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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

Barker Blackout Tour

October 14, 2016 to October 29, 2016 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Admission: $15/adult, $10/youth
  • Phone: 2198731520
  • Website | Email

Discover the untold, spooky side of Michigan City history. You’ll be surrounded by darkness as you tour the mansion with a guide; there’ll be glow-in-the-dark markers to light your way. During this eerie evening, we’ll tell little-known stories of our city’s creepy past and relate never-before told stories about the mansion. The 8 pm tours are for families and 10 pm tours are f... More

Bellaboo's Black Cat's Meow: GLOW WILD

October 27, 2016

Grab your costumes and come set the night a-glow at this truly sparkle-tacular afterhours show! Make the most of the costumed season—quality time spent with family is the best reason! With glow bowling, splatter paint, and a dance party, too… you won’t want to miss this night full of shining fun, WAHOO! Limited availability, advanced registration strongly recommended. More

Blood of the Vine Halloween Wine Dinner

October 27, 2016

You don't need to come in costume, but best costume wins a prize!   Your hosts for the evening are Chef Patrick Scholz, Bob Miller, General Manager,  along with Lee Ann Egan, Wine Expert, Carroll Wine & Spirits.    Bob has selected SIX magnificent wines paired with a FIVE course menu created by award winning Chef Patrick Scholz, voted the Best Chef in the REGION by the ... More

Jasper County Fall Festival

October 27, 2016 to October 29, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Jasper County Fairgrounds
  • State Road 114
  • Rensselaer, IN
  • Website

Enjoy a Halloween event at the Jasper County Fairgrounds. More

Mahler 5

October 28, 2016
  • Location: The Auditorium at Bethel Church
  • 10202 Broadway
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 6:15pm Pre-Concert Talk, 7:30pm Concert
  • Website

Mahler’s colossal Fifth Symphony embraces an entire world of emotion and sound, from the opening trumpet solo of the heart-rending funeral march to the tender and loving Adagietto, the most famous of Mahler’s works. Performed by a large orchestra, Mahler’s Fifth has been called a transformative experience. Chicago Symphony cellist Loren Brown joins the orchestra for Saint-Saëns... More

Nomad Planets at Wildrose Brewing

October 28, 2016

See Nomad Planets live before your very eyes at Wildrose Brewing Company. Prizes awarded for top two costumes that evening, so be sure to sport your finest Halloween garb for a chance at immortality! Show starts at 8:00 pm. Free admission, but you must be 21 and over to attend. More

The Ultimate Halloween Party and Costume

October 28, 2016 to October 29, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Matey's Bar and Restaurant
  • 110 Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: From: 9:00 PM to 12:30 AM
  • Website

It's that time again friends! We are going to have the biggest Halloween party in Michigan City! Enter the costume contest for the chance to win first place prize!  More

8th Annual Halloween Party

October 29, 2016

Registration from 9:00pm - 10:30pm  Costume Contest from 10:30pm - 12:00am  1st Round Judging 10:30pm  2nd Round Judging 11:30pm Final Round Judging Midnight  Must be 21 years of age or older with a valid state or government issued photo ID. Must register for costume contest prior to 10:30pm. One prize per person. Costumes must abide by IGC rules. Complete rules available at... More

Boos and Brews

October 29, 2016

Join the undead at Byway Brewing on Saturday for a spellbinding affair! Barrel Fever will enchant us with free, live tunes from 9 PM until the bewitching hour (that means midnight) while Chef Brian plumps us for sacrifice with a witch's stew, braised short ribs, house candied apples and more. Be sure to don your best Halloween guise to win swag and to be spared from sacrifice. ... More

Chesterton's European Market: Pumpkin Palooza

October 29, 2016
  • Location: Broadway at S 3rd Street
  • Times: From: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Website

A special Halloween themed market! Trick or treat with select vendors. Pumpkin painting and costume contests for kids and dogs. Dogs will be awarded at 10:30 am and kids will be awarded at 11:00 am. More

Crown Halloween Bash

October 29, 2016
  • Venue: Crown Brewing
  • 211 S. East Street
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: From: 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Website

Crown Brewing is hosting a Halloween Bash. The $20 ticket price will include your first pint, appetizers, commemorative T-shirt and DJ Kray Slay will be spinning tunes. Come dressed for the occasion because the best costume wins a bomber case of your choice! Limited quantity of tickets available for purchase in the brewery. More

Dia de los Muertos Family Day

October 29, 2016

During the Porter County Museum's fourth annual Day of the Dead Family Day, learn more about this traditional Mexican celebration through games, activities and crafts. Decorate sugar skulls, play a game of loteria and create papeles picados! This event is free and open to the public! More

Downtown Hammond Halloween Party

October 29, 2016
  • 5201 Hohman Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Times:

Something wicked this way comes…Raymundo Garcia and Karen Maravilla cordially invite you to attend their annual Halloween party! $25 per person includes:-Costume Contest (Cash prizes and Prize Cauldrons)-Theme “Penny Dreadful"In Penny Dreadful, some of literature's most famously terrifying characters - including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures... More

Dream Theater

October 29, 2016

Dream Theater’s fans expect the best, always, and they welcome progression, change, and the pursuit of creative muses in equal measure. It’s this tireless devotion that’s allowed cofounders John Petrucci (guitar) and John Myung (bass), enduring cornerstones James LaBrie (vocals) and Jordan Rudess (keys), and five-years-deep Mike Mangini (drums) to build a liberating creative en... More

Family Halloween Photos

October 29, 2016

Bring your family to Edda Taylor for Halloween photos. *All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude House in Crown Point, In.   More

Flame and Flair Uptown Halloween Festival

October 29, 2016
  • Location: Uptown Arts District
  • Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 5pm to 10pm
  • Phone: 219-561-6991
  • Website | Email

Enjoy the Uptown Arts District for a Halloween event like no other with downtown trick or treating with the businesses, live firedancers, a Thriller Street Dance, bed races and a haunted house! More

Halloween Party at Burn 'Em Brewing

October 29, 2016

Gates Open at 3:30 PM, last call at 10:00 PM. $5 cover, 21+ only.Music Performances/Time of Performance: -The Gerry Hundt Trio - 4pm. -Starstuff (featuring members of The Andrew Fisher Quartet - AFQ along w/ Ash Egra, Drew Frasure, Dustin Lowe, and Blake Vissing) - 6:30pm. Tentative Taplist:  -Wrath of Pele: Brown ale brewed w/ Spices and Toasted Coconut. -Granny's Chocolate Gr... More

Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch - Halloween Egg Hunt

October 29, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch
  • 17904 Grant Street
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: Starting: 2:00 PM
  • Website

Enjoy a Halloween Egg Hunt.   More

Haunted Halloween Missions

October 29, 2016

Why should little kids have all the fun? A space mission for big kids and grownups!Join us on Saturday, October 29th for an exclusive, haunted Halloween space mission! The Challenger spacecraft has been invaded by Zombies, and it's up to YOU to help save the crew! This one-hour mission includes some hair-raising fun in our simulated spacecraft environment, plus a spooky Fright ... More

Haunted Trails and Ghost Stories

October 29, 2016

Join us on our first Annual Halloween Event! Trick or Treat on our Ghost Trail and listen to family friendly spooky stories! Pumpkin Painting too! 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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