Updates about our organization - recent happenings, upcoming events, and things you should know.
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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May 9th 2013, Michigan City, IN---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.
22nd Annual Festival of Lights Parade
Schedule of Events
Festival of Lights Parade - 3:30pm-4pm
Bundle up and pick the perfect spot along Parker Parkway to watch the parade.
Santa will the lead the parade from the main parking lot along Parker Parkway past
the Senior Center and in to Fedder's Alley.
Take in the beautiful holiday lights old-fashioned style. Hop on the horse drawn wagons in front of
the Senior Center. There is no fee for this attraction but donations of money and non-perishable food
items will be collected to help those in need in our community.
Chili Cookoff - 4pm-6pm (or while supplies last)
Sample a variety of tasty chilis which are donated and prepared by local non-profit organizations
and City departments. Vote for your favorite and help to decide who gets to take home the coveted
traveling trophy. Hot dogs will also be sold by Michiana Resources.
Complimentary Hot Chocolate & Cookies - 4pm-6pm (or while supplies last)
Once you've had your fill of chili, top it off with complimentary steamy hot chocolate and yummy
cookies donated by Michiana Resources and the Michigan City Senior Center.
Pictures With Santa - 4pm-6pm
Santa will be availabe for photos in the Senior Center for a small fee.
Be sure to bring your wish list and your best smile!
Official Lighting of The Holiday Lights - 4:30pm
Countdown to the official lighting which instantly transforms Washington Park into
a magical wonderland! Nearly 30 acres are decorated with over 40 displays and millions of lights.
Lights will be on every night from Saturday, December 1st through Sunday, January 13th.
Toys For Tots collection boxes are located in the Michigan City Senior Center and at City Hall
2012 Michigan City Oktoberfest
Authentic German Festival
Michigan City Festivals
October 6 & 7
Saturday: Eddie Korosa & The Boys from Illinois 12:30-4:30pm & Ein Prosit 7:00-10:00pm
Sunday: Jim & Teri German Band 12:00noon-5:00pm
German & Austrian Food & Spirits
Saturday - 11:00am-11:00pm
Sunday - 11:00am-6:00pm
At the Michigan City Senior Center in Washington Park, Michigan City, Indiana
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Announcing Labor Days Festival in Washington Park
August 22, 2012, Michigan City, IN --- The Michigan City Summer Festival is bringing four days of fun to the community with Labor Days Festival in Washington Park. Get ready for rides, music, food, arts, crafts and plenty of entertainment for the entire family over Labor Day Weekend.
This year, the music starts at 5pm on Friday, August 31 and doesn’t end until after 6pm on Labor Day. Joining us are local favorites Duke Tomatoe, The Together Band and Spellbound. New this year is Paige DeChausse and the Reverant Few. DeChausse was featured on season 5 of American Idol. (See bottom link for more information.) The bands will be playing on two stages throughout the weekend. Download the press release for the full lineup or see our previous post "2012 LABOR DAYZ ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP".
The Food and Rides
Vendors from all over the area will be in Michigan City to help make Labor Dayz Festival 2012 a great one. From ribs to the famous elephant ears and fried veggies, you can expect all your favorites to be in attendance. This year, the Summer Festival welcomes back Gelsosomos Pizza, Dr. Veggie and more. Rides will be provided by Vertical Edge Entertainment. Ride information will be released soon.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2012 Labor Dayz Festival in Washington Park.
About the Organization
The Michigan City Summer Festival, Inc. is a nonprofit organization tasked with providing and overseeing family activities and events during Michigan City's busiest season. The organization is made up of volunteers and headed by the Mayor of Michigan City.
Chairman, Michigan City Summer Festival Board of Directors
Friday 8/31JC Stage
5:00pm On the Rocks -- Michigan City, IN
8:00pm Midnight Crisis -- Gary, IN
6:00pm High Noon -- Hammond, IN
9:00pm Smokin' Guns -- Chicago, IL
Saturday 9/1JC Stage
12:00pm Moose Baton Corps -- Michigan City, IN
1:30pm Soul Steppers -- Michigan City, IN
3:00pm The Difference -- Merrillville, IN
8:00pm Spellbound -- Michigan City, IN
3:30pm Lounge Clowns -- Michigan City, IN
7:30pm Aftermath -- LaPorte, IN
Sunday 9/2JC Stage
12:00pm Eddie Korosa & The Boys From Illinois -- Chicago, IL
4:00pm Marrakesh Express -- Crown Point, IN
8:00pm Together -- Munster, IN
3:30pm Downtime -- Frankfort, IN
7:30pm Pointin' Fingers -- Michigan City, IN
Monday 9/3JC Stage
11:30am (American Idol season 9 contestant) Paige deChausse And The Reverent Few -- Coal City, IL
3:00pm Duke Tumatoe -- Chicago, IL
11:00am Downtime -- Frankfort, IL
3:00pm Elwood Splinters Blues Band -- Michiana
Miss the show this year? We've got you covered!
2012 Michigan City BMX Jam
In Conjunction with AGA Nation
July 15th 2012
HELMETS MUST BE WORN BY ALL CONTESTANTS
Registration and event times:
Pro registration 2:30-2:45PM contest 3PM
Advanced registration 3:30-3:45PM contest 4PM
Beginner registration 4:30-4:45PM contest 5PM
$2 general admission fee for spectators and contestants
No additional fee for Advanced or Beginner registration
Pro-5 minute jam style heats. Top 10 finalists will have 1 minute individual runs
Beginner and Advanced-5 minute heats
1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies, gift certificates and T-shirts for contest winners and finalists
Pro Registration fee:
$8 Pro registration fee plus $2 general admission fee equals $10
CASH PRIZES FOR PRO CLASS:
Michigan City Summer Festival
Michigan City Park Department
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