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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 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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Signature Event

Cruisin' through The Times

March 26, 2015 to April 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)

A colorful display of antique and classic cars, each paired with The Times' region headlines from the year the car was manufactured. More

Renewing the Region

May 23, 2015 to July 23, 2015 (Recurring daily)

A diverse display of art, with blacksmithing, china painting and antique pieces as well as restored, refurbished and renewed pieces. More

Special Events

Hunt & Gather

March 06, 2015 to March 07, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Lake County Fairgrounds
  • 889 S. Court Street
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Friday 5pm to 10pm, Saturday 12pm to 8pm
  • Admission: $5 admission fee
  • Phone: 219-663-4425
  • Website | Email

Come one, come all and witness the most epic display of human creativity and experience from some of the world's most astonishing artisans and curators. More

A Sand County Hike

March 07, 2015

Explore the awakening forest and wetlands this morning. We'll meet at the Nature Center and investigate some of the things Aldo Leopold would have noticed had he been hiking on this fine early March day. More

SSRG Season Home Opener of 2015

March 07, 2015
  • Location: Jean Sheppard Center
  • 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: 6:30pm
  • Admission: Adults $10, children 6-10 $5 and children 5 and under free
  • Phone: 219-771-1339
  • Website | Email

The South Shore Roller Girls will be taking on the Twin City Derby Girls in their season opener. More

St. Patrick's Day Parade Michigan City

March 07, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Michigan City
  • Franklin St from 10th to 4th St
  • Michigan City, IN
  • Times: 1pm to 2pm
  • Phone: 219-229-1567
  • Website

13th St. Patrick's Day Parade, with around 100 entries, 3 bagpipe bands, mascots and much more. The parade runs from 10th to 4th streets down Franklin Street. The parade is open to everyone, and there is no fee to participate, however they do ask that you fill out an application, which can be picked up at Ryan's Irish Pub, 401 Franklin St, Michigan City or online at St. Patr... More

The Green Fire Movie

March 07, 2015

Help celebrate the life and times of one of America's greatest ecologists, Aldo Leopold, today! We'll be showing the new documentary that showcases this legendary conservationist and how his work influenced the environmental movement of today. The showing takes place in the Nature Center auditorium. More

The Spring Awakening

March 08, 2015

Join us in the Nature Center auditorium for a fun look at how the Dunes State Park animals are surviving the winter. We'll have some live animals on hand as well! Come on out and join us! More


March 12, 2015

LUNAFEST® is a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers and bringing women together in their communities. Through nine inspiring short films made by and about women, the festival highlights women as leaders in society. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women's hea... More

5th Annual Coastline Children’s Film Festival

March 13, 2015 to March 22, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Join the Lubeznik Center for the 5th annual Coastline Children's Film Festival. At 11am, they will screen shorts from the New York International Children's Film Festival. These films are suitable for children ages 3-8, but can be enjoyed at any age. At 2pm, they will screen Double Dutch, a documentary for children ages 8-11. For updates on the 2015 festival, visit Coastline's... More

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

March 13, 2015 to March 29, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Crown Point Community Theatre
  • 1125 Merrillville Road
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: Friday and Saturday 8pm and Sunday 3pm
  • Phone: 219-805-4255
  • Website

"The Candyman Can" in the story we all know and love: Charlie Bucket and the other Golden Ticket winners go on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory, where mishaps and pure imagination await! Based on the book by Roald Dahl and the movie adaptation starring Gene Wilder. 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

St. Patty's Wine and Beer Tasting Dinner

March 14, 2015

Come for dinner only or book your room as a package. Great food, great folks, great fun - the Irish would be proud! More

Wire Wrapping Jewelry Workshops

March 14, 2015

Register for one of two special workshops that will allow users to learn the art of wire wrapping and make your own beach glass or stone jewelry during this 1.5 hour session taught by local artist Jayde Petersen. Space is limited and the workshop takes place in the Nature Center auditorium. $5/person workshop fee. Register by calling 219-926- 1390. More

Dunes Birding: Crash Course

March 15, 2015

Join Dunes State Park Interpreter Brad Bumgardner for a 3hour introduction to all things birding. We'll cover everything from the history of ornithology, common dune birds, bird banding, leading bird walks and more! The workshop takes place in the Nature Center auditorium. Registration is required ($10 workshop fee) and can be made by calling the park at 219.926.1390. More

Feed the Birds

March 15, 2015

Join the naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding of the birds. Get great close-up views of chickadees, cardinals and woodpeckers! Great fun for all! More

Craig Ferguson

March 18, 2015

Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage.  More

Morning Bird Crafts

March 21, 2015

Join Naturalist Cookie for a fun hour in the Nature Center. We'll explore the different seeds our birds like, then make our own special bird feeders you can take home with you! Come on out! More

Spring Walk

March 21, 2015

It's the first full day of spring! Join us at the Nature Center for a casual walk to the wetlands and back as we seek out signs of spring around us! More

IU Health LaPorte Classic Concert - Bach, Bruckner & Brahms

March 22, 2015
  • Location: Elston Performing Arts Center
  • 317 Detroit Street
  • Michigan City, Indiana 46360
  • Times: 3pm to 5pm
  • Phone: 219-362-9020
  • Website

The Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus, directed by Nancy Menke along with four soloists will be the featured guests at this classic event. This performing arts center in Michigan City is the perfect backdrop for this afternoon matinee. Enjoy the talented LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra at this bold look at the Classical B's. On the program will be: Bach - Wachet auf, ruft ... More

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