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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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Deep River Waterpark
Summer along the South Shore has endless possibilities with beaches, waterparks, trails and outdoor sports… more

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 29, 2016 to July 31, 2016 (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

Special Events

Dunes Wetland Wander

July 25, 2016 to August 15, 2016 (Every Monday)
  • Location: Nature Center
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, 46304
  • Times: 10am
  • Phone: 219-926-1952
  • Website

The dunes are more than just sand. Explore the amazing wetland life on this 1 hour stroll meeting at the Nature Center. More

Just a Few Furs

July 25, 2016 to August 22, 2016 (Every Monday)

Learn about the variety of dunes critters during this interactive 45-minutes at the Nature Center. More

Beach House Blowout Bound

July 27, 2016 to August 24, 2016 (Every Wednesday)

Join the naturalist for this one hour moderate hike to the spectacular view from the Beach House Blowout. Meet at the Nature Center. More

Dunes Creek Crossing

July 28, 2016 to August 25, 2016 (Every Thursday)

Meet at the Campground Gate for an exploration of our unique Dunes Creek. Possible creek wading possible. Total time about one hour. More

Pierogi Fest Weekend Entertainment

July 28, 2016 to July 31, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Come out for pre-Pierogi Fest entertainment with Matt and the Underground Prophets on July 28th while you enjoy some Bulldog Brewing's brews. The line up for the rest of the weekend includes Alan Wronko on July 29th, Jealous Bone and Abby Kasch on July 30th and Reggae Express on July 31st. More

Who Pooped in the Park

July 28, 2016 to August 18, 2016 (Every Thursday)

Win prizes for knowing your scat during this fun 45-minutes at the Nature Center. No turds allowed! More

Evening Campground Fun

July 29, 2016 to August 26, 2016 (Every Friday)

From raccoons to coyotes, nature crafts to story time, join us for a fun program every Friday night at the Campground Shelter, by site 113. More

High Dunes Hike

July 29, 2016 to August 26, 2016 (Every Friday)

Strap on your hiking shoes for this 1 hour summit to the state’s highest sand dune. Meet at the Campground Shelter by site 113. More

Nature Crafts

July 29, 2016 to August 26, 2016 (Every Friday)

Come to the Nature Center for an hour of nature craft fun. What will we be making today? More

Dune Critters

July 31, 2016

Visit the Nature Center to learn more about our amazing diversity of dune mammals. From coyotes to raccoons, we’ll discuss it all in this interactive 45 minutes at the Nature Center.  More

Sassafras Saunter

July 31, 2016

Enjoy a fresh air stroll through the dunes forest this morning. We'll explore our popular sassafras tree along the way. Grab the family and join us. More

Night Hike

August 03, 2016
  • Venue: Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
  • 450 West 100 North
  • Valparaiso, IN 46385
  • Times: 8pm to 9pm
  • Admission: Non-members: $15 adult, $8 senior, $5 youth
  • Phone: 219-462-0025
  • Website

Come out for our guided night hikes and see what comes alive when the sun goes down! Learn about nocturnal animals and sounds, astronomy and more! More

Gary Southshore Railcats - Home Game

August 04, 2016

RailCats baseball is all about fun, affordable family entertainment! No ticket is more than $10 and parking is free. Northwest Indiana's professional baseball team: RailCats, Redefining Fun in 2016. More

Gary Southshore Railcats - Home Game

August 05, 2016

RailCats baseball is all about fun, affordable family entertainment! No ticket is more than $10 and parking is free. Northwest Indiana's professional baseball team: RailCats, Redefining Fun in 2016. More

Live Music - Katthouse

August 05, 2016

Enjoy some drinks and the music of Katthouse. More

Small Town Throw-Down at Caboose Lake Campground

August 05, 2016 to August 06, 2016 (Recurring daily)

Country folk weekend with ham and bean dinner. More

South Shore Summer Music Festival

August 05, 2016
  • Location: Pavilion at Wolf Lake
  • 2938 Calumet Avenue
  • Hammond, IN
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Please join the Northwest Indiana Symphony for a series of free outdoor concerts in towns across the Region. The summer program features a mix of patriotic songs, light classical pieces, and movie and Broadway tunes. More

Vet Fest

August 05, 2016 to August 06, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: American Legion Post 502
  • 429 W. 750 N
  • Valparaiso, IN 46385
  • Admission: $15 day, $20 weekend
  • Website

Veterans Festival with food, beer, music and more! More

Campround Snakes

August 06, 2016
  • Location: Nature Center Auditorium
  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, 46304
  • Times: 8pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-926-1390
  • Website

Slither to the Campground Shelter (by site 113) for a fun look at the snakes of Indiana Dunes. We’ll have a few for you to see as well. Great program, especially if you’re uncomfortable around these reptiles. More

Chesterton Art Fair

August 06, 2016 to August 07, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Dogwood Park
  • 23rd Street 1100 North
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 10am to 5pm
  • Admission: $5
  • Phone: 219-926-4711
  • Website

The Chesterton Art Fair features juried art with more than 100 artists from 15 states. The fair features a children's booth, music and a public art project. More

Gary Southshore Railcats - Home Game

August 06, 2016

RailCats baseball is all about fun, affordable family entertainment! No ticket is more than $10 and parking is free. Northwest Indiana's professional baseball team: RailCats, Redefining Fun in 2016. More

Jeff Dunham

August 06, 2016

Comedian Jeff Dunham will be performing at The Venue. More

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