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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 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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Special Events

Gary SouthShore Railcats - Home Games

August 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016 (Recurring daily)

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. Friday, 8/26 - 7:10pmSaturday, 8/27 - 6:10pmSunday, 8/28 - 2:10pm More

Lost on the Island

August 26, 2016

Summer isn't over yet, but just wait... it will be soon.  That's why we are hosting a live outdoor music event called "Lost on the Island." Aside from the bags, the bonfire, beer & wine and food we will have three bands, Stop Drop Rewind, The Sure, and Nudist Beach all performing. The entrance is found in the Waterbird Banquet Centers' parking lot. There will be signs from ... More

Mary Lou Piatek-Daniels Free Tennis Clinic

August 27, 2016
  • Location: Piatek Courts
  • 117th Street and Oliver Street
  • Whiting, IN
  • Times: 10am to 12pm
  • Admission: Free
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The City of Whiting and former world-ranked tennis professional Mary Lou Piatek-Daniels invite you and your family to join us for a free tennis clinic. The clinic is open to players of all ages and ability levels, from children to high school players to adults. No pre-registration required.  More

Panther Pint Prowl

August 27, 2016
  • Location: Saint Paul Catholic School Gym
  • 1755 West Harrison Boulevard
  • Valparaiso, IN 46385
  • Times: 3pm to 6pm
  • Admission: $45 Regular Admission, $20 Designated Driver
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Prowl through 50 varieties of ales, porters, IPAs, ambers and more! There will be a sports memorabilia silent auction and live entertainment. Brewfest attendees will also receive an exclusive Brewfest Pint Glass. Proceeds from the event will help support the Saint Paul Catholic School Safety Projects.  More

Steel City Drumline

August 27, 2016

8am Parade Genesis Center - 1 Genesis Center Plz, Gary IN.Come one Come all to a live parade walk to see the best HBCU bands perform.  Battle of The Bands  - Railcats Stadium  -One Stadium Plaza, Gary, IN.We have brought you the finest HBCU Bands to give you a wonderful showing of how real bands battle for the crown. This will be a show not to miss and it will be live.  More

Tomfoolery with M&R Rush at The Pav

August 27, 2016
  • Location: Pavilion at Wolf Lake
  • 2324 Calumet Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Website

Comedy and music combine for a great time at The Pavilion at Wolf Lake! Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the Hammond Port Authority are proud to announce an evening with The Tomfoolery Comedy Club along with local legends, M&RRush. Tickets are available now at the Hammond Marina or Aquatic Play Center at Wolf Lake. Tickets are $10 plus tax. No outside food or drinks per... More

Deep River Grinders Vintage Base Ball

August 28, 2016

Come watch The Deep River Grinders play a vintage base ball game with original rules from 1858. More

On-Going Events

Beach Yoga

June 05, 2015 to August 28, 2016 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday)

The state park and the YMCA are partnering in 2016 to offer beach yoga on the state park main beach. Usual cost is $10 per session Classes are cancelled in inclement weather. More

Sunday Brunch

Started January 03, 2016 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Center for Visual and Performing Arts
  • 1040 Ridge Rd
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 11am to 2pm
  • Admission: $22.50 for adults; children 4-11, $11.50; under 4 years, $3.00. Price does not include gratuity.
  • Phone: 219-836-1930
  • Website

Every Sunday, the buffet table is brimming with delicious breakfast and luncheon dishes for the Center for Visual and Performing Arts' all-you-can-eat brunch. And, add to all of this: sparkling champagne, the ambiance of their elegant dining room, and the excellent service of their extremely attentive wait staff. Consider celebrating a special occasion during brunch - they can ... More

Town of Munster Farmers' Market

May 01, 2016 to September 25, 2016 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Centennial Park
  • 1005 S. Centennial Dr.
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • Times: 8am to 2pm
  • Phone: 219-836-7275
  • Website

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

Nature B-I-N-G-O

May 06, 2016 to October 28, 2016 (Every Friday)

