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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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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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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

Every Sunday and most Tuesdays at 6:30pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Central Region Tournament July 13-14

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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Sporting Events

U.S. SENIOR OPEN

June 25 - June 30, 2019

Many of golf’s legends will gather at Warren Golf Course for the U.S. Senior Open,

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LaPorte 4th of July Week

Celebrate in LaPorte, July 3-5

Fireworks at the LaPorte Fairgrounds on July 3, a 4th of July parade in downtown LaPorte, and movie night at the Civic Auditorium at dusk on July 5.

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Red, Wine and Brew

July 03 - July 03, 2019

Beer. Bands. BBQ. A benefit for LaPorte County Sherriff, EMS and and LaPorte City Fire & Police Departments.

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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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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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Arts and Entertainment

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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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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Gateway Mile Auto Fest

July 19 - July 20, 2019

Talk to owners, interact with car buffs, get a photo with your dream car, enjoy live music, and grab some great food- all while enjoying vibrant Downtown Elkhart.

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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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Kosciusko Dixie
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11th Annual Dixie Day Festival & Art Fair

July 27 - July 27, 2019

Festival honors historic Dixie with something for everyone. Extra cruises Dixie sternwheel paddle boat, sanctioned 5K, juried arts & crafts fair,

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Arts and Entertainment

Village Jazz Festival

July 27 - July 27, 2019

A day of live jazz and entertainment, featuring food trucks, a beer garden and 2 stages of jazz music.

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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

WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR 2019

August 01 - August 04, 2019

The B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Michell and P-51 Mustang will be available for tours and rides

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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

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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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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Art Beat

August 17 - August 17, 2019

The streets of downtown are filled with performing, visual, and culinary artists, for a day-long celebration of our local artists!

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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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Arts and Entertainment

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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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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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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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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Downtown for the Holidays

November 30 - December 21, 2019

Celebrate Christmas at the Santa Parade or Winter Market!

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