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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

200 Years Along the South Shore

August 29, 2016 to October 02, 2016 (Recurring daily)

The South Shore CVA has partnered with a number of historical societies to tell the stories of the people, industries and history of northwest Indiana. Photographs, artifacts, clothing, war and sports memorabilia, farm equipment and more will be on display. More

Opening Day at County Line Orchard

August 31, 2016

County Line Orchard will officially open. More

Alfresco BBQ Dinner

September 01, 2016
  • Venue: Lucrezia ® Ristorante
  • 302 S. Main Street
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Admission: $60/person, Wine Club Members $50/person (tax & gratuity not included)
  • Phone: (219) 313-8854
  • Website

THE MENU Opening wine: Incognito white blend  1st course: Tomato and burrata salad, bacon, pine nuts with roasted shallot vinaigrette, Wine: Chardonnay  2nd course: BBQ pork sliders with pickled red onion and red cabbage slaw, Wine: Inkblot Cabernet Grand  3rd course: Grilled prawns with risotto and bordelaise sauce, Wine: Incognito Red Blend  4th course: Half grilled chick... More

Historic Flute Presentation & Demonstration

September 01, 2016

Valparaiso resident Debra Silvert will present a lecture-demonstration titled, “An 1816 Flute – Crystal Clear” at the Porter County Museum. Silvert’s four-keyed crystal flute was built in 1816 in Paris by Claude Laurent and is one of fewer than 110 or so still extant, of which only 24 are held privately. Silvert's presentation will cover the history of flutemaking, including th... More

Caboose Lake Labor Day Weekend

September 02, 2016 to September 04, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Enjoy time with the family at Caboose Lake Campground and Summer Beach Family Fun Zone! More

First Friday features guitarist Peter Aglinskas

September 02, 2016

Back by popular demand! Recipient of the Chicago Cultural Department’s "Artists International" Award, Peter Aglinskas infuses his music with elements from the contemporary worlds of jazz, funk and rock, with technique firmly rooted in the classical music tradition. Enjoy Peter’s sultry solo guitar stylings while you peruse the galleries. Free admission & cash bar. More

Gary Southshore Railcats - Home Games

September 02, 2016 to September 05, 2016 (Recurring daily)

RailCats baseball is all about fun, affordable family entertainment! No ticket is more than $10 and parking is free. Northwest Indiana's professional baseball team: RailCats, Redefining Fun in 2016. Friday, 9/2 - 7:10pm Saturday, 9/3 - 6:10pm Sunday, 9/4 - 2:10pm Monday, 9/5 - 1:10pm More

Labor Day Weekend

September 02, 2016 to September 05, 2016 (Recurring daily)

The museum campus turns into a festival where all our big machines are working! Lots more, check it out!  *Admission charge, senior citizen half price day on Friday. More

Mount Baldy Guided Hike

September 02, 2016

While Mount Baldy remains closed to unrestricted public access, you can join a ranger for a special guided hike along a trail on the western edge of the dune that has been found to be free of holes. You must make a reservation for this program that is being held on Friday afternoons from 5:00 - 6:30 pm during the summer. Please check the dates to see which Friday afternoons we ... More

100th Anniversary of State Parks

September 03, 2016

If you haven’t seen this PBS special, come check it out! Explore 100 years of state park history, from the first state park to what’s being done now in this 45-mintue documentary in the Nature Center Auditorium.  More

Barnyard Jams at County Line Orchard

September 03, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

Enjoy some barnyard fun at the orchard with live entertainment! See website for dates and times. More

Owl Prowl

September 03, 2016

Swoop to the Nature Center for this hour jaunt in the darkening forest. We’ll seek out the owls, bats, flying squirrels, and other nocturnal wildlife. Children under 12, please bring an adult.  More

Ship and Shores Blues Festival

September 03, 2016 to September 04, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Ship and Shore Blues Festival debuts in the historic Washington Park at the Guy Foreman Amphitheater located in Michigan City, Indiana on Labor Day weekend. Considered one of the best blues festivals of 2015, Ship and Shore Blues Festival expands to two full days packed with more live blues entertainment, craft beers, wines, kids activities and more.  More

Shipwreck Stories

September 03, 2016

Set anchor at the Nature Center for this interactive program looking at our special shipwrecks and stories on Lake Michigan. Great program for the history buffs. More

Splash & Dash

September 03, 2016
  • Location: Robinson Lake
  • 5250 Liverpool Rd
  • Hobart, IN
  • Times: Starting: 9:00 AM
  • Website

Hobart's first Swim/Run!  Start off with a 400 meter swim in Robinson Lake followed by a 5k run along the Oak Savannah Bike Trail. More

Wetland Safari

September 03, 2016

Wetland Safari! Join us for a morning in the wetlands. We’ll do some dip netting along the wetland boardwalk along the way. Join us at the Nature Center.  More

On-Going Events

First Friday Art Walk

Started September 04, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 0th)
  • 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

Kid's Rule at National Lakeshore Visitor Center

Started September 06, 2015 (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

Open Gym at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Started November 06, 2015 (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 ... More

Sunday Brunch

Started January 03, 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 March 01, 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

1st Saturday Night Stargazing

April 02, 2016 to November 05, 2016 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday)
  • Venue: Kemil Beach
  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Times: Times vary by season
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 395-1821
  • Website

Enjoy the beauty of the night sky through telescopes from the darkest site in the park.  Times vary please call 219-395-1821 to find out the time of the program. More

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Uniquely South Shore
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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