Experience the state’s best kept secret. Come explore our nine 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 visit the Indiana Dunes, ride in a real Amish buggy, hit a Vegas-style casino, and walk the grounds of the University of Notre Dame 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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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!
Michigan City, LaPorte, Westville, Wanatah
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Culver, “Cape Cod of the Midwest,” is home to Lake Max, the second largest natural lake in Indiana. It takes time to unwind, and there’s no better place to spend it that in Marshall 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.
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.View Details
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.View Details
Flea Market every Tuesday and Wednesday, May through September; Auctions held Wednesday & Friday year-round
The Shipshewana Flea Market is a do-not-miss Hoosier tradition with nearly 700 booths in an open-air market covering 40 acres.View Details
Thursday evenings from 4:30pm-8:00pm, May 6 through September 30.
Whether you are a classic car owner or a car enthusiast this event is for youView Details
Swap Meets are held the 3rd Saturday of the month, daylight to 1pm, May-Oct
The Swap Meet is an outdoor, open-air marketplace, selling fowl, poultry, small animals, pets, produce, baked goods, antiques, guns, flowers, trees, shrubs, and foodView Details
Every Sunday starting May 30
Step aboard the Emita II as we cruise the Lake Michigan shoreline while listening to some live blues music.View Details
May 30 - September 15, 2021
This colorful patchwork of quilt inspired gardens and quilt-themed murals is linked by the roads that form the Heritage Trail.View Details
Wednesday's and Thursday's June 3-August 26. See website for specific dates.
A different band is featured each week throughout the summer… jazz, pop, blues, country, Christian, barber-shop, big bandView Details
June 11, July 9, Aug 13, & Oct 15
Join Friday Fest in downtown Nappanee, featuring a different theme each month with shopping booths and children’s activities to round out the family fun!View Details
Every third Friday, June-September
A free concert series at the NIBCO Water and Ice Park on the third Friday of June, July, August, September.View Details
June 23 - June 26, 2021
Experience the Mermaid Festival! This multi-day event includes: parades, pageants, races, merchant and food vendors.View Details
June 23 - June 26, 2021
An award-winning 4-day event including: lectures and workshops and internationally recognized quilters.View Details
June 25 - June 27, 2021
Rumely Allis-Chalmers LaPorte Heritage Center 4th Annual Tractor Show featuring Rumely and Allis-Chalmers tractors and equipment.View Details
June 26 - June 26, 2021
Tour seven diverse private home gardens in the Bristol Area vetted by local Master Gardeners from the Michiana Master Gardener AssociationView Details
July 02 - July 02, 2021
Red Wine and Brew features Eddie Montgomery along with other country music artists; great food, beer and wine tasting, and fireworks.View Details
July 05 - July 07, 2021
The Midwest’s Largest Flea Market is open Monday, July 5 through Wednesday, July 7 for 4th of July!View Details
July 09 - July 10, 2021
The Professional Bull Riders are coming to the MECView Details
July 10 - July 11, 2021
Michigan City AquaX Grand Prix which is a REC Ride for all racers who are curious about the sport as well as experienced onesView Details
July 10 - July 17, 2021
Oldest Indiana fair features Pioneer Land, rides, 4-H exhibits, bazaar, demolition derbies, food and celebrity entertainment,View Details
July 17 - July 17, 2021
This all day fest will feature some of the best bands in the region as well as an artisan marketView Details
July 22 - July 31, 2021
There are great rides, great food and loads of exhibits and events. Check out the 4-H exhibits; ride the double Ferris Wheel.View Details
Non-stop action and 9 days of family fun are guaranteed at one of the largest county fairs in the nation.View Details
July 31 - July 31, 2021
The urban adventure games is a thrilling, zany, action-packed exploratory race showcasing the communities of downtown South Bend and Mishawaka.View Details
August 05 - August 08, 2021
The 300 booths of vendors at The Amish Acres, Arts & Crafts Festivals represents over 200 cities and 30 states from across America.View Details
August 05 - August 08, 2021
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 MichiganView Details
August 07 - August 07, 2021
Bring the family and find a treasure at the Shipshewana Antique Festival. Shop quality dealers who set up selling antiques, jewelry, vintage items, collectibles, furniture, up-cycled products, glassware, and toys, and more!View Details
August 14 - August 14, 2021
The Prairie Magic Music Festival, held each August at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, is a celebration of Rock, Blues, and Americana music.View Details
August 20 - August 21, 2021
The Shipshewana Flea Market will be open August 20-21 for a special weekend flea market!View Details
August 22 - August 22, 2021
Spend a summer day strolling through beautiful gardens, perusing fine art, listening to music and enjoying a sampling of tasty foods.View Details
August 28 - August 29, 2021
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.View Details
August 28 - August 28, 2021
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.View Details
September 06 - September 08, 2021
The Midwest’s Largest Flea Market is open Monday, Sept 6 through Wednesday, Sept 8 for Labor Day!View Details
September 11 - September 11, 2021
This long-standing community tradition returns. The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all agesView Details
September 16 - September 19, 2021
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!View Details
September 18 - September 18, 2021
A festival that celebrates live street art in progress.View Details
September 19 - September 19, 2021
The World Cultural Festival is a celebration of art, food, dance, and music from around the world.View Details
September 24 - September 25, 2021
Browse tents filled with crafts, housewares plus homemade pies, breads, cheeses, sausages and other goodies. Come join the festivities and bring your family and friends, and help raise money for those suffering from natural disastersView Details