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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.

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The ADA: 25 Years and Counting

August 24, 2015 to September 27, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Northwest Indiana's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, hosted at the Indiana Welcome Center, is sponsored by Everybody Counts and The Great Lakes ADA Center, with the South Shore Convention & Visitor Authority. The exhibit celebrates the passage of landmark civil rights legislation with: - The Freedom Bus of the National ADA ... More

Special Events


August 21, 2015 to September 06, 2015 (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

Chicagos Street Theatre presents the childhood classic "Cinderella," but with an unusual new character-a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! The great composer is besties with the Prince, and the pair venture outside the castle in disguise to find out who among their subjects are attending the Royal Ball. Mistaken identities and mayhem ensue as the play explores the magic... More

History of Popcorn Fest

September 03, 2015

Popcorn Fest is approaching! Stop by the Porter County Museum to learn about the origins of this unique Valparaiso event. Past Popcorn Fest organizers will tell their stories from the festival, while the Museum will showcase interesting Popcorn Fest memorabilia.  More

Rock 'N Rail Street Fest

September 03, 2015 to September 06, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Central Park
  • 600 North Broad St
  • Griffith, IN 46319
  • Website | Email

Celebrate Labor Day weekend at Griffith's Rock 'N' Rail Music & Street Fest including live music, a children's area and a beer garden.  MAIN STAGE Thursday, September 3 5:00 Billy Wayne, Weekend Emcee 5:30 Pandora Rocks 7:00 80's Enough 9:00 Chicago 6 Friday, September 4 5:00 Got Issues 6:30 Wise Guys 8:00 American English 10:30 Nicole Jamrose... More

First Friday: Music by Peter Aglinskas

September 04, 2015

Guitarist Peter Aglinskas returns to First Fridays at LCA. Peter is the recipient of the Chicago Cultural Department's "Artists International" Award. He infuses his music with elements from the contemporary worlds of jazz, funk and rock, with technique firmly rooted in the classical music tradition. Enjoy Peter's sultry solo guitar stylings, along with light bites, ... More

Labor Day Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

September 04, 2015 to September 06, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Cornhole and horseshoe tournaments. Summer Beach Family Fun Zone closes for the season at 2pm on Labor Day. More

Rock 'N' Rail 5K / 1 mile fun run

September 05, 2015
  • Location: Griffith YMCA
  • 201 N Griffith Blvd
  • Griffith, Indiana 46319
  • Times: 12pm
  • Website

Both the 5K and new 1M routes will start and finish at the Griffith YMCA and travel down recently renovated Broad Street, through beautiful Central Park and tie into the Erie Lackawanna Recreational Trail. The race will kick off all of the fun and excitement of Griffith's Rock N Rail Festival. The area's best bands, great food vendors and all of the entertainment you can han... More

On-Going Events

Griffith Central Market

May 01, 2015 to September 25, 2015 (Every Friday)
  • Location: Central Park
  • Broad St. and W. Oak St.
  • Griffith, IN 46383
  • Times: 3pm to 8pm
  • Phone: 219-924-7500
  • Website

Local folks as well as sellers from Illinois and Michigan. The stage is set and the drinks are cold and the music fills the air! Come into the Market and enjoy the experience. More

Chesterton's European Market

May 02, 2015 to October 31, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Broadway and Third street
  • Broadway and Third Street
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 8am to 2pm
  • 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

LaPorte Farmers' Market

May 02, 2015 to October 24, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • Lincolnway and Monroe Street
  • LaPorte, Indiana 46350
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-448-1674

Purchase locally produced vegetables and meats, crafts, and other hand-made items from local artisans, and delicious and healthy edibles made in local kitchens. More

Lowell Farmers Market

May 02, 2015 to October 03, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Downtown Lowell
  • Mill Street and Commercial Avenue
  • Lowell, IN
  • Times: 9am to 2pm
  • Website

A seasonal farmers/craftsmen market focusing on homegrown produce, fruits, baked goods,honey, jam-jellies/salves, eggs , all handcrafted items and home based businesses. More

Michigan City Farmers Market

May 02, 2015 to October 31, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • 8th & Washington
  • Michigan City, IN
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-363-1407
  • Website

"Home-grown" fruits and vegetables, honey, butters, flowers, herbs and much more. This Farmers Market also offers entertainment, education and special events such as wine tastings, bake sales, Alpaca wool spinning and more. More

