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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

Photos with Santa

December 02, 2017 to December 17, 2017 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

Santa Claus is coming to Taltree! Visit Taltree’s store which has been transformed into Santa’s workshop & take your own photo with the big man. Don’t forget your camera! Free with admission. Create memories with your family by visiting Taltree’s festive Depot. See the model scale Christmas village, special holiday decor and Taltree’s signature Train Tree. This large tree ... More

SANTA Express Saturdays

December 02, 2017 to December 23, 2017 (Every Saturday)

Non-stop holiday fun! Come climb aboard Bellaboo’s Santa Express for plenty of train-themed & holiday PLAY! Complete with Bellaboo’s engineer caps and red bandanas. 12pm-3pm Santa visits & professional portraits. Enjoy Garland Good Times, ”Polar Express” Story Time, Sugar Cone Tree Decorating and Elf Yourself.  More

DOC'S Founders CBS Release

December 13, 2017 to December 17, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Founders CBS is here! Doc's will be hosting Founders Brewing as we tap one of their rarest and tastiest beers! Also being tapped KBS, Lizard of Koz, Backwoods Bastard, DKML, Doom, Breakfast Stout, Nitro Rubaeus, All Day IPA, and Azacca. Don't forget about the same great smoked BBQ! More

Board and Paint

December 17, 2017

Come out and participate in a board and paint class. Everything is provided to create the Christmas themed (12 x 16) board. Your ticket entitles you to the class and a free tasting. You may purchase wine, by the bottle or glass, to partake during the session. Please purchase tickets( $35.00) plus fees through the link @ More

Special Kids Santa at Indiana Welcome Center

December 19, 2017
  • Location: Indiana Welcome Center
  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Santa has announced he will make a special trip to the Indiana Welcome Center for children with autism or other special needs. The Indiana Welcome Center will be sensory friendly and Santa will be positioned at the bottom of “Santa’s Mountain” to easily accommodate special needs children. Families and children are invited to write letters to Santa, make crafts, gaze at the lig... More

Winter Jazz Ensemble

December 20, 2017
  • Location: Jean Shepherd Community Center
  • 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive
  • Hamond, IN
  • Times: From: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Come enjoy a warm evening of cookies and winter jazz entertainment.   More

The Rusted Strings band holiday Festivus

December 22, 2017

The Rusted Strings band second annual Holiday Festivus at Wildrose Brewing Company! More

Birding with the Indiana Audubon Society

December 23, 2017

Join birding expert and Indiana Audubon Society Executive Director Brad Bumgardner for his monthly birding series. Meet at the Visitor Center and car pool to the birding spot of the month. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.  The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of Interstate 94. For more information on this or o... More

Santa Run, Walk and Ride

December 23, 2017
  • Location: St. Mary Catholic Community School
  • 405 E Joliet Street
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: From: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Website

Calling all Santas, elves and reindeer! Join St. Mary's School in Crown Point for a non-timed 5K Run or Ride or a 1 Mile walk as we spread holiday cheer in full Santa suits or other holiday wear!  More

On-Going Events

Open Skate at Midwest Training & Ice Center

Started October 06, 2017 (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 ice skating. Hours vary, see website for details. More

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started October 07, 2017 (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

Birding Northwest Indiana

October 19, 2017 to February 15, 2018 (Select Dates)

Join a Lake County Parks naturalist for a field trip to different birding spots in Northwest Indiana. Field trips will begin at Gibson Woods at 9 am and participants can carpool to various locations where migrants and wintering birds have been seen. Locations will be decided the week prior to each trip. Trips happen the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.  Call 219-833-3188 to... More

The Wheatfield Bluegrass Jam

Started October 27, 2017 (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

Build Your Own Bloody Mary

Started October 29, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar every Sunday from 12PM -4 PM.   More

Miller Woods Hike

November 05, 2017 to December 17, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Join a park ranger for a hike through the beautiful oak savanna of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Miller Woods each Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm. Hikes will vary in length depending on the interest and abilities of visitors. Meet at the Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellent. The Paul H. Douglas Center for En... More

Fragile Codes and In the Abstract

November 06, 2017 to January 06, 2018 (Recurring daily)

FRAGILE CODES Artists Jason Bernagozzi and Eric Souther present video installations, sculptures and prints that borrow and repurpose images from popular media to create a transformative experience.  Bernagozzi and Souther explore how the advancement of media has transformed the way we interpret the world around us. Through their separate work they investigate the rapidly chang... More

Open Gym at Midwest Training and Ice Center

Started November 10, 2017 (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 attire ... More

Sunday Brunch

Started November 12, 2017 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Center for Visual and Performing Arts
  • 1040 Ridge Rd
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: Seating between 11am to 2pm
  • Admission: $23 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

King's Court Wed Night Comedy Open Mic, Improv Jam & Variety Show

Started November 15, 2017 (Every Wednesday)
  • Location: D Performance Comedy Theater
  • 500 S Lake St,
  • Gary, IN 46403
  • Times: From: 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 613-4585
  • Website | Email

Ever wanted to try stand up comedy? Are you a current stand-up comedian or a sketch or improv performer? Do you just love to laugh. Come on out to the Lake Street Arts district in Miller to the D Performance Comedy Theatre. No admission fee to watch or perform. All you pay for is your food & drink.  All Comedians are guaranteed 5 mins but usually get 8-10 min. I will guara... More

Open Mic/Jam Night

Started November 15, 2017 (Every Wednesday)

Open mic/jam night every Wednesday at the brewery. Experienced host, friendly people, good times. Come to listen or to play! More

Fenwick Farms - Live Music

Started November 18, 2017 (Every Saturday)

Enjoy live music most Saturday evenings.   More

Holiday Artisan Market

November 18, 2017 to January 05, 2018 (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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