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Cozy Gathering Places Around Knox County

*Picture from Graze 1885 Facebook page

It can often feel difficult to find a nice, cozy place to get some work done, or just relax. Whether you’re looking for a new study spot, a quiet place to finish a book, or just a place to get some work done, Knox County has plenty of cozy gathering places for everyone to take advantage of.

Graze 1885

Graze 1885 is a Café, Bakehouse and Wine Bar opening at 116 Main St. in Vincennes, IN, the former location of Old Town Tavern. Graze has a great seating selection, with multiple plug ins and cozy, quiet areas to work or gather with friends.

The Knox County Public Library

The library offers various hidden spots that are perfect when you’re trying to get some work done.

I’Mpressed Coffee

Whether you’re meeting with friends or cramming for your next exam, I’Mpressed is the place to go. They have both booth and table seating, as well as an outdoor seating section. And did we mention they have free Wifi?

VU Student Center

If you’re a VU student, the VU Student Center is a great location to get away for a few hours to get homework done.

Vincennes Brewing Company

The VBC is a great location to meet with friends and grab a beer, with bar seating, and multiple seating options on their lower level.

Did we leave something out? Let us know your go-to cozy spot in Knox County in the comments!



Where to Find Vincennes/Knox County Gear

One of our most frequently asked questions by visitors is where to find local souvenirs, so we decided to help by compiling a list of all the places in Vincennes/Knox County that you can find them!

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

GRC pins, patches, postcards, mugs, magnets.

Grouseland, President William Henry Harrison Mansion

Postcards, Vincennes prints.

Moore & Miller Emporium & Diner

Mugs, t-shirts, postcards, magnets, keychains, shot glasses.

Vincennes/Knox County Visitors and Tourism Bureau

T-shirts, sweatshirts, postcards, brochures.


Local Historic Sites and Museums

Indiana Military Museum

IMM gear, historic military memorabilia.

Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy

Red Skelton souvenirs, t-shirts, mugs, postcards.

Vincennes University Book Store

Vincennes University t-shirts, mugs, school gear, etc.



Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments on this post!

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.

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.

Red Skelton Museum Grand Opening

The Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy will be held on Thursday, July 18 at 5:30pm. Vincennes’ favorite son, Red Skelton was born in a home near the new museum and this date was chosen for what would have been his 100th Birthday! The evening includes tours of the museum and a performance beginning with remarks by Lothian Skelton and Red’s close friend, Jamie Farr (former star of television series, M*A*S*H) followed by skits performed by Tom Mullica, Red Skelton impersonator. Tickets are on sale now, prices for the grand opening reception and tours ranging from $30 to $100. The celebration continues on Friday, July 19 featuring free admission for Seniors (over 60 yrs. old) and “Family Day” on Saturday, July 20 with free admission for kids (18 and under) accompanied by a parent. For grand opening tickets and more information contact Anne Pratt at apratt@vinu.edu or 812.888.2105. *The Red Skelton Museum is located at 20 Red Skelton Boulevard, Vincennes.

Festival of Trees

There is still time to get tickets for Saturday night’s Festival of Trees with Silver Bells and Diamonds. The event includes appetizers, desserts, a performance by the Diamonds and the opportunity to bid on beautifully decorated trees. Call 812.888.2105 for tickets.

Chili Please

Come out to the 21st Annual Chili Cook-off this weekend on Patrick Henry Square downtown Vincennes.  The cooking begins at 10am and the public sampling is at 1pm.  Entertainment includes Vincennes University’s bath tub races on Patrick Henry Drive at noon and music by the Speed Bumps at 1pm.  The Clown of Old Vincennes will be entertaining the crowd in the afternoon.  We hope to see you there!

“Red” for Sale

Looking for a unique gift item?  Look no further than 20 Red Skelton Boulevard, Vincennes.  In tribute to Vincennes’ favorite son, The Red Skelton Museum Gift Shop offers prints of Red’s paintings, “Red” logo t-shirts (sizes infant – adult), winter scarves, baseball caps, totes, mugs and “Red’s Jewelry” for sale.  Located next to the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, shop hours are Monday – Thursday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm and Friday 1:00pm – 4:30pm, or by appointment by calling 812.888.4184.