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‘Festivals & Events’ Category

The 14th Annual Red Skelton Festival

The 14th Annual Red Skelton Festival is this Saturday, July 20th at the Red Skelton Museum. Join us in celebrating the comedy genius that was Red Skelton. Festivities begin on Friday at 7pm.


7 pm – Red Skelton impersonator, Brian Hoffman will perform with an opening act by J.J. Jones, a world-renowned mime!

Tickets: $15/adult; $5/students 13 & under



11 am – 3 pm – Kids can enjoy bounce houses and carnival games with prizes, food vendors will be serving up special treats for all!

11 am – Be sure to get your seat for one of the funnest parades that Vincennes has to offer! The parade will run down 5th & Main Street down Second Street to finish up at the Red Skelton Museum and Festival.

12 pm – Clown Follies on the outside stage with guest clowns and JJ Mime! 

12:30 – 2 pm – Tribute to Tim Conway, the 2019 “Red Skelton America’s Clown Award Winner” with sketches of Tim Conway on the Red Skelton Hour.

1 pm – Take a seat and catch the Circle City Clown Band!

1:30 pm – Do you love donuts? Join in on the Donut Eating Contest!

2 pm – Be amazed by the Magic of Chippo the Clown at the outside stage!

2:30 pm – A crowd favorite, the Bath Tub Race will take place on the festival grounds.

2:30 – 5 pm – The day ends with the showing of “Du Barry was a Lady,” Hosted by Dr. Annette Bochenek.

You may purchase a festival button for $5, which is good for museum entry on Saturday the 20th.

Celebrate Patriotism with Red

Show your Patriotism at the Red Skelton Museum and Performing Arts Center this weekend.

Celebrate “Flag Day” at the beautiful, state-of-art Red Skelton Performing Arts Center on June 14. At 7:30pm, former Vincennes artist, Randy Hedden will give a 90-minute performance highlighted by a mass recital of the “Pledge of Allegiance” and coinciding with a performance painting of Red in front of the American flag. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling the Red Skelton Museum at 812.888.4184.

Sunday, June 16 at 2:00pm, local veterans from the V.F.W. American Legion and the Fort et Eight will present a short program on flag etiquette, including folding, proper flag disposal and a 21-gun salute. Directly after the program, the Red Skelton Museum invites the public to take part in setting a new world record! Register to participate in reciting the American Pledge of Allegiance in this attempt. You must be registered for the event at least one day in advance and can pre-register by following this link, http://redskeltonmuseum.org/red-skelton-and-the-american-flag/. All registered participants will receive a commemorative sticker that will provide free admission to the Red Skelton Museum that day.

“The Year of the Pledge” exhibit continues in the museum and celebrates the 50th anniversary of Red’s recitation of his iconic Pledge of Allegiance on his television show on January 14, 1969.
This new exhibit features items from the collection surrounding Red’s Pledge, including awards, recordings, paintings and letters from various congressmen and stories about Mr. Laswell and Red’s inspiration for creating this pledge. The exhibit will be on display through September 8th and museum admission is required to view it. New to the exhibit is the interactive kids’ rooms celebrating the American flag sponsored by the Harmony Society.

Weekend Happenings

Kickoff the Easter weekend at Bicknell’s Friday Night Flashlight “Eggstrvaganza” located at Northside Park in Bicknell. This FREE event is open to children ages 10 – 17 and will begin at dark around 8:30pm. Participants must bring their own basket and flashlight. Enjoy candy and prizes! For more information, please call 812.381.4583.

On Saturday April 20th hop on down to Gregg Park and join the fun at the Community-Wide Easter Egg Hunt! Children will be divided into four age groups, registration begins at 10:00am and the hunt starts at 10:30am. Register for great prizes and bring your camera for photos with the Easter Bunny! For more information please call the VPRD Office at 812.882.1140.

National Parks Week will be celebrated at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park on Saturday as well.  From 11am to 4 pm Park volunteers will be offering a variety of demonstrations throughout the day including historic weapons demonstrations, cooking, and many more. The day also serves as National Junior Ranger Day and Junior Rangers are invited to the park to complete the parks Junior Ranger activity sheet and earn a badge.

Weekend Happenings


This last weekend of March features two family-friendly events you won’t want to miss.  On Saturday from 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday from 9:00am – 4:00pm, the Indiana Military Museum is hosting a living history event paying tribute to “The Great War”, WWI.  Hundreds of WWI artifacts will be on exhibit including a 100-yard re-created WWI trench, artillery, vehicles and living history displays. Battles will be re-enacted both days with representatives of Allied and German troops. FREE admission to outdoor events! Visit the Indiana Military Museum website for more information on the museum and upcoming events.

