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10 Fun Things to Do this Weekend in Northwest Indiana: May 6-8, 2016


Hey, it's May! And this weekend is Mother's Day. It's always on a Sunday. So take your mom out to see a movie, concert, or a play. Do you have an event you'd like to share? Just send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll add it to our event calendar!

Take Mom Out to Dinner in Valpo
There are plenty of great places in Valparaiso to have a nice meal with the mothers in your family. Kelsey's Steak House, Industrial Revolution, Blackbird Cafe, Culver's and other eateries will happily serve you and the moms in your life. Many will also have Mother's Day specials and events so make your reservations and go eat!

Out of the Shadows, Signatures of All Things, Discarded Memories Opening Reception
Out of Shadows (Hyndman Gallery) features paper installations by Yoonshin Park and Richard Shipps. Park creates the paper in her installations, whereas Shipps cuts it. Parks creates paper using a pulp mixture of cotton and abaca. The process of creating paper intrigues Park because of the boundless possibilities for how she can incorporate and use it as a medium. Shipps on the other hand has long been fascinated by the interplay of light and shadow and how that interaction reveals form in many interesting ways. Their installations convey a fragile balance, yet can be shaped to create a complex volume, surface, and presence. 

Have a Picnic in the Park in Portage
Pack a lunch and take the moms in your life out on a picnic to Woodland Park, Imagination Glen, or other great park in Portage! It's going to be a nice weekend so treat your mom to something special this Mother's Day. Or you could have a Kentucky Derby-themed picnic with mint juleps and big, crazy hats.

La Porte High School Jazz Bands 27th annual "JazzFest"
The La Porte High School Jazz Bands will present their 27th annual "JazzFest" on Friday, May 6, at 7:00 PM in the La Porte High School Auditorium. Performances will feature all LPCSC Jazz Bands with six professional guest artists. 

Symphony of Dyer Mother's Day Brunch
Join Symphony of Dyer on May 7th for an afternoon of Food, Fun and Fabulosity as we honor our Mother's! Enter to win a Symphony Spa gift certificate and ask about arriving in style in our limo! 

Chesterton European Market
Join us for Northwest Indiana's Premier Artisan and Farmer's Market starting every Saturday from the beginning of May through the end of October in historic downtown Chesterton. The Market provides a strong tradition of quality shopping, live entertainment and a festive community experience. Applications now available through the link below. See you there soon! 

Explore the South Shore with the SSCVA
Entertainment and family fun will be provided to attendees at the annual Explore the South Shore presented by the South Shore CVA. The annual event will be held on May 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, Ind. The event is free and open to the public. 

Dennis DeYoung and the Music of the Styx
Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of STYX and the lead singer and writer on seven of the bands eight Top Ten Hits. His live concert with six piece band showcases all the STYX Greatest Hits spanning the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. The set includes all eight top Top 10 hits including Lady, Babe, Come Sail Away, Too Much Time on My Hands, Best of Times, Mr. Roboto plus Classic Rock Anthems Renegade, Blue Collar Man, Suite Madame Blue, Rockin the Paradise and more. 

Taltree's Mother's Day Art Fair
Celebrate the moms in your life at Taltree's Mother's Day Art Fair, where admission for kids is FREE all day! Explore vendor booths, sample tasty food truck treats, take a horse & carriage ride, tour the Fairy House exhibit and buy Mom a plant at our plant sale (including our limited, one-of-a-kind Taltree dahlia created by Taltree Horticulturalist George Reid!). 

See a Movie at the Portage 16 IMAX
Take mom out to a movie this weekend! Captain America: Civil War is opening this weekend and so is Mother's Day the movie, Keanu, and Rachet and Clank! 

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