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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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Special Events

Albert's August Event

August 04, 2014 to August 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Albert's will be offering savings up to 70% on sale and designer merchandise. They will also be giving away a $25,000 Yellow Diamond Ring, a luxury cruise vacation for two, and an opportunity to be in an Albert's commercial with Fred and Josh. August 7 to the 10 will be our Alex and Ani Launch Party. We will have more Alex and Ani jewelry than ever before at the store. Alex... More

Twelfth Night or what you will

August 15, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • 500 S Lake Street
  • Gary, Indiana
  • Times: Fri and Sat at 8pm and Sun 3pm
  • Phone: 219-938-4565
  • Website | Email

One of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, Twelfth Night, is set in the fantastical country of Illyria where a set of twins, a boy and girl, have been shipwrecked. Each is stranded without friend or coin, believing the other to be dead. They encounter a love-sick duke, a love-stranded diva, a loveless drunkard, a self-loving steward and pitiful-pirate-love as they struggle to ... More

Zao Island Summer Music Series

August 15, 2014 to August 29, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Zao Island
  • 1050 Horse Prairie Road
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See description for exact days and times
  • Phone: 219-462-1194
  • Website

Acts scheduled to play at Zao on the 2014 summer roster are the return of Planetary Blues Band, Aug. 15 and 20, the blues-based Gerry Hunt Trio, Aug. 26, the blues/rock Weston Rettinger Band, Aug. 22 and Calipari's Head Honchos, Aug. 29. More

Mill Pond Festival

August 22, 2014 to August 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • 100 Mill Pond Road
  • Union Mills, IN 46382
  • Times: See description for details
  • Phone: 219-767-2275
  • Website

The 28th Annual Mill Pond 2014 Festival will have activities including: marksmanship competitions, train and pony rides, canoeing, golf shoot-out on the pond, volleyball, dunk tank, cash drawing, bb-gun drawing, model airplane aerial display, tractor pulls, car / motorcycle show, plus games and bouncies for kids, beer garden with live entertainment and more.   More

17th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

August 23, 2014

This annual favorite includes prizes in several categories, including the People's Choice Award. This year's theme is "Into the Wild." Registration begins at 9am CDT on the west end of the pavilion. Judging begins at noon, followed by awards after 1pm. Teams wanting a jump start may begin as early as 7am. More

3rd Annual Paws For Homeless Animals Day

August 23, 2014
  • Location: Hobart Festival Park
  • 111 E Old Ridge Rd
  • Hobart, IN 45674
  • Times: 11am to 5pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Website | Email

Please join us for the The NW Indiana Pet Project & Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry 3rd Annual Paws for Homeless Animals Day on Saturday August 23, 2014. This year the awareness event will be held at the beautiful Hobart Festival Park. We are excited to be hosting such an important day at a park that accomodates both families and pets! Come enjoy the day walking the paths aro... More

Aukiki River Fest

August 23, 2014 to August 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Kankakee Valley Historical Society Grounds
  • 1099 Baums Bridge Road
  • Kouts, IN 46347
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Phone: 219-766-2302
  • Website

Join the Kankakee Valley Historical Society at the Aukiki River festival to learn about how people lived more than 350 years ago. Festivities include encampments, a historical auto display shop, musical entertainment and period-themed food. More

BrewAthlon

August 23, 2014
  • Location: Sunset Hill Farm County Park
  • 775 Meridian Rd
  • Valparaiso, IN 46385
  • Times: 7:30am to 4pm
  • Admission: Early Bird: $40 General Admission ~ $15 Designated Driver
  • Phone: 219-644-3238
  • Website | Email

The Southshore’s premier summer microbrew festival!  Buy early because BrewAthlon is limited to 1,500 guests and the event will sell out. BrewAthlon features the best of Northwest Indiana microbreweries. Live music and local food (for purchase) make the event delicious and fun TICKETS: You MUST bring either a paper ticket or your eventbrite ticket on your iPhone or... More

Junior Wildland Firefighter Program

August 23, 2014

Meet the park's fire crew and learn about their jobs and equipment at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. After this hands-on program, children will receive their very own Junior Wildland Firefighter activity book and patch. More

Kouts Pork Fest

August 23, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Kouts
  • State Road 8 and Highway 49
  • Kouts, IN 46347
  • Times: 8am to 8pm
  • Phone: 219-766-0720
  • Website

Since 1978, people have been coming to the Kouts Pork Fest to enjoy a pork chop dinner and homemade crafts. The Kouts Pork Fest's first event of the day will be the 5K Walk/Run. Other activities include the sale of arts, crafts, and food by approximately 100 vendors, an hour-long parade and a kiddie tractor pull. The entertainment stage features line dancers, square dancers, si... More

Mike Epps

August 23, 2014

Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, Mike Epps is known for his Def Comedy Jam fame, as well as his roles in movies like "The Fighting Temptations,""All About the Benjamins," and of course, his role as Day Day in "Next Friday," and "Friday After Next." Now is your chance to see Mike Epps up close in the 3400-seat Star Plaza Theatre doing w... More

Pints in the Park

August 23, 2014

Come to Wicker Park and sample more than 100 Craft beers. More

Steamroller Printmaking Project

August 23, 2014
  • Location: Walnut Ink Projects
  • 607 Franklin St
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 11am to 5pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-229-5613
  • Website | Email

The Steamroller Printmaking Project brought to you by Walnut Ink Projects.  The Steamroller Printmaking Project is a community-supported, all-ages art event that includes ink, art, a steamroller, and tons of fun! Under professional guidance, local artists and volunteers of all ages will participate in printing super-large-scale prints IN FRONT OF YOUR VERY EYES! The artis... 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

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

Chesterton's European Market

May 03, 2014 to October 25, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Broadway and Third street
  • Broadway and Third Street
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Phone: 219-926-5513
  • Website

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

Riverside Market

May 03, 2014 to October 19, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • 234 East Second Street
  • Michigan City, Indiana 46360
  • Times: 10am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-874-5864
  • Website

Riverside Marketplace provides a low cost alternative to local farmers, merchants, and artistic talents to offer residents and tourist the opportunity to buy regionally grown fresh produce, healthy organic foods, and local creative arts and crafts. More

Miller Beach Farmers' Market

May 04, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (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

Town of Munster Farmers' Market

May 04, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Centennial Park
  • 1005 S. Centennial Dr.
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-836-7275
  • Website

The Town of Munster invites you to come out for fresh produce, baked goods and more! More

DeMotte's Market in the Park

May 07, 2014 to August 27, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Location: Spencer Park
  • East side of Halleck Street
  • DeMotte, Indiana 46310
  • Times: 2pm to 7pm
  • Phone: 219-964-8626
  • Website

Crafters, food, produce and live entertainment. More

Crown Point Car Cruise

May 15, 2014 to September 25, 2014 (Every Thursday)
  • Location: Crown Point Square
  • Main St. and Joliet St.*
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 4pm to 8pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-662-3240
  • Website | Email

Bring the family out for the City of Crown Point's car cruise every Thursday for cars, food and fun!   More

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