7 Ways to Experience DeKalb County, Indiana for a Family Getaway

We can think of hundreds of reasons to visit DeKalb County, Indiana but that list would take days to read! Instead, we’ve narrowed it down to the Top 7 Reasons to grab the family for a trip to DeKalb County to experience our family-friendly festivals and events!

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Tour a Museum

There's no shortage of museums in DeKalb County; there's 8! So, essentially you could go and visit a museum every day of the week. Don't forget when you go to your first museum, ask the front desk for your Museum Passport which gets you a discount at each of the museums.

Here are a few museums we recommend: The Early Ford V8 Museum, here, you'll find artifacts, memorabilia, technical displays, literature and some of the vehicles that honor the Ford Motor Company and its influence on automotive and American history.

Tour the International Gallery of Trucks and Engines, plus car/truck and toy collections at The National Automotive and Truck Museum that is also home to the famous Futurliner #10.   And last but not least, experience The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and walk the same hallways as the automotive giants of yesterday, and you get the impression of what a day at the Auburn Automobile Company must have been like in the early 1930s. The museum has an ongoing schedule of special programming for a more in-depth look at the history, people and cars of the Auburn Automobile Company. Click here for details.

There's plenty of other museums to choose from so pick a day, grab the family, and explore! For a complete list, click here.


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Experience a Movie at One of Indiana’s Few Remaining Drive-In Theaters.

Grab the family and watch a film come to life at one of Indiana’s few remaining drive-in movie theaters. Located in Garrett, Indiana, this drive-in theater is a perfect way to spend a summer night.  A typical showing season is from April to September. Click here for movies, dates, and times.



DeKalb County Free Fall Fair

The DeKalb County Free Fall Fair in Auburn, Indiana is one of the state’s largest street fairs offering vendors, rides, 4-H shows and much more! The event happens annual beginning on the 4th Monday in September. Click here for more information.



Amazing Fall Fun Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

This 12-acre maze located in Waterloo, Indiana is considered one of the largest mazes in Northeast Indiana. Each year features a new maze design along with an events area including games, slides, and other family fun activities! This fun fall event is held annually during mid-September through October.

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Fall Auction

Experience a Labor Day tradition that has been going on for the past 45 years-The Auburn Fall Auction.  This auction is held at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana and also features hundreds of collector cars, automobile memorabilia, onsite swap meets, car corral as well as activities for the entire family. 


With over 250 acres of property at the Auburn Auction Park, there are endless things to see and do, including a FREE Kids Fun Zone; freestyle Motorcross shows throughout the day; Dirtfish Driving Experiences; Hagerty Ride and Drive; food vendors as far as the eye can see; a Swap Meet filled with hundreds of vendors selling just about anything; and a Car Corral with over 250 cars ready to be bought!


St. Joe Pickle Festival

You have to come and see for yourself why the St. Joe Pickle Festival in St. Joe, Indiana was named one of Food Network’s All American Festivals! Come taste pickle eats and treats and tour the famous Sechler’s Pickle Factory! The festival is held annually in July. 


Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Festival

Considered one of the world’s greatest classic car show and festival, the ACD festival has been occurring in Auburn, Indiana for the last 62 years. Whether your interest is in collections, classic cars, swap meets, parades, or live music, the festival has it all! People from around the world come annually to experience this great week before Labor Day tradition!  Click here for a schedule of this year’s events.