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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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Campfire on the Beach

June 13, 2015 to August 08, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Saturday)
  • Venue: Kemil Beach
  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Times: See description below for exact times
  • Phone: 219-395-1882

Watch the sunset on the beach and then join a ranger around a campfire to toast marshmallows while enjoying stories and songs in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This program will be held on June 13 and July 11 from 8:00 - 9:30 pm and on August 8 from 7:30 - 9:00 pm. The Kemil Beach parking lot is located at 27 North East State Park Road in the Indiana Dunes National La... 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

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

Dune Beasties at High Power

July 07, 2015
  • Location: Indiana Dunes Nature Center
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-926-1952
  • Website

Join the naturalist in the Nature Center for a fun look at some of the smallest parts of nature. We'll bring the high-power microscopes out for close-up looks at some amazing pieces of nature! Great program for the kids! More

Indiana's Greatest Hike

July 07, 2015

Come check out what USA Today voted as Indiana's greatest hike. We'll meet at the Nature Center for this 1.5 hour trek onto trail 9 and into the blowouts. It's a great view and a great time. Bring a water bottle. More

Beautiful Butterflies

July 08, 2015

Explore the amazing butterflies that live in the dunes. Afterwards, we'll make a take home craft you can keep! Meet Kaitlin at the Nature Center. More

Mt. Tom Bound

July 08, 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

Nuts and Bolts Tour at Barker Mansion

July 08, 2015
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 7pm
  • Admission: $10
  • Phone: 219-873-1520
  • Website | Email

Have you ever wondered what’s behind the scenes at the historic Barker Mansion? Brand new this summer, the Nuts and Bolts Tour will journey into the nooks and crannies of the building which are normally off-limits. Guests will discover remnants of the past such as the central vacuum system, the furnace, and intricate electrical panels. The tour will take participants on... More

Kids' Nature Play in the Garden at Barker Mansion

July 09, 2015
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 9am to 10am
  • Admission: $2
  • Phone: 219-873-1520
  • Website | Email

Curious children ages 10 and under are invited to a brand new program at Michigan City’s Barker Mansion.  The hour-long program will encourage youth to explore the garden just as Catherine Barker may have done as a young girl.   Activities will take place in the outdoor garden and include a story, an art project and a snack themed around the winged insects. The... More

Summer Concert Series - Don Mateja and IPA Tribute Band

July 09, 2015
  • Venue: Main Square
  • 3001 Ridge Road
  • Highland, IN 46322
  • Times: 7pm to 9pm

Free summer concerts will be at Main Square in Highland. Bring a lawn chair. Concession stands will be open. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held in the Lincoln Community Center Fieldhouse (still bring a chair). More

Summer Concert Series - High Noon

July 09, 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, High Noon's intense energy combining old favorites, chart toppers and their original music is a show stopper. Food and drinks available for purchase. No coolers allowed. More

The Masked Bandit

July 09, 2015

The Masked Bandit! Everyone's favorite campground criminal will be featured during this activity. Visit the Nature Center to learn more about this infamous park critter. Meet at the Nature Center. More

Dunes Creek Crossing

July 10, 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

Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet

July 10, 2015 to July 11, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Downtown Valparaiso
  • Times: See website for details
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

Considered by many to be the greatest play in the English language, "Hamlet" will be presented at 2015's Shakespeare in the Park. This stunning masterpiece tells a story of mystery, murder and madness as the Prince of Denmark must avenge his father's death and unlock the dark conspiracy that leads him to members of his own family. More

South Lake County Agricultural Historical Society Antique Power Steam Show

July 10, 2015 to July 12, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Come join us and travel back in time. Operational exhibits including antique tractors,, steam tractor engines, sawmill and shingle mill, rock crusher, horse shoeing (Sat and Sun), garden tractor games (Sat), chain saw carving and more. Other activities include a petting zoo, food vendors, flea market, kiddie peddle tractor pull (Sat and Sun at noon) and kiddie tractor "tra... More

Things that go Bump in the Night

July 10, 2015

Things that Go Bump in the Night! Discover what scary sights and sounds spook the evening hiker. We'll also explore the senses these animals need to survive in the park. Meet at the Campground Gate. Children under 12, please bring a parent. More

Turtle Time

July 10, 2015

Scoot your shell over to the Nature Center for a fun look at the turtles that reside in the dunes. Afterward, we'll get in a circle and let them crawl around. Great program for the kids! More

18th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

July 11, 2015

Join us for this 18th annual event and enter to win or just watch for fun! This year's theme is "All Washed Up." Registration table opens by 9am, but groups may begin as early as 7am. Judging starts after 11:30am, with awards after 12:30pm. Whether building or not, come vote for your favorite in the "People's Choice Award." See the Nature Center for more inf... More

Fetching Market at Kaske House

July 11, 2015
  • Location: Heritage Park
  • 1005 Ridge Road
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 10am to 6pm
  • Admission: $10
  • Phone: 708-895-9465
  • Website | Email

Quality Vintage & Handcrafted Wares - Open air market at a historic landmark. Barn finds, old doors, old windows, silver, ironstone, vintage glassware, collections, skilled craftsmanship, talent, project finds, pieces of stuff, tables: old, new and painted, chairs: old, new, recovered and repurposed, lighting, chippy rusty stuff, garden items, beautiful jewelry, great food,... More

Gary Air Show

July 11, 2015 to July 12, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The City of Gary will be hosting the Gary Air Show featuring the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights. More

Great American Picnic

July 11, 2015
  • Location: Historic Downtown Whiting
  • 1443 119th St.
  • Whiting, IN 46394
  • Times: 11am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-659-0292
  • Website

The Chamber Merchant Division once again throws a big picnic party in downtown Whiting on Saturday, July 11 from 11 am - 3 pm. Come one, come all and enjoy everything a great american picnic has to offer...games, food, contests, music and much, much more. More details to come as the event draws closer. A great day out for families who want to enjoy downtown Whiting and create s... More

Michigan City Cardboard Boat Dash

July 11, 2015 to July 12, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The Michigan City Port Authority in conjunction with The Summer Festival, presents the "Cardboard Boat Dash." More

Naturalist Beach Break

July 11, 2015

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

Sand Crafts

July 11, 2015

Join Kaitlin at the Nature Center for a special sand craft you can make and take back to your camp or home this weekend. Take a break from the beach and join us. More

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