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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

Stewardship Days

October 24, 2015 to April 23, 2016 (Recurring monthly on the 4th Saturday)

Join the national park staff and help cut brush and remove invasive plants to help restore a very rare oak savanna habitat in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. this program will be held every 4th Saturday of the month and it will begin at 9:00 am and last for 3 hours. More

Birding with Ken Brock at National Lakeshore

November 07, 2015 to November 28, 2015 (Every Saturday)

Join birding expert Ken Brock on Saturday mornings in November between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. Brock, author of "The Birds of Indiana Dunes" will be located at the Portage Lakefront pavilion in search of migratory waterfowl and other birds. If it is not a good day for birding along the lakefront, ... More

Junie B. Jones the Musical

November 20, 2015 to December 06, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Chicago Street Theatre
  • 154 W Chicago Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See Website for exact dates and times
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

This holiday season, "Junie B. Jones" returns to the Chicag Street Theatre stage in an all new musical! Barbara Parks' cherished childrens book character is full of remarkable wit, humor and sass. Give your family an early holiday gift by enjoying "Junie B. Jones" together. Order tickets early-last time this first grader was at CST, tickets sold-out faster t... More

Winter Lights Night

November 21, 2015 to January 02, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • 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

Gobble, Gobble: A Turkey Fun Fest at Bellaboo's

November 23, 2015 to November 29, 2015 (Recurring daily)

A Week Stuffed with Turkey-Filled Fun! Nov. 27 Special Black Friday Turkey Fun Fest Celebration  Note: Closed Thanksgiving Day More

The Eve of Turkey Celebration

November 25, 2015
  • Venue: eMbers
  • 230 W Washington Street
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Times: 7pm
  • Website

Catch up with old friends and meet new ones in eMbers relaxed, modern, non-smoking environment. Help us support the local food pantry while enjoying drinks and the live music of locally grown artist James Wilkerson. More

Annual Turkey Walk at Friendship Gardens & Native American Heritage Day

November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving is about traditions and a local favorite is the Turkey Walk at Friendship Gardens. Donations of canned or packaged food or cat/dog food will be gathered for those in need. More

Thanksgiving at The WaterBird

November 26, 2015
  • Venue: WaterBird Banquet Center
  • 526 Indian Boundary Road
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: Taking reservations from 12pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Adults: $19.95, Kids (4 - 11): $11.95, Children (3 & Under): FREE
  • Phone: 219-928-1514
  • Website | Email

Join The WaterBird Lakeside Banquet Center for a Thanksgiving Buffet. Enjoy a worry free holiday by letting us do the cooking and more importantly, the dishes! Enjoy a plentiful Thanksgiving spread including: - Roast Turkey - Roast Honey Ham - Buttermilk Mashed Potato & Gravy - Roasted Carrots - Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing - Cranberry Sauce - Salad Bar with A... More

100 Years of Indiana State Parks

November 27, 2015

Join us in the Nature Center auditorium for this 50-minute documentary that captures 100 years of the Indiana State Parks. It was produced in 2009 by PBS and shows great scenes from your favorite parks. Come check it out! More

18th Annual Christmas Walk

November 27, 2015 to November 28, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Downtown Lowell, Indiana
  • Commercial Avenue
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: 10am to 4pm
  • Phone: 219-306-0945
  • Website | Email

Join Lowell's Downtown Businesses in celebrating the kickoff to the Holiday Shopping Season with our 18th Annual Christmas Walk. Decorated in a common theme of "Snowflakes and Fairies," participating shops will be offering in-store specials and refreshments. Diana Lynn Photography will be taking family and individual portraits from 11am to 2pm on both Friday and Satur... More

Christmas Long Ago on Buckley Homestead

November 27, 2015 to November 28, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The traditions of Christmases past come to life when the farm children share stories as they do their chores and prepare for the coming eve of the holiday. The hired hands are busy too, but always find time for visitors and to offer a taste of chestnuts roasting over the open fire. A visit to the homestead wouldn't be complete without a stop in the main house kitchen for a tast... More

