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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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Pierogi Fest ®

July 29, 2016 to July 31, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Visit Whiting, IN for tons of food vendors of all sorts, the Pierogi Parade, games, beer garden, musical entertainment and just plain fun for all ages. Admission is FREE so make sure you bring the whole family to enjoy the festivities! Where else can you see grown women dressed up like our grandmothers (bushas, as we say) in housecoats and babushkas? Or the lawnmower brigade s... More

Special Events

Porter County Fair

July 21, 2016 to July 30, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Porter County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
  • 217 E. Division Rd.
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Times: Noon to close
  • Phone: 219-462-0321
  • Website

The Porter County Fair brings a great combination of fun rides, delicious food, 4-H exhibits and activities and some great entertainment including the demolition derby and bull riding! Featured perfomers this year include Alabama on July 23, Cole Swindell with Drew Baldridge on July 22 and Chris Janson and LOCASH on July 21. More

Dunes Wetland Wander

July 25, 2016 to August 15, 2016 (Every Monday)
  • Location: Nature Center
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, 46304
  • Times: 10am
  • Phone: 219-926-1952
  • Website

The dunes are more than just sand. Explore the amazing wetland life on this 1 hour stroll meeting at the Nature Center. More

Just a Few Furs

July 25, 2016 to August 22, 2016 (Every Monday)

Learn about the variety of dunes critters during this interactive 45-minutes at the Nature Center. More

Dunes Through Four Seasons

July 26, 2016 to August 23, 2016 (Every Tuesday)

Come explore the dunes in all of her beauty during this naturalist slide show tour at the Nature Center. More

Beach House Blowout Bound

July 27, 2016 to August 24, 2016 (Every Wednesday)

Join the naturalist for this one hour moderate hike to the spectacular view from the Beach House Blowout. Meet at the Nature Center. More

Scales and Tales

July 27, 2016 to August 24, 2016 (Every Wednesday)

Check out the park’s native reptiles and amphibians live at the Nature Center. Total time about 45 minutes. More

Dunes Creek Crossing

July 28, 2016 to August 25, 2016 (Every Thursday)

Meet at the Campground Gate for an exploration of our unique Dunes Creek. Possible creek wading possible. Total time about one hour. More


July 28, 2016

Mixing up karaoke and open mic night for a fun time. More

Pierogi Fest Weekend Entertainment

July 28, 2016 to July 31, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Come out for pre-Pierogi Fest entertainment with Matt and the Underground Prophets on July 28th while you enjoy some Bulldog Brewing's brews. The line up for the rest of the weekend includes Alan Wronko on July 29th, Jealous Bone and Abby Kasch on July 30th and Reggae Express on July 31st. More

Who Pooped in the Park

July 28, 2016 to August 18, 2016 (Every Thursday)

Win prizes for knowing your scat during this fun 45-minutes at the Nature Center. No turds allowed! More

Evening Campground Fun

July 29, 2016 to August 26, 2016 (Every Friday)

From raccoons to coyotes, nature crafts to story time, join us for a fun program every Friday night at the Campground Shelter, by site 113. More

High Dunes Hike

July 29, 2016 to August 26, 2016 (Every Friday)

Strap on your hiking shoes for this 1 hour summit to the state’s highest sand dune. Meet at the Campground Shelter by site 113. More

Mount Baldy Guided Hike

July 29, 2016

While Mount Baldy remains closed to unrestricted public access, you can join a ranger for a special guided hike along a trail on the western edge of the dune that has been found to be free of holes. You must make a reservation for this program that is being held on Friday afternoons from 5:00 - 6:30 pm during the summer. Please check the dates to see which Friday afternoons we ... More

Nature Crafts

July 29, 2016 to August 26, 2016 (Every Friday)

Come to the Nature Center for an hour of nature craft fun. What will we be making today? More

100th Anniversary of State Parks

July 30, 2016

Explore 100 years of state park history, from the first state park to what’s being done now in this 45-mintue documentary in the Nature Center Auditorium. More

A Woodland Wander

July 30, 2016
  • Location: Nature Center
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, 46304
  • Times: 10am
  • Phone: 219-926-1390
  • Website

Take an easy stroll to see what’s going on in the dune woodlands this morning. Meet at the Nature Center for this 45-minute walk. More

Aftermath Stage: Sammy Listro

July 30, 2016

Join us as we welcome Sammy to the Aftermath stage for the first time! More

Awestruck Festival

July 30, 2016
  • Location: Camp LRCA
  • 7007 W 117th Ave
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Admission: $20 advanced, $25 at door
  • Website

Awestruck Festival 2016 Will Go To Support Feeding 10,000 People Dwelling In PovertyBuilding 429, We Are Leo, Abe Parker, Zanzahmint, Katie Danielle, and Zachariah Kirkham in for Awestruck 2016!Bounce Houses, Color Wars, 3 on 3 basketball, Swimming, Campfire, Vendors and more!$20 Advanced Tickets // $25 At The Door$4 3-10 years old // Kids 2 and Under Free! More

