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Elkhart Amish Buggy at Dawn
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May 22, 2015; South Bend 150 kickoff party
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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.

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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Michigan City Laporte

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

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

Fairs and Festivals

Shipshewana Quilt Festival

June 21 - June 24, 2017

The 2017 Quilt & Vendor Show will open at 12 noon on June 21.

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Jazz Festival Elkhart
Fairs and Festivals

Elkhart Jazz Festival

June 24 - June 26, 2017

Downtown Elkhart’s Arts & Entertainment district comes alive with a weekend-long celebration of jazz during the Elkhart Jazz Festival!

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Marching Band
Fairs and Festivals

Drum & Bugle Corps – The Big Show

June 25 - June 25, 2017

Drum Corps from around the country participate in the 57th Annual Drum Corps International Pageant of Drums.

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Marshall Bremen Parade
Fairs and Festivals

Bremen’s Fireman’s Festival

June 27 - July 01, 2017

There will be a carnival, crafts and food, a parade, and many games and tournaments!

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Ferris Wheel at festival
Fairs and Festivals

St. Joseph County 4-h Fair

June 30 - July 08, 2017

Live acts, carnival rides and plenty of food

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Goshen First Fridays 2017
Community

Goshen First Fridays Cruisin’ Reunion

July 07 - July 07, 2017

Celebrate July’s First Fridays in downtown Goshen with our annual hometown Cruisin’ Reunion.

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Fairs and Festivals

Blues & BBQ Festival

July 07 - July 07, 2017

Join the fun crowd in Warsaw’s Central Park for the annual blues music and great tasting BBQ festival.

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Sporting Events

Tour des Lakes bike ride

July 08 - July 08, 2017

Join us for the 8th annual Tour des Lakes bike ride around eight beautiful lakes in Kosciusko County.

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Beer
Food/Beverage

Red, White, & Brewfest

July 08 - July 08, 2017

Shoreline Brewery will be hosting its 12th annual Red, White, and Brewfest on July 8, 2017! Gates open at 2pm and festivities will go until midnight. Featuring beers from regional craft breweries, food, live music and games.

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Fairs and Festivals

LaPorte County Fair

July 09 - July 15, 2017

Join us July 9-15 for the 172nd LaPorte County Fair

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Fairs and Festivals

Gospel Concert

July 09 - July 09, 2017

A family friendly FREE grandstand event gospel concert featuring The Crace Family, The Hall Family, and W.O.T.M. at the Kosciusko County Fair.

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Fairs and Festivals

Summer Rhapsody Music Festival

July 13 - August 10, 2017

For all the music lovers out there, come out and enjoy summer evenings in the park with the Summer Rhapsody Music Festival.

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Fairs and Festivals

Culver Lake Fest 2017

July 14 - July 16, 2017

Come experience the 33rd Annual Culver Lake Fest, where we have planned a great time for your family

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Sand Sculpture of turtle
Community

Sand Sculpture Contest at Indiana Dunes State Park

July 15 - July 15, 2017

Watch the sand come alive with dragons, monsters, and fairy tale characters. Participate or watch others' creations.

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Fairs and Festivals

Marshall County 4-H Fair

July 16 - July 22, 2017

Entertainment, Carnival, plenty of food, and MORE!!!

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Fairs and Festivals

Porter County Fair

July 20 - July 29, 2017

Fun for all. Grandstand, free entertainment, animals, exhibits, rides, food and much more.

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Elkhart County Fair
Fairs and Festivals

Elkhart County 4-h Fair

July 21 - July 29, 2017

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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Sporting Events

Amishland & Lakes Bike Tour

July 29 - July 29, 2017

Amishland and Lakes, based at Lakeland High School in LaGrange, Indiana is a one day bike tour of the Amish countryside and lakes of northwest Indiana.

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Sporting Events

Urban Adventure Games

July 29 - July 29, 2017

The urban adventure games is a thrilling, zany, action-packed exploratory race showcasing the communities of downtown South Bend, Mishawaka, and the Notre Dame area

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Burger Grill
Food/Beverage

6th Annual Taste Of LaPorte

July 29 - July 29, 2017

The 6th Annual Taste of LaPorte, held at the LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St on July 29th will showcase some of LaPorte County's finest establishments and visitors will enjoy tastes from a variety of cuisines.

