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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.

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

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Special Events

Night Hike

October 01, 2014 to October 15, 2014 (Every Wednesday)

Take a hike through nature at night. Glow sticks and flashlights are encouraged.  Guests should wear comfortable shoes and dress for fall nighttime weather. More

Dirt Born

October 02, 2014

Come see this 90's alternative and grunge cover band.   More

4th Annual Fall Stroll

October 03, 2014 to October 04, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: See Description Below
  • Times: Friday 4pm to 7pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm
  • Website

Visit each of these locations to find something special for yourself or a gift for someone else. October 3 (4pm to 7pm) 1. Country Dreamin' - 11543 N State Road, Wheatfield, Indiana 2. Pastime Primitives - 33 Acre Lane, Wheatfield, Indiana 3. Bid D Bar Ranch - 12641 N 600 W, DeMotte, Indiana October 4 (9am to 5pm) 1. Pastime Primitives - 33 Acre Lane, Wheatfield,... More

Judas Priest

October 03, 2014

There are few heavy metal bands that have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest has during their nearly 40-year career. Their presence and influence remains at an all-time high as evidenced by 2008's 'Nostradamus' being the highest charting album of their career, a 2010 Grammy Award win for 'Best Metal Performance,' being a VH1 Rock Honors recipient, and playing to cap... More

Westville Pumpkin Festival

October 03, 2014 to October 05, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Prairie Meadow Park
  • US 421 & US 2
  • Westville, IN 46391
  • Phone: 219-879-8280

A celebration of the pumpkin harvest in a true Midwestern style family event. Come enjoy pumpkin pie along with food & craft booths, tractor pulls, parade, run/walk and live entertainment. More

Fall Color Stroll

October 04, 2014

Fall Color Stroll. Explore the peaking fall color this morning and other sights along the way. Meet at the Nature Center for an easy, 45-minute stroll through the sassafras woodlands and button bush swamp in search of all things fall. More

Harvest Weekend at Caboose Lake

October 04, 2014 (Every Saturday)

Candy Corn Ghost (oops, guess!), pumpkin carving contest for adults & children, scavenger hunt....Bwahahahaha! Two night minimum More

Northwest Indiana Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Annual Festival

October 04, 2014
  • Location: Forest Ridge Academy
  • 7300 Forest Drive
  • Schererville, Indiana 46375
  • Times: TBD
  • Website

This festival is to promote awareness of deafness, foster the growth of our community and provide outreach resources for any deaf and hard-of-hearing related questions such as parents of newly diagnosed deaf children, late-onset deafness in adults, sign language courses and many more. More

Snakes Alive!

October 04, 2014
  • Location: Nature Center Auditorium
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, Indiana 46304
  • Times: 2pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-926-1390
  • Website

Snake's Alive slither your way into the Nature Center for a fascinating look at the snakes that live in the dunes. Explore the adaptations snakes have as they prepare for the long hibernation ahead. Great program, especially if you're uncomfortable around these unique animals! More

On-Going Events

The Rocky Horror Picture Show in NWI!

Started November 17, 2012 (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

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started March 16, 2013 (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

Sage After Dark

Started November 01, 2013 (Every Friday)

Sage Restaurant presents "Sage After Dark": Acoustic music by local artists, fresh cocktails, and small plates Visit us at More

Kid's Rule at National Lakeshore Visitor Center

Started February 16, 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

First Friday Art Walk

Started April 04, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday)
  • Location: Uptown Arts District
  • 607 Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 5pm to 8pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 507-400-2787
  • Website | Email

The First Friday Art Walk features businesses within the Uptown Arts District (11th Street to the Lake, Spring to Wabash Street) offering entertainment, specials, art exhibits, refreshments and more. More

Chesterton's European Market

May 03, 2014 to October 25, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Broadway and Third street
  • Broadway and Third Street
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • 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

Riverside Market

May 03, 2014 to October 19, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • 234 East Second Street
  • Michigan City, Indiana 46360
  • Times: 10am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-874-5864
  • Website