Compass Skills

July 30, 2016

Forget the GPS, try your hand at old fashioned navigating with Greg this afternoon. Test your compass skills with a chance to win some prizes! Meet at the Nature Center. Bring the entire family!  More

Meet the Chef and Beer Pairing Dinner

July 30, 2016

Exciting things are happening at Four Fathers! A bigger taproom with a full kitchen is one of them. We don’t want you to have to wait till October so we are going to give you the opportunity to meet our new Chef! On July 30th we will be hosting a beer pairing dinner at the brewery so we can give Chef Bob McLellan a proper introduction as Four Fathers head chef. Chef Bob comes w... More

Painting with Kids

July 30, 2016

Bring the family for another "ONLY AT WHITE RHINO" event. Our wonderful instructor is hosting another great class at White Rhino. Bring your family for a fun and kid friendly painting class. Check out a few pictures from a previous class here. $25 per painter. Advance sign up and payment required. Call 219-864-9200 or register online here. When making your reservations please l... More

Pierogi Fest ® - Village People

July 30, 2016

Village People have sold more than 100 million records and are known for their mega hits “Macho Man”, “Go West” and “YMCA”, and will perform live on stage at Oil City Stadium. All tickets are $20.00 and will be sold through Ticketmaster subsidiary,, or by contacting the Whiting Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce at 219-659-0292. The band featur... More

Prairie Arts Council's Rock the Arts

July 30, 2016
  • Location: Potawatomi Park
  • 105 N. Austin Ave
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Times: 10:00am to 10:30pm (CST)
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-863-8675
  • Website | Email

Rock the Arts is a festival of interactive art activities, artists' booths, live music, spirits and food. All take place in beautiful Potawatomie Park near downtown Rensselaer, Ind. Prairie Arts Council sponsors the annual festival.   Performers this year include James and the Drifters, Yip Deceiver, Matt Hires, The War on Peace, The Howling Tongues, Jul Big Green, Mutts and J... More

South Shore Summer Music Festival

July 30, 2016
  • Location: Franciscan Communities
  • Corner of Main and Franciscan
  • Crown Point, IN
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Please join the Northwest Indiana Symphony for a series of free outdoor concerts in towns across the Region. The summer program features a mix of patriotic songs, light classical pieces, and movie and Broadway tunes. KIDS! Join us 1 hour before show time in Crown Point to play instruments brought by Quinlan & Fabish. The Instrument Garden provides an opportunity for child... More

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Uniquely South Shore
Northwest Indiana’s very own candy factory boasts the world’s best gummies! Tour the factory and experience your favorites being made, see the world’s tallest chocolate waterfall and sample some of the best candies around!…more
What began as a local newspaper’s effort to tell the compelling stories of Northwest Indiana men and women who sacrificed during the Civil War has evolved into a large-scale historical preservation effort. The joint partnership of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project seeks to carry forward on hundreds of hours of community service that already have taken place. …more
Conveniently located between Chicago and Indianapolis, Fair Oaks Farms offers a fun family playground that everyone will enjoy! From the Dairy Adventure and Birthday Barn, to the Cheese Factory and Mooville, Fair Oaks Farms will keep the family entertained, and well-fed, for a full day of education and fun!…more
When a guest visits a hotel, restaurant, bank, or gas station, they rarely meet the manager or owner of the establishment. It's up to the front-line employee to make the customer's visit enjoyable.The R.O.S.E. Awards were created to recognize these "directors of first impression" who consistently work hard to make our lives easier. Guests & managers are able to nominate an employee who consistently "goes the extra mile."…more
Heavy industry carried the South Shore economy for decades. Now, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority tells a story about a community: it’s been built by steel but changing from tourism. Northwest Indiana’s appeal is its devotion to ensure new & already existing businesses succeed. Area leaders have teamed together to revitalize the mill towns and make Northwest Indiana the place people want to live & work. …more
Experience the journey of the Passion of Christ as never before in this interactive trail featuring 40 life-sized bronze statues. Experience the various Stations of the Cross with audio descriptions as you walk the winding pathway.…more
With five different casinos, Northwest Indiana offers much excitement and action along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan! With decadent restaurants, world class entertainment and floors (and floors) of slots and table games, your night is just getting started when you test your luck at one of our casinos.…more
A breathtaking adventure awaits at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, home to a plethora of diverse natural resources. The National Park is comprised of more than 15,000 acres of sand dunes, bogs, marshes, swamps, fens, prairies, rivers, oak savannas, and woodland forests. It provides visitors with opportunities for bird watching, camping, 45 miles of hiking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.…more
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
This holiday season, The Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond will feature 6 animated displays featuring scenes from "A Christmas Story". The displays include: Higbee’s Department Store Window, Flick’s Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It’s a Major Award, Santa’s Mountain at Higbee’s, the Bumpus Hounds, and the Parker Living Room. The displays were first showcased in 2003 in the windows of the Herald Square Macy’s in New York City. …more
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