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South Shore Brewery Trail
Discover your favorite ale, stout or lager at one of the region's 21 breweries… more
Ameristar Casino East Chicago
The South Shore's lakefront casinos rival no other in the Midwest for excitement and action… more
Hotels Northwest Indiana Staybridge Suites
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South Shore Rocks!

We have big-name entertainment on stages across northwest Indiana this summer - covering classic rock to country.

You can catch musical acts like Chris Lane, Kool and the Gang, Bush, Limp Bizkit, Flo Rida, Toby Keith and the BoDeans this summer. Mellow out with the sounds of Pink Floyd with Echoes of Pompeii, a tribute band or classical music featuring the orchestra.

The South Shore is home to indoor concert venues as well, offering top-name performers year-round at the Star Plaza Theatre and four lakefront casinos. Hop along the South Shore Brewery Trail for additional live entertainment at one of the region's 20+ breweries.

South Shore Rocks

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Signature Event

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

September 09, 2017

Named the "Best Festival of the Region" by The Times readers, the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages.  This long-standing community tradition returns for its 39th year. More than 250 arts & crafts booths, 35 food booths, kids' games, the five-mile Popcorn Panic, and the nation's First Popcorn Parade are only the beginning of t... More

Special Events

Independence Holiday Concert at West Beach

July 02, 2017
  • Venue: West Beach
  • 376 North County Line Road
  • Gary, IN 46303
  • Times: 7:00 PM
  • Phone: (219) 395-1882
  • Website

Celebrate our nation’s independence with a United States Military Band Concert at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Join the 85th Army Band, stationed out of Arlington Heights, Illinois, for a free concert on the beach at the national lakeshore’s West Beach on Sunday, July 2nd at 7:00 pm. The army's concert band will perform from the back steps of the West Beach bath house, so ... More

Newton County Pun'kin Vine Fair - Chris Lane and Special guest William Michael Morgan

July 11, 2017
  • Location: Newton County Fairgrounds
  • 12189 S. Punkin Vine Rd.
  • Kentland, IN 47951
  • Times: See website for details
  • Phone: 219-474-5745
  • Website

The Newton County Fair and Fair Oaks Farms are happy to announce that Chris Lane and special guest William Michael Morgan will be performing at the Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair in Kentland, Indiana. Don’t miss your chance to see these two great country artists at the Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 18. Tickets can be purchased online at ww... More

Killer Queen

July 14, 2017

UK's premiere Queen Tribute "Killer Queen" featuring Patrick Meyers as Freddy Mercury. More

Festival of the Lakes - Kool & the Gang

July 19, 2017

Come watch Kool and the Gang at the 2017 Festival of the Lakes. More

Festival of the Lakes - Bush

July 20, 2017

Bush will headline Thursday at Festival of the Lakes. More

Porter County Fair - Old Dominion

July 20, 2017
  • Location: Porter County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
  • 217 E. Division Rd.
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Times: 7:30 PM
  • Phone: 219-462-0321
  • Website

Old Dominion, will be performing at the Porter County Fair July 20, 2017.   More

Ted Nugent

July 20, 2017

Ted Nugent will be performing at the Star Plaza Theatre. More

Festival of the Lakes - Limp Bizkit

July 21, 2017

Limp Bizkit will headline Friday at Festival of the Lakes. More

Porter County Fair - Toby Keith

July 21, 2017
  • Location: Porter County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
  • 217 E. Division Rd.
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Phone: 219-462-0321
  • Website

Toby Keith, will be performing at the Porter County Fair July 21, 2017.   More

Festival of the Lakes - FLO RIDA

July 22, 2017

Come watch Flo Rida at the 2017 Festival of the Lakes.  Opening up for Flo Rida is Twista. More

Porter County Fair - Tenth Avenue North & Matt Maher

July 22, 2017
  • Location: Porter County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
  • 217 E. Division Rd.
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Times: 7:00pm
  • Phone: 219-462-0321
  • Website

Matt Maher & Tenth Avenue North with special guest Jordan Feliz will be performing at the Porter County Fair July 22, 2017.   More

Dick Diamond and the Dusters at the Pav

July 29, 2017

Come out for an unpredictable evening with Dick Diamond and the Dusters!  More

Music on the Lawn

August 05, 2017

Bring your lawn chairs and friends to enjoy this free concert.  Feel free to bring your own munchies, but only CCC alcohol.  More

Touch of Dutch Festival

August 11, 2017 to August 12, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Spencer Park
  • 112 Carnation Street SE
  • DeMotte, IN 46310
  • Website

Every year the DeMotte Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Touch of Dutch Festival at Spencer Park in DeMotte, Indiana.  The family-fun event features free live entertainment, craft and food vendors, kid’s entertainment, a parade, giveaways, the Rotary Ramble 5K run and fitness walk and so much more! Live entertainment includes Hot Rod Heathens on August 11 at 7pm and Johnny ... More

Goodstock Music Festival

August 19, 2017
  • Location: Foster Park
  • 100 S. Benton St.
  • Goodland, IN
  • Times: Gates open at 1:00 PM
  • Admission: $20 + $2 service fee, VIP $75 + $4.75 service fee, Children 10 and under are free
  • Website

Operation Restoring Hope Music Festival - The mission of the music festival is to raise money for Mary T. Klinker Veterans Resource Center who help homeless, almost homeless & veterans in need and they service a 7 county area. Entertainment includes Rodney Watts & Soldiers Pride, Jason Wells Band, Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel, Madrigal - the Ultimate Santana Tribute... More

Rock 'N Rail Music and Street Festival

August 31, 2017 to September 03, 2017 (Recurring daily)

The annual Rock 'N' Rail Street Festival will take place on Broad Street in Griffith's renovated downtown business district. It features free admission, a fantastic variety of food vendors, arts and crafts, street vendors, family beer garden, non-stop live music, a KIDZONE and family entertainment.  Music inside the family beer garden until midnight every night. Also, check out... More

Hobart's Brews & Blues

September 16, 2017
  • Location: City of Hobart
  • 111 E Old Ridge Road
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Times: 3pm
  • Phone: (219) 942-2987
  • Website | Email

This is a BrewFest Event Fundraiser that welcomes local breweries and beyond to our beautiful Festival Park on the Lake in Hobart.  **GENERAL ADMISSION CONCERT TICKET begins at 3pm.  This ticket grants entry to enjoy the 2 bands performing and access to a craft beer garden open for purchase.   **UNLIMITED SAMPLING TICKET begins at 3pm with several breweries serving Unlimited Sa... More

Music on the Lawn

September 16, 2017

Bring your lawn chairs and friends to enjoy this free concert.  Feel free to bring your own munchies, but only CCC alcohol.  More

On-Going Events

Summer Concert Series Wicker Park

June 15, 2017 to August 17, 2017 (Every Thursday)

One of the highlights of the summer is North Township’s Summer Concert Series. Beginning in early June and continuing every Thursday through early September, North Township features some of the best bands around to perform at the Wicker Park Social Center Gazebo. The summer concerts attract crowds that hail from around the township and beyond. From vintage and contemporary rock... More

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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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