Holiday Crafts

November 27, 2015

Escape the shopping crowds and join us for a relaxing hour in the Nature Center. We'll have a special holiday-themed nature craft to work on while watching the birds in the bird room. More

Midwest Training & Ice Black Friday Hockey Camp

November 27, 2015

Bring in your hockey players age 14 and up for a Black Friday Hockey Camp from 8am to 4pm. They will learn Power Skating and Rapid Shoot. They will also have Off Ice Skills Training during Open Gym, Small Area Games Battle Drills and Dryland Training. This is a great way for the players to perfect their skills while mom and dad get their shopping done! The cost for the camp is ... More

Midwest Training & Ice Center Black Friday Gymnastics Clinics

November 27, 2015

Bring the kids to Midwest Training and Ice Center for Black Friday Gymnastics Clinics so you can shop 'til you drop! Each clinic is $25. The Back Handspring Clinic (9-11AM) is designed for beginner level tumblers wishing to learn a back handspring. This clinic will cover the basics leading up to and including back handsprings. The Tuck/Fulls Clinic (11AM-1PM) is d... More

Midwest Training & Ice Center Black Friday Open Gym

November 27, 2015

This open gym is designed for children ages 6 and up. This is a great opportunity for children to burn off some of that holiday energy. The cost is $10. More

Puma Thanksgiving Classic

November 27, 2015 to November 28, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Saint Joseph’s College will host its inaugural basketball classic on Nov 27 and 28 at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer in Indiana. More

Thanksgiving Soul Jam

November 27, 2015
  • Venue: Star Plaza Theatre
  • 8001 Delaware Place
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: Doors Open at 7pm and Showtime is 8pm
  • Phone: 800-745-3000
  • Website

Enjoy Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, The Spinners, Dramatics, The Manhattans and Enchantment. More

Crown Point Santa Parade

November 28, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Crown Point
  • Times: 10am
  • Phone: 219-662-3250
  • Website

Santa Parade Begins at 10am on Saturday Nov 28th at the Pointe Plaza on North Main St. Santa will arrive by helicopter. He and Mrs. Claus will take a few minutes to greet the children. They then will be escorted by the Crown Point Police and Fire Departments to the Courthouse where Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with families until 4pm that day as well as Dec 5th, Dec 12th,... More

Dump the Stuffing Hike

November 28, 2015

Strap on your hiking boots and join guest naturalist Cookie Ferguson for a trot up to Mt. Tom and back. Work off that Thanksgiving Day belly! Meet at the Nature Center. More

Kenny Rogers, Once again It's Christmas - Christmas & Hits

November 28, 2015

The holiday season brings one of most beloved music icons center stage. Kenny Rogers brings his popular Christmas and Hits show to town, showcasing the season's favorite tunes, as well as Kenny's most memorable songs. "She Believes In Me," "Lady," "Lucille," "The Gambler," "Through the Years," "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to... More

LaPorte Santa Parade

November 28, 2015
  • Location: Downtown LaPorte
  • Times: 12pm
  • Phone: 219-362-3178
  • Website

Join Santa and his froends on November 28 at noon for the LaPorte Santa Parade. The parade runs through downtown and ends at Santa's Chalet in the historic Chamber Square, 803 Washington Street. After the parade, children can visit with Santa, and enjoy the tree lighting following the parade. Launching at the parade and going until Christmas, community members may pick up ... More

Model Train Show

November 28, 2015 to November 29, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Lake County Fairgrounds
  • 889 S. Court St
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Sat 10am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-922-6083

The show will feature all gauges of model and toy trains, with featured brands including Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, HO and more. This is the second year the Thanksgiving Train Show has been hosted in the region. More than 1,000 attendees are expected to visit; purchase, learn and enjoy toy and model trains in 2015. Exhibitors will come from Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, I... More

Pink Floyd Tribute by "Echoes of Pompeii"

November 28, 2015

Enjoy the annual event Pink Floyd Tribute by "Echoes of Pompeii." This Pink Floyd tribute band is made up of regular hard-working members of society who come together on stage to perform the best music, from the best band rock and roll has produced in the past 50 year. More

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