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Community Events & Entertainment


Angel Mounds Native American Days

Held annually in September, this fundraising event features a Native American market with more than 25 vendors, and intertribal dance circle, Northern and Southern drum demonstrations, fine art, and much more. This event is open to the community. For more information please visit the Angel Mounds website or call 812-853-3956.


The Brickhouse Restaurant and Gay Bar (must be 21 to enter)

201 W. Illinois St.
Evansville, IN  47715

Hours:  Wednesday through Sunday 6:00 pm - 3:00 am

This local GLBT bar and grill provides weekly entertainment for both men and women, including Comedy Open Mic Nights, Drag Shows, Mister and Miss Contests, and other themed party nights.

Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series

This ongoing lecture series is a collaborative effort of the City of Evansville and local businesses in a committed effort to celebrate diversity in the Evansville area. Past speakers include: Khaled Hosseini, Rosie Perez, Tony Dungy, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Lisa Ling, and General Colin Powell. Please visit their website for more information.


El Rio Mexican Cuisine & Latin Club

This authentic Mexican restaurant invites the community for Latin Dancing on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. Click the link below to check out their new menu as well as information about their Saturday night dance parties.


Evansville Funk in the City

Held each fall and spring, this event is a celebration of artistic diversity in the tri-state area, and it provides local artists with an opportunity to show their work to the community and to sell their work. Please visit their website for more information.


Evansville Swing Cats
The Evansville Swing Cats is a local swing dancing group, but they don’t stop at swing. They also have been known to teach a variety of ballroom dances: including Lindy, Charleston, East Coast Swing, and Balboa. Lessons are open to the public at SWIRCA on West Virginia Street each Thursday from 7 - 7:30 p.m., with open dancing after the lesson. Each lesson is only $5 or $3 with a valid university ID.


Germania Maennerchor

Founded in 1900, this German singing society was formed as a means for German immigrants in Evansville to connect and bond over their shared culture. Since then, they have withstood the ups and downs of history as they continue to thrive and prove a shining reminder of the region’s German cultural heritage. They coordinate a concert in the spring, Volksfest in the summer, Lenten Fish Fries during Lent, and even took a trip to Germany in March 2011. For more information please visit their website.


Germania Mannerchor Volksfest
This celebration of German food and music is held each August, and is organized by the cities over 100 year-old music club, the Germania Mannerchor. Please visit their Facebook page for more information.


HOLA Monthly Health Fair

This monthly fair is held at Nativity Catholic Church. Some of the services include immigration consultation, St. Mary’s outreach services, cholesterol, sugar, and blood pressure testing, and more. Information is also provided in Spanish as the event is directed towards Latino populations. For more information please visit the HOLA website.


Free English and Spanish Classes

Held weekly, HOLA provides Spanish instruction for anyone in the community who wants to learn the language and better understand the community as well as free English classes aimed at native Spanish-speakers who would like to improve their English speaking skills. For more information please visit the HOLA website.


Islamic Center Food Festival
This annual celebration of food and culture includes clothing and jewelry sales and henna body art. Proceeds go to Evansville’s Tri-State Food Bank. For more information please contact the Islamic Center at 812-425-9801.


Juneteenth Celebration

Held annually in June, this event features food, fun, and festivities commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. This event is organized by the Evansville African American Museum, and more information can be found at their website.


Kunstfest in New Harmony

Held annually in September, this event features traditional German crafts, pumpkin painting, carriage rides, music, food, and a celebration of the Harmonist Settlers. For more information please visit the New Harmony website.


Kwanzaa and Christmas Celebration

This annual event takes place in December and is hosted by the Evansville African American Museum. It is a celebration of diverse winter holidays. For more information please visit the museum website.


Penny Lane Coffee House (free wi-fi)

600 S.E. 2nd St.
Evansville, IN  47713

Open since 1991, Penny Lane offers an eclectic atmosphere that can appeal to most any coffeehouse goer. It has won numerous local awards for best coffee and serves one of the most finely pulled espressos in town. Whether it’s a vegan organic blueberry muffin or sausage, egg and cheese croissant, there’s something on the menu for every lifestyle and taste. 


Someplace Else Gay Bar & Night Club

930 Main St. (at Sycamore St.)
Evansville, IN  47708

Opens at 4:00 pm. SPE is a great place to hang out with other GLBT in the tri-state or even if you're straight and still enjoy the action of drag queen shows, dancing, and music.


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