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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

8th Annual Runnin' with the Devils 5k

August 02, 2014
  • Location: Lowell High School South Lot
  • 2051 East Commercial Avenue
  • Lowell, IN
  • Times: 8am
  • Admission: Registration: $23 individuals; $35 husband/wife teams; $50 family teams; $60 friend teams
  • Phone: 219-306-5495
  • Website | Email

5k run/walk that memorializes Dean Frigo, a popular student athlete of Lowell High School who was loved and admired by everyone whose life he touched. Dean's life was tragically taken after an accident in 2006. Proceeds from the event help fund the commitment to the students within the community and has paid out more than $50,000 in scholarships and academic awards. All ages we... More

Special Events

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

The Wizard of Oz TM

July 31, 2014 to August 09, 2014 (Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Main Square Gazebo
  • 3001 Ridge Road
  • Highland, Indiana 46322
  • Times: 8pm
  • Website

This production is presented by the HPRD Performing Arts Group. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and bug spray and sit back and enjoy the show. Concession stand will be open and we will be selling programs for $2. All proceeds go towards the production. More

South Shore Summer Music Festival

August 01, 2014
  • Location: Wolf Lake Pavilion
  • Calumet Ave and Sheffield Ave
  • Hammond, IN
  • Times: 7:30p
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Please join the Northwest Indiana Symphony 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

Summer Rhapsody Music Festival featuring the Spazmatics

August 01, 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

Chesterton Art Fair

August 02, 2014 to August 03, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Hawthorne Park
  • 405 Waverly Road
  • Porter, IN 46304
  • Times: 10am to 5pm
  • Admission: $5 adults/ children 12 and under free
  • Phone: 219-926-4711
  • Website

The Chesterton Art Fair features juried art with more than 100 artists from 15 states. The fair features a children's booth, music and a public art project. 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

First Friday Art Walk

Started April 04, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday)
  • Location: Uptown Arts District
  • 607 Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 5pm to 8pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 507-400-2787
  • Website | Email

The First Friday Art Walk features businesses within the Uptown Arts District (11th Street to the Lake, Spring to Wabash Street) offering entertainment, specials, art exhibits, refreshments and more. 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

Crown Point Car Cruise

May 15, 2014 to September 25, 2014 (Every Thursday)
  • Location: Crown Point Square
  • Main St. and Joliet St.*
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 4pm to 8pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-662-3240
  • Website | Email

Bring the family out for the City of Crown Point's car cruise every Thursday for cars, food and fun!   More

Parallel Pursuits - Tom Brand's Finding Form and Carole Stodder's Shaping Space

May 16, 2014 to August 10, 2014 (Recurring daily)

This exhibit offers an opportunity to compare and contrast the abstract works of two Michigan City, Indiana, artists. Brand's art features carefully composed shapes with an expressive or painterly surface, while Stodder's paintings feature geometrical patterns with hard edges. More

Little Diggers at Bellaboo's

May 19, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Bellaboo's flower and vegetable garden is planted, showered and loved by little ones. Featuring garden songs, worm digs and eco-friendly information, young minds will totally dig this daily program. More

Schoolhouse Shop Farmers' Market

May 24, 2014 to September 27, 2014 (Every Saturday)

Enjoy a wide variety of market items. More

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