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Spring Activities
Walk the trails at the Indiana Dunes or practice your drive at one of the area's many golf courses… more

Spring Events

Springtime brings some unique events to the South Shore. In March, it's Maple Syrup Time at Deep River County Park.  Watch the process of making maple syrup and then purchase a bottle to take home. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the annual parade in Crown Point, a must see event, or stop by T.J. Maloney's Restaurant in Merrillville for their 10 Days of St. Patrick's Day with food, drink and entertainment.

In May, beer lovers come out for Crown Beer Fest, a local craft beer fest featuring over 35 local breweries, hosted by Crown Brewing. Those with a thirst to dance will enjoy Indiana Ballet Theatre's annual spring performance. For vintage car owners and enthusiasts, the Town of Munster has their annual Car and Cycle Show in May.

 

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Signature Event

Renewing the Region

May 23, 2015 to July 23, 2015 (Recurring daily)

A diverse display of art, with blacksmithing, china painting and antique pieces as well as restored, refurbished and renewed pieces. More

Special Events

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

March 13, 2015 to March 29, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Crown Point Community Theatre
  • 1125 Merrillville Road
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Friday and Saturday 8pm and Sunday 3pm
  • Phone: 219-805-4255
  • Website

"The Candyman Can" in the story we all know and love: Charlie Bucket and the other Golden Ticket winners go on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory, where mishaps and pure imagination await! Based on the book by Roald Dahl and the movie adaptation starring Gene Wilder. More

Easter Bunny at It's Just Serendipity

March 28, 2015

Hippity hoppity...Easter is almost here! Visit with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 28.  -Kiddos can pick a prize from the Easter basket -10 to 50% off Sale (including Easter, Spring and lots more!) -Gift with purchase/$20 minimum purchase required After you shop with us, HOP on down the street and shop small with our neighbors at The Attic Resal... More

Fire on the Prairie

March 28, 2015

Bring out your inner pyromaniac in this exciting hour at the Nature Center. Learn how prescribed fires are used to help our habitats, and then help the naturalist start a fire if conditions are right! It's an annual spring break tradition that's always hot! Kids under 12 must have a parent or responsible adult. Join us! More

Free public observing - Conway Public Observatory

March 28, 2015
  • Location: Conway Observatory
  • 191st and Chase
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: 8pm to 10:30pm
  • Phone: 773-639-5491
  • Website

The volunteers of the Calumet Astronomical Society invite the public to explore the wonders of the universe when they present their popular family-friendly free public programs. Facilities, including access to the big telescope, are wheelchair accessible. Volunteers guide visitors in the use of telescopes and astronomical binoculars as they observe the majesty of the skies. ... More

Lake Michigan in a Dugout Returns to the PoCo Muse!

March 28, 2015

It has been over two years since Amy Lukas and Mary Catterlin circumnavigated Lake Michigan in a dugout canoe affectionately named Makeba. The Lake Michigan in a Dugout exhibit at the PoCo Muse inspired visitors of all ages to find and follow their own adventures. On March 28 at 2p, Amy and Mary will return to the museum, presenting a brand new documentary and book about thei... More

Phoebe Time

March 28, 2015

Join a naturalist on a 45-minute discovery hike looking for the first phoebes of the year. They traditionally arrive now and begin setting up their territories. We meet at the Nature Center for this easy stroll to the Dunes Creek bridge. Bring the family and join us! More

Bird Banding Demonstrations

March 29, 2015

Explore the science of bird banding this morning at the Nature Center. We'll throw up the banding nets and look at everything we learn by investigating these birds up close and in the hand. We'll be banding for an hour or so. More

Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve Dinner

March 29, 2015
  • Venue: Gino's Steakhouse
  • 600 East 81st Ave
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: 5pm to 7pm
  • Admission: $50 in Advance or $55 day of Event
  • Phone: 219-865-3854
  • Website

Join Gino's Steakhouse in Dyer for our Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve Dinner. This dinner will satisfy the palettes of any food or whiskey lover who wants to try something new, or who wishes to enjoy the drinks and edibles that they have come to appreciate. Dinner begins at 5pm and runs until 7pm. It's a five course meal with four different whiskeys paired appropriate... More

Lion or Lamb Walk II

March 29, 2015

Did March leave like a lion or lamb? Strap on hiking shoes and join park rangers for some of the early morning sounds. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair of ours, and meet at the Nature Center. The hike will last for an hour or so. More

