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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

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
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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

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

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

July 31, 2015 to August 16, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

To add a twist of fun to our 2015 season, we're going to get the audience involved! We all remember the days gone by of classroom spelling bees.... Now we present a spelling bee like no other! Welcome to "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!" Set in the geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School, six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by th... More

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