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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

Travis Tritt Solo Acoustic Show

March 01, 2015

Spend an intimate evening listening to one of the distinct voices of country music. Tritt blends classic country, honky tonk, country rock, Southern rock and bluesy Southern rock into a one of a kind sound. More

15th Annual Running with the Irish 5K

March 14, 2015

An annual tradition returns with the 15th Running with the Irish! The competitive run and noncompetitive walk takes place throughout the park.  Note: Park roads will be congested before and during the event. More

Chi-Town Blues Festival

March 14, 2015

The 11th Annual Chi-Town Blues Festival returns to the Star Plaza Theatre. More

Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus Illumination

March 22, 2015
  • Location: Elston Performing Arts Center
  • 317 Detroit Street
  • Michigan City, Indiana 46360
  • Times: 3pm
  • Phone: 219-362-9020
  • Website

The Performing Arts Center in Michigan City is the perfect backdrop for this afternoon matinee, where patrons will enjoy a classical concert with a healthy dose of caring about the community with the help of our hospital sponsors. This season, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus, directed by world renowned conductor Nancy Menk along with four soloists, will be the featured... More

The Moody Blues

April 09, 2015

The Moody Blues have been at the forefront of the UK's classic rock music scene for over forty years and have continued to be a mainstay of concert stages, recording studios and the airwaves to the present day. During their immensely successful career, they have sold, according to the band's files, in excess of 70 million albums worldwide and have been the recipients of numerou... More

Peter Pan and the Pirates

April 10, 2015 to April 12, 2015 (Recurring daily)

A modernized musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale of the boy who doesn't want to grow up. The show follows the basic story line, featuring everyone's favorite characters, including fairies, swashbuckling pirates and a tick-tocking crocodile. An entertainment experience for the entire family to enjoy! 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

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

May 07, 2015 to May 10, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival is an annual event that showcases the abundance of migratory birds in the Indiana Dunes. More

Spring Open House at Caboose Lake Campground

May 09, 2015

Come out and tour the campground and see what is new! More

Purdue Varsity Glee Club

May 12, 2015

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

Hero's Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

May 15, 2015 to May 16, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Celebrating active and retired military, police and firefighters! 15% off camping fees with a valid ID. More

Voyageur Rendezvous

May 16, 2015 to May 17, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park
  • 21690 Range Line Road
  • Hebron, IN 46341
  • Times: 10am to 4pm
  • Admission: Other
  • Phone: 219769PARK
  • Website | Email

18th Century Fur-Trade Era Reenactment. Event highlights include opening & closing ceremonies, arrival of Voyageurs by canoe, trade session w/Native Americans, storytelling, tomahawk throw, fashion show, sarsaparilla, and food More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started November 01, 2014 (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

"Les Miserables"

February 13, 2015 to March 08, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Set in early 19th-century France, "Les Miserables" is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but a police inspec... More

"On Golden Pond"

February 27, 2015 to March 29, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

The beloved comic play opens the 2015 season. An elderly couple enjoys their latest summer in a cottage on a Maine lake as they come to terms with the husband's advancing age and his estrangement from his newly engaged daughter. The play was a huge Broadway hit that became a classic film starring Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda. More

"Next Thing You Know"

May 01, 2015 to May 17, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

"Next Thing You Know" is the story of four New Yorkers as they laugh, love and drink their way through the big questions that face all young dreamers who wake up in the city that never sleeps. Does marrying a really nice guy mean you're settling down or just settling? Does taking a nine-to-five equal giving up or growing up? Does a decade in the city break you down or... More

"Big Fish"

May 08, 2015 to June 07, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

A deeply moving, fantastical new Broadway musical adapted from Tim Burton's film of the same name. In the present-day real world, aging Edward Bloom faces his mortality while his son, Will, prepares to be a father himself. In the storybook past, Edward ages from a teenager, encountering a witch, a giant, a mermaid and the love of his life. By the end, Will has discovered the ke... More

Private Lives

May 15, 2015 to May 31, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

A play by Noel Coward presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. One of Broadway's most revived and most popular plays, "Private Lives," is the dazzling, irresistible comedy that author Noel Coward is best known for. We are thrilled to add this show to our 2015 offerings. A tantalizing look at love, loathing and lust, this show is a must-see! A ... More

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Experience the journey of the Passion of Christ as never before in this interactive trail featuring 40 life-sized bronze statues. Experience the various Stations of the Cross with audio descriptions as you walk the winding pathway.…more
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