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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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Signature Event

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

Special Events

The Secret Garden

November 20, 2014 to November 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Munster High School Auditorium
  • 8808 Columbia Ave
  • Munster, Indiana 46321
  • Times: Thur, Fri and Sat 7pm and Sun 2pm
  • Phone: 219-838-2235
  • Website

The Munster Theatre Company (the Performing Arts Department of Munster High School) is pleased to present the musical inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel, "The Secret Garden", with book/lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon. The artistic staff includes: Larry A. Brechner producer/director; Carol Lynn Brechner, producer/director; William Woods... More

Turkey Talk

November 23, 2014

Bring the kids for a look at the wild turkeys that live in the Indiana Dunes. We'll play a little turkey quiz (for prizes!) to test your gobbler knowledge! Meet in the Nature Center auditorium. More

What Remains to Be Seen

November 23, 2014

Meet at the Nature Center for a fun, easy hike in search of the signs of the animals around. We'll be baiting special sand pads in search of the animals tracking up the place. More

Gobble, Gobble: A Turkey Fun Fest

November 24, 2014 to November 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

A Week Stuffed with Turkey-Filled Fun! Nov. 28 Special Black Friday Turkey Fun Fest Celebration  10:30 & 3:30 - "Turkey Surprise" by Peggy Archer  11:00 & 5:30 - Handprint Turkey Art  12, 2:30 & 4:30 - Bellaboo Bakers: My Size Pumpkin Pies  1:30 - Turkey Tales: Turkey Hunt  5:45 - Thanksgiving's Day Parade Note: Cl... More

Glow in the Dark Party

November 26, 2014

Black Out! "Glow in the Dark Part 4" along with promotional partner Plan B Promotions we are set to host BLACKOUT 4, our "Black Wednesday" Dance Party held the night before Thanksgiving. Carrying a neon and laser light theme, the high-energy bash will feature a FOUR turntable showcase with DJ Gordo and DJ Metro of B96, as well as NWI's own DJ Navic, along wi... More

Freddy's Steakhouse - Thanksgiving Dinner

November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving dinner specials: Traditional Turkey Dinner- hand carved turkey with giblet dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, chunky cranberry sauce and bacon brussels sprouts $16.95 Hawaiian glazed ham with candied yams, green bean casserole and chunky cranberry sauce $16.95 New Zealand lamb rack with herb roasted red potatoes, root vegetables and rosemary au jus... More

Thanksgiving at The WaterBird

November 27, 2014
  • Venue: WaterBird Banquet Center
  • 526 Indian Boundary Road
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 12pm to 3pm
  • Admission: $21.95 + Tax & Gratuity for people 12 and older, $13.95 + tax and Graturity for children 4-11 yrs, Children 3 and Under are Free
  • Phone: 219-928-1514
  • Website | Email

Enjoy lakeside dining close to home. The WaterBird Lakeside Banquet Center will be offering a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 12pm to 3pm on Thursday, Nov. 27th, 2014. The Menu: Chef Carved Roast Turkey Chef Carved Baked Honeyed Ham Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Honey and Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots Green Bean Casserole Sausage and Vegetable Stuffing ... More

Turkey Skate

November 27, 2014

After you finish up your Thanksgiving feast, why not enjoy some more holiday cheer? Come on out to Midwest on Thanksgiving night for open skate from 7pm to 9pm, and rat hockey from 9pm to11pm! More

Air Supply

November 28, 2014

Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply started playing small venues with just one guitar and two voices. They quickly gained a reputation for beautiful harmonies and well-crafted songs, and their first single shot to number one. Air Supply's lavish productions and hits such as "Lost in Love," "All Out of Love," "Sweet Dreams," and "... More

Ballroom Date Night

November 28, 2014
  • Venue: The Uptown Center
  • 907 Franklin St.
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 6pm
  • Phone: 219-809-9119

Join the Uptown Center for a grand night of dancing and entertainment.   More

Christmas Long Ago on Buckley Homestead

November 28, 2014 to November 29, 2014 (Recurring daily)

The traditions of Christmases past come to life when the farm children share stories as they do their chores and prepare for the coming eve of the holiday. The hired hands are busy too, but always find time for visitors and to offer a taste of chestnuts roasting over the open fire. A visit to the homestead wouldn't be complete without a stop in the main house kitchen for a tast... More

Holiday Crafts

November 28, 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. More

Thanksgiving Soul Jam

November 28, 2014
  • Venue: Star Plaza Theatre
  • 8001 Delaware Place
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: Doors Open at 7pm and Showtime is 8pm
  • Phone: 800-745-3000
  • Website

The O'Jays have earned millions of fans throughout an illustrious career that first became a reality in the late 1950s. From their teenage years as The Mascots, to providing background vocals for Nat King Cole, The O'Jays have survived and flourished as one of the hottest R&B acts of our time. Hits like "For the Love of Money," "Used To Be My Girl," a... More

Bird Banding Demonstrations

November 29, 2014

Come see some of our wild migrating birds 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

Christmas Tree Lighting

November 29, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Wheatfield
  • Times: 6pm
  • Website

Come watch the tree lighting in the park and stay for ham and bean soup, christmas carols and a cookie walk.   More

Improv Comedy Night at The WaterBird

November 29, 2014

Break out of the house this Thanksgiving weekend and stuff yourself with laughs. Northwest Indiana's own improv comedy group, Disposable Theatre, will be taking the stage at the WaterBird Banquet Center. There will be a premium cash bar, light appetizer menu and plenty of comedy! More

Model Train Show

November 29, 2014 to November 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Lake County Fairgrounds
  • 889 S. Court St
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Sat 10am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-922-6083

The show will feature all gauges of model and toy trains, with featured brands including Lionel, American Flyer (also known as S-Gauge), Marx, HO and more.  During the show, attendees will be able to see a large modular train group, who will have a 32' by 36' layout on display, as well as meet with exhibitors from Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.... More

Santa's March and Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 29, 2014
  • Location: Main Square Park
  • 3001 Ridge Road
  • Highland, IN 46322
  • Times: 4:30pm
  • Phone: 219-838-0114

Parade with Santa through downtown Highland, ending at the Main Square Gazebo. Hot chocolate will be served. Join us for the lighting of Main Square Park for the holiday season. Afterward, Santa will have treat bags for good boys and girls. This is made possible with a generous donation from Culver’s. More

Snakes Alive!

November 29, 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

Salute: An Homage to the Godfathers of Art.

October 11, 2014 to November 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

The headlining show is titled Salute: An Homage to the Godfathers of Art. The show is curated by Ruth Crnkovich, an internationally recognized art appraiser and curator who was influential in the growth and success of both the South Shore Arts Center in Munster, Ind., and the Zhou B Arts Center in Chicago. Crnkovich will be featuring art by the best-known artists from the ... More

Sandhill Cranes During Fall Migration

October 13, 2014 to December 12, 2014 (Recurring every week day)

During the fall tens of thousands of sandhill cranes migrate to the Jasper-Pulaksi Fish and Wildlife Area. Join in the experience of watching this natural wonder. Best times to view are sunset and sunrise between mid-October to mid-December. Best viewing area is the Goose Pasture Viewing Area. More

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 More

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