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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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Special Events

Shamrock it Out

March 30, 2017
  • 2200 169th Street
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: From: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Introducing Purdue Northwest’s first ever Battle of the Bands competition. 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

Crown Brewing Brewer's Dinner

April 06, 2017
  • Venue: Asparagus
  • 7876 Broadway
  • Merrillville, IN 46410
  • Times: From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Website

Join Crown Brewing for a Brewer's Dinner lead by Crown Brewing's Brewmaster Steven Mazylewski. Your ticket price of $55 includes a welcome pint, 5 course meal with beer pairings and a commemorative event glass. Tickets at Crown Brewing and Asparagus. More

Beatles in the Barn

April 08, 2017

The Crawpuppies and Chris and Lou come together to form the MegaBeatles that recreate the music of the Beatles with precision, passion and love!  More

Blue Chip Brewfest

April 08, 2017

Live Entertainment:The Allen Wronko BandGeneral Admission:Includes Pint Glass.VIP Session:Includes Access to Dogfish Head Beers in the Sam's Town Ballroom from Noon - 2:00pm, Pint Glass and Early Entrance at 1:00pm.Dogfish Head Beers Available: 120 Minute IPA 2009 120 Minute IPA 2012 120 Minute IPA 2013 Bitches Brew Dark Ale 2012 Bitches Brew Dark Ale 2015 Palo Santo Ma... More

Breakfast with the Bunny

April 08, 2017

Join Bulldog Brewing for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny!The Bunny will visit with tables during breakfast, & small crafts will be available for children 10 & under!This is a reservation only event! Reservations will be taken for Breakfast between 9am-11am!Breakfast menu available along with a la carte options! More

Hammond Marina Annual Fishing Derby

April 08, 2017
  • Venue: Hammond Marina
  • 701 Casino Center Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Times: 7:30am to 4pm
  • Phone: 219-659-7678
  • Website

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr.'s annual fishing derby will be held at the Hammond Marina. For this event, fishing is permitted on the outer Lake Michigan Bin Wall and on the inside docks of the marina: West End and Bin Wall only. Land and dock fishing only. No boats will be permitted.  Live and artificial bait allowed. Prizes and trophies will be awarded for largest salmon, ... More

Photos with the Easter Bunny

April 08, 2017 to April 15, 2017 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

The Easter Bunny is visiting Taltree on April 8, 9, and 15th from 10am-3pm.  A professional photographer will be on site to take photos of families with the bunny in Taltree’s Depot building. Arboretum admission on April 8, 9, and 15th is $10 per non-member carload and free for Taltree members. Photo pricing is $10 per one 5x7 print or four wallet prints. There is also an optio... 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

Cinderella

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

World Civility Day Workshop

April 13, 2017
  • Location: Indiana Welcome Center
  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: From: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Admission: $25
  • Phone: (219) 885-7407
  • Website

The tentative workshop schedule which kicks off at 8:30 a.m. includes the following • World Civility Day Ambassadorship, 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Presented by Dr. Clyde Rivers. • Politics and the Public, 9:50 to 10:20 a.m. Details to be announced. • Civility in the Community, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Presented by the National Civility Center, a partner and sponsor of the d... More

Bird Sounds ID Workshop

April 15, 2017

Learn the ins and outs of bird sounds with park interpreter, Brad Bumgardner, during this 3 hour intensive workshop. He will explore the reasons behind bird sounds, as well as the complexity of it's use in the bird world. The first half will be spent indoors, while the second half will be spent out on the trail at Indiana Dunes State Park. Registration is at Eventbrite. More

Four Fathers Brewing 3rd Anniversary

April 15, 2017

Well it's that time again! Four Fathers will be celebrating their 3rd Anniversary. This is an all ages ticketed event with food, live music, and the beer you have come to know and love. They will be picking some of theirfavorites this year for the tap list and those will be announced in the coming weeks. Here are some of the details below! (More to come...)*Tickets are $15 for ... More

Rodney Carrington

April 15, 2017

Multi-million selling recording artist, actor, writer and comedian Rodney Carrington continues to shine as the king of middle class comedy! From his debut CD Hangin With Rodney, to follow ups like Morning Wood, and Nut Sack, Carrington went on to star in his own ABC TV show Rodney, to hitting the Top 20 on Billboard’s Country Albums with King of the Mountains. From tv to movies... More

4/20ish Party

April 22, 2017
  • Venue: Burn 'Em Brewing
  • 718 Freyer Rd.
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: From: 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM

Join Burn 'Em Brewing as they celebrate the return of the spring season and the release of Coconoats at our 4/20ish Party! All ages welcome. This event features: -Specialty tap list (full list coming soon). -Music by: New Groove, Left Lane Cruiser, The Gateway Rugs, Chester Brown, Stealin the Farm, Rusty Redenbacher and Midwest Hype. -Food by Cool Running... More

Comedy Night at the CVPA - Tim Walkoe and John DaCosse

April 22, 2017

Tim Walkoe - A musician and improvisational actor, Tim Walkoe uses these talents throughout his performances. “Nonstop laughter from start to finish" is what the Chicago Tribune had to say about Walkoe, who attended Valparaiso University and has been a veteran headliner at more than 100 comedy clubs nationwide. A $10,000 grand prize winner on ABC TV's "America's Funniest People... More

Music on the Lawn

April 22, 2017

Bring your lawn chairs and friends to enjoy this free concert.  Feel free to bring your own munchies, but only CCC alcohol.  More

Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 2017

Earth Day Celebration offers collection events, live animal shows, free day of fun. Connect with the environment through exhibitors, entertainment, collection events and activities this year's event. Plenty of DIY activities for the public to create DIY projects and demonstrations. Kids can take part in the Great Cloth Diaper Change, build birdhouses and more. Residents are w... More

WWE Live

April 23, 2017

WWE Returns to the Hammond Civic Center. Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship:Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles vs. Bray Wyatt Intercontinental Championship Match:Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin Plus more of your favorite WWE Superstars including: Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, American Alpha, The Usos, and many more!* Tickets start at $20! Tickets availabl... More

Wake Up The Gardens Volunteer Work Day

April 26, 2017

Come help get the Gardens and Grounds ready for opening. All help is welcome! Join us from Noon-4pm and help us get a headstart on cleanup. Spend a lovely afternoon outside with us! We appreciate all of you.  Please RSVP at info@friendshipgardens.org OR 219 878 9885 and let us know who and how many will be coming with you. Thanks! More

American Songbook

April 27, 2017

Bringing their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown, and old time Rock ’n Roll hits, Under the Streetlamp is composed of recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning sensation Jersey Boys. Singing hits like Rock Around the Clock, Blue Moon, Danke schön, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, and Cupid plus other popular pieces fro... More

Dunes Vintage Camper Rally & Glamping Weekend

April 28, 2017 to April 30, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Indiana Dunes State Park will offer a special themed weekend to explore the natural and cultural resources in the dunes from a glamping perspective April 28-30, 2017.Glamorous camping, or glamping, is a way to experience the splendor of the outdoors without forgoing the creature comforts you can't live without. Whether in a tent, yurt, airstream, or tree house, it's camping on ... More

OTOWN

April 28, 2017

American Boy Band OTOWN comes to Theatre at the Center for one night only! Join us on April 28th when Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick, Jacob Underwood, and Dan Miller take center stage! OTOWN was formed in 2000 during the first season of ABC’s Making the Band. The group recently finished up a Kickstater campaign to create their fourth studio album. Visit http://www.otownoff... More

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