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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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“The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood" By Mary Lynn Dobson

September 06, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: 4th Street Theater
  • 125 N Fourth St
  • Chesterton, Indiana
  • Times: See website for exact times
  • Phone: 219-926-7875
  • Website

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Monty Python met up with Mel Brooks to tell their version of Robin Hood? Well...um...poor Sherwood Forest would never be the same again. SYNOPSIS - It sure is hard to be humble when you're a swashbuckling, egocentric super-hero. But our gallant guy-in-green tries his best as he swaggers through "The Somewhat True Tale of Robi... More

David Spade

September 26, 2014

Nominated in 1999 for an Emmy Award for his memorable role as Dennis Finch, the wise-cracking, power-hungry assistant on "Just Shoot Me," David Spade became a household favorite during his five-year stint as a cast member of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." The comedian was also nominated for a Golden Globe in 2000 and an American Comedy Award in 1999 for his wo... More

Susan Rice

September 26, 2014

Susan grew up in Portland, Ore., and attended college in California. After graduation, she went back home, but decided a career in banking wasn't for her. She quit her job and drove her VW Super Beetle to California to expand her comedy career. She soon found herself on such TV programs as "An Evening at the lmprov" on the A&E network, "Comedy Central" o... More

Wanatah Scarecrow Festival

September 26, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Scarecrow Square
  • North Main Street between Cross and High Streets
  • Wanatah, IN 46390
  • Times: Friday 3pm to 10pm, Saturday 8am to 10pm and Sunday 8am to 5pm
  • Phone: 800-548-1417
  • Website | Email

Enjoy arts and crafts, rides for children, a pork chop dinner, fish fry and pancake breakfast, a parade, scarecrow sculpting, fun runs for children and adults, music and variety acts, a car show, community merchant drawings, bingo and more! More

35th Annual Fall Harvest Craft Festival

September 27, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Griffith Central Park
  • 698 N. Broad Street
  • Griffith, IN 46319
  • Times: Sat 10am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-838-1025
  • Website | Email

Griffith Boy Scout Troop 264 is hosting this event for the 33rd year. The leaders, parents, and scouts organize and run the entire event. There is always a large variety of handmade items to choose from! A great lunch is also available! More

CAS Public Star Gazing

September 27, 2014
  • Location: Conway Observatory at Buckley Homestead
  • Times: 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
  • Phone: 773-639-5491
  • Website | Email

The volunteers of the Calumet Astronomical Society invite the public to explore the wonders of the universe when they present their popular free public programs. Facilities, including access to the big telescope, are wheelchair accessible. Volunteers guide visitors in the use of telescopes and astronomical binoculars as they observe the majesty of the skies. Star charts, clu... More

Cedar Lake Hometown Fest

September 27, 2014
  • Location: Cedar Lake Town Complex
  • 7408 Constitution Ave.
  • Cedar Lake, IN
  • Times: 10am to 6pm
  • Phone: 219-794-4122
  • Website | Email

Come out for all kinds of fun when the town complex transforms into 18 acres of activities. featuring: Moon Walk Corn Box Petting Zoo Hay Rides Pumpkin Bowling   Bring a non-perishable food item for "The Project Love Food Bank" and receive an entry form to win a $25 gift card.    More

Hooked on Art - Live Street Art Festival

September 27, 2014
  • Location: Thomas Centennial Park
  • 109 Broadway
  • Chesterton, IN 46383
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-728-1638
  • Website | Email

Experience the Midwest in the Fall with a festival that celebrates live street art in progress. Watch participants complete a work of art, from start to finish, over the course of a day. Live art, music, and family-friendly activities are just a few of the highlights that will welcome you at the third annual Hooked on Art Festival. More

Insects Alive

September 27, 2014

Fly to the Wilson Shelter tonight for a fascinating discovery of the fall insects around us! We'll be joined by Purdue researchers who will have special sheets and lighting out in search of our great biodiversity. Come on out! More

Jeff Dunham at the Venue

September 27, 2014

His television specials and series have been the highest rated programming in Comedy Central history, his DVD sales have reached seven million units and his live concerts have become mega-events played in front of sold-out arenas worldwide. More

OktoberFest

September 27, 2014
  • Downtown
  • Rensselaer, IN
  • Times: 5pm to 10pm

Enjoy a German-style evening of fun! The food court features menus from local restaurants plus there will be beer, wine and live music. More

Pinhook Bog Open House

September 27, 2014
  • Location: Pinhook Bog
  • 946 Wozniak Rd
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 1pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

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. Allow about one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. More

Secret Love Life of Birds

September 27, 2014

Join us in the Nature Center for this special presentation by John Schaust, chief naturalist with Wild Birds Unlimited, and Will Schaust, naturalist at McCormick's Creek State Park. It's a hilarious look at secret love that goes on without our knowledge! More

September Open House - Tour the Night Sky

September 27, 2014
  • Location: The Thomas Conway Observatory
  • 191st and Chase St
  • Lowell, Indiana
  • Times: 7:30pm to 10pm
  • Phone: 773-639-5491
  • Website

It's an open house at the Thomas Conway Observatory. The astronomers of the Calumet Astronomical Society will be on hand to answer your astronomy questions and take you on a celestial tour of the night sky through their binoculars and telescopes. Visitors will see star clusters, galaxies and nebulae. Journey two-and-a-half million years back in time when you view the great A... More

Sold Out - Valpo Brewfest

September 27, 2014
  • Indiana Avenue and Lafayette Street
  • Valparaiso, Indiana 46385
  • Times: 1pm to 5pm
  • Phone: Ticket sales 888-695-0888
  • Website

Sample over 150 different styles of beers from America's best craft brewers and vote for your favorite Indiana craft beer as we award the coveted HOOSIER BREW award to the top vote recipient. Valpo BrewFest is a celebration of the great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it. Cheers to Ya! More

Tree ID Spree

September 27, 2014

Let's explore some simple ways to ID the trees here in the park and in your own backyard. Perfect for those with leaf ID projects coming up. Meet outside the Nature Center. 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

Chesterton's European Market

May 03, 2014 to October 25, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Broadway and Third street
  • Broadway and Third Street
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Phone: 219-926-5513
  • Website

The European Market provides a strong tradition of quality shopping, live entertainment and a festive community experience. The artists, chefs, merchants and farmers travel from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors an extraordinary collection of products and services. More

Riverside Market

May 03, 2014 to October 19, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • 234 East Second Street
  • Michigan City, Indiana 46360
  • Times: 10am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-874-5864
  • Website

Riverside Marketplace provides a low cost alternative to local farmers, merchants, and artistic talents to offer residents and tourist the opportunity to buy regionally grown fresh produce, healthy organic foods, and local creative arts and crafts. More

Miller Beach Farmers' Market

May 04, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Every Sunday)
  • 667 South Lake St.
  • Gary, IN
  • Times: 10am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-938-7720
  • Website

Features fresh produce, local honey, prepared foods from local vendors, and a variety of handcrafted items. More

Town of Munster Farmers' Market

May 04, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Centennial Park
  • 1005 S. Centennial Dr.
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-836-7275
  • Website

The Town of Munster invites you to come out for fresh produce, baked goods and more! More

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