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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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Eggs Marks the Spot! A Pirate Egg Hunt at Bellaboo's!

April 02, 2015

Ahoy kiddies! Drop anchor on Captain Bellaboo's ship and enjoy the Hunt for Egg Treasures. This one-of-a-kind eggstravaganza is a whimsical evening of hearty adventure, swashbuckling songs,and hidden treasures. Registration is required for this after-hours interactive theater experience and egg hunt, so call now! More

Girls Night Out

April 02, 2015
  • Location: Buddy and Pal's Place
  • 1206 E. Summit St.
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 6pm to 10pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-613-8110
  • Website | Email

Come out for a night of shopping in the Cantina Room!  Buddy and Pal's will also be having raffles as well. Here is a list of some of the vendors: Younique Mary Kay Saba Ace ThirtyOne Scentsy Jamberry It Works Posh Miche The Little Bath House Wind Chimes Cupcakes Gourmet Girl  Dips And Many More!!   More

Sips and Stars

April 02, 2015
  • Location: Bargain Barn
  • 815 Calumet Avenue
  • Valparaiso, Indiana
  • Times: 5pm to 7pm
  • Website

Chicago Street Theatre has once again partnered with their friends at Bargain Barn and ValpoLife to give the community a unique Open House experience called "Sips & Stars at the Barn". Sample beers from Four Fathers Brewery along with food and wine from Sage. Explore the eclectic shopping experience of Bargain Barn and enjoy scenes from The Angels of Lemnos, Cobb ... More

Poetry Slam

April 03, 2015

The Poetry Slam invites poets to showcase their works in a raucous audience-juried event. Poets who wish to participate should prepare three original pieces, each under 3 minutes in length. Each poet will be provided the opportunity to present one of their works. In tournament style, poets will be eliminated each round until one is left standing as the Poetry Slam Champion. Poe... More

Early Spring Birds

April 04, 2015

Come and meet some yearly friends who have dropped by or sprung up to say hello! We'll meet at the beach pavilion for a jaunt to the popular bird observation platform. We'll then set up for a several hour vigil. Feel free to come and go as you please. Grab your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours and join us! More

Early Spring Woodland Wander

April 04, 2015
  • Location: Nature Center
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, Indiana 46304
  • Times: 2pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-926-1952
  • Website

Join us for a special hike to explore the awakening spring forest. We'll check out the different sights and sounds of the afternoon. Meet at the Nature Center. More

Feed the Birds

April 04, 2015

Join the naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding of the birds. Get great close-up views of chickadees, cardinals and woodpeckers! Great fun for all! 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.  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

First Friday Art Walk

Started November 07, 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

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

Jazz Night at Safe House Bar and Grill

Started December 03, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Wednesday)

The Dale Prasco Group will be jamming at Safe House the 1st Wednesday of every month! Kids are welcome on the family dining side. Modern jazz with a twist. Great live music! 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 and 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

Community Supported Art Valparaiso at the Porter County Museum

February 18, 2015 to May 16, 2015 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

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.  Mark your calendars and stop by the museum to see the POCO Muse’s Robert Cain Gallery transformed yet again by the vibrant and unique work of these talented loc... 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

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

Out of My Hands

March 14, 2015 to April 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Out of My Hands is a new exhibit with Chicago-based artist Diana Leviton Gondek. The exhibit promises to be just as dynamic, bold and engaging as this fascinating woman! Experience not just the beauty of her contemporary work, but share in the stories they convey. More

Spring Break STAYcation at Bellaboo's!

March 23, 2015 to April 12, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Bellaboo’s is the place for a spring break staycation. If you are planning on staying, you might as well be playing! Join us daily to play a Loony Limbo, hear “Somewhere in the Ocean” during Story Time, make a Go Fishing Snack in Children’s Cooking, and have some all-around Beachy Fun for your whole spring break! 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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