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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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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

Harvest Tyme Corn Maze

September 24, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Location: Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch
  • 17904 Grant Street
  • Lowell,
  • Website

Harvest Tyme is excited to offer the largest family corn maze in South Lake County. This year’s maze design celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Great Pumpkin! Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts Gang? We are excited to be the only farm in Northwest Indiana to be able to partner with Peanuts Worldwide in this monumental celebration. How perfect is it th... More

Calumet National Heritage Area & Your Community

September 28, 2016

What is a Calumet National Heritage Area designation, and what could it do for the region? Join representatives from the Calumet Heritage Partnership and The Field Museum on September 28 at 6:30p for an overview of the process to create a heritage area for the bi-state Calumet Region, followed by a discussion of how the designation can help to address the region's goals and pri... More

Battle of the Saxes starring David Sanborn & Mindi Abair

September 30, 2016

Don't miss the Battle of the Saxes starring David Sanborn & Mindi Abair on Friday, September 30th at the Venue inside Horseshoe Casino! Two of music's greatest living saxophonists will play together for one night only! More

Harvest Weekend at Caboose Lake

September 30, 2016 to October 01, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Candy Corn Ghost (oops, guess!), pumpkin carving contest for adults & children, scavenger hunt....Bwahahahaha! Two night minimum More

Westville Pumpkin Festival

September 30, 2016 to October 02, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Prairie Meadow Park
  • US 421 & US 2
  • Westville, IN 46391
  • Phone: 219-879-8280
  • Website

A celebration of the pumpkin harvest in a true Midwestern style family event. Come enjoy pumpkin pie along with food & craft booths, tractor pulls, parade, run/walk and live entertainment. More

Fall Color Along Dunes Creek

October 01, 2016

Learn about this amazing creek that runs through the park while viewing the early fall color. You will be out for about 45 minutes. Meet at the Campground Shelter.  More

Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch - Grandparents Weekend

October 01, 2016 to October 02, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch
  • 17904 Grant Street
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Website

Complementary fun pass for one grandparent with the purchase of a fun pass at full price for their grandchild. More

Heritage Ball

October 01, 2016
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Phone: (219) 873-1520
  • Email

Jazz, costumes, food and drink will help us celebrate 180 years of Michigan City history at the Heritage Ball in partnership with Barker Hall. Tickets for sale soon on Eventbrite. Cost is $50 per person or $85 per couple. Don’t miss our city’s premier fall event! Tickets may be purchased here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heritage-ball-at-barker-mansion-barker-hall-tickets-25650... More

In a Pickle or a Jam

October 01, 2016

Join the creative Chellberg Farm cooks and learn how to preserve the "vegetable garden's bounty" for future use. More

Porter's Perfect Pint Festival

October 01, 2016
  • 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 50 regional and national craft brewers. More

On-Going Events

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

Railway Garden

May 01, 2016 to October 31, 2016 (Recurring daily)

The Railway Garden is an outdoor G (Garden)-scale model train garden that tells the amazing story of America’s steam engine history and its impact on the United States. The garden landscape features mountains, canyons and prairies and is home to a large collection of miniature conifers.  More

St. John Farmers' Market

May 01, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (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

Griffith Central Market

May 06, 2016 to September 30, 2016 (Every Friday)
  • Location: Central Park
  • Broad St. and W. Oak St.
  • Griffith, IN 46383
  • Times: 3pm to 9pm
  • Phone: 219-924-7500
  • Website

Local folks as well as sellers from Illinois and Michigan. The stage is set and the drinks are cold and the music fills the air! Come into the Market and enjoy the experience. More

Nature B-I-N-G-O

May 06, 2016 to October 28, 2016 (Every Friday)

Fridays are for nature B-I-N-G-O at Deep River County Park.  Every Friday beginning in May stop by the general store 10 am – noon and pick up your bingo card. Families can take a walk around Deep River and check off what they see. Get four in a row and yell BINGO!! Then return to the visitor center to receive a prize.  More

Chesterton's European Market

May 07, 2016 to October 29, 2016 (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 07, 2016 to October 15, 2016 (Every Saturday)
  • Lincolnway and Monroe Street
  • LaPorte, 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

Rensselear Farmers' Market

May 07, 2016 to October 22, 2016 (Every Saturday)
  • Courthouse Square
  • Rensselaer, 47978
  • Times: 7:30am to 10am
  • Website

Providing a convenient location for local vendors and shoppers. More

Whiting Farmers' Market

May 07, 2016 to October 29, 2016 (Every Saturday)

The market features seasonal flowers, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, pies and more! More

Crown Point Car Cruise

May 12, 2016 to September 29, 2016 (Every Thursday)

The car cruise around the square is from 5pm to 8pm every Thursday night during the summer. Participants are asked not to arrive before 5pm so there are parking spaces open for downtown shoppers. More

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