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There are 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

Gary SouthShore Railcats - Home Games

August 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016 (Recurring daily)

RailCats baseball is all about fun, affordable family entertainment! No ticket is more than $10 and parking is free. Northwest Indiana's professional baseball team: RailCats, redefining fun in 2016. Friday, 8/26 - 7:10pm Saturday, 8/27 - 6:10pm Sunday, 8/28 - 2:10pm More

Lost on the Island

August 26, 2016

Summer isn't over yet, but just wait... it will be soon.  That's why we are hosting a live outdoor music event called "Lost on the Island." Aside from the bags, the bonfire, beer & wine and food we will have three bands, Stop Drop Rewind, The Sure, and Nudist Beach all performing. The entrance is found in the Waterbird Banquet Centers' parking lot. There will be signs from ... More

The Wheatfield Bluegrass Jam

Started August 26, 2016 (Recurring monthly on the 4th Friday)
  • Location: Wheatfield Municipal Building
  • 170 South Grace Street
  • Wheatfield , IN
  • Times: From: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Come and enjoy the Wheatfield Bluegrass Jam monthly on the 4th Friday of the month.   More

Arts on the Ave

August 27, 2016
  • Location: Downtown Hammond
  • Sibley Blvd and Hohman Ave
  • Hammond, 46323
  • Times: 12pm to 8pm

Live music, delicious food, adult beverages, pop-up market, and watch while a mural is painted on a downtown business wall by local artist Felix Maldonado! More

Dog Days Hike

August 27, 2016

Join us for a dog days hike into the dunes forest. We’ll explore the real canines of the dunes along the way. Feel free to bring your pooch and meet at the Nature Center. Join us!  More

Mary Lou Piatek-Daniels Free Tennis Clinic

August 27, 2016
  • Location: Piatek Courts
  • 117th Street and Oliver Street
  • Whiting, IN
  • Times: 10am to 12pm
  • Admission: Free
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The City of Whiting and former world-ranked tennis professional Mary Lou Piatek-Daniels invite you and your family to join us for a free tennis clinic. The clinic is open to players of all ages and ability levels, from children to high school players to adults. No pre-registration required.  More

Panther Pint Prowl

August 27, 2016
  • Location: Saint Paul Catholic School Gym
  • 1755 West Harrison Boulevard
  • Valparaiso, IN 46385
  • Times: 3pm to 6pm
  • Admission: $45 Regular Admission, $20 Designated Driver
  • Website

Prowl through 50 varieties of ales, porters, IPAs, ambers and more! There will be a sports memorabilia silent auction and live entertainment. Brewfest attendees will also receive an exclusive Brewfest Pint Glass. Proceeds from the event will help support the Saint Paul Catholic School Safety Projects.  More

Steel City Drumline

August 27, 2016

8am Parade - Genesis Center, One Genesis Center Plaza - Come one, come all to a live parade walk and see the best HBCU bands perform.  Battle of The Bands  - RailCats Stadium, One Stadium Plaza - We have brought you the finest HBCU bands to give you a wonderful showing of how real bands battle for the crown. This will be a show not to miss and it will be live.  More

Sunset on Mt. Tom

August 27, 2016
  • Location: Meet at the Campground Shelter (by site 116)
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 7pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-926-1390
  • Website

Mt Tom is an excellent spot to watch the sunset over Lake Michigan. Join Greg at the Campground Shelter for a short jaunt up Trail 4 to view Indiana’s greatest sunset. We’ll then come back through the twilight forest. Children under 12, please bring an adult.  More

Tomfoolery with M&R Rush at The Pav

August 27, 2016
  • Location: Pavilion at Wolf Lake
  • 2324 Calumet Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Website

Comedy and music combine for a great time at The Pavilion at Wolf Lake! Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the Hammond Port Authority are proud to announce an evening with The Tomfoolery Comedy Club along with local legends, M&RRush. Tickets are available now at the Hammond Marina or Aquatic Play Center at Wolf Lake. Tickets are $10 plus tax. No outside food or drinks per... More

On-Going Events

Beach Yoga

June 05, 2015 to August 28, 2016 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday)

