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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

Winter Wine Down Dinners

January 23, 2015 to February 27, 2015 (Every Friday)
  • Venue: Shady Creek Winery
  • 2030 Tryon Rd
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 6pm - Reservations are Required
  • Phone: 219-874-9463
  • Email

Enjoy a special dinner and wine down at Shady Creek Winery. More

Blood Sweat and Tears

January 30, 2015

Come see Blood Sweat and Tears in concert. More

Corporate Rock Performs Live

January 30, 2015
  • Location: Buddy and Pal's Place Schererville
  • 340 US Hwy 30
  • Schererville, IN 46375
  • Times: 9:30pm to 1:30am
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-613-8110
  • Website | Email

The sounds of Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Boston, Billy Idol, The Cars, Kansas, Santana and more! No cover charge and Free Pool, Ages 21 and over. More

Dunes Birding: Crash Course

January 31, 2015

Join Dunes State Park Interpreter, Brad Bumgardner, for a 3-hour introduction to all things birding. We'll cover everything from the history of ornithology, common dune birds, bird banding, leading bird walks and more! The workshop takes place in the Nature Center auditorium. Registration is required ($10 workshop fee) and can be made by calling the park at 219.926.1390. More

Groundhog Program at National Lakeshore

January 31, 2015
  • Location: The Douglas Center
  • 100 North Lake Street
  • Gary, Indiana
  • Times: 1pm and 2:30pm
  • Phone: 219-395-1821
  • Website

Join a ranger for a special puppet show in honor of Groundhog Day during the open house at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center. Shows at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. will explain where these furry rodents have been and how they survive the long winter. The Douglas Center's open house features hands-on family activities and crafts, exhibits and even a live a... More

KASHMIR-The Led Zeppelin Show

January 31, 2015
  • Location: Buddy and Pal's Place Crown Point
  • 1206 E. Summit St.
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 9:30pm to 1:30am
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-613-8110
  • Website | Email

A very entertaining show bringing only the best of Led Zeppelin to their fans. Kashmir seeks to re-create the experience of a 70s Zeppelin show utilizing authentic vintage stage gear, costumes and special effects, with great attention to detail in a non-pretentious way. No cover charge Ages 21 and over. More

Nature in Symphony

January 31, 2015

When we visit nature in spring, summer and fall all 5 senses are fully engaged and enjoyed. But while nature in winter is still beautiful to experience, our natural senses can still use a boost! Fortunately, many composers have felt the same thing, so they composed many musical experiences that partly or fully engage with nature. The result is a rich nature experience in the... More

Snowshoe Shuffle

January 31, 2015

Meet the park interpreter in the Nature Center for a little introduction to this unique mode of winter transportation. Then we'll jump on a pair and take a short walk through the winter woods. It's great fun and exercise! If there isn't enough snow, we'll still offer a short hike. Join us! More

Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song

January 31, 2015

Everyone has a story to tell. For Wynonna Judd, those stories have been told through song with one of the most influential and important voices of our generation. Come experience the timeless tales of her unparalleled artistry as she takes you on the revolutionary journey of her 30-year platinum career. Hear the stories that inspired her to record the songs, create the tours a... More

On-Going Events

Sage After Dark

Started October 24, 2014 (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

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started November 01, 2014 (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

The Rocky Horror Picture Show in NWI!

Started November 01, 2014 (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 November 02, 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

After School Play at Bellaboo's! What a Deal!

November 03, 2014 to September 07, 2015 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Come out for Bellaboo's After School Play-- a great deal for the whole family! Starting September 8th Bellaboo's will be open daily from 10-6, and is offering an excellent after school discount. Come out to play Monday-Friday from 3:30-6 and receive $2 off every admission! Discount available only on weekdays after 3:30, and cannot be combined with any other offers. More

Indoor Market at Good to Go by Lucrezia

November 08, 2014 to May 30, 2015 (Every Saturday)

They have new items coming in every week. The Cheese Chicks are mongering cheese every Saturday for Sampling Saturday! Wines are on sale, too. They can order any wines available through their Indiana Distributors. Bit of Swiss Breads are available while quantities last. Froehlich's products are arriving as well. Gift baskets, EVOO and Balsamic Gift Sets can be shipped ev... More

Open Gym at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Started November 21, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)

Join Midwest Training and Ice Center for open gym, ages 6 and up.   More

Open Skate at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Started November 21, 2014 (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 11pm and Sunday 2pm to 3:30pm
  • Phone: 219-558-8811
  • Website

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

Horse-Drawn Bobsled Rides on the Farm

January 03, 2015 to February 28, 2015 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

“Over the river and through the woods…” and “Dashing through the snow…” bring forth images of horse-drawn vehicles and slower-paced lifestyles. Enjoy a part of that lifestyle with a horse-drawn bobsled ride this winter at the living history farm, Buckley Homestead. A team of draft horses will pull the bobsled, which carries 8–10 peo... More

Tammy: A coming of age story about a girl who is Part T-Rex

January 23, 2015 to February 07, 2015 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Chicago Street Theater
  • 154 W Chicago St
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: please visit website for exact days and times
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

CST saves the spot after the first of the year for plays with a bold and gutsy nature. Tammy is just that--an irreverent and twisted after-school special. It's "Heathers" meets "Jurassic Park" meets "Carrie". Tammy is your average preteen. She has a crush on a popular jock. She wants to fit in with the cool crowd. Her parents and teachers just don... More

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