Resting beneath the southern shore of Lake Michigan, Indiana is a state teeming with natural beauty and rich history. The state's famous limestone forms the backbone of Indiana's diverse natural attractions, including rivers, canyons, gorges, caverns, forests and more. Those who sneeze at the thought of the outdoors needn't avoid Indiana; the state is also home to several dynamic urban centers. Throughout the year, visitors and residents alike can take their pick of an abundance of festivals, attractions, cultural events, musical activities and more.
- Historic Neighborhood Madison, IN 47250 in Madison, IN.
This Southern Indiana juried show for crafts and fine arts is eye-candy-plus. Mediums include: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, weaving, folk art, leather, glass, wood, baskets, fiber, paper, clay and art that you can wear. If that's not enough, try the great food and enjoy the live entertainment. Mark the calendar for the last weekend of September and your viewing pleasure.
The courthouse lawn in Rockville is the site of this event in Parke County which has a whopping 32 covered bridges. For about 10 days in mid-October, arts and crafts aficionados come by the thousands to look, buy, eat and see live entertainment. From flea market finds to real antiques, shoppers bask in the possibilities as they enjoy the fall color and beautiful weather. Small towns and rural countrysides are represented in the arts and crafts items here, but don't forget to see the covered bridges.
- Shipshewana, Ind. in Shipshewana, IN.
May through October, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, this huge flea market offers some incredible finds, including fresh flowers and produce and handcrafted furniture. Handmade arts and crafts lure interested buyers and browsers, and there are hundreds of other items to ponder. The Auction Restaurant is on the grounds for hungry shoppers. The flea market has daytime hours, usually 8a-5p.
November may be an unusual month for a "state fair," but this festival is a nice three-day event on the third weekend and a reminder that summer will return. The Indiana Fair Grounds is the place for live music and great food from all around the world as well as local fair favorites. A specialist crafts market, carnival rides, entertainment and cultural exhibits round out the festival. Start the holiday celebrations off with a bang.