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Northern Indiana's Heritage Trail Festivals!

Northern Indiana, also known as Amish Country, is full of things to do for visitors. You'll especially find a rich assortment of events along the Heritage Trail – located along Indiana State Routes 4, 5, 19, 119, and 120.

Let us introduce you to eight exciting festivals found throughout the region – and throughout the year:


1. THE QUILT GARDEN TRAIL

More than a million blooming flowers represent one of Amish Country's signature events, the Quilt Gardens. Explore over 21 ever-changing display of flower patterns made to resemble actual quilts.

The gardens are on display from Memorial Day through October 1 and can be found near Elkhart and Goshen.

2. SHIPSHEWANA AUCTION & FLEA MARKET

Held every Tuesday and Wednesday from the first of May through the end of October, the Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market draws visitors from all over the country. Explore Amish Country's finest auction, which features handcrafted and durable items such as furniture, handwoven baskets, and quilts.

Northern Indiana Heritage Trail Events

Shipshewana

3. ELKHART JAZZ FESTIVAL

Northern Indiana's center, downtown Elkhart, throws this weekend-long jazz celebration every year.

Join the fun in late June – explore live entertainment, a free Main Street stage or a paid but more intimate performance at one of the city's many venues, including the Lerner Theatre.

4. GOSHEN FIRST FRIDAYS

On the first Friday of every month, Goshen's businesses and residents take over and party in the downtown district.

In the summertime, visitors can enjoy free concerts on the Courthouse lawn, Chalk the Walk, and a Rain Barrel Auction. In the winter, don't miss the Fire and Ice Festival.

5. ELKHART COUNTY 4-H FAIR

Stop by one of the largest county fairs in the country at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Held for nine days in July, the fair features rodeo demonstrations, grandstand entertainment, tractor-pull racing, and more.

Northern Indiana Heritage Trail Events

Amish Acres

6. ANNUAL AMISH ACRES ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL

Held in August, this Amish Acres festival features over 300 artists and crafters and a celebration of their work. Enjoy live entertainment and delicious foods, including the signature apple pie and zucchini bread.

7. WAKARUSA MAPLE SYRUP FEST

Come in April and join this weekend-long event near Elkhart.

The event throws a festival parade, musical entertainment, all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage buffet, baking contests, tractor shows, and more.

8. HERITAGE TRAIL AUDIO TOUR

No matter what time of year you visit, explore the hidden secrets of the Heritage Trail with the Heritage Trail Audio Driving Tour.

Explore hidden businesses and catch the latest hidden event thanks to this free audio guide, available at the Elkhart County Visitors Center.

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Inn & Suites

3326 Cassopolis Street, Elkhart IN 46514-6740
Phone: (574) 262-8761  |  Fax: (574) 266-8984  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Inn

900 Lincolnway E, Goshen IN 46526-4219
Phone: (574) 533-0408  |  Fax: (574) 533-0408  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Plus Howe Inn

8080 N State Road 9, Howe IN 46746-9822
Phone: (260) 562-2880  |  Fax: (260) 562-2810  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Kendallville Inn

621 Professional Way, Kendallville IN 46755-2930
Phone: (260) 347-5263  |  Fax: (260) 349-0544  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Plus Mishawaka Inn

445 W University Drive, Mishawaka IN 46545-1105
Phone: (574) 273-2309  |  Fax: (574) 273-0258  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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