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April

Wild West Show by Six Guns Entertainment, April 16
Squire Boone Cavern, Mauckport, 812-732-4381
Shows at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. FREE ADMISSION. See the most famous shootout in the history of the American Wild West unfold between the Earp brothers and the Clanton and McLaury gang at the O.K. Corral! This exciting and historically-accurate reenactment will both educate and entertain the entire family.

Plus….have your friends or family members thrown in Wild West jail for only $3.
-Cavern tours will be discounted for this special event.
-Zipline special: 11 a.m. - show time, kid’s zipline for children 3-6 for only $7/child (more than 50% off). Spaces will fill up quickly, so make reservations now at sbcza.com.

Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended (and can help you stake your claim for a ringside seat). Squire Boone Caverns is located off Hwy. 135, 13 miles south of Corydon on Squire Boone Caverns Road.

National Junior Ranger Day, April 16
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln City, 812-937-4541

Spring Wings, April 16
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Evansville, 812-479-0771

National Park Week, April 16-23
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln City, 812-937-4541

Healthy People, Healthy Parks, April 23
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln City, 812-937-4541

Corydon Extravaganza Vintage, Antiques & Art, April 23 & 24
Harrison County Fairgrounds, Corydon, 812-267-4101

Orleans Dogwood Festival, April 27-30
Orleans Congress Square, Orleans, 812-865-9930

May

Linus the Skunk's Birthday Party, May 1
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Evansville, 812-479-0771

Wine Down to the Weekend, May 5
Reitz Home Museum, Evansville, 812-426-1871
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Reitz Home Museum gardens & veranda 224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713. Music supported by The Mesker Music Trust, Administered by Fifth Third Bank, open to the public, free admission, no rsvp, 21 and over.

Azalea Festival, May 6-7
Downtown Petersburg, 812-354-8155

Sawdust Days, May 6-7
Batesville Memorial Publis Library, Batesville, 812-934-4706
Kick off the 2016 Batesville Sawdust Days at the Batesville Memorial Public Library with a free concert, a wine tasting for ages 21+ starting at 6:30 pm, and music starting at 7 pm.   Saturday the action moves to downtown Batesville for six hours of wood crafting vendors, food, raffles, and a variety of entertainment.  Proceeds from Sawdust Days go to the Batesville Rotary Club's local and international service projects.  No adm chg.

Hoosier River Watch Training, May 7
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Evansville, 812-479-0771

Reitz Home Museum Derby Party, May 7
Ellis Park 3300 US-41, Henderson, KY 42420, 812-426-1871
Private tent, admission & rsvp required.

Honest Abe 5K, May 7
Lincoln State Park, Lincoln City, 812-937-4710

Wine Down to the Weekend, May 12
Reitz Home Museum, Evansville, 812-426-1871
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Reitz Home Museum gardens & veranda 224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713. Music supported by The Mesker Music Trust, Administered by Fifth Third Bank, open to the public, free admission, no rsvp, 21 and over.

Daviess County Rail Fest, May 13-14
Washington Main Street/Depot, 812-257-0301

Heartbeat of Washington/Spring Festival, May 14
Main Street, Washington, 812-254-5262
Battle of Bands (Sponsored by WUZR)  & Vendor Fair & BBQ/ Chili Cookoff

Wings Over Muscatatuck Migratory Bird Festival, May 14
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, 12985 E. US Hwy. 50, Seymour, 812-522-4352.

Big Adventure Day, May 14
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Evansville, 812-479-0771

Harris Cabin Pioneer Day, May 14
Hillforest Victorian House Museum, Aurora, 812-926-0087
Celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial by exploring early 1800’s history, crafts, and culture during this special FREE family friendly event at Hillforest and next door Harris Pioneer Cabin.  The event will feature pioneer crafters and artisans, hand-on crafts and activities for children, a pioneer fashion show, and much more.  The Harris Cabin is an official Indiana bicentennial legacy project.  For information call 812-926-0087 or visit www.hillforest.org.

