Music Heritage Series at the National Lakeshore, 7:30 - 9 p.m., third Friday of the month, Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. State Road 49 in Porter. Join in with the Save the Tunes Council as they perform traditional music associated with the sounds of summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Free admission. Phone: (219) 395-1882.
“Lost to Time: Duneland Ghost Towns,” special exhibit at Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton. The exhibit, which runs through July 5, tells the stories of some local towns that dotted this area but are no longer part of official maps. Free admission. Phone: (219) 983-9715.
Chesterton's European Market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 31 in downtown Chesterton. An outdoor family/artisanal market featuring treats and unique and hand-made items. Phone: (219) 926-5513.
Beverly Shores Historical Museum & Gallery exhibits, 5 to 7 p.m. second Saturday of the month through September, 525 Broadway in Beverly Shores. A reception where local artists will be featured in the gallery and a special exhibit in the museum. Free admission. Phone: (219) 250-2290.
Chesterton Cruise Night, 5 to 9 p.m. last Saturday of the month May 30 through Sept. 26. Cars of all kinds - vintage, sport and foreign – for a night of family fun.
Dunes Glamping weekend, June 6 and 7, Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. 25E in Chesterton. Indiana Dunes State Park will offer another special themed weekend to explore the natural and cultural resources in the dunes from a woman's perspective. Programs will focus on important woman in dunes history, arts and crafts, a camping recipe exchange, and other activities. Phone (219) 926-1390. Call for event times.
Summer Safety Fest, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday June 12, Hawthorne Park, 500 Ackerman Drive in Porter. For kids of all ages, the event features interactive activities and demonstrations led by Porter police department members and the Porter Fire Search and Rescue team. Activities include: K-9 demonstrations, dunk-a-police-officer dunk tank and ambulance and tactical vehicle tours as well as “stranger danger” and “Be the Exception” presentations. Food will be available for purchase. Free admission. The event is co-chaired by 13-year-olds Sophia Keating and Eric Ailes.
Midsummer celebration, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday June 20, Chellberg Farm, 618 N. Mineral Springs Road in Porter. Solitice program and Swedish cultural traditions at Chellberg Farm. Free admission. Phone: (219) 395-1882.
Summer Solstice evening concert, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday June 20, Chellberg Farm, 618 N. Mineral Springs Road in Porter. Enjoy the end of the longest day of the year with an early evening concert featuring traditional American music. Free admission. Phone: (219) 395-1882.
Footloose 5K & event, 5 p.m. Saturday June 27, Lakeland Park, 1200 Lakeland Park Drive in Burns Harbor. A 1980s-based event fundraiser benefiting the Burns Harbor Parks Department children’s programs while also preserving and upgrading its properties. The day features a 1K kids fun run, 5K run/walk and after-hours ’80s party featuring the Breakfast Club band. Online: www.burnharborpark.org.
Fireworks on the Lakefront, Wednesday July 1, activities at 6 p.m. and fireworks begin at dusk, Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. 25E in Chesterton. Family-friendly event features food merchants, a live rock concert and fireworks. Bus transfers will be available between Yost Elementary School and Chesterton Intermediate School to Porter Beach. Transfers will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 7:30 p.m. The last transfer after the fireworks will leave Porter Beach at 11 p.m. Inclement weather or high winds would bump back the event to the following day. Admission: $5 Indiana resident; $10 out of state. Phone: (219) 926-5513.
Family 4th Fest, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday July 4 at Hawthorne Park, 500 Ackerman Drive in Porter. Parade steps off at 9 a.m. at Yost Elementary School and ends in the park. There will be free games and activities for kids, bounce houses, music and food. Lions Club pancake breakfast is from 7 to 11 a.m. with the turtle derby at 11 a.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. Free admission. Phone: (219) 728-1741.
Beverly Shores Then and Now, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 10 through Sept. 4, Beverly Shores Historical Museum & Gallery, 525 Broadway in Beverly Shores. Learn about the history of Beverly Shores, which began as a planned resort community in 1927. The exhibit will include town landmarks and the former Beverly Shores School. Free admission. Phone: (219) 250-2290.
Bark in the Park, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday July 11, Thomas Centennial Park, 220 Broadway in Chesterton. Event includes 5k-run or a 1-mile stroll with canine companions, 6 a.m. registration at Duneland Resale. Visit more than 35 booths featuring local shelters and rescues, pet services, pet merchandise and treats. There will be training and obedience demonstrations as well as fun contests, which are free to enter. Free admission. Phone: (219) 617-1742.
Sand Sculpture Contest, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday July 11, Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. 25E in Chesterton. Bring to life creations made from sand along with a team or check out the sandy works of art. Admission: $5 Indiana resident; $10 out of state. Phone: (219) 926-1390.
Parents as Teachers Touch-a-Truck, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday July 18, Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 N. Meridian Road in Valparaiso. Online: www.patpc.org.
Chesterton Art Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2, Hawthorne Park, 500 Ackerman Drive in Porter. A two-day fine art fair with more than 90 artists exhibiting artwork in a multitude of mediums: painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, sculpture, weaving, glass and pottery. Admission is $5. Phone: (219) 926-4711.
Babapaloosa, Aug. 2, Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 N. Meridian Road in Valparaiso. Concert festival that supports Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club as well as Chesterton native’s global foundation, See Change Foundation. The event’s name, Babapaloosa, is derived from “baba,” which is grandfather in Nepalese.
Chesterton Fire Department Annual Street Dance, 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday Aug. 1, Chesterton Fire Department, 702 Broadway in Chesterton. Music begins at 6 p.m. and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission: $5 per person; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Phone: (219) 926-7162.