Road Trips: Festival Goers

One thing Midwesterners love is attending special events when the weather cooperates. Maybe it’s because we feel the urge to get outdoors and make memories with friends and family while we can!

The South Shore offers a number of fun winter and holiday events like the Shelf Ice Brewfest and the “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit but our summers are packed with fun things to do.

Lake County Fair

Festival of the Lakes Hammond

Popcorn Fest

Carnival rides, rows and rows of food vendors offering a variety of cuisines and most often live entertainment can be found all summer long in the South Shore.

For the wackiest groups of friends and family, pencil the Pierogi Fest ® into your schedule, held at the end of July each year; this Eastern European celebration is fun and kooky and you’ll be stuffed to the brim with Polish treats by the end of your visit.

South Shore Rocks

South Shore Rocks

For music fans specifically looking for events that “rock” see our South Shore Rocks page for some of our musical acts performing in the South Shore. You can also slow your pace and sit back and listen to live bands at the Gabis Arboretum, Wicker Park or Friendship Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series.

Places to Stay along Lake Michigan

Where to Stay

Rent a vacation home for the entire family close to the beach at Beachwalk Vacation Rentals or Miller Beach Vacation Rentals. Stay in a contemporary barn-like setting at the Fairfield by Marriott Fair Oaks Farms or one of the many other hotels in the region.

If you are looking for a couple’s retreat, Serenity Springs is away from it all nestled on 85 private wooded acres. Visit our blog post for more unique places to stay, here.

Events Along the South Shore

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