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If you enjoy a local fair with classic rides, carnival games and delicious fair food, the South Shore is the place to be. The La Porte County Fair is just one of the many fairs throughout 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

Zao Island Summer Music Series

August 15, 2014 to August 29, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Zao Island
  • 1050 Horse Prairie Road
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See description for exact days and times
  • Phone: 219-462-1194
  • Website

Acts scheduled to play at Zao on the 2014 summer roster are the return of Planetary Blues Band, Aug. 15 and 20, the blues-based Gerry Hunt Trio, Aug. 26, the blues/rock Weston Rettinger Band, Aug. 22 and Calipari's Head Honchos, Aug. 29. More

Mill Pond Festival

August 22, 2014 to August 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • 100 Mill Pond Road
  • Union Mills, IN 46382
  • Times: See description for details
  • Phone: 219-767-2275
  • Website

The 28th Annual Mill Pond 2014 Festival will have activities including: marksmanship competitions, train and pony rides, canoeing, golf shoot-out on the pond, volleyball, dunk tank, cash drawing, bb-gun drawing, model airplane aerial display, tractor pulls, car / motorcycle show, plus games and bouncies for kids, beer garden with live entertainment and more.   More

Music in Nature Concert - NWI Symphony Brass

August 22, 2014

Music in Nature concerts are here! Come celebrate nature with music under the stars. More

NWI Symphony Brass Concert

August 22, 2014

The NWI Symphony brass section is the second concert in Taltree's classical music series. Don't forget to bring your lawn chair. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. No outside alcohol will be allowed. Three-concert and six-concert packages are available for purchase. More

17th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

August 23, 2014

This annual favorite includes prizes in several categories, including the People's Choice Award. This year's theme is "Into the Wild." Registration begins at 9am CDT on the west end of the pavilion. Judging begins at noon, followed by awards after 1pm. Teams wanting a jump start may begin as early as 7am. More

Kouts Pork Fest

August 23, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Kouts
  • State Road 8 and Highway 49
  • Kouts, IN 46347
  • Times: 8am to 8pm
  • Phone: 219-766-0720
  • Website

Since 1978, people have been coming to the Kouts Pork Fest to enjoy a pork chop dinner and homemade crafts. The Kouts Pork Fest's first event of the day will be the 5K Walk/Run. Other activities include the sale of arts, crafts, and food by approximately 100 vendors, an hour-long parade and a kiddie tractor pull. The entertainment stage features line dancers, square dancers, si... More

Deep River Grinders Vintage Base Ball

August 24, 2014

Bring the entire family out to watch the Deep River Grinders play baseball against Champion Hilltoppers following the original rules of 1858 where the striker is out if the ball is caught on the fly or on one bound, fair or foul. There are no called strikes and a foul ball does not count as a strike. The Rover/Shortstop may play anywhere on the field. Come learn more of the 185... More

Rock 'N Rail Street Fest

August 28, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Central Park
  • 600 North Broad St
  • Griffith, IN 46319
  • Times: Thurs-Fri 5pm to 12am, Sat 11am to 12am, Sun 12pm to 12am
  • Website | Email

Celebrate Labor Day weekend at Griffith's Rock 'N Rail Street Fest. Festivities include live music, a children's area and a beer garden. A car and motorcycle show will be held Friday at 5pm and a 5K will be held on Saturday at noon. More

Caboose Lake Labor Day Weekend

August 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Enjoy time with the family at Caboose Lake Campground and Summer Beach Family Fun Zone! More

Music in Nature Concert - NWI Symphony Woodwind

August 29, 2014

Music in Nature concerts are here! Come celebrate nature with music under the stars. More

NWI Symphony Woodwind Concert

August 29, 2014

This is a great way to start the Labor Day weekend! The NWI Symphony woodwind section will close Taltree's classical music series. Don't forget to bring your lawn chair. Food and drink will be available for purchase. No outside alcohol will be allowed. Three-concert and six-concert packages are available for purchase. More

Taste of Duneland

August 30, 2014
  • Location: Thomas Centennial Park-Downtown Chesterton
  • 2nd & Broadway
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Times: 11am to 11pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 219-617-1742
  • Website | Email

