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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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Special Events

Fort Building Contest

August 02, 2015 to September 06, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Sunday)

Form a family or small group team and test your architecture skills in the Nature Play Zone in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Fun prizes for different themed forts will be awarded throughout the day.  This program will begin at 10:00 am and will last up to 6 hours. The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the nat... More

Cinderella

August 21, 2015 to September 06, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Chicago Street Theatre
  • 154 W Chicago Street
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Times: See Website for exact days and times
  • Phone: 219-464-1636
  • Website

Chicagos Street Theatre presents the childhood classic "Cinderella," but with an unusual new character-a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! The great composer is besties with the Prince, and the pair venture outside the castle in disguise to find out who among their subjects are attending the Royal Ball. Mistaken identities and mayhem ensue as the play explores the magic... More

Rock 'N Rail Street Fest

September 03, 2015 to September 06, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Central Park
  • 600 North Broad St
  • Griffith, IN 46319
  • Website | Email

Celebrate Labor Day weekend at Griffith's Rock 'N' Rail Music & Street Fest including live music, a children's area and a beer garden.  MAIN STAGE Thursday, September 3 5:00 Billy Wayne, Weekend Emcee 5:30 Pandora Rocks 7:00 80's Enough 9:00 Chicago 6 Friday, September 4 5:00 Got Issues 6:30 Wise Guys 8:00 American English 10:30 Nicole Jamrose... More

Labor Day Weekend at Caboose Lake Campground

September 04, 2015 to September 06, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Cornhole and horseshoe tournaments. Summer Beach Family Fun Zone closes for the season at 2pm on Labor Day. More

Fantasia & Friends

September 12, 2015

Back in 2004, a then-19-year-old Fantasia Barrino stepped onto the American Idol stage and won top honors. After wowing television audiences with her vocal talent, the North Carolina native released her debut album, "Free Yourself," which featured as its first single, "I Believe," a song that made her the first artist in Billboard history to debut at #1 on t... More

Hoosier Farm Day

September 12, 2015
  • Venue: Washington Park
  • 115 Lakeshore Dr.
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 11am to 2pm
  • Phone: 219-873-1510
  • Website

Have fun down on the farm at the Washington Park Zoo.  Learn about agriculture and animals with demonstrations, special booths and activities about farm life. More

Mommy's Haven 2nd Annual Benifit & Car Show

September 13, 2015
  • Location: Lake County Fair Grounds
  • 889 S Court St
  • Crown point, IN 46307
  • Times: 10am to 4pm
  • Admission: $25 at door $ 20 pre-registration before 09 / 01
  • Phone: 219-746-2669
  • Email

Mommy's Haven is a local non-profit that will be having its 2nd annual Car Show.  We are currently fundraising to be able to purchase a home for pregnant women in need. With your help, we will be able to support and house pregnant women to give them a chance to choose life for their unborn child.  We have made the event bigger and better with new categories, bigger ... More

Country-A-Fair

September 19, 2015
  • Location: Redar Park
  • 1722 S Park Avenue
  • Schererville, Indiana 46375
  • Times: 11am to 4pm
  • Website

Join Schererville for a fall day full of activities, crafts, produce, games, food and fun! All ages will enjoy shopping, toe-tapping music, petting zoo, pony rides and pumpkin roll races. More

Zappa Plays Zappa

September 23, 2015

Performance celebrating the music of Frank Zappa. More

On-Going Events

LaPorte Farmers' Market

May 02, 2015 to October 24, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • Lincolnway and Monroe Street
  • LaPorte, Indiana 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

Whiting Farmers' Market

May 02, 2015 to October 24, 2015 (Every Saturday)

Meats, eggs, butter, cheese, bread, jams, jellies and more. More

Town of Munster Farmers' Market

May 03, 2015 to October 11, 2015 (Every Sunday)
  • Location: Munster Town Hall
  • 1005 Ridge Road
  • 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

