The Region’s got plenty to offer this weekend as spring begins to rear its head! Start your morning off with a pop-in to the Gabis Arboretum or Art Barn’s newest exhibition before heading to Whiting for the city’s Easter parade. Feeling more indoorsy? IU Northwest and Hammond Community Theatre both have plays to watch, and Morbid Angel leads the charge at Hobart Art Theater as part of the band’s Tour of Terror. There’s something for everyone this weekend!
Take a look at our list of 10 Fun Things To Do in Northwest Indiana and be sure to add some to your calendar!
Take in a show with IU Northwest’s reading of “Augusta and Noble”
A unique collaboration between Indiana University Northwest’s theatre and language departments, “Augusta and Noble” follows a young Chicago girl as she navigates school, family, and her Mexican heritage. This free show will be occurring on Thursday at 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Find some luck in Blackbird Cafe’s special St. Patrick’s Day drinks
Blackbird Cafe is introducing two new drinks for the upcoming holiday, and your friends will be turning green with envy when they see you drinking it this weekend! The Shamrock Latte and the Irish Fog are here to stay through St. Paddy’s Day, so grab them before they’re gone. Learn more here.
Pop-in to PNW for fun activities during Spring Break
Purdue University Northwest may be on Spring Break, but the Gabis Arboretum still has a ton of fun planned for the public. On Thursday, join naturalists as you hike through the arboretum to fill out your bingo card, and Friday will see visitors getting a peek behind the curtain of the Railway Garden! Both events will happen from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and are open to the public. Learn more here.
March into spring with the City of Whiting’s Easter parade
Join the City of Whiting for its annual Easter parade this Saturday at 2 p.m. Come see the floats, drive with the parade in Easter-themed golf carts, or just take advantage of the opportunity to get some sunshine. Learn more here.
Feel healthy, be healthy with Blackbird Cafe’s Green Goddess Salad
The first step to eating healthy is finding food that’s good for you and tastes delicious. Blackbird Cafe has you covered with their brand new Green Goddess Salad. Featuring power greens, Kalamata olives, pears, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados, and Blackbird’s own green goddess dressing, you’re sure to feel good after eating this! Learn more here.
Pay tribute to Pink Floyd at Memorial Opera House’s “Echoes of Pompeii”
Missed your chance to see Pink Floyd live? Memorial Opera House wants to give you another chance at “Echoes of Pompeii” this Saturday at 8 p.m. This 10-piece orchestra will deliver the authentic Pink Floyd sound coupled with awesome visuals including lasers, videos, and images that’ll keep audiences floating in transcendental bliss. Learn more here.
Take in some art with Lubeznik’s “Citizen” exhibit
“Citizen,” Lubeznik Center for the Arts’ new exhibit, features work from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and femme creatives that explores the complex relationship between marginalized communities and the world they find themselves in. Learn more here.
Celebrate women with Hammond Community Theatre’s “Madwomen’s Late Nite Cabaret”
Leave Women’s History Month with one last hurrah at “Madwomen’s Late Nite Cabaret,” a comedy musical set for shows this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The play focuses on mad and misaligned women from history and myth as they work through their problems cabaret-style! Learn more here.
Check out student artwork with Art Barn
Art Barn School of Art is collaborating with Opportunity Enterprises (OE) to present artwork created by students from OE. The display demonstrates the skills students have learned from Art Barn and how they view the world. All proceeds from the gallery go to the artists, Art Barn, and OE programs throughout the community. Learn more here.
Enjoy dinner with Patrick’s Grille
Looking for somewhere contemporary, chic, and delicious to spend a night out? Patrick’s Grille has everything you could want and more, from traditional American favorites to Italian classics to fresh fish and seafood. Dinner wouldn’t be complete without dessert, and Patrick’s Grille offers a selection of cakes, ice cream, and a dessert of the week. Learn more here.