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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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Special Events

"Capturing the Current -An Artist's View of Electricity"

October 03, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Lilian Fendig Gallery
  • 301 N Van Rensselaer
  • Rensselaer, Indiana 47978
  • Times: Monday through Friday 10am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-866-5278
  • Website

The Jasper Co. Art League's annual exhibit, sponsored by REMC and titled, "Capturing the Current -An Artist's View of Electricity." More

Dia de Muertos Mania

October 27, 2014 to November 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Special Happy Halloween Dia de Los Muertos Preparation Celebration 10:30 & 3:30 - “The Festival of Bones” by: Luis San Vincente 11:00 - Marigold (Cempazuchitl) Paper Flower Creations 12, 2:30 & 4:30 - Bellaboo Bakers: Candied Pumpkin 1:30 - Dia de Muertos Mania More

Haunted House

October 29, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

The Rensselaer Volunteer Fire Department is once again sponsoring a Haunted House at the Jasper County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 6:00pm (CDT) til 9:00pm (CDT) and Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 6:00pm (CDT) til 9:00pm (CDT) and then on October 31, 2014, which is Halloween, on Friday from 6:00pm (CDT) until 10:00pm (CDT). More

Jack-O-Lantern Festival

October 29, 2014 to October 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Main Square Park
  • 3001 Ridge Road
  • Highland, Indiana 46322
  • Times: 5pm to 8pm
  • Admission: $2 to enter a jack-o-lantern
  • Website

Bring a carved Jack-O-Lantern to the annual Kiwanis' Jack-O-Lantern Festival and get a chance to win great prizes. All of the Jack-O-Lanterns will be on display at the Highland Main Square Gazebo. Bring the whole family for good ol' fashioned fun. More

Tour of Terror

October 29, 2014 to November 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Nike Missile Base C-47
  • 563 West 600 North
  • Hobart, Indiana 46342
  • Times: See website for exact times and Dates
  • Phone: 219-947-7733
  • Website

Take a unique and terrifying tour of one of our country's greatest historic landmarks. Nike Missile Base C-47 in Hobart, Ind. has a history unlike any other place in America and ALL of the urban legends are true! Suicides, underground tunnels, torture rooms and souls of lost warriors still exist here. In October 2014, the US Military will guide patrons through a tour of this hi... More

6th Annual Halloween Party at It's Vegas Baby

October 31, 2014

Featuring entertainment by P.S. DUMP YOUR BOYFRIEND Registration from 5:00pm - 11:00pm Costume Contest from 11:30pm - 1:30am 1st Round Judging from 11:30pm - Midnight Final Round Judging from 1:00am - 1:30am Judging done by audience applause More

Falling Into Dance

October 31, 2014 to November 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Morton High School Auditorium
  • 6915 Grand Ave.
  • Hammond, Indiana 46323
  • Times: See website for exact times
  • Admission: $9 for adults and $7 for students/seniors
  • Phone: 219-989-7316 ext. 1866
  • Website

The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts (at Morton High School) will open its fifth dance performance season with the fall dance concert "Falling Into Dance." This show features Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts dance majors. Also featured will be the HAPA Dance Ensemble. The production is choreographed by HAPA dance faculty member Kathleen Dominiak Trea... More

Ghouls and Gals Halloween Bash

October 31, 2014

Are you ready to scream this Halloween? Make sure to join us for our first big Halloween party at Crown Point's number one dance club. Costumes are highly recommended because the best costume will receive $200 cash and the runner-up will get a $50 gift card. Plenty of goodies and ghouls to celebrate this Halloween. Don't have a costume? No worries - all that we ask for is a $5... More

Halloween at Bar Louie

October 31, 2014

Festivities include a costume contest, Dj all night and open mic. More

Renssylvania

October 31, 2014
  • Location: Embers Venue
  • 230 W Washington St
  • Rensselaer, Indiana 47978
  • Times: 8pm
  • Website

Join Embers Halloween night for the social event of the evening. DJ Chad Wynn will be spinning beats and a costume contest with cash prizes. More

Trunk or Treat Rensselaer

October 31, 2014

Join the City of Rensselaer for trunk or treat. Decorate the trunk of a vehicle for Halloween and dress in your favorite costume. Trick or treaters will then parade by. More

"Shrek" the Musical

November 01, 2014 to November 16, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Location: Marian Memorial Auditorium
  • 1849 Lincoln Avenue
  • Whiting, Indiana
  • Times: Sat at 8:15pm and Sunday 3pm
  • Phone: 219-473-7555

Join the Marian Theatre Guild in presenting "Shrek" the Musical. More

Interwoven Expressions

November 01, 2014

Celebrating exquisite creations from hands that weave, dye, knit, felt, quilt, stitch and design contemporary and traditional fashions, home decor and holiday gifts. Handmade paper and basketry items will also be available. For over 30 years Interwoven Expressions has blossomed into a premier Midwest juried sale and exhibition limited to the very best fiber artists from ... More

Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner & Party

November 01, 2014
  • Venue: WaterBird Banquet Center
  • 526 Indian Boundary Road
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: Doors Open at 6pm
  • Admission: Single Ticket -$60, Goup of 4 - $220, Group of 8 - $400
  • Phone: 219-928-1514
  • Website | Email

The WaterBird Lakeside Banquet Center presents a Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner with a Halloween themed after party. The Murder Mystery Co. will be acting out this exciting and energetic experience for the evening. Dress in your scariest Halloween outfit, or simply wear a mask as the theme is a Murder at the Masquerade! The Murder Mystery Co. describes this show as follows: T... More

Porter County Antique Show

November 01, 2014 to November 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Porter County Expo Center
  • 215 Division Dr
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: Adults $4 and Children 12 and under free
  • Phone: 219-241-3328
  • Website | Email

This expansive antique show features wares from a variety of vendors and one free appraisal comes with paid admission. More

Taltree 10K

November 01, 2014

The family-friendly 6.2-mile trail run is for serious and not-so-serious racers.   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

After School Play at Bellaboo's! What a Deal!

September 08, 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

Chaos Haunted and Historical Tours

September 19, 2014 to November 08, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Times: See website for exact days and times
  • Website

Specializing in Haunted Bus Tours of Northwest Indiana - just minutes from Chicago! See site for full schedule of tours. Join in for chilling and informative tours lead by Mike McDowell, Founder, President & CEO of the Indiana Ghost Trackers. Mike has over 9 years experience in doing haunted tours of NW Indiana and over 13 years experience investigating many hau... More

Campfire Rentals at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

September 25, 2014 to November 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Available every night of the week. Staff will tend the fire to create a hassle-free experience. Roasting sticks and some seating provided. Campfire rental cost is $50. Maximum 30 people. More

Family Farm Festival

September 26, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Scheeringa Farms and Produce
  • 9436 Cline Ave
  • Highland, IN 46322
  • Times: Hayrides: Friday 3:30pm to 5:30pm and Saturday 11:00am to 5:00pm
  • Phone: 219-838-6369
  • Website

Scheeringa's offers a fun fall celebration with group hayrides, trips to the pumpkin patch, a petting zoo stocked with a wide assortment of farm animals and an 18' tall pumpkin bounce house for kids. More

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