World of Outlaw Racing - Sprints & Modifies, May 14
Tri-State Speedway, Haubstadt, 812-768-5995

Spring Historical Timeline Rendezvous & Festival, May 14-15
Rockport City Park, Rockport, 812-649-9147

Wine Down to the Weekend, May 19
Reitz Home Museum, Evansville, 812-426-1871
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Reitz Home Museum gardens & veranda 224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713. Music supported by The Mesker Music Trust, Administered by Fifth Third Bank, open to the public, free admission, no rsvp, 21 and over.

Movies & Music On Main Street, May 20
Downtown Rising Sun, 812-438-2755
Time: Live music begins at 6:00 pm. Movie at dusk. Music: Chuck Brisbin and the Tuna Project – Movie: Pitch Perfect

Spring Friday Night on the Square hosted by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, May 20
6-10 pm on the Salem Square. Events include:  vendors, food, kids activities, karaoke.  The square is closed to traffic for this event.  The event normally attracts approx. 2800 for the 4 hour event.

Grapes on the Grass Soiree, May 20
Old Lock & Dam Park, Newburgh, 812-853-2815
6:30-9:00 p.m. Grapes on the Grass Soiree sponsored by ERA First Advantage Realty is Friday night, May 20th  the evening before The Wine Art & Jazz Festival.  Guests have an opportunity to taste favorite foods from local restaurants, view Newburgh art and judge the wines that will be available on Saturday.  It’s a beautiful evening on the banks of the Ohio River at the Old Lock & Dam Park. Tickets are $50.00 each, and are available at Historic Newburgh, Inc. at 517 North Main Street, Newburgh.

Wine, Art & Jazz Festival, May 21
Old Lock & Dam Park, Newburgh
Noon-9 p.m. Historic Newburgh Wine, Art & Jazz Festival presented by Evansville Living Magazine & TRU Event Rental is Saturday May 21st, Noon – 9pm.   There is non-stop jazz, a wide selection of wines from Indiana vineyards, great food and an opportunity to browse and buy local art.  All of this is overlooking the beautiful Ohio River at the Old Lock & Dam Park. Tickets go on sale April 1st.  Cost: advance $15 individual & $25 couples, at door $20 individual & $30 couple. Ticket are available at www.historicnewburgh.org or by phone at 812-853-2815.

English Reuinion, May 25-28
Old town of English, 812-968-4615

Wine Down to the Weekend, May 26
Reitz Home Museum, Evansville, 812-426-1871
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Reitz Home Museum gardens & veranda 224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713. Music supported by The Mesker Music Trust, Administered by Fifth Third Bank, open to the public, free admission, no rsvp, 21 and over.

Southern Indiana Uncorked, May 28
Harrison County Fairgrounds, Corydon, 888-738-2137

Ghost Walk with Lincoln, May 28
Lincoln State Park, Lincoln City, 812-937-4710

40th Annual Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous (Living History Event), May 28-29
French Commons, 2nd & Willow Sts., Vincennes, 812-886-0400

June

Wine Down to the Weekend, June 2
Reitz Home Museum, Evansville, 812-426-1871
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Reitz Home Museum gardens & veranda 224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713. Music supported by The Mesker Music Trust, Administered by Fifth Third Bank, open to the public, free admission, no rsvp, 21 and over.

Ft. Branch Community Fest, June 2-4
Fort Branch, 812-304-0054

Historic Firearms Shoot, June 4
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sportsman Club, Bennington, 812-427-3560

Newburgh Fireworks Rally, June 4
Bell Oaks Schnucks, Newburgh
Noon-2 p.m. Fireworks Rally is Saturday, June 4th, at noon at Bell Oaks Schnucks.  The traditional fireworks buttons on sale -  it’s a party to kick off our Newburgh Celebrates Independence!  Proceeds from all the buttons go towards the Fireworks & Evening in the Park Event.  Buttons are $5.00 each.

Bicentennial Celebration Activities, June 8-29
Corydon, 888-738-2137

Wine Down to the Weekend, June 9
Reitz Home Museum, Evansville, 812-426-1871
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Reitz Home Museum gardens & veranda 224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713. Music supported by The Mesker Music Trust, Administered by Fifth Third Bank, open to the public, free admission, no rsvp, 21 and over.

Reptile Roundup, June 11
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Evansville, 812-479-0771

NMLRA National Spring Shoot, June 11-19
National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, Friendship, 812-667-5131
Muzzle loading rifle competition, living history encampment, events, lectures, classes, youth activities, and rifle museum in Friendship. Hours vary. Parking & adm chg.  Located on the east side of Friendship, on State Route 62.

