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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.

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Campfire on the Beach

June 13, 2015 to August 08, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Saturday)
  • Venue: Kemil Beach
  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Times: See description below for exact times
  • Phone: 219-395-1882

Watch the sunset on the beach and then join a ranger around a campfire to toast marshmallows while enjoying stories and songs in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This program will be held on June 13 and July 11 from 8:00 - 9:30 pm and on August 8 from 7:30 - 9:00 pm. The Kemil Beach parking lot is located at 27 North East State Park Road in the Indiana Dunes National La... More

First Friday Night Hike and Beach Campfire

July 03, 2015 to August 03, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd)

Enjoy the beach with a campfire in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Relax with s'mores, stories and a sunset. You can hike a 2.5 mile trail (roudtrip) or meet the ranger at Lake Street. This program will be held three times this summer on June 5, July 3 and August 7. This program will begin at 6:30 pm and last for three hours and you can meet the ranger at the Douglas Cent... More

Chesterton Art Fair

August 01, 2015 to August 02, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Hawthorne Park
  • 405 Waverly Road
  • Porter, IN 46304
  • Times: 10am to 5pm
  • Admission: $5
  • Phone: 219-926-4711
  • Website

The Chesterton Art Fair features juried art with more than 100 artists from 15 states. The fair features a children's booth, music and a public art project. More

Small Prestivus

August 01, 2015 to August 02, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: downtown Griffith, Indiana
  • 201 N Broad Street
  • Griffith, IN 46322
  • Times: See Description
  • Admission: Free; $10 per workshop
  • Website | Email

Small Prestivus…books by the rest of us! Blotterature Literary Magazine and Lit Fest Press are promoting the diversity of small presses and the writers they represent at "Small Prestivus," a two day national small press fest. We invite all writers and the public for this free event! The fest is set to include writing workshops; an outdoor book fair with... More

Fort Building Contest

August 02, 2015 to September 06, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Sunday)

Form a family or small group team and test your architecture skills in the Nature Play Zone in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Fun prizes for different themed forts will be awarded throughout the day.  This program will begin at 10:00 am and will last up to 6 hours. The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the nat... More

South Shore Summer Music Festival

August 02, 2015
  • Location: Redar Park
  • 1722 S Park Avenue
  • Schererville, Indiana 46375
  • Times: 5pm
  • Website

The Town of Schererville is proud to present a summer concert with the Northwest Indiana Symphony. Join us at Redar Park for a great evening of music. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets or picnic baskets for this unforgettable event! More

Chicago Blackhawk Brent Sopel

August 03, 2015

Chicago Blackhawk Brent Sopel will be at Bridges' Scoreboard.  Please visit for more information.     More

Wings of Freedom Tour 2015

August 03, 2015 to August 05, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Porter County Regional Airport
  • 4207 Murvihill Rd.
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: Mon 12pm to 5pm, Tue 9am to 5pm and Wed 9am to 12pm
  • Phone: 800-568-8924
  • Website

The Collings Foundation's WWII B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and P-51 Mustang will be visiting Valparaiso, IN at the Porter County Regional Airport August 3-5. Tours through the aircraft will be available for $12 for Adults, $6 for Children and Free for WWII Veterans.   Half hour flights on the B-17 & B-24 are $450 per person and $400 per p... More

Here Come the Mummies

August 06, 2015

Enjoy Here Come the Mummies at Wicker Memorial Park. More

Kids' Nature Play in the Garden at Barker Mansion

August 06, 2015
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 9am to 10am
  • Admission: $2
  • Phone: 219-873-1520
  • Website | Email

Curious children ages 10 and under are invited to a brand new program at Michigan City’s Barker Mansion.  The hour-long program will encourage youth to explore the garden just as Catherine Barker may have done as a young girl.   Activities will take place in the outdoor garden and include a story, an art project and a snack themed around the winged insects. The... More

Kids’ Nature Play in the Garden

August 06, 2015
  • Location: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 9am to 10am
  • Admission: $2
  • Phone: 219-873-1520
  • Email

Birds will be the focus of this month’s Kids’ Nature Play in the Garden session at Michigan City’s Barker Mansion. Curious children ages 10 and under are invited to the new series. The hour-long program will encourage youth to explore the garden just as Catherine Barker may have done as a young girl. Activities will take place in the outdoor garden and inclu... More

Dyer Corn Fest

August 07, 2015 to August 08, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Northgate Park
  • Calumet Ave
  • Dyer, IN 46311
  • Phone: 219-864-1458
  • Website

Join Dyer in celebrating Dyer's Corn Roast. The roast is 2 days with an added beer garden to the bands, food, kids fun and crafters.  More

First Friday: Burn 'Em Brewing & Guest Speaker Heather Augustyn

August 07, 2015

Taste a variety of different brews from Burn ‘Em Brewing of Michigan City, IN, one of the most sought-after microbreweries in Northwest Indiana. Their slogan is: “Comforting the disturbed and disturbing the comfortable one brew at a time since 2013”. Take a seat as you sip on your beer and listen to Heather Augustyn, the author of Ska: An Oral History as ... More

Lounge Act Art Show

August 07, 2015 to August 28, 2015 (Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Studio 659
  • 1413 119th Street
  • Whiting, Indiana 46394
  • Times: See description below for exact times
  • Phone: 219-659-8828
  • Website

Lounge Act - The Art Show. This will be an amazing show. How do we know? Well, mix great art with the theme of lounges, entertainment and drinking, and you'll have one heck of a show. The show's opening night reception is Friday, August 7 from 6:59 pm - 9 pm and is 100% free! Stop in and check out the cool art during the opening or during their regular business hours throughout... More

More than Smores

August 07, 2015

Help us celebrate National Smores Day! We'll start by learning a little about the history and our camping culture of this delicious treat! We'll then have a full smorgasbord of different smores variations as well as marshmallow games for everyone to try. Kid under 12, please bring a parent. The activities take place at the Wilson Shelter. More

Small Town Throw-Down at Caboose Lake Campground

August 07, 2015 to August 08, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Country folk weekend with ham and bean dinner. More

Beatles Fest 2015

August 08, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Hammond
  • Hohman Avenue and Russell Street
  • Hammond, Indiana
  • Times: 2pm to 11pm
  • Website

All ages, live music, beer garden, food tents, merchandise tents, kids' stage and much more.   More

Hometown Heroes Charity Bike Run

August 08, 2015

Bikers start off with bike registration at Safe House at 9am, then kickstands will go up at approximately 10am. Bikers paid ticket includes food and pop/water outside. $20 single or $25 w/passenger You will be fully Police escorted from front to back while taking a nice long ride. You will arrive back to the Safe House at approximately 1:30pm where you will park your bikes,... More

Hummingbird Banding Demonstrations

August 08, 2015

Come see some of our hummingbirds up close this morning. We'll explore the science of bird banding and allow close-up looks at some of our resident and migrating birds. It's a popular event, come early to the Nature Center front deck. More

Perseid Meteor Stargaze

August 08, 2015
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 8:30pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-926-1390
  • Website

Night sky mapping and Native American sky lore begin at 8:30pm at the Beach Pavilion. After 9pm, the stars will begin to appear. Constellation talks will highlight the many star formations that can be viewed over the dunes this time of year. Additionally, the naturalists will have a telescope on hand for deep sky viewing. The evening coincides with the annual Perseid meteor sho... More

Pints in the Park - Craft Beer Fest

August 08, 2015

Come to Wicker Park and sample more than 100 Craft beers. More

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