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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

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

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

Feed the Birds

September 01, 2014

Join the naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding of our birds. Get great close up views of chickadees, cardinals, and woodpeckers! Great fun for all! More

Labor Day Crafts

September 01, 2014

It's a make-it, take-it program! Meet the naturalist at the Nature Center for a special nature project to remember your Labor Day visit to Indiana Dunes State Park. Bring the kids before you pack up and head home! More

Journey

September 04, 2014

In a career spanning five decades, Journey is blazing hotter than ever with the lineup of Neal Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals), Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Arnel Pineda (lead vocals). The band has reached heights that likely no other artist can hit these days, wit... More

Fellowship Festival

September 05, 2014 to September 06, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: La Porte County Fairgrounds
  • 2581 State Road 2
  • La Porte, IN 46350
  • Phone: 219-851-2383
  • Website | Email

Christian music fest featuring more than 20 bands, food and much more. More

Little Cousin Jasper Festival

September 05, 2014 to September 07, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Jasper County Courthouse Square
  • 115 West Washington Street
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Phone: 219-866-5001
  • Website

An annual three day festival emphasizing the history, people and culture of Rensselaer. This festival has been part of the community since 1974 and includes activities for young and old. Little Cousin Jasper Festival is proud to present to you straight from Nashville, Tenn. MEAGAN TAYLOR & JASON COLEMAN with special Guest Ben Hall Megan is the great-niece of Chet A... More

Look for Migrating Songbirds on Fall Hike

September 05, 2014

In the fall, many migrating songbirds have a completely new look as their plumage changes for the winter. It can be challenging to figure out who is who. Join a Lake County Parks naturalist for a walk through the trails at Gibson Woods to learn a few tips on identifying these long-distance travelers as they make their way south for the winter. More

“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

Fur Trader Encampment

September 06, 2014 to September 07, 2014 (Recurring daily)

History Comes Alive Weekend! Join us for special activities all weekend! Be sure to visit the Ouiatenon Brigade on the beach east of the pavilion at the Indiana Dunes State Park as they re-enact the early French fur traders of the area. More

Marching Mustang Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show

September 06, 2014
  • Location: Munster High School
  • 8808 Columbia Avenue
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 8am to 3pm
  • Admission: Free to guests viewing vehicles. $25 for vehicle entries
  • Email

The Munster High School Bands will be holding their inaugural Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show September 6th. Rain date September 7th. Registered cars will be judged and trophies awarded to the top 25 scoring cars and trucks. Special awards will include best in show, best paint, best interior, best engine and a special Marching Mustang award for best Mustang. Separate trophies ... More

Popcorn Panic

September 06, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Valparaiso
  • Indiana Avenue and Lafayette Street
  • Valparaiso, Indiana 46385
  • Times: 7:30am
  • Website

The Valparaiso parks department is proud to announce that the 2014 Popcorn Panic is included in the Calumet Striders Gold Cup Races! The race is a five-mile run and five-kilometer (3.2 miles) walk. This annual race offers a challenging course and a scenic tour of Valparaiso. You're invited to race as an individual or as a team - sign up with your family, co-workers or school. 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

First Friday Art Walk

Started April 04, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday)
  • Location: Uptown Arts District
  • 607 Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 5pm to 8pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 507-400-2787
  • Website | Email

The First Friday Art Walk features businesses within the Uptown Arts District (11th Street to the Lake, Spring to Wabash Street) offering entertainment, specials, art exhibits, refreshments and more. 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

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