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Events

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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Special Events

Twelfth Night

August 15, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • 500 S Lake Street
  • Gary, Indiana
  • Times: Fri and Sat at 8pm and Sun 3pm
  • Phone: 219-938-4565
  • Website | Email

One of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, Twelfth Night, is set in the fantastical country of Illyria where a set of twins, a boy and girl, have been shipwrecked. Each is stranded without friend or coin, believing the other to be dead. They encounter a love-sick duke, a love-stranded diva, a loveless drunkard, a self-loving steward and pitiful-pirate-love as they struggle to ... More

Lowell's Labor Day Festival

August 28, 2014 to September 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • 110 W Oakley
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: Thursday 8am to 3pm, Friday 4:30pm to 11pm, Saturday 8am to 11:30pm, Sunday 11am to 11pm and Monday 10am parade
  • Phone: 219-696-0231
  • Website

Join Lowell in celebrating its 95th Year celebrating the Joy of Dancing. This is the longest continuous Labor Day Parade in the state of Indiana. Food, live entertainment, fireworks and a parade are all part of the festivities. More

MJ Tribute Festival

August 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • 2300 Jackson Street
  • Gary, Indiana
  • Times: 12pm to 9pm
  • Phone: 219-881-1314
  • Website

The 5th annual Michael Jackson "King of Pop" Tribute Festival of the Arts will feature fun for the whole family beginning Thursday, August 28 and running through Saturday, August 30! The festival will take place at 2300 Jackson Street, the birth home of Michael Jackson, as well as take over the campus of Roosevelt High School. This celebration of the life of Michae... More

Rock 'N Rail Street Fest

August 28, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Central Park
  • 600 North Broad St
  • Griffith, IN 46319
  • Times: Thurs-Fri 5pm to 12am, Sat 11am to 12am, Sun 12pm to 12am
  • Website | Email

Celebrate Labor Day weekend at Griffith's Rock 'N Rail Street Fest. Festivities include live music, a children's area and a beer garden. A car and motorcycle show will be held Friday at 5pm and a 5K will be held on Saturday at noon. More

Caboose Lake Labor Day Weekend

August 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

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

Highland Labor Day Festival

August 29, 2014 to September 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Main Square Park
  • 3000 Highway Avenue
  • Highland, Indiana 46322
  • Times: Fri 5pm to 12am, Sat and Sun 1pm to 12am and Mon 1pm to 10pm
  • Phone: 219-670-0764
  • Website

Labor Day weekend will be awash in activities as a new end-of-summer festival takes flight. More

Ink Life Tattoo and Music Fest Hammond

August 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Ink Life Tattoo and Music Festival hits the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond IN August 29th - 31st!! Get tattooed on the spot by over 150 of the country's best tattoo artists like LA Ink's Amy Nicoletto, Ink Master winner Joey Hamilton, Ink Master finalist Kyle Dunbar and more! This three-day mega event features free tattoo giveaways, insane sideshows and live performances by Trapt,... More

Flying Squirrel Foray

August 30, 2014

Meet at the campground gate for an evening exploration to find one of the most elusive park animals-our flying squirrels. We'll hike into the growing darkness in search of this gliding rodent. We'll be out for about one hour. Kids under 12 must bring a parent. More

Lakeshore Celebrity Golf Classic

August 30, 2014
  • Location: South Gleason Park Golf
  • 3400 Jefferson Street
  • Gary, Indiana 46408
  • Times: Registration 8am, Tournament begins at 10am
  • Phone: 219-881-1314
  • Website

Play an exciting game of golf during the Lakeshore Celebrity Golf Tournament at South Gleason Park Golf Course on Saturday, August 30. Already confirmed to play in the tournament is supermodel and business mogul, Beverly Johnson. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the shotgun-style tournament will begin at 10:00 a.m. Cost to participate is $100 per individual and includes ... More

Radio Disney Party and Sing-A-Long FROZEN

August 30, 2014

Bring the family out for Disney fun at its finest! The Radio Disney Road Crew will create a rockin' dance party at 6pm with Sing-A-Long FROZEN to cap the night. It's FREE. Bring a group and get down! All ages welcome! More

Rodney Carrington

August 30, 2014

Multi-million selling recording artist, actor, writer and comedian Rodney Carrington continues to shine as the king of middle class comedy! From his debut CD "Hangin With Rodney", to follow ups like "Morning Wood", and "Nut Sack", Carrington went on to star in his own ABC TV show "Rodney", to hitting the Top 20 on Billboard's Count... More

Snapper's 2nd Birthday Party

August 30, 2014

Scoot on over to the Nature Center for a fun and fascinating look at the terrapins of the dunes! While here, we'll also celebrate our little snapping turtle's second birthday. Great fun for the whole family. More

Taste of Duneland

August 30, 2014
  • Location: Thomas Centennial Park-Downtown Chesterton
  • 2nd & Broadway
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 11am to 11pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 219-617-1742
  • Website | Email

Experience truly local Duneland food, live music, beer & wine garden, bounce houses for kids. Labor Day Saturday. Next to Chesterton European Market. Free entry, free parking! Spend the last unofficial last Saturday of summer, Labor Day Weekend, from 11am to 11pm at the 7th Annual Taste of Duneland. Many tasty treats will arouse the taste buds when you sample faire from L... 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

Crown Point Car Cruise

May 15, 2014 to September 25, 2014 (Every Thursday)
  • Location: Crown Point Square
  • Main St. and Joliet St.*
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 4pm to 8pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-662-3240
  • Website | Email

Bring the family out for the City of Crown Point's car cruise every Thursday for cars, food and fun!   More

Little Diggers at Bellaboo's

May 19, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Bellaboo's flower and vegetable garden is planted, showered and loved by little ones. Featuring garden songs, worm digs and eco-friendly information, young minds will totally dig this daily program. More

Schoolhouse Shop Farmers' Market

May 24, 2014 to September 27, 2014 (Every Saturday)

Enjoy a wide variety of market items. More

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