Nature B-I-N-G-O

May 06, 2016 to October 28, 2016 (Every Friday)

Fridays are for nature B-I-N-G-O at Deep River County Park.  Every Friday beginning in May stop by the general store 10 am – noon and pick up your bingo card. Families can take a walk around Deep River and check off what they see. Get four in a row and yell BINGO!! Then return to the visitor center to receive a prize.  More

Chesterton's European Market

May 07, 2016 to October 29, 2016 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Broadway and Third street
  • Broadway and Third Street
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 8am to 2pm
  • Phone: 219-926-5513
  • Website

The European Market provides a strong tradition of quality shopping, live entertainment and a festive community experience. The artists, chefs, merchants and farmers travel from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors an extraordinary collection of products and services. More

Rensselear Farmers' Market

May 07, 2016 to October 22, 2016 (Every Saturday)
  • Courthouse Square
  • Rensselaer, 47978
  • Times: 7:30am to 10am
  • Website

Providing a convenient location for local vendors and shoppers. More

Whiting Farmers' Market

May 07, 2016 to October 29, 2016 (Every Saturday)

The market features seasonal flowers, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, pies and more! More

Barnyard Jams at County Line Orchard

September 03, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

Enjoy some barnyard fun at the orchard with live entertainment! See website for dates and times. More

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Experience the journey of the Passion of Christ as never before in this interactive trail featuring 40 life-sized bronze statues. Experience the various Stations of the Cross with audio descriptions as you walk the winding pathway.…more
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Pierogi Fest, the pride of Whiting, is an opportunity for the residents to celebrate their heritage while poking a little fun at themselves at the same time. The one of a kind parade and festival have received countrywide recognition having been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel.…more
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