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Summer along the South Shore has endless possibilities with beaches, waterparks, trails and outdoor sports… more

Summer Events

The South Shore offers an abundance of lively and entertaining events and festivals to make summertime special! Check out the classic cars at Crown Point's weekly cruise night or enjoy fabulous local festivals such as Whiting's world-famous Pierogi Fest®, Remington's Water Tower Days, Hammond's Festival of the Lakes or the Hobart Lakefront Festival.

Take in outstanding music at Valparaiso's Summer Rhapsody Music Festival or Michigan City's Jammin with Save the Dunes. Check out the Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper and Newton county fairs for events, rides, food and exhibits that the whole family will enjoy. You'll never run out of family-friendly events and delightful festivals along the South Shore.


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Signature Event

South Shore Regional Car Show

August 03, 2017
  • Location: Fair Oak's Farm
  • 856 N 600 E
  • Fair Oaks, 47943
  • Phone: 219-989-7770
  • Website | Email

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and Fair Oaks Farms will be hosting a car show on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Numerous cars will take over Fair Oaks Farms for a unique car show experience. Registration begins at 3pm and will end at 5:30pm.  The awards will take place at 7:30pm. The car show includes awards, DJ and music, food, Fair Oaks Farms attractions and... More

Special Events

Beginning Birding

June 17, 2017 to July 29, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: The Great Marsh Trail
  • Broadway Street
  • Beverly Shores, IN
  • Times: From: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join a ranger and fellow birding enthusiasts from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Great Marsh Trail for a morning of birding. No experience required. A spotting scope and binoculars will be provided. The program will start at the southern gravel parking lot followed by a short hike to the Great Marsh observation deck to look for herons, egrets, ducks, and other birds of the marsh. I... More

Farm and Nature Walk

July 10, 2017 to October 09, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Monday)

Starting May 8 and continuing every second Monday till the October 9th join us at Buckley Homestead at 4pm to go on a Farm and Nature Walk. See what's happening around the farm as you journey though it with gardener and naturalist Cathy Misch. More

Porter County Fair

July 20, 2017 to July 29, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Porter County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
  • 217 E. Division Rd.
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Times: Noon to close
  • Phone: 219-462-0321
  • Website

The Porter County Fair brings a great combination of fun rides, delicious food, 4-H exhibits and activities and some great entertainment including the demolition derby and bull riding! Featured perfomers this year include Old Dominion. More

Trivia Night: Breaking Bad

July 26, 2017

Trivia night returns with Breaking Bad! Don't get high off the excitement! Create a team of up to 4 members and see if we got what it takes to stump you! Questions will start flying at 7pm and whoever ends the night with the most points wins! More

Brewing Science: Water

July 27, 2017

This class is #2 in our 4 part Brewing Science series at Four Fathers Brewing! In this class we talk about one of the most simple ingredients....yet it can be the most complex. Water! We will break down the good, the bad, and the ugly that water can do to your craft beer. Four Fathers Owner Adam Lukey will be leading this class and guiding you along science behind water. The p... More

Christmas in July Weekend

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

"Holiday Toy Drive" Bring a new unwrapped toy for our Holiday Toy drive. Enjoy great food fest Saturday (Nominal fees will apply), Site decorating contest, trim the tree with Yogi Bear and Santa, Decorate Christmas Cookies with Mrs. Claus. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the parade where they will be handing out treats to all of the children and picture taking will be ava... More

4rd Annual 5K Color Run

July 29, 2017

To register online: More

Dancing with the Stars Live

July 29, 2017

Following the success of the sold out “Dancing with the Stars: Live! - We Came to Dance” tour this winter, TV’s hottest show is going back on tour across America this summer in “Dancing with the Stars: Live! - Hot Summer Nights.” Fans of the show have the opportunity to see the best ballroom dancers in the business perform live in Merrillville, IN. This all-new production showc... More

Dick Diamond and the Dusters at the Pav

July 29, 2017

Come out for an unpredictable evening with Dick Diamond and the Dusters!  More

Painting with Kids at White Rhino

July 29, 2017

Bring the family for another "ONLY AT WHITE RHINO" event. Our wonderful instructor is hosting another great class at White Rhino. Bring your family for a fun and kid friendly painting class. Check out a few pictures from a previous class here. $25 per painter. Advance sign Up and payment required. When making your reservations please let us know how many people with be in you... More