Nature Play Day, June 11
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Evansville, 812-479-0771

Bug Fest, June 16
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Evansville, 812-479-0771

Wine Down to the Weekend, June 16
Reitz Home Museum, Evansville, 812-426-1871
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Reitz Home Museum gardens & veranda 224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713. Music supported by The Mesker Music Trust, Administered by Fifth Third Bank, open to the public, free admission, no rsvp, 21 and over.

Haubstadt Sommerfest, June 16-18
Old Haubstadt Gym Grounds, Haubstadt, 812-385-0999

Southern Indiana Flintknapin & Primitive Art Fest, June 17-18
Leavenworth, 812-968-4615
Learn the art of making stone tools just like native people did thousands of years ago. Rocks, minerals, and Native American crafts also on display June 17-18, in Old Town of Leavenworth along the Ohio River

Get Outdoor Day, June 18
Murray Forest Park, Bedford, 812-275-5987

Ghost Walk, June 18
Lincoln State Park, Lincoln City, 812-937-4710

1812 Muster at Venoge, June 18-19
Musée de Venoge, Vevay, Switzerland County, 812-593-5726

Crothersville Red, White and Blue Festival, June 9-11
Crothersville Community School grounds, Crothersville, 812-569-0407

Wine Down to the Weekend, June 23
Reitz Home Museum, Evansville, 812-426-1871
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Reitz Home Museum gardens & veranda 224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713. Music supported by The Mesker Music Trust, Administered by Fifth Third Bank, open to the public, free admission, no rsvp, 21 and over.

SE Indiana F.A.R.M. Club Antique Machinery Show, June 23-26
Ripley County Fairgrounds, Osgood
Featuring John Deere. Sat parade at 1pm.  Kids Pedal Pulls 7 pm Fri & 6 pm Sat.  NBC Sports Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series Summer Nationals Fri&Sat 7 pm. Steam engines, working blacksmith, threshing, hay press, demonstrations, flea market, and much more. Ripley County Fairgrounds, Osgood.  No general adm chg.  Parking and grandstand adm chg.

Bluegrass on the Square, June 25
Historic Corydon Downtown Square, Corydon, 888-738-2137

Adventures with Nature Field Day, June 25
Tipsaw Lake Beach/Picnic Area, 812-547-9241

Wine Down to the Weekend, June 30
Reitz Home Museum, Evansville, 812-426-1871
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Reitz Home Museum gardens & veranda 224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713. Music supported by The Mesker Music Trust, Administered by Fifth Third Bank, open to the public, free admission, no rsvp, 21 and over.

July

Marengo 4th of July Festival, July 1-3
Marengo, 812-365-2158

Daviess County July 4th Bicentennial Celebrations, July 1-10
Daviess County, 812-254-5262

Thunder Over Patoka, July 2
Newton Stewart State Recreation Area, Patoka Lake, 812-685-2464

Indiana... The Best of the Midwest, July 2
Verastau Museum, Aurora, 812-926-0087
Celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial with an evening of hometown fun on the lawn of Veraestau.  Delicious country dishes, wine, live musical entertainment, and much more will be featured.  Come for the party and stay for the show as the evening will end with a BANG with the viewing of Aurora’s firework display at 10:00 p.m. from the best vantage point in all Aurora.  Reservations required.  Cost: Hillforest and Indiana Landmark Members $45.00, Non-members $50.00.  For reservations call 812-926-0087 or visit www.hillforest.org.

Newburgh Fireworks Celebration, July 2
Old Lock & Dam Park, Newburgh
5-9 p.m. At 5 pm the streets close and the games begin.  It is an old fashion summer social with food, games and music. What makes it special is the location at the Old Lock and Dam Park which is on the banks of the Ohio River. The Fireworks begin at 9 pm – it’s one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in area! Free.

