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‘Festivals & Events’ Category

Celebrate Summer in Knox County!

It’s officially summer! How do you plan on spending the rest of those hot days in the sun? Don’t worry, Vincennes/Knox County has plenty to offer this time of year! Here’s a list of things you won’t want to miss out on this summer.

Night Under the Stars w/ Junior Rangers

Join the staff and volunteers of George Rogers Clark National Historical Park for this special Junior Ranger event as they explore the night sky. This event takes place on Saturday, September 15th at 7:30 PM

Nature Walk

Vincennes/Knox County is home to natural hiking trails that are unlike any other! Ouabache (Wabash) Trails features four miles of marked trails. Fox Ridge Nature Park allows the public a place to enjoy the natural world that inhabits the park.

Berry Picking

Blann Berries offers 30 acres of mixed berry varieties to insure a consistent quality of fruit. U-Pick or We-Pick options are both available for your convenience.

Eat Some Good Food

Choose from local favorites or popular food chains. We always recommend eating at one of our locally-owned restaurants. Here’s a list of our dining options!

Farmers Market

Come enjoy the Vincennes Historic Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, now until October 27 at the Riverfront Pavilion. The Saturday market offers freshly picked produce from local farmers, local vendors, fresh cut flowers and some specialty “General Store” items. The Wednesday market hosts a local favorite Bobe-B-Q and much more!

Cool Off

Be sure to check out our Places to Cool Off blog post for ideas on how to stay cool this summer in Vincennes/Knox County!

Visit Red

Now until September 2, come to the Red Skelton Museum for a special exhibit to learn about Red’s major career breaks, his vacation spots and special keys to the city. This display can be seen during regular museum hours. You don’t want to miss this!

Ice Cream

You can’t forget about ice cream! Head over to Lic’s Deli & Ice Cream to enjoy one of their famous turtle pies, or check out Swirls to create your own frozen yogurt concoction.

Go Fishing

Camp Arthur and New Vision RV Park both offer stocked lakes to fish in. Camp Arthur has boat rentals available on site, and New Vision has its’ own bait, tackle and gift shop. If you’re looking for a more secluded fishing experience, try the public access areas along the Wabash River.

Take a Dip

Rainbow Beach Family Aquatic Center is a great public pool with water slides, concession areas and other attractions featuring a splash pad, wall climbing, and an activity center! This is the perfect place to take the kids and cool off.

Listen to Some Tunes

Live music can be found at The Vincennes Brewing Company, Café Moonlight, Old Town Players, Willies Pub and the Moose Lodge. Musical acts vary depending on the day of the week.

 

Looking for something that isn’t on our list? Be sure to check out our list of events so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Vincennes Rendezvous

The 42nd Annual Rendezvous will be held next weekend on May 26-27, 2018. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the American Revolutionary War period! This year’s theme is the French Marines. All of the old favorites are back including Creek Fried Potatoes, the Amazing Budabi Brothers jugglers and more!

New this year is a French citizen of Vincennes camp who will portray the early French of Vincennes. This will also include some French Marines who were the military force on the frontier. Vincennes founder Sieur de Vincennes was a French Marine officer and a statue will be dedicated in his honor on Saturday at 2pm on the Riverwalk located at 1st and Main Streets.

Battle re-enactments will be held on Saturday at 1pm and 4pm and on Sunday at noon and 3:30pm.

The ever popular candlelight tours of Grouseland and the Vincennes State Historic Sites will take place on Saturday evening.

Two day advance buttons can be purchased at the Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce and local banks. Buttons also serve as a pass for shuttle service to the State Historic Sites and Grouseland during the event.

For more information visit, https://www.spiritofvincennes.org/

National Tourism Week

National Travel and Tourism week is held annually the first full week of May and is celebrated locally with an event to bring awareness of the importance of tourism in our community.  The Vincennes/Knox County Visitors Bureau is participating in the Indiana Office of Tourism Development’s Visit Indiana Week.  The Indiana Military Museum and Red Skelton Museum are offering discounts during the week to encourage travelers to get out and discover our local attractions during Museum Monday.  Find out more about Visit Indiana Week at visitindiana.com.

The Vincennes/Knox County Visitors and Tourism Bureau has partnered with the Vincennes/Knox Preservation Foundation, INVin and the Knox County Chamber of Commerce for a Chamber After Hours on Thursday, May 10th.  The event is held in honor of National Travel and Tourism Week and Preservation month.  A guided architecture tour of Main Street will begin at the Knox County Courthouse, proceed down to Main Street and conclude at the Riverwalk with a reception and live music.  Walking tours start at 5pm and 5:30pm and a carriage tour sponsored by Old National Bank will begin at 5:15pm.  The reception will begin at 5:30pm and conclude at 7pm.  Please join us for this event!

Knox County hosted just over a million visitors according to our most recent tourism economic impact study.  Furthermore, the tourism and travel industry contributed $81.1 million to the local economy.

New Years Eve Drop

On New Years Eve 18 watermelons will fall to the splatform at the stoke of midnight followed by fireworks at the Watermelon Drop in Vincennes!  Located on Patrick Henry Square at First and Main Streets, the celebration will feature music by The Coatney’s, led by Casey James Coatney, beginning at 9 p.m. in a giant heated tent.  Bring your friends and family to ring in the new year!

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