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Stay any 3 nights for $599. Visit local shops and wineries. Press your luck at one of the two nearby casinos. …more


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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The Lieutenant of Inishmore

January 29, 2016 to February 13, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Chicago Street Theatre
  • 154 W Chicago Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See website for exact days and times
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

On a lonely road on the island of Inishmore, someone killed an Irish Liberation Army enforcer's cat. He loves his cat more than life itself, and someone is going to pay. Take a chance on some cutting-edge theatre by experiencing McDonagh's darkest, funniest and most absurd play to date. CST's past forays into the dark world of Martin McDonagh include award-winning productions o... More

Comedy Night at the CVPA - John Caponera

February 12, 2016 to February 13, 2016 (Recurring daily)

You may recognize John from "The Tonight Show", or as the star of his own sitcom called "The Good Life" or as the host of Comedy Central's sport show "Jocks" and ESPN's "Talk II". Other credits include guest star appearances on "ER", "Love & War", "Blossom", "Tales From The Crypt", "The Den... More

Valentine's Day at Serenity Springs

February 12, 2016 to February 14, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Serenity Springs
  • 5888 N. U.S. Highway 35
  • La Porte, IN 46350
  • Times: Call for details
  • Phone: 219-861-0000
  • Website

Serenity Springs in La Porte is an ideal destination for couples with private cabins where you can cuddle up next to the fireplace for an intimate Valentine's Day. Valentine's packages include one, two or three night stays, silk rose petals surrounding your sunken tub for two, scented bubble bath/massage oil, stuffed animal, choice of appetizer platter, cake, chocolates, breakf... More

Barker Romance Ball

February 13, 2016
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Times: 4pm
  • Admission: $2/person
  • Phone: 219-873-1520
  • Website | Email

The Barker Romance Ball, Saturday, February 13 kicks off with a 4pm champagne reception at the Barker Mansion followed by a 7pm prime rib dinner dance event at Barker Hall. When John and Katherine Barker married on Valentine's Day in 1893 they could hardly have imagined that people would still be celebrating 123 years later. The party begins at 4pm at the mansion with champa... More

Valentine Love Jam

February 13, 2016

Urban Vibe Entertainment presents Valentine Love Jam starring Bobby Brown, Mint Condition, After 7, 112 this Valentine's Day Weekend. More

Valentine's Dinner & Improv Comedy Show

February 13, 2016
  • Venue: WaterBird Banquet Center
  • 526 Indian Boundary Road
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: Doors open at 6:30, Dinner at 7:00pm, Dessert and Show at 8:00pm
  • Admission: $100.00 per couple
  • Phone: 219-928-1514
  • Website | Email

Treat you and your spouse to a casual, no-rush, dinner and show experience for Valentine's Day. The WaterBird offers a comfortable lakeside dining experience like no other facility in Northwest Indiana. Doors open at 6:30pm for cocktails, butler passed appetizers, and live dinner music. Dinner will begin at 7:00pm with a roasted sweet pepper soup. Following soup will be a wild ... More

Winter Arts & Crafts Fair

February 13, 2016
  • Location: Munster High School
  • 8801 Columbia Avenue
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-836-6923
  • Website | Email

Browse our artists and crafters for something your friends or loved ones will enjoy. Handmade products will include mittens and scarves, wood crafts, florals, art, jewelry, soaps, glassware, candles, clothing, jams, dips, toffee and more. More

On-Going Events

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

Nature Tots

Started June 11, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 11th)

Parents and toddlers are invited to participate in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's new Nature Tot's program at the Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Nature Tots, aged 2-4, will learn about nature through a ranger-led story time, crafts and outdoor play. Parents will enjoy meeting other parents and learning fun ideas for bringing nature into their child's life. T... More

Farm to Table Market at Alsip Home & Nursery

Started September 05, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Alsip Home & Nursery
  • 10255 Wicker Avenue
  • Saint John, Indiana
  • Phone: 219-365-0882
  • Website

Local farmers and artisans will be offering a wide assortment of fresh and locally grown produce, homemade jams, jellies, cheeses, breads, and locally raised fresh meats and eggs for sale. Delectable and nutritious micro greens grown by Alsip Home & Nursery will be sure to be a favorite among market shoppers. The Farm to Table Market at Alsip Home & Nursery is open ... 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

Open Skate at Midwest Training & Ice Center

Started November 02, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Midwest Training and Ice Center
  • 10600 White Oak Avenue
  • Dyer, Indiana 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

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

Ice Plaza at Deep River Waterpark

November 27, 2015 to February 28, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Deep River Waterpark
  • 9001 E US Hwy 30
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Thursdays 2pm to 9pm, Friday 2pm to 10pm, Saturday 12pm to 10pm and Sunday 12pm to 9pm
  • Phone: 219-947-7850
  • Website

Deep River Waterpark will be open for Ice Skating on the Friday after Thanksgiving day through the last Sunday in February. 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

Abstruse Daydreaming

February 05, 2016 to April 08, 2016 (Recurring every week day)
  • Venue: Lubeznik Center for the Arts
  • 101 W. 2nd St, Ste 100
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: Weekdays: 10am to 5pm, Weekends: 11am to 4pm (CST)
  • Admission: $3 suggested donation
  • Phone: 219-874-4900
  • Website | Email

Abstruse Daydreaming features fiber scapes by Meredith Setser and contemporary abstract paintings by Jay Zerbe. Setser’s installations utilize printed motifs that reference patterns found in urban infrastructure, agricultural & eco systems. Applied to handmade felt these substrates are then cut, sewn, layered, and folded into a sculptural installation. The process of... More


February 06, 2016 to April 09, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Lubeznik Center for the Arts
  • 101 W. 2nd St, Ste 100
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: Weekdays: 10am to 5pm, Weekends: 11am to 4pm (CST)
  • Admission: $3 suggested donation
  • Website

Placebo features interactive sculptures by Jonah Oritz that explore how we relate to objects and become desensitized by convenience, experience and time. Ortiz’s low brow sense of humor is prevalent in his work but the underlying theme is what he calls, “creative experiment in humanity.” The sculptures are designed to spark intrigue and create dialogue among ... 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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