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Elkhart Amish Acres Art Fest
Fairs and Festivals

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival

August 03 - August 06, 2017

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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Great Lakes Grand Prix Michigan City
Sporting Events

Great Lakes Grand Prix

August 03 - August 08, 2017

The 9th Annual Great Lakes Grand Prix rumbles onto the southern shore of Lake Michigan once again

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Classic 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk
Fairs and Festivals

Shipshewana Antique Festival

August 05 - August 05, 2017

Bring the whole family and find a treasure at the 2017 Shipshewana Antique Festival!

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Elkhart Amish Buggy
Fairs and Festivals

36th Annual Antique Farm Power Steam & Gas Show

August 10 - August 12, 2017

This years event will feature Minneapolis Moline Tractors and Farm Equipment. Steam Engines, Antique Tractors, Gas Engines, Antique Farm Machinery, Sawmills, Arts & Crafts, Large Flea Market, Trading Post, Camping, Food and More!

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Sporting Events

Progressive Chicagoland In-Water Boat Show at Michigan City

August 10 - August 13, 2017

This is the largest in-water boat show on Lake Michigan

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Grassy Indiana Dunes next to beautiful sand beach and ocean
Community

Perseid Meteor Shower

August 11 - August 11, 2017

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Elkhart Jazz Festival
Fairs and Festivals

HannaFest

August 12 - August 12, 2017

HannaFest celebrates our small town history, heritage and people with a classic Midwest flair. Most events are free and within walking distance. Park and stroll our friendly streets for food, bargains, entertainment and family activities.

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Fairs and Festivals

Art Beat

August 19 - August 19, 2017

Engage your sense in this day-long showcase of over 200 visual, performing and culinary artists from the Michiana area. Stroll the streets of downtown South Bend during this free, family-friendly event.

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Fairs and Festivals

Lubeznik Art & Artisan Festival

August 19 - August 20, 2017

Celebrate and foster the appreciation of a dynamic array of contemporary artists and artisans through the exhibition and sale of contemporary art in a festival setting.

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Grassy Indiana Dunes next to beautiful sand beach and ocean
Fairs and Festivals

Aukiki River Festival

August 26 - August 27, 2017

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Grassy Indiana Dunes next to beautiful sand beach and ocean
Fairs and Festivals

Kouts Pork Fest

August 26 - August 26, 2017

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Family at Potato Creek State Park
Fairs and Festivals

Michiana Renaissance Festival

August 26 - August 27, 2017

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Blueberry Festival - Marshall Co
Fairs and Festivals

Marshall County Blueberry Festival

September 01 - September 04, 2017

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Grassy Indiana Dunes next to beautiful sand beach and ocean
Food/Beverage

Taste of Duneland

September 02 - September 02, 2017

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Marshall Balloon Fest
Fairs and Festivals

Rentown Old Fashion Days

September 08 - September 09, 2017

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Grassy Indiana Dunes next to beautiful sand beach and ocean
Fairs and Festivals

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

September 09 - September 09, 2017

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Nappanee Apple Festival
Fairs and Festivals

Nappanee Apple Festival

September 14 - September 17, 2017

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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Marshall Balloon Fest
Food/Beverage

Culver Wine Fair

September 15 - September 17, 2017

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Family at Potato Creek State Park
Food/Beverage

Zoo Brew

September 16 - September 16, 2017

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Elkhart Amish Buggy
Community

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale & Quilt Auction

September 22 - September 23, 2017

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Grassy Indiana Dunes next to beautiful sand beach and ocean
Fairs and Festivals

Hooked on Art – Live Street Art Festival

September 23 - September 23, 2017

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Grassy Indiana Dunes next to beautiful sand beach and ocean
Food/Beverage

Valpo Brewfest

September 30 - September 30, 2017

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Fall craft fair
Fairs and Festivals

Fall Crafter’s Fair

October 05 - October 07, 2017

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Shipshewana Amish Backroads Northeast
Arts and Entertainment

Ship-Chic Craft & Vintage Show Fall Marketplace

October 28 - October 28, 2017

This indoor handmade and vintage market features juried vendors who specialize in antiques, crafts, handmade items, primitives, artisan goods, furniture, salvage, home & garden décor, baked goods, gifts and so much more.

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Flight of Craft Beer
Food/Beverage

La Pour Brew & Wine Fest

November 18 - November 18, 2017

End of the season craft beer festival celebrating many local and national breweries

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Shipshewana Amish Backroads Northeast
Fairs and Festivals

Shipshewana Ice Festival

December 28 - December 29, 2017

December 28 Ice Carvers will be drilling and shaving blocks of ice all over Shipshewana

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