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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

Get Fit...Get Food

March 04, 2015

Starting at Troybuilt Fitness for an hour of fitness training and then it's off to Bartlett's for a healthy, yet delicious dinner. This event has been growing in popularity and does sell out. So don't be shy, give it a try!   More

We are Porter County Series: Taltree Presents Railroad History

March 05, 2015

Join representatives from Taltree at the Museum on March 5 as they discuss this important history and their own railway garden, one of the largest outdoor railway exhibits in the country. After the talk, view Taltree's model train display and the Museum's We Are Porter County exhibit to learn more about how the railroads made Porter County what it is today. More

Hunt & Gather

March 06, 2015 to March 07, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Lake County Fairgrounds
  • 889 S. Court Street
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Friday 5pm to 10pm, Saturday 12pm to 8pm
  • Admission: $5 admission fee
  • Phone: 219-663-4425
  • Website | Email

Come one, come all and witness the most epic display of human creativity and experience from some of the world's most astonishing artisans and curators. More

A Sand County Hike

March 07, 2015

Explore the awakening forest and wetlands this morning. We'll meet at the Nature Center and investigate some of the things Aldo Leopold would have noticed had he been hiking on this fine early March day. More

Maple Sugar Time at the Dunes

March 07, 2015 to March 15, 2015 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

Enjoy a sweet taste of spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's annual Maple Sugar Time program. Join National Park Service rangers and volunteers at the historic Chellberg Farm on the weekends of March 7-8 and March 14-15, for this fun and educational event marking the unofficial start of spring. Stop by the farm and take a self-guided tour to learn how maple tree sap h... More

SSRG Season Home Opener of 2015

March 07, 2015
  • Location: Jean Sheppard Center
  • 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: 6:30pm
  • Admission: Adults $10, children 6-10 $5 and children 5 and under free
  • Phone: 219-771-1339
  • Website | Email

The South Shore Roller Girls will be taking on the Twin City Derby Girls in their season opener. More

St. Patrick's Day Parade Michigan City

March 07, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Michigan City
  • Franklin St from 10th to 4th St
  • Michigan City, IN
  • Times: 1pm to 2pm
  • Phone: 219-229-1567
  • Website

13th St. Patrick's Day Parade, with around 100 entries, 3 bagpipe bands, mascots and much more. The parade runs from 10th to 4th streets down Franklin Street. The parade is open to everyone, and there is no fee to participate, however they do ask that you fill out an application, which can be picked up at Ryan's Irish Pub, 401 Franklin St, Michigan City or online at St. Patr... More

The Green Fire Movie

March 07, 2015

Help celebrate the life and times of one of America's greatest ecologists, Aldo Leopold, today! We'll be showing the new documentary that showcases this legendary conservationist and how his work influenced the environmental movement of today. The showing takes place in the Nature Center auditorium. More


March 07, 2015
  • Venue: Centennial Park
  • 1005 S. Centennial Dr.
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: Doors open at 7pm
  • Admission: Dinner and Show is $40
  • Phone: 219-322-3011
  • Website | Email

Each show is unique and features an incredible variety of comedy and music! More

On-Going Events

Sage After Dark

Started October 24, 2014 (Every Friday)

Sage Restaurant presents "Sage After Dark": Acoustic music by local artists, fresh cocktails, and small plates Visit us at More

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started November 01, 2014 (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

The Rocky Horror Picture Show in NWI!

Started November 01, 2014 (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

Kid's Rule at National Lakeshore Visitor Center

Started November 02, 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

After School Play at Bellaboo's! What a Deal!

November 03, 2014 to September 07, 2015 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Come out for Bellaboo's After School Play-- a great deal for the whole family! Starting September 8th Bellaboo's will be open daily from 10-6, and is offering an excellent after school discount. Come out to play Monday-Friday from 3:30-6 and receive $2 off every admission! Discount available only on weekdays after 3:30, and cannot be combined with any other offers. More

First Friday Art Walk

Started November 07, 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

Indoor Market at Good to Go by Lucrezia

November 08, 2014 to May 30, 2015 (Every Saturday)

They have new items coming in every week. The Cheese Chicks are mongering cheese every Saturday for Sampling Saturday! Wines are on sale, too. They can order any wines available through their Indiana Distributors. Bit of Swiss Breads are available while quantities last. Froehlich's products are arriving as well. Gift baskets, EVOO and Balsamic Gift Sets can be shipped ev... More

Open Gym at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Started November 21, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)

Join Midwest Training and Ice Center for open gym, ages 6 and up.   More

Open Skate at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Started November 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Midwest Training and Ice Center
  • 10600 White Oak Avenue
  • Dyer, Indiana 46311
  • Times: Monday through Friday 11am to 12:30pm, Saturday 10pm to 11pm and Sunday 2pm to 3:30pm
  • Phone: 219-558-8811
  • Website

Join Midwest Training and Ice Center for open skate.  Hours vary, see website for details. More

Jazz Night at Safe House Bar and Grill

Started December 03, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Wednesday)

The Dale Prasco Group will be jamming at Safe House the 1st Wednesday of every month! Kids are welcome on the family dining side. Modern jazz with a twist. Great live music! More

Lubeznik Center for the Arts Exhibitions

February 07, 2015 to April 18, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Steamroller Printmaking Project Experience enormous relief prints on muslin created from 3x7 foot carved wooden plates and an industrial steamroller. Produced by Walnut Ink Projects with a team of print makers from Syracuse University, Lora Fosberg, and local artists in downtown Michigan City with support from CH Distillery, Michigan City Public Art Committee, Reith-Riley of... More

Steel and Bones: Sculptures by Sarah Barnhart Fields & Sharon Gilmore

February 08, 2015 to April 12, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: South Shore Arts
  • 1040 Ridge Road
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Website

Chicago area artists Sarah Barnhart Fields and Sharon Gilmore focus on the natural environment, its processes and tools used to work the land. Their work speaks of reclaiming the discarded and transcending the boundaries of everyday objects to create dramatic sculptures. More

Indigenous Landscapes: Imprints of the South Shore

February 09, 2015 to March 19, 2015 (Recurring daily)

White Ripple Gallery & Co. is partnering with the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and The University of Notre Dame to celebrate the natural settings (landscapes) near and along the shores of Lake Michigan native to the states of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan that remain undisturbed since the times of the indigenous people of the area. The exhibition, a White... More

"Les Miserables"

February 13, 2015 to March 08, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Set in early 19th-century France, "Les Miserables" is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but a police inspec... More


February 14, 2015 to March 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)

This exhibit features watercolors by Kathy Los-Rathburn. More

Community Supported Art Valparaiso at the Porter County Museum

February 18, 2015 to May 16, 2015 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Porter County Museum
  • 153 S Franklin St.
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 9am to 5pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-465-3595
  • Website | Email

The Porter County Museum is excited for a new collaboration with Community Supported Art Valparaiso! This year, CSA Valpo represents eight local emerging and mid-career artists working in a variety of media. On February 15 from 1pm to 4pm, visit the museum to view the exhibit and chat with the artists. At 2pm, a panel discussion with the CSA artists will focus on the role of ... More

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