Fridays are for nature B-I-N-G-O at Deep River County Park.  Every Friday beginning in May stop by the general store 10 am – noon and pick up your bingo card. Families can take a walk around Deep River and check off what they see. Get four in a row and yell BINGO!! Then return to the visitor center to receive a prize.  More

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started May 07, 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

LaPorte Farmers' Market

May 07, 2016 to October 15, 2016 (Every Saturday)
  • Lincolnway and Monroe Street
  • LaPorte, 46350
  • Times: 8am to 1pm
  • Phone: 219-448-1674

Purchase locally produced vegetables and meats, crafts, and other hand-made items from local artisans, and delicious and healthy edibles made in local kitchens. More

Rensselear Farmers' Market

May 07, 2016 to October 22, 2016 (Every Saturday)
  • Courthouse Square
  • Rensselaer, 47978
  • Times: 7:30am to 10am
  • Website

Providing a convenient location for local vendors and shoppers. More

Whiting Farmers' Market

May 07, 2016 to October 29, 2016 (Every Saturday)

The market features seasonal flowers, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, pies and more! More

Crown Point Car Cruise

May 12, 2016 to September 29, 2016 (Every Thursday)

The car cruise around the square is from 5pm to 8pm every Thursday night during the summer. Participants are asked not to arrive before 5pm so there are parking spaces open for downtown shoppers. More

Pedal'rs Market

May 26, 2016 to September 15, 2016 (Every Thursday)
  • 1417 119th Street
  • Whiting,
  • Times: 5pm to 8pm
  • Phone: 219-659-0292
  • Website

Every third Thursday this summer the Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Pedal'rs Market. It's an outdoor market with shopping at its finest. Food, antiques, art, specialty items and more! Restaurants, live music, and tours! Come see Historical Downtown, eat, bike, enjoy!! More

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm Open House

May 29, 2016 to September 04, 2016 (Every Sunday)
  • Location: Bailly Homestead
  • 1100 N Mineral Springs Rd
  • Porter, IN 46304
  • Times: 1pm to 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Learn about centuries-old lifestyles of Duneland residents by exploring the Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farmhouse. This open house takes place every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm from May 29 to September 4. Park in the Chellberg/Bailly parking lot and walk to the Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farmhouse. You can also get there early and join a ranger-led hike to th... More

Hobart Summer Market on the Lake

June 02, 2016 to September 01, 2016 (Every Thursday)
  • Location: Festival Park
  • 111 E. Old Ridge Road
  • Hobart, IN
  • Times: 4pm to 9pm
  • 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

Under the Stars

June 02, 2016 to September 15, 2016 (Every Thursday)

Taltree hosts a variety of performers each Thursday night. This series, based in the pavilion, offers a magical atmosphere and exceptional talent. Season tickets: $99 for members/$125 for non-members  June 2: Improv Comedy Night with Disposable Theater June 9: Valpo Has Talent: Variety Show Contest  June 16: Duke Tumatoe Trio  June 23: Wine & Cheese Night with music by ... More

Handcrafted in the Ville

June 05, 2016 to September 25, 2016 (Every Sunday)
  • Location: Hessville Park
  • 7299 Kennedy Ave
  • Hammond, IN 46323
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Website

A Taste of Every Culture - Farmers, Artists, Artisans, Bakers Gourmet foods, fresh meats, fresh caught fish, fresh fruits & veggies, health & beauty, coffee, honey, cheeses, jams, pastries, fresh juice, vegan foods, arts & crafts, home goods and LIVE MUSIC on stage! More

Mount Baldy Guided Hike

June 05, 2016 to September 11, 2016 (Every Sunday)

While Mount Baldy remains closed to unrestricted public access, you can join a ranger for a special guided hike along a trail on the western edge of the dune that has been found to be free of holes. You must make a reservation for this program that is being held on Sunday mornings starting June 5 and ending September 11 from 10:00 - 11:30 am. This program will begin at the Ind... More

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