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Indiana’s Cool North is calling.

Experience the state’s best kept secret. Come explore our seven eclectic counties filled with all sorts of gems—hidden and otherwise—that you might be surprised to find side by side.

Where else you can ride in a real Amish buggy, hit a Vegas-style casino, and visit the world’s largest chocolate shop in the same day? Yeah, it’s eclectic mix—but we’d suggest that’s part of what makes it so cool. Plan your visit to Indiana’s Cool North.

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Places to Explore in the Cool North.

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Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes

Chesterton, Portage, Valparaiso, Porter, Hebron, Kouts

Rolling sand dunes. Relaxing beach vibes. Endless aquatic adventures. And that’s just what you’ll find along the shore. Explore a little more in Indiana Dunes and you’ll discover world-class dining, unique shopping experiences, and fantastic accommodations. A mecca for lovers of the great outdoors, you might need to add another day to your stay with all there is to see and do!

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LaPorte Lighthouse

Michigan City Laporte

Michigan City, LaPorte, Wanatah, Rolling Prairie

Looking for a laid-back vacation, or is it time to let loose and live it up? You’ll find the perfect blend of both in Michigan City LaPorte. Roll the dice or shop till you drop. Explore the area’s unique history or carve out your own outdoor adventure. Whatever you decide, one thing is for sure—authentic Midwestern spirit comes standard.

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South Bend Mishawaka

South Bend, Mishawaka, New Carlisle, North Liberty

Big city attractions and small town charm. You’ll find the best of both worlds when you visit vibrant Northern Indiana county. The iconic campus of the University of Notre Dame is a must-see, and each community holds its own hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Kid-friendly fun? Definitely. Outdoor activities? Absolutely. The ideal getaway to suit your travel style is waiting in South Bend Mishawaka.

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Kosciusko Winona Lake Park

Kosciusko

Warsaw, Syracuse, Winona Lake, North Webster, Pierceton

It doesn’t get any better than life on the lakes. And with over 100 of them, you’re sure to find a unique experience around every turn. Dine on the water’s edge at The Village at Winona, explore eclectic artisan’s shops, or take an old-school ride on a sternwheeler boat. The name might be a little tricky, but there’s definitely nothing complicated about life in Kosciusko County.

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Shipshewana LaGrange County

Shipshewana LaGrange County

Shipshewana, LaGrange, Topeka

You won’t hear phrases like “daily grind” or “rush hour commute” in these parts. Life in Shipshewana LaGrange County is unhurried, uncomplicated, and definitely unlike anywhere else. Amish culture thrives here, and combined with a focus on the great outdoors, this truly is the place to get away from it all.

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Marshall County Culver Lake

Marshall County

Culver, Plymouth, Bremen

Thanks to its history as a crossroads in Northern Indiana, Marshall County offers an eclectic array of things to do, places to stay, and authentic Cool North attractions. The Quilt Barn Trail paints a charming picture of rural life in Northern Indiana, and the Blueberry Festival is one of the state’s most popular events. It takes time to unwind, and there’s no better place to spend it that in Marshall County.

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Elkhart Fall Flower Carpet

Elkhart County

Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Bristol, Wakarusa

Amish life and culture play a big part in daily life here in Indiana’s Cool North, and Elkhart County is no exception. Whether by car, by bike, or by buggy, tour the Heritage Trail and discover the communities that Northern Indiana is famous for. Winding nature trails and historic downtowns all add to an experience that is original, authentic, and a little outside of the ordinary.

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Festivals & Events

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Theatre Shows & Concerts in Indiana’s Cool North

See individual theatres for schedule of shows and concerts.

Indiana's Cool North has a number of theatres. See the individual theatres for their show and concert schedules.

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Shipshewana Auctions

Auctions are held every Wednesday and Friday, year-round

Antique and miscellaneous auctions and a livestock auction is held every Wednesday. A horse auction is held every Friday, in addition to special yearly sales.

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WAKARUSA MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

April 27 - April 29, 2018

The 49th Annual Maple Syrup Festival -- Free Kettle Popped Popcorn, parade, shuttles, entertainment, Museum and Sugar Camp Tours!

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Shipshewana Flea Market

Every Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 to Sept 26, 2018

The Shipshewana Flea Market is a do-not-miss Hoosier tradition with nearly 900 booths in an open-air market covering 40 acres.

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Shipshewana Mayfest

May 04 - May 05, 2018

Are you ready for spring? It's right around the corner, and so is our MayFest celebration!

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INDIANA DUNES BIRDING FESTIVAL

May 17 - May 20, 2018

The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival is an annual event hosted by the Indiana Audubon Society that showcases the abundance of migratory birds in the Indiana Dunes.

