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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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Special Events

Travis Tritt Solo Acoustic Show

March 01, 2015

Spend an intimate evening listening to one of the distinct voices of country music. Tritt blends classic country, honky tonk, country rock, Southern rock and bluesy Southern rock into a one of a kind sound. More

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

15th Annual Running with the Irish 5K

March 14, 2015

An annual tradition returns with the 15th Running with the Irish! The competitive run and noncompetitive walk takes place throughout the park.  Note: Park roads will be congested before and during the event. More

Chi-Town Blues Festival

March 14, 2015

The 11th Annual Chi-Town Blues Festival returns to the Star Plaza Theatre. More

Craig Ferguson

March 18, 2015

Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage.  More

Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus Illumination

March 22, 2015
  • Location: Elston Performing Arts Center
  • 317 Detroit Street
  • Michigan City, Indiana 46360
  • Times: 3pm
  • Phone: 219-362-9020
  • Website

The Performing Arts Center in Michigan City is the perfect backdrop for this afternoon matinee, where patrons will enjoy a classical concert with a healthy dose of caring about the community with the help of our hospital sponsors. This season, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus, directed by world renowned conductor Nancy Menk along with four soloists, will be the featured... More

Rambler Rebound - Harlem Ambassador

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

The Moody Blues

April 09, 2015

The Moody Blues have been at the forefront of the UK's classic rock music scene for over forty years and have continued to be a mainstay of concert stages, recording studios and the airwaves to the present day. During their immensely successful career, they have sold, according to the band's files, in excess of 70 million albums worldwide and have been the recipients of numerou... More

Joel McHale

April 10, 2015

Don't miss the current star of the hit comedy series "Community" and host of E!'s "The Soup" - Joel McHale. More

Peter Pan and the Pirates

April 10, 2015 to April 12, 2015 (Recurring daily)

A modernized musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale of the boy who doesn't want to grow up. The show follows the basic story line, featuring everyone's favorite characters, including fairies, swashbuckling pirates and a tick-tocking crocodile. An entertainment experience for the entire family to enjoy! More

Blue Chip Brewfest

April 11, 2015

The Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino plays host to the 5th Annual Blue Chip Brewfest. Top microbreweries from around the nation will gather to showcase the unique flavors of their different brews. General Admission: $45 1:30pm - 5:00pm Includes Pint Glass. VIP Session: $75 1:00pm - 3:00pm Access to Indiana Beer Tour. Includes Pint Glass. Early entrance... More

Sesame Street Live “Lets Dance!”

April 23, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live "Let's Dance!" offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. Elmo uses his imagination to "Do the Robot," Cookie teaches all ‘feets' to dance, Abby leads a rhyming game, and Ernie shares the fun of dance with the Sesame Street favorite "Shake Your Head One Time." Favo... More

The Firebird

April 23, 2015
  • Location: Star Plaza Theatre
  • 8001 Delaware Place
  • Merrillville, Indiana 46410
  • Phone: 219-755-4444
  • Website | Email

A wonderful and mysterious fable from Russia, of the beautiful Princess Unearthly Beauty and the mystical Golden Apple Tree. Firebird is set in the romantic gardens at the palace. The evil Kaschei is conquered by the magical powers of the "Firebird" that saves the day after Prince Ivan frees her from capture, with love and a happy ending. More

“Moonlight Cabaret and Cabernet” the Men of the Opera House

April 25, 2015

Last spring you enjoyed hearing from some of our finest leading ladies. This year, we offer you the men of the Opera House! Join the few, the proud, the men of theatre as they sing through favorite songs from past shows, their own songbooks and other classics. We really love watching these guys perform and we're sure that you will too!! More

Waterscape Weekend Garden and Pond Expo

April 25, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Exhibits include wind twirlers stone bird houses, yard art, patio benches, koi and goldfish, aquatic plants, landscape lighting, irrigation, hot tubs, flowers and veggies, water features, recycled art, gourd decor, ironworks and so much more! More

Spring Open House at Caboose Lake Campground

May 09, 2015

Come out and tour the campground and see what is new! More

Purdue Varsity Glee Club

May 12, 2015

An annual favorite! Purdue Varsity Glee Club is a dynamic musical troupe employing a versatile repertoire including gospel, vocal jazz, swing, contemporary hits, romantic ballads, classical choral selections, barbershop, folk melodies, patriotic standards, familiar opera choruses, country and novelty tunes, and utilizes small groups and outstanding soloists to further enhance ... More

Hero's Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

May 15, 2015 to May 16, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Celebrating active and retired military, police and firefighters! 15% off camping fees with a valid ID. More

29th Annual Voyageur Rendezvous

May 16, 2015 to May 17, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Big Maple Lake at Deep River County Park
  • 7302 Ainsworth Road
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Times: 10am to 4pm
  • Admission: $3, children under 7 free
  • Phone: 219-769-7275
  • Website | Email

29th Annual Voyageur Rendezvous 18th Century Fur-Trade Era Reenactment NEW LOCATION: Big Maple Lake at Deep River County Park.  Peek into the lives of those who would have lived or traded along the waterways of the Midwest more than 250 years ago when the marshes were a source of valuable furs desired by merchant traders to take back to Europe. Meet Native Americans, ... More

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