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Inn at Aberdeen $30 Off Per Night

The Inn at Aberdeen is offering $30 off per night with printed coupon from this website. Not valid with other …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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200 Years Along the South Shore

August 29, 2016 to October 02, 2016 (Recurring daily)

The South Shore CVA has partnered with a number of historical societies to tell the stories of the people, industries and history of northwest Indiana. Photographs, artifacts, clothing, war and sports memorabilia, farm equipment and more will be on display. More

Calumet National Heritage Area & Your Community

September 28, 2016

What is a Calumet National Heritage Area designation, and what could it do for the region? Join representatives from the Calumet Heritage Partnership and The Field Museum on September 28 at 6:30p for an overview of the process to create a heritage area for the bi-state Calumet Region, followed by a discussion of how the designation can help to address the region's goals and pri... More

Heritage Ball

October 01, 2016
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Phone: (219) 873-1520
  • Email

Jazz, costumes, food and drink will help us celebrate 180 years of Michigan City history at the Heritage Ball in partnership with Barker Hall. Tickets for sale soon on Eventbrite. Cost is $50 per person or $85 per couple. Don’t miss our city’s premier fall event! Tickets may be purchased here More

Deep River Grinders Vintage Base Ball

October 02, 2016

Come watch The Deep River Grinders play a vintage base ball game with original rules from 1858. More

The Bicentennial Experience

October 10, 2016
  • Venue: County Line Orchard
  • 200 County Line Road
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

The Bicentennial Experience mobile unit will be on display at County Line Orchard and is free and open to the public.  The mobile unit gives visitors a glance into Indiana's history including the growth and progress of our state. There is a penny press, photo opportunities and a banner for guests to sign.  The Bicentennial Experience will be in Lake County in conjunction with... More

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

On-Going Events

First Thursday Mornings with the Miller

May 05, 2016 to October 06, 2016 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday)

First Thursday Mornings with the Miller at Wood’s Historic Grist Mill are May – October when the doors of Wood’s Mill open at 9 a.m.  Enjoy a free cup of coffee while you meet the Miller, learn the history of Wood’s Mill and see how cornmeal is ground. Thursdays are also senior citizen day (age 60+) in the General Store next door. That means 10% off merchandise including cleara... More

Handcrafted in the Ville

June 05, 2016 to September 25, 2016 (Every Sunday)
  • Location: Hessville Park
  • 7299 Kennedy Ave
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Website

A taste of every culture - farmers, artists, artisans, bakers, gourmet foods, fresh meats, fresh caught fish, fresh fruits & veggies, health & beauty, coffee, honey, cheeses, jams, pastries, fresh juice, vegan foods, arts & crafts, home goods and LIVE MUSIC on stage! More

Fall Mansion Tours

September 06, 2016 to November 30, 2016 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Admission: $8 for adults; $5 for youths
  • 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. Cost is $8/adult and $5/youth. Take a self-guided tour of the first floor on Saturday mornings at 10 am CST. Cost is $5/adult and $2/youth. Visit for informa... More

Music Heritage Series

Started September 16, 2016 (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
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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