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If you enjoy events full of all kinds of music, food and family-friendly entertainment, then the South Shore is the place to be during 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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Special Events

Beginning Birding

June 17, 2017 to August 26, 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 September 01, 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

Our 40th Anniversary Weekend

August 18, 2017 to August 20, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Help us celebrate our 40 years as a Yogi Bear Jellystone Park. We will be celebrating all weekend long starting with 40% off site rate for second night, 40% off all clothing in the Ranger Station along with a DJ on Friday night and The Relics Band on Saturday night. We will have specials all weekend long with wagon rides, arts & craft and much more. Join us Saturday afterno... More

Antique Car Show

August 19, 2017

For the third year, the Museum will host an antique car show on Saturday, August 19 from 1-4p. While at the Museum, chat with local automobile enthusiasts about their cars, and learn more about these historic vehicles from this passionate group of local collectors! More

Bacchus and Beer Fest

August 19, 2017
  • Venue: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • 2055 East US Highway 12
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: From: 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Admission: Visit for ticket prices
  • Phone: 219 878-9885
  • Website | Email

Join us for our annual Beer and Wine festival amidst stunning vistas and formal gardens. Sample a dazzling variety of wines and craft beers from local breweries while rocking out to live music.  All proceeds contribute toward the continued revitalization of Friendship Botanic Garden’s -- Michigan City’s historic 105 acre green space where nature meets culture.  Tickets availa... More

Goodstock Music Festival

August 19, 2017
  • Location: Foster Park
  • 100 S. Benton St.
  • Goodland, IN
  • Times: Gates open at 1:00 PM
  • Admission: $20 + $2 service fee, VIP $75 + $4.75 service fee, Children 10 and under are free
  • Website

Operation Restoring Hope Music Festival - The mission of the music festival is to raise money for Mary T. Klinker Veterans Resource Center who help homeless, almost homeless & veterans in need and they service a 7 county area. Entertainment includes Rodney Watts & Soldiers Pride, Jason Wells Band, Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel, Madrigal - the Ultimate Santana Tribute... More

Master Magician Dennis Watkins

August 19, 2017

Master Magician Dennis Watkins dazzles audiences of all ages with his tricks that are bound to leave you wanting more! Watkins, an award-winning and third generation magician works around the globe to bring magic to the masses. The Huffington Post calls him "Remarkable" and Time Out Magazine reveres him as "Astonishing." Classic sleight of hand, traditional magic, and mind-read... More

Shine Fest

August 19, 2017
  • Location: 2671 W Clark Street
  • Times: From: 3:00 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Website

The Shine Festival™ is a magical event. We want you to take an evening to reflect and enjoy life. We provide a surreal experience that may leave you with a feeling of peace and tranquility. This is honestly an event you will never forget. We have dance parties for the kids and often live musical entertainment. So throw your inhibitions to the wind and join us for a night you wi... More

Butterfly Bonanza at Friendship Botanic Gardens

August 20, 2017

Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a special free educational program dedicated to everyone’s favorite pollinator pals: butterflies! Horticulturalist Dolly Foster will discuss butterfly gardening, pollinator conservation, and how you can attract these beautiful “flying flowers” to your own backyard! This is a remarkable opportunity for families to learn how to help boost butt... More

Trivia Night: The Hunger Games

August 23, 2017

The Hunger Games is the topic for this Trivia Night! Create a team of up to four members and see if your team can be the last one standing! Questions start flying at 7pm! More

Fiesta Weekend

August 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017 (Recurring daily)

El Compa Jullian Gomez Band Saturday Night, Washington Park "Zoo to You" program joins us again for a great afternoon of animal education. Pinata fun, music, arts and crafts, pool games, Yogi Bear on the Loose and plenty more fun for the whole family. Pot Luck Dinner Saturday evening with a raffle drawing, bring a dish to share. (1 ticket for each dish donated to the potluck). ... More

Canning Demonstration

August 27, 2017

Join staff and the creative Chellberg Farm cooks to learn how to preserve and can the “vegetable garden’s bounty” at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Sunday, August 27. Pickles will be canned from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and tomatoes will be canned from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Be sure to bring the kids at 4:00 pm to help feed the farm animals at Chellberg Farm.The Bailly Homestead/C... More

Lowell's Labor Day Festival

August 31, 2017 to September 04, 2017 (Recurring daily)

The annual staple continues starting on Thursday as the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary kicks off the weekend with the Garage Sale on Thursday & Friday. Then on Friday afternoon the festival will open up with the Annual Fish Fry from 4:30pm to 7:30pm... featuring Lowell's own Darren Zancan and the Darren Zancan Band.Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day will bring some much neede... More

Rock 'N Rail Music and Street Festival

August 31, 2017 to September 03, 2017 (Recurring daily)

The annual Rock 'N' Rail Street Festival will take place on Broad Street in Griffith's renovated downtown business district. It features free admission, a fantastic variety of food vendors, arts and crafts, street vendors, family beer garden, non-stop live music, a KIDZONE and family entertainment.  Music inside the family beer garden until midnight every night. Also, check out... More

On-Going Events

Hobart Summer Market on the Lake

June 01, 2017 to August 31, 2017 (Every Thursday)
  • Location: Festival Park
  • 111 E. Old Ridge Road
  • Hobart, IN
  • Times: 4pm to 9pm
  • Phone: 219-942-4511
  • Website | Email

Come enjoy outdoor shopping featuring fresh produce, baked goods, ethnic and gourmet foods, beer garden, local live entertainment, jewelry, handmade crafts and so much more. More

Crown Point Car Cruise

June 15, 2017 to September 28, 2017 (Every Thursday)

The car cruise around the square is from 5pm to 8pm every Thursday night during the summer. Participants are asked not to arrive before 5pm so there are parking spaces open for downtown shoppers. More

Chesterton's European Market

June 17, 2017 to October 28, 2017 (Every Saturday)

The European Market provides a strong tradition of quality shopping, live entertainment and a festive community experience. The artists, chefs, merchants and farmers travel from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors an extraordinary collection of products and services. More

LaPorte Farmers' Market

June 17, 2017 to October 14, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • Lincolnway and Monroe Street
  • LaPorte, IN 46350
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-448-1674
  • Website

At the market you will find growers selling fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, cheese, honey, and often home baked goods. Our market items are coming directly from the producer allowing you the opportunity to get to know where your food is coming from. You will find your choice of products that have been grown, raised, made conventionally or organically without additive antibiotics... More

Pinhook Bog Open House

June 17, 2017 to August 26, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • Venue: Pinhook Bog
  • 700 N. Wozniak Rd
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: From: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882

Take a self-guided hike into the amazing Pinhook Bog every Saturday afternoon in summer, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Rangers and volunteers stationed along the trail will help you understand this unique remnant of the last ice age that is filled with carnivorous plants, orchids, and many other interesting plants. Please allow about one hour to ... More

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