Pints & Peeps! A Tour, Tasting & Painting Event

March 31, 2015

Pints, Peeps, and Painting... Who is ready to bring out their artistic side? Don't have an artistic side, but are interested in starting one, then this is the evening for you. Come join NWI Girls Pint Out at Pokro Brewing Company, Inc. We will be joined by, Candace Jorden, from "She's Crafty" who will be helping us paint some fabulous signs. Along with bringing ... More

Rambler Rebound - Harlem Ambassadors

March 31, 2015
  • Location: Kankakee Valley High School
  • 3923 W State Road 10
  • Wheatfield, Indiana 46392
  • Times: 7pm
  • Website

The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. (doors open 40 minutes before tip-off), when the internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors take on the DeMotte KV Rotary Ramblers in a fun-filled, family-friendly evening of basketball showmanship featuring high-flying slam dunks, ball-handling tricks, and hilarious comedy routines. Bring the whole family to this event and experience laugh-out-lou... More

Eggs Marks the Spot! A Pirate Egg Hunt at Bellaboo's!

April 02, 2015

Ahoy kiddies! Drop anchor on Captain Bellaboo's ship and enjoy the Hunt for Egg Treasures. This one-of-a-kind eggstravaganza is a whimsical evening of hearty adventure, swashbuckling songs,and hidden treasures. Registration is required for this after-hours interactive theater experience and egg hunt, so call now! More

Girls Night Out

April 02, 2015
  • Location: Buddy and Pal's Place
  • 1206 E. Summit St.
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 6pm to 10pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-613-8110
  • Website | Email

Come out for a night of shopping in the Cantina Room!  Buddy and Pal's will also be having raffles as well. Here is a list of some of the vendors: Younique Mary Kay Saba Ace ThirtyOne Scentsy Jamberry It Works Posh Miche The Little Bath House Wind Chimes Cupcakes Gourmet Girl  Dips And Many More!!   More

Sips and Stars

April 02, 2015
  • Location: Bargain Barn
  • 815 Calumet Avenue
  • Valparaiso, Indiana
  • Times: 5pm to 7pm
  • Website

Chicago Street Theatre has once again partnered with their friends at Bargain Barn and ValpoLife to give the community a unique Open House experience called "Sips & Stars at the Barn". Sample beers from Four Fathers Brewery along with food and wine from Sage. Explore the eclectic shopping experience of Bargain Barn and enjoy scenes from The Angels of Lemnos, Cobb ... More

Early Spring Birds

April 04, 2015

Come and meet some yearly friends who have dropped by or sprung up to say hello! We'll meet at the beach pavilion for a jaunt to the popular bird observation platform. We'll then set up for a several hour vigil. Feel free to come and go as you please. Grab your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours and join us! More

Early Spring Woodland Wander

April 04, 2015
  • Location: Nature Center
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, Indiana 46304
  • Times: 2pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-926-1952
  • Website

Join us for a special hike to explore the awakening spring forest. We'll check out the different sights and sounds of the afternoon. Meet at the Nature Center. More

Feed the Birds

April 04, 2015

Join the naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding of the birds. Get great close-up views of chickadees, cardinals and woodpeckers! Great fun for all! More

Another Dam Hike

April 05, 2015
  • Location: Indiana Dunes Nature Center
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, Indiana 46304
  • Times: 2pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-926-1952
  • Website

Meet the naturalist for a 45-minute easy stroll as we take you to explore some recent beaver activity in the park. Check out what the beavers are up to this fine day! Meet at the campground gate entrance. More

Easter Brunch and Dinner at Miller Bakery Cafe

April 05, 2015
  • Location: Miller Bakery Cafe
  • 555 S Lake Street
  • Gary, Indiana 46403
  • Times: 11am to 8pm
  • Phone: 219-427-1446
  • Website

Celebrate the coming of Spring and with a special Easter brunch and dinner menu at Miller Bakery Cafe More

Easter Brunch at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts

April 05, 2015

Enjpoy an Easter buffet table brimming with delicious breakfast and luncheon dishes for our all-you-can-eat brunch. And, add to all of this: sparkling champagne, the ambience of our elegant dining room, and the excellent service of our extremely attentive wait staff.  For breakfast items, they serve bacon and eggs, sausage, blintzes, Belgian waffles with warm maple syru... More

Easter Brunch at The Farmhouse Restaurant

April 05, 2015

Enjoy an Easter Brunch at The Farmhouse Restaurant at Fair Oaks Farms.  For more information please call 219-394-3663. More

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