Riverside Marketplace provides a low cost alternative to local farmers, merchants, and artistic talents to offer residents and tourist the opportunity to buy regionally grown fresh produce, healthy organic foods, and local creative arts and crafts. More

Remington Main Street Farmers' Market

June 07, 2014 to October 25, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • 36 S Ohio Street
  • Remington, Indiana 47977
  • Times: 7:30am to 11:30am

Come enjoy a small town farmers' market in Remington, Indiana.   More

Rensselear Farmers' Market

July 05, 2014 to October 25, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Courthouse Square
  • Rensselaer, Indiana 47978
  • Times: 7:30am to 10am

Providing a convenient location for local vendors and shoppers. More

Lubeznik Center for the Arts Exhibits

August 02, 2014 to October 18, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Invasive Species... The Art of Upcycling A resurgence in the "ready-made" art practice made popular by Dada artists Duchamp and Man Ray, upcycling makes use of discarded materials and transforms them into beautiful objects without breaking down the material. Invasive Species: The Art of Upcycling will feature upcycle inspired artwork that crosses boundaries between... More

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

September 08, 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

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

September 11, 2014 to October 12, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Set in a madcap Madrid, Women on the verge of a Nervous Breakdown is based on Pedro Almodóvar's film of the same name. Lane and Yazbek, the team behind DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, took Almodóvar's tale and infused it with their own wry, comic style and an irresistible Spanish beat. Both touching and hilarious, it's a story about women and the men who pursue them with... More

71st Annual Salon Show

September 14, 2014 to October 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: The Center for Visual and Performing Arts
  • 1040 Ridge Road
  • Munster, IN 46307
  • Times: Mon - Fri 10am to 5pm, Sat 10am to 4pm and Sun 12pm to 4pm
  • Phone: 219-836-1839
  • Website

South Shore Arts presents the 71st Annual Salon Show.  More

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Uniquely South Shore
Northwest Indiana’s very own candy factory boasts the world’s best gummies! Tour the factory and experience your favorites being made, see the world’s tallest chocolate waterfall and sample some of the best candies around!…more
What began as a local newspaper’s effort to tell the compelling stories of Northwest Indiana men and women who sacrificed during the Civil War has evolved into a large-scale historical preservation effort. The joint partnership of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project seeks to carry forward on hundreds of hours of community service that already have taken place. …more
Conveniently located between Chicago and Indianapolis, Fair Oaks Farms offers a fun family playground that everyone will enjoy! From the Dairy Adventure and Birthday Barn, to the Cheese Factory and Mooville, Fair Oaks Farms will keep the family entertained, and well-fed, for a full day of education and fun!…more
When a guest visits a hotel, restaurant, bank, or gas station, they rarely meet the manager or owner of the establishment. It's up to the front-line employee to make the customer's visit enjoyable.The R.O.S.E. Awards were created to recognize these "directors of first impression" who consistently work hard to make our lives easier. Guests & managers are able to nominate an employee who consistently "goes the extra mile."…more
Heavy industry carried the South Shore economy for decades. Now, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority tells a story about a community: it’s been built by steel but changing from tourism. Northwest Indiana’s appeal is its devotion to ensure new & already existing businesses succeed. Area leaders have teamed together to revitalize the mill towns and make Northwest Indiana the place people want to live & work. …more
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
With five different casinos, Northwest Indiana offers much excitement and action along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan! With decadent restaurants, world class entertainment and floors (and floors) of slots and table games, your night is just getting started when you test your luck at one of our casinos.…more
A breathtaking adventure awaits at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, home to a plethora of diverse natural resources. The National Park is comprised of more than 15,000 acres of sand dunes, bogs, marshes, swamps, fens, prairies, rivers, oak savannas, and woodland forests. It provides visitors with opportunities for bird watching, camping, 45 miles of hiking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.…more
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
This holiday season, The Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond will feature 6 animated displays featuring scenes from "A Christmas Story". The displays include: Higbee’s Department Store Window, Flick’s Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It’s a Major Award, Santa’s Mountain at Higbee’s, the Bumpus Hounds, and the Parker Living Room. The displays were first showcased in 2003 in the windows of the Herald Square Macy’s in New York City. …more
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