Top Ten Events In June

May 31, 2019

The weather is starting to warm up and so are our options for activities that will allow you to get out and enjoy it! Kick off the month of June by Jammin on the lake front in Michigan City and continue the fun all month long with a variety of events we have found just for you! Do you have something fun planned this month that we missed? Be sure to leave us a comment telling us what it is!

1:     June 1 – Jammin with Save The Dunes – Michigan City, IN

It’s time again for Jammin with Save the Dunes!! Jammin is Save the Dunes signature fundraiser which brings hundreds of dunes lovers to beautiful Washington Park in Michigan City on the Lake Michigan shoreline. The festival features many of your favorite local breweries and wineries like Burn ‘Em Brewing, Zorn, Shoreline, Byway Brewing, Easley Winery, Three Floyds, Off Square Brewing, Barefoot Wine, Four Fathers and Indiana Beverage. We have some fantastic bands lined up like Waco Brothers, The Blisters, Stealin The Farm, River Kittens and Robert Rolfe Feddersen! Hungry? They have that covered too with lots of options from Chickpea Fresh Mediterranean, Cool Runnings, South Shore Ovenworks, Blue Chip’s King of the Road, Smokey G’s BBQ and Valpo Velvet Ice Cream!!

Purchase your tickets in advance here to save $5!

2:     June 5 – Beer Run – Michigan City, IN

Ready for the next Dig the Dunes Beer Run? We will all meet at Burn ‘Em Brewing. Due to all rain, we will most likely be running on the road for this one. Our walkers will head towards the entrance of Tryon Farm (you know the route)! Road runners go all the way to the end of the road and back.

Price includes beer & tip. Purchase your tickets here.

3:     June 8 – Swale Music Fest – Michigan City, IN

Enjoy a kick-ass lineup of local and national acts covering a variety of musical styles. The 2nd annual Swale Music Fest –– held in beautiful Charles R. Westcott park of Michigan City’s Uptown Arts District –– is the perfect way to kick off summer. A motley of beer from Burn ‘Em Brewing, Shoreline Brewery, and Zorn Brew Works Co.will be on tap for those over 21 to enjoy. Hungry? Grab a bite from Miller Pizza By The Beach, Smokey G’s BBQ, Pachamama Street Food, and Dagger Mountain Roastery. Online tickets are $15 (after fee) for general admission, free for children ages 12 & under when accompanied by an adult and can be purchased here. Tickets will be $20 at the gate, so grab them today!

4:     June 8 – Brew at the Zoo – Michigan City, IN

Enjoy an evening of beer, wine and food as you stroll along the paths of Washington Park Zoo. This event is for guests 21 years of age and over. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased here. Event time is 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

5:     June 13 – Sunset Photography Class – Michigan City, IN

Dig the Dunes is lucky enough to get Stephen Lehman and Rainstorm Photo back this summer for our popular Sunset Photography Class!

Class will meet at concession area of North Pointe Pavilion (Sunset Grille). Learn the basics of landscape photography and photographing sunsets. What are the best settings? How should you position your photo? What are the instagram ins and outs? Find out the answers to all these questions and more!This class is fine for all cameras (even iphones!)

We will reschedule if weather does not cooperate. Purchase your tickets here.

6:     June 15 – Lake Michigan Shore Wine Fest – Sawyer, MI

Located at the scenic Warren Dunes State Park in Sawyer, Michigan. Attendees sample wines by taste or by the glass, all the wonderful locally-grown-and-produced varietals from the Lake Michigan Shore AVA including 12 Corners, Baroda Founders, Cody Kresta, Cogdal, Contessa, Domaine Berrien, Fenn Valley, Gravity, Hickory Creek, Karma Vista, Lake Michigan Vintners, Lawton Ridge, Lazy Ballerina, Lemon Creek, St. Julian, Vineyard 2121, Warner And White Pine.

Purchase your tickets here.

7:     June 22 – South Shore Mini Maker Faire – Michigan City, IN

Welcome to the 1st annual South Shore Mini Maker Faire! Held in scenic Charles R. Westcott Park on Michigan City’s Uptown Arts District, this event is guaranteed to inspire people of all ages. What is Maker Faire, you ask? Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

8:     June 23 – Sangria Showdown – Michigan City, IN

Patrick’s Grille, Bartlett’s Fish Camp, Barker Pub and Matey’s are back for the final round of our friendly cocktail competition. This time they will be stompin on each other’s sangrias! Red, White, Pink…who knows what they will come up. All we know is that they will be delicous!

There will be 2 rounds of drinks and a final vote. Delicious appetizers supplied by Barker Pub are included in your ticket.

This event is 21 and over. Space is limited to just 80 for this one so plan ahead and purchase your tickets here. Plan on being on the patio if the weather cooperates. ONLY 12 TICKETS LEFT!

9:      June 28 – Blues & BBQ Cruise – Michigan City, IN

Dig the Dunes is teaming up with Harbor Country Adventures for a series of Friday night harbor parties and sunset cruises.

The theme for this first one? BBQ, blues (and brews).! Take the cruise or just hang out, eat, drink and listen to some great music at Millenium Park in Michigan City. Click the link for more information or purchase your tickets here.

10:     All Summer (through Sept 21st)! – 61: An Exhibit Celebrating the 61stNational Park – Hammond, IN

The 6,500-square-foot exhibit hall will be transformed to represent the 15,000 acres of diverse landscapes and highlight activities available to those that visit the park system. The exhibit will feature 12 trail stops: Miller Woods and the Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Hobart Prairie Grove and Little Calumet River, West Beach, Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk, Cowles Bog, Bailly Homestead / Chellberg Farm, Glenwood Dunes Trail, Century of Progress Homes, Indiana Dunes State Park, Dunewood Campground, Mount Baldy, and Pinhook Bog. There will be interactive exhibits for children along the trail, selfie stations and a large “sandbox” for building sandcastles. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about the 1,100 native plant species, rare and migrating birds, as well as recreational opportunities like camping, hiking, kayaking and cross-country skiing. Interactive activities will also give children a chance to become a Junior Ranger!



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