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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

Earth Day at the Zoo

April 26, 2014
  • Venue: Washington Park
  • 115 Lakeshore Dr.
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 11am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-873-1510
  • Website

This event will include free crafts and environmental education. More

Green Gary Day

April 26, 2014
  • Location: Douglas Center for Environmental Education - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • 7-85 N Lake St
  • Gary, IN 46403
  • Times: 10am to 3:30pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1858
  • Website

Join rangers to celebrate Green Gary Day and start the spring season out right! Activities include a Junior Ranger program, kids' activities, environmental exhibits, beach cleanup, live animals, kayaking, canoeing and art activities. More

Project Learning Tree and Arbor Day Celebration

April 26, 2014
  • Venue: Dunes Learning Center
  • 700 Howe Rd.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: $35 includes lunch, materials and the Project Learning Tree activity guide
  • Phone: 219-395-9555
  • Website

Celebrate Arbor Day and explore a wide variety of hands-on, interdisciplinary activities that teach about the environment using forests and trees as a window to learning. Each participant completing the full six-hour workshop will receive a newly updated Project Learning Tree activity guide, packed with 96 broad-based, easy to use (and fun) activities! Activities were developed... More

Watch, Clock, Coin, and Antique Mart

April 26, 2014
  • Location: St. Matthias Hall
  • 101 W. Burrell Drive
  • Crown Point, IN
  • Times: 9am to 1pm
  • Admission: $3
  • Phone: 219-689-9821
  • Email

The Peace Pipe chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors will be holding their annual mart and show featuring watches and clocks, as well as coins and antiques. More

Waterscape Weekend Garden and Pond Expo

April 26, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (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

Earth Day and Arbor Day

April 27, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at Friendship Gardens. You can hike through their woods, explore the gardens, take a guided woodlands hike and enjoy children's crafts. More

Mother Daughter Tea

April 27, 2014
  • Location: Community Park Social Center
  • 8751 Lions Club Drive
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 12pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Resident Couple: $45 Non-Res. Couple: $50
  • Phone: 219-836-7275
  • Website | Email

Dress in your finest tea attire and join us for our annual Mother Daughter Tea! This year, you will learn tea etiquette, discover the art of flower arranging, make your own bracelet, and decorate photo blocks for each other. A luncheon with desserts and varying types of tea will be served. Pre-registration is required. More

Fairy House Garden Exhibit

May 01, 2014 to May 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Follow the trail of whimsical miniature gardens surrounding Heron Pond. Enjoy the fairy houses made from natural and recycled materials, each unique and placed in a natural setting to match its personality. More

16th Annual Munster Car Show

May 03, 2014
  • Location: Munster Community Pool Parking Lot
  • 8837 Columbia Avenue
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 9am to 4pm
  • Admission: $20/$25 per car - FREE to public
  • Phone: 219-836-7275
  • Website | Email

Show off your ride as our exciting car show rolls into town for the 16th time! Register your car or truck for a chance at "Best in Show", "People's Choice", or a top-three finishers in each class. Entry forms are available in the park office. Browse the vendor/arts & crafts fair, listen to music, eat, and vote for your favorite car! More

Family Safety Education Day

May 03, 2014

Join the Hammond Police and Fire Departments at the Indiana Welcome Center to teach children about safety. Events will include children's fingerprinting, a motorcycle display and K-9 demonstrations. More

The Indian Camp at Buckley Homestead

May 03, 2014 to May 04, 2014 (Recurring daily)

The public is invited to see how the Woodland Indians in Lake County lived before the white man settled here. See the wigwam homes, clothing with decorations, wild and cultivated foods - all nestled in the hardwood and pine trees. Hear the stories, smell the cooking fire, and feel the bark of the willow saplings in the wigwam frame as volunteer re-enactors live the lifestyle of... More

Planetarium Showings

May 10, 2014
  • Venue: Challenger Learning Center
  • On the Campus of Purdue University Calumet
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: See schedule in description below
  • Admission: Adults $5 and Children $3
  • Phone: 219-989-3250
  • Website

