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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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Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

March 13, 2015 to March 29, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Crown Point Community Theatre
  • 1125 Merrillville Road
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Friday and Saturday 8pm and Sunday 3pm
  • Phone: 219-805-4255
  • Website

"The Candyman Can" in the story we all know and love: Charlie Bucket and the other Golden Ticket winners go on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory, where mishaps and pure imagination await! Based on the book by Roald Dahl and the movie adaptation starring Gene Wilder. More

Fire on the Prairie

March 28, 2015

Bring out your inner pyromaniac in this exciting hour at the Nature Center. Learn how prescribed fires are used to help our habitats, and then help the naturalist start a fire if conditions are right! It's an annual spring break tradition that's always hot! Kids under 12 must have a parent or responsible adult. Join us! More

Free public observing - Conway Public Observatory

March 28, 2015
  • Location: Conway Observatory
  • 191st and Chase
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: 8pm to 10:30pm
  • Phone: 773-639-5491
  • Website

The volunteers of the Calumet Astronomical Society invite the public to explore the wonders of the universe when they present their popular family-friendly free public programs. Facilities, including access to the big telescope, are wheelchair accessible. Volunteers guide visitors in the use of telescopes and astronomical binoculars as they observe the majesty of the skies. ... More

Lake Michigan in a Dugout Returns to the PoCo Muse!

March 28, 2015

It has been over two years since Amy Lukas and Mary Catterlin circumnavigated Lake Michigan in a dugout canoe affectionately named Makeba. The Lake Michigan in a Dugout exhibit at the PoCo Muse inspired visitors of all ages to find and follow their own adventures. On March 28 at 2p, Amy and Mary will return to the museum, presenting a brand new documentary and book about thei... More

Pet Rock 2015

March 28, 2015

Entertainment for "Pet Rock 2015" features The Bluz Brothers "Chicago's premier tribute to Jake & Elwood Blues" with special guest Laurie Blazzing from "Joplin: The Janis Joplin Show." The evening also features a special acoustic performance by Northwest Indiana's top club band, The Crawpuppies, plus comedians Marci Deloney and Rudy Ruiz of t... More

Phoebe Time

March 28, 2015

Join a naturalist on a 45-minute discovery hike looking for the first phoebes of the year. They traditionally arrive now and begin setting up their territories. We meet at the Nature Center for this easy stroll to the Dunes Creek bridge. Bring the family and join us! More

Thunder from Down Under

March 28, 2015

Thunder from Down Under storms into Blue Chip Casino.   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 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

Inner Visions: Sacred Plants, Art and Spirituality

January 09, 2015 to April 05, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Inner Visions: Sacred Plants, Art and Spirituality, curated by Luis Eduardo Luna, on display from January 9 through April 5, 2015. Free and open to the public. More

Farms, Factories, Tourism and Culture: Works by Indiana Artisans

January 23, 2015 to April 04, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: South Shore Arts - Crown Point Branch
  • 123 North Main Street
  • Crown Point, Indiana
  • Times: 10am to 4pm
  • Website

This exhibit explores the diverse economies of Indiana, from traditional sectors of agriculture and industry, to tourism and creative entrepreneurial businesses.   More

Lubeznik Center for the Arts Exhibitions

February 07, 2015 to April 18, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Steamroller Printmaking Project Experience enormous relief prints on muslin created from 3x7 foot carved wooden plates and an industrial steamroller. Produced by Walnut Ink Projects with a team of print makers from Syracuse University, Lora Fosberg, and local artists in downtown Michigan City with support from CH Distillery, Michigan City Public Art Committee, Reith-Riley of... More

Steel and Bones: Sculptures by Sarah Barnhart Fields & Sharon Gilmore

February 08, 2015 to April 12, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: South Shore Arts
  • 1040 Ridge Road
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Website

Chicago area artists Sarah Barnhart Fields and Sharon Gilmore focus on the natural environment, its processes and tools used to work the land. Their work speaks of reclaiming the discarded and transcending the boundaries of everyday objects to create dramatic sculptures. More


February 14, 2015 to March 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)

This exhibit features watercolors by Kathy Los-Rathburn. More

Community Supported Art Valparaiso at the Porter County Museum

February 18, 2015 to May 16, 2015 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Porter County Museum
  • 153 S Franklin St.
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 9am to 5pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-465-3595
  • Website | Email

The Porter County Museum is excited for a new collaboration with Community Supported Art Valparaiso! This year, CSA Valpo represents eight local emerging and mid-career artists working in a variety of media. On February 15 from 1pm to 4pm, visit the museum to view the exhibit and chat with the artists. At 2pm, a panel discussion with the CSA artists will focus on the role of ... More

Farm to Table Market at Alsip Home & Nursery

Started February 21, 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

"On Golden Pond"

February 27, 2015 to March 29, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

The beloved comic play opens the 2015 season. An elderly couple enjoys their latest summer in a cottage on a Maine lake as they come to terms with the husband's advancing age and his estrangement from his newly engaged daughter. The play was a huge Broadway hit that became a classic film starring Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda. More

Mitch Markovitz

March 02, 2015 to April 09, 2015 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Location: Pines Village Retirement Communities
  • 3303 Pines Village Circle
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Phone: 219-465-1591
  • Website

Solo exhibit of artist, Mitch Markovitz illustrator and fine artist.  Markovitz is best known for the "Just Around the Corner" series of the South Shore Railroad posters depicting life in Northwest Indiana. His colorful works depict the region's lakeshore, beaches, industry and local neighborhoods all with the look and feel of yesteryear. 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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