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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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Special Events

Winter Lights Night

November 26, 2016 to December 31, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Sunset Hill Farm
  • 775 Meridian Road
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 5pm to 9pm
  • Admission: $5 per car
  • Phone: 219-465-3586
  • Website

The light displays are unique to the park, and many of them were custom-made by members of the maintenance staff. Some of the displays include a rollercoaster that is over 20 feet tall, a farm scene consisting of various pieces, and Santa taking off into the air with his reindeer.  More

Santa's Candy Cane Express

December 03, 2016 to December 11, 2016 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

Saturdays and Sundays, take a ride on the Candy Cane Express and visit Santa in his railroad Caboose.  More

Hunt and Gather Market

December 09, 2016 to December 10, 2016 (Recurring daily)

An amazing event featuring local artisans and shopkeepers selling beautiful and unique items including art, jewelry, furniture, antiques, salvaged treasures and more. Music, food and drinks will be available.   More

Community Supported Art Valparaiso Exhibition Opening

December 10, 2016

The Porter County Museum is excited to announce that Community Supported Art Valparaiso is back for a third season featuring eight new, local artists! These emerging and mid-career regional artists work in a variety of media, including painting, printmaking, textile craft, mixed media and photography. The Porter County Museum is delighted to host a season preview exhibition of ... More

JT Shrimp Christmas Open House

December 10, 2016

At 10am a demonstration on easy cleaning of the shrimp. Then a cooking demonstration will follow. More

Oh Fuuudge! Tire Relay Race

December 10, 2016
  • Venue: Indiana Welcome Center
  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: Registration begins at 9:30am, Contest begins at 10am
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 800ALLLAKE
  • Website

Oh Fuuudge! Relay competition for parent/child teams.  This relay race depicts the tire changing scene in "A Christmas Story" when Ralphie spills lug nuts into the street.  Teams "change a tire" and run through an obstacle course while holding a hubcap full of lug nuts steady. Two age groups - children ages 4-7 and 8-12.  Pre-register online. Please bring in canned food/non-per... More

The Story of the Nutcracker

December 10, 2016 to December 17, 2016 (Every Saturday)
  • Venue: Theatre at the Center
  • 1040 Ridge Road
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 10am and 12pm
  • Admission: Children $7.50, Adults $9.50
  • Phone: (219) 836-3255
  • Website

The traditional holiday tale about a young girl’s very favorite Christmas! A magical Nutcracker comes to life, defeats the Mouse King and the Prince whisks her away to his kingdom. Their journey takes them through enchanted lands where they encounter all sorts of delightful characters. A holiday treat for the entire family! More

On-Going Events

Wine Tasting at White Rhino

Started June 03, 2015 (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

Tours and Tasting with Brewmaster Steve

Started September 07, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Monday)
  • Venue: Crown Brewing
  • 211 S. East Street
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 6pm
  • Phone: 219-663-4545
  • Website

Join Brewmaster Steve for a behind the scenes tour. The tours are held the first Monday of each month at 6pm. The tour is $5 and includes beer samples and a logo tasting glass. More

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started September 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

Bloody Mary Sundays

Started September 11, 2016 (Every Sunday)

Come enjoy a premium bloody mary every Sunday with Crown Brewing.   More

Sunday Brunch

Started September 11, 2016 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Center for Visual and Performing Arts
  • 1040 Ridge Rd
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 11am to 2pm
  • Admission: $22.50 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

Open Skate at Midwest Training & Ice Center

Started September 12, 2016 (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 skate.  Hours vary, see website for details. More

Open Gym at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Started October 07, 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

The Hunt - The Prey - The Spirit

October 07, 2016 to January 07, 2017 (Recurring daily)

An all-woman show focused on the portrayal of animals. This exhibition is inspired by and borrows from myth, art history, spirit guides, trophy, taxidermy, vegan and otherwise. The range of work is a diverse survey, both shocking and charming, of the complex relationships between humans and animals. The opening reception is October 7 and the exhibition runs through January 7, 2... More

Sandhill Cranes During Fall Migration

October 10, 2016 to December 18, 2016 (Recurring daily)

During the fall tens of thousands of sandhill cranes migrate to the Jasper-Pulaksi Fish and Wildlife Area. Join in the experience of watching this natural wonder. Best times to view are sunset and sunrise between mid-October to mid-December. Best viewing area is the Goose Pasture Viewing Area. More

Bison arrive in Newton County

October 21, 2016 to January 31, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Bison will once again be in Northwest Indiana, helping to manage and maintain the prairie restorations of Kankakee Sands. Come to see the bison and learn about the wonders of the prairies and oak savanna of Kankakee Sands. More

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home

November 12, 2016 to December 31, 2016 (Recurring daily)

The Indiana Welcome Center features six animated displays depicting scenes from the holiday classic "A Christmas Story." The displays include: The Department Store Window, Flick's Tongue and Triple Dog Dare, It's a Major Award, The Bumpus Hounds and a new window, A Hero's Dream. The displays were first showcased in 2003 at Macy's in New York City. Have your picture taken with S... More

Motown vs. Chi-Town: The Indiana Connection

November 13, 2016 to January 29, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • 1040 Ridge Road
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Website

The exhibit is a cultural event and historical survey curated by the Chicago Blues Museum that traces the Chicago music scene of the 1950s through 1970s, its ties to Detroit's Motown Records, the company's early beginnings in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood and Gary's Vee-Jay Records. Rare photographic images focusing on homegrown Chicago musicians, entertainers and perform... More

Annie Warbucks

November 17, 2016 to December 18, 2016 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

All the ingredients that made ANNIE so successful return in its sequel, Annie Warbucks; with an added old-fashioned romance thrown in for good measure! The action picks up where ANNIE left off, when Child Welfare Commissioner Harriet Doyle arrives on the scene to inform Daddy Warbucks he must marry in 60 days so the newly adopted Annie can have a proper mother. In the end, Dadd... More

A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail

November 18, 2016 to December 18, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Bring the whole family to celebrate Christmas with all of their friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood as Christopher Robin is told about the holiday (not so long ago) when Eeyore lost his tail. Full of enchanting songs and beloved characters, A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail is the perfect holiday treat to share with your little ones.   More

Holiday Artisan Market

November 19, 2016 to December 28, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Shop for handmade, finely crafted items perfect for holiday gift giving. A spectacular display of gift-giving possibilities, including offerings from some of the Midwest's finest craftspeople, put the art into holiday shopping at this annual showcase. Shop early for the best selection! Funds will benefit LCA’s Education Outreach! More

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