Independence Day Celebration, July 4
Otwell Community Center Grounds, Otwell, 812-354-1137

Shiner Pride Car Show, July 10
Main Street, Rising Sun, 888-776-4786
Car, truck & bike show along the beautiful Ohio River waterfront and downtown Rising Sun. Admission: Free for spectators

Crawford County 4-H Fair, July 10-16
Crawford County 4-H Park, Marengo, 812-338-9000

Pike County Fair, July 10-16
Pike County Fairgrounds, Petersburg, 812-354-6838

Gibson County Fair, July 10-16
Gibson County Fairgrounds, Princeton, 812-385-3445

Movies & Music On Main Street, July 15
Downtown Rising Sun, 812-438-2755
Time: Live music begins at 6:00 pm. Movie at dusk. Music: Tyler Brindley-Movie: Norm of the North

Big Doin's ~ Old Fashioned Tent Chautauqua & Art Fair, July 16
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Switzerland County Historical Museum, 208 East Market Street, Vevay, 812-427-3560

Red Skelton Festival, July 16
Vincennes University Campus, Vincennes, 812-886-0400

"The American Girl" Day Camps for Girls, July 18-22
Hillforest Museum, Aurora, 812-926-0087
Girls ages 5-14 will have a great time learning of the history of the “American Girl” doll series and participating in crafts, playing dress-up for a take home photo, and taking part in a little lady tea.  Cost:  $30.00 per child.  Call 812-926-0087 or log on to www.hillforest.org for reservations.

Bluegrass on the Square, July 23
Historic Corydon Downtown Square, Corydon, 888-738-2137

Jackson County 4-H Fair, July 24-30
Jackson County Fairgrounds, Brownstown, 812-358-2751

August

Oakland City Sweet Corn Festival, August 2-6
Oakland City, 812-677-0728

Old Settler Festival, August 4-6
Odon City Park, Odon, 812-686-8218

Reitz Home Mystery Event, August 13
Reitz Home Museum, Evansville, 812-426-1871
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with cast party following event at the Reitz Home Museum gardens & veranda 224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713. Admission & rsvp required.

Rising Sun Regatta, August 13-14
Downtown Rising Sun, 888-776-4786
Powerboat racing action on the Ohio River. Arts & crafts, food vendors. Kids activities and live music on Saturday night. Admission: Free for spectators

Movies & Music On Main Street, August 19
Downtown Rising Sun, 812-438-2755
Time: Live music begins at 6:00 pm. Movie at dusk. Music: NightSong – Movie: Jurassic World

Holiday World's "Rock the World" Christian Music Fest, August 20
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, 877-463-2645

Whispering Beard Folk Festival, August 25-28
Old Mill Campground, Friendship, 615-382-1708
Over 35 folk bands, Old Mill Campground in Friendship valley starting at 11:30 am each day.  Camping available.  Adm chg.

Bacon, Blues, and Brew - Music and Arts Festival, August 26-28
Walhill Farm, Batesville, 812-934-2600
Three days of music, art, food, drink, and happy people at Walhill Farm in Batesville.  Enjoy live music and artists booths.

Bluegrass on the Square, August 27
Historic Corydon Downtown Square, Corydon, 888-738-2137

September

Wine Down to the Weekend, September 1
Reitz Home Museum, Evansville, 812-426-1871
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Reitz Home Museum gardens & veranda 224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713. Music supported by The Mesker Music Trust, Administered by Fifth Third Bank, open to the public, free admission, no rsvp, 21 and over.

Wine, Cheese & Art Festival, September 2
Corner of Main & 2nd, Washington, 812-254-5262

9th Annual Salute to Veterans of WWII (Living History Event), September 3-4
Indiana Military Museum, 812-886-0400

Wine Down to the Weekend, September 8
Reitz Home Museum, Evansville, 812-426-1871
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Reitz Home Museum gardens & veranda 224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713. Music supported by The Mesker Music Trust, Administered by Fifth Third Bank, open to the public, free admission, no rsvp, 21 and over.

White River Valley Antique Show, September 8-11
Daviess County Fairgrounds, Elnora, 812-345-0064

Daviess County Turkey Trot Festival, September 8-11
Ruritan Park, Montgomery, 812-254-0938

Paoli Fall Festival, September 9-11
Paoli Square, Paoli, 812-723-4769

Lanesville Heritage Festival, Sept. 9-11
Lanesville Heritage Park, Lanesville, 812-952-2027

Pioneer Skills Demonstrations, September 10
Lincoln State Park & Col. Jones Home, Lincoln City, 812-937-4710
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn pioneer skills like doll making, butter making, and hearth cooking.