Pedal'rs Market

May 21, 2015 to September 17, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Thursday)
  • 1417 119th Street
  • Whiting, Indiana
  • 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 ...bike tours! Come see Historical Downtown Whiting...shop, eat, bike, enjoy!! More

Barker Mansion Tours

May 22, 2015 to September 07, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Times: varies by day
  • Admission: $5 per adult and $2 per child
  • Phone: 219-873-1520
  • Website | Email

The 38-room mansion was built by freight car industrialist and philanthropist John H. Barker in 1905. Guided tours of the mansion are offered Monday through Friday at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm. Additionally, tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 pm and 2 pm beginning in June. Cost for a tour is $5 per adult and $2 per child. Reservations are not necessary for regular... More

Pinhook Bog Open House

May 23, 2015 to September 12, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Pinhook Bog
  • 700 N. Wozniak Rd
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Times: 12pm to 3pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Explore Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Pinhook Bog. 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. Please arrive by 2:00 pm to allow about one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. More

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm Open House

May 24, 2015 to September 06, 2015 (Every Sunday)
  • Location: Bailly Homestead
  • 1100 N Mineral Springs Rd
  • Porter, IN 46304
  • Times: 1pm to 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Tour the Chellberg Farmhouse and Bailly Homestead to learn about the lives of early Duneland farm families. The Chellberg/Bailly parking lot is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and Highway 12 in Porter, Indiana. More

Bike Ride with a Ranger

May 24, 2015 to September 06, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Join a ranger for a bike ride starting at the campground and travel along the Calumet Bike Trail. This program will be held every Sunday morning from May 24 to September 6. The program will begin at 9:00 am and will last for 2 hours. The Dunewood Campground is located at the cross streets of Dunewood Parkway and Golfwood Road in Michigan City, Indiana. More

Mount Baldy Guided Hike

June 05, 2015 to September 04, 2015 (Every Friday)

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 every Friday afternoon from 5:00 - 6:30 pm beginning June 5 through September 4. The programs are free, but reserv... More

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started June 06, 2015 (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

Rensselear Farmers' Market

June 06, 2015 to October 24, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • Courthouse Square
  • Rensselaer, Indiana 47978
  • Times: 7:30am to 10am
  • Website

Providing a convenient location for local vendors and shoppers. More

SUP Yoga

June 13, 2015 to September 27, 2015 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • 13115 Wicker Avenue
  • Cedar Lake, Indiana
  • Phone: 219-374-9642
  • Website

Join us Saturdays and Sundays on Cedar Lake. Combine your yoga practice with the popular stand up paddle boarding. Sign up at the studio or on-line. More

Coffee in the Garden at Barker Mansion

July 11, 2015 to September 05, 2015 (Every Saturday)
  • Venue: Barker Mansion
  • 631 Washington Street
  • Michigan City, IN 463602
  • Times: 9am to 11:30am

Back again this summer, the public is invited to Coffee in the Garden at Barker Mansion. The casual program is free of charge and runs from 9am to 11:30am on Saturday mornings from July 11 through September 5. Guests are invited to relax amid the sights and sounds of the formal garden which features sculptures, a pergola, wicker chairs and a fountain pool. Coffee is available... More

Andrea Peterson: Rooted and Lora Fosberg: Everything Looks Perfect from Far Away

July 18, 2015 to September 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)

In her first solo show at LCA, Andrea Peterson's, Rooted is an exploration of our region from the roots up. The work focuses on the trunks, a place of transition, of the mighty beeches and oaks of the older trees. Due to the sandy soil in Northwest, IN the trees must reach out across the dune to be able to tower 300 ft. into the air. Their tenacity is of profound beauty and w... More

Pint Night Ride

August 31, 2015 to September 28, 2015 (Every Monday)

Pint night rides are free. Grab your friends and join Crown Brewing for our Pint Night Ride. Every Monday starting April 20 at 6pm. They will head out for a 14-mile round trip casual paced ride; starting and ending at Crown Brewing. The route is 90% bike path and anyone comfortable riding 10+ miles will have a great time. As a reward for all that hard pedaling you will r... More

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