The Top 10 Best Things to Do in DeKalb County, Indiana

Summer is here, and what better way to help kick off summer vacation then by planning a trip to DeKalb County, Indiana! Whether you’re a new visitor exploring our county for the first time or you live here and want to experience something new, we have your summer covered.

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Below are the Top 10 Best Things to do in DeKalb County, Indiana in 2019!


1. Spring and Fall Car Auctions.


Spring Auction

This May, a spring tradition will continue for car enthusiasts as the RM Auctions’ 2019 Auburn Spring Sale returns to the historic Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana. Hundreds of collector cars and automobile memorabilia will cross the podium during the four-day sale. For more information, click here.

Fall Auction

Fast forward to fall, and you can 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. Click here for more details.  



2. Cruise-Ins Around the Court Square

Shout out to all muscle cars, classics cars, and hot rod lovers: you won’t want to miss the Thursday night cruise-ins, held once a month in the summer! Come to downtown Auburn, Indiana around the court square to admire all kinds of cars lined up on display. Click here for more information.



3.  Concerts at the Outdoor Theater

Grab the lawn chairs and head to the DeKalb County Outdoor Theater as they host Friday and Saturday night performances. The Outdoor Theater is located in Auburn, Indiana and features both local and national acts throughout the summer. Admission is free. Click here for the full schedule.



4. Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Programs for the Public

Each month, the museum located in Auburn, Indiana, offers two unique programs; “If These Cars Could Talk,” and “The Sunday Spotlight.”

“If These Cars Could Talk” is presented by the museum’s collections manager and highlights one of the museum’s classic automobiles and allows visitors to get to know a car in person and greater detail. The program is presented on the first Saturday of each month and is included with a paid museum admission.

“The Sunday Spotlight” is a lecture series presented by the museum’s curatorial staff, and feature topics like automobile designers, famous automobiles, and local history. This program is held on the second Sunday of each month – paid admission is not required, but for those interested, the curatorial staff will offer discounted tours of the museum following the presentation.  Click here for the schedules.



5. Experience a Movie at the Auburn-Garrett Drive-In Movie Theater

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.



6. Experience Local Wineries

If your palate favors wine, then there’s no shortage of it here in DeKalb County. We have three award-winning wineries that each boast outdoor/indoor seating as well as free complimentary tastings. If you fancy just a glass or a whole bottle, DeKalb County is the place for a progressive wine tasting experience. For more information on the wineries, click here.



7.  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. Click here for details.



8. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival ( 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.



9. 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.


10. 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.

Click here for more information.