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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 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.

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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

Lowell's Labor Day Festival

August 31, 2017 to September 04, 2017 (Recurring daily)

The annual staple continues starting on Thursday as the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary kicks off the weekend with the Garage Sale on Thursday & Friday. Then on Friday afternoon the festival will open up with the Annual Fish Fry from 4:30pm to 7:30pm... featuring Lowell's own Darren Zancan and the Darren Zancan Band.Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day will bring some much neede... 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

Summer Power Festival - Lil Wayne and Blac Youngsta

September 02, 2017

Tickets are available now for the Summer Power Festival, featuring Lil Wayne and Blac Youngsta live! The Festival is coming to the Hammond Civic Center and is open to all ages. Gates open at 5pm. More

Portage Brewfest

September 09, 2017
  • Location: Founders' Square Park
  • 6300 Founders Square
  • Portage, IN 46368
  • Times: From: 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • Admission: $40
  • Phone: (219) 762-9622
  • Website | Email

Celebrate the region’s booming craft beer industry at this outdoor tasting event featuring local, regional, and national craft brews and wines. This event will be held in the city's Founders' Square Park and takes advantage of the new amphitheater where Chad Clifford will play great tunes while guests sample over 65+ varieties of beer. The brewfest ends at 8pm, but the party co... More

Hobart's Brews & Blues

September 16, 2017
  • Location: Festival Park
  • 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 two bands performing and access to a craft beer garden open for purchase.   **UNLIMITED SAMPLING TICKET begins at 3pm with several breweries serving Unlimited ... 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

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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
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
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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