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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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Signature Event

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

Special Events

The Secret Garden

November 20, 2014 to November 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Munster High School Auditorium
  • 8808 Columbia Ave
  • Munster, Indiana 46321
  • Times: Thur, Fri and Sat 7pm and Sun 2pm
  • Phone: 219-838-2235
  • Website

The Munster Theatre Company (the Performing Arts Department of Munster High School) is pleased to present the musical inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel, "The Secret Garden", with book/lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon. The artistic staff includes: Larry A. Brechner producer/director; Carol Lynn Brechner, producer/director; William Woods... More

Wrapped Up in Rensselaer

November 21, 2014 to November 22, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Downtown
  • Rensselaer, IN
  • Times: Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm
  • Website

Rensselaer Retail Merchants are having their Holiday Open Houses on Nov. 21 and 22. This year's theme is "Get Wrapped up in Rensselaer this Christmas!" More

Frank Paul Live

November 22, 2014

Come and experience Frank Paul as he takes you thru hit songs and your personal favorites from yesterday to today! More

Holiday Kick-off Celebration: A Tribute to Jean Shepherd!

November 22, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Hammond
  • Sibley Boulevard and Harrison Park
  • Hammond, Indiana 46323
  • Times: 10am to 4pm

Visit the participating businesses/organizations, join in the fun activities and be entered to win your very own prize! *Watch for signs outside of each participating business* *Maps and punchcards available at each of the participating businesses* Restrooms are available in the designated participating businesses. North end of Downtown: EAT 5201 Hohman Avenue ... More

Miller Holiday Market

November 22, 2014
  • Location: Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts
  • 540 S Lake Street
  • Gary, Indiana
  • Times: 11am to 6pm
  • Website

Get all your shopping done while listening to some great live jazz and supporting your local artists. More

Turtle Time

November 22, 2014

Scoot on over to the Nature Center for a fun and fascinating look at the terrapins of the dunes! Learn how they survive in this great park. Great kid's program! More

Winter Lights Night

November 22, 2014
  • Venue: Sunset Hill Farm
  • 775 Meridian Road
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: 3pm to 8pm
  • Admission: $5 per car
  • Phone: 219-465-3586
  • Website

The light displays are unique to the park, and many of them were custom-made by members of the maintenance staff. Some of the displays include a rollercoaster that is over 20 feet tall, a farm scene consisting of various pieces, and Santa taking off into the air with his reindeer.  More

On-Going Events

Jazz Night at Safe House Bar and Grill

Started September 10, 2014 (Recurring every 2 weeks Wednesday)

The Dale Prasco Group rocks the walls at Safe House! This group will be playing live every other Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm. Kids are welcome on the family dining side. Modern Jazz with a twist! More

Salute: An Homage to the Godfathers of Art.

October 11, 2014 to November 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

The headlining show is titled Salute: An Homage to the Godfathers of Art. The show is curated by Ruth Crnkovich, an internationally recognized art appraiser and curator who was influential in the growth and success of both the South Shore Arts Center in Munster, Ind., and the Zhou B Arts Center in Chicago. Crnkovich will be featuring art by the best-known artists from the ... More

Sandhill Cranes During Fall Migration

October 13, 2014 to December 12, 2014 (Recurring every week day)

During the fall tens of thousands of sandhill cranes migrate to the Jasper-Pulaksi Fish and Wildlife Area. Join in the experience of watching this natural wonder. Best times to view are sunset and sunrise between mid-October to mid-December. Best viewing area is the Goose Pasture Viewing Area. More

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 www.facebook.com/sagerestaurantchesterton. More

Comics & Code and It's Not Just Your Sunday Comic Strip

October 25, 2014 to January 10, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Join the Lubeznik Center for the opening reception of Comics & Code and It's Not Just Your Sunday Comic Strip. Comics & Code will explore the contemporary relationships between words and images through comic illustration, objects and animation. It's Not Just Your Sunday Comic Strip will feature original comic artwork from the private collection of Paul Pettigr... 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

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

A Christmas Memory

November 13, 2014 to December 14, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Based on Truman Capote's touching memoir of his childhood, this new musical is set in a small Southern town in the 1930's. A CHRISTMAS MEMORY chronicles a young boy's friendship with his eccentric relatives, including his cousin and best friend, Sook. The misfits are inseparable as they launch kites, haunt speakeasies and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to Presiden... More

Amahl and the Night Visitiors

November 14, 2014 to November 30, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • 125 N Fourth Street
  • Chesterton, Indiana 46304
  • Times: All performances are at 8pm except Sundays, which begin at 3 pm.
  • Phone: 219-926-7875
  • Website | Email

Amahl, a boy known for his tall tales and the occasional lie, gets around on a crutch due to his disability. As he sits outside playing his shepherd's pipe, his mother calls for him to come inside. Amahl is slow to react to his mother's commands. Finally, after several attempts to get him inside, he walks into the house. Amahl tells his mom a grand story of a giant star rising ... More

Steel Magnolias

November 14, 2014 to November 23, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: The First Presbyterian Church of Valparaiso
  • 3401 Valparaiso Street
  • Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
  • Times: Friday and Saturday show start at 8PM and Sunday shows start at 2PM
  • Phone: 219-309-6794
  • Website

The quintessential story of friendship and trust, Steel Magnolias serves up a Southern slice of life that's as warm and comforting as sweet potato pie! In the world of Truvy's local homegrown beauty salon, six very different women come together to share their secrets, fears and love for one another while engaging the audience in hysterical and neighborly gossip. From weddings t... More

The Complete Frida Kahlo: Her Paintings. Her Life. Her Story.

November 16, 2014 to January 25, 2015 (Recurring daily)

South Shore Arts is proud to bring you this inspirational, cultural, and historic exhibition based on the life and work of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, arguably the most important female artist of the 20th century and an emblem of Latina pride. Organized by Global Entertainment Properties, Los Angeles, California, over 100 hand-painted, licensed recreations of Kahlo's ... More

The Gallery Shop Holiday Artisan Market

November 16, 2014 to January 03, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Shop for handmade, finely crafted items perfect for holiday gift giving. A spectacular display of gift-giving possibilities, including offerings from some of the Midwest's finest craftspeople, put the art into holiday shopping at this annual showcase. Shop early for the best selection! Funds will benefit LCA's Education Outreach! More

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