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Visit County Line Orchard

The season is here! Enjoy a u-pick apple orchard, kids farm, corn maze, live music and family fun…more

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Save on your Holiday Party

Book your Holiday Party at The Farmhouse Restaurant by September 30, 2017 and SAVE up to $100! Restrictions …more

Cultural Events

The South Shore's rich farmland and thriving industry brought thousands of families to northwest Indiana and with them their cultural celebrations, foods and traditions. Throughout the year, you can experience more than 40 nationalities at our restaurants, special events and historical sites without leaving the region.

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Special Events

Home School Days at Wood’s Historic Grist Mill

September 21, 2017

Not part of a homeschool group or your group is too small for a group reservation? Attend one of the park’s Homeschool Days to participate in hands-on educational program The Power of Water: Nature and History Tour with other homeschool families. Cost is $2 per person. Children 2 and under are free. Reservation is required. Payment is due on the day of visit. Call 219-947-1958 ... More

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

Griffith's Oktoberfest

October 06, 2017 to October 08, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Griffith's 2017 Oktoberfest is set to take place again at Griffith's Central Park. Come on out for great German food, kid's zone, pumpkin patch, live authentic German music, and a family beer garden. More

Crown Point Oktoberfest

October 07, 2017
  • Location: City of Crown Point
  • South Main St
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 2pm to 10pm
  • Phone: 219-662-3290
  • Website

There will be food, festivities and fun for all ages with a pie eating contest, chili cook-off, live music, bean bag tournament and much much more. More

History on Tap

October 07, 2017

Have a fun filled evening of enjoying local brews and listening to local bands in the barn at Buckley Homestead. Pre-register today for a unforgettable evening for $20 at 219-769-7275. More

Fall Festival

October 14, 2017 to October 15, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Enjoy food and old fashion fun for all at the Fall Festival at Buckley Homestead. Watch cowboys fighting off the bad guys, pan for gold, and do much more at this two day event. You could even get a Sarsaparilla float to cool off! More

On-Going Events

Fall Mansion Tours

September 05, 2017 to November 30, 2017 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Admission: $8/adults and $5/youth and senior
  • Phone: (219) 873-1520
  • Website | Email

Discover the legacy of the Barker family and Michigan City's freight car industry on a tour of the historic Barker Mansion. Take a guided tour of all three floors Tuesday through Saturday at 1 pm CST. Take a self-guided tour of all three floors on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm CST. More

Music Heritage Series

Started September 15, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday)

Every 3rd Friday of the month, join the Save the Tunes Council, a local group of musicians devoted to preserving and passing on traditional folk songs. More

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Uniquely South Shore
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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
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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
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
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
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