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2018 festival and major events guide

Here’s your guide to festivals and major events around the River City to mark on your calendar.

Here’s your guide to festivals and major events around the River City to mark on your calendar. Check back for updates as we get them.

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The Breakfast Lions Club Tri-Fest

The Breakfast Lions Club Tri-Fest has events that include a pet parade and a 5K. Tickets for the Tri-Fest are available for $30.00

When: April 20-22
Where: Henderson, KY

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Funk in the City Art Festival

This festival features artists from around the region and will have food from several vendors. A portion of the proceeds will be used to preserve the Art’s District.

When: April 21
Where: Haynie’s Corner

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Collector’s Carnival Craft & Vendor Fair

At this craft and vendor fair you’ll find:  antiques, vintage collectibles, furniture, home decor, and more. The event takes place in four building on the Vanderbugh County 4-H Fairgrounds.

When: April 28-29
Where: Vanderburgh Co. 4-H Fairgrounds

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(Rockin' River City Ride)

Rockin' River City Ride

Experienced and amateur cyclists are welcome at this community ride. Races include: 5K Family Ride, 25K, 60K, 100K, or a 5K run. Funds raised will go to support Junior League of Evansville.

When: May 12
Where: Begins in Sunset Park

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(Historic Newburgh)

Wine, Art & Jazz Festival

Music begins at noon on Saturday, May 19. The festival includes: food, art, and wine education classes. Festival goers will also receive a commemorative wine glass. Tickets available now.

When: May 19
Where: Newburgh Old Lock & Dam

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(Warrick Trails)

Run Victoria

This run starts and finish in Friendman Park and crosses Victoria National Golf Course. Race options: 5K walk, 5K run, and 10K run. Proceeds from the race go to support Warrick Trails.

When: May 26
Where: Friedman Park

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Holy Rosary Catholic Church Summer Social

The summer social features rides, games, raffles, and food.

When: May 31 – June 2
Where: Holy Rosary Catholic Church | 1303 S Green River Rd, Evansville, IN 47715

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Zoo Brew

Enjoy beer, wine, and food from around the River City and surrounding areas. Ticket sales begin May 3.

When: June 2
Where: Mesker Park Zoo

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Arts in Harmony

An open air art, music, and fine craft festival in historic New Harmony, Indiana.

When: June 2-3
Where: New Harmony, IN

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Evansville Streets Alive

Food trucks, games, inflatables and more will be on hand at the Evansville Streets Alive festival just outside Bosse Field. At the same time will be the Food Truck Festival on Bosse Field.

When: June 3
Where: Bosse Field

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Water Street Wine Fest

Admission includes tasting glass, free tastings from wine vendors, and musical entertainment. Beverages and food are from local restaurants and caterers.

When: June 9
Where: Mt. Vernon Waterfront

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Raintree Antique Show

Antiques and pre-1970s vintage show and sale in New Harmony. Items include: furniture, primitives, books, estate jewelry, and textiles.

When: June 9-10
Where: Ribeyere Gym

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W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival

The 28th annual W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival will have it all: music, friends, and food. Check out the lineup.

When: June 13-16
Where: Audubon Mill Park

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Jammin' on the Wabash

Join the Friends of Harmonie State Park for bluegrass at the campground amphitheater.

When: June 17
Where: Harmonie State Park

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ShrinersFest & Air Show

Nightly entertainment, rides, games, food and airshow hosted by the Hadi Shriners. Kids 12 and under are admitted free.

When: June 28 – July 1
Where: Evansville Riverfront

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Newburgh Fireworks Celebration

Food, fun, games, music and fireworks starting at 5:00.

When: July 3
Where: Downtown Newburgh

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(New Harmony Music Festival and School)

New Harmony Music Festival & School

The New Harmony Music Festival and School brings together world class musicians from diverse disciplines to share their gifts with our community through performances in concert halls and intimate venues.

When: July 8-15
Where: New Harmony, IN

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(Vanderburgh County Fair)

Vanderbugh County Fair

Entertainment, livestock shows, food, and more.

When: July 23-28
Where: Vanderburgh County 4-H FCenter

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Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriters' Festival

The Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriters’ Festival is four nights of intimate, acoustic performances by some of Nashville’s award winning singer/songwriters.

When: July 25-28
Where: Henderson, KY

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Annual festival celebrating the area’s German heritage. German food, bands, beer and more.

When: August 2-4
Where: Germania Maennerchor

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Jasper Strassenfest

At the 40th annual Jasper Strassenfest, the community will celebrate their German roots while looking to the future. There will be booths, food, and other celebrations.

When: August 2-5
Where: Downtown Jasper

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Frog Follies

More than 4,000 street rods will be on display at the annual Frog Follies. There will also be games and activities. Hosted by E’ville Iron, money raised at this event goes back to local charities and scholarships

When: August 24-26
Where: Vanderburgh County 4-H Fairgrounds

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Newburgh Fiddler Fest

Featuring catfish fiddlers and fillets, this event also has bands and entertainment.

When: August 24-25
Where: Old Lock & Dam Park | Newburgh, IN

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Evansville HydroFest

The HydroFest will host the American Power Boat Association’s Easter Divisional Championships over this 3 day event.

When: August 31 – September 2
Where: Evansville Riverfront

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ParksFest Music Festival

ParksFest Music Festival is held in Garvin Park and will be a full day of music, art, and activities. Artist lineup coming soon. This event is family-friendly and free.

When: September 8
Where: Garvin Park | Evansville, IN


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Ferdinand Folk Fest

The Ferdinand Folk Festival is an unique, earth-friendly day of live music, art, and environmental education. The festival is free!
When: September 15
Where: 18th Street Park | Ferdinand, IN

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(Visit New Harmony)


New Harmony’s 36th annual German festival & artisan fair with food, music, crafts, and local stores.

When: September 15-16
Where: Downtown New Harmony, IN

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West Side Nut Club Fall Festival

More than 100 food booths from local non-profits, amateur talent competitions, and carnival rides line Franklin Street and attracts more than 200,000 people. One of the largest street festivals in the United States.

When: October 1-6
Where: Franklin Street | Evansville, IN

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Henderson Lions Club Art & Crafts Festival

This festival has booths, arts and crafts, food, and family friendly activities.

When: October 6-7
Where: Audubon State Park

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