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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

Savor the South Shore Restaurant Week

April 06, 2015 to April 19, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Here's your chance to savor the many delicious dishes you'll find along the South Shore! Enjoy lunch and dinner menus specially priced for two weeks only. Restaurants include Teibel's, El Taco Real, 54 Main Bistro, Asparagus, Bub's BBQ, Cabela's Black Oak Grill, The Farmhouse Restaurant, Lucrezia, Miller Bakery Cafe, Sage Restaurant, The Steakhouse at Majestic, TJ Maloney's, Wh... More

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

Jasper County Art League at Fairchild House

April 17, 2015 to April 19, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Fairchild House
  • 212 Ninth Street SW
  • Demotte, Indiana
  • Times: See description below
  • Website

Come see all the beauty the artists, in your community, have to offer! New Works....all mediums. Fairchild House Friday... 6pm to 8pm opening & hor d houver's Saturday...10am to 2pm Sunday...noon to 2pm More

Are They Here Yet Hike

April 18, 2015

Come and meet some yearly friends who have sprung up to say hello! Join Brad for a 45-minute early wildflower foray that begins at the Nature Center. More

Dinner & A Show, Featuring New Odyssey

April 18, 2015

This fun and zany concert takes place on April 18 at the Hammond Civic Center. Tickets are $45. For more information about the menu or event, call 219-853-6378. More

Lend Me A Tenor

April 18, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Location: St. John the Baptist School
  • Lincoln Avenue and 119th Street
  • Whiting, Indiana
  • Times: Saturday 8:15pm and Sunday 3pm
  • Phone: 219-473-7555

The Marian Theatre Guild will be presenting their spring production, "Lend Me A Tenor" on April 18 and 19 and again on April 25 and 26. More details will be available shortly. Saturday show times will be 8:15 pm and Sunday show times will be 3 pm. Save the date and we promise to get more info up here as soon as it's finalized. This production will be directed by Jayma... More

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr's Hammond Marina Fishing Derby

April 18, 2015
  • Venue: Hammond Marina
  • 701 Casino Center Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Times: 7am to 4pm
  • Phone: 219-659-7678
  • Website

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr.'s annual fishing derby will be held at the Hammond Marina. For this event, fishing is permitted on the outer Lake Michigan Bin Wall and on the inside docks of the marina: West End and Bin Wall only. Land and dock fishing only. No boats will be permitted.  Live and artificial bait allowed. Prizes and trophies will be awarded for l... More

Play Catch at the PoCo Muse!

April 18, 2015

Join members of the WWII Baseball Girls Living History League and play a game of catch on the front lawn of the Porter County Museum. The league plays recreational competitive softball games by the rules instituted in 1943. While you’re at the museum learn about the history of women playing baseball on the homefront, and about the efforts of the group in preserving Americ... More

Record Store Day

April 18, 2015

It's Just Serendipity will celebrate Record Store Day! -Shop for record albums, vintage record players, instruments, memorabilia, and lots of music-related merchandise! AND -Our Clearance Cave will be open for the first time this year and is filled with tons of treasures and bargains! Our sidewalk on Williams Street will be a treasure trove of finds! If you are looking ... More

Sand Booger Family Enduro and Sand Goblin AMA Enduro

April 18, 2015 to April 19, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The Grand Kankakee Trail Riders will host their annual Sand Booger Family Enduro and Sand Goblin AMA Enduro on April 18 and 19 in northern Newton County. For more information on location and registration, visit Registration deadline is April 9. More

South Shore Rollers Girls Host a Roller Derby Double Header

April 18, 2015
  • Location: Jean Sheppard Center
  • 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: Doors open at 5:30pm first whistle at 6:00pm Second Bout will start around 7:45
  • Admission: Adults $10, children 6-10 $5 and children 5 and under free
  • Phone: 219-771-1339
  • Website | Email