The state park and the YMCA are partnering in 2016 to offer beach yoga on the state park main beach. Usual cost is $10 per session Classes are cancelled in inclement weather. More

Kid's Rule at National Lakeshore Visitor Center

Started September 06, 2015 (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

Open Gym at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Started November 06, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Join Midwest Training and Ice Center for open gym, ages 6 and up. This is a good opportunity to let your kids come and be kids. The Midwest staff will be on hand to monitor gym activities. Kids can work on tumbling, trampoline, tumble trax or just play in the pit. A full service concession stand is also available during open gym nights. Please be reminded of the proper ... More

Sunday Brunch

Started January 03, 2016 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Center for Visual and Performing Arts
  • 1040 Ridge Rd
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 11am to 2pm
  • Admission: $22.50 for adults; children 4-11, $11.50; under 4 years, $3.00. Price does not include gratuity.
  • Phone: 219-836-1930
  • Website

Every Sunday, the buffet table is brimming with delicious breakfast and luncheon dishes for the Center for Visual and Performing Arts' all-you-can-eat brunch. And, add to all of this: sparkling champagne, the ambiance of their elegant dining room, and the excellent service of their extremely attentive wait staff. Consider celebrating a special occasion during brunch - they can ... More

Open Skate at Midwest Training & Ice Center

Started March 01, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Midwest Training and Ice Center
  • 10600 White Oak Avenue
  • Dyer, 46311
  • Times: Monday through Friday 11am to 12:30pm, Saturday 10pm to 11:30pm and Sunday 2pm to 3:30pm
  • Admission: Admission: $6, Skate Rental: $4
  • Phone: 219-558-8811
  • Website

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

Miller Beach Farmers' Market

May 01, 2016 to September 25, 2016 (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

Railway Garden

May 01, 2016 to October 31, 2016 (Recurring daily)

The Railway Garden is an outdoor G (Garden)-scale model train garden that tells the amazing story of America’s steam engine history and its impact on the United States. The garden landscape features mountains, canyons and prairies and is home to a large collection of miniature conifers.  More

St. John Farmers' Market

May 01, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (Every Sunday)
  • Location: Community Hospital Outpatient Centre Parking Lot
  • 9660 Wicker Ave
  • St. John, IN
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-365-6043
  • Website

Fresh produce, prepared foods, jams/jellies, perennial and annual flowers, fresh fruit, honey, baked goods, herbs and more. More

Town of Munster Farmers' Market

May 01, 2016 to September 25, 2016 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Centennial Park
  • 1005 S. Centennial Dr.
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 8am to 2pm
  • Phone: 219-836-7275
  • Website

The Town of Munster invites you to come out for fresh produce, baked goods and more! More

Griffith Central Market

May 06, 2016 to September 30, 2016 (Every Friday)
  • Location: Central Park
  • Broad St. and W. Oak St.
  • Griffith, IN 46383
  • Times: 3pm to 9pm
  • Phone: 219-924-7500
  • Website

Local folks as well as sellers from Illinois and Michigan. The stage is set and the drinks are cold and the music fills the air! Come into the Market and enjoy the experience. More

Nature B-I-N-G-O

May 06, 2016 to October 28, 2016 (Every Friday)

Fridays are for nature B-I-N-G-O at Deep River County Park.  Every Friday beginning in May stop by the general store 10 am – noon and pick up your bingo card. Families can take a walk around Deep River and check off what they see. Get four in a row and yell BINGO!! Then return to the visitor center to receive a prize.  More

Chesterton's European Market

May 07, 2016 to October 29, 2016 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Broadway and Third street
  • Broadway and Third Street
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 8am to 2pm
  • 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

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started May 07, 2016 (Every Saturday)

Enjoy hands-on family activities in the park's west end visitor center, especially the new Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is the tradition. Help feed the center's resident turtles or fish or join a ranger for a hike in Miller Woods. More

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Pierogi Fest, the pride of Whiting, is an opportunity for the residents to celebrate their heritage while poking a little fun at themselves at the same time. The one of a kind parade and festival have received countrywide recognition having been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel.…more
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