From warm summers along the trails to chilly winters around the fire, from pumpkin towers in the fall to the first blooms of spring, Elkhart County, Indiana, is lucky enough to go through all four seasons and celebrate them all. No matter the time of year, we always have something in the works.
Things get a bit sticky in the spring, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! The Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival features some of the sweetest treats around.
During the same season, The Quilt Gardens start to bloom, featuring tens of thousands of annuals arranged to create spectacular quilt displays.
Every summer the community comes together for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Midway rides takeover the skyline while the best fair food takes over your tastebuds. This is one of the largest county 4-H fairs in the country. Every night the grandstands are packed for free entertainment, and the days offer everything from a rodeo to a tractor pull, crowning a Fair Queen to a demolition derby.
Our farmers markets are legendary. From Elkhart Farmers Market to Goshen’s Mill Race Farmers Market to Nappanee’s Farmer’s Market, you meet the people who put their lives into their work, and savor the fruits of their labor on the spot!
Fall is fun all across Elkhart County. In Wakarusa, you can see the one-of-a-kind pumpkin tree. It literally stops traffic as it towers over the middle of the intersection at Waterford and Elkhart streets.
The Barns at Nappanee Home of Amish Acres has loads of fall fun for the whole family. You can see how to make authentic apple butter, take a guided tour of the historic Amish house, then go on a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch and pick one out to take home.
Cold nights are no match for warm hearts when the holiday season arrives. The Holiday Village at Linton’s Enchanted Gardens features 50,000 square feet of seasonal cheer, including dozens of curated trees featuring thousands of unique ornaments.
Wellfield Botanic Gardens stays open late to showcase their amazing Winter Wonderland holiday lights displays. Complimentary hot chocolate and fire pits will keep you warm as you peruse their well-crafted works of art.
Also around Christmas, The Michiana Event Center features a huge living nativity scene and an amazing equestrian show.
The Blue Gate Theater offers amazing entertainment year-round, and always schedules traditional seasonal shows.
When winter is at its coldest, we just chill-it! The Shipshewana Ice Festival Competition and Chili Cook-offs are a must-see. Artists with an eye for detail and a spirit of creativity carve amazing ice sculptures. Then head inside for the Chili Cook-Off. Talk with the chefs, try to see what makes each batch unique. Which is best? You be the judge!
Goshen also carves out its spot with the Fire and Ice Festival. Held in early January, extravagant ice sculptures line downtown streets. Then things heat up with fire dancers and marshmallow roasting.