We published hundreds of articles on the NWI.Life Entertainment Section this past year. We were there for the concerts and theatre productions, parades, and annual celebrations. With so much to choose from, we knew it would be a difficult choice, so we rounded up the best of the best for you!
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Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are the Top 10 entertainment articles from NWI.Life in 2019!
The holiday season is in full swing, and that means fun activities for the whole family to enjoy are coming up, and trust us, you don’t want to miss them. The City of Crown Point has a calendar full of events that fun through the fall and winter seasons to keep community members active and entertained. Here are some we’re especially excited about.
Hobart is a prime example of a city that exudes small-town charm but is always thinking ahead. Coming down from a successful season of warm-weather events, such as the Lakefront Festival and Dive-In Movie nights at the Hobart Pool, and the recent autumnal gatherings like Halloween Party in the Bowl (hosted at the legendary Brickie Bowl), the City of Hobart is looking to end the year with even more flair.
In the early 1990s, a theater community was born. Only, it didn’t know it was a community quite yet. The Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation (NIETF) was formed in 1992 as a way to recognize and award local theaters and actors--think the Tony’s but for Northwest Indiana. Starting with about 6 community theaters, over the last 27 years, it has grown into a community of more than 20 theaters and many more individual members.
Hammond Mayor, Thomas Matthew McDermott Jr.,and the City of Hammond presented the city with a booming night of local and veteran rappers atThe Pavilion at Wolf Lake Memorial Park on Saturday. The Pavilion has been the host of many celebrity performers including Nelly, T.I., and Gucci Mane,and is also home to the coveted music event, Festival of the Lakes.
The 17th annual Downtown South Bend Art Beat kicked off with music, food, dancing and all the art you can imagine. Teachers Credit Union presented the Art Beat for the second year in a row, with over 800 vendors and thousands from Michiana in attendance. Steel forging, pottery, woodworking, and cotton spinning were just a few of the arts the crowd witnessed firsthand.
Parties in Hobart do not get much bigger than the 28th Annual Lakefront Festival, which got underway on Thursday. Community members and festival attendees enjoyed classic fair foods, live bands, a beer garden, and perused a variety of vendors.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Eastern European culture-inspired Pierogi fest, and nearly 300,000 people are expected to visit over the course of the weekend. With options for the entire family, the Pierogi Fest is sure to be a hit for everyone.
Summer in the Region is everything All-American, speckled with some of the world’s most unique, whacky, and fun-filled happenings. These events draw locals to cross city and county borders without a blink and bring scores of visitors from all over the nation. Decades of tradition weave their way through events like 100-year-old parades, while newer events like nighttime bike rides reflect today’s trends.
Reggy is happy. He finally has a home. Reggy, for those who may not know, is the mascot for Whiting’s newly-opened Mascot Hall of Fame, which celebrated its grand opening this weekend.
The Hammond Civic Center came alive on Saturday night to celebrate the best party in the Region. Hundreds of “Region Rats” from Northwest Indiana gathered to celebrate the Region’s official holiday, 219 Day.