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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

Stargazing at Kemil Beach

February 01, 2017 to November 01, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 1st)
  • Venue: Kemil Beach
  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Times: Check Website for times
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society to get a closer look at the evening sky over Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Weather permitting, see star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, planets, meteors, and learn about constellation lore from the darkest site in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Held on the third Saturday of every month from Jan. to Dec. (except March and ... More

Jammin with Save the Dunes

June 03, 2017
  • Location: Guy Foreman Amphitheater at Washington Park
  • 115 Lake Shore Drive
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Admission: Pre-order tickets for $15! Prices go up to $20 on March 1
  • Phone: (219) 879-3564
  • Website | Email

Kids 12 and under are free. Must be 21 to consume alcohol with valid photo ID. Consider bringing lawn chairs to enhance your experience.More information? Contact us at 219-879-3564 x121 or email thanks to our incredible sponsors who make this event possible. More

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

Larry Gatlin in Concert

June 10, 2017

From Las Vegas to the famed Grand Ole Opry stage, the performing and songwriting talents of Larry Gatlin are known to both audiences and his peers throughout the music industry. His career spans 61 years, including touring from 1976 to 1992 with his brothers Steve and Rudy and also often paired with country music queen Dottie West. With hit after hit, such as “All the Gold in C... More

Summer Outdoor Movies

June 13, 2017 to July 25, 2017 (Recurring every 6 weeks Tuesday)
  • Venue: Valparaiso Events
  • 63 Lafayette St.
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: Please see description
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: (219) 464-8332
  • Website | Email

Summer nights are for relaxing, having fun and spending time with your family and friends. So plan to join us in the park at the Summer Outdoor Movies. Watch some of the biggest hits from the past and present under the stars at the Porter Health Amphitheater in Central Park Plaza. From a recent Hollywood hit to one of the biggest films of yesteryear, each week we'll be bringing... 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

Sinatra Forever

June 17, 2017
  • Location: Pavilion at Wolf Lake
  • 2324 Calumet Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Times: 7pm to 8:30pm

Sinatra Forever is a concert that pays homage to the greatest singer of all time. This is not an impersonation show but an interpretation performed by Rick Michel. Rick Michel is one of the premier singers from Las Vegas, a man of whom the show business bible Variety said, He is the closest thing to Frank Sinatra we have ever heard. Sinatra Forever is a timeless concert and p... More

Superhero Saturday

June 17, 2017
  • Location: Downtown Whiting
  • Times: 10am to 3pm
  • Phone: 219-659-0292
  • Website

Unleash your inner super hero and soar into Whiting, Indiana on June 17th.  Prepare to be blown away as the Whiting/Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce and City of Whiting present Super Hero Saturday in Downtown Whiting, featuring Famous Marvel Super Heroes- Captain America, Iron Man and Thor!  Have a blast from 10am to 3pm meeting your favorite Marvel Avengers, and be sure to have... More

Fireworks on the Lakefront

June 29, 2017

Gather on the beach for an evening of fireworks and music!  Parking will likely be restricted, so be prepared to arrive early for a good seat.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to lie on, and a flashlight for the walk back to the car. Campers advised to walk from the campgrounds via the Beach Trail.  Shuttle service from town being provided by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce.  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

City of Whiting July 3rd Fireworks and Party in the Park

July 03, 2017
  • Location: Whiting Lakefront Park
  • 1500 Park Road
  • Whiting, IN 46394
  • Times: Pre-Firework Party 7pm to10pm, Fireworks 10pm
  • Admission: Free

The City of Whiting invites you and your family to kick off this summer with a bang.  Join us for a star spangled celebration beginning Monday July 3rd in Whiting Lakefront Park.  Start the night enjoying a pre-fireworks party from 7pm to 10pm with a beer garden and food featuring live music.  Relax along the shores of Whihala Beach with an amazing view of the Chicago skyline. ... More

Whiting's Annual 4th of July Parade

July 04, 2017
  • Location: Historic Downtown Whiting
  • 1443 119th St.
  • Whiting, IN 46394
  • Times: 10am Parade Start
  • Admission: Free

Toon in to Whiting's 98th Annual Fourth of July parade on Tuesday, July 4th at 10am in Historic Downtown Whiting. Bring the entire family to celebrate Independence Day and enjoy Whiting's traditional tribute to soldiers and local veterans. 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

Summer Rhapsody Music Festival

July 13, 2017 to August 10, 2017 (Every Thursday)

For all the music lovers out there, come out and enjoy summer evenings in the park with the Summer Rhapsody Music Festival. Concerts will feature a fest of different sounds from rock to country to blues. There's something for everybody at this music festival!Bring your picnic, your blanket or chairs, your music-loving friends and come relax in the park with the sounds of the Su... More

Killer Queen

July 14, 2017

UK's premiere Queen Tribute "Killer Queen" featuring Patrick Meyers as Freddy Mercury. More

20th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

July 15, 2017

Join us for this 20th annual event and enter to win or just watch for fun! This year's theme is "Indiana." Registration table opens by 9am, but groups may begin as early as 7am. Judging starts after 11:30am, with awards after 12:30pm. Whether building or not, come vote for your favorite in the "People's Choice Award." See the Nature Center for more information and specific rule... 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

The Grape Escape: Wine, Art & Music Festival

July 15, 2017
  • Venue: Centennial Park
  • 1005 S. Centennial Drive
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 1pm to 8pm
  • Admission: $7 entry fee (includes tastings), $5 for commemorative wine glass
  • Phone: 219-836-7275
  • Website | Email

Sample a selection of wines, enjoy food from around the region, enjoy the sounds of live music, and browse the market. $10 entry fee for those 21 and older to the tasting/stage  More

Valparaiso Wine Festival

July 15, 2017

Wine enthusiasts get ready to find a new favorite! The Valparaiso Wine Festival brings over 100 wines to sip and sample. Bring your friends and toast to a fun summer evening in the park. Limited tickets are available. Must be 21 to enter with valid ID. All tickets are presale. On sale Monday, May 15 at noon. Visit our website for more details or to purchase tickets. 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

Whiting Cruise Night with Famous Hollywood Cars

July 19, 2017

Start your engines and head to Whiting for summer fun and the chance to see these classic cars we all know and love. Downtown Whiting's Cruise Night is rolling in again for yet another ramped up night of fun.  Round up the family and head to 119th Street. Eat, shop and take in the rumble of classic cars that will line the streets, featuring famous Hollywood cars, the Son of the... 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

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