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Quilt Gardens

It’s free, it’s fun and it’s fantastic!

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Quilt Gardens

Downtowns

friendly hometown hospitality

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Downtowns

Our History

Buggies clattering along country roads here are idyllic reminders of this region's rich Amish heritage of hard work, devotion to family and a simple life lived well. Yet there’s more to the Elkhart County story.

Our History

Pumpkinvine

Experience vacation variety with activities galore.

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Pumpkinvine

Itins & Top Tens

Find the best of everything here.

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Itins & Top Tens

Drive The Heritage Trail

Voted a USA Today Readers Choice and named one of America’s “Most Scenic Drives” This scenic winding loop explores welcoming communities, area attractions and Amish life. It’s easy to follow, packed with fun facts, and best of all, you set the pace. Start with a Free audio driving tour (available in CD or digital download)

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Drive The Heritage Trail
Coming Home

Epic Art Adventures

Epic Art Adventures along the Heritage Trail You’ll be captivated at every turn as you discover the amazing public art along the Heritage Trail. 56 Seward Johnson life-size bronze sculptures and a 25-foot tall, 27,000 pound monumental scale sculpture. Viewable FREE Now - October 20 EpicArtAdventures.com

Shipshewana Horse Auction

Multiple Dates 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Every Friday, horse lovers from all over the United States join us for our weekly auction of Driving, Work and Saddle horses and Ponies. The auction begins at 10:30 am with Tack in the Livestock Barn.

The Confession, the hit musical at the Blue Gate

Apr 6th - Jul 1st, 2017 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

The Confession is a captivating story of a young Amish woman who is caught in the middle of secrets and scandal, love lost and love found, and personal heartache and healing. With the laughter that ensues when a New York actress tries to play a “Plain” woman and the emotion that is inevitable when lies are uncovered and truth is revealed, audiences will enjoy a roller coaster of highs and lows. Mix that with soaring melodies, inspiring lyrics, and glorious orchestrations and the time will fly by. “It’s a brilliant love story and a keep-you-at-the-edge-of-your-seat mystery all wrapped into one. Men and women alike will be anxious to find out what happens,” says premiere director, Wally Nason. And show producer Dan Posthuma adds, “Beverly Lewis is a remarkable storyteller. She has given us a rich plot, with compelling characters that courageously confront their past, their future, and their faith. And the music! You’ll have a hard time deciding which tune to hum on the way home.” The music for The Confession has been written and produced in Nashville, TN where the best of the best gather to collaborate on projects... hence the name, Music City. And the libretto has been written by veteran writer, Martha Bolton who is best known for her work with Bob Hope, Mark Lowry, and Chonda Pierce. Of course, Beverly Lewis, who USA Today hails as the ‘queen of the genre’ when it comes to Amish love stories, is the one who wrote the book that the musical is based on (actually, the story comes from the trilogy of The Shunning, The Confession, and The Reckoning). What a team! What a show! Come see what happens when the plain life, the not-so-plain life, and the down right extravagant life all meet together in the new musical, The Confession.

Sculpture in the Gardens: Heavy Metal at Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Multiple Dates 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Wellfield Botanic Gardens is pleased to announce a NEW, collaborative sculpture exhibit, on display from May 13 through September 30, 2017. Presented by the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, with support from Vision in Mission and Goshen College, the exhibit features ten large, metallic sculptures positioned thoughtfully around the gardens for viewing enjoyment. All sculptures incorporate ‘found’ or repurposed materials, an important component for sustainability of our natural resources! John Mishler photoTwo of the pieces were created by nationally renowned art sculptor John Mishler, who specializes in the use of the common metals including aluminum, copper, steel, and stainless steel to create both abstract and symbolic works of art. Many of John’s outdoor pieces incorporate kinetic energy and have moving parts that turn with the wind. The “moving sculptures” have become John’s trademark. He has works in many public and corporate collections such as ESPN Zone, Chicago; Andrew Corp., Orland Park, IL; City of Elkhart, IN; Wisconsin Percent for Art Commission, U of Wisconsin; Madison & Walker & Co., and Reston, VA. He has works in private collections across the US, Canada & the South of France. Mishler’s sculptures will be accompanied by eight additional large-scale sculptures created by John’s former students and colleagues from the Goshen, Indiana area. Sculptures are numbered 1 through 10 and can be viewed (in order) walking counter-clockwise around the Garden’s main walkway. The exhibit is free with admission to the Gardens.

Camp Mack Survivor Camp

Jun 18th - Jun 24th, 2017 2:00 PM - 10:30 AM

This camp is for kids that have completed grades six through nine. Discover what it means to live close to the earth! Deepen your connection with God's creation. Build natural shelters, gather water safely, make primitive fires and gather wild foods. Learn navigation skills and play awareness games. Survivor Camp will reawaken your relations wit the Creator and Creation! Campers from Brethren Heights will join campers from Camp Mack.

Shipshewana Quilt Festival

Multiple Dates 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

The 2017 Quilt & Vendor Show will open at 12 noon on June 21. The Quilt Show will once again be juried and limited to approximately 200 quilts. You can look forward to the best of the best! Many different vendors from around the country will provide you with the newest and best products. Whether you have entered a quilt to be judged or are adding to your collection by shopping the vendors, you are sure to have an enjoyable experience! A concession stand will operate inside the Quilt & Vendor Show Wednesday, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and Thursday through Saturday, 11 am to 3:00 pm. Activities Stage This is the place within the show to sit and listen to product presentations and demos from vendors, show sponsors, and others! Check the on-site schedule.  

Elkhart Jazz Festival

Multiple Dates 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Check out the Elkhart Jazz Festival Facebook page for updates and Instagram ElkhartJazzFestival to view & share photos. Be sure to include #elkhartjazzfestival on Instagram!

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  • If you love quilts or the arts in general, you won't want to miss this presentation by author Suzi Parron at the Elkhart Public Library.

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  • #Eat Saturday, June 24, at Cafe Navarre, South Bend's pop-up tent on Main Street for the Elkhart Jazz Festival, and while you're at it, grab a beer at the beer garden. The beer garden is run by Pillars of Elkhart, and the money raised this weekend helps Pillars with events throughout the year. #lovewhereyoulive

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  • The Wellfield Botanic Gardens are also home to a handsome collection of bronze wildlife. The mother and cubs frolicking in their idyllic setting invite touching. Standing in the Elk Garden, the majestic Roosevelt Elk represents the life and heart of the #Elkhart community, and nearby the American Bald Eagle is a symbol of freedom. Be on the lookout to spot other delightful bronze creatures such as otter, turtles, kingfishers and herons that inhabit the Gardens too.

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  • #EpicArtAdventures along the Heritage Trail realized in the beautiful blooms of 19 super-sized #QuiltGardens, 22 hand-painted quilt-themed murals and 57 stunningly realistic #SewardJohnson sculptures. Dont miss this one-of-a-kind FREE public art display this summer in #Elkhart, #Goshen, #Middlebury, #Nappanee, #Bristol and #Wakarusa. #H2GIndiana

  • Fantastic ice cream is often the reward when you ride your bike on Elkhart County's trails and bike routes.