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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
Find a place to stay during your visit… more

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 Boyz II Men, Matthew Sweet, George Thorogood, Martina McBride and even Ludacris 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.

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Special Events

Battle of the Saxes starring David Sanborn & Mindi Abair

September 30, 2016

Don't miss the Battle of the Saxes starring David Sanborn & Mindi Abair on Friday, September 30th at the Venue inside Horseshoe Casino! Two of music's greatest living saxophonists will play together for one night only! More

Jackie Evancho

October 07, 2016
  • Venue: Star Plaza Theatre
  • 8001 Delaware Place
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM

Jackie Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts. She has made three solo Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) specials. In 2010, at the age of ten, she gained wider popularity with her 2nd-place finish in ... More

Live Music - Gerry Hundt

October 14, 2016

Enjoy some drinks and the music of Gerry Hundt. More

Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen

October 15, 2016
  • Venue: Star Plaza Theatre
  • 8001 Delaware Place
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM

Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen onstage together live! More

Portage Brewfest

October 15, 2016
  • Venue: City of Portage
  • 2100 Willowcreek Rd.
  • Portage, IN 46368
  • Admission: $40 General Admission; $70 VIP; $10 Designated Driver; ages 21+
  • Phone: (219) 762-9622
  • Website | Email

Sample more than 65 brews at the third annual Portage Brewfest where the lines are short, the tunes are sweet, and the laughter is loud.  There's no better way to taste new microbrews and popular favorites in one afternoon with friends.  Forget about the weather at this spacious indoor event that donates every single penny earned to the Portage Township YMCA.  A silent auction,... More

American English

October 21, 2016 to October 22, 2016 (Recurring daily)

With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments, and special effects, American English magically creates a Beatles Tribute that transforms the audience to feel like they are at an original Beatles show. Friday, October 21st, 20167:30pm*Revolver and Beatles Hits*Cash Bar Available Saturday, October 22nd, 20167:30pm*Sgt. Pepper's ... More

Festival of Praise Tour

October 22, 2016

For the third consecutive year, Grammy, Stellar, Dove, BET and NAACP Image Award-winning Gospel mega-star Fred Hammond returns to the road with the Festival of Praise 2016 Tour, the star-studded national event he founded several years ago. The tour makes a stop at the Star Plaza Theatre on October 22, and will reach over 50 major cities across the country, running through Decem... More

Dream Theater

October 29, 2016
  • Venue: Star Plaza Theatre
  • 8001 Delaware Place
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM

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

On-Going Events

Barnyard Jams at County Line Orchard

September 03, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

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