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Elkhart Amish Buggy at Dawn
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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

Arts and Entertainment

EPIC ART ALONG THE HERITAGE TRAIL

May 30 - October 20, 2017

Gigantic public art display is open for free viewing this summer only. 56 Seward Johnson life-size bronze sculptures and a 25-foot tall, 27,000 pound monumental scale sculpture.

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Summer Rhapsody Music Festival

See website for schedule of concerts

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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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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Arts and Entertainment

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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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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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 will showcase some of LaPorte County's finest establishments.

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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, and special festival foods.

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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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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.

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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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Community

Perseid Meteor Shower

August 11 - August 11, 2017

Join a ranger for a spectacular evening light show courtesy of this annual meteor shower.

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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.

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Art Beat

August 19 - August 19, 2017

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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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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Aukiki River Festival

August 26 - August 27, 2017

Experience life as it was from the mid 1700s to the 1930s.

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Kouts Pork Fest

August 26 - August 26, 2017

The streets are filled with food vendors, arts and crafts, live entertainment, pork burger eating contest, double elimination cornhole tournament, and a guess-the-weight-of-a-pig contest.

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Michiana Renaissance Festival

August 26 - August 27, 2017

Come all to the annual Michiana Renaissance Festival at Pinhook Park in South Bend

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Blueberry Festival - Marshall Co
Fairs and Festivals

Marshall County Blueberry Festival

September 01 - September 04, 2017

Held over Labor Day weekend the Blueberry Festival is one of the Midwest's premier events and has been named a "Top 100 Event" in North American by the American Bus Association.

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

Taste of Duneland

September 02 - September 02, 2017

Taste food from local eateries and non-profit groups in the Duneland area. Live music, beer and wine garden, and bounce houses for the kids

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Fairs and Festivals

Rentown Old Fashion Days

September 08 - September 09, 2017

Steam Show, Tractor/Engine Show, Pony Rides, Antique Swap Meet, Threshing, Sawmill, Blacksmith Horse Plowing, Train Rides, Wood Carving, Food, Food and More Food!!!

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Fairs and Festivals

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

September 09 - September 09, 2017

The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages. Over 250 arts & crafts booths, 35 food booths, kids' games, five-mile Popcorn Panic, two live music stages and the nation's first Popcorn Parade

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Community

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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Food/Beverage

Culver Wine Fair

September 15 - September 17, 2017

A wine tasting event upon the beautiful shores of Lake Maxinkuckee.

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Food/Beverage

Zoo Brew

September 16 - September 16, 2017

Zoo Brew will be held at the Potawatomi Zoo and feature craft beer from the area’s finest breweries and distributors.

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Community

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale & Quilt Auction

September 22 - September 23, 2017

Browse tents filled with crafts, housewares plus homemade pies, breads, cheeses, sausages and other goodies to raise funds for those suffering from natural disasters.

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Fairs and Festivals

Hooked on Art – Live Street Art Festival

September 23 - September 23, 2017

A festival that celebrates live street art in progress.

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Food/Beverage

Valpo Brewfest

September 30 - September 30, 2017

This annual event is a celebration of great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it.

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Fall craft fair
Fairs and Festivals

Fall Crafter’s Fair

October 05 - October 07, 2017

A festival of crafters, entertainers, and musicians that has become an annual fall event.

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Community

Culver Fall Fest

October 06 - October 08, 2017

Culver Fall Fest is an annual weekend event held in October.

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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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Community

Bremen Holy Walk

December 01 - December 02, 2017

Experience what life was like when Jesus was born by taking a walking tour of Bethlehem!

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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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