NMLRA National Champion Shoot, September 10-18
National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, Friendship, 812-667-5131
Muzzle loading rifle competition, living history encampment, events, lectures, classes, youth activities, and rifle museum in Friendship. Hours vary. Parking & adm chg.  Located on the east side of Friendship, on State Route 62.

Wine Down to the Weekend, September 15
Reitz Home Museum, Evansville, 812-426-1871
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Reitz Home Museum gardens & veranda 224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713. Music supported by The Mesker Music Trust, Administered by Fifth Third Bank, open to the public, free admission, no rsvp, 21 and over.

Movies & Music On Main Street, September 16
Downtown Rising Sun, 812-438-2755
Time: Live music begins at 6:00 pm. Free admission.

Halloween Weekends at Lake Rudolph, September 16-17
Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort, 877-478-3657

Fall Classic Friday Night on the Square, September 16, 6-10 pm
Salem Square, Salem, 812-883-4303

Block Bash, September 16-18
French Lick Town Green, French Lick, 812-936-3030

Golden Heritage Days Festival, September 16-18
Courthouse Square, Princeton, 812-385-2134

Milltown Festival, September 16-18
Milltown, 812-633-4843

Autumn Music Festival, September 16-18
Schwartz Family Restaurant, Eckerty, 812-338-9000

Ripley County Celebrates Indiana's Bicentennial, September 17
Ripley County, 812-689-7431
Celebrate Indiana with us as we welcome the Bicentennial Torch throughout Ripley County.  Stops in Versailles, Osgood, Batesville, Sunman, & Milan. Starting at noon.

26th Annual Knox County Chili Cook-Off, September 17
Patrick Henry Drive, Downtown Vincennes, 812-886-0400

Honest Abe Trail Run, September 18
Lincoln State Park, Lincoln City, 317-850-9638

114th Annual Versailles Pumpkin Show, September 21-25
Courthouse Square, Versailles, 812-689-7431Indiana's Oldest Festival!  Family fun, clean & safe rides; Sat parade, 10:30 am with Giant Pumpkins.  Rides for all ages, art show, craft exhibits, live entertainment, music and more in downtown Versailles on the Courthouse Square, 5 pm-10 pm nightly. ; Sunday 1 pm-5pm.  No adm chg.

Wine Down to the Weekend, September 22
Reitz Home Museum, Evansville, 812-426-1871
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Reitz Home Museum gardens & veranda 224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713. Music supported by The Mesker Music Trust, Administered by Fifth Third Bank, open to the public, free admission, no rsvp, 21 and over.

Halloween Weekends at Lake Rudolph, September 23-24
Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort, 877-478-3657

Old Eckerty Days, September 23-24
Eckerty, 812-613-0014

Kiwanis 27th Annual Apple Festival, September 24-25
Liberty Park, Batesville, 812-934-3201
Arts, crafts, entertainment, vendors, games, apples, Liberty Park in Batesville.  Sat 11 am-6 pm, Sun 11 am-4 pm.  No adm chg.

Happy Halloween Weekends at Holiday World, September 24-25
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, 877-463-2645

Wine Down to the Weekend, September 29
Reitz Home Museum, Evansville, 812-426-1871
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Reitz Home Museum gardens & veranda 224 SE 1st St, Evansville, IN 47713. Music supported by The Mesker Music Trust, Administered by Fifth Third Bank, open to the public, free admission, no rsvp, 21 and over.

Seymour Oktoberfest, September 29-October 1
Downtown Seymour, 812-524-1914

Halloween Weekends at Lake Rudolph, September 30-October 1
Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort, 877-478-3657

Historic Newburgh Theatre, September 30-October 2
Historic Newburgh Theatre Series presents always funny and intriguing community theatre.  2016 will mark the 5th year of the Newburgh Theatre Series. Productions will be the Friday, Sept 30 at 7:30pm; Saturday, October 1 at 7:30pm and Sunday, October 2 at 2:00pm.  Purchase your ticket in advance at Historic Newburgh, Inc. by calling 812-853-2815. $15 per ticket.


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