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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

A "Mother's Day Gift" Workshop

May 04, 2016
  • Location: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Phone: 2198731520
  • Website | Email

Bring a friend and spend an evening at the Barker Mansion creating a unique jewelry gift for that special person in your life. For a small fee, jewelry designer Pat Frankinburger will be teaching you how to create your choice of a pair of earrings ($10/pair), a bangle bracelet ($15), or a pendant necklace ($15). In addition, a wide range of jewelry creations will also be on dis... More

Alice Cooper

May 05, 2016

Watch Alice Cooper perform live. More

Cinco de Mayo Beer Dinner

May 05, 2016
  • Location: The Farmhouse Restaurant at Fair Oaks Farms
  • 754 N 600 E
  • Fair Oaks, IN 47943
  • Times: Starting: 6:00 PM
  • Admission: $55 per person

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us at The Farmhouse Restaurant! This Lagunitas Beer inspired dinner is sure to be fantastic! Menu: Ceviche Mixto Shrimp, Lobster, Fresh Seasonal Fish, Cucumber, Tomato, Avocado on Slush Lime JuiceLagunitas Pils Czech Style Pilsner   Papaya Pork Belly Salad Jicama, Blackened Papaya, Grapes, Mango, Fried Pork Belly, Seasonal Greens, Chipotle Hon... More

Hammond's Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival

May 05, 2016
  • Venue: Hammond Civic Center
  • 5825 Sohl Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Times: Doors open at 5 pm, food served from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Admission: $15
  • Phone: 219-853-6378
  • Website

Head to the Hammond Civic Center for Hammond's Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta! Performances by • Duo Romantico• Ballet Folkiorico Yolotzin• Erik Antonio y Su Mariachi• Together All tickets are $15. Ticket includes food and entertainment. Cash bar available. More

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

May 05, 2016 to May 08, 2016
  • Location: Munster High School Auditorium
  • 8808 Columbia Avenue
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: Thur - Sat 7:00 PM and Sunday 2:00 PM

The Munster Theatre Company (part of Munster High School’s Performing Arts) is pleased to present the all-time favorite musical, Cinderella, a wonderful Rogers and Hammerstein musical based on the classic fairy tale love story. * Showtime for Munster Theatre Company's musical "CINDERELLA" performance is moved to 8:30pm on Saturday, May 7. More

Mother's Day Celebration

May 06, 2016
  • Location: Star Plaza Theatre
  • 8001 Delaware Place
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM
  • Website

Enjoy the entertainment of Marvin Sapp, John P Kee, Tasha Cobbs, Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy and Jonathan McReynolds. More

Caboose Lake Open House

May 07, 2016
  • Location: Caboose Lake Campground
  • 3657 West US 24
  • Remington, IN 47977
  • Times: See Website for Details
  • Phone: 877-600-2267
  • Website

Come by and take part in Caboose Lake Campground's Open House. This is your chance to see the dock extension and bumper boats, tour the campground, caboose, and RV rentals. Enjoy some snacks and take part in a chance to win some door prizes. More

Hoosier Mamas | a Mother's Day Tour IN the 219

May 07, 2016
  • Location: Indiana Welcome Center
  • 7770 Corinne Dr
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Admission: Half Day Tour $45 and Full Day Tour $75
  • Phone: (312) 620-2446
  • Website | Email

Half Day - 2:19pm - 5:29pm200 minutes IN the 219 in the footsteps of Hoosier Mamas. Full Day - 8:49am - 5:29pm We'll motor over to the Field Museum premier of "Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability", a documentary by two Hoosier Mamas, followed by a panel discussion about the film and the Museum's related collections. Next, we'll have Lunch at the Museum. Lastly, we wi... More

Skate Wars with the South Shore Roller Girls

May 07, 2016
  • Location: Hammond Civic Center
  • 5825 Sohl Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Times: Doors open at 5:30pm first whistle at 6:00pm Second Bout will start around 8:00pm
  • Admission: Adults $10, children 6-10 $5 and children 5 and under free
  • Phone: 219-771-1339
  • Website | Email

The South Shore Derailers will take on the Barbed Wire Betties during Bout 1 at 6:00 p.m. Beginning at 8:00 p.m., the South Shore Runaways will battle on the rink against the Windy City Rollers Third Coast. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.Concessions will be available for purchase at the event. All ages are welcome to attend. Admission is $15/adults, $10/children age 6 – 10 and childre... More

