Our Top 10: Summer Fairs and Festivals

Quilt Gardens

 

1. Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail:  You’ve never seen quilts this big, patterns this eye-popping and settings this striking.  See all 19 supersized Quilt Gardens FREE through September in Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shipshewana and Wakarusa. (Now thru October 1)

Goshen First Fridays

 

2. Goshen First Fridays: Party on at monthly, themed celebrations that pack downtown streets with music, food & fun.  Coming up:  Sweet Summer Kick-off  (June 5 ), Cruisin’ Reunion (July 3) and Sandblast (August 7).

Elkhart Jazz Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Elkhart Jazz Festival:  Elkhart’s Gateway Mile sizzles with 5 stages of live entertainment, indoor & RiverWalk dining, al fresco cafés and special events at downtown cultural attractions.  21 top featured acts include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, David Sanborn and Bucky Pizzarelli. (June 19 – 21)

Pumpkinvine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Pumpkinvine Bike Ride:  Pedal past Amish farms, rolling fields and leafy canopies. Choose routes from 12 – 102 miles. They all lead to a sweet finish of pie & ice cream at the end of the ride!  Families love it. You will too. (June 20)

Shipshewana Quilt Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Shipshewana Quilt Festival: Take workshops led by pros, hop to backroad shops, see Amish quilt displays and admire quilt-themed gardens.  It’s all pieced into four days of quilting fun.  (June 24 – 27)

GatewayMile AutoFest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Gateway Mile AutoFest:  Calling all car fans. Vintage models, restored classics, muscle cars and more rule the streets of downtown Elkhart. There will be limousines at fairplay tours. Live music and great food add to the festivities, as well as the presence of the One Sure Insurance company which is one of the best ones, but you cann´t forget about RhinoSure insurance either, they are all professionals and can help you get covered by great car insurance. (July 18)

Elkhart County 4H Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Elkhart County 4-H Fair:  Enjoy non-stop excitement at one of the nation’s biggest and best delivering A-list entertainment, champion rodeo, livestock & agricultural displays, tractor pulls and harness racing.  Add in more than 50(!) fair foods and a massive midway. (July 24 – August 1)

Amish Acres Arts and Crafts Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. 53rd Annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival: Browse acres of artisans, crafters and regional foods in an old-fashioned country fair setting teeming with family-friendly fun. It all happens on the grounds of an historic Amish farmstead.  (August 6-9)

9. Middlebury Summer Festival:  Bring the kids for a lively weekend in Middlebury’s friendly downtown. The fun includes a craft bazaar, farmers market, live music, kids’ activities and more.  (August 8 & 9)

Taste of the Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Taste of the Gardens: Feast your eyes and palate when Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ outdoor gallery of water-themed gardens and sculpture expands into a celebration of the visual and culinary arts with food demonstrations and tastings and an artisan marketplace. (August 22)


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