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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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Signature Event

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

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

Get Outdoors Day

June 10, 2017

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at Dunes Learning Center’s Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore campus on Saturday, June 14 with a day of family fun! Learn about the secret life of the Little Calumet River, get up close with nature or enjoy a quiet moment under the trees. Themed hikes, science games, camp crafts, live music and a picnic lunch on the lawn—it’s all free with your... More

Eat, Shop & Rock Sidewalk Sale & Fest

June 17, 2017
  • Location: Hohman Ave. and Williams St.
  • Times: 10am to 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

The Downtown Hammond Council invites you to join the 6th Annual Eat, Shop & Rock: A celebration of the 60s, 70s and the Beatles. More

Cedar Lake Summerfest

June 30, 2017 to July 03, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Cedar Lake Town Grounds
  • 7408 Constitution Ave.
  • Cedar Lake, IN
  • Times: Various
  • Phone: 219-794-4122
  • Website

Each year, more than 20,000 people attend the Cedar Lake Summerfest on the shore of the 800 acre lake. There is live entertainment, food, fireworks, amusement rides, car shows, beer garden and more!  Some of the festivities include: Cornhole Tournament Cupcake Contest Checkers Tournament Kiddie Games Bathing Beauty Contest Super Heroes Contest Sport Cup Stacking Parade Car Sho... 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

Fetching Market at Centennial Park

July 15, 2017
  • 1005 S. Centennial Drive
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: Saturday 10am to 6pm
  • Phone: 708-895-9465
  • Website

Fetching Market is Quality Vintage & Handcrafted Wares - Our markets offer barn finds, silver, ironstone, vintage glassware, collectibles, vintage jewelry, vintage clothing, boutique clothing, chippy rusty stuff, barn wood, garden items, beautifully handcrafted jewelry, soaps, lotions, potions, candles, woolens, project finds, pieces of stuff, estate sale finds, vintage sig... More

Festival of the Lakes

July 19, 2017 to July 23, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Join us for the 2017 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.  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

Porter County Fair - Old Dominion

July 20, 2017
  • Location: Porter County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
  • 217 E. Division Rd.
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Phone: 219-462-0321

Old Dominion, will be performing at the Porter County Fair July 20, 2017.   More

Touch of Dutch Festival

August 11, 2017 to August 12, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Spencer Park
  • 112 Carnation Street SE
  • DeMotte, IN 46310
  • Website

The festival includes a parade, car show, arts and crafts, food vendors, kids activities, music and more!     More

Hobart Lakefront Festival

August 17, 2017 to August 20, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Festival Park
  • 111 E. Old Ridge Road
  • Hobart, IN 46342
  • Phone: 219-942-2489
  • Website

This four-day event features live entertainment, an arts and crafts area, food vendors and a beer garden. The Lakefront Festival also hosts the Hobart Chamber of Commerce Pig Roast and Hobart Community Foundation's Dam Duck Race on Sunday afternoon.  More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started December 10, 2016 (Every Saturday)

Enjoy hands-on family activities in the park's west end visitor center, especially the new Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is the tradition. Help feed the center's resident turtles or fish or join a ranger for a hike in Miller Woods. More

The Taming of the Shrew

July 07, 2017 to July 08, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Join us under the stars for a classic romp about the love/hate courtship of Petruchio and the headstrong Katherina. Until the shrewish elder daughter of Baptista Minola is wed, the two suitors fighting for the attentions of his younger daughter, Bianca, will just have to wait. The game changes when a third suitor, Lucentio, arrives in Padua and hatches a plan to win the younger... More

The Tin Woman

July 13, 2017 to August 13, 2017 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

The newest play from Sean Grennan, whose heart-warming comedy Making God Laugh delighted Theatre at the Center audiences in 2012, is another beautiful blend of family, humor and hope. Inspired by a true story, Joy has had a heart transplant and is questioning her second chance in life. When she connects with the family of her donor, together they learn what it means to truly gi... More

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

July 14, 2017 to July 30, 2017 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. You won't want to m... More

The Taming of the Shrew

July 14, 2017 to July 22, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Join us under the stars for a classic romp about the love/hate courtship of Petruchio and the headstrong Katherina. Until the shrewish elder daughter of Baptista Minola is wed, the two suitors fighting for the attentions of his younger daughter, Bianca, will just have to wait. The game changes when a third suitor, Lucentio, arrives in Padua and hatches a plan to win the younger... More

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