10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana April 28 – 30, 2017

10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana April 28 – 30, 2017
By: Jessica Campbell Last Updated: April 26, 2017


Sit back and enjoy the show. Swap the TV set this weekend to go out and watch a live concert or show. Watch the Valparaiso School staff battle the Harlem Wizards on the court or fighters pit against each other in the 911 SlugFest in Hammond. Or put your dancing shoes on and swing your hips to the tunes of Elvis Presley or with the dancers of “The Drowsy Chaperone” at the Memorial Opera House. Then, finish the weekend humming along to the melodies of the two orchestral concerts in Michigan City. Whether it is live music, the cheers from the sports game or the laughter of kids engaging in fun, healthy activities, Northwest Indiana invites the community to enjoy the sounds of summer.

You can see all of our events below, but if you have something going on, be sure to let us know with an email to share@nwindianalife.com and we'll add it to our calendars!

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Portage Township YMCA Total Knockout Trivia
Bet ready for a battle of knowledge. Put together your dream team of four or eight wise-guys and enjoy a night of trivia. The best costume by a team wins a prize and the top three teams from the trivia game can win a cash-value prize as well. There will be food, beer and wine and side games for even more prizes.

Harlem Wizards vs. The Valpo All Stars
This Friday night, the Valparaiso High School Foundation will be hosting the game between the Harlem Wizards and the Valpo All Stars. The game is sponsored by Cavanaugh & Nondorf Orthodontics and the proceeds will go to the VHS Foundation. Come out to cheer on the coaches, principals, and staff members of the Valparaiso elementary and middle schools, as well as St. Pauls!

The Memorial Opera House Presents 'The Drowsy Chaperone'
Opening this Friday night, the 2006 Tony Winning Musical, ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ is coming to the historical memorial Opera House stage. Hailed as “The Perfect Broadway Musical” by New York magazine, ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theater genre.

Elvis Tribute Coming to Hammond
Joseph Hall will be performing his Elvis Tribute in Hammond, Ind. Doing a number of Elvis classic hits at the Dynasty Banquet Hall in Hammond. Guests can buy tickets to the show for $25/person or tickets for dinner and the show for $50/person. Hall has been paying tribute to Presley since 2006 and has performed all over the world.

Portage Community Garden Clean Up
Just a few hours make a huge difference. Join the Portage Community group community and help clean up the garden, getting it ready for Spring! The clean-up will start at 8:45 a.m. and is located at 3151 Swanson Road. The gardeners of the plot plan to grow flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables and donate the produce to local charities.

Kick-Off the Summer at Explore the South Shore
The annual Explore the South Shore returns to the Indiana Welcome Center for a fun-filled, free family event. The first 200 families to visit will receive a goodie bag filled with special treats and savings from participating organizations and attractions. The exhibit hall will be filled with local attractions and festivals and sweet treats and small bites will be available for purchase. Booths will have interactive activities, giveaways and games as well as information about events happening in 2017.

Valpo YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Without the routine schedule of school, the risk of making more unhealthy choices rises in kids. On Saturday, The Valpo YMCA is hosting a fun event for families to learn about what is available in the summer to keep fit and healthy. The Y is also providing fun activities throughout the day such as a bounce house, obstacle course, and the chance to meet the Gary Railcats mascot.

911 SlugFest Back in Hammond
It’s fight time! Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. at the Hammond Civic Center and fights start at 7:00 p.m.. head to www.911slugfest.com or visit their Facebook page for more information!

“Fratres” A Violin and Piano Concert by Nic Orbovich and Robert Auler
The First Presbyterian Church of Michigan City is presenting this concert of uplifting music on Sunday to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit. It also features the works of Fritz Kreisler, Arvo Part, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms. The event is free and includes a reception at the church.

World Music Benefit Concert for Syrian Refugees
The acclaimed world-music group Surabhi will perform at a concert to benefit Syrian refugees on Sunday, April 30 at 4 pm, at the Elston Performing Arts Center, 317 Detroit Street in Michigan City. The event is sponsored by Concerned Citizens for Syrian Refugees of Northwest Indiana (CCSR) and the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees.