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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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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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SHUTTLE BUS TOURS OF INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK

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Join a ranger for a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Park in one of the park's heated, 15-passenger shuttle buses. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Call 219-395-1882.

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Zoos are open for the year!

March 29 - November 01, 2019

A sign of spring -- our zoos are open!

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SHIPSHEWANA GOOD FRIDAY HORSE SALE

April 19 - April 19, 2019

A special sale attracting hundreds of horse lovers from all over the country, lasting well into the evening with up to 400 or more horses sold

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WAKARUSA MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

April 26 - April 29, 2019

Hot from the griddle pancakes smothered in pure maple syrup are a highlight at this event that’s been a town tradition

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HORSEBACK RIDING AT THE DUNES

April 27 - April 27, 2019

Join fellow equestrians for an extremely rare chance to ride on the beaches of Lake Michigan BYOH (bring your own horse).

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Arts and Entertainment

RIVER BEND FILM FESTIVAL IN GOSHEN

May 02 - May 04, 2019

This celebration of independent cinema from around the globe.

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Shopping

4th Annual LaPorte County Spring Barn/Shop Hop

May 03 - May 05, 2019

Tour five 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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Shipshewana Mayfest

May 03 - May 04, 2019

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

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Shopping

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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INDIANA DUNES BIRDING FESTIVAL

May 16 - May 19, 2019

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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Historical

COOK’S BISON RANCH CALF DAYS

May 25 - May 25, 2019

Join us for a day of family fun at the Red, White & Bison Calf Days event to help welcome our new bison babies!

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Arts and Entertainment

JAMMIN WITH SAVE THE DUNES

June 01 - June 01, 2019

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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Fairs and Festivals

Queen Of All Saints Parish Festival

June 06 - June 09, 2019

The Queen of All Saints Festival is an annual event with music, food, fun, rides, beer garden, bingo, crafts, kids’ games and more.

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RHAPSODY ART AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 07 - June 09, 2019

Showcasing national and local entertainment hourly, craft booths, kids’ activities, antique autos plus ethnic and festival foods at Island Park

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WEEKEND FLEA MARKET – DOG DAYS AT SHIPSHEWANA FLEA MARKET

June 14 - June 15, 2019

Bring your four-legged, furry doggo to the Shipshewana Flea Market for our special June weekend market!

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ARTS ON THE MILLRACE

June 15 - June 15, 2019

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

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SHIPSHEWANA QUILT FESTIVAL

June 19 - June 22, 2019

An award-winning 4-day event including: lectures and workshops and internationally recognized quilters.

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Jazz Festival Elkhart
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Elkhart Jazz Festival

June 21 - June 23, 2019

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

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GOSHEN CRUISIN’ REUNION

July 05 - July 05, 2019

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

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Fairs and Festivals

LaPorte County Fair and Pioneer Land

July 07 - July 13, 2019

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

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ANGOLA BALLOONS ALOFT

July 12 - July 13, 2019

The balloon pilots are some of the country's finest pilots and will be competing for cash and prizes in this annual invitational

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Sand Sculpture Contest at Indiana Dunes State Park

July 13 - July 13, 2019

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

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Fairs and Festivals

Porter County Fair

July 18 - July 27, 2019

There are great rides, great food and loads of exhibits and events. Check out the 4-H exhibits; ride the double Ferris Wheel.

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Elkhart County Fair
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Elkhart County 4-H Fair

July 19 - July 27, 2019

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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Pierogi Fest

July 26 - July 28, 2019

Taking place in Whiting, Indiana, Pierogi Fest® celebrates Eastern European food and culture with a wacky familial twist.

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11th Annual Award Winning Great Lakes Grand Prix

August 01 - August 04, 2019

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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Arts and Entertainment

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival

August 01 - August 04, 2019

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

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Historical

SHIPSHEWANA STEAM & GAS SHOW

August 03 - August 03, 2019

Hear the roar of the engines and watch the annual steam and tractor show; held in conjunction with the Shipshewana Antique Festival & Vintage Market.

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ELKHART RIVERWALK GRAND PRIX

August 09 - August 11, 2019

One of the country’s greatest street races is returning to Elkhart, Indiana this August to tackle the new Riverwalk race course.

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Shopping

WEEKEND FLEA MARKET – MOTHER/DAUGHTER DAYS

August 16 - August 17, 2019

The Shipshewana Flea Market will be open August 16 & 17 for a special Mother / Daughter weekend event!

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Arts and Entertainment

Lubeznik Arts Festival

August 17 - August 18, 2019

Features fine art and fine craft exhibitors alongside contemporary art galleries, food and interactive family activities.

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PRAIRIE MAGIC MUSIC FESTIVAL

August 17 - August 17, 2019

The Prairie Magic Music Festival, held each August at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, is a celebration of Rock, Blues, and Americana music.

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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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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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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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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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