Prairie Arts Council's Rock the Arts

July 29, 2017
  • Location: Potawatomi Park
  • 124 S. Van Rensselaer St.
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Times: From: 12:00 PM to 10:30 PM (CST)
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

ROCK the ARTS is the Prairie Arts Council's summer music and art festival and serves as our primary fundraiser to support local art, artist, and public art in our community. More

Saturn, Lord of the Rings

July 29, 2017
  • Location: Calumet Astronomy Center
  • 19100 Chase St.
  • Lowell, IN 46356
  • Times: From: 08:30 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 769-7275
  • Website | Email

Join us Saturday July 29th from 8:30-10:30pm at Calumet Astronomy Center as members bring their telescopes to search the sky for Saturn and its breathtaking rings. During this time of the year, and specially this year, Saturn can be seen brightly in the night sky but only with a telescope can you see its true beauty. More

South Shore Summer Music Festival

July 29, 2017
  • Location: Franciscan Communities
  • Main and Franciscan
  • Crown Point, IN
  • Times: Starting: 7:30 PM
  • Website

Please jointhe Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra for a series of free outdoor concerts in towns across the Region. The summer program features a mix of patriotic songs, light classical pieces, and movie and Broadway tunes. More

Author's & Ales

August 02, 2017

Authors and Ales is a book club. Combining craft beer and the love of reading.  More

South Shore Summer Music Festival

August 02, 2017
  • Location: Central Park Plaza
  • Times: Starting: 7:30 PM
  • Website

Please jointhe Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra for a series of free outdoor concerts in towns across the Region. The summer program features a mix of patriotic songs, light classical pieces, and movie and Broadway tunes. More

Pop-Up at the PoCo Muse - Exhibit Opening

August 03, 2017

The Pop-Up returns to the PoCo Muse this summer from July 20 through August 8! The Pop-Up: A Valparaiso Art Experience is a regional art competition organized by Valparaiso Events and the Enclave Project. This year, the Porter County Museum will host six regional artists! The exhibit will be on display from July 20 through August 8, with a chance to meet and greet the artists d... More

3rd Annual Small Town Throw-Down

August 04, 2017 to August 05, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Country Folk Weekend with Ham & Bean dinner. More

Cinderella Ball II

August 04, 2017

Back by popular demand! This princess themed dance features photos with a horse-drawn carriage, delicate hors d’oeuvres and dances sure to make your daughter feel like royalty!   Cost: $10 Adult Member/$5 Child Member; $15 Adult Non-Member/$10 Child Non-Member  ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASE REQUIRED! Purchase tickets online here. More


August 04, 2017 to August 06, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: City of East Chicago
  • 3501 Aldis Avenue
  • East Chicago, IN 46312
  • Times: Friday at 5pm, Saturday & Sunday at Noon - 11pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Mayor Anthony Copeland invites you to join us for a new festival. FUSIC FEST - a combination of food, music, fun and water show. Entertainment includes a fire & acrobat show from the Cincinnati Circus, LED dance robot, a DJ and an electrifying water show by Aquafly. Plus there will be fireworks by the MAD BOMBER.  Admission is completely FREE this year!Entertainment Schedul... More

Sidewalk Days

August 04, 2017 to August 05, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Join your favorite downtown Valparaiso retailers when they step out of their storefronts to offer you end of season savings! For two days, dozens of downtown merchants will offer extreme savings and fabulous deals during this sidewalk sale. Check out our website for a list of participating retailers. More

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Uniquely South Shore
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Conveniently located between Chicago and Indianapolis, Fair Oaks Farms offers a fun family playground that everyone will enjoy! From the Dairy Adventure and Birthday Barn, to the Cheese Factory and Mooville, Fair Oaks Farms will keep the family entertained, and well-fed, for a full day of education and fun!…more
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Heavy industry carried the South Shore economy for decades. Now, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority tells a story about a community: it’s been built by steel but changing from tourism. Northwest Indiana’s appeal is its devotion to ensure new & already existing businesses succeed. Area leaders have teamed together to revitalize the mill towns and make Northwest Indiana the place people want to live & work. …more
When a guest visits a hotel, restaurant, bank, or gas station, they rarely meet the manager or owner of the establishment. It's up to the front-line employee to make the customer's visit enjoyable.The R.O.S.E. Awards were created to recognize these "directors of first impression" who consistently work hard to make our lives easier. Guests & managers are able to nominate an employee who consistently "goes the extra mile."…more
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