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Indiana’s Cool North is calling.

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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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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Michigan City Laporte

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.

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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

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, 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.

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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; 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.

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Classic Car Cruise In

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 you

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INDIANA DUNES BIRDING FESTIVAL

May 13 - May 16, 2021

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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Chesterton Wizard of Oz Days

May 15 - May 16, 2021

Experience that Magic of OZ at the 2021 Wizard of Oz Days in Chesterton,

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Shipshewana Swap Meet

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 food

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SUNSET HILL KANSAS CITY BBQ COMPETITION

May 15 - May 15, 2021

Porter County Parks and Recreation is very excited to host the first Sunset Hill Kansas City BBQ Competition

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SPRING ARTISAN AND FOOD FESTIVAL at The Barns

May 15 - May 15, 2021

The Barns Spring Artisan Market with live music joins with Visit Nappanee's annual Taste of Nappanee event.

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Blues Brunch Cruise

Every Sunday starting May 30

Step aboard the Emita II as we cruise the Lake Michigan shoreline while listening to some live blues music.

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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail

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.

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Memorial Day Extended Flea Market

May 31 - June 02, 2021

The Midwest’s Largest Flea Market is open Monday, May 31 through Wednesday, June 2 for Memorial Day!

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Arts in the Park

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 band

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Take-A-Kid Fishing

June 05 - June 05, 2021

People of all ages are welcome to participate in the Take-A-Kid Fishing event at beautiful Rogers-Lakewood Park.

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RHAPSODY ART AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 10 - June 13, 2021

A waterside celebration of summer at Island Park

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Oakwood Fine Arts Festival

June 12 - June 12, 2021

Bringing together 30 local and regional artists from around the northern Indiana area in an outdoor family-friendly environment.

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Elkhart Jazz Festival

June 18 - June 20, 2021

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

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JUNE WEEKEND at SHIPSHEWANA FLEA MARKET

June 18 - June 19, 2021

The Shipshewana Flea Market will be open June 18-19 for a special weekend flea market!

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CORKSCREW & BREW

June 19 - June 19, 2021

Set in Chesterton’s beautiful Thomas Centennial Park, the Fifth Annual Corkscrew & Brew will gather local wineries and breweries for this tasting.

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SHIPSHEWANA QUILT FESTIVAL

June 23 - June 26, 2021

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

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RACLHC 4th Annual Tractor Show

June 25 - June 27, 2021

Rumely Allis-Chalmers LaPorte Heritage Center 4th Annual Tractor Show featuring Rumely and Allis-Chalmers tractors and equipment.

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Michiana Master Gardeners’ Association Annual Garden Tour

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 Association

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Arts and Entertainment

Red Wine and Brew @ the Summit

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.

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Shopping

4th of July Extended Flea Market

July 05 - July 07, 2021

The Midwest’s Largest Flea Market is open Monday, July 5 through Wednesday, July 7 for 4th of July!

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PBR Bull Fest

July 09 - July 10, 2021

The Professional Bull Riders are coming to the MEC

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Sporting Events

Michigan City AquaX Grand Prix

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 ones

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Fairs and Festivals

LaPorte County Fair and Pioneer Land

July 10 - July 17, 2021

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

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Beyond the Beach Music Fest

July 17 - July 17, 2021

This all day fest will feature some of the best bands in the region as well as an artisan market

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Porter County Fair

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.

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Fairs and Festivals

Elkhart County 4-H Fair

July 23-31

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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Urban Adventure Games

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.

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Arts and Entertainment

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival

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.

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Community

Great Lakes Grand Prix

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 Michigan

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Shipshewana Antique Festival

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!

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PRAIRIE MAGIC MUSIC FESTIVAL

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.

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AUGUST WEEKEND at SHIPSHEWANA FLEA MARKET

August 20 - August 21, 2021

The Shipshewana Flea Market will be open August 20-21 for a special weekend flea market!

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Historical

AUKIKI RIVER FESTIVAL

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.

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Fairs and Festivals

KOUTS PORK FEST

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.

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Community

Labor Day Extended Flea Market

September 06 - September 08, 2021

The Midwest’s Largest Flea Market is open Monday, Sept 6 through Wednesday, Sept 8 for Labor Day!

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Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

September 11 - September 11, 2021

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

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Nappanee Apple Festival

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!

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Fairs and Festivals

Hooked on Art – Live Street Art Festival

September 18 - September 18, 2021

A festival that celebrates live street art in progress.

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World Cultural Festival

September 19 - September 19, 2021

The World Cultural Festival is a celebration of art, food, dance, and music from around the world.

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MICHIANA MENNONITE RELIEF SALE & QUILT AUCTION

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 disasters

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VALPO BREWFEST

September 25 - September 25, 2021

Join the Annual Valpo Brewfest.; a celebration of great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it

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