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15th Annual Fat & Skinny Tire Fest

May 18 - May 20, 2018

a fun-filled weekend of all-things bicycling in downtown Warsaw, and the beautiful Village at Winona. Our “Ode to National Bicycle Month” is an all-size bicycle tires shindig that has something exciting for the whole family…

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Northern Indiana Lakes Festival

May 25 - May 27, 2018

Offers family fun, food, live music and entertainment, lake education, kayaking, arts and crafts, a Saturday parade and fireworks, and more!

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Lake City Skiers Water Ski Show

Every Sunday and Tuesday at 6:30pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day

The shows are a themed production including music and costumes with an announcer to guide you through the action.

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Yellow River Festival

June 02 - June 03, 2018

Be part of the Yellow River Festival celebrating Marshall County (IN) history, encompassing the years 1840 through 1940's. Experience period music and dancing, storytelling, Indian dances and demonstrations

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The Village at Winona Art Fair

June 02 - June 03, 2018

Celebrating 18 years, the annual Art Fair is one of the Village’s most popular events! The weekend also features live music, kid’s activities, food vendors, and live art performances.

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JAMMIN WITH SAVE THE DUNES

June 02 - June 02, 2018

This festival on the Lake Michigan shoreline is about all things local - local bands, local brewiers, local wineries, and local food.

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14th Annual Wakarusa Bluegrass Festival

June 08 - June 10, 2018

Three-Day outdoor Bluegrass Music festival held the 2nd full weekend of June each year.

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RHAPSODY IN GREEN

June 08 - June 10, 2018

Celebrating its 36th year, showcasing national and local entertainment hourly, craft booths, kids’ activities, antique autos plus ethnic and festival foods at Island Park in downtown Elkhart.

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Leeper Park Art Fair

June 16 - June 17, 2018

The Leeper Park Art Fair was rated #30 Best Fine Art Show in Sunshine Artist Magazine’s 100 Best Shows of 2016.

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Shipshewana Quilt Festival

June 20 - June 23, 2018

The Shipshewana Quilt Festival is an award-winning 4-day event with many activities including: lectures and workshops

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31ST ANNUAL ELKHART JAZZ FEST

June 22 - June 24, 2018

Since 1988, jazz legends and fans have gathered each summer for a memorable weekend at the Elkhart Jazz Festival.

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Drum & Bugle Corps – The Big Show

June 24 - June 24, 2018

Drum Corps from around the country to participate in the 58th Annual Drum Corps International Pageant of Drums.

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Bremen Firemen’s Festival

June 26 - June 30, 2018

A carnival, crafts and food, a parade, and many games and tournaments!

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GREEK FEST

June 29 - July 01, 2018

Enjoy food, music and drinks while sampling a wide array of delicacies, including kabobs, Greek chicken, homemade Greek desserts and barbecue lamb.

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LaPorte County Fair and Pioneer Land

July 08 - July 14, 2018

Oldest Indiana fair features Pioneer Land, rides, 4-H exhibits, bazaar, demolition derbies, food and celebrity entertainment,

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Elkhart County Fair
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Elkhart County 4-H Fair

July 20 - July 28, 2018

Non-stop action and 9 days of family fun are guaranteed at one of the largest county fairs in the nation.

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Kosciusko Dixie
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Dixie Day Festival

July 28 - July 28, 2018

Annual Dixie Day Festival - artisan festival; open air market; 5k; car, truck & bike show; food vendors and so much more!

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Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival

August 02 - August 05, 2018

Festivities include farm wagon rides, 4 stages of continuous free entertainment, special festival foods including famous breaded Hoosier tenderloins, bring a distinctive flavor to this annual event.

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Super Boat Great Lakes Grand Prix, 10th Anniversary

August 02 - August 05, 2018

Thousands of visitors head to Michigan City’s Washington Park each summer for a spectacle of speed and sound as some of the world’s fastest and most colorful powerboats roar across Lake Michigan

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Wawasee Kiwanis Sprint Triathlon and 5K Run/Walk

August 11 - August 11, 2018

Join us for this fun event that benefits local charities here in Syracuse, IN. The triathlon is sanctioned by USAT.

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Art Beat

August 18 - August 18, 2018

The streets of downtown are filled with performing, visual, and culinary artists, for a day-long celebration of our local artists!

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Blueberry Festival - Marshall Co
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Marshall County Blueberry Festival

August 31 - September 03, 2018

Blueberries served every which way highlights the Midwest’s largest four-day festival.

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Notre Dame Football Weekends

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The weekends when Notre Dame Football has a home game are always a little more special than any other weekend of the year.

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Popcorn Festival

September 08 - September 08, 2018

This long-standing community tradition returns for its 40th year. The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages

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Nappanee Apple Festival
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Nappanee Apple Festival

September 13 - September 16, 2018

The Nappanee Apple Festival is home to Indiana’s largest 7 foot baked apple pie and comes out of the oven just in time to kick off the festival!

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Shipshewana Fall Crafter’s Fair

October 04 - October 06, 2018

Shipshewana will be hosting a festival of crafters, entertainers, and musicians that has become an annual fall event.

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