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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.

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Special Events

Barker Blackout Tours

October 06, 2017 to October 27, 2017 (Every Friday)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Admission: $15/adults and $10/youth and senior
  • Phone: (219) 873-1520
  • 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 tea lights to illuminate your path. 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 8pm tours are for families and 10pm tours are for adults ... More

Dawn of the Space Age

October 13, 2017 to October 21, 2017 (Select Dates)
  • Location: The Merrillville Community Planetarium
  • 199 East 70th Avenue
  • Merrillville , IN
  • Times: See Description
  • Website

The Merrillville Community Planetarium presents Dawn of the Space Age, a public program beginning on October 6 and continuing through October 21. The show will be presented on Friday, October 6, 13, and 20, and Saturday, October 14 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. Additional showings may be added if needed. The planetarium opens for seating 30 minutes before the show begins. No one will be ... More

4th Annual Haunted Caboose Weekend

October 20, 2017 to October 21, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Halloween Activities with Kids Activities, Pumpkin Carving, Hot Cider in the Office, Trick or Treat Time & Best Decorated Campsite Contest! More

Fall Break Fun

October 20, 2017 to October 29, 2017 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

• Hayrides starting at 12,1 and 2. Each person will need to purchase a $2.00 hayride ticket at the Deep River General Store.• Meet the Miller at Wood’s Historic Grist Mill as he grinds corn. Don’t forget to try the homemade cornbread!• Purchase a cup of warm apple cider at the Deep River General Store and be sure to get other fall favorites like apple and pumpkin butter to take... More

Live Music - Gerry Hundt

October 20, 2017
  • Location: Hunter's Brewing
  • 1533 S Calumet Road
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Website

Live blues with the one and only Gerry Hundt. More

Not-So-Creepy Critter Crawl

October 20, 2017

Bellaboo’s will be crawling with critters in tow! This hands-on connection with commonly unfamiliar critters can assist in teaching respect & care for all living things…even when they might seem creepy! Feeling squeamish? Spend some time with the turtles to “slowww” your nerves- or just go PLAY! More

Barker Hall Silent Movie Festival

October 21, 2017 to October 22, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Barker Hall
  • 600 Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Admission: $10
  • Phone: (219) 874-4355
  • Email

Turn back the clock to the 1920’s golden age of silent films. Accompanied by live music, classic silent films will be shown on the hall’s original 1929 movie screen.  Saturday, October 21, the suspense filled Nosferatu will be shown.  Sunday, October 22, is comedy night with several Charlie Chaplin short films tracing the development of his Little Tramp character.  Popcorn a... More

Boo at the Zoo

October 21, 2017
  • Location: Washington Park Zoo
  • 115 Lakeshore Dr.
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Phone: 219-873-1510
  • Website

A safe trick or treating experience for your ghost and goblins! Area businesses sponsor booths along the decorated zoo paths and hand out candy to the kids. Two trick or treating sessions are available and advance tickets are recommended due to limited supply. Session one: Gates open at 11:30 until 1:30 Session two: Gates opening at 3:30 until 5:30   More

Fall Colors Hike

October 21, 2017

Enjoy a ranger-led hike through the gorgeous maple trees in full fall colors at historic Chellberg Farm. The Chellberg/Bailly parking lot is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and Highway 12 in Porter, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the Events Calendar at the park website or contact the pa... More

Fall Release Party

October 21, 2017

Come listen to live music and try some of the new Fall crafts! FEATURED BEERS:Pumpkin LagerFourth HorsemanOktoberfestDark BreedKiller BBBB's...and more! LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:Strings Beyond Descriptionat 5pm More

Hessville Zombie Crawl

October 21, 2017
  • Location: Beginning at American Legion 232
  • 6523 Kennedy Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: Starting: 5:00 PM
  • Website

This October 21st at 5pm, starts the 6th annual HESSVILLE ZOMBIE CRAWL! The horde of Zombies will start their crawl leaving from American Legion Post 232 (6523 Kennedy Ave, Hammond, IN 46323) at 6:45pm!  Join the undead as they make their way through the following bars:  1.American Legion 232 (CRAWL GATHERS HERE AT 5pm!) 2.GameTime 3 3.Home Plate Pub 4.Porter's Tap 5.Sportsman... More

NW Indiana Storytelling Festival

October 21, 2017
  • Location: Indiana Dunes Nature Center
  • 1600 N. 25 E.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: Starting: 10:00 AM
  • Admission: Programs are free. There is a park entry fee.
  • Phone: 219-926-1390
  • Website

See website for details.     More


October 21, 2017

After many years of hosting the Purdue Varsity Glee Club as one TATC’s premiere annual events, 2017 begins a new chapter with Purdue Musical Organization, adding two performances of the Purduettes! Founded in 1942, the Purduettes have been serenading audiences worldwide with 50 to 60 ensemble members each year. The Purduettes are directed by Jeff Valier and provide energetic an... More

Same Difference and Disposable Theatre at Parea!

October 21, 2017
  • Location: Parea Restaurant & Lounge
  • 69 Franklin St.
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: From: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Admission: $10
  • Phone: 12196134585
  • Website | Email

Same Difference Improv and Disposable Theatre are back for their 8th season of great improv comedy in Northwest Indiana! Their two improv teams, Disposable Theatre and Same Difference, will join forces for this show filled with fun, laughs, audience interaction and surprises around every corner! Show starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased rig... More

Witching Hour at White Ripple

October 21, 2017

Come partake in the 4th year anniversary of White Ripple Gallery & Co. with the 2nd annual Witching Hour Art Exhibition & Market! Come see the finest display of dark arts & experience all things spooky & mysterious.  Dozens of spine-tingling paintings, haunted hallways, arts & crafts venders, psychic card readers, live music & lots & lots of candy! ... More

On-Going Events

Chesterton's European Market

June 17, 2017 to October 28, 2017 (Every Saturday)

The European Market provides a strong tradition of quality shopping, live entertainment and a festive community experience. The artists, chefs, merchants and farmers travel from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors an extraordinary collection of products and services. More

St. Stanislaus of Michigan City Farmers' Market

June 17, 2017 to October 28, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • 1500 Block of Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, IN
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-363-1407
  • Website

"Home-grown" fruits and vegetables, honey, butters, flowers, herbs and much more. This Farmers Market also offers entertainment, education and special events such as wine tastings, bake sales, Alpaca wool spinning and more. More

Valparaiso Market

June 17, 2017 to October 21, 2017 (Every Tuesday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Valparaiso Events
  • 150 W. Lincolnway Suite 1006
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: From: 08:00 AM to 02:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 464-8332
  • Website | Email

Shop the Valparaiso Market weekly for fresh local produce, handmade products and beautiful plants and flowers. The fresh produce will liven up your favorite recipes. Stop by weekly for lunch on the go from one of the wonderful food vendors. Visit with local growers and craftsman all season long to see what they grow and create from summer through fall. Live music every Tuesday ... More

Whiting Farmers' Market

June 17, 2017 to October 28, 2017 (Every Saturday)

The market features seasonal flowers, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, pies and more! More

Barnyard Jams at County Line Orchard

September 02, 2017 to October 29, 2017 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • 200 County Line Road
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Times: 12pm to 6pm
  • Phone: 219-947-4477
  • Website

Enjoy some barnyard fun at the orchard with live entertainment! See website for dates and times. More

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