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Summer on the ShoreThere are 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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Beginning Birding

June 17, 2017 to July 29, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: The Great Marsh Trail
  • Broadway Street
  • Beverly Shores, IN
  • Times: From: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join a ranger and fellow birding enthusiasts from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Great Marsh Trail for a morning of birding. No experience required. A spotting scope and binoculars will be provided. The program will start at the southern gravel parking lot followed by a short hike to the Great Marsh observation deck to look for herons, egrets, ducks, and other birds of the marsh. I... More

Porter County Fair

July 20, 2017 to July 29, 2017 (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! Featured perfomers this year include Old Dominion. More

Brewing Science: Water

July 27, 2017

This class is #2 in our 4 part Brewing Science series at Four Fathers Brewing! In this class we talk about one of the most simple ingredients....yet it can be the most complex. Water! We will break down the good, the bad, and the ugly that water can do to your craft beer. Four Fathers Owner Adam Lukey will be leading this class and guiding you along science behind water. The p... More

Christmas in July Weekend

July 28, 2017 to July 30, 2017 (Recurring daily)

"Holiday Toy Drive" Bring a new unwrapped toy for our Holiday Toy drive. Enjoy great food fest Saturday (Nominal fees will apply), Site decorating contest, trim the tree with Yogi Bear and Santa, Decorate Christmas Cookies with Mrs. Claus. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the parade where they will be handing out treats to all of the children and picture taking will be ava... More

4rd Annual 5K Color Run

July 29, 2017

To register online:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/splash-of-color-2017-tickets-33852032340 More

Campfire on the Beach

July 29, 2017
  • Venue: Kemil Beach
  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Times: From: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join a ranger for a sunset and campfire program on Saturday, July 29, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Kemil Beach. The program will start at the Kemil Beach parking lot, followed by a short walk to the beach. If you arrive late, please walk to the beach to join the event. Enjoy a beautiful sunset on the beach while sitting around a campfire listening to live music. Please bring a bl... More

Dancing with the Stars Live

July 29, 2017

Following the success of the sold out “Dancing with the Stars: Live! - We Came to Dance” tour this winter, TV’s hottest show is going back on tour across America this summer in “Dancing with the Stars: Live! - Hot Summer Nights.” Fans of the show have the opportunity to see the best ballroom dancers in the business perform live in Merrillville, IN. This all-new production showc... More

Dick Diamond and the Dusters at the Pav

July 29, 2017

Come out for an unpredictable evening with Dick Diamond and the Dusters!  More

Painting with Kids at White Rhino

July 29, 2017

Bring the family for another "ONLY AT WHITE RHINO" event. Our wonderful instructor is hosting another great class at White Rhino. Bring your family for a fun and kid friendly painting class. Check out a few pictures from a previous class here. $25 per painter. Advance sign Up and payment required. When making your reservations please let us know how many people with be in you... More

Prairie Arts Council's Rock the Arts

July 29, 2017
  • Location: Potawatomi Park
  • 124 S. Van Rensselaer St.
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Times: From: 12:00 PM to 10:30 PM (CST)
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

ROCK the ARTS is the Prairie Arts Council's summer music and art festival and serves as our primary fundraiser to support local art, artist, and public art in our community. More

Saturn, Lord of the Rings

July 29, 2017
  • Location: Calumet Astronomy Center
  • 19100 Chase St.
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: From: 08:30 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 769-7275
  • Website | Email

Join us Saturday July 29th from 8:30-10:30pm at Calumet Astronomy Center as members bring their telescopes to search the sky for Saturn and its breathtaking rings. During this time of the year, and specially this year, Saturn can be seen brightly in the night sky but only with a telescope can you see its true beauty. More

South Shore Summer Music Festival

July 29, 2017
  • Location: Franciscan Communities
  • Main and Franciscan
  • Crown Point, IN
  • Times: Starting: 7:30 PM
  • Website

Please jointhe 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

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm Open House & Cemetery Tours

May 28, 2017 to July 30, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Join rangers at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for an afternoon exploring our historic homesteads every Sunday in July from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Meet at 12:00 pm in the Bailly and Chellberg main parking lot for an informative 90-minute hike to the Bailly Cemetery. Upon returning, explore the interiors of both historic homes and homesteads from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Learn about ... More

Mount Baldy Guided Hike

June 04, 2017 to September 03, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore every Sunday in July from 10:00 am to 11:30 am for a hike to the top of famous Mount Baldy. Even though the area is closed for general public use, this ranger-led tour allows visitors to experience the beauty and spectacular views from the tallest dune in the national lakeshore. The hikes start at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Cente... More

Summer in the Park

June 14, 2017 to August 09, 2017 (Every Wednesday)

Join as at Deep River Park every Wednesday at 10 am starting June 14th – August 9th for FREE summer programs. Programs are designed for children age 10 and under along with family members. Events have fun themes that get children outside learning about nature or history. Themes include learning about flags, art in nature, and many more! Check out our website for more informatio... More

Open Skate at Midwest Training & Ice Center

Started June 15, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Midwest Training and Ice Center
  • 10600 White Oak Avenue
  • Dyer, 46311
  • Times: Monday through Friday 11am to 12:30pm, Saturday 10pm to 11:30pm and Sunday 2pm to 3:30pm
  • Admission: Admission: $6, Skate Rental: $4
  • Phone: 219-558-8811
  • Website

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

Summer Concert Series Wicker Park

June 15, 2017 to August 17, 2017 (Every Thursday)

One of the highlights of the summer is North Township’s Summer Concert Series. Beginning in early June and continuing every Thursday through early September, North Township features some of the best bands around to perform at the Wicker Park Social Center Gazebo. The summer concerts attract crowds that hail from around the township and beyond. From vintage and contemporary rock... More

Open Gym at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Started June 16, 2017 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Join Midwest Training and Ice Center for open gym, ages 6 and up. This is a good opportunity to let your kids come and be kids. The Midwest staff will be on hand to monitor gym activities. Kids can work on tumbling, trampoline, tumble trax or just play in the pit. A full service concession stand is also available during open gym nights. Please be reminded of the proper attire ... More

Chesterton's European Market

June 17, 2017 to October 28, 2017 (Every Saturday)

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

Crown Point Farmers' Market

June 17, 2017 to September 30, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Downtown
  • South block of Main St.
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-662-3290
  • Website

Vendors sell everything from fresh produce, flowers, gourmet foods, candles, cheese and a variety of other products. More

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started June 17, 2017 (Every Saturday)

Enjoy hands-on family activities in the park's west end visitor center, especially the new Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is the tradition. Help feed the center's resident turtles or fish or join a ranger for a hike in Miller Woods. More

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