7:30 pm19:30

West Beach Symphony Concert

  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore West Beach

It's back! Join us for a very special evening concert by the Northwest Indiana Symphony, as the sun sets behind the magnificent dunes at West Beach. Under the direction of Conductor Kirk Muspratt, northwest Indiana's very own 40-piece symphony orchestra will perform music selected for a summer evening. 

Limited seating will be available. Visitors are strongly encouraged to bring folding chairs. You are invited to pack your own picnic dinner or purchase food from one of several on-site food vendors. Wine tasting will be offered as a fundraiser to benefit Dunes Learning Center. Fee collection at West Beach will stop at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the concert. Please carpool if possible.

This free concert is presented in partnership with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Friends of Indiana Dunes, Dunes National Park Association, National Park Foundation, and Eastern National. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to the Chesterton High School Auditorium. If the concert is moved indoors, information will be posted at the entrance to West Beach, on the park's website and Facebook page. For more information call 219-395-1882.

4:00 pm16:00

Dunes Dinner: One Hundred Washington Gives Back

  • One Hundred Washington

You deserve a night out! Save the date and make plans for a special "give back" dining experience at Michigan City's lakefront. Jason Gatzka and the team from One Hundred Washington have pledged a portion of their proceeds to benefit Dunes Learning Center—but only on Thursday, August 10th. Grab a group and get ready for a fabulous night out. We look forward to seeing you there!

6:00 pm18:00

In Our Hands: A Dunes Affair

  • Sand Creek Country Club

Join Dunes Learning Center leadership and friends for a gala night of festive fun as we celebrate hands-on learning in the Indiana dunes. Featuring:

  • An extended cocktail reception with sumptuous hors d’oeuvre
  • Live music by Rocco Labriola on the pedal steel guitar with vocalist Dan Moore
  • A silent auction offering one-of-a-kind handmade items and hands-on experiences
  • Keynote address by education advocate and children's champion, Jo Ann Engquist
  • The presentation of the 2017 Green Apple Award to School City of Hobart Director of Curriculum and Instruction Debbie Matthys
  • Games, prizes, and much more

The future of environmental education is in your hands! Purchase your tickets today >

Attire: Casual Chic

Event Committee: Deb Backhus, Tyler Botbyl, Abir Clark, Jaime Golba, Laura Hennessey, Joan Machuca, Teresa Massa, Eric Neagu, Shannon Sobeck, Maureen Turman, and David Wright. Committee Chair: Chris Hoham

Thank you to Premier Sponsor, ArcelorMittal; Sustaining Sponsor, Lakeshore PBS; Supporting Sponsors, BP, Enbridge, and Friends of Indiana Dunes; Contributing Sponsor, Mark J. Mihalo D.D.S Family Dentistry, and Teresa Massa, Attorney; and Event Patrons, Republic Services, Schepel Cadillac, and Thorgren Tool & Molding Co., Inc. Dunes Learning Center is a proud partner of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.