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Discover all there is to see and do in Northwest Indiana. Browse holiday celebrations, concerts, casino events, special exhibits, and more with the South Shore Calendar of Events.

Our event calendar ensures that you won't miss any of the amazing events going on in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties, cities such as Gary and Hammond, as well as beachfront events along the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and water activities out on Lake Michigan. No matter your idea of fun, you'll find it on the South Shore.

 

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Special Events

Spring Public Show

April 18, 2014 to April 26, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)

"The Water Planet" celebrates our home planet by comparing Earth to the other planets in our solar system. The program also explores the atmosphere, water, land, life, and geology of Earth. "The Water Planet" is a family presentation of one of the planetarium's school programs. More

Mother Earth Education Week

April 21, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Mother Earth Education Week will be recognized at Bellaboo's. It's the little things (and people) that can make a big difference! Learning simple environmental courtesies at an early age can produce lifelong earth stewardship and respect for nature. Here is a list of activities and times: 11:00 Be a Tree 12:00 Healthy Eating with Mother Earth 1:00 Reduce, Reuse, ReI... More

Midwest Smoke Out - Cigar and Luxury Expo

April 24, 2014

The largest cigar and luxury expo in the Midwest, the Midwest Smoke Out is a celebration of cigars and luxury.  General Admission tickets include 14 premium cigars, Craft beer, spirits, and wine samples, Gourmet food, Live entertainment, 1 year membership to the Cigar Rights of America. The evening will be one unforgettable night of fun and cigars. More

Civil War Demonstrations

April 26, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Throughout the expo, re-enactors will discuss a soldier's life during the Civil War, the loading and firing of Civil War-era weapons, talk about life at an encampment and answer questions. Re-enactors will also have various pieces of Civil War-era memorabilia to showcase and discuss. More

Earth Day at the Zoo

April 26, 2014
  • Venue: Washington Park
  • 115 Lakeshore Dr.
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 11am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-873-1510
  • Website

This event will include free crafts and environmental education. More

Green Gary Day

April 26, 2014
  • Location: Douglas Center for Environmental Education - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • 7-85 N Lake St
  • Gary, IN 46403
  • Times: 10am to 3:30pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1858
  • Website

Join rangers to celebrate Green Gary Day and start the spring season out right! Activities include a Junior Ranger program, kids' activities, environmental exhibits, beach cleanup, live animals, kayaking, canoeing and art activities. More

Project Learning Tree and Arbor Day Celebration

April 26, 2014
  • Venue: Dunes Learning Center
  • 700 Howe Rd.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: $35 includes lunch, materials and the Project Learning Tree activity guide
  • Phone: 219-395-9555
  • Website

Celebrate Arbor Day and explore a wide variety of hands-on, interdisciplinary activities that teach about the environment using forests and trees as a window to learning. Each participant completing the full six-hour workshop will receive a newly updated Project Learning Tree activity guide, packed with 96 broad-based, easy to use (and fun) activities! Activities were developed... More

Snakes Alive!

April 26, 2014
  • Location: Nature Center Auditorium
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, Indiana 46304
  • Times: 2pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-926-1390
  • Website

Slither into the Nature Center Auditorium for amazing look at the snakes that call the Indiana Dunes home. More

Sold Out - Dark Lord Day

April 26, 2014

Dark Lord Day is the only day of the year to buy Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout. DLD is the festival at Three Floyds Brewery where participants can meet other beer enthusiasts and sample beers from all over the world. Visitors can buy Dark Lord Stout, eat, listen to live music and have a great time. This festival requires a ticket. Admission will not be grante... More

Watch, Clock, Coin, and Antique Mart

April 26, 2014
  • Location: St. Matthias Hall
  • 101 W. Burrell Drive
  • Crown Point, IN
  • Times: 9am to 1pm
  • Admission: $3
  • Phone: 219-689-9821
  • Email

The Peace Pipe chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors will be holding their annual mart and show featuring watches and clocks, as well as coins and antiques. More

Waterscape Weekend Garden and Pond Expo

April 26, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Exhibits include wind twirlers stone bird houses, yard art, patio benches, koi and goldfish, aquatic plants, landscape lighting, irrigation, hot tubs, flowers and veggies, water features, recycled art, gourd decor, ironworks and so much more! 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

Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln

February 24, 2014 to April 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Indiana Welcome Center
  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: 8am to 5pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-989-7979

Learn about the state and region's contribution to our nation's bloodiest war through a series of special events and exhibits. Photos, artifacts and reproductions of Northwest Indiana Civil War regimental battle flags will tell the story of the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County men in blue who fought to preserve the Union - and ultimately to end slavery.  Special Even... More

What is left unspoken

March 07, 2014 to May 10, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Historically artists have been the purveyors of new dialogues and new visual languages. These dialogues may be the voice of a larger community through observation, where what's not being said is perhaps not being said, because it is implicit. The exhibit will feature 2D & 3D conceptual pieces by Barbara Hashimoto and Doug Fogelson. Barbara Hashimoto will display installa... More

Beginning Birding in the Indiana Dunes

March 13, 2014 to May 01, 2014 (Every Thursday)

Join lakeshore experts for this special eight week course welcoming a whole new generation of birders! Instructors: Dr. Ken Brock, Michael Topp, and Brad Bumgardner. More

Diners & Drive-Ins: Hometown Memories

March 14, 2014 to May 31, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: La Porte County Historical Society
  • 2405 Indiana Avenue
  • La Porte, IN 46350
  • Times: 10am to 4:30pm
  • Phone: 219-324-6767
  • Website

What was your favorite hangout? Smitty's? Brownie's? Dog'n'Suds? Terry's? Take a trip back to the days of poodle skirts and malts with a visit to the LaPorte County Historical Society's latest exhibit for spring, "Diners and Drive-Ins: Hometown Memories", on display at the museum. A photo exhibit mainly consisting of memorabilia such as senior cords, menus from ... More

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is hosting a spring Indiana Master Naturalist program

March 27, 2014 to May 22, 2014 (Every Thursday)

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is hosting the Indiana Master Naturalist program this spring. This hands-on learning experience and volunteer service opportunity teach students about the native landscape and local wildlife of Northwest Indiana. The course includes sessions on botany, zoology, geology, water ecology and wildlife conservation. The Indiana Master Naturalist progr... More

Company

April 25, 2014
  • Venue: Memorial Opera House
  • 104 Indiana Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm
  • Phone: 219-548-9137
  • Website

It seems everyone but Robert is married or getting married, and they are all eager for their bachelor friend to follow in their footsteps, but Robert isn't quite ready to take the plunge. He's sure that "Someone Is Waiting", the perfect girl just for him, and until she makes herself known, he is content to amuse himself with the countless women who come to New York ... More

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