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If you enjoy a local fair with classic rides, carnival games and delicious fair food, the South Shore is the place to be. The La Porte County Fair is just one of the many fairs throughout the summer.
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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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Signature Event

Pierogi Fest

July 24, 2015 to July 26, 2015 (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 bri... More

Special Events

Indiana Dunes Glamping Weekend

June 06, 2015 to June 07, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Learn about the up-and-coming trend of glamping, which puts a spin on rustic camping by adding a luxurious touch to nature. You can camp out at the park or drive in for different events. More

Remington Water Tower Days

June 12, 2015 to June 13, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Downtown Remington
  • East North Street
  • Remington, IN 47977
  • Times: Friday 5pm to 10pm, Saturday 6am to 10pm (CST)
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-863-0999
  • Website

Festivities include a 5k walk/run, car show, parade, kids' activities, vendors, entertainment, food and petting zoo. More

Father's Day Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

June 19, 2015 to June 20, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Enjoy Father's Day at Caboose Lake Campground.   More

Eat, Shop and Rock: Brose to the Beat Sidewalk Sale and Fest

June 27, 2015
  • Location: Hohman Ave. and Williams St.
  • Times: 10am to 4pm
  • Phone: 219-512-4298
  • Website

Celebrate the 60's, 70's and the Beatles: Live music, yummy food, contests, vintage car show and shopping! More

4th of July at Caboose Lake Campground

July 02, 2015 to July 04, 2015 (Recurring daily)

4th of July activities - cornhole and horseshoe tournaments. Please leave fireworks at home! More

South Lake County Agricultural Hisotrical Society Antique Power Steam Show

July 10, 2015 to July 12, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Come join us and travel back in time. Operational exhibits including antique tractors,, steam tractor engines, sawmill and shingle mill, rock crusher, horse shoeing (Sat and Sun), garden tractor games (Sat), chain saw carving and more. Other activities include a petting zoo, food vendors, flea market, kiddie peddle tractor pull (Sat and Sun at noon) and kiddie tractor "tra... More

Fetching Market at Kaske House

July 11, 2015
  • Location: Heritage Park
  • 1005 Ridge Road
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 10am to 6pm
  • Admission: $10
  • Phone: 708-895-9465
  • Website | Email

Quality Vintage & Handcrafted Wares - Open air market at a historic landmark. Barn finds, old doors, old windows, silver, ironstone, vintage glassware, collections, skilled craftsmanship, talent, project finds, pieces of stuff, tables: old, new and painted, chairs: old, new, recovered and repurposed, lighting, chippy rusty stuff, garden items, beautiful jewelry, great food,... More

LaPorte County Fair

July 12, 2015 to July 18, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: LaPorte County Fairgrounds
  • 2581 W. State Rd. 2
  • LaPorte, IN 46350
  • Times: Varies
  • Phone: 219-362-2647
  • Website

Events include horse racing, stage shows and carnival attractions. Each year the fair is complimented with large exhibiting commercial, industrial, and consumer products. A recent addition to the grounds has been Pioneer Land. It has been very popular with the public and school children who visit it during the school year. More

Festival of the Lakes

July 15, 2015 to July 19, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Join us for the 2015 City of Hammond Festival of the Lakes! 5 nights of fun on Wolf Lake, George Lake and Lake Michigan. Festival includes rides, live entertainment, Polka Party, fishing derby, vendors, games and more. Entertainment schedule: Wednesday July 15, 2015 - TBD Thursday, July 16, 2015 - Charlie Daniels Band Friday, July 17, 2015 - TBD Saturday, July 18, 2... More

8th Annual Beach Party at Caboose Lake Campground

July 17, 2015 to July 18, 2015 (Recurring daily)

8th Annual Beach Party! Cookout, beach games, and fun for everyone! Everyone's invited! More

The Grape Escape

July 18, 2015

Munster Parks and Recreation Department will host the town's wine festival. Sample a selection of wines, enjoy food from around the region, listen to live music, and enjoy a fine arts fair and ethnic market. More

Porter County Fair

July 23, 2015 to August 01, 2015 (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!  More

Color Run at Caboose Lake Campground

August 01, 2015

5K Color Run More

Small Town Throw-Down at Caboose Lake Campground

August 07, 2015 to August 08, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Country folk weekend with ham and bean dinner. More

Hummingbird Banding Demonstrations

August 08, 2015

Come see some of our himmingbirds up close this morning. We'll explore the science of bird banding and allow close-up looks at some of our resident and migrating birds. It's a popular event, come early to the Nature Center front deck. More

Lakefront Arts Festival

August 15, 2015 to August 16, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Washington Park
  • 115 Lakeshore Dr.
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm
  • Admission: $4; LCA members and children under 12 free
  • Phone: 219-874-4900
  • Website | Email

Lubeznik Center for the Arts' Lakefront Art Festival brings the very best of art and fine craft to Michigan City's lakefront Washington Park. Held annually on the third weekend in August, this popular event features opportunities to meet artists from across the country while you shop a wide range of one-of-a-kind items at every price point in a beautiful park setting.  ... More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started November 01, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Douglas Center for Environmental Education - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • 7-85 N Lake St
  • Gary, IN 46403
  • Times: 1pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join a ranger for an Open House every Saturday afternoon at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Douglas Center. Explore the center and check out interactive exhibits, a video, and even a live animal room. You can also explore the Miller Woods Trail just outside the center. More

"The Burnt Part Boys"

July 10, 2015 to July 26, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Locally named The Burnt Part, the Pickaway Coal Company's South Mountain closed down after an accident in 1952 that resulted in the death of four miners, three of whom left behind children. Ten years later, Jake Twitchell is an employee of that same company, doing the same job that took his own father's life. Much to the dismay of his movie-buff, younger brother, Pete, the Pick... More

"All Shook Up"

July 17, 2015 to August 16, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

Loosely based on Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and inspired by the movies and songs of Elvis Presley. It's 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that'll have you jumpin' out of your blue suede shoes with 24 Elvis clas... More

Fountain Park Chautauqua

July 18, 2015 to August 02, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Fountain Park Chautauqua
  • 6244 W. 1600 S.
  • Remington, IN 47977
  • Website

Fountain Park promotes the concepts and values of the early Chautauqua movement. There are nondenominational Sunday worship services and daily devotions. Also afternoon and evening programs or speakers provide cultural education and family entertainment. Some of the notable people who have appeared at Fountain Park Chautauqua include William Jennings Bryan, Billy Sunday, Geor... More

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