Monthly Events

Monthly on the 2nd Saturday - Free Soup Lunch

Free Soup Luncheon at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church Parlor from 11:30am-12:30pm. All are welcome! (We do have a chairlift to get down the stairs)

2rd Saturday Of Each Month: Stargazing At The Indiana Dunes

Join members from the Chicago Astronomical Society, Michiana Astronomical Society, and Calumet Astronomical Society with their telescopes as they introduce the night skies to visitors at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Kemil Beach parking lot. The experts will train their massive telescopes on interesting features and discuss the incredible night sky. Please dress for the weather as there is no indoor space at the Kemil beach parking lot. It may be helpful to bring a pair of binoculars from home. Please note that the national lakeshore is in the Central Time Zone.

The Kemil Beach parking lot is located one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 on East State Park Road (300E). For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at and our Facebook page at

Location: Kemil Beach Parking Lot

Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Fee Information: Free

Contact Name: Julie Larsen @ 219-395-1821

Last Saturday of Each Month - Community Meal

1/26 meal cancelled due to the weather

Community meals are being offered on the last Saturday of each month at the United Methodist Church in North Judson. Meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call (574) 896-5927.

Sunday Hikes @ Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Bailly Cemetery Hike

Join a ranger-led hike to the historic Bailly Cemetery while learning about the history of the Bailly family. You can also learn about early settlers and farmers who came to this region in the 1800s as well.

Meet in the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot to enjoy a this fun hike every Sunday at 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Then you'll have the option to explore the interiors of both historic homes from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm. The hike is not mandatory. You can meet the hikers at the Homesteads if you prefer. We recommend contacting the Visitor Center at 219-395-1882 for more information.

The Chellberg/Bailly parking lot is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and Highway 12 in Porter, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the Events Calendar at the park website or contact the park's information desk at 219-395-1882.

Miller Woods Hike

Join a park ranger for a hike through the beautiful oak savanna of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Miller Woods each Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm. Hikes will vary in length depending on the interest and abilities of visitors. Meet at the Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellent.

The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the national lakeshore at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12.

For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park's website at