Whiting Farmers' Market

May 02, 2015 to October 24, 2015 (Every Saturday)

Meats, eggs, butter, cheese, bread, jams, jellies and more. More

Miller Beach Farmers' Market

May 03, 2015 to September 27, 2015 (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

St. John Farmers' Market

May 03, 2015 to October 25, 2015 (Every Sunday)
  • Location: Community Hospital Outpatient Centre Parking Lot
  • 9660 Wicker Ave
  • St. John, IN
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-365-6043
  • Website

Fresh produce, prepared foods, jams/jellies, perennial and annual flowers, fresh fruit, honey, baked goods, herbs and more. More

Town of Munster Farmers' Market

May 03, 2015 to October 11, 2015 (Every Sunday)
  • Location: Munster Town Hall
  • 1005 Ridge Road
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 8am to 2pm
  • Phone: 219-836-7275
  • Website

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

Schererville International Farmers' Market

May 14, 2015 to September 17, 2015 (Every Thursday)
  • Location: Redar Park
  • Corner of Replinger Rd./Park St. and S. Park Ave.
  • Schererville, IN 46375
  • Times: 3pm to 8pm
  • Phone: 219-865-5503
  • Website

Fresh farm produce, artisan baked goods, specialty foods, freshly ground coffee, locally grown honey, personal care products, locally farmed meats and more. Be entertained in the beer/wine garden by local, acoustic performers. More

Barker Mansion Tours

May 22, 2015 to September 07, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Times: varies by day
  • Admission: $5 per adult and $2 per child
  • Phone: 219-873-1520
  • Website | Email

The 38-room mansion was built by freight car industrialist and philanthropist John H. Barker in 1905. Guided tours of the mansion are offered Monday through Friday at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm. Additionally, tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 pm and 2 pm beginning in June. Cost for a tour is $5 per adult and $2 per child. Reservations are not necessary for regular... More

Pinhook Bog Open House

May 23, 2015 to September 12, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Pinhook Bog
  • 700 N. Wozniak Rd
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 12pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Pinhook Bog. Tour the bog on your own and talk to rangers stationed along the trail who will help you understand this unique place filled with carnivorous plants. Please arrive by 2:00 pm to allow about one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. More

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm Open House

May 24, 2015 to September 06, 2015 (Every Sunday)
  • Location: Bailly Homestead
  • 1100 N Mineral Springs Rd
  • Porter, IN 46304
  • Times: 1pm to 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Tour the Chellberg Farmhouse and Bailly Homestead to learn about the lives of early Duneland farm families. The Chellberg/Bailly parking lot is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and Highway 12 in Porter, Indiana. More

Bike Ride with a Ranger

May 24, 2015 to September 06, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Join a ranger for a bike ride starting at the campground and travel along the Calumet Bike Trail. This program will be held every Sunday morning from May 24 to September 6. The program will begin at 9:00 am and will last for 2 hours. The Dunewood Campground is located at the cross streets of Dunewood Parkway and Golfwood Road in Michigan City, Indiana. More

Valparaiso Market

June 02, 2015 to October 13, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Saturday)
  • Location: Central Park Plaza
  • 63 Lafayette St
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: Tuesday 8am to 2pm and Saturday 8am to 12pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-464-8332
  • Website | Email

Central Park Plaza is the place to be for an unmistakably vibrant venue! Visit with local growers and craftsman to buy plants in early summer. The freshest vegetables from summer through fall. Also available at the market are handcrafted outdoor decorations and fresh fruit pies. Enjoy live music special events on select days. More

Wine Tasting at White Rhino

Started June 03, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Wednesday)

Sample up to 10 different wines and enjoy a gourmet appetizer buffet all while Marco Villarreal fills the room with enchanting sounds on his acoustic guitar. $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  Call 219 864-9200 or sign up at our website More

Mount Baldy Guided Hike

June 05, 2015 to September 04, 2015 (Every Friday)

While Mount Baldy remains closed to unrestricted public access, you can join a ranger for a special guided hike along a trail on the western edge of the dune that has been found to be free of holes. You must make a reservation for this program that is being held on every Friday afternoon from 5:00 - 6:30 pm beginning June 5 through September 4. The programs are free, but reserv... More

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