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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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Stargazing at Kemil Beach

February 01, 2017 to November 01, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 1st)
  • Venue: Kemil Beach
  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Times: Check Website for times
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society to get a closer look at the evening sky over Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Weather permitting, see star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, planets, meteors, and learn about constellation lore from the darkest site in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Held on the third Saturday of every month from Jan. to Dec. (except March and ... More

First Friday: Fragile Soul

March 03, 2017

Set the the smooth sounds of Chicago singer/songwriter duo Fragile Soul, enjoy a cash bar and like-minded conversation as you view the artwork from the newest exhibition, Seeking Location: Mapping & Borders in Art. Also on exhibit is Carole Stodder's show, Origins, and Inspired to Inspire, featuring works by the Michigan City Area Schools art teachers. More

Summer Camp Open House

March 04, 2017

Attention campers! Explore Dunes Learning Center’s Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore campus and celebrate Spring with a day of fun in the dunes. Families are invited to sample popular activities, tour camp facilities, meet staff and ask questions about the upcoming summer season. Learn more and complete your free event registration at More

Comedy Night at the CVPA - Pat McGann

March 10, 2017 to March 11, 2017 (Recurring daily)

In 2015, Pat made his second appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” He created and hosted the Emmy nominated television show “The Chicago Stand Up Project”.   He has been invited to The Great American Comedy Festival, Laugh Fest, The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and has been heard on the nationally syndicated “The Bob & Tom Show” as well as seen on AXS-TV’s “Go... More

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

March 10, 2017 to March 26, 2017 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

4th Street Theater is proudly producing Celeste Raspanti’s I Never Saw Another Butterfly, directed by Sandy Assarian. The production runs March 10 and 11, and Friday through Sunday, March 17-26. Performances are at 8 PM with Sunday matinees at 3 PM. From 1942 to 1945, during WWII, over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, a former military garrison set up as a ghetto ... More

Porter County Home Improvement Market

March 10, 2017 to March 12, 2017 (Select Dates)

Visit March 10-12 (Fri. 12pm-7pm, Sat. 9am-6pm, Sun. 10am-4pm). FREE admission for the public. Meet with the experts and see the latest products and services in home improvement, landscaping, flooring, lighting, windows, decorating and more!  Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana More

Crown Brewing St. Patrick's Day 5K Fun Run

March 11, 2017
  • Venue: Crown Brewing
  • 211 S. East Street
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 9am to 11am
  • Phone: 219-663-4545
  • Website

The run will embark from Crown Brewing through historic downtown Crown Point. Upon arrival back at the brewery you will be greeted with a pint of your choice! Included in your ticket price is a collectors pint, fill of beer or soda and a breakfast buffet. More

Maple Syrup Time Weekends

March 11, 2017 to March 19, 2017 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

Maple syrup can only be produced in certain U.S. states and Canada and only at a certain time of the year.  Above freezing day temperatures and below freezing night temperatures bring out maple sugar farmers and park staff toting their supply of buckets, spiles, drills, and tubing to tap the trees and gather the sap.  Aren’t we lucky to be in a part of the world where climate a... More

Running with the Irish 5K

March 11, 2017

An annual tradition returns with the 17th 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

Lubeznik Center for the Arts presents Ronny Cox Live

March 12, 2017

Ronny Cox returns to LCA for an intimate performance. In 2014, Cox delighted audiences with his approachable charm and storytelling. The actor turned musician is best known for his dueling banjo performance in "Deliverance". Acting in over 125 films and television shows, the actor turned to music with his first album self titled, "Ronny Cox" debuting in 1993. Cash bar. Seats ar... More

Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend!”

March 16, 2017 to March 19, 2017 (Recurring daily)

No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special – so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Join the fun and make a memory with ... More

St Patrick's Day Eve, Tour & Tasting

March 16, 2017
  • Venue: Byway Brewing
  • 2825 Carlson Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: Starting: 7:00 PM

**Ladies Only Event** NWI Girls Pint Out is very excited to have our first event of the year at Byway Brewing! This will be our first time visiting their brewery and what better way than celebrating everyone's favorite drinking holiday! Come on out for a fun and exciting evening to experience a Tour and Tasting St. Patrick's Day event with us and Byway! The event is scheduled ... More

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

March 17, 2017
  • Venue: City of Crown Point
  • Downtown
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Nighttime Parade starts at dusk
  • Admission: Other
  • Phone: 219-662-3290
  • Website

Join in the fun as the annual St. Patrick's Day nighttime parade heads down Main Street in Crown Point, beginning at dusk. All of the parade entries are illuminated.  After the parade celebrate with a drink at a place like Crown Brewing. The city also hosts a corned beef and cabbage dinner before the parade at the local fire station. Traffic Notice: Due to increased traffic, ... More

Odd Squad Live!

