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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

“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

SOLD OUT - Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Buckley Homestead County Park

September 12, 2014 to September 20, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)

Buckley Homestead for two weekends, transforms into Tarrytown, NY also known as Sleepy Hollow. Come visit this interactive walking tour while in search for Ichabod Crane. Watch your step you might run into the Headless Horseman. More

Five-Course Craft Beer Dinner

September 16, 2014

Enjoy a five-course meal complimented by craft beer. More

The Trouble Notes

September 18, 2014

South Shore Arts & Theatre at the Center are thrilled to present the internationally renowned musical trio, The Trouble Notes, featuring violinist and Munster native Bennet Cerven for one concert. From the streets of New York to the international scene, The Trouble Notes blend Gypsy fiddling, jazz and rock tunes to serenade the stages and the streets of the world. ... More

Music in Nature Concert - Another Round

September 19, 2014

Music in Nature concerts are here! Come celebrate nature with music under the stars. More

Sayers, Hornung and Lattner

September 19, 2014
  • Venue: Bridges' Scoreboard
  • 121 N Griffith Blvd
  • Griffith, IN 46319
  • Times: 5pm to 8pm
  • Admission: $75 in Advance, $80 at the Door
  • Phone: 219-924-2206
  • Website | Email

NFL Hall of Famers Gale Sayers and Paul Hornung along with 1953 Heisman Trophy Johnny Lattner will be signing autographs.  Tickets are limited and numbered.  Each ticket includes one autograph from each legend on any items you bring for them to sign. Only one ticket per person.  Items will be available for purchase.   More

16th Annual Sunflower Fair

September 20, 2014
  • Location: Downtown La Porte
  • Indiana and Jefferson
  • La Porte, IN 46350
  • Website

The Sunflower Fair in beautiful, historic downtown La Porte is one of the largest area festivals with more than 100 craft and nonprofit vendors, food, entertainment, rides and more. This unique fair celebrating everything fall and community, is brought to you by the Chamber and a volunteer committee of dedicated community members. More

Annual Celebration of the Arts

September 20, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Schoolhouse Shop
  • 278 East CR 1500 North
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 10am to 5pm Saturday and 11am to 5pm Sunday
  • Phone: 219-926-2136
  • Website | Email

Over 30 artists are featured in this art show. The event is held at the Schoolhouse shop grounds in the heart of Furnessville and Indiana Dunes. More

Journeyman Classic Cocktail

September 20, 2014
  • Location: Miller Bakery Cafe`
  • 555 South Lake Street
  • Gary, Indiana 46403
  • Times: 5pm to 10pm
  • Website

Come and enjoy a Journeyman classic cocktail. More

Nature Crafts

September 20, 2014

It’s a make-it, take-it program! Meet the naturalist at the Nature Center for a special nature project to remember your weekend visit. Bring the kids before you pack up and head home! More

Sassafras Saunter

September 20, 2014

Check out the early fall colors this morning on this short stroll from the Nature Center. We'll explore the different colors being produced now, and the conditions that will bring the blaze of color in a few weeks. More

Thunder from Down Under

September 20, 2014

Thunder from Down Under storms into The Venue Saturday, September 20 for two shows at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. More

Tri Kappa Murder Mystery Dinner & Theatre

September 20, 2014

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Tri Kappa Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. This years theme is, "That 70s Class Reunion." The doors open at 6pm for a cocktail hour, with dinner and a show to follow. DJ and dancing will start at 9, or when the show is finished.  Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner and a show.  Silent auction and a cash bar available. &n... More

United Combat League MMA

September 20, 2014

Before moving into the bright lights of the UFC, Bellator and other televised events, many MMA fighters have battled their way through the ranks of the United Combat League. Today, that list has grown to include more than 75 names, including UFC veteran Miguel Torres and international Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Ryan Hall. On Saturday, September 20, in the second of three e... 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

Music Heritage Series

Started August 16, 2013 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday)

Every 3rd Friday of the month, join the Save the Tunes Council, a local group of musicians devoted to preserving and passing on traditional folk songs. 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

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

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