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Summer on the ShoreThere 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

SOLD OUT - Legend of Sleepy Hollow

September 15, 2017 to September 23, 2017 (Every Friday, Saturday)

Buckley Homestead for two weekends, transforms into Tarrytown, NY also known as Sleepy Hollow. Come visit this interactive walking tour while in search for Ichabod Crane. Watch your step you might run into the Headless Horseman.   More

Alfresco Wine Dinner

September 21, 2017

If you're looking for a fun night out with your friends or significant other, one of the best places you can go is Lucrezia's Late Summer Alfresco Wine Dinner! Lucrezia's is hosting a fun-spirited wine dinner with a relaxed atmosphere. They will highlight six wines from Ferrari-Carano paired with an award winning five course dining experience. This is a great way to sample new... More

Birding Northwest Indiana

September 21, 2017 to February 15, 2018 (Select Dates)

Join a Lake County Parks naturalist for a field trip to different birding spots in Northwest Indiana. Fieldtrips will begin at Gibson Woods at 9 am and participants can carpool to various locations where migrants and wintering birds have been seen. Locations will be decided the week prior to each trip. Trips happen the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.Call 219-833-3188 to let... More

Brewing Science: Yeast

September 21, 2017

The final class in our four part Brewing Science series at Four Fathers is all about that wonderful microorganism the yeast cell. This class will focus on topics surrounding yeast cell structure, taxonomy, biology, and metabolism. We will spend a good deal of time discussing our favorite atypical brewing yeast Brettanomyces. As the saying goes, "brewers make wort, but yeast mak... More

Home School Days at Wood’s Historic Grist Mill

September 21, 2017

Not part of a homeschool group or your group is too small for a group reservation? Attend one of the park’s Homeschool Days to participate in hands-on educational program The Power of Water: Nature and History Tour with other homeschool families. Cost is $2 per person. Children 2 and under are free. Reservation is required. Payment is due on the day of visit. Call 219-947-1958 ... More

Unicorn Painting at Pokro Brewing

September 21, 2017
  • Location: Pokro Brewing Company
  • 311 N Broad Street
  • Griffith, IN 46319
  • Times: Starting: 6:30 PM
  • Phone: (219) 924-7950
  • Website

A blast from the past, inspired by the 80's film and the book from 1968 by Peter S. Beagle join us for an enchanting evening of Pints and Palettes. This painting will feature a slight iridescent paint to give the unicorn a light shimmer and a beautiful reflective / color change paint to add beauty and dimension to the eyes. Can't draw? No worries as the design will be predraw... More

90's Party

September 22, 2017
  • Location: Dimensions School of Social Dance
  • 306 S. Calumet Rd.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Admission: $10 per person
  • Phone: (219) 250-2246
  • Website

Dude, this is going to be a totally awesome party! We're taking it back to the 90's for the evening, and it's going to be a blast from the past that you won't want to miss! We'll have a prize for the raddest costume, plus dancing to some sweet 90's tunes. This will also be a potluck party, so bring a dish to share! More

12th Annual Remote Controlled Air Show

September 23, 2017
  • Location: Jean Shepherd Community Center
  • 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive
  • Hammond, IN
  • Times: From: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Phone: (219) 554-0155

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation invite you to attend an indoor remote controlled air show and static display hosted by the Midwest RC Pilots. Come and watch or join in on the fun—this event is free for everyone! Concessions will be available for purchase. There will be a candy drop for kids.Call (219) 554-0155 for more information. More

38th Annual Fall Harvest Craft Festival

September 23, 2017 to September 24, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Griffith Central Park
  • 698 N. Broad Street
  • Griffith, IN 46319
  • Times: Sat 10am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-670-8538
  • Website | Email

Join the boyscouts as they host the 38th annual Fall Harvest Craft Festival! Our scouts are excited to bring you a park full of artists and craftsmen for the weekend. All vendors carry 100% handmade quality products. The fall craft festival is a perfect event to start your Christmas shopping at or find a unique piece for yourself or your home! A full lunch menu will avaliable t... More