March 21, 2017

Attention Odd Squad fans! Things are about to get very odd in your town, and Ms. O needs you to help solve the case. Odd Squad Live! is springing into action on stage in this action-packed, laugh-out-loud adventure where kids get to participate in solving a seriously strange case. When agents Orion and Oleanna get turned into grown-ups by villains, it’s up to the kids in the au... More

Beethoven & Bernstein

March 24, 2017
  • 10202 Broadway
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 6:15 pm pre-concert lecture and 7:30 pm Concert
  • Website

Rejoice in the reverence of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Sung in Hebrew, featuring countertenor Thomas Aláan, the work highlights the struggle between conflict and faith in the modern world. It’s a showcase for the chorus, harp and percussion section! Our own principal oboist Jennet Ingle returns to the spotlight to perform Mozart’s only Oboe Concerto, the first major concert... More

Paranormal Investigation of the Old Lake County Sheriff's House and Jail with Psychic Medium Rick Hayes

March 24, 2017 to March 25, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Old Lake County Sheriff's House and Jail
  • 226 Main Street
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: See description for details
  • Admission: $45 Friday night / $45 Saturday night or $75 for both nights
  • Phone: (812) 556-0263
  • Website | Email

Experience an amazing paranormal connection weekend with Psychic Medium Rick Hayes at the Old Sheriff's House & Jail where notorious John Dillinger was incarcerated before he escaped. As seen on 'Ghost Hunters' (SYFY Network).Connections InvestigationFriday March 24th 7:00 pm - 2:00 am Central Paranormal Investigation with Psychic Medium Rick Hayes and members of the parano... More

Rusted Root at the Hammond Civic Center

March 25, 2017

Rusted Root with Special Guest Devon Allman. More

Purdue Varsity Glee Club

March 26, 2017

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

Woodcarving Show

April 01, 2017 to April 02, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Woodland Park Pavilion
  • 2100 Willowcreek Road
  • Portage, IN 46368
  • Times: Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm
  • Admission: $5, children FREE with parents

Join the Duneland Woodcarvers for their 41st Annual Woodcarving Show. There will be carving exhibitors, demonstrations, supplies for sale, wood working, prizes and food. More

From the Farm Cooking Show with Phil Potempa

April 02, 2017

Join Columnist and Published Cookbook Author Phil Potempa for a feast of fun and surprises as he recreates on stage the charm and traditions of the family farm kitchen he writes about each week in his popular “From the Farm” newspaper column. Phil, joined by family members and the special guests readers have come to know from his writing, will prepare seven courses of favorite ... More

The Tail of the Little Mermaid

April 08, 2017 to April 09, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Theatre at the Center
  • 1040 Ridge Road
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 10am and 12pm
  • Admission: Children $7.50, Adults $9.50
  • Phone: (219) 836-3255
  • Website

Based on the original Hans Christian Anderson tale, this musical adaptation tells of the adventures of the little Mermaid who falls in love with the handsome “human” Prince. With the help of her friends on land and under the sea, she sacrifices part of her world to join him in his and live happily ever after! More

The Tail of the Little Mermaid

April 08, 2017 to April 09, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Based on the original Hans Christian Anderson tale, this musical adaptation tells of the adventures of the little Mermaid who falls in love with the handsome “human” Prince. With the help of her friends on land and under the sea, she sacrifices part of her world to join him in his and live happily ever after! Sat., April 8**; Sun., April 9 – 10:00 am & 12:00 pmChildren - $... More


April 11, 2017
  • Venue: Star Plaza Theatre
  • 8001 Delaware Place
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: 10am and 7pm
  • Admission: $25, Children and Seniors $20
  • Phone: 219-765-4444
  • Website

Indiana Ballet Theatre brings the Cinderella fairy tale to life in this classic ballet. More

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