10 Fun Things to do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana May 5 – 7, 2017

10 Fun Things to do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana May 5 – 7, 2017
By: Jessica Campbell Last Updated: May 3, 2017


The first weekend in May is a weekend of celebration. Kick start the good time with a Fiesta party, honoring the Mexican tradition with music and margaritas. But, don’t forget that this is the first Friday of the month, which calls for another First Friday walk through downtown Michigan City, where you can stop to watch ballroom dancing while enjoying the shops along Franklin Street. The opening of May is also being celebrated with the opening of the Chesterton European Market, where you can spend hours browsing through vendors selling apparel, jewelry, and an endless amount of food and treats. End the weekend with a “Stroll for Hospice” through Valpo with the Visiting Nurses Association, because in May, we celebrate the life, the birth, and the memories of the community.

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 Mommy and me Painting Class 
Just in time for Mother’s Day! Bring along your child(ren) and enjoy some quality, family-friendly fun together doing what kids love to do best... making creative messes! Each participant will receive one canvas and the supplies they need to create the pictured painting. With easy, step-by-step instruction from Brenda Farris, you are sure to leave with a masterpiece you can cherish forever.

Annual Mother and Son Dinner and a movie at Portage IMAX
Grab your little man and enjoy the next big Marvel movie in theaters, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Only 270 tickets are put on sale, and these go fast so order yours today! Included in the price is the movie admission, dinner, and a drink and popcorn combo. Dinner will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at 6:30 p.m.

First Friday Latin Dance at Lubeznik 
This Friday, enjoy the first weekend of May by watching the Students and staff of Dimensions School of Social Dance of Chesterton put on a fabulous show including the cha cha, salsa, samba, rumba and more!

Hammond's 13th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration 
Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., along with the Hammond Parks and Recreation department and PepsiCo, are celebrating the Friday holiday with a Mexican Fiesta! Enjoy a night of Mexican cuisine from Taqueria Los Comales and live entertainment by Mariachi Universal, Ballet Folkorico Fiesta Mexicana, and the band Together. Tickets are on sale now for $15.

La Porte High School's 28th Annual Jazz Fest
Head to the La Porte High School Auditorium Friday night to listen to the high school’s Jazz Band play along with the Boston and Kesling Middle School’s Jazz Bands. Tickets will be $10 for students age 12 and over and free for those younger. Senior Citizen tickets will be $7. They can be purchased in advance from the band members or at the door. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Click here for details on the featured guests.

Chesterton European Market Opening 
The European Market provides a strong tradition of quality shopping, live entertainment and a festive community experience. The artists, chefs, merchants and farmers travel from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors an extraordinary collection of products and services.

Lake County Pet Expo. 
Head out to the Lake County Fairgrounds this Saturday where local rescues will be showcasing animals available for adoption. Vendors will be selling pet related items and there will be raffles, a K9 fun walk, a pet costume contest, a kids-n-canvas program, and a pet blessing. As a not-for-profit event, all proceeds will be divided back to all attending rescues.

19th Annual Sousa Tribute Concert
A band concert featuring the music and concert style of John Philip Sousa in honor of his four visits to Valparaiso, Indiana will be presented by the Chamber Concert Band of Valparaiso University, the Valparaiso University Luce Band and Valparaiso Community/University Concert Band this Saturday.

McVay's 13th Annual Pancake Breakfast 
McVay's Cancer Kickers are hosting their 13th annual pancake breakfast to raise money for the Relay for Life Fundraiser, which will be held at the La Porte County Fairgrounds on June 17.

VNA Stroll for Hospice
Enjoy a day at Central park Plaza in Valpo with family and friends as we "Stroll for Hospice" in memory of loved ones and help the Visiting Nurses Association continue to provide compassionate care for patients and their families.