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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

Hesston Memorial Day Weekend

May 23, 2015 to May 25, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Hesston Steam Museum
  • 1201 East 1000 North
  • LaPorte, IN 46350
  • Times: 12pm to 5pm
  • Phone: 219-872-5055
  • Website

Opening weekend, climb aboard all 3 of our steam powered railroads for a scenic ride through our woods. Historic steam locomotives will take you back to a bygone era.   More

Chelsea Handler Live with Josh Wolf

May 24, 2015

Don't miss Chelsea Handler Live with Josh Wolf Memorial Day Weekend. More

Sunset Climb

May 24, 2015

Join Matt for an adventure over Mt. Tom to see Indiana's greatest sunset. We'll meet at the campground gate, then hike toward Trail 4, over Mt. Tom and down to the beach to view the setting sun. We'll then take the easier beach trail back. Children under 12, please bring a parent. More

Wetland Safari

May 24, 2015

Throw on your safari hat and join us for an adventure down towards the wetlands. We'll explore this amazingly bio-diverse area, including the aquatic life below the water!  More

Bird Crafts

May 25, 2015

Finish off a great weekend in the park with a make-it, take-it craft of your own. Join Kaitlin on the front deck as we make our own special bird feeders you can take home with you. Meet at the Nature Center. More

Feed the Birds

May 25, 2015

Join the Naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding of our birds. Get great close-up views of chickadees, cardinals, and woodpeckers! Don't forget to bring Mom along! Great fun for the kids. More

Who Pooped in the Park!

May 25, 2015

Okay, who dun it!? Test your facts on feces during this fun game with prizes. We'll study the science of scatology and give out prizes for those that really know their poop! Visit the Nature Center to learn more! More

Painting with Cocktails at White Rhino

May 26, 2015

Inspire the creative side of your brain! Sip, savor and socialize in the loft for a spiced up, no pressure, creative and entertaining art class. Each student will take home a 16 x 20 canvas painted by themselves. The class will paint with instruction and tips from an experienced artist. The cost will be $25 per person and will include canvas, pencils, measures, acrylic paint... More


May 28, 2015 to May 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Main Street Theatre
  • 807 Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, Indiana 46360
  • Phone: 219-874-4269
  • Website

Argentina's controversial first lady is the subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece. Told through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, Evita creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself. More

Cubs Painting with Cocktails at White Rhino

May 28, 2015

Inspire the creative side of your brain! Sip, savor and socialize in the loft for a spiced up, no pressure, creative and entertaining art class. Each student will take home a 16 x 20 canvas painted by themselves. The class will paint with instruction and tips from an experienced artist. The cost will be $25 per person and will include canvas, pencils, measures, acrylic paints, ... More

Craig Ferguson

May 29, 2015

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

Crawfish Boil

May 30, 2015

All You Can Eat Crawfish, Potatoes, Andouille, Corn and Dirty Rice. Tickets for Sale Beginning 4/29/2015: $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Visit the Tap Room to purchase tickets. More

Downtown Hammond Council's 2nd Hunting off Hohman

May 30, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Hammond
  • Hohman Avenue and Sibley Boulevard
  • Hammond, Indiana 46323
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Phone: 219-512-4298
  • Website

Got clutter? Make some extra cash! Register for the Downtown Hammond Council's 2nd Annual Hunting off Hohman Neighborhood & Business Garage Sale! -If you reside or have a business in the following parts of Hammond, please join us and participate: Along Hohman Avenue between 165th Street and Sibley Blvd. and one block east of Hohman Avenue. -Please note that partic... More

Nature Stories and Tall Tales!

May 30, 2015
  • Location: Indiana Dunes Nature Center
  • 1600 N. 25 E.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 10am
  • Phone: 219-926-1952
  • Website

Bring a friend and join us for a fun hike over Mt. Tom as we tell the stories of the land. Some might be true, while others....? Meet at the campground shelter (by site 113) to join us. Parking available at campground gate for those that aren't camping.   More

Shipwreck Stories!

May 30, 2015

What secrets lie beneath the lake? Visit the Nature Center for a fascinating look at the lost stories that hide beneath the waves of Lake Michigan. Great program for the history buffs. More

Late Migration Birds

May 31, 2015
  • Location: Indiana Dunes Nature Center
  • 1600 N. 25 E.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 9am
  • Phone: 219-926-1952
  • Website

Grab your binoculars (or borrow a pair of ours) and join us for an hour hike searching out any late migrating warblers, flycatchers, or more! Meet at the campground gate for this hour tour. More

The Incredible Journey

May 31, 2015

Explore the twists and turns that a single drop of water takes in Northwest Indiana before it reaches Lake Michigan. Meet the interpreter at the Main Beach Pavilion for a fun stroll up stream as we try to solve the water puzzle. We'll then play a little water game to remember your drop of water! More

Wild Kratts Live

May 31, 2015

Come see" The Wild Kratts Live" at the Star Plaza Theatre. More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started April 04, 2015 (Every Saturday)

Enjoy hands-on family activities in the park's west end visitor center, especially the new Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is the tradition. Help feed the center's resident turtles or fish or join a ranger for a hike in Miller Woods. More

Pint Night Ride

April 20, 2015 to September 28, 2015 (Every Monday)

Pint night rides are free. Grab your friends and join Crown Brewing for our Pint Night Ride. Every Monday starting April 20 at 6pm. They will head out for a 14-mile round trip casual paced ride; starting and ending at Crown Brewing. The route is 90% bike path and anyone comfortable riding 10+ miles will have a great time. As a reward for all that hard pedaling you will r... More

Looking Glass: Exploring Self Portraiture

April 24, 2015 to July 11, 2015 (Recurring daily)

This exhibition will examine the art of self-study and portraiture ranging from sentiments of sincerity, exhaustion and the hilarity of family relationships to notions of memory, identity and self-perception within the context of historical and contemporary self-portraiture practices. Exhibiting artists include: Rachael Banks Shane Booth Nancy Floyd Jessica Jacobs Jul... More

Poem of a Boy Who Stopped Growing

April 25, 2015 to July 11, 2015 (Recurring daily)

This exhibition features ceramic sculptures by Taehoon Kim (1976 - ) of South Korea. Taehoon's work evokes a place between the subconscious and the evolution of substance. He uses materials, modified and hybrid, as a metaphor for amorphous communication with his creatures. The exhibition attempts to reveal and develop persuasive reflection on the essence of a man and its conne... More

"Bits, Pieces and Oddities"

May 01, 2015 to May 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Southern Shore Art Association Gallery
  • 724 Franklin Street
  • Michigan City, Indiana 46360
  • Website

The unconventional, the unexpected, perhaps even startling artistic expressions from the fertile mind of the creator.  All boundaries are off! More

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