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Indiana Dunes Events

Every season at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the State Park is full of events. From Maple Sugar Time to tours of the old Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm to guided hikes, you'll find a variety of events going on at the Indiana Dunes.

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Special Events

Beginning Birding

June 17, 2017 to July 29, 2017 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: The Great Marsh Trail
  • Broadway Street
  • Beverly Shores, IN
  • Times: From: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join a ranger and fellow birding enthusiasts from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Great Marsh Trail for a morning of birding. No experience required. A spotting scope and binoculars will be provided. The program will start at the southern gravel parking lot followed by a short hike to the Great Marsh observation deck to look for herons, egrets, ducks, and other birds of the marsh. I... More

South Shore Brass Band Concert

August 05, 2017

Indiana Dunes State Park will host the South Shore Brass Band for a small ensemble on Saturday, August 5.  The concert will be held park’s Nature Center front deck at 5:00 P.M.  The South Shore Brass Band ensemble,  is a professional musical organization based in northwest Indiana along the south shore of Lake Michigan and composed of approximately 10 members dedicated to the p... More

More than Smores

August 11, 2017

Help us celebrate National Smores Day! We’ll start by learning a little about the history and our camping culture of this delicious treat! We’ll then have a full smorgasbord of different smores variations as well as marshmallow games for everyone to try! Kid under 12, please bring a parent! The activities take place at the Wilson Shelter. More

11th Perseid Meteor Stargaze

August 12, 2017

The Indiana Dunes State Park Interpretive Services will again be hosting its 9th Annual Perseid Meteor Stargaze from 8:30pm to midnight at the Indiana Dunes State Park beach pavilion on August 12.Night sky mapping and Native American sky lore begin at 8:30pm at the Beach Pavilion. After 9pm, the stars will begin to appear. Constellation talks will highlight the many star format... More

On-Going Events

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm Open House & Cemetery Tours

May 28, 2017 to July 30, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Join rangers at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for an afternoon exploring our historic homesteads every Sunday in July from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Meet at 12:00 pm in the Bailly and Chellberg main parking lot for an informative 90-minute hike to the Bailly Cemetery. Upon returning, explore the interiors of both historic homes and homesteads from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Learn about ... More

Mount Baldy Guided Hike

June 04, 2017 to September 03, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore every Sunday in July from 10:00 am to 11:30 am for a hike to the top of famous Mount Baldy. Even though the area is closed for general public use, this ranger-led tour allows visitors to experience the beauty and spectacular views from the tallest dune in the national lakeshore. The hikes start at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Cente... More

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started June 17, 2017 (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

Miller Woods Hike

June 18, 2017 to August 20, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Join a park ranger for a hike through Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s beautiful Miller Woods Sundays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Meet the ranger at the Paul H. Douglas Center and then enjoy a hike through this spectacular black oak savanna. This same hike will be offered every Sunday afternoon through August 20, 2017. The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is lo... More

Marquette Lagoons Sunset Paddle

July 06, 2017 to July 27, 2017 (Every Thursday)
  • Venue: Marquette Park
  • 1 North Grand Boulevard
  • Gary, IN
  • Times: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Phone: (219) 395-1882
  • Website

Bring your kayak or canoe and enjoy a leisurely sunset paddle with a ranger every Thursday evening in July from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Marquette Lagoons. This easy sunset adventure includes a visit to a lodge of one of our busiest animals, the American beaver. You must bring your own canoe or kayak, life jacket, and paddle. Meet at the Marquett... More

Nature Tots

Started July 12, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Wednesday)

Parents and toddlers are invited to participate in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's new Nature Tot's program at the Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Nature Tots, aged 2-4, will learn about nature through a ranger-led story time, crafts and outdoor play. Parents will enjoy meeting other parents and learning fun ideas for bringing nature into their child's life. Thi... More

Music Heritage Series

Started July 21, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday)

Every 3rd Friday of the month, join the Save the Tunes Council, a local group of musicians devoted to preserving and passing on traditional folk songs. More

Stargazing at Kemil Beach

August 19, 2017 to December 16, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday)
  • 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

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