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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. A national park. 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 this 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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Elkhart County

Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Bristol, Wakarusa, Shipshewana

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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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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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 Amish Buggy

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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Festivals & Events

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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CHESTERTON’S EUROPEAN MARKET

Every Saturday from the beginning of May through the end of October

Our European Market provides a strong tradition of quality shopping, live entertainment, and a festive community experience.

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Shipshewana Flea Market & Auctions

Flea Market every Tuesday and Wednesday, May through September 2019; Auctions held Wednesday & Friday year-round

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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Quilt Gardens
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail

May 30 - September 15, 2019

Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail - More than a million vibrant blooms • 17 gigantic gardens and 21 hand-painted super-sized murals

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Lake City Skiers Water Ski Show

Weekly shows every Sunday and most Tuesdays 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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Arts in the Park

Wednesday's and Thursday's June 5 to August 29

Free Concert and Fine Arts Series at Fox Park in LaPorte

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Valparaiso Summer Concert Series

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Come out and enjoy the sounds of the season with the Valparaiso Summer Concert Series.

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NOTRE DAME SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

July 19 to August 24; Check website for dates and locations

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival announces the 2019 season, featuring community favorites and exciting new events throughout Michiana.

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Shipshewana’s Majestic Frontier Equestrian Variety Show

August 02 - August 24, 2019

90 minutes of gunslinging, riding, roping, action packed equestrian variety show

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Historical

AUKIKI RIVER FESTIVAL

August 24 - August 25, 2019

Experience life as it was from the mid 1700s to the 1930s at the Aukiki River Festival. Interact with more than 35 encampments, see blanket traders, and the Collier's General Store.

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Fairs and Festivals

KOUTS PORK FEST

August 24 - August 24, 2019

Still Getting Dirty South of 30 for 40 years. The annual Porkfest in downtown Kouts. Events will be happening all day throughout the downtown area.

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Michiana Renaissance Festival

August 24 - August 25, 2019

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

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TASTE OF THE GARDENS AT WELLFIELD BOTANIC GARDENS

August 25 - August 25, 2019

Spend a summer day strolling through beautiful gardens, perusing fine art, listening to music and enjoying a sampling of tasty foods.

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Blueberry Festival - Marshall Co
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Marshall County Blueberry Festival

August 30 - September 03, 2019

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

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Labor Day Weekend Hesston Steam & Power Show

August 30 - September 03, 2019

Four BIG days including all three railroads with many trains on each day.

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Food/Beverage

Taste of Duneland

August 31 - August 31, 2019

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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Sporting Events

Urban Adventure Games

September 07 - September 07, 2019

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

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Historical

Door Village Harvest Festival

September 07 - September 08, 2019

The Door Village Harvest Festival offers history demonstrations, including Civil War Encampment, 1832 Pioneer Settler’s Camp, and Native American Camp.

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Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

September 07 - September 07, 2019

This long-standing community tradition returns for its 41st year. The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages

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ARTS ON THE MILLRACE

September 07 - September 07, 2019

Millrace trail transforms into an outdoor gallery, showcasing fine art ranging from painting to woodworking to metalwork.

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Nappanee Apple Festival
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Nappanee Apple Festival

September 12 - September 15, 2019

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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BACON FEST

September 13 - September 14, 2019

Come out and enjoy two full days of music, crafts, and of course bacon! Bacon Fest is two days this year, which means double the Bacon.

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Polish Heritage Fest at Friendship Botanic Gardens

September 15 - September 15, 2019

Polka, polish sausage and pierogis make everyone feel at least a little bit Polish at this lively festival.

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Fairs and Festivals

Hooked on Art – Live Street Art Festival

September 21 - September 21, 2019

A festival that celebrates live street art in progress.

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INDIANA DUNES APPLES FESTIVAL

September 21 - September 22, 2019

Celebrate autumn with an Apples Festival at the historic Chellberg Farm, with activities such as tractor-pulled hayrides, games and crafts, and even apple-chucking.

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Sunflower Fair

September 21 - September 21, 2019

The Sunflower Fair in beautiful, historic Downtown La Porte, with over 100 craft and nonprofit vendors

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Wanatah Scarecrow Festival

September 27 - September 29, 2019

Arts and crafts, rides for children, a pork chop dinner, fish fry and pancake breakfast, a parade, scarecrow sculpting, variety acts, a car show, and more!

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Pioneer Days at Creek Ridge County Park

September 28 - September 29, 2019

Experience wagon rides, outdoor cooking, crafts, food, and more. Visit with historically clad vendors, and try activities that are both fun and educational!

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Hesston Steam Museum
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Chicago Days at Hesston Steam Museum

September 29 - September 30, 2019

Featuring trains you grew up riding: the miniature steam train from Kiddieland in Melrose Park and the Brookfield, Salt Creek & Western Railroad that meandered through the Brookfield Zoo

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Arts and Entertainment

Shipshewana Fall Crafter’s Fair

October 03 - October 05, 2019

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

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Seasonal

Shipshewana Across the Road Indoor Market

Every Friday and Saturday October 4 to December 7

Enjoy holiday shopping from your favorite Shipshewana Flea Market vendors, as well as, a selection of local vendors.

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Fairs and Festivals

INDIANA DUNES OUTDOOR ADVENTURE FESTIVAL

October 04 - October 06, 2019

Showcases the region's natural and cultural significance through hiking, paddling, biking, and other activities such as geocaching, photography, birding, and orienteering in the Indiana Dunes

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5th Annual LaPorte County Fall Barn/Shop Hop

October 04 - October 06, 2019

Shop LaPorte County’s best kept secrets- tour 5 unique area shops offering antiques, folk art, handcrafts, salvage, re-purposed, vintage, primitives, furniture, yard art, one-of-a-kinds and more.

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Westville Pumpkin Festival

October 04 - October 06, 2019

Join us for a celebration of the pumpkin harvest in a true Midwestern-style family event. Come enjoy pumpkin pie along with food and craft booths, tractor pulls, a parade, run/walk event and live entertainment.

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Barker Blackout Tours

October 05 - October 06, 2019

Hear eerie stories about the city’s past and the mansion.

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Hesston Ghost Train

Saturdays and Sundays, October 12 - 27

All aboard for some spooky fun when the Hesston Ghost Train rolls out at the Hesston Steam Museum

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Nature

SANDHILL CRANE PADDLE

October 13 - October 13, 2019

Witness one of America's greatest wildlife spectacles: tens of thousands of sandhill cranes visiting the shallow marches on their annual migration.

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Masquerade at the Mansion

October 18 - October 18, 2019

Hear a spine-tingling reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death” and make your own mask.

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Seasonal

Boo At The Washington Park Zoo

October 19 - October 19, 2019

A safe trick or treating experience for your ghosts and goblins! Area businesses sponsor booths along the decorated zoo paths and hand out candy to the kids.

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Flame + Flair Uptown Halloween Festival

October 26 - October 26, 2019

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SHIPSHEWANA LIGHT PARADE

November 09 - November 09, 2019

Holiday Light Parade officially kicks off the Christmas season in Shipshewana and begins at dusk (6:00pm).

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Downtown for the Holidays

November 30 - December 21, 2019

Celebrate Christmas at the Santa Parade or Winter Market!

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