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Discover all there is to see and do in Northwest Indiana. Browse holiday celebrations, concerts, casino events, special exhibits, and more with the South Shore Calendar of Events.

Our event calendar ensures that you won't miss any of the amazing events going on in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties, cities such as Gary and Hammond, as well as beachfront events along the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and water activities out on Lake Michigan. No matter your idea of fun, you'll find it on the South Shore.

 

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Special Events

Egg Marks the Spot: A Pirate Egg Hunt...Arrrr!

April 17, 2014

“An After Hour’s Interactive Theatre Experience…and Egg Hunt, of course!” Activities are designed for ages 9 and younger Pirate Costumes, Fun & Reservations are required. Reservations are available by phone or online. Call 219-963-2070 or Sail by…www.MyBellaboos.com  Little Lads & Lasses (Kids ages 1-9 yrs.): $10 for ... More

"The Eve of Jackie"

April 18, 2014
  • Location: West Side Theatre
  • 900 Gerry Street
  • Gary, Indiana 46402
  • Times: 7pm
  • Phone: 219-977-2198
  • Website

The West Side Theatre Guild will host a performance of the new hit play, "The Eve of Jackie". Broadway veteran Chester (Chess) Gregory, a Gary native, produces and stars as Jackie Wilson. Gregory's principal credits include Broadway productions of "Tarzan", "Sister Act" and "Hairspray". More

Family Feud Live

April 18, 2014

Watch America's beloved show live! More

Spring Public Show

April 18, 2014 to April 26, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)

"The Water Planet" celebrates our home planet by comparing Earth to the other planets in our solar system. The program also explores the atmosphere, water, land, life, and geology of Earth. "The Water Planet" is a family presentation of one of the planetarium's school programs. More

Earth Day Celebration

April 19, 2014
  • Venue: Porter County Fairgrounds
  • 217 E Division Road
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: Free Parking and Free Admission
  • Phone: 219-465-3819
  • Website

This regional tradition connects attendees with environmental organizations, exhibitors, businesses and vendors that engage them in fun and entertaining ways so guests can learn about living greener and becoming more environmentally conscious. Join the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County for its ninth annual event, the largest Earth Day event in Northwest In... More

South Shore Roller Girls Live Bout

April 19, 2014
  • Location: Jean Shepherd Center
  • 3031 J.F. Mahoney Dr
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: 6:30pm
  • Admission: $10 adults, kids ages 6-10 $5, Ages 5 and under are free.
  • Website

The South Shore Roller Girls square up against the Barbed Wire Betties of DeKalb County, Ill.  At halftime there will be an Easter Egg hunt for all children. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Chasing Dreams, a charity that helps children with Down Syndrome and their families. 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

Music Heritage Series

Started August 16, 2013 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday)

Every 3rd Friday of the month, join the Save the Tunes Council, a local group of musicians devoted to preserving and passing on traditional folk songs. 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 www.facebook.com/sagerestaurantchesterton. 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

Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln

February 24, 2014 to April 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Indiana Welcome Center
  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: 8am to 5pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-989-7979

Learn about the state and region's contribution to our nation's bloodiest war through a series of special events and exhibits. Photos, artifacts and reproductions of Northwest Indiana Civil War regimental battle flags will tell the story of the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County men in blue who fought to preserve the Union - and ultimately to end slavery.  Special Even... More

What is left unspoken

March 07, 2014 to May 10, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Historically artists have been the purveyors of new dialogues and new visual languages. These dialogues may be the voice of a larger community through observation, where what's not being said is perhaps not being said, because it is implicit. The exhibit will feature 2D & 3D conceptual pieces by Barbara Hashimoto and Doug Fogelson. Barbara Hashimoto will display installa... More

Beginning Birding in the Indiana Dunes

March 13, 2014 to May 01, 2014 (Every Thursday)

Join lakeshore experts for this special eight week course welcoming a whole new generation of birders! Instructors: Dr. Ken Brock, Michael Topp, and Brad Bumgardner. More

Diners & Drive-Ins: Hometown Memories

March 14, 2014 to May 31, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: La Porte County Historical Society
  • 2405 Indiana Avenue
  • La Porte, IN 46350
  • Times: 10am to 4:30pm
  • Phone: 219-324-6767
  • Website

What was your favorite hangout? Smitty's? Brownie's? Dog'n'Suds? Terry's? Take a trip back to the days of poodle skirts and malts with a visit to the LaPorte County Historical Society's latest exhibit for spring, "Diners and Drive-Ins: Hometown Memories", on display at the museum. A photo exhibit mainly consisting of memorabilia such as senior cords, menus from ... More

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is hosting a spring Indiana Master Naturalist program

March 27, 2014 to May 22, 2014 (Every Thursday)

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is hosting the Indiana Master Naturalist program this spring. This hands-on learning experience and volunteer service opportunity teach students about the native landscape and local wildlife of Northwest Indiana. The course includes sessions on botany, zoology, geology, water ecology and wildlife conservation. The Indiana Master Naturalist progr... More

Play it Again, Sam

April 04, 2014 to April 19, 2014 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Chicago Street Theatre
  • 154 W Chicago St
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See dates and times below
  • Admission: See website for admission rates
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

Who do you get your dating advice from? Come watch this romantic comedy written by Woody Allen. PERFORMANCES Fri, Apr 4 @ 8pm Sat, Apr 5 @ 8pm Sun, Apr 6 @ 2:30pm Fri, Apr 11 @ 8pm Sat, Apr 12 @ 8pm Sun, Apr 13 @ 2:30pm Thur, Apr 17 @ 6pm Fri, Apr 18 @ 8pm Sat, Apr 19 @ 8pm  SPECIAL EVENTS Fri, April 4: Opening Night Party at Strongbow Inn  More

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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
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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
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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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