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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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Special Events

Fort Building Contest

June 06, 2015 to July 04, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday)

Form a family or small group team and test your architecture skills in the Nature Play Zone in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Fun prizes for different themed forts will be awarded throughout the day. This program will be held on May 2, June 6, July 4, August 2 and September 6. This program will begin at 10:00 am and will last up to 6 hours. The Paul H. Douglas Center ... More

Stories in the Sand

June 30, 2015

What nature stories lie out there in the sand and forest? Explore the stories this special morning with Brad. There will be special sand track pads that are baited with scents the night before! Meet outside the Nature Center. More

Fireworks on the Lakefront

July 01, 2015

Join us for this annual tri-town event as fireworks are shot off of Lake Michigan in front of the Dunes State Park Pavilion. Arrive early, as parking will be crowded. Music and fresh food merchants will begin at 6:00 pm, and the fireworks will begin at 9:15 pm. More

Shipwreck Tales

July 01, 2015

What stories lie beneath the waves near the Indiana Dunes State Park? Find out during this interactive 45 minute program at the Nature Center. More

4th of July at Caboose Lake Campground

July 02, 2015 to July 04, 2015 (Recurring daily)

4th of July activities - cornhole and horseshoe tournaments. Please leave fireworks at home! More

Dunes Creek Crossing

July 02, 2015

Explore the life in this amazing creek that flows through the dunes. Meet at the Campground Gate for this 1 hour tour. Prepare for off-trail creek wading, you will get wet. More

Market City Fair 2015

July 02, 2015 to July 05, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Market City Flea Market
  • 4121 Cleveland Street
  • Gary, IN 46408
  • Times: 5pm to 10pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-887-3522
  • Website | Email

Looking for great family fun during 4th of July weekend?  Market City Fair will have a Live Gospel Fest and a Fireworks show on the 4th of July.  Food will be provided by award winning Big Daddys BBQ, Fabys Tacos, Elephant Ears, Lalo's Fruits & Smoothies, Nephews Steaks and Hoagies and much more! Don't miss this up and coming event. More

Summer Concert Series - Dick Diamond and the Dusters

July 02, 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, Dick Diamond and the dusters takes you on a trip down memory lane with the wackiest and most notorious cast of character's playing all the best pop dance favorites! Food and drinks available for purchase. No coolers allowed. More

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

Brook's 4th of July Celebration

July 03, 2015 to July 05, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Town Wide
  • Main Street and Highway Street
  • Brook, Indiana
  • Times: See description below
  • Website

Celebrate the 4th of July with Brook, Indiana. Friday July 3rd 6:00pm - Golf Cart Race (contact David Riegle or Chris Wagner for more info) 8:00pm - Tom Barbour DJ Saturday July 4th 9:40am - Flag Raising 10:00am - Parade (contact Kyle D. Conrad for more info) 7:00-7:45am - BYP 5K registration (contact Eric Chapman for more info) 8:00am - BYP 5K begins 8:00am ... More

Campground Critters

July 03, 2015

Discover what critters are enjoying the campground with you this upcoming weekend! Meet Matt at the Campground Shelter (by site 116) for this fun, 45-minute talk. More

Feed the Birds

July 03, 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

First Friday Night Hike and Beach Campfire

July 03, 2015 to August 03, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd)

Enjoy the beach with a campfire in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Relax with s'mores, stories and a sunset. You can hike a 2.5 mile trail (roudtrip) or meet the ranger at Lake Street. This program will be held three times this summer on June 5, July 3 and August 7. This program will begin at 6:30 pm and last for three hours and you can meet the ranger at the Douglas Cent... 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

Scales and Tales

July 03, 2015

Scoot your shell or hide on over to the Nature Center for a fun look at the turtles, snakes, frogs and more that reside in the dunes. Great program for the kids! More

35th Annual Brickyard Run

July 04, 2015
  • Location: Hobart High School
  • 2211 E. 10th Street
  • HOBART, IN 46342
  • Times: Race begins at 7:30am
  • Admission: $20
  • Phone: 219-942-2183 Ext.13
  • Website | Email

The 35th Annual Brickyard Run is a "Hobart 4th of July Tradition" hosted by the Hobart Family YMCA. The run takes place at the Hobart High School and there is both a 5-mile and a 5K option for runners. Pre-register by June 28 for $20 ($15 without a T-shirt). There is a 50% discount for grade school runners (K-12). The school with the most participants will win a $100 ... More

Brook Youth Program 5K Run/Walk

July 04, 2015
  • Location: Community Center
  • Railroad Street
  • Brook, IN
  • Times: Registration begins at 7am. Run/walk begins at 8am.
  • Phone: 219-863-1844
  • Website | Email

Come and run in beautiful Brook Indiana and stay for the parade at 10am, softball tournament, food, friends and festivities plus fireworks at dusk. More

Hammond Fireworks and Bill Porter Orchestra

July 04, 2015
  • Location: Wolf Lake Pavilion
  • 2324 Calumet Avenue
  • Hammond, IN

Head to the City of Hammond for a fantastic Fireworks show. More

La Porte Jaycees 69th Annual 4th of July Festival

July 04, 2015
  • Location: Downtown La Porte
  • Michigan Avenue and Washington Street
  • La Porte, Indiana 46350
  • Times: 10am
  • Website

The 2015 Parade will be held on Saturday, July 4, 2015, and will travel down Lincolnway.  More

Naturalist Beach Break

July 04, 2015

Watch for the naturalist near the beach pavilion with some cool critters of the dunes. More

The Three Dune Challenge

July 04, 2015

Meet Matt as he tests your hiking skills by traversing all 3 of our highest dunes! Meet at the Nature Center for this rugged hike, and then pick up your free sticker for completing it. We'll be out just about one hour. More

Whiting's Annual 4th of July Parade

July 04, 2015
  • Location: Historic Downtown Whiting
  • 1443 119th St.
  • Whiting, IN 46394
  • Times: 10am Parade Start
  • Admission: Free

Toon in to Whiting's 96th Annual Fourth of July parade on Saturday, July 4th at 10am in Historic Downtown Whiting. Bring the entire family to celebrate Independence Day and enjoy Whiting's traditional tribute to soldiers and local veterans. To add flare to the fun, who better to appear than a few favorites from the Looney TunesTM family? Experience the opportunity to see Hanna ... More

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