10 Reasons to Visit Shipshewana, Indiana in 2020
Whether you like soaking up the summer heat or playing in the snow, there’s something to enjoy every season in Shipshewana/LaGrange County. While events, attractions, and activities dot the calendar year-round, we summed it up with 10 reasons why you should visit us in 2020:
Every year the level of entertainment we host in Shipshewana gets better and better; this year will be the best yet! With the construction of the new Blue Gate Performing Arts Center, Shipshewana will be seeing a whole new level of talent in a state-of-the-art facility. You can catch any of these musicians, comedians, and other acts at the Blue Gate Music Hall, Blue Gate Performing Arts Center and the Michiana Event Center. Don’t forget about Blue Gate’s well-known musicals, including “Josiah for President” which is fitting for this election year.
If you weren’t aware, the LaGrange County region is the 3rd largest Amish community in the country. That’s what makes us so unique. Indulge in the local culture through food, tours, history, and buggy rides. The Menno-Hof Museum is the best place to start out for some background on the Amish way of life. A fascinating educational experience for any age.
There’s nothing more satisfying than going home with a great find. And where else to look but the famous Shipshewana Flea Market. The largest in the Midwest, there’s a booth for everyone’s tastes. Make sure to cover every inch of the grounds, there’s new vendors every year, plus your favorite veteran vendors.
Keep June 24-27 open because you won’t want to miss the 12th annual Shipshewana Quilt Festival. You don’t have to be a quilter to appreciate the beautiful work displayed at the Quilt & Vendor Show. Not to mention the workshops, lectures, barn quilt painting, and schoolhouse hosted by professional quilters ready to share their tips and tricks. Enrollment opens March 1, but Quilt & Vendor Show tickets can be purchased at the door.
The new year brings new greenery (well, eventually), and there’s plenty of space to take it all in. LaGrange County is home to 5 county parks open to the public to enjoying hiking, biking, swimming, archery, and more. If the open water is more your speed visit one of our 70 lakes, or paddle down a scenic river with T&L Canoes or Trading Post Canoe. Better on land and two wheels? The Pumpkinvine Trail will take you along the old railway from Shipshewana all the way to Elkhart, even connecting to more trails. Plus, the smooth pavement makes it an easy ride.
What better way to enjoy the area than being chauffeured around. Hop aboard Blue Gate’s bus for one of their signature Amish tours. Want to ride like a local? Buggy Lane Tours and Miller’s Buggy Line offer anything from a quick trip around town to an extensive farm tour finished off with an in-home Amish dinner. Any tour you take, it’s a great opportunity to hear about Northern Indiana living from a local’s perspective.
The Majestic Frontier is a live performance that runs during the summer at the Michiana Event Center. You can’t see this show ANYWHERE ELSE!! Aerial performers, trick riding horses, dancing, singing, comedy and more! Plus, you can get the VIP experience and head backstage to meet the performers.
LaGrange County has its own form of unique art in our Barn Quilts spread throughout the region. These blocks may look familiar to a quilter, but can be appreciated by anyone. New patterns and designs are added every year, so there’s always a fresh look on the backroads. If you’re in town Shipshewana strolling through the streets, stop to appreciate the Walldog Murals. Painted a few years ago, these 16 murals are a great representation of the local history.
Dozens of vendors all featuring handmade items under one roof! Visit the annual Fall Crafter’s Fair (usually the first week in October) to stroll down aisle after aisle of unique items you can’t find in the big box stores. Not to mention, several food vendors, live entertainers and activities for kids.
Christmas really is the most magical time of year in Shipshewana. Just drive through town and you’ll realize why. We start early in the year with the Lighting of Shipshewana Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony happening at the beginning of November. That leads the way for Lights of Joy drive-thru, as well as, many festive events and musical performances. Plus, everyone has Christmas shopping to do, so why not shop our unique, local stores. It may be another year away, but we look forward to seeing you next Christmas season!
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