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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

The Shops on Lake Street Presents First Friday

Started April 07, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday)

Great shopping, delicious food, entertainment and family fun.   Shops include Adell's Beach Boutique, Beach Art Bazaar, Captain's House, Indie Indie Bang Bang, Jazzies Salon and Day Spa, Lake Street Gallery, Miller Bakery Cafe, Miller Beach Arts, Miller Pizza, Painted Board Studio, Sonny's Photography, Summer Colony Living and Vibrations.   More

American Songbook

April 27, 2017

Bringing their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown, and old time Rock ’n Roll hits, Under the Streetlamp is composed of recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning sensation Jersey Boys. Singing hits like Rock Around the Clock, Blue Moon, Danke schön, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, and Cupid plus other popular pieces fro... More

Book Signing "The Great Emerson Art Heist"

April 28, 2017

Kendall Svengalis, author of "The Great Emerson Art Heist" will be on hand for a book signing at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. More

Dunes Vintage Camper Rally & Glamping Weekend

April 28, 2017 to April 30, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Indiana Dunes State Park will offer a special themed weekend to explore the natural and cultural resources in the dunes from a glamping perspective April 28-30, 2017.Glamorous camping, or glamping, is a way to experience the splendor of the outdoors without forgoing the creature comforts you can't live without. Whether in a tent, yurt, airstream, or tree house, it's camping on ... More

Elvis Tribute

April 28, 2017

Joseph Hall will be performing his Elvis Tribute in Hammond, Ind. on April 28 at 8:00 p.m. Hall will perform a number of Elvis classic hits at the Dynasty Banquet Hall in Hammond. Guests can buy tickets to the show (8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) for $25/person or tickets for dinner and the show (6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) for $50/person. Hall is officially recognized by Elvis Presley... More

Lynyrd Skynyrd

April 28, 2017

Lynyrd Skynyrd will be performing at the Star Plaza Theatre.   More


April 28, 2017

American Boy Band OTOWN comes to Theatre at the Center for one night only! Join us on April 28th when Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick, Jacob Underwood, and Dan Miller take center stage! OTOWN was formed in 2000 during the first season of ABC’s Making the Band. The group recently finished up a Kickstater campaign to create their fourth studio album. Visit http://www.otownoff... More

Aftermath Stage: Johnsie Mays

April 29, 2017

Join us as we welcome Johnsie Mays to the Aftermath stage! More

Green Gary Day

April 29, 2017

Join rangers and partners for the annual Green Gary Day in celebration of both National Park Week and Earth Day. This free, family-oriented event takes place at the national lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center and features hikes, kids'activities and guest speakers throughout the day. For more information on this program and for a schedule for the day, call 219-395-1821. The Pau... More

Orientation to Orienteering

April 29, 2017

Join staff and map lovers for an introduction to orienteering at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.Come learn how to navigate with a map and compass. Leave your GPS at home, because this program is going to teach you how to use the terrain around you and the direction you are facing to get to where you want to go. Bring a friend, and be prepared to help each other complete a... More

The Biggest Loser Run Walk

April 30, 2017 (Recurring daily)

A race for all fitness levels, whether you are ready to set a personal record or this is your first race, come join us at The Biggest Loser RunWalk!  More


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

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

May 04, 2017 to May 07, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Celebrate the migration of birdlife through the Indiana Dunes region this May 4 to 7 at the 3rd annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival.  The festival is a joint partnership with the region’s major environmental groups highlighting the dunes area’s rich biodiversity and bird watching opportunities to create a positive impact on the economic, conservation, and environmental educat... More

Science, Technology, & Art!

May 04, 2017

Join local artists and educators for an evening of science, technology and art! Visitors of all ages are invited to experiment with hands-on science activities, and create art using technology. Valparaiso University Science Outreach will bring activities to teach everyone the fundamentals of science, while local artist Hannah Hammond-Hagman will be on hand to demonstrate the in... More

Cinco de Mayo

May 05, 2017
  • Venue: Ironwood Brewing
  • 6 Roosevelt Rd
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: From: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Phone: (219) 405-4644
  • Website

Join Ironwood Brewing for Cinco de Mayo with tacos, board games and patio sitting (weather permitting). Add habanero to your beer for free!! More

Chocolate Walk

May 06, 2017
  • Venue: Valparaiso Events
  • 150 W. Lincolnway Suite 1006
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Admission: $22/ticket. Limit 4/person. Limited tickets available.
  • Phone: (219) 464-8332
  • Website | Email

Join Valparaiso Events for a day of chocolate bliss! The third annual Chocolate walk is a chocolate lover’s dream. Ticket holders will be able to visit over 20 of Downtown Valparaiso's treasured destinations and receive a tasty chocolate sample at each one. This is a "walk" so take your time to stroll through beautiful downtown, the unique stores and stop for lunch or dinner al... More

Lake County Pet Expo

May 06, 2017
  • Location: Lake County Fairgrounds
  • 889 S. Court St.
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Admission: $5 for adults, $3 seniors, kids under 12 free
  • Phone: (219) 218-5768
  • Email

Come join us at the Lake County Pet Expo. Rescues showcasing pets available for adoption. Vendors selling pet related items. All day activities such as K9 fun walk, kids n canvas, police demo, pet blessing and more. Look for us on Facebook for more information. More

Season Opening

May 06, 2017
  • Venue: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • 2055 East US Highway 12
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
  • Admission: $6 for adults ages 13 and over.
  • Phone: 219 878 9885
  • Website

Help kick off a momentous 2017 season by joining Friendship Botanic Gardens for the official spring opening!  More

Mom and Me Mother’s Day Painting

May 07, 2017
  • Venue: Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
  • 450 West 100 North
  • Valparaiso, IN 46385
  • Times: From: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Admission: $40 members, $45 nonmembers
  • Phone: (219) 462-0025
  • Email

Bring Mom out to Taltree and join artist Susan Young in creating a beautiful painting. Mom and child will work together to paint their 16 x 20 inch canvas. Susan will inspire creativity and instruct at a pace for all ages. Shown here is a sample of the paining and participants can choose their own colors. Pricing is per canvas. Additional children pay admission. Register by Apr... More

Mother’s Day Pampering

May 07, 2017
  • Venue: Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
  • 450 West 100 North
  • Valparaiso, IN 46385
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Admission: $35 members, $40 nonmembers

Time for Mom to take a break and create at-home luxuries. Participants will work alongside Heather from Soapwood Art Studio to create a zesty and uplifting “Lemon Thyme Salt Scrub” and a soothing “Oat and Herb Bath Bag.” Take home these two finished products and the recipes, a small bottle of lemon essential oil and most importantly, a revived sense of self! Space is limited- r... More

Logs to Lustron Tour

May 12, 2017 to May 14, 2017 (Recurring daily)

More information will be made available closer to the time of the event. Reservations will be required. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882. More

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