Learn about the Spring Sky Show and Sky Quest. Stay for the Lasermania with a fun mix of songs like Men in Black, Under the Milky Way, Mortal Kombat Theme, Time Warp and All the Small Things. 2:00 - 2:50 Family Science Break 3:00 - 3:30 South Shore Skies (6 minutes) Sky Quest (24 minutes) Break 3:45 - 4:15 Lasermania (30 minutes) Break 4:30 - 5:00 Sout... More

Spring Open House

May 10, 2014

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day (May 9) at Taltree with a sidewalk sale, Railway Garden activities, Children's Adventure Garden activities, food and more. More

Mother's Day Brunch

May 11, 2014
  • Venue: T.J. Maloneys Authentic Irish Pub
  • Interstate 65 and US 30
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: 10am to 2:30pm
  • Admission: Seniors $24.95, Adults $29.95, Kids $15.95, 3 & Under Free
  • Phone: 219-755-0569
  • Website

T.J. Maloney's Authentic Irish Pub will be hosting a Mother's day Brunch which will feature a prime rib and honey-baked ham carving station, bountiful breakfast delights, a delectable assortment of sides and an elaborate dessert display. Allow the executive chef and his staff to cook and clean up so you can spend more time with your family. More

Purdue Varsity Glee Club

May 13, 2014

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

Little Calumet River Fest

May 17, 2014
  • Location: Carlson Oxbow Park
  • 177th Street
  • Hammond, Indiana 46323
  • Times: 9am
  • Website

Wildlife abounds along the Lil Cal. Deer, fish and birds of all kinds use the Lil Cal as a home and resting area during their migrations. The flood control project is finally coming to an end and the last part of the plan is recreation. Come out and join the Friends of the Little Calumet River for a great day on the Lil Cal. More

Skate Park Block Party

May 30, 2014
  • Location: Community Park Skate Park
  • 8601 Columbia Avenue
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 6pm to 9pm
  • Admission: $5 per person
  • Phone: 219-836-7275
  • Website | Email

Kick off the summer with a block party at the Community Park Skate Park! We will provide the food and music, you bring your friends! Skateboarders are welcome to show off on the ramps, but helmets are required during the event. On-site registration only. More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started March 16, 2013 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Douglas Center for Environmental Education - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • 7-85 N Lake St
  • Gary, IN 46403
  • Times: 1pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join a ranger for an Open House every Saturday afternoon at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Douglas Center. Explore the center and check out interactive exhibits, a video, and even a live animal room. You can also explore the Miller Woods Trail just outside the center. More

Indoor Street Market

January 11, 2014 to May 10, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Saturday)
  • Venue: Lincoln Center
  • 2450 Lincoln Street
  • Highland, IN 46322
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-838-0114
  • Website

Highland Parks and Recreation is bringing the Street Market indoors for the Fall through the Spring. You can stock up on your favorite breads, spices, honey, toys, pet treats and more. Enjoy something to eat and learn about your health. The 2nd Saturday of each month through May 10. The market will be back outdoors at Main Square Park in June. More

Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln

February 24, 2014 to April 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Indiana Welcome Center
  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: 8am to 5pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-989-7979

Learn about the state and region's contribution to our nation's bloodiest war through a series of special events and exhibits. Photos, artifacts and reproductions of Northwest Indiana Civil War regimental battle flags will tell the story of the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County men in blue who fought to preserve the Union - and ultimately to end slavery.  Special Even... More

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is hosting a spring Indiana Master Naturalist program

March 27, 2014 to May 22, 2014 (Every Thursday)

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is hosting the Indiana Master Naturalist program this spring. This hands-on learning experience and volunteer service opportunity teach students about the native landscape and local wildlife of Northwest Indiana. The course includes sessions on botany, zoology, geology, water ecology and wildlife conservation. The Indiana Master Naturalist progr... More


April 25, 2014
  • Venue: Memorial Opera House
  • 104 Indiana Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm
  • Phone: 219-548-9137
  • Website

It seems everyone but Robert is married or getting married, and they are all eager for their bachelor friend to follow in their footsteps, but Robert isn't quite ready to take the plunge. He's sure that "Someone Is Waiting", the perfect girl just for him, and until she makes herself known, he is content to amuse himself with the countless women who come to New York ... More

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