As many of you are already aware, we were recently notified that public funding for the annual fireworks display in Washington Park. This did NOT mean they were necesarrily canceled, but rather de-funded. A recent group of concerned citizens has formed an independant committee to raise what is necessary to see this show continue. They are called the "Save The Fireworks Committee", and have also created a Save The Fireworks Facebook Page, as well as a crowdfunding effort through the site Indiegogo. This is the initiative we need from our residents, and our own SummerFest organization supports these grassroots efforts to make this City a better place. So please share these links, and help give to the cause. Thank you!
To participate in the parade, you must return this completed form by November 18, 2013. Mail to: Festival of Lights Parade, P.O. Box 37, Michigan City, IN, 46361.
Food consists of authentic German cuisine, along with some familiar favorites.
There is no entrance fee. The festival, food, entertainment, and drinks are held indoors.
Saturday, October 12th
12:00pm-4:30pm Eddie Korosa & the Boys from Illinois
7:00pm-10:00pm Ein Prosit (25 pc German band with Alpine horns)
Sunday, October 13th
12:00pm-5 :00pm Jim Enritti
12:00pm-5 :00pm Strolling Minstrel Steve Kowalczyk
The entertainment lineup for the 2013 Labor Dayz event has been announced. See our calender of events for Labor Dayz dates and times.
This weekend, our Labor Dayz festival begins on Friday at 5pm, and goes until 6pm on Monday. We open at 12pm and close at 11:30pm each day. See you there!
5:00-7:00pm Cadillac Sam
8:00-11:30pm Elwood Splinter Blues Band
12:00noon-12:45pm Moose Baton Corps (Parade & Show Baton Corps)
1:00pm-3:00pm Saucy Birds
4:00pm-7:00pm The Difference
12:00noon-3:00pm Eddie Korosa & The Boys from IL (Polka)
3:15-4:15pm Soul Steppers
9:00-11:30pm Marrakesh Express
12:00pm-2:00pm Keith Scott Blues Band (Blues)
3:00-6:00pm Duke Tumato (Blues/Rock Fusion)
6:00-8:00pm The Solution
9:00-11:30pm High Noon
6:00-8:00 Jamiah & The Red Machine
9:00-11:30pm Canary Blue
1:00-1:45pm Anaya Jolie
2:00-2:20pm Puppet Show
2:30-3:15pm Anaya Jolie
3:30-4:00pm Puppet Show
6:00-8:00pm Dr No
9:00-11:30pm Point 'n Fingers
1:00pm-5:00pm Island 49
The Patriotic Program at Millennium Plaza in Michigan City assisted many individuals in understanding just how our small towns operate on their own slice of freedom.
“This is a wonderful time for our communities to come together and celebrate those who serve and have fought for our country. Everyone has an important story that should be passed on to our younger generations to preserve patriotism and the pride we share as a united people,” said Mayor Ron Meer. “Justine Venice has really done a nice job chairing this great event.”
Rich Mrozinski, Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #9423 from Rolling Prairie, began the morning festivities as the Master of Ceremonies who announced each individual speaking and respected presentation. Prayers were then lead by Ted Yagelski from the American Legion Post #451.
Read more, and check out the photo gallery here: LaPorteCountyLife.com
2013 Fish FryMichigan City, IN (May 15, 2013) – The Michigan City Summer Festival Committee announces its annual Fish Fry will be held on Friday, May 31st from 4:30pm-6:30pm at the Senior Center. Tickets are available now at the Senior Center, Meyer Glass & Mirror, and the LaPorte County Convention & Visitor's Bureau, and can also be purchased at the door. Tickets are $10. Dinner includes lake perch, potato, and cole slaw. Parking fees apply to enter Washington Park without a valid 2013 Parking Sticker.
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The Michigan City Summer Festival is bringing a brand new event to the region with the Southern Shore Music Festival. The event will take place on June 15th at the Guy Foreman Amphitheater in Michigan City and fill an entire day with music starting at 12pm. We'll be featuring the electro-funk band “Ghosthouse” which has been played on Chicago's WXRT and Vocalo radio stations as well as an episode of Jersey Shore. We're also bringing special guest “Big Once” - the 2011 Red Bull Thre3style U.S. Champion DJ to round out a late night of partying.
Hoosier Coho Club Classic
May 4-5, 2013
Michigan City, Indiana
Counting down to one of the great spectacles of Indiana fishing - the 39th annual Hoosier Coho Club Classic. The Michigan City Summer Fest event is the longest-running salmon tournament on the Great Lakes, doles out $50,000 in prizes and features a $10,000 top prize in the Professional division.
Some 70-plus fishing boats will blast-off from within one-half mile of the Lighthouse at 7 a.m. each day, then return to weigh the day's catch by 1 p.m. The drama-packed, final-five weigh-in, where nobody knows who wins until the last fish is weighed, takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at the big tent in Washington Park.
The 2013 Classic will again be featured as the opening episode in the 13-part Salmon Showdown television series which airs nationwide in January. New this year, the Hoosier Coho Club will sponsor a Youth Fishing Team, consisting of local teenagers, in the Classic.
And as always, plenty of food and beverages will be available at the weigh-ins, which are open to the public.
Complete rules, registration forms and more information is available at
For the most up-to-date and specific information - including maps, please see event in the 'Calender of Events' section.
The BIG Parade
The Michigan City Summer Festival Parade runs along Franklin Street from 10th Street to Ames Field. Crowds are often four and five deep on the sidewalks along the parade route. Spectators arrive early to get choice spots.
The parade usually has around 180 entries and will include a number of drum and bugle corps units that will perform that evening in the Annual Drum Corps International Pageant of Drums competition at Ames Field.
Parade units will line up on Washington Street from the Post Office to Ninth Street, with some units on side streets around 10th and Franklin Streets. The parade line-up will be listed in The News-Dispatch a day or two before the parade. Show starts at 11am. Every year, the parade will have a theme which we ask participants to use their creativity in expressing. See the calender of events for the current theme.