Planning to Visit Campus? Maximize Your Trip with this Community Events Calendar
The campus of Grace College is surrounded by the quaint resort town of Winona Lake, an idyllic string of shops and restaurants at The Village at Winona, and the “Orthopaedic Capital of the World,” Warsaw, Indiana. Our combined greater community — otherwise known as “Warnona” — provides a wide variety of events that are fun for the whole family. If you’re already stopping by to visit campus, you might as well maximize your time and plan your college visit checklist around one of the exciting events our community has to offer.
How do you set up a college visit? That’s why we’ve put together this handy community events guide to help you plan your visit!
And don’t worry about aligning these events with campus visits; our visitors center is open for tours Monday through Friday with arrival times at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can also visit campus during one of our other visit options, including Lancer Days, Sunset Tours, Weekends in Winona, Group Visits, and Lancer First Look visits. You can learn more about all of these options, here. You’re sure to find a time to get the full Grace College experience.
So before you read through the calendar, pull out your calendar! Once you find a date and event that is the best fit for you, schedule your visit at grace.edu/visit-us. We are excited for you to visit campus!
Your Guide to All Things Warnona
Visit Campus July 14 – 24
Warsaw is home to the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts, a theatre-in-the-round that has staged several performers that have gone on to perform on Broadway. The center frequently rotates its shows, and from July 14-24, the Wagon Wheel presents Big the Musical, a show derived from the classic 1987 motion picture fantasy. You can book your tickets here.
For those who enjoy seeing large trucks and machinery, Touch-A-Truck is the right event for your college visit checklist! The Village will be hosting this event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 700 Park Avenue in Winona Lake. There will be large machinery, trucks, and a few other surprises you won’t want to miss.
The next event on the same day is for all environmental science enthusiasts! From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams and the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation will be hosting a Boating Etiquette Workshop. The class will cover topics such as the best boating practices, eco-zones, and sediment stirring. All content will pertain to how boating practices affect water quality.
July 18, 20, 25, 27
Warsaw has a water ski show team that performs on most Tuesday and Sunday nights at 6:30 p.m. at Hidden Lake throughout the summer. The Finding Nemo-themed show is free to the public and includes dancing, acting, and of course, water skiing. For more dates throughout August and September, visit the Lake City Skiers Calendar, and plan to visit campus accordingly.
If you’re a music lover, you will not want to miss the Jazz Festival on July 24 at Limitless Park. The groups playing in the festival include The Truth in Jazz Big Band, Alicia Pyle Quartet, Every Tribe and Tongue Ensemble, and one of the world’s leading drummers, Mark Guiliana and his quartet. Part of the Grace College and The Village at Winona Festival of Music, the free, outdoor concert is sponsored by Sweetwater Sound. For more information, click here.
July 28 – August 7
Calling all Jane Austen fans! The timeless classic Pride and Prejudice will be performing at the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts from July 28 – August 7. This show is sure to be a popular pick, so don’t forget to book your tickets.
August 11 – 21
Don’t miss out on the final show of the summer season at the Wagon Wheel, Nunsense! This is a hilarious musical farce about a convent of Nuns staging a fundraiser to enable them to bury the last four nuns of their order who died of botulism in an unfortunate convent cooking accident. It will be a fan favorite for all comedy lovers. Book your tickets here.
Do you want to shop til you drop after you visit campus? Come on down to the village for its annual Sidewalk Sale featuring discounted merchandise for the end of the season. Participating stores include The Beaded Peacock, Luxe Boutique, Green Earth Multisport, Olive Branch, and Mucky Duck. This will be an all-day event, so come ready to find cute merchandise for great deals! For more information, visit villageatwinona.com.
The Booth Brothers, a renowned Southern Gospel group, will perform a free concert on August 21 as part of the Grace College and The Village at Winona Festival of Music. More information can be found here.
The village will be hosting its annual “Canal Day,” a great opportunity for family fun and festivities. This will include arts and crafts booths, food vendors, and the main event — a cardboard boat race. This event is free to attend and is a great way to get introduced to all that Winona Lake has to offer. Festivities will happen between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., so make sure to come out for some fun on the water. For more information, visit villageatwinona.com.
The fall is always a great time to visit campus, so why not schedule your visit around Oktoberfest! Many exciting festivities will be happening in the village from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 25. Participants can look forward to a fun-filled day including a scarecrow contest, a Porsche show, a virtual 12-hour ride/run challenge, a homemade streusel contest, and plenty of activities specifically for kids. For more information visit villageatwinona.com.
The Fun Doesn’t Stop
While you’re planning your trip to visit campus, don’t forget that the village also boasts many shops and restaurants that can be enjoyed all year round. Light Rail Cafe offers coffee, pizza, and more. It’s great for conversation, studying, or simply enjoying a day out on the town. Kelainey’s is our local ice cream and sandwich shop. Students love to walk down to the village to enjoy a sweet treat. Cerulean and The Boathouse are upscale restaurants with a great ambiance. Both offer delicious meals that satisfy a wide variety of appetites.
Now that you’ve found an event or two that piques your interest, your next step is to set up a campus visit. How do you set up a college visit, you ask? It’s quite simple — just click the button below!