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There 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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Stargazing at Kemil Beach

February 01, 2017 to November 01, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 1st)
  • Venue: Kemil Beach
  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Times: Check Website for times
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society to get a closer look at the evening sky over Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Weather permitting, see star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, planets, meteors, and learn about constellation lore from the darkest site in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Held on the third Saturday of every month from Jan. to Dec. (except March and ... More

The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963

February 28, 2017 to March 05, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • 900 Gerry Street
  • Gary, IN
  • Times: See description for exact dates and times
  • Website

Ten-year-old Kenny chronicles the events of a fateful summer for the Watson family of Flint, Michigan, in this hilarious and deeply moving story “The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963.” There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta and teenage brother Byron, who can't seem to stay out of trouble. Concerned about this budding juvenile delinquent in their family, Momma and Dad decide it's... More

First Friday: Fragile Soul

March 03, 2017

Set the the smooth sounds of Chicago singer/songwriter duo Fragile Soul, enjoy a cash bar and like-minded conversation as you view the artwork from the newest exhibition, Seeking Location: Mapping & Borders in Art. Also on exhibit is Carole Stodder's show, Origins, and Inspired to Inspire, featuring works by the Michigan City Area Schools art teachers. More

Summer Camp Open House

March 04, 2017

Attention campers! Explore Dunes Learning Center’s Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore campus and celebrate Spring with a day of fun in the dunes. Families are invited to sample popular activities, tour camp facilities, meet staff and ask questions about the upcoming summer season. Learn more and complete your free event registration at www.duneslearningcenter.org/events More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started December 10, 2016 (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

Open Gym at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Started December 16, 2016 (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

Open Skate at Midwest Training & Ice Center

Started January 01, 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

Sunday Brunch

Started January 01, 2017 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Center for Visual and Performing Arts
  • 1040 Ridge Rd
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: Seating between 11am to 2pm
  • Admission: $23 for adults; children 4-11, $11.50; under 4 years, $3.00. Price does not include gratuity.
  • Phone: (219) 836-1930
  • Website

Every Sunday, the buffet table is brimming with delicious breakfast and luncheon dishes for the Center for Visual and Performing Arts' all-you-can-eat brunch. And, add to all of this: sparkling champagne, the ambiance of their elegant dining room, and the excellent service of their extremely attentive wait staff. Consider celebrating a special occasion during brunch - they can ... More

Wine Tasting at White Rhino

Started January 04, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Wednesday)

Sample up to 10 different wines and enjoy a gourmet appetizer buffet all while Marco Villarreal fills the room with enchanting sounds on his acoustic guitar. $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  Call 219 864-9200 or sign up at our website whiterhinoonline.com/eventsignup. More

Eat Up Wine Down

Started January 05, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday)

Eat Up Wine Down is a year round celebration of downtown Valpo’s fabulous dining experience. On the first Thursday of every month, select restaurants offer 5 of their most popular drinks and dishes for only $5 per selection. Take advantage of this great opportunity to "go easy on your wallet" and discover something new.   More

First Friday Art Walk

Started January 06, 2017 (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

Through its Arts & Culture Committee, the Michigan City Mainstreet Association seeks to weave the arts into the fabric of Michigan City's Uptown Arts District. The association believes that the arts are a catalyst for public dialogue, and that shared cultural experiences contribute to a sense of place, communal identity and economic revitalization. The First Friday Art Walk... More

Winter Yoga

January 21, 2017 to March 25, 2017 (Every Saturday)

This Yoga class will increase vitality, flexibility, strength & balance. Beginners as well as those with experience are welcome. Instructor will individualize as needed. Taught by Suzanne Chick, MSW, certified yoga instructor of 17 years. More

Bocce League at Villa Cesare

January 23, 2017 to March 13, 2017 (Every Monday)

Join us for our upcoming Bocce League at Villa Cesare!  See website for more details.   More

Seeking Location: Mapping & Borders in Art

January 28, 2017 to June 03, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • 101 W 2nd Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Website

A 12-artist exhibition of works that investigate issues of location and dislocation. Borders and boundaries, while always arbitrary and constantly shifting, now must contend with geo-political spheres of influence and cultural orientations that go way beyond geography. Exhibiting Artists: Tom Brand, Michele Corazzo, Hector Duarte, Gary Duehr, Ruth Esserman, Victoria Fuller, De... More

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra

February 09, 2017 to March 19, 2017 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Relive the legendary career of Frank Sinatra as four actors share more than 50 of his beloved hits. “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Chicago,” “New York, New York,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “That’s Life” are just some of the tunes showcased in this musical tribute to the iconic success story of Ol’ Blue Eyes. More

The Producers

February 17, 2017 to March 05, 2017 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Memorial Opera House is thrilled to open the 2017 season with a show filled with humor, ridiculous accents, and a winner of 12 Tony awards! The Producers is a fun and exciting musical adapted from the 1968 film by Mel Brooks. It takes the journey with two producers who set out a plan to get rich quick by producing a musical they describe as "a love letter to Hitler" that will F... More

Nunsense A-Men

February 24, 2017 to March 12, 2017 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Towle Theater
  • 5205 Hohman Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Times: Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm
  • Website

Nunsense A-Men begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade... More

Patrician Breakfast Buffet

Started February 26, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Enjoy a breakfast buffet at The Patrician every Sunday.   More

A Year with Frog and Toad

March 03, 2017 to March 17, 2017 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Harold Pinter’s contemporary masterpiece about three individuals and the affair that shattered them all. Ingeniously told in reverse time, Betrayal was a critical and popular success on both sides of the Atlantic—winner in New York of the Drama Critics Circle Award as best foreign play and in London of the West End Award as best play of the season.  More

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