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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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SS Constantine & Helen Greek Fest

July 14, 2017 to July 16, 2017 (Recurring daily)

The Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Church will be hosting its 48th annual Grecian Festival on the Church grounds. Festivities include kiddy carnival and games, Greek music, dancing, market place and pastries. Generous portions of roasted lamb, shish-ka-bob, Grecian chicken, Gyros and our award winning Greek Potatoes await your appetite in our air-conditioned Great Hall. Whe... More

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

South Shore Regional Car Show

August 03, 2017
  • Location: Fair Oak's Farm
  • 856 N 600 E
  • Fair Oaks, 47943
  • Phone: 219-989-7770
  • Website | Email

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and Fair Oaks Farms will be hosting a car show on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Numerous cars will take over Fair Oaks Farms for a unique car show experience. Registration begins at 3pm and will end at 5:30pm.  The awards will take place at 7:30pm. The car show includes awards, DJ and music, food, Fair Oaks Farms attractions and... 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

Highland Car Cruise

June 03, 2017
  • Location: Downtown Highland
  • Highway Avenue and Kennedy Avenue
  • Highland , IN 46322
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Phone: (219) 972-7598

This event will feature scores of vintage cars, parked in Highland's downtown, along Highway Avenue, from Kennedy Avenue to 5th Street. The event is free, and open to all ages. During the event, visitors will be able to stop in and frequent downtown businesses that are open. In the event of rain, the scheduled rain date will be Sunday, June 4th, from 1 pm to 5 pm. 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

26th Annual Dyer Summer Fest

June 07, 2017 to June 11, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Come out to Pheasant Hills Park for the 26th Annual Dyer Summer Fest. Five nights of family fun with live music, carnival rides, food vendors, beer garden, movie in the park and much more. Fireworks display on the final night of Summer Fest.Summer Fest schedule:Wednesday June 7th: Bike Parade 6:30pm, Movie in the Park 8:30pm Thursday June 8th: 5pm-10:30pm Friday June 9th: 5pm-1... More


June 10, 2017

Fair Oaks Farms is hosting our third annual Dog-A-Palooza.  With several activities to get your tail wagging, Dog-A-Palooza is the perfect way to start off the Dog Days of Summer! 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 10 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

2017 WG Jackson Boat Tours on Lake Michigan

June 12, 2017 to June 13, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Discover Water Science: Educational Boat Cruises aboard the W.G. Jackson Research Vessel.  The W.G. Jackson Research Vessel is coming to town for 2 days in June! Come out to the beautiful Hammond Port Authority on Monday, June 12th and Tuesday, June 13th for this free experience that will connect you to the latest science & water quality conditions in Lake Michigan. Each d... 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

2017 Gospel Music and Arts Festival

June 17, 2017
  • 399 Broadway
  • Gary, IN 46402
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Website

Changing Lives and Changing Patterns (C.L.C.P.) will hosts its annual Gospel Music and Arts Festival.  They will have live entertainment EJ Jackson, LXW Choir Chicago, Arison Walton, Zachary Weatherington and many more.  Local Artist, Food Vendors and Community Service Providers. Fun for the whole family- bring you lawn chairs/blankets let's have fun in the park. 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

Gary Preservation Open House

June 17, 2017
  • 504 Broadway
  • Gary, IN
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

All the buildings will be open for you to come and enjoy at your leisure, with volunteers at each site to explain the building's history and architecture. More

Lake Effekt 2017

June 17, 2017
  • 540 S Lake Street
  • Gary, IN
  • Times: From: 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Website

60 artists will transform more than 20 walls into beautiful works of art during this street festival.  Activities include live music, food, art and craft vendors, beer tent and children’s activities. More

Sinatra Forever

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

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

Father's Day -- Dads Admitted Free

June 18, 2017
  • Venue: Friendship Botanic Gardens
  • 2055 East US Highway 12
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
  • Admission: Dads Enjoy Free Admission all Day.
  • Website

In honor of Father's Day, dads are admitted free all day.  More

Goodland Grand Prix

June 23, 2017 to June 25, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • 110 N. Benton St.
  • Goodland, IN
  • Website

The Goodland Grand Prix was Established in 2003 in Goodland, Indiana and is in its 15th year of running. A .69 mile, 8 turn street course that winds through the streets of Goodland providing go-kart racers the utmost excitement and competition. The Goodland Grand Prix was quickly coined "THE GREAT INDIANA STREET RACE" and drivers refer to it as the "Darlington" of street racing... 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 04, 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

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