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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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Let's Get Hitched

April 17, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: The Old Lake County Court House
  • Courthouse Square
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Admission: $40
  • Website

"Let's Get Hitched!" by Marion Kellum, is a zany romantic comedy set during Crown Point's Marriage Mill period. The date is March 14, 1923, the day before silent movie star, Rudolf Valentino, came to Crown Point to "get hitched". The event made headlines nationwide. It's the era of flappers, prohibition and silent movies. The story follows three comica... More

Lend Me A Tenor

April 18, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Location: St. John the Baptist School
  • Lincoln Avenue and 119th Street
  • Whiting, Indiana
  • Times: Saturday 8:15pm and Sunday 3pm
  • Phone: 219-473-7555

The Marian Theatre Guild will be presenting their spring production, "Lend Me A Tenor" on April 18 and 19 and again on April 25 and 26. More details will be available shortly. Saturday show times will be 8:15 pm and Sunday show times will be 3 pm. Save the date and we promise to get more info up here as soon as it's finalized. This production will be directed by Jayma... More

Bellaboo's Mother Earth Education Celebration

April 22, 2015

It’s the little things (and people!) that can make a big difference! Learning simple environmental courtesies at an early age can produce a long life of earth stewardship and respect for nature. Come join us for a recycled instrument parade, Be a Tree Yoga, Healthy Eating with Mother Earth snack time, and a story time that teaches little learners to care for our world! H... More

Sesame Street Live “Lets Dance!”

April 23, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live "Let's Dance!" offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. Elmo uses his imagination to "Do the Robot," Cookie teaches all ‘feets' to dance, Abby leads a rhyming game, and Ernie shares the fun of dance with the Sesame Street favorite "Shake Your Head One Time." Favo... More

“Moonlight Cabaret and Cabernet” the Men of the Opera House

April 25, 2015

Last spring you enjoyed hearing from some of our finest leading ladies. This year, we offer you the men of the Opera House! Join the few, the proud, the men of theatre as they sing through favorite songs from past shows, their own songbooks and other classics. We really love watching these guys perform and we're sure that you will too!! More

911 Slugfest

April 25, 2015

This event is an amateur boxing competition between central Indiana's bravest police officers and finest firefighters. The police team and the fire team consist of 13 fighters, who strap on the headgear and boxing gloves and step through the ropes to fight for charity. The team with the most victories at the end of the night is the championship team. There is a lot on the li... More

Beatles in the Barn

April 25, 2015
  • Venue: County Line Orchard
  • 200 County Line Road
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Times: 6:30pm to 10:30pm
  • Admission: VIP $50, adults $20 and children $5
  • Phone: 219-947-4477
  • Website | Email

MegaBeatles is a talented group of musicians from Northwest Indiana/Chicago that recreate the music of the Beatles with precision, passion and love! The band features members of both the Chris & Lou and and the Crawpuppies. VIP includes early entry at 5:30pm, appetizer buffet and wine/beer tasting. More

Bird Banding Demonstrations

April 25, 2015

Explore the science of bird banding this morning at the Nature Center. We'll throw up the banding nets and look at everything we learn by investigating these birds up close and in the hand. More

Free public observing - Conway Public Observatory

April 25, 2015
  • Location: Conway Observatory
  • 191st and Chase
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: 8:30pm to 11pm
  • Phone: 773-639-5491
  • Website

The volunteers of the Calumet Astronomical Society invite the public to explore the wonders of the universe when they present their popular family-friendly free public programs. Facilities, including access to the big telescope, are wheelchair accessible. Volunteers guide visitors in the use of telescopes and astronomical binoculars as they observe the majesty of the skies. ... More

Green Gary Day

April 25, 2015

Join rangers and partners for the annual Green Gary Day in celebration of both National Park Week and Earth Day. This free, family-oriented event takes place at the national lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center and features hikes, kids'activities and guest speakers throughout the day. For more information on this program and for a schedule for the day, call 219-395-1821. The ... More

High Tech Scavenger Hunt

April 25, 2015
  • Location: Nature Center
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, Indiana 46304
  • Times: 2pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-926-1952
  • Website

Come explore the winter beauty and have a little fun this afternoon at the Nature Center. We'll introduce you to the thrill of geocaching and GPS use and find prizes along the way. Great fun for the kids! More

Music on the Lawn

April 25, 2015

Bring lawn chairs, food and friends as we rock out to music from the Beatles! More

Pirate Pub Crawl

April 25, 2015
  • Location: See Description
  • Times: 7pm to midnight
  • Website

Get your pirate gear on and get ready to PARTY! Saturday, April 25 pirates (that's you) will take over nine Whiting-Hammond bars on the 1st Annual Pirate Pub Crawl. From 7 pm - Midnight this fun event will be filled with debauchery, booty and lots of pirate grog (that's rum and beer and other tasty beverages). There will be a free trolley to take you from bar to bar and all of ... More

SOLD OUT - Dark Lord Day

April 25, 2015

Dark Lord Day is the only day of the year to buy Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout. DLD is the festival at Three Floyds Brewery where participants can meet other beer enthusiasts and sample beers from all over the world. Visitors can buy Dark Lord Stout, eat, listen to live music and have a great time. *This festival requires a ticket. Admission will not be grant... More

Waterscape Weekend Garden and Pond Expo

April 25, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Exhibits include wind twirlers stone bird houses, yard art, patio benches, koi and goldfish, aquatic plants, landscape lighting, irrigation, hot tubs, flowers and veggies, water features, recycled art, gourd decor, ironworks and so much more! 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.  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

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

Community Supported Art Valparaiso at the Porter County Museum

February 18, 2015 to May 16, 2015 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

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.  Mark your calendars and stop by the museum to see the POCO Muse’s Robert Cain Gallery transformed yet again by the vibrant and unique work of these talented loc... More

Farm to Table Market at Alsip Home & Nursery

Started February 21, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Alsip Home & Nursery
  • 10255 Wicker Avenue
  • Saint John, Indiana
  • Phone: 219-365-0882
  • Website

Local farmers and artisans will be offering a wide assortment of fresh and locally grown produce, homemade jams, jellies, cheeses, breads, and locally raised fresh meats and eggs for sale. Delectable and nutritious micro greens grown by Alsip Home & Nursery will be sure to be a favorite among market shoppers. The Farm to Table Market at Alsip Home & Nursery is open ... More

Out of My Hands

March 14, 2015 to April 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Out of My Hands is a new exhibit with Chicago-based artist Diana Leviton Gondek. The exhibit promises to be just as dynamic, bold and engaging as this fascinating woman! Experience not just the beauty of her contemporary work, but share in the stories they convey. 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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