One of the best things about summer in the South Shore? Festivals! Plenty of food – from BBQ and gyros to funnel cakes and cotton candy and don’t forget about kids activities like parades, face painting and carnival rides. It seems that you can’t have a festival without amazing live entertainment!

We’ve put together a list of all of the great music you’ll hear this summer along the South Shore! We’ll keep our festivals updated on the website and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to see who’s coming this summer!

Kool & The Gang will play at Festival of the Lakes this summer. Kool & The Gang will play at Festival of the Lakes this summer.


Newton County Punkin Vine Fair July 11; 8:00 p.m. Chris Lane and special guest William Michael Morgan 12189 S. Punkin Vine Road, Kentland Tickets range from $23 - $33 and are available online at The Fair takes place July 10 – 15.

Festival of the Lakes Wolf Lake Memorial Park, Hammond Don’t miss the Festival’s headliners each night as well as the Hot Rod and Custom Bike Show, food vendors, a beer garden and carnival rides. July 19; 9:00 p.m.; Kool & The Gang July 20; 9:00 p.m.; Bush July 21; 9:00 p.m.; Limp Bizkit July 22; 9:00 p.m.; Flo Rida July 23; 9:00 p.m.; Intocable

Bush will perform at Festival of the Lakes in Hammond, Ind. Bush will perform at Festival of the Lakes in Hammond, Ind.

Porter County Fair July 21; 7:30 p.m. Toby Keith 215 E. Division Road, Valparaiso Tickets range from $35 to $70 and are available online at Porter County Fair takes place July 20 – 29.

Wicker Park Summer Concert Series 2215 Ridge Road, Highland This Summer Concert Series is $7 a person and 21 years and older.  Aug 3; 7:30 p.m.; Kashmir, the Led Zeppelin Show Aug 10; 7:30 p.m.; Echoes of Pompeii, a Tribute to Pink Floyd Aug 17; 7:30 p.m.; Deacon Blues, a Tribute to Steely Dan Sept 7; 7:30 p.m.; Mexican Independence Concert with Together

Touch of Dutch Aug 11-12 Spender Park, DeMotte The DeMotte Chamber of Commerce brings live entertainment, crafts, giveaways and a parade to Spencer Park. Aug 11; 7:00 p.m.; Hot Rod Heathens Aug 12; 2:30 p.m.; Johnny DeMotte, The Highway Band & Nawty

Goodstock Music Festival Aug 19; 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Foster Park, Goodland All proceeds for the Annual Goodstock Music Festival benefits Mary T. Klinker Veterans Resource Center – helping the homeless and veterans in need. Live entertainment provided by Rodney Watts & Soliders Pride, Jason Wells Band, Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel, Madrigal – The Ultimate Santana Tribute and Jack Russell’s Great White. Popcorn Festival Sept 9; 5:00 p.m. BoDeans Downtown Valparaiso The BoDeans will perform at the 39th Annual Popcorn Festival. This free festival begins at 7:00 a.m. and includes free entertainment, food, specialty vendors and a parade. Visit for details.

BoDeans perform at Popcorn Festival BoDeans perform at Popcorn Festival

Brews and Blues Festival Sept 16; 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Festival Park, 111 East Old Ridge Road, Hobart Don’t miss the performance by The Kinsey Report, unlimited beer sampling and more. Tickets are available at