Also on Saturday, the rangers of George Rogers Clark and volunteers are providing the public with an opportunity to fly your kite into the sky at Kite Day! Participants are welcome to bring their own kites or make one at the park, kite kits are limited. Contact the park staff at 812.882.1776 extension 210 with any questions.

Come to see these impressive museums and what they have to offer!

Ring in the New Year

RING IN THE NEW YEAR by celebrating at the National Watermelon Drop held in downtown Vincennes! Knox County’s own quirky New Year’s event features DJ music from 10pm to 1am in a heated tent (beverages available), food vendor on site and photo opportunities with giant lighted watermelon until 11:45pm. Watch the 500-pound watermelon rise high in the sky as midnight approaches, culminating with 19 Knox County watermelons dropped on the splatform at the stroke of midnight followed by fireworks.

Weekend Happenings

Old Town Players Theater, Fifth & Broadway Streets will present “The Elves & the Shoemaker” this weekend.  Performances will be held Friday and Saturday evening and a Matinee on Sunday December 14th-16th.  Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased by calling the box office at 812.882.8269.

The Vincennes Civitan Club in collaboration with the Old Town Players is presenting “A Christmas Dinner Theater” on Saturday, December 15 at the Masonic Lodge, 501 Broadway Street. The dinner will precede Old Town Players Christmas production for children, “The Elves and the Shoemaker” at 7:00pm. The dinner is by reservation only and reservations can be made by calling the OTP Ticket Office at 812.882.1639 or Hedden Abstract at 812.882.5273.

Follow in the footsteps of British Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton and his soldiers as they made their march to Vincennes in the fall of 1778 this Saturday December 15th. After a long grueling march, his men arrived in Vincennes on December 17, 1778. The march will begin at the park’s visitor center at 1:00pm, participants will board Van-Go buses and travel to Kimmell Park the spot where it is believed Hamilton’s men disembarked from their boats. Visitors will then travel approximately 2 miles back to the visitor center following the new Riverwalk running from Kimmell Park to the Clark Memorial. Park Ranger Jason Collins will share the story of the British march and the difficult journey that lay ahead for those men along the way. Braving ice-choked rivers, treating with Native Americans, and the uncertain weather conditions, were just some of the risks that these soldiers undertook on their journey to Fort Sackville.

The “Diamonds” musical group will present their holiday show “Silver Bells and Diamonds” on Saturday, December 15 at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. The performance begins at 7:30pm with reserved seating $40/person and general admission, $35/person. Call the Red Skelton Museum to purchase tickets at 812.888.4184.

On Sunday, December 16th the Red Skelton Museum will have their “Christmas at the Red” Family Fun Day from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Enjoy watching The Red Skelton Christmas Show special in the museum theater.  More activities include games with prizes and a visit with Santa. FREE museum admission for Family Day Participants from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.

There are still a few opportunities to see Santa, http://www.vincennescvb.org/blog/2018/11/20/wheres-santa-claus-this-season/

The local Christmas light displays are still burning bright, http://www.vincennescvb.org/blog/2018/11/29/holiday-lights/

Holiday Lights

Load up the family and go for a drive! You won’t want to miss these free community holiday light displays.

The Knox County Park Department’s annual light display at Ouabache Trails Park is open daily from 5:30pm to 9:30pm though the 26th of December.  New displays have been added to everyone’s old favorites!  Donations are appreciated but not required, all proceeds go towards keeping the lights on.

Gregg Park’s annual light pole decorating is now up through January 1st.  Enjoy different themed decorations on each pole provided by local businesses and citizens.  View other decorations throughout the park.

See the giant community tree downtown Vincennes on Gimbel Corner.  The tree arrives at 9:00am this Saturday, December 1! The public is invited to gather at 6:00pm for the tree lighting and enjoy Christmas music being played on the PA system downtown. Santa will be there to greet the children.

Bicknell’s Northside Park on Highway 67 is lit up for the holidays.  The park has added new displays this year and is open daily through January 1st.


Christmas Event Roundup

Christmas is in the air!  Kick off the holiday season this weekend at the downtown Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights.  Friday, November 16th, enjoy the “Parade of Lights” at 6:30pm. Directly after the parade children can visit with Santa at Thursday Church.  Downtown merchants will have extended hours welcoming holiday shoppers with unique gifts and serving refreshments.   On Saturday, Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Old Cathedral Parish Center from 8:00am to 11:00am ($5 at the door).  Enjoy Carriage rides with Santa on Main Street on Saturday from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

The Knox County Public Library will present their annual Polar Express event Tuesday, November 27th at 7pm at the Fortnightly building.  Children can wear their PJ’s, drink hot cocoa, sing Christmas carols, and enjoy some classic holiday stories, read by Randy CrismoreAdmission is FREE but registration and tickets are required.  Visit the Main Library’s Youth Department or call the library at 812-886-4380.

