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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

American Songbook

April 27, 2017

Bringing their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown, and old time Rock ’n Roll hits, Under the Streetlamp is composed of recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning sensation Jersey Boys. Singing hits like Rock Around the Clock, Blue Moon, Danke schön, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, and Cupid plus other popular pieces fro... More

Book Signing "The Great Emerson Art Heist"

April 28, 2017

Kendall Svengalis, author of "The Great Emerson Art Heist" will be on hand for a book signing at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. More

Dunes Vintage Camper Rally & Glamping Weekend

April 28, 2017 to April 30, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Indiana Dunes State Park will offer a special themed weekend to explore the natural and cultural resources in the dunes from a glamping perspective April 28-30, 2017.Glamorous camping, or glamping, is a way to experience the splendor of the outdoors without forgoing the creature comforts you can't live without. Whether in a tent, yurt, airstream, or tree house, it's camping on ... More

Elvis Tribute

April 28, 2017

Joseph Hall will be performing his Elvis Tribute in Hammond, Ind. on April 28 at 8:00 p.m. Hall will perform a number of Elvis classic hits at the Dynasty Banquet Hall in Hammond. Guests can buy tickets to the show (8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) for $25/person or tickets for dinner and the show (6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) for $50/person. Hall is officially recognized by Elvis Presley... More

Live Music - Justin Anderson (No cover)

April 28, 2017
  • Venue: Hunter's Brewing
  • 1535 S. Calumet Rd.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Phone: (219) 728-6729
  • Website

Enjoy some drinks and the music of Justin Anderson. More

Lynyrd Skynyrd

April 28, 2017

Lynyrd Skynyrd will be performing at the Star Plaza Theatre.   More


April 28, 2017

American Boy Band OTOWN comes to Theatre at the Center for one night only! Join us on April 28th when Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick, Jacob Underwood, and Dan Miller take center stage! OTOWN was formed in 2000 during the first season of ABC’s Making the Band. The group recently finished up a Kickstater campaign to create their fourth studio album. Visit http://www.otownoff... More

911 Slugfest

April 29, 2017
  • Venue: Hammond Civic Center
  • 5825 Sohl Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Times: Doors Open at 5:30pm, Fight is at 7pm
  • Phone: 219-853-6378
  • Website

The 911 SLUGFEST is an amatuer boxing event between local area police officers and fire fighters.  This show directly supports Make-A-Wish. More

Aftermath Stage: Johnsie Mays

April 29, 2017

Join us as we welcome Johnsie Mays to the Aftermath stage! More

Green Gary Day

April 29, 2017

Join rangers and partners for the annual Green Gary Day in celebration of both National Park Week and Earth Day. This free, family-oriented event takes place at the national lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center and features hikes, kids'activities and guest speakers throughout the day. For more information on this program and for a schedule for the day, call 219-395-1821. The Pau... More

Orientation to Orienteering

April 29, 2017

Join staff and map lovers for an introduction to orienteering at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.Come learn how to navigate with a map and compass. Leave your GPS at home, because this program is going to teach you how to use the terrain around you and the direction you are facing to get to where you want to go. Bring a friend, and be prepared to help each other complete a... More

On-Going Events

Seeking Location: Mapping & Borders in Art

January 28, 2017 to June 03, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • 101 W 2nd Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Website

A 12-artist exhibition of works that investigate issues of location and dislocation. Borders and boundaries, while always arbitrary and constantly shifting, now must contend with geo-political spheres of influence and cultural orientations that go way beyond geography. Exhibiting Artists: Tom Brand, Michele Corazzo, Hector Duarte, Gary Duehr, Ruth Esserman, Victoria Fuller, De... More

Open Skate at Midwest Training & Ice Center

Started April 13, 2017 (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 ice skating.  Hours vary, see website for details. More

Open Gym at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Started April 14, 2017 (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 attire ... More

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started April 15, 2017 (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

Sunday Brunch

Started April 16, 2017 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Center for Visual and Performing Arts
  • 1040 Ridge Rd
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: Seating between 11am to 2pm
  • Admission: $23 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

Patrician Breakfast Buffet

Started April 23, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Enjoy a breakfast buffet at The Patrician every Sunday.   More

Jasper County Art League Photography Exhibit

April 28, 2017 to June 09, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Enjoy the Jasper County Art Leaugue's 14th annual photography exhibit and competition.   More

The Drowsy Chaperone

April 28, 2017 to May 14, 2017 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

This delightful show within a show is sure to have you tapping your toe along to all the snazzy jazz numbers and classic 1920's musical type songs we all know and love. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical that revolves around a lonely, melancholy man in his apartment as he tries to cheer himself up by listening to a recording of his favorite 20's musical. Watch as his apartment m... More

The Wheatfield Bluegrass Jam

Started April 28, 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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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
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
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
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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