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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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Summer Rhapsody Music Festival

July 02, 2015 to July 30, 2015 (Every Thursday)

This event is for all of the music lovers out there. The Summer Rhapsody Music Festival features many types of music from classical to jazz. Enjoy a feast of sounds for music lovers of all ages. Bring your picnic, blanket, and chairs and relax in the park with this concert series. 2015 Entertainment Schedule July 2: Kashmir July 9: R Gang July 16: Summer Rhapsody Fe... More

Food Art Show

July 03, 2015 to July 31, 2015 (Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Studio 659
  • 1413 119th Street
  • Whiting, Indiana 46394
  • Times: See description below for exact times
  • Phone: 219-659-8828
  • Website

Food! Yum! This art show will feature all art dedicated to food, and this is the perfect month as Whiting throws the biggest food festival of the year, Pierogi Fest. The show's opening night reception is Friday, July 3 from 6:59 pm - 9 pm and is 100% free! Stop in and check out the cool art during the opening or during their regular business hours during the week. Thursday and ... More

Porter County Fair

July 23, 2015 to August 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Porter County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
  • 217 E. Division Rd.
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Times: Noon to close
  • Phone: 219-462-0321
  • Website

The Porter County Fair brings a great combination of fun rides, delicious food, 4-H exhibits and activities and some great entertainment including the demolition derby and bull riding!  More

After Hours Celebration

July 27, 2015

Stop by for food samples, drinks and a chance to meet Rusty from the RailCats. More

Feed the Birds

July 27, 2015

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 the kids. More

Squirrels Gone Wild

July 27, 2015

Squirrels are people pleasers! Check out the wild diversity of the Indiana Dunes squirrels this afternoon at the Nature Center. Afterwards, we'll play a little squirrel game for a chance to win some FREE candy! Bring the kids! More

Chicago Blackhawk Jim Pappin

July 28, 2015

Jim Pappin will be signing autographs and tasking photos with Hawk fans at Bridges' Scoreboard.  Jim Pappin was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks from 1968 - 1969 season.  Please viait www.bridgesscoreboard.com for more information.    More

Mt. Tom Bound

July 28, 2015
  • Location: Meet at the Campground Shelter (by site 116)
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 10am
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-926-1390
  • Website

Strap on your hiking boots for a moderate jaunt up to the highest sand dune in Indiana. We'll meet at the Campground Shelter (by site 116) and enjoy an easier climb up via Trail 4. Total time about one hour.   More

Scales and Tales

July 28, 2015

Meet some of the resident reptiles up close, and learn the stories behind them during this 45 minute program at the Nature Center. More

Bird Banding Demonstrations

July 29, 2015

Join us for an up-close look at the amazing birds of the Indiana Dunes as we research them "in hand." Meet at the Nature Center. More

Fire on the Prairie

July 29, 2015

Bring out your inner pyromaniac in this exciting hour at the Nature Center. Learn how prescribed fires are used to help our habitats and then help the naturalist start a fire (if conditions are right)! It's an annual spring break tradition that's always hot! Kids under 12 must have a parent or responsible adult. Join us! More

Bat Chat

July 30, 2015

Swoop in to the Nature Center Outdoor Program Area for a fun look at the bats of the dunes. We'll be using special iPad apps to detect and identify the bats around us this evening! Join us for this high tech critter search! More

Nature Stories and Tall Tales!

July 30, 2015
  • Location: Indiana Dunes Nature Center
  • 1600 N. 25 E.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 3pm
  • Phone: 219-926-1952
  • Website

 Join Kaitlin for a hiking adventure to explore some of the stories of the dunes. Most will be true, others... maybe not! Meet at the Nature Center. Bring the family. More

Summer Concert Series - Gone 2 Paradise

July 30, 2015
  • Location: Wicker Park Social Center Gazebo or Hall
  • 2215 Ridge Road
  • Highland, IN 46322
  • Times: 7pm
  • Admission: $5. All tickets 21 and over.
  • Phone: 219-932-2530

Part of the Wicker Memorial Park Summer Concert Series, Gone 2 Paradise wants to continue the party with the ultimate Jimmy Buffett experience live!  Food and drinks available for purchase. No coolers allowed. More

Michigan City Harbor Fest

July 31, 2015

Craft beer tasting on the beautiful Shores of Lake Michigan. 30 craft breweries will be descending on Michigan City, Indiana. More

Rare Moon Hikes

July 31, 2015

Enjoy 2.5 mile evening hikes with a ranger under the rare "Blue Moon" on July 31 and the "Sturgeon Moon" on August 29. These programs will begin at 8:00 pm and last for 90 minutes at the Paul H. Douglas Center in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the Indiana Du... More

Schererville Corn Roast

July 31, 2015
  • Location: Redar Park
  • 1722 S Park Ave
  • Schererville, Indiana 46375
  • Times: 4pm to 8pm
  • Phone: 219-322-5412
  • Website

The Schererville Chamber of Commerce will be holding their 51st Annual Corn Roast. Great food, vendors and entertainment. More

South Shore Summer Music Festival

July 31, 2015
  • Location: Wolf Lake Pavilion
  • Calumet Ave and Sheffield Ave
  • Hammond, IN
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Please join the Northwest Indiana Symphony for a series of free outdoor concerts in towns across the Region. The summer program features a mix of patriotic songs, light classical pieces, and movie and Broadway tunes. More

Chesterton Art Fair

August 01, 2015 to August 02, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Hawthorne Park
  • 405 Waverly Road
  • Porter, IN 46304
  • Times: 10am to 5pm
  • Admission: $5
  • Phone: 219-926-4711
  • Website

The Chesterton Art Fair features juried art with more than 100 artists from 15 states. The fair features a children's booth, music and a public art project. More

Color Run at Caboose Lake Campground

August 01, 2015

5K Color Run More

HogustFest

August 01, 2015

HogustFest will take place during the birthday month of our Pig Adventure, August! While this event is still in its early stages of planning, you can bet by the title, that it'll be an event not to be missed! More

Pop Fest

August 01, 2015

Bring your kids for family friendly fun! Festivities include: Soda Floats Bounce House Face Painting Hamburgers Hot Dogs Elephant Ears Magician/Balloon Artist 4pm to 6pm  More

Rally to the Taste - Bike Scavenger Hunt

August 01, 2015
  • Location: Uptown Arts District
  • 700 Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, Indiana 46360
  • Times: Check in at 8:30am, Race begins at 9:30am
  • Website

The Rally to the Taste is a bike scavenger hunt that starts and ends in the heart of the Uptown Arts District and is part of the Taste of Michigan City. Get a team, grab your bike and your camera, and head to the Uptown Arts District where you will receive a sheet of clues to specific locations. Find treasures, then race on back. Prizes will be awarded to the top three t... More

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