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‘Festivals & Events’ Category

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/

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.

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