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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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Signature Event

Pierogi Fest

July 25, 2014 to July 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Visit Whiting, IN for tons of food vendors of all sorts, the Pierogi Parade, games, beer garden, musical entertainment and just plain fun for all ages. Admission is FREE so make sure you bring the whole family to enjoy the festivities! Where else can you see grown women dressed up like our grandmothers (bushas, as we say) in housecoats and babushkas? Or the lawnmower bri... More

Special Events

I AMerican

June 14, 2014 to July 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)

It is not a single perspective on immigration or ethnicity. Instead, using a variety of styles, visual forms, symbols and metaphors, each work provides a wide-angle view into the bi-cultural experience. Some of the artists are first, second or third generation immigrants. Others can trace their heritage back to the Native American Indians. In that sense, this non-literal exhib... More

Whiting's 125th Anniversary Summer Celebration

July 03, 2014 to August 13, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: City of Whiting
  • 1443 119th St.
  • Whiting, IN 46394
  • Times: See website for exact dates and times
  • Website

The City of Whiting proudly announces their 125th Anniversary Summer-long Celebration of spectacular events extending from July through August. Whiting’s Anniversary Celebration is one not to miss. The City of Whiting has teamed up with some of the nation’s most famous entertainment companies and nationally recognized characters and has created one-of-a-kind celebr... More

Studio 659: Images of Whiting

July 11, 2014 to July 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Studio 659
  • 1413 119th Street
  • Whiting, IN 46394
  • Times: See website for exact details
  • Admission: Resident fee of $10 to enter art, Non-resident fee of $20 to enter art
  • Phone: 219-659-8828
  • Website

In honor of 125 years of community, the City of Whiting and Studio 659 encourage you to enter the “Images of Whiting” contest running July 11th through July 27th. Whether it’s your favorite old photo, or a newly created drawing or painting, we invite you to celebrate Whiting through your very own image. Join us July 11th at 6:59 pm, where Studio 659 will h... More

Porter County Fair

July 17, 2014 to July 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Porter County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
  • 217 E. Division Rd.
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Times: Noon to close
  • Phone: 219-462-0321
  • Website

The Porter County Fair brings a great combination of fun rides, delicious food, 4-H exhibits and activities and some great entertainment including the demolition derby and bull riding! Live entertainment this year includes Hunter Hayes, Willie Robertson and Justin Moore. More

Summer Public Show

July 18, 2014 to July 26, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)

The warm nights of summer can be a wonderful time to explore the night sky. Learn about the bright stars and constellations visible during the summer. "The Summer Sky" will also show you how to find the planets Mars and Saturn in the sky just after sunset. More

Wings of Freedom Tour 2014

July 21, 2014 to July 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Porter County Regional Airport
  • 4207 Murvihill Road
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 12pm to 5pm July 21; 9am to 5pm July 22; 9am to 12pm July 23
  • Admission: $12 Adults, $6 Children, Free WWII Veterans
  • Phone: 800-568-8924
  • Website

Three of the most famous WWII bomber and fighter aircraft will be visiting the Porter County Regional Airport as part of the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour. Tour the beautifully restored aircraft. Take to the skies yourself in an ultimate half-hour flight experience aboard the B-17 Flying Fortress or B-24 Liberator for $450. Get some “stick time” in the... More

Summer Rhapsody Music Festival featuring Valparaiso Middle School Band

July 23, 2014

From classical to jazz, Summer Rhapsody Music Festival is a feast of the sounds and senses for music lovers of all ages. Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs, then relax in the park. More

Boz Scaggs at the Venue

July 25, 2014

A casual listen to the Boz Scaggs discography makes one thing obvious: Boz Scaggs is both a musical seeker and a man of sizable talent as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. His explorations in blues and R&B, rock and jazz have produced lasting work and a career that has brought with it acclaim, a loyal following and an enduring respect among musicians. More

Caboose Lake annual Bluegrass Pickin' and Campin' weekend

July 25, 2014 to July 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Enjoy time with the family at Caboose Lake Campground and Summer Beach Family Fun Zone! More

South Shore Summer Music Festival

July 25, 2014
  • 600 N. Broad St.
  • Griffith, IN
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Please join us for a series of free outdoor concerts in towns across the Region. The summer program features a mix of patriotic songs, light classical pieces, and movie and Broadway tunes. More

The Wayans Brothers Live

July 25, 2014

The Wayans Brothers Live! Only Chicagoland appearance. More

Prairie Arts Council Summer Festival

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Potawatomi Park
  • 117 N Van Rensselaer Street
  • Rensselaer, Indiana 47978
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-866-5278
  • Website

ROCK THE ARTS is the Prairie Arts Council's summer festival that takes place July 26th at Potawatomi Park in Rensselaer. Interactive art, live national touring musicians, art fair, food and beer come together for this one day event. This free festival is open to all ages and will have a something for everyone! More

South Shore Summer Music Festival

July 26, 2014
  • Main and Franciscan
  • Crown Point, IN
  • Times: 7:30p
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Please join the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra for a series of free outdoor concerts in towns across the Region. The summer program features a mix of patriotic songs, light classical pieces, and movie and Broadway tunes. 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

LaPorte Farmers' Market

May 10, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (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

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