Experience truly local Duneland food, live music, beer & wine garden, bounce houses for kids. Labor Day Saturday. Next to Chesterton European Market. Free entry, free parking! Spend the last unofficial last Saturday of summer, Labor Day Weekend, from 11am to 11pm at the 7th Annual Taste of Duneland. Many tasty treats will arouse the taste buds when you sample faire from L... More

On-Going Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started March 16, 2013 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Douglas Center for Environmental Education - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • 7-85 N Lake St
  • Gary, IN 46403
  • Times: 1pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join a ranger for an Open House every Saturday afternoon at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Douglas Center. Explore the center and check out interactive exhibits, a video, and even a live animal room. You can also explore the Miller Woods Trail just outside the center. More

Town of Munster Farmers' Market

May 04, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Centennial Park
  • 1005 S. Centennial Dr.
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-836-7275
  • Website

The Town of Munster invites you to come out for fresh produce, baked goods and more! More

Crown Point Car Cruise

May 15, 2014 to September 25, 2014 (Every Thursday)
  • Location: Crown Point Square
  • Main St. and Joliet St.*
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Times: 4pm to 8pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-662-3240
  • Website | Email

Bring the family out for the City of Crown Point's car cruise every Thursday for cars, food and fun!   More

Hobart Summer Market on the Lake

June 05, 2014 to September 25, 2014 (Every Thursday)
  • Location: Festival Park
  • 111 E. Old Ridge Road
  • Hobart, IN
  • Times: 3pm to 8:30pm
  • 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

Cedar Lake Farmers' Market

June 07, 2014 to September 20, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Town Complex Grounds
  • 7408 Constitution Ave
  • Cedar Lake, Indiana 46303
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-374-7400

Cedar Lake will now be hosting a weekly Farmers's Market. More

Rensselear Farmers' Market

July 05, 2014 to October 25, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Courthouse Square
  • Rensselaer, Indiana 47978
  • Times: 7:30am to 10am

Providing a convenient location for local vendors and shoppers. More

Rangers Choice Hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

August 08, 2014 to August 29, 2014 (Every Friday)

Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's exceptional diversity of life on a special ranger-led hike every Friday morning in August. The topic and location will change each week so we can highlight the best of the national lakeshore's changing beauty. Meet the ranger at the Visitor Center on August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 to join in on the fun! More

Sunset Hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

August 08, 2014 to August 29, 2014 (Every Friday)

Take a leisurely stroll with a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Central Avenue Beach and watch the sunset over Lake Michigan. This one-hour program begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be offered on Friday, August 1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th. During the program, learn about threats to the Indiana dunes and what you can do to help protect this special place. Please note that mo... More

Campground Program

August 09, 2014 to August 30, 2014 (Every Saturday)

Join a ranger around the campfire and learn about the incredible diversity of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the work that's done to help keep the park healthy. This one-hour program will be held every Saturday in August at 7:30 p.m. at the Dunewood Campground Amphitheater. Short-term parking is available for amphitheater programs at the campground registration building. More

Chellberg Farm Open House

August 09, 2014 to August 23, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Chellberg Farm
  • 510-616 N Mineral Springs Rd
  • Porter, IN 46304
  • Times: 1pm to 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Tour the historic Chellberg Farmhouse in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and learn about the lives of early Duneland farm families. This open house will be held every Saturday in August from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Park in the Chellberg/Bailly parking lot and walk to the Chellberg Farmhouse. Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's historic Chellberg Farm during this open house ho... More

Park Focus Programs at National Lakeshore

August 09, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

There's always something different to focus on in a park as diverse as Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Join a ranger at the Paul H. Douglas Center on Saturdays and Sundays in August for activities and topics ranging from guest speakers to new research results. The programs change each week, but the program location remains the same. Check the park's website or call the Dougla... More

Pinhook Bog Open House

August 10, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Every Sunday)
  • Location: Pinhook Bog
  • 946 Wozniak Rd
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 1pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Pinhook Bog on Sunday afternoons in August from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tour the bog on your own and talk to rangers stationed along the trail who will help you understand this unique place filled with carnivorous plants. Allow about one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. More

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