‘Festivals & Events’ Category

Watermelon Drop

Ring in the New Year at the Watermelon Drop in downtown Vincennes!  This years event featuring music by Dave and the Coatney’s in the heated tent, food vendors and fireworks.  The band starts at 9pm and will play until midnight when 17 watermelons drop from the giant watermelon hoisted in the sky to signify the New Year.

Knox County Holiday Lights

Enjoy the twinkling holiday lights now through Christmas at our local parks.  Wabash Trails Park is all decked out for the season with many new additions.  The display is open daily 5:30 to 9:30 pm through December 26th.  Santa will be available for photos this weekend December 16th and 17th.   Visit Gregg Park to enjoy the decorated light poles by local organizations.  There are many unique holiday themes.

Catch the Holiday Spirit this Weekend

This weekend is jam packed full of Christmas fun!  Friday night starts with the First Friday Art Walk downtown.  Admire works of artists at one or all four of the participating galleries.  The Parade of Lights kicks off at 6:30 and ends bringing Santa into town.  There are several opportunities to get a photo with Santa over the weekend.  Experience Christmas at Grouseland as it would have been when the Harrison family lived there.  The festivities continue on Saturday with Breakfast with Santa, a recipe walk, live nativity scene and giant tree lighting.  For a complete list of times and events visit our website at, http://www.vincennescvb.org/events/2016/12/02/#first-friday-art-walk-christmas-shopping-downtown-galleries-shircliff-gallery-vincennes


November Happenings

The weather is cooling down and Fall is finally upon us.  Knox County has several events in place for the month of November, the first week in particular.  On Friday the 4th feed your creative side at the First Friday Art Walk on Main Street.  The three downtown galleries have works on display many of which are for sale.  Stay and dine downtown too!  On Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th the State Historic Sites will host the Muster on the Wabash at Fort Knox II.  Its a great living history event with re-enactors, demonstrations and skits plus food and merchant vendors.  Saturday is also the Annual VU Auto Club Car Show held on the parking lot of the PE Complex.  The show is open to the public and all types of cars and motorcycles are welcome.  Visit our calendar for details on these events and a complete list of events.

Scare Up Some Fun in Knox County

Fort Fright continues this weekend at Fort Knox II, Friday October 21st and Saturday October 22nd. Children’s activities will begin at 6pm and run until 7:30pm and the full scare for the older group begins at 7:30pm and runs until 10pm.  This event is hosted by the Vincennes State Historic Sites.  On Saturday October 22nd Wabash Trails Park will host their Annual Halloween Festival.  The event begins at 2pm and includes; fun Booths, Trick-or-Treating, Guided Haunted Trails, a Haunted House, a costume contest and FREE Children’s Games. The event runs until 10pm.

Local trick or treating opportunities include downtown Main Street on Saturday October 29th from 2pm to 4pm.  Look for balloons on the participating store fronts.  Hart Street Halloween Safe Stop will be held on October 31st from 5pm to 7pm.  Look for lighted pumpkins in the store fronts to indicate participating businesses.

Stay safe and enjoy your Halloween season!



Autumn on Main Street

Celebrate the fall season in downtown Vincennes on Friday October 7th from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.  Enjoy live music, food, beer and wine tasting, art and a car show.  Dave Parman and the Coatney’s will perform in concert.  Sign up for canvas painting with Heartworks by Amanda by calling the Visitors Bureau at 812.886.0400.  The event is held in conjunction with the First Friday Art walk that includes the three Main Street art galleries.  All proceeds from the event go to INVin for downtown restoration.

Spring on Main

“Spring on Main” will take place on Friday June 3rd on Main Street in downtown Vincennes.  The event includes cars, art, music, beer and wine tasting and food.  Classic car owners are encouraged to bring their cars for a cruise-in down the middle of Main Street.  The three downtown art galleries will have their traditional First Friday Art Walks.  Heartworks by Amanda Oakes will have a canvas painting class in front of the Northwest Territory art Guild on the street.  Live music by the Hip Replacements and Memory Lane will fill the streets.  Tasting tickets will be sold for craft beer and wine and include a commemorative glass (must be 21 years old and have proper ID).  Food vendors include the Asian Market, Barmes’ Chicken on a Stick and the Thai-na-mite truck.  For those attending as families there will be children’s games provided by Thursday Church.  Several downtown stores will have extended hours during the event so attendees have an opportunity to shop as well.  All proceeds will benefit INVin and their renovation efforts in downtown Vincennes.

Rendezvous Buttons are now available

The Spirit of the Vincennes Rendezvous is right around the corner on May 28th and 29th and two day buttons are now available.  Get your buttons today at the Visitors Bureau, 779 South 6th Street.  This is year is sure to be one of the best events yet.  There will be battle enactments, encampments, entertainment, food and merchant vendors.  New this year, is an evening battle on Saturday at 8pm.  Grouseland and the State Historic Sites will host candlelight tours on Saturday evening as well.  For a complete list events visit http://spiritofvincennes.org/


Pickin and Grinnin

Attend the Old Post Bluegrass Jam for a toe tapping good time this Sunday February 14th from to 10am to 5pm.  Admission and parking is free.  No registration required just bring your acoustic instrument and join in the fun.

Ring in the New Year in Vincennes

Celebrate at the 8th “Annual Watermelon Drop” held in downtown Vincennes! The evening begins with a nighttime air show.  Be ready to dance in the streets to the music of Hot Rod Lincoln at 6:00pm. Chef Poon will be with us to demonstrate his fantastic watermelon carved creations, children are invited to watch movies in a heated movie tent, and food and novelty vendors will be on site.  At the stroke of midnight the 18-foot, 500-pound watermelon will rise in the sky and drop sixteen watermelons while fireworks simultaneously mark the year 2016.  As the first Indiana Bicentennial sanctioned event, there will be a ceremonial firing of a replica of the Official Rifle of the State of Indiana created by Sheriff John Small.

Vincennes and Knox County are well-known for the multi-million dollar melon crops produced and shipped throughout the United States. For more information visit http://www.vincennescvb.org/events/2015/12/31