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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 is full of new beginnings and plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy a number of activities, including Maple Syrup Time! Along the South Shore Maple Syrup Time is a tradition – visit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore or Deep River County Park to see how trees are tapped for maple syrup each spring.

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Go green at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Crown Point.

Sample craft beers from more than 30 breweries at Crown Beer Fest, another annual staple in the South Shore. Start cruising the local cruise nights or Munster’s very own Car and Cycle Show in May.

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Special Events


May 04, 2017 to June 04, 2017 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Welcome to the Kit Kat Klub in 1930s Berlin, where a mischievous Emcee invites us to join cabaret singer Sally Bowles and an American writer searching for inspiration, in a world on the brink. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, this timeless classic features "Maybe This Time," "The Money Song," "Willkommen" and "Cabaret." More

South Shore Line Posters Exhibit: A Retrospective of Original Paintings

May 20, 2017 to June 18, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Website

The South Shore Line Poster Exhibit: A Retrospective of Original Paintings will be on display at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, Ind.  The 50 original paintings are a part of the Millennium series campaign commenced 20 years ago. South Shore Line Posters were originally developed from 1925-1929 to promote tourism and economic development in Northwest Indiana. The Millen... More

Mount Baldy Sunset Hike

May 26, 2017

*Must preregister to attend. While Mount Baldy remains closed to unrestricted public access, you can join a ranger for a special guided hike along a trail on the western edge of the dune that has been found to be free of holes. This program will begin at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and you will follow the ranger to Mount Baldy, no exceptions. You also must make a reservati... More

Gary Preservation Tour

May 27, 2017
  • 504 Broadway
  • Gary, IN 46402
  • Times: 10am and 1pm
  • Website

This reservation is for the free guided walking tours only. Once all the tickets are reserved we will close registrator. Remember if you don't get RSVPs to the walking tours you can still join the Open House on June 17th. There will be four tours on each day with two different time slots to choose from. All the tours will include the same destinations. THE TOUR: We will be sh... More

Pinhook Bog Open House

May 27, 2017
  • Venue: Pinhook Bog
  • 700 N. Wozniak Rd
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 12pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

You can tour the bog on your own and you can talk to rangers stationed along the trail who will help you understand this unique place filled with carnivorous plants. Please arrive by 2:00 pm to allow about one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. More

Bailly Cemetery Hike

May 28, 2017

Meet in the parking lot to enjoy a fun hike to the Bailly Cemetery every Sunday at 12:00 pm and then explore the interiors of both historic homes from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (optional). Learn about early settlers and farmers who came to this region in the 1800s. Cemetery Hike: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Chellberg/Bailly parking lot is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and Hi... More

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm Open House

May 28, 2017

Join rangers at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for an afternoon exploring two of our historic homesteads on Sunday, May 28, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Meet at 12:00 pm in the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot for an informative 90-minute hike to the Bailly Cemetery. Upon returning, explore the interiors of the Chellberg Farmhouse and the historic Bailly Homestead from 1:30 pm - 4:0... More

On-Going Events

Seeking Location: Mapping & Borders in Art

January 28, 2017 to June 03, 2017 (Recurring daily)

A 12-artist exhibition of works that investigate issues of location and dislocation. Borders and boundaries, while always arbitrary and constantly shifting, now must contend with geo-political spheres of influence and cultural orientations that go way beyond geography. Exhibiting Artists: Tom Brand, Michele Corazzo, Hector Duarte, Gary Duehr, Ruth Esserman, Victoria Fuller, De... More

Jasper County Art League Photography Exhibit

April 28, 2017 to June 09, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Enjoy the Jasper County Art Leaugue's 14th annual photography exhibit and competition.   More

Chesterton's European Market

May 06, 2017 to October 28, 2017 (Every Saturday)

The European Market provides a strong tradition of quality shopping, live entertainment and a festive community experience. The artists, chefs, merchants and farmers travel from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors an extraordinary collection of products and services. More

Whiting Farmers' Market

May 13, 2017 to October 28, 2017 (Every Saturday)

The market features seasonal flowers, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, pies and more! More

Town of Munster Farmers' Market

May 14, 2017 to October 08, 2017 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Centennial Park
  • 1005 S. Centennial Dr.
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 8am to 2pm
  • Phone: 219-836-7275
  • Website

The Town of Munster invites you to come out for produce, plants, home-made jams and jellies, baked goods, cheese, food vendors, drinks, local crafts and artwork, jewelry, clothing, bath and beauty products, direct sales businesses and more. Live music every other Sunday starting May 14. More


May 19, 2017 to June 03, 2017 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Welcome to the Dark Ages in Priseaux, France, where everything is really, really bad and the monastery's patron saint hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. Threatened by the success of a rival church and a visit from the Pope, a group of desperate monks look to a shady, one-eyed minstrel, to teach them outrageous ways to make their own miracles.   More

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