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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 Authentic Irish Pub 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

Nancy Drew: Girl Detective

March 05, 2016 to March 13, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Chicago Street Theatre
  • 154 W Chicago Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See website for exact days and times
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

Audiences young and young-at-heart will love this all new mystery featuring the world's most famous teenage sleuth based on the best-selling book series! River Heights has another mystery on its hands and this time it's at the Footlighter's Barn Theater! Leander Van Pelt has died and rumors fly about a secret cache of jewels hidden on his estate. On top of it all, a mysterious ... More

A New World

March 11, 2016
  • Location: The Auditorium at Bethel Church
  • 10202 Broadway
  • Crown Point, Indiana
  • Times: 6:15 pm pre-concert, 7:30pm concert
  • Phone: 219-836-0525 ext 200
  • Website

Experience one of the most beloved symphonies in the world-again or for the first time-from the famous English Horn song of the slow movement to the triumphant, breathtaking brass tune of the finale. Plus world-renowned trumpet player Jens Lindemann performs what Maestro Muspratt has called the "happiest, most exciting and virtuosic of pieces," the Arutiunian Trumpet ... More

More Than Meets the Eye - Planetarium Showing

April 08, 2016 to April 23, 2016 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Clifford Pierce Middle School
  • 199 East 70th Avenue
  • Merrillville, Indiana
  • Phone: 219-650-5486
  • Website

The Merrillville Community Planetarium presents More Than Meets the Eye, a public program beginning on April 8 and continuing through April 23. The show will be presented on Friday, April 8, 15, and 22, and Saturday, April 16 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. Additional showings may be added if needed. The planetarium opens for seating 30 minutes before the show begins. No one will be admitt... More

Orson's Shadow

April 08, 2016 to April 23, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Chicago Street Theatre
  • 154 W Chicago Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See website for exact days and times
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

An ingenious tale of two Hollywood giants whose time in the spotlight had faded. By 1960, it had been a very long time since Laurence Olivier and Orson Welles had achieved their greatest successes, and each was struggling to return to their former glory. Hope arrives when legendary West End theatre critic Kenneth Tynan makes a startling proposition; he suggests that the two ico... More

Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend!”

April 14, 2016 to April 17, 2016 (Recurring daily)

No matter where you're from or where you've been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover's friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Join the fun and make a memory with ... More

Rodgers & Hammerstein & Webber

May 12, 2016

Enjoy an enchanted evening of iconic songs from the well-loved musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Guest vocalists and the Symphony will perform such hits as Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific, Shall We Dance from The King & I, Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' from Oklahoma, Don't Cry for Me Argentina from Evita, Memory from Cats, and Music of ... More

Joe Bonamassa

May 14, 2016

Joe Bonamassa himself is hailed as a guitar hero. With a reputation as one of the world's greatest guitar players, and his charismatic blues-rock style, Bonamassa's mix of '60s-era British blues-rock and roots-influenced Delta sounds, make him the talk of the music world. Bonamassa was awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the U.K.'s prestigious Classic Rock Ro... More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started June 06, 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

First Date

April 22, 2016 to May 08, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron's inner critics take on a life of their own when other resta... More

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