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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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Harvest Tyme Corn Maze

September 26, 2015 to October 25, 2015 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Location: Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch
  • 17904 Grant Street
  • Lowell, Indiana
  • Website

At Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch, we are humbled to recognize Lowell's own Hometown Hero, Officer Nicholas Schultz, by dedicating this year's corn maze design to his family and the families of all those lost in the line of duty. We are honored to donate 20% of the 2015 corn maze ticket sales to the Live-Love-Give, Nicholas Schultz Memorial Scholarship Fund. We invite all fi... More

Big Pumpkin Halloween Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

October 09, 2015 to October 10, 2015 (Recurring daily)

2nd Annual Spook-Tack-u-Lure Weekend - Halloween activities More

Campground Crafts

October 09, 2015

Join the Naturalist at the Campground Shelter (by site 113) for some make-it, take-it crafts before the weekend begins. More

Fun Stories, Songs and Sing Along

October 09, 2015

Meet the Northwest Indiana Storytelling Guild for an hour of stories and folk songs at the campground shelter (by site 113). Join them as they kick start the NWI Storytelling Festival this weekend. More

Griffith Oktoberfest

October 09, 2015 to October 11, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Central Park
  • 600 North Broad St
  • Griffith, Indiana

Come out to Griffith's Oktoberfest 2015 in Central Park. There will be a wide variety of food, live German music, a family beer garden and lots of fun for the kids. More

Ron White

October 09, 2015

Don't miss Ron White: Nutcracker Tour at Horseshoe Hammond. More

The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein

October 09, 2015 to November 01, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Chicago Street Theatre
  • 154 W Chicago Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See Website for exact days and times
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

Don't miss the show so monstrously big that it needs two theatre companies to pull it off! Chicago Street Theatre is pleased to partner with Ensemble Theatre Company to bring audiences the all-new tap-dancing, show-stopping Broadway musical "Young Frankenstein." Based on the 1974 classic comedy, audiences will delight in an old favorite brought to new life! More

Twisted Tales Halloween Gala

October 09, 2015
  • Location: First United Methodist Church
  • 352 South Main Street
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 7pm
  • Admission: 20.00
  • Phone: 219-663-1515
  • Website | Email

Adult Halloween Gala benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana Gothic and ghoulish costume ball with a professional DJ and lights, hours of dancing, catered food, a fantastic silent auction, photo booth and so much more! More

Barker Birthday Bash

October 10, 2015
  • Location: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46361
  • Times: 1pm to 4pm
  • Website

Join us as we celebrate 40 years of being on the National Register of Historic places! This family- friendly event features old- fashioned games, crafts for kids, cake and more. Cost is $2 per person. Reservations not needed. This event is sponsored by The Friends of Barker Civic Center. More

Buckley Homestead Fall Festival

October 10, 2015 to October 11, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Family fun, great food, wonderful entertainment and traditional arts and crafts! Along the trail to the pioneer cabin reenactors portray military, civilians and artisans of various time periods. Take a taste of cornbread, hot from the wood-burning stove, then purchase Deep River stone ground cornmeal to take home and bake your own. What a great way to spend the day. Ente... More

Cabela's Ladies Day

October 10, 2015
  • Venue: Cabela's
  • 7700 Cabela Dr.
  • Hammond, IN 46324
  • Times: 8am to 2pm
  • Website

Join Cabela's for the following events: • Free Gift to the 1st 100 Ladies in the Store • Beginning at 8am • 9:00AM Garmin/Fitbit Fitness Trackers • 10:00AM - 12:00PM Visit with HR - Career Opportunities & More Learn how to Drive/Park a Trailer • 11:00AM Kayaking 101 • 11:00AM - 12:00PM General Store Sampling (While Supplies Las... More

HOMIE Disc Golf

October 10, 2015 to October 11, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Lemon Lake
  • 6322 W. 133rd Ave
  • Crown Point, IN 46307

Tournament play will begin on Saturday and conclude on Sunday. Expect to play all day long. More

NW Indiana Storytelling Festival

October 10, 2015
  • Location: Indiana Dunes Nature Center
  • 1600 N. 25 E.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Admission: Programs are free. There is a park entry fee.
  • Phone: 219-926-1390
  • Website

Join the naturalist at the Nature Center for a morning trek to Mt. Tom. Explore some of the stories these dunes hold secret, as well as enjoy the peaking fall color! Total time about one hour.10:30am-3pm NWI Storytelling Festival Come to the Nature Center to watch some of Indiana's best storytellers weave their magic! Special sessions will go on throughout the day. ... More

Porter's Perfect Pint Festival

October 10, 2015
  • Location: Hawthorne Park
  • 500 Ackerman Drive
  • Porter, IN 46304
  • Times: 1pm to 5pm
  • Website

Please join Pat's Liquors for the Porter's Perfect Pint Beer Festival! The event will go on rain or shine under a big tent in Porter's Hawthorne Park. Sample beer/cider from over 35 regional and national craft brewers. More

Russell Peters: Almost Famous World Tour

October 10, 2015

Don't miss Russell Peters: Almost Famous World Tour at The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond. More

Wickedly Whiting Festival

October 10, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Whiting
  • 119th street and Indianapolis Boulevard
  • Whiting, Indiana
  • Times: 11am to 11pm
  • Phone: 219-659-0292

Downtown Whiting is being invaded by body-snatching zombies and you cannot afford to miss the story! On October 10, 2015 from 11 AM until 11 PM, the entire downtown area is being transformed into the Wickedly Whiting Festival; the only festival of its type. While many communities offer typical fall festivals, the Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce is planning an event ... More

On-Going Events

Chesterton's European Market

May 02, 2015 to October 31, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Broadway and Third street
  • Broadway and Third Street
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 8am to 2pm
  • 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

LaPorte Farmers' Market

May 02, 2015 to October 24, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • Lincolnway and Monroe Street
  • LaPorte, Indiana 46350
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-448-1674

Purchase locally produced vegetables and meats, crafts, and other hand-made items from local artisans, and delicious and healthy edibles made in local kitchens. More

Michigan City Farmers Market

May 02, 2015 to October 31, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • 8th & Washington
  • Michigan City, IN
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-363-1407
  • Website

"Home-grown" fruits and vegetables, honey, butters, flowers, herbs and much more. This Farmers Market also offers entertainment, education and special events such as wine tastings, bake sales, Alpaca wool spinning and more. More

Whiting Farmers' Market

May 02, 2015 to October 24, 2015 (Every Saturday)

Meats, eggs, butter, cheese, bread, jams, jellies and more. More

St. John Farmers' Market

May 03, 2015 to October 25, 2015 (Every Sunday)
  • Location: Community Hospital Outpatient Centre Parking Lot
  • 9660 Wicker Ave
  • St. John, IN
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-365-6043
  • Website

Fresh produce, prepared foods, jams/jellies, perennial and annual flowers, fresh fruit, honey, baked goods, herbs and more. More

Town of Munster Farmers' Market

May 03, 2015 to October 11, 2015 (Every Sunday)
  • Location: Munster Town Hall
  • 1005 Ridge Road
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 8am to 2pm
  • 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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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
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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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