On April 18, 2015 the South Shore Roller Girls will be hosting a double header roller derby event. The first bout will be DuPage Derby Dames Outrage from Ilinoiss Vs. Bone City Rollers from Indiana. The second bout will be South Shore Roller Girls Vs. DuPage Derby Dames Onslaught. Two bouts for the price of one. Proceed to benefit Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry in Hobart, Ind. More

Spring Wildflower Hike at Heron Rookery

April 18, 2015
  • Venue: Heron Rookery
  • N. County Rd. 600 East
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 1pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882

Blue, red, yellow and pink are just some of the colors you'll discover as you explore the Little Calumet River flood plain's great diversity of spring wildflowers. Meet the ranger at the Heron Rookery Trail parking lot for this two-hour leisurely walk. While looking at the rainbow of colors you can also listen to the spring songs of birds and frogs. Meet in the Heron Rookery's ... More

Wood Ducks and Marigold Meander

April 18, 2015

Meet at the campground gate for an hour-long discovery hike this spring day. We'll traverse parts of Trail 2 in search of flowering marsh marigolds and nesting wood ducks in the oaks above. Bring binoculars if you have some. We'll be out for an hour or a little more. More

American Home Students Present at the PoCo Muse

April 19, 2015

Join the students of Valparaiso University’s American Home class at the Porter County Museum as they present the history of the Hilltop Neighborhood. Dr. Gretchen Buggeln’s class studied architectural and oral histories to reveal the rich story of a unique Valparaiso neighborhood. Hear about the students’ findings for yourself. The museum will be open from 1pm... More

Cowles Bog Geocache Hike

April 19, 2015
  • Venue: Cowles Bog Trail
  • N. Mineral Springs Rd.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 2pm to 4pm
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join a ranger at Cowles Bog. During the program, use GPS equipment to locate different geocached clues along the trail to solve the mystery of "Who's invading Cowles Bog?" Meet the ranger at the Cowles Bog "greenbelt" parking area (near the South Shore train stop). The Cowles Bog parking lot is located on Mineral Springs Road just north of US Highway 12 a... More

Fire on the Prairie

April 19, 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

Owl Pellet Investigation

April 19, 2015

Swoop on by for a brief discussion about our local owls. Afterward, we will then find out what they've been having for lunch! Great family fun! Meet in the Nature Center. More

Save the Dunes Wine and Dine

April 19, 2015
  • Location: Miller Bakery Cafe
  • 555 S Lake Street
  • Miller, Indiana 46403
  • Phone: 219-427-1446
  • Website

Join Miller Bakery Cafe for its first Wine and Dine for Save the Dunes.  All proceeds go to Save the Dunes.  More

West Beach Dune Hike

April 19, 2015
  • Venue: West Beach
  • N County Line Road
  • Portage, IN 46368
  • Times: 12pm to 1:30pm
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join a ranger for a hike along West Beach's Dune Succession Trail and learn about the constantly changing dunes environment. The trail features a climb of 250 stairs up to a spectacular view of Lake Michigan with Chicago on the horizon. This program takes place on April 19 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm at the West Beach unit of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Meet the ranger on the n... More

Bellaboo's Mother Earth Education Celebration

April 22, 2015

It’s the little things (and people!) that can make a big difference! Learning simple environmental courtesies at an early age can produce a long life of earth stewardship and respect for nature. Come join us for a recycled instrument parade, Be a Tree Yoga, Healthy Eating with Mother Earth snack time, and a story time that teaches little learners to care for our world! H... 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

“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

Beatles in the Barn

April 25, 2015
  • Venue: County Line Orchard
  • 200 County Line Road
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Times: 6:30pm to 10:30pm
  • Admission: VIP $50, adults $20 and children $5
  • Phone: 219-947-4477
  • Website | Email

MegaBeatles is a talented group of musicians from Northwest Indiana/Chicago that recreate the music of the Beatles with precision, passion and love! The band features members of both the Chris & Lou and and the Crawpuppies. VIP includes early entry at 5:30pm, appetizer buffet and wine/beer tasting. More

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