On Friday, November 30th the Vincennes University Community Series presents “Christmas With The Celts“, at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. For tickets call 812-888-4354.

Join in the festivities at the Gimbel Corner (2nd & Main Sts.) on Saturday, December 1st when the Community Christmas Tree arrives that morning. Santa will light the Christmas Tree light at 6:00pm.

Wednesday, December 5th, for the first time, the Knox County Public Library will host the Madcap Puppet Company from Cincinnati, Ohio, and their production of “A Madcap Christmas Carol!” This Christmas ghost story into a fantastically funny tale, bringing your favorite Dickens characters to life with giant puppets and exciting new twists!  Admission is FREE but registration and tickets are required.  Visit the Main Library’s Youth Department or call the library at 812-886-4380.

Christmas at Grouseland will be held on Friday, December 7th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.  Enjoy a traditional Christmas at the Governor’s mansion by candlelight. This festive living history event features re-enactors from the time of Harrison’s governorship. Enjoy music, decorations, refreshments and carriage rides! There is no admission charge but donations are gratefully accepted.

Old Town Players presents The Elves & the Shoemaker musical and family program on December 7th-9th and again on December 14th-16th.  This fast-paced retelling of an old favorite is filled with delightfully wacky characters-including elves Mortz, Schwartz, Hazel, Gracie, and Studebaker. Clever dialogue and toe-tapping music make this a must-see for all ages.  Visit the OTP website for showtimes and ticket information.

Delight in a wonderful holiday performance with the timeless sounds by the “Diamonds” musical group presents their The Silver Bells and Diamonds concert on Saturday, December 15 at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. Enjoy a pre-show reception at 6:00pm with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar for only $10/person.  Call the Red Skelton Museum for tickets and more information at 812.888.4184.

The Red Skelton Museum is hosting “Christmas at the Red” Family Fun Day from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on Sunday, December 16.  Enjoy watching The Red Skelton Christmas Show special featuring: Freddie and the Carolers, Freddie Gets 90 Days, Freddie and the Yuletide Doll, Willie Lump Lump ‘Expert Tree Trimmer’ and The Gift of Giving exhibit.  More activities include games with prizes (ask about the Peppermint Guess Museum Scavenger Hunt) and a visit with Santa.  FREE museum admission for Family Day Participants from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.


Welcome Autumn this Weekend

Greet the beginning of a new season at “Autumn on Main” and the “First Friday” Art Walk!  This popular event features vibrant new art exhibits at the Main Street galleries including “Portraits of Water: Watercolors by Amy Arntson” at Art Space Vincennes, Father-Son Show featuring nature themed artwork of Tony Bouillet and his father Jules Bouillet at Northwest Territory Art Guild, and “New Work”, embroidery pieces by textile artist Erin Bowen at the Open Gallery.  V.U.’s Shircliff Gallery located on the corner of 2nd and Harrison Streets will be exhibiting “Skimming Boundaries”, paintings by Lindsey Dunnagan.

The evening continues with street food vendors, craft beer and wine tasting, a classic vehicle show, live music, kids pumpkin painting and canvas painting class by Amanda Oakes.   Many downtown businesses will remain open for shopping during the event.

Visit the Farmers Market on Saturday from 8am to 1pm to shop for fall décor items and in season produce.


This Weekend’s Lineup







This weekend kicks off with Lincoln High School’s Homecoming Celebration!  On Friday the annual parade steps off at 3:45pm for participating classes. Beginning at 3:00pm, area alumni can gather at the Riverfront Pavilion to reminisce with old friends and beer garden will be open from 6:00pm until midnight. Saturday, September 22, the Vincennes Education Foundation will host a mixer from 5:00pm – 11:00pm for all area alumni at Adams Coliseum.

Head up the road to Sandborn for their “Fall Festival and Sesquicentennial”.  Enjoy great music, food, hayrides, 60+ vendors, kids activities and much more.  For a complete list of events visit the event website.

Saturday begins with the Hoosier Cruisers classic car show at Gregg Park on Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm. The public is invited to enjoy this great show, food vendors, music and prizes!  Beginning at 11:00am the Knox County Bicentennial Commission and Knox County Library will hold a special presentation of the permanent Bicentennial Torch on the lawn in front of the McGrady Brockman Annex after which the torch will be displayed at the Library.  Enjoy French Creole music Dennis Stroughmatt  from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Alumni can browse local high school yearbooks available to view.

Saturday also brings the first day of Fall or the Fall Equinox.  The Fall Equinox, marks the beginning of fall with daylight hours continuing to shorten until the winter solstice. The equinox (meaning “equal night” or 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night) will happen at 9:54pm Eastern time on Saturday. The intensity of fall colors and how long they linger is dependent on light, temperature and weather.