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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

Renewing the Region

May 23, 2015 to July 23, 2015 (Recurring daily)

A diverse display of art, with blacksmithing, china painting and antique pieces as well as restored, refurbished and renewed pieces. More

Special Events

Deep River Waterpark Opening Weekend

May 22, 2015 to May 25, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Visit Deep River for a SPLASHtacular season. More

Hesston Memorial Day Weekend

May 23, 2015 to May 25, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Hesston Steam Museum
  • 1201 East 1000 North
  • LaPorte, IN 46350
  • Times: 12pm to 5pm
  • Phone: 219-872-5055
  • Website

Opening weekend, climb aboard all 3 of our steam powered railroads for a scenic ride through our woods. Historic steam locomotives will take you back to a bygone era.   More

Pinhook Bog Open House

May 23, 2015 to September 12, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Pinhook Bog
  • 700 N. Wozniak Rd
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 12pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Pinhook Bog. Tour the bog on your own and talk to rangers stationed along the trail who will help you understand this unique place filled with carnivorous plants. Please arrive by 2:00 pm to allow about one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. More

Bird Crafts

May 25, 2015

Finish off a great weekend in the park with a make-it, take-it craft of your own. Join Kaitlin on the front deck as we make our own special bird feeders you can take home with you. Meet at the Nature Center. More

Feed the Birds

May 25, 2015

Join the Naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding of our birds. Get great close-up views of chickadees, cardinals, and woodpeckers! Don't forget to bring Mom along! Great fun for the kids. More

Memorial Day at the Porter County Museum

May 25, 2015

Join local Sons of the Union Veterans in observing Memorial Day on the front lawn of the Porter County Museum. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Commemorate this anniversary as well as the generations of Porter County veterans who have served the United States. More

Memorial Day Ceremony

May 25, 2015
  • Venue: Main Square
  • 3001 Ridge Road
  • Highland, IN 46322
  • Times: 10am

Join the Council of Community Events as they salute those who have served our country.   More

Memorial Day Parade

May 25, 2015

Celebrate Memorial Day with a Memorial Day Parade.  Parade begins at Cavalier Inn and travel wests on Gostlin Street to Hohman Avenue. North on Hohman to 139th Street. East on 139th to Johnson. South on Johnson to St. Casimir Church. More

Who Pooped in the Park!

May 25, 2015

Okay, who dun it!? Test your facts on feces during this fun game with prizes. We'll study the science of scatology and give out prizes for those that really know their poop! Visit the Nature Center to learn more! More

Painting with Cocktails at White Rhino

May 26, 2015

Inspire the creative side of your brain! Sip, savor and socialize in the loft for a spiced up, no pressure, creative and entertaining art class. Each student will take home a 16 x 20 canvas painted by themselves. The class will paint with instruction and tips from an experienced artist. The cost will be $25 per person and will include canvas, pencils, measures, acrylic paint... More

"Evita"

May 28, 2015 to May 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Main Street Theatre
  • 807 Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, Indiana 46360
  • Phone: 219-874-4269
  • Website

Argentina's controversial first lady is the subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece. Told through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, Evita creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself. More

Cubs Painting with Cocktails at White Rhino

May 28, 2015

Inspire the creative side of your brain! Sip, savor and socialize in the loft for a spiced up, no pressure, creative and entertaining art class. Each student will take home a 16 x 20 canvas painted by themselves. The class will paint with instruction and tips from an experienced artist. The cost will be $25 per person and will include canvas, pencils, measures, acrylic paints, ... More

Craig Ferguson

May 29, 2015

Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage.  More

Maple City Grand Prix

May 29, 2015 to May 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Stone Lake
  • Phone: 800-634-2650
  • Website

The Second Annual Maple City Grand Prix will be back in Michigan City! Some events include a huge boat count and an amazing weekend of racing. More

Crawfish Boil

May 30, 2015

All You Can Eat Crawfish, Potatoes, Andouille, Corn and Dirty Rice. Tickets for Sale Beginning 4/29/2015: $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Visit the Tap Room to purchase tickets. More

Downtown Hammond Council's 2nd Hunting off Hohman

May 30, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Hammond
  • Hohman Avenue and Sibley Boulevard
  • Hammond, Indiana 46323
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Phone: 219-512-4298
  • Website

Got clutter? Make some extra cash! Register for the Downtown Hammond Council's 2nd Annual Hunting off Hohman Neighborhood & Business Garage Sale! -If you reside or have a business in the following parts of Hammond, please join us and participate: Along Hohman Avenue between 165th Street and Sibley Blvd. and one block east of Hohman Avenue. -Please note that partic... More

Nature Stories and Tall Tales!

May 30, 2015
  • Location: Indiana Dunes Nature Center
  • 1600 N. 25 E.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 10am
  • Phone: 219-926-1952
  • Website

Bring a friend and join us for a fun hike over Mt. Tom as we tell the stories of the land. Some might be true, while others....? Meet at the campground shelter (by site 113) to join us. Parking available at campground gate for those that aren't camping.   More

Shipwreck Stories!

May 30, 2015

What secrets lie beneath the lake? Visit the Nature Center for a fascinating look at the lost stories that hide beneath the waves of Lake Michigan. Great program for the history buffs. More

The God Water Run for the Thirsty 5k

May 30, 2015
  • Location: Redar Park
  • 1754 S. Park Avenue
  • Schererville, IN 46375
  • Times: 9am
  • Admission: $30
  • Phone: 219-512-0953
  • Website | Email

This second annual event will once again start and end at Schererville's beautiful Redar Park and run throughout the neighborhood to the east. Whether you race for a trophy or jog with a friend, this 5k is all about the cause. All of the net proceeds will go to God Water, a local Christian charity that provides access to clean, safe drinking water for the people of Liberia, Afr... More

On-Going Events

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

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

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