has small town festivals, fairs, auctions, parades, live music and more – all sorts of special events for a fun-filled family vacation. Many of the events are unique to the area. Listed below are just some of the ones to watch for when visiting the Shipshewana region:
Antique Appraisal-Fun Fair – held each year the second Saturday in February. Have your family heirlooms looked at by a panel of experts for the approximation of value.
Maple Syrup Days – usually held in early March and runs for two days. See maple syrup made by touring a 500- tap sugar camp. All-you-can-eat pancake meal served all day. No admission is charged.
Good Friday Horse Auction
Opening Days of the Shipshewana Flea Market – first weekend in May. The Midwest’s largest outdoor flea market opens and runs every Tuesday and Wednesday through the end of October.
Shipshewana May Fest – a local tradition that features a hometown parade, live music, entertainment, games, lots of good food, story telling and kids’ activities.
Annual Will Moses Show – Mr. Moses is a fourth generation folk artist from the renowned Grandma Moses family. He comes to meet his collectors and sign books.
Haiti Benefit Auction – an annual benefit auction to help the poor in Haiti. Furniture, quilts, food and more are donated for the sale.
Memorial Day Celebration – 3-Day Flea Market.
Topeka Summer Carriage, Antique and Horse Auction – authentic prairie schooners, stagecoaches, sleighs and fancy carriages, plus all kinds of antique items. Held in Topeka Auction Barn. No admission to come and browse.
Annual Quilt Show & Sale – held in nearby Topeka. Oldest, largest annual show and sale for quilts, quilted wall hangings, clothing and other quilted items.
Shipshewana Antique Market – always held the first Saturday in August. Over 100 vendors set up in grassy areas in a town-wide event. Over 100 antique dealers, food, Amish quilt show, antique tractor show, kids’ tent and activities, music, games and more.
LaGrange Corn School – one of the oldest street fairs still in existence, held in the nearby town of LaGrange.
Shipshewana Fall Crafters Fair – a celebration of the area’s crafting and old-fashioned roots.
Country Christmas in Shipshewana – over 90 specialty shops in Shipshewana feature country Christmas décor, demonstrations, food and great gift ideas. Usually held three weekends in November.
Live Nativity – the town of Shipshewana comes alive with costumed interpreters re-enacting the birth of Christ. Live animals and music groups provide the realistic setting for the production. Usually held in mid-December.