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‘Festivals & Events’ Category

Santa Claus is coming to town…

 

Looking to see the big guy himself?  We have compiled a list of places and times that you can visit St. Nick.

Indiana Military Museum on Saturday, December 2nd from 3pm to 5pm

South Knox Craft Show at South Knox Elementary on Saturday, December 9th 10am to 2pm

Blue Jeans Center in Monroe City on Friday, December 15th at 6pm

Ouabache Trails Park on December 15th and 16th 6pm to 9:30pm

Red Skelton Museum on Sunday, December 17th from noon until 5pm

 

Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas season!

Kick off the Holiday Season this Weekend

Main Street and downtown business windows have been decked for the season in preparation of the Christmas Stroll!  Plan to attend the “Parade of Lights” on Friday night at 6:30pm.  The parade most anticipated entry is Santa himself!  Directly after the parade children can visit with him and have their photo taken at Thursday Church. Downtown merchants will stay open late so you can shop your Christmas list while enjoying refreshments.

On Saturday, have “Breakfast with Santa” at the Old Cathedral Parish Center from 8am to 11am.  Santa will be available to hear the children’s Christmas wish list and for photos.  Bundle up and take a carriage ride with Santa, board at 5th & Main Streets, from 11am to 2pm.  Participating Main Street merchants are offering the annual “Recipe Walk”, visit their store to sample their favorite recipe and pick up the recipe card.

Weekend Happenings

Kick off the Holiday Season downtown Vincennes! During November’s “First Friday” the Main Street art galleries and downtown merchants will welcome the start of the holiday season on Friday, November 3 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm with the Art Walk and Christmas Open Houses its a perfect time to start your Christmas shopping.  Art Space Vincennes, The Northwest Territory Art Guild, and the Open Gallery will feature new exhibits and offer refreshments.

Fort Knox II is the site for the 19th Annual “Muster on the Wabash”, visitors witness the commemoration of William Henry Harrison’s mustering of troops to the Prophetstown campaign and Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. Enjoy interactive events, more than 150 period re-enactors of the war of 1812, demonstrations, skits, merchandise and food. The “Muster” will be held on Saturday, November 4, 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday, November 5, 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Wrap up the weekend by attending, “On the Air: A Tribute to Bob Hope and the Radio Stars of the 1940’s” Sunday, October 7 at 7:30pm at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. “On the Air” will offer insight into radio’s impact on the public before television became the new medium. Tickets are $10/each and can be purchased at the Red Skelton Museum, 812.888.4184.

Last Chance for the Season

This weekend is the last Saturday of the season for the Farmers Market at the Riverfront Pavilion.  Pick up your favorite fall produce and decor.  The market is open from 8am to 1pm.

The Big Peach’s Fun Festival will wrap up this weekend as well.  Take the kids for the corn maze, bounce house and other fun activities.  Shop a variety of fresh produce, pumpkins, mums and fall decorations as well as jams & jellies, local honey, embroidery items, homemade pies, gift items, and more.

Happy Fall!

Weekend Happenings

The Big Peach Fall Fun Festival continues!  Each weekend in October this family-owned farm market will host a fun festival complete with a pumpkin patch, corn maze, bounce house, and games.  The Big Peach is open daily May through October and offers a variety of fresh produce, pumpkins, mums and fall decorations as well as jams & jellies, local honey, embroidery items, homemade pies, gift items, fudge, and more.

“Fort Fright”, the annual Halloween program of the Vincennes State Historic Sites will be held Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm at historic Fort Knox II. The first part of the program is for younger children with fun activities, games and a hay ride. The second part is for older children and adults with haunted trails and dramatic stations following a literary or historical theme.

On Saturday, October 14 the Annual Walnut Grove Festival will be held at Grouseland, Wm. H. Harrison Mansion and Museum.  Saturday, October 14 from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Enjoy food, fun, music and vendors of all kinds.  Just up the road Apple Hill Orchard’s will have their Fall Festival from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Lunch will be served from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Watch the staff press cider, join the apple and cider tasting. Children can enjoy a bounce house and pick out a pumpkin to paint (must purchase pumpkin). Baked goods including donuts, pies and cakes will be available all day.

Labor Day Weekend Happenings

This weekend is full of activities!  The Indiana Military will host the Salute to Veterans of WWII event on Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 4pm.  The event includes Authentic camps, military vehicle parade, Living History Interpreters and WWII speakers, battle enactments, weapon demonstrations and more.  Admission to the event is free, parking is $2 per car.  Museum admission is free to WWII veterans, $5 for adults and $3 for children.  Food and merchant vendors will be onsite as well.

Saturday evening the Red Skelton Museum will show “The Clown” at 5pm.  Red starred in the 1953 film.  The event is free.

The Bicknell Heritage Pride Parade steps off at noon on Monday.  The route is on Main Street from 10th to Southside park.  Check our website for complete event listings.

Photo credit, Jerry Brenner

 

Red Skelton Festival

Join us for the Red Skelton Festival on Saturday July 14th at the Red Skelton Museum!  The festival kicks off at 10am and runs until 3pm.  There is family fun entertainment and games throughout the day.  Purchase a commemorative festival button for $5 and receive free admission to the museum all day, Saturday July 14th only.  Saturday evening Red Skelton Impersonator Brian Hoffman will perform in the Red Skelton Theater at 7pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the museum, general admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Spring on Main

Get spring fever during “Spring on Main”, after-hours event and the next “First Friday Art Walk”!  Enjoy craft beer and wine tasting (tickets available to purchase), a classic vehicle cruise-in, live music, food vendors, kids’ games sponsored by Thursday Church, canvas painting and wreath making classes, a photo booth and tours of the Pantheon Theater.  Downtown art galleries Art Space Vincennes, the Northwest Territory Art Guild and the Open Galleries will present exceptional works of art, some is available for purchase.  This event is being sponsored by the Visitors & Tourism Bureau, Willie’s Pub & Catering, First Vincennes Savings Bank and Kemper CPA Group. *All proceeds from the event go to INVin’s efforts toward downtown restoration.

Rendezvous in Vincennes This Weekend

The Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous is this weekend!  Hours for Saturday the 27th are 9am to 6pm and Sunday the 28th are 10am to 5pm.  Battle times on Saturday are 1pm and 4pm and Sunday are noon and 3:30pm.  The event will feature an encampment, entertainment, period food, merchant vendors and demonstrations.  For more information call the Visitors Bureau at 800.886.6443.

 

Rendezvous Buttons

The Rendezvous returns for its 41st year over Memorial Day weekend, May 27th through the 28th.  This years event will boast as much food, merchants and entertainment as years past.  Check out the encampment and interact with re-enactors of the American Revolutionary period.  Enjoy music, jugglers, children’s games and more.  The food is always a crowd pleaser, sample foods such as creek fried potatoes or a buffalo burger.  Shop the merchants featuring wares from the period.  Battle enactments daily.  Saturday evening the Vincennes State Historic Sites and Grouseland will have candlelight tours.  Stop by the Visitors Bureau, 779 South 6th Street, to purchase a two day button for $9.  Buttons are also available the Knox County Chamber and local banks.  For more information or a schedule of events please visit, http://spiritofvincennes.org/