July – August calendar of events

July – August calendar of events

Written by: Ashley Boyer
June 26, 2018


JUNE 21-JULY 6
The Pop-Up
Valparaiso, valparaisoevents.com
Regional art competition features both visual and performing arts popping up in local businesses, as well as a chance for the public to help select the winner of the People’s Choice Award. 

JUNE 30-JULY 1
Red, Whites & Brews
11am-7pm Sat, 11am-6pm Sun, Round Barn Winery, Distillery & Brewery, 10983 Hills Rd, Baroda, Michigan, drinkmichigan.com/round-barn
Craft brews on draft, live music from regional bands, wine, cocktails and more. 

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JUNE 21-JULY 6
The Pop-Up
Valparaiso, valparaisoevents.com
Regional art competition features both visual and performing arts popping up in local businesses, as well as a chance for the public to help select the winner of the People’s Choice Award. 

JUNE 30-JULY 1
Red, Whites & Brews
11am-7pm Sat, 11am-6pm Sun, Round Barn Winery, Distillery & Brewery, 10983 Hills Rd, Baroda, Michigan, drinkmichigan.com/round-barn
Craft brews on draft, live music from regional bands, wine, cocktails and more. 

JULY 1
Lightning Bug Music Festival
noon-8pm, Sunset Hill Farm, 775 Meridian Rd, Valparaiso, lightningbugmusicfestival.com
Performances by Sam Bush, Billy Strings and more at this all-day music fest to benefit the Dunes Learning Center and Duneland Family YMCA. Also, regional craft beer and wine, a kids’ area and food trucks. 

JULY 3
Red Wine and Brew
4-10pm, Pioneer Land Area, LaPorte Fairgrounds, 2581 W State Rd 2, LaPorte, redwineandbrewlaporte.com
Beer, bands and BBQ fest headlined by ParmaLee and performances by McCoy and Walker McGuire. 

JULY 7
Rockopelli Fest
2-10pm, Main Square Park, Highland, rockopellifest.org
Full day music event spotlighting local talent and benefiting local charities: Planting Possibilities, Emma’s Footprints and Murph’s Gift of Music. 

JULY 14
Sand Sculpture Contest
7am-noon, Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm
Enter to win or watch for fun. This year’s theme: movies. 

JULY 18-22
Festival of the Lakes
Wolf Lake Memorial Park, 2938 S Calumet Ave, Hammond, festivalofthelakes.com
Five nights of fun include rides, live entertainment, a Polka Party, a fishing derby, vendors and games. Performances by Grandmaster Flash, Chevelle, Sublime with Rome, Nas and more. 

JULY 20
Three Little Birds Market: Shops and Hops
5-10pm, Central Park Plaza, 70 Lafayette St, Valparaiso, facebook.com/3littlebirdsmarket
A summer evening out with one-of-a-kind, handmade, upcycled vendors, as well as a brew tent with live music and food trucks. 

JULY 27-29
Pierogi Fest
119th St, Whiting, pierogifest.net
The wacky Polka Parade kicks off this annual celebration of all things pierogi, featuring Mr. Pierogi and friends, food and art/craft vendors, a beer garden, games and entertainment. 

JULY 27, AUG 24
The Pink Piano
7pm, Crown Point Square Centier Courtyard, 117 E Joliet St, Crown Point, thepinkpiano.org
Hear local talent and perform for the crowd yourself. 

JULY 27-29, AUG 24-26
Blue Moon Vintage Market
10am-5pm, Blue Moon Vintage Market, 16860 Three Oaks Rd, Three Oaks, Michigan, bluemoonvintage.net
6,000-plus square feet of vintage, primitives, industrial, architectural, home decor and more. 

JULY 28
Gatsby at the Gardens
6-9pm, Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 E US Hwy 12, Michigan City, friendshipgardens.org
A 1920s and 1930s themed event featuring cocktails, live jazz, lawn games and dancing in the garden. 

JULY 28
Valpo Margarita Fest
4-8pm, Central Park Plaza, 68 Lafayette St, Valparaiso, facebook.com/valpomargaritafest
A margarita wonderland with multiple flavors in traditional and frozen styles, plus a Mexican beer garden, a taco bar, music, salsa dancing lessons, giveaways and more. 

AUG 4-5
Chesterton Art Fair
10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, Dogwood Park, 1415 S 23rd St, Chesterton, chestertonart.com
Celebrating 60 years, the Chesterton Art Fair features art by 90 juried artists, plus foods from local restaurants, live music, and a children’s art experience.

AUG 5
Babapaloosa
noon-8pm, Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd, Valparaiso, facebook.com/babapaloosa
All-day music festival to benefit the See Change Foundation. A beer garden, food trucks, kids’ activities and music. 

AUG 10-12
Ship & Shore Festival
N Whittaker St, New Buffalo, Mich, newbuffalo.org
Annual beach-town festival celebrating 34 years with an art/craft marketplace, food, kids’ activities, beer, wine and non-stop live music. 

AUG 11
Last Call for Summer
1-6pm, Main Square Park, 3001 Ridge Rd, Highland
An afternoon of music by Northwest Indiana musicians, food from Highland restaurants, and a craft beer garden operated by 95ate5.

AUG 12
Prairie Magic Music Fest
1-7pm, Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd, Valparaiso, facebook.com/prairiemagicmusic
A celebration of rock, bluegrass, folk and Americana music, complete with craft food and beer vendors. 

AUG 18-19
Lubeznik Arts Festival
10am-5pm, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W 2nd St, Michigan City, lubeznikcenter.org
Annual fest with contemporary art, family art activities and food on the grounds of the center.