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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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Pierogi Fest ®

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

Visit Whiting, IN for tons of food vendors of all sorts, the Pierogi Parade, games, beer garden, musical entertainment and just plain fun for all ages. Admission is FREE so make sure you bring the whole family to enjoy the festivities! Where else can you see grown women dressed up like our grandmothers (bushas, as we say) in housecoats and babushkas? Or the lawnmower brigade s... More

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

Lake County Fair

August 04, 2017 to August 13, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Family-oriented annual county fair with more than 30 rides, hundreds of concessions, horse shows, contests, live entertainment and motorsports as well as thousands of exhibits and all types of food!! Enjoy free entertainment performs across two stages nightly with acts ranging from gospel to rock and even doo-wop oldies. Take a gander at the schedule for yourself and slate out... More

Special Events

Mount Baldy Guided Hike

June 11, 2017 to June 25, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for a hike to the top of famous Mount Baldy. Even though the area is closed for general public access, this ranger-led tour allows visitors to experience the beauty and spectacular views from the tallest dune in the national lakeshore. The hikes start at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, which is located at 1215 North State Road... More

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

Beach Fun Fridays

June 23, 2017 to August 11, 2017 (Every Friday)
  • Venue: West Beach
  • 376 North County Line Road
  • Gary, IN 46303
  • Times: 2:00 PM to about 30 minutes past sunset
  • Admission: $6 per car parking fee until 7:00 pm
  • Website

Make it a beach day! Join rangers every Friday this summer from 2:00 pm to about 30 minutes past sunset at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach. Activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, a sunset hike, and a beach campfire. Try out a kayak or paddleboard starting at 2:00 pm. All equipment is provided for free. A one-hour sunset hike on the Dune Succession... More

Fort Building Contest

June 24, 2017

Bring your family or group of friends to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturday, June 24, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to compete in a fort building contest using materials found in nature. Test your architectural skills in the Douglas Center's Nature Play Zone and you might just win a small prize. The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Educatio... More

Midsummer Celebration at Chellberg Farm

June 24, 2017

Celebrate summer on Saturday, June 24 with a traditional Midsummer Celebration from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm. Take part in an afternoon of traditional dance, children’s activities and other summer fun as you learn how the area’s Swedish immigrants celebrated Midsummer, the longest day of the year. A highlight of the eve... More

Octave Chanute Talk

June 25, 2017

Enjoy a fascinating talk and hike about the pioneering aviator Octave Chanute at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center on Sunday, June 25, from 12:45 pm to 3:45 pm. Join Octave Chanute expert Simine Short as she takes you on a journey showing photos taken 121 years ago of the glider flying experiments in the dunes along Lake Michigan, an area that is now the... More

Fireworks on the Lakefront

June 29, 2017

Gather on the beach for an evening of fireworks and music!  Parking will likely be restricted, so be prepared to arrive early for a good seat.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to lie on, and a flashlight for the walk back to the car. Campers advised to walk from the campgrounds via the Beach Trail.  Shuttle service from town being provided by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce.  More

Artopia Program

July 01, 2017

Let nature bring out the artist in you. Join Rhonda Cox, executive director of the Artopia Arts and Crafts Cultural Academy, on Saturday, July 1, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center and create a piece of art focusing on nature. This program is free and you can take your creation home to enjoy. The Paul H. Douglas Center for Envi... More

Walleye Palooza

July 01, 2017

Come to St. John Malt Brothers for Walleye Palooza.  More

Independence Holiday Concert at West Beach

July 02, 2017
  • Venue: West Beach
  • 376 North County Line Road
  • Gary, IN 46303
  • Times: 7:00 PM
  • Phone: (219) 395-1882
  • Website

Celebrate our nation’s independence with a United States Military Band Concert at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Join the 85th Army Band, stationed out of Arlington Heights, Illinois, for a free concert on the beach at the national lakeshore’s West Beach on Sunday, July 2nd at 7:00 pm. The army's concert band will perform from the back steps of the West Beach bath house, so ... More

City of Whiting July 3rd Fireworks and Party in the Park

July 03, 2017
  • Location: Whiting Lakefront Park
  • 1500 Park Road
  • Whiting, IN 46394
  • Times: Pre-Firework Party 7pm to10pm, Fireworks 10pm
  • Admission: Free

The City of Whiting invites you and your family to kick off this summer with a bang.  Join us for a star spangled celebration beginning Monday July 3rd in Whiting Lakefront Park.  Start the night enjoying a pre-fireworks party from 7pm to 10pm with a beer garden and food featuring live music.  Relax along the shores of Whihala Beach with an amazing view of the Chicago skyline. ... More

Whiting's Annual 4th of July Parade

July 04, 2017
  • Location: Historic Downtown Whiting
  • 1443 119th St.
  • Whiting, IN 46394
  • Times: 10am Parade Start
  • Admission: Free

Toon in to Whiting's 98th Annual Fourth of July parade on Tuesday, July 4th at 10am in Historic Downtown Whiting. Bring the entire family to celebrate Independence Day and enjoy Whiting's traditional tribute to soldiers and local veterans. More

Backpacking for Fitness

July 08, 2017

Join park ranger Kip Walton and volunteer TJ Caracci to learn about backpacking for fitness and go for a hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's the Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturday, July 8, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Learn how to get stronger, burn calories, have a healthier heart, and improve your posture all while exploring the beautiful trails of the national lakeshore.... More

Bailly Homestead Candlelight Tour

July 08, 2017

Take a candlelight tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Bailly Homestead on Saturday, July 8, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Learn about life in Northwest Indiana 150 years ago during this free, night-time tour. Meet the ranger at the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot at 7:30 pm and be prepared for a leisurely 1/3 mile hike through the woods to the homestead. No reservation... More

Bogeys and Beer

July 08, 2017

$75 ticket price includes 18 holes of golf with cart, 5 pints of Crown Brewing craft brew and a catered BBQ lunch. Prizes will be awarded! Tickets can be purchased at at . More

Native American Heritage Day at Friendship Botanic Gardens

July 09, 2017

Celebrate the rich and enduring legacy of Native American Heritage along the very same river banks and forested valleys where the Potawatomi hunted and fished hundreds of years ago.  Visitors will also have the chance to experience Indigenous Peoples’ traditional gardening, trapping, cooking and crafting techniques first-hand.  For more information contact  info@friendshipgar... More

Newton County Pun'kin Vine Fair

July 10, 2017 to July 15, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Newton County Fairgrounds
  • 12189 S. Punkin Vine Rd.
  • Kentland, IN 47951
  • Times: See website for details
  • Phone: 219-474-5745
  • Website

The Pun'kin Vine Fair includes rides, vendors, fine arts, harness racing, demolition derby, live entertainment, kid and adult pedal tractor pull, power wheels derby, truck and tractor pulls, bake auction, pageants, and livestock. More

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