Michelle Velez at Pokro Brewing

September 23, 2017
  • Location: Pokro Brewing Company
  • 311 N Broad Street
  • Griffith, IN 46319
  • Phone: (219) 924-7950
  • Website

Come on out for a fun night, great music, great food, and great craft beer! Michelle will also be celebrating her birthday that night! :) 21 and older only! More

The 6th Annual Hooked on Art-Live Street Art Festival

September 23, 2017

We welcome you to experience the Midwest in the Fall with a festival celebrating live street art in progress! Join us at Thomas Centennial Park in historic Downtown Chesterton, Indiana for the 6th Annual Hooked on Art-Live Street Art Festival! Watch live street artists use a variety of mediums to express their creativity; completing a work of art from start to finish over the c... More

On-Going Events

Crown Point Car Cruise

June 15, 2017 to September 28, 2017 (Every Thursday)

The car cruise around the square is from 5pm to 8pm every Thursday night during the summer. Participants are asked not to arrive before 5pm so there are parking spaces open for downtown shoppers. More

Chesterton's European Market

June 17, 2017 to October 28, 2017 (Every Saturday)

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

Crown Point Farmers' Market

June 17, 2017 to September 30, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Downtown
  • South block of Main St.
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-662-3290
  • Website

Vendors sell everything from fresh produce, flowers, gourmet foods, candles, cheese and a variety of other products. More

LaPorte Farmers' Market

June 17, 2017 to October 14, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • Lincolnway and Monroe Street
  • LaPorte, IN 46350
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-448-1674
  • Website

At the market you will find growers selling fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, cheese, honey, and often home baked goods. Our market items are coming directly from the producer allowing you the opportunity to get to know where your food is coming from. You will find your choice of products that have been grown, raised, made conventionally or organically without additive antibiotics... More

St. Stanislaus of Michigan City Farmers' Market

June 17, 2017 to October 28, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • 1500 Block of Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, IN
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-363-1407
  • Website

"Home-grown" fruits and vegetables, honey, butters, flowers, herbs and much more. This Farmers Market also offers entertainment, education and special events such as wine tastings, bake sales, Alpaca wool spinning and more. More

Valparaiso Market

June 17, 2017 to October 21, 2017 (Every Tuesday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Valparaiso Events
  • 150 W. Lincolnway Suite 1006
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: From: 08:00 AM to 02:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 464-8332
  • Website | Email

Shop the Valparaiso Market weekly for fresh local produce, handmade products and beautiful plants and flowers. The fresh produce will liven up your favorite recipes. Stop by weekly for lunch on the go from one of the wonderful food vendors. Visit with local growers and craftsman all season long to see what they grow and create from summer through fall. Live music every Tuesday ... More

Whiting Farmers' Market

June 17, 2017 to October 28, 2017 (Every Saturday)

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

Miller Beach Farmers' Market

June 18, 2017 to September 24, 2017 (Every Sunday)
  • 667 South Lake St.
  • Gary, IN
  • Times: 10am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-938-7720
  • Website

Features fresh produce, local honey, prepared foods from local vendors, and a variety of handcrafted items. More

St. John Farmers' Market

June 18, 2017 to October 15, 2017 (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

Town of Munster Farmers' Market

June 18, 2017 to October 08, 2017 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Centennial Park
  • 1005 S. Centennial Dr.
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 8am to 2pm
  • Phone: 219-836-7275
  • Website

The Town of Munster invites you to come out for produce, plants, home-made jams and jellies, baked goods, cheese, food vendors, drinks, local crafts and artwork, jewelry, clothing, bath and beauty products, direct sales businesses and more. Live music every other Sunday starting May 14. More

The Wheatfield Bluegrass Jam

Started June 23, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 4th Friday)
  • Location: Wheatfield Municipal Building
  • 170 South Grace Street
  • Wheatfield , IN
  • Times: From: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Come and enjoy the Wheatfield Bluegrass Jam monthly on the 4th Friday of the month.   More

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