On-Going Events

Wine Tasting at White Rhino

Started June 03, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 0th)

Sample up to 10 different wines and enjoy a gourmet appetizer buffet all while Marco Villarreal fills the room with enchanting sounds on his acoustic guitar. $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  Call 219 864-9200 or sign up at our website More

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started June 06, 2015 (Every Saturday)

Enjoy hands-on family activities in the park's west end visitor center, especially the new Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is the tradition. Help feed the center's resident turtles or fish or join a ranger for a hike in Miller Woods. More

First Friday Art Walk

Started September 04, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 0th)
  • Location: Uptown Arts District
  • 607 Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 5pm to 8pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 507-400-2787
  • Website | Email

Through its Arts & Culture Committee, the Michigan City Mainstreet Association seeks to weave the arts into the fabric of Michigan City's Uptown Arts District. The association believes that the arts are a catalyst for public dialogue, and that shared cultural experiences contribute to a sense of place, communal identity and economic revitalization. The First Friday Art Walk... More

The Rocky Horror Picture Show in NWI!

Started September 05, 2015 (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

Kid's Rule at National Lakeshore Visitor Center

Started September 06, 2015 (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

Tours and Tasting with Brewmaster Steve

Started September 07, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 0th)
  • Venue: Crown Brewing
  • 211 S. East Street
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 6pm
  • Phone: 219-663-4545
  • Website

Join Brewmaster Steve for a behind the scenes tour. The tours are held the first Monday of each month at 6pm. The tour is $5 and includes beer samples and a logo tasting glass. More

Open Gym at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Started November 06, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Join Midwest Training and Ice Center for open gym, ages 6 and up. This is a good opportunity to let your kids come and be kids. The Midwest staff will be on hand to monitor gym activities. Kids can work on tumbling, trampoline, tumble trax or just play in the pit. A full service concession stand is also available during open gym nights. Please be reminded of the proper ... More

Sunday Brunch

Started January 03, 2016 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Center for Visual and Performing Arts
  • 1040 Ridge Rd
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 11am to 2pm
  • Admission: $22.50 for adults; children 4-11, $11.50; under 4 years, $3.00. Price does not include gratuity.
  • Phone: 219-836-1930
  • Website

Every Sunday, the buffet table is brimming with delicious breakfast and luncheon dishes for the Center for Visual and Performing Arts' all-you-can-eat brunch. And, add to all of this: sparkling champagne, the ambiance of their elegant dining room, and the excellent service of their extremely attentive wait staff. Consider celebrating a special occasion during brunch - they can ... More

Barker Mansion Tour Times

January 07, 2016 to May 28, 2016 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Times: 1pm
  • Admission: $5
  • Phone: 219-873-1520
  • Website | Email

The Barker Mansion will be giving guided tours at 1pm every Tuesday- Saturday. The mansion will be closed every Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit for details. More

WaterBird Sunday Brunch

February 21, 2016 to January 01, 2017 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: WaterBird Banquet Center
  • 526 Indian Boundary Road
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 10am to 1pm
  • Admission: $16.95 for Adults. $14.95 for seniors (65+). $12.95 for Children 10 and Under. 3 and Under Free. *Price does not include Tax or Gratuity
  • Phone: 219-928-1514
  • Website | Email

Enjoy a lakeside dining experience like no where else in Northwest Indiana. The buffet will include seasonal fresh fruit, breakfast pastries and artisan breads, salad bar with chef choice toppings, made to order omelets, made to order pancakes with chef choice toppings, chef carved roast pork loin and honey roasted ham, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon, country style breakfast... More

Open Skate at Midwest Training & Ice Center

Started March 01, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Midwest Training and Ice Center
  • 10600 White Oak Avenue
  • Dyer, 46311
  • Times: Monday through Friday 11am to 12:30pm, Saturday 10pm to 11:30pm and Sunday 2pm to 3:30pm
  • Admission: Admission: $6, Skate Rental: $4
  • Phone: 219-558-8811
  • Website

Join Midwest Training and Ice Center for open skate.  Hours vary, see website for details. More

1st Saturday Night Stargazing

April 02, 2016 to January 07, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 0th)
  • Venue: Kemil Beach
  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Times: Times vary by season
  • Website

Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park. More

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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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