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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 or enjoy entertainment and Irish fare at T. J. Maloney’s Authentic Irish Pub in Merrillville.

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

Blue Chip Brewfest

April 30, 2016
  • Location: Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa
  • 777 Blue Chip Drive
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: Starting: 12:00 PM
  • Website

The Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino plays host to the 6th Annual Blue Chip Brewfest on Saturday, April 30. Top microbreweries from around the nation will gather to showcase the unique flavors of their different brews.Live Entertainment by: The Allen Wronko Band and Zydeco VoodooGeneral Admission $45.1:30pm - 5:00pmIncludes Pint Glass.VIP Session $75.Noon - 2:00pmAcces... More

Dark Lord Day - SOLD OUT

April 30, 2016
  • Location: Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brew Pub
  • 9750 Indiana Parkway
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: Doors Open at 10am*
  • Phone: 219-922-4425
  • Website

Dark Lord Day is the only day of the year to buy Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout. DLD is the festival at Three Floyds Brewery where participants can meet other beer enthusiasts and sample beers from all over the world. Visitors can buy Dark Lord Stout, eat, listen to live music and have a great time. *This festival requires a ticket. Admission will not be granted... More

NWI Exiles vs Chicago Silverback Rugby Football Game

April 30, 2016
  • Location: Hobart Rugby Field
  • 112 E. Old Ridge Rd
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Admission: Free
  • Website | Email

Your local rugby football team fights a border war against the Chicago Silverbacks. Watch the Exhiles as they give it to these invaders to continue their home winning streak. More

Scotty McCreery

April 30, 2016

2011 American Idol winner, Scotty McCreery, returns to Star Plaza Theatre. It's just one stop on his "See You Tonight Tour 2015." More

Paint Nite at Wildrose Brewing Company

May 01, 2016
  • Location: Wildrose Brewing Company
  • 1104 E. Main St.
  • Griffith, IN 46319
  • Times: From: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Phone: (219) 595-5054

Join us at Wildrose Brewing for the first time!Don't pay full price! We offer the same deal as Groupon (without the hassle). Tickets are only $25 when you use code WILDROSE right here on our website. No need to enter a verification code for each individual person. Discount will be applied directly to all tickets saving you $20 each. Must be 21+ to paint. More

A "Mother's Day Gift" Workshop

May 04, 2016
  • Location: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Phone: 2198731520
  • Website | Email

Bring a friend and spend an evening at the Barker Mansion creating a unique jewelry gift for that special person in your life. For a small fee, jewelry designer Pat Frankinburger will be teaching you how to create your choice of a pair of earrings ($10/pair), a bangle bracelet ($15), or a pendant necklace ($15). In addition, a wide range of jewelry creations will also be on dis... More

Alice Cooper

May 05, 2016

Watch Alice Cooper perform live. More

Cinco de Mayo Beer Dinner

May 05, 2016
  • Location: The Farmhouse Restaurant at Fair Oaks Farms
  • 754 N 600 E
  • Fair Oaks, IN 47943
  • Times: Starting: 6:00 PM
  • Admission: $55 per person

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us at The Farmhouse Restaurant! This Lagunitas Beer inspired dinner is sure to be fantastic! Menu: Ceviche Mixto Shrimp, Lobster, Fresh Seasonal Fish, Cucumber, Tomato, Avocado on Slush Lime JuiceLagunitas Pils Czech Style Pilsner   Papaya Pork Belly Salad Jicama, Blackened Papaya, Grapes, Mango, Fried Pork Belly, Seasonal Greens, Chipotle Hon... More

Hammond's Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival

May 05, 2016
  • Venue: Hammond Civic Center
  • 5825 Sohl Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Times: Doors open at 5 pm, food served from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Admission: $15
  • Phone: 219-853-6378
  • Website

Head to the Hammond Civic Center for Hammond's Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta! Performances by • Duo Romantico• Ballet Folkiorico Yolotzin• Erik Antonio y Su Mariachi• Together All tickets are $15. Ticket includes food and entertainment. Cash bar available. More

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

May 05, 2016 to May 08, 2016
  • Location: Munster High School Auditorium
  • 8808 Columbia Avenue
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: Thur - Sat 7:00 PM and Sunday 2:00 PM

The Munster Theatre Company (part of Munster High School’s Performing Arts) is pleased to present the all-time favorite musical, Cinderella, a wonderful Rogers and Hammerstein musical based on the classic fairy tale love story. More

Mother's Day Celebration

May 06, 2016
  • Location: Star Plaza Theatre
  • 8001 Delaware Place
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM
  • Website

Enjoy the entertainment of Marvin Sapp, John P Kee, Tasha Cobbs, Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy and Jonathan McReynolds. More

Skate Wars with the South Shore Roller Girls

May 07, 2016
  • Location: Hammond Civic Center
  • 5825 Sohl Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Times: Doors open at 5:30pm first whistle at 6:00pm Second Bout will start around 8:00pm
  • Admission: Adults $10, children 6-10 $5 and children 5 and under free
  • Phone: 219-771-1339
  • Website | Email

The South Shore Derailers will take on the Barbed Wire Betties during Bout 1 at 6:00 p.m. Beginning at 8:00 p.m., the South Shore Runaways will battle on the rink against the Windy City Rollers Third Coast. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.Concessions will be available for purchase at the event. All ages are welcome to attend. Admission is $15/adults, $10/children age 6 – 10 and childre... More

Mother's Day Art Show

May 08, 2016
  • Location: Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
  • 450 West 100 North
  • Valparaiso, IN 46385
  • Phone: 219-462-0025
  • Website

Bring mom to Taltree for a day of art, food and horse-drawn carriage rides.  More

Mother's Day at the Farmhouse

May 08, 2016
  • Location: The Farmhouse Restaurant at Fair Oaks Farms
  • 754 N 600 E
  • Fair Oaks, IN 47943
  • Times: From: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Phone: (219) 394-3663
  • Website

The Farmhouse Restaurant will be featuring a buffet from 10:30am - 4:00pm, including: Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin, Baked Virginia Glazed Ham, Cedar Plank Salmon, Breakfast selections, and many more. All-inclusive price is $27.00 for Adults, and $13.50 for Children 12 and under (includes all you can eat food, Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks, Sales Tax and Gratuity. Please note: our a... More

Mother's Day Brunch

May 08, 2016
  • Location: WaterBird Lakeside Banquet Center
  • 526 Indian Boundary Road
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Admission: Adults: $26.95 Seniors: $22.95 Children (4-12): $14.95 Kids (3 and Under): FREE Pricing includes choice of Coffee, Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice, or Milk. Pop & Alcoholic beverages additional cost.
  • Phone: (219) 928-1514
  • Website | Email

Welcome to The WaterBird Lakeside Banquet Center's Mother's Day Brunch. We offer a lakeside dining experience like no where else in Northwest Indiana. Join us for a delightful assortment of Breakfast, Lunch, and Dessert buffet items. *Reservations are required Please find our pricing below: Adults: $26.95, Seniors: $22.95, Children (4-12): $14.95 and Kids (3 and Under): Free ... More

Help Us Plant the Garden at the Barker Mansion

May 09, 2016
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Phone: 2198731520
  • Website | Email

Join us for a fun day of volunteer work as we plant the mansion garden! Lunch and snacks will be provided. Bring garden gloves and a spade if you have them, otherwise we have some to share. No experience necessary! Please RSVP on this Facebook forum or by emailing More

Bartlett's Craft Beer Dinner

May 10, 2016
  • Location: Bartlett's Gourmet Grill & Tavern
  • 131 E. Dunes Highway
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Phone: 219-879-3081
  • Website

Our Brewery Bus Tour has sold out, so we've added another fun event! Join us for our beer dinner with Ballast Point Brewery.  Start with family style appetizers and continue with a four course dinner prepared by Chefs Gary Sanders and Nicole Bissonnette along with the staff of Bartlett's Gourmet Grill. Each course will complement a different style beer from Ballast Point out o... 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

The Art of the Beverage Episode One: War of the Wines

May 13, 2016
  • Location: Lubeznik Center for the Arts
  • 101 W. 2nd St, Ste 100
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Enjoy a fun evening while local wineries compete for bragging rights. Enjoy wines throughout the night in a blind tasting from Round Barn Winery and St. Julian Winery.  No worries, there are no blindfolds involved - the wines will be concealed. Vote for your favorite selections in three categories:red, sweet red and white. Winners in